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 Author~Speaker~Lyca Shan
My name is Lyca Shan and I am the Founder of Firewalker Enterprises Firewalker Enterprises was born with the publication of the autobiographical  book Firewalker" and has expanded to touch on a variety of other creative efforts including my High Self-Esteem blog, all sharing one very powerful message:


I had an unusual childhood;  I was raised in a cult, and as a child I grew up in a environment where I was constantly told I was worthless, useless and undeserving of love. I endured years of emotional and mental abuse. I grew up without knowing my biological father, watched helplessly as my mother was repeatedly robbed of her money and as my brother was exiled from the family at a young age. As devastating as this story sounds, it led me to one undeniable conclusion: I am a conqueror!

At my lowest points in life (there’s been more than one), a powerful and imaginative warrior was always there to rescue me. Now I know that warrior was me!

Even when I only saw myself as a worthless, helpless victim, the warrior within me dared to ask questions, challenge negative thoughts and fuel me to imagine a different set of circumstances. I am here to say, there is no fight you cannot win. There is no dream you cannot live!

"Well as one of my favorite mentors John Di Lemme says: "I believe in the power of story telling!"Here I am with John at one of his seminars:

So here is my story:
At the age of eight, I was taken from Boston and transported to a remote compound in Northern Maine where I spent over the next ten years in what I can only refer to as a cult. Freedom of speech, self-expression, free will and independence were forbidden and resulted in harsh punishment, even exile. My self-esteem was crushed by years of systematic and repeated mental and emotional abuse. Yet my internal compass stayed the course and I finally mustered enough courage to leave the cult in 1989 and joined my younger sister who had escaped to Washington where I was briefly reunited with my brother who I hadn’t seen in five years.

This was my first time in the real world – I didn’t even know how to use a pay phone. I worked a string of odd jobs, putting myself through school where I earned an Associates degree in computer science. Since then I have worked for fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and Nextel Communications as a systems engineer and project manager.

Though I had attained financial and professional success, I still had to wrestle with the emotional chains I carried and that ever debilitating hang-over of low self esteem. In an attempt to free myself from this haunting past, I dedicated myself to writing my story and published my autobiography "Firewalker."The process of expression through writing became a burning drive; it was something I HAD to do, for myself and for you. At my lowest points in life (there’s been more than one), a powerful and imaginative warrior was always there to rescue me. Now I know that warrior was me! Even when I only saw myself as a worthless, helpless victim, that voice within me dared to ask questions, challenge negative thoughts and fuel me to imagine a different set of circumstances.

Writing became my personal healing process and is now a universal testimony to the dream warrior that lives within every single human being. Through this process I developed a deeper understanding of the significance of self esteem in our lives. My autobiography is entitled Firewalker, not only because I have literally walked on burning coals (I had the amazing experience of actually doing a firewalk,) but because I had to walk through fire in order to help myself and to show you that there is no tragedy you cannot conquer.

So now, among my other projects, I am dedicating my time to creating this website on the theme of high self-esteem and how it affects not only ourselves, but the world we touch as a whole.

So high self-esteem is truly one of the most important and valuable commodities you can possess. Some people have been known to raise an eyebrow and act as if that might be a selfish preoccupation. I can only say that if how you treat yourself is a measure of how you treat other people, then we all need to learn to treat ourselves very well indeed!"

 

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