I remember that when I was 16, I used to wonder why I was born, and what my mission in life was. I was clueless for the next 12 years. Then my husband and I became legal guardians of a 14-year-old girl, and went for counselling to integrate her as consciously as possible into our family. This clinched it for me: I wanted to facilitate the restoring of people and systems to wholeness.
In May 1982, I went to California with three other psychotherapists. We went to satisfy the Continuing Education Units required for our licenses, and to take advantage of the fact that the More To Life Weekend was being offered in the Bay Area: we went to play. I had no idea I would gain so much out of a one-weekend course.
At the time I was a very successful therapist working with individuals, couples and groups. The More to Life Weekend showed me that you could make even more of a difference by educating a roomful of people in how to effect their own transformation. The teaching is experiential, so they get the learnings for themselves.
It’s exciting and inspiring to be a part of their change process. I also am changed in that process, becoming more of who I am when I am at my best, as they become more of who they are. As we become more of the best in us, so we affect the people around us. And even more exciting: as we all evolve, we also add to the conscious evolution of humankind – in specific and in general ways.
Looking back on my life as the eldest of 8 children, a student tutor, a volunteer in a terminal cancer ward, a mother, a psychotherapist, a Senior Trainer, a business consultant – the pattern emerges clearly. I love what I do. In my soul I am an artist, and my medium is the human spirit. The More To Life Programme offers me the most profound and effective way to pursue my artistry – whether it’s in a public forum or in a business setting. It works.
Ann McMaster has a degree in Social Work and Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has practiced as a psychotherapist since 1978. Currently she is a partner in InterAction US TriVergent International, teaching More To Life principles, tools and skills in the business sector.
Ann has been a Senior Trainer since 1985, working with groups in the US, England, Scotland, New Zealand and South Africa, where she lived for two years. Shehas also done extensive Training for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She enjoys white-water rafting, canoeing and camping, and is a mother and grandmother.