As a girl Narda Mohammed's church pastors used to prophesy to her about being called for the world. They told her job would bring her into contact with government officials and international celebrities.
When she lost her mother at age eight, Mohammed knew she wanted to help people who were in pain, having experienced it so early in life. She wondered how her passion and the prophesy she received, would line up. When she migrated from her native Trinidad to the US at 20 years old, Mohammed's life's calling started to take shape. She pursued an interesting mix of studies including Reiki Energy Healing, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Law of Attraction and now has the title of Transformation Life Coach.
"It all went back to my dream. My desire is to help folks achieve the results they really want but never believed they can.," Mohammed said from the Couva home of her relatives during her recent visit to T&T."
Her approach to her clients is a holistic one that combines hypnosis with life coaching sessions.
When people hear the word hypnosis they usually envision a dead-to-the-world trance-like state. Mohammed laughed at the perception and says her hypnosis closely resembles meditation rather than a trance.
For all the clients, never mind their salary range, their job titles and background, the root of their issues can always be traced back to their false belief system which was fostered in their childhood.
"A person may have grown up hearing their parents saying something to you (that was not necessarily true) over and over again and you buy into that and take it over to your adulthood."
Mohammed has heard stories from female clients about the negative things told to them about their plus size. One client, who was told that she was ugly since she was a child, discovered her own beauty when she was in her thirties.
"She was told that for so long that she developed a false sense of belief. Eighty per cent of the times, parents fuelled the insecurity."
Feelings of low self-worth are also common issues clients struggle with and were born out of negative or false perceptions.
Guiding people to reach their breakthrough is cathartic for Mohammed too.
"When I hear shifts in the conversation move from defeat to victory, it makes me happy and I just want to dance," Mohammed said with a hearty laugh.
Each client is different. Some take one session to tap into their power; others take longer.
Mohammed admits that she won't work with a client for more than six months.
"By then if they are not connected to their own power, it is useless to go on."
The Rio Claro-born Mohammed works out of her New York office and Skypes with her clients around the world.
Just as prophesied so many years ago, Mohammed's work has taken her to California to meet celebrities including New Thought minister and author Michael Beckwich , director Demien Lichenstein and actress Tia Anderson.
Mohammed's next project is a children's book geared to children seven to nine that would address spirituality and the law of attraction. She would be one of 25 writers on the project, she said.
She chose to keep close to her chest the nature of another project that would take her to California, USA, later this year.
Few people would understand why Mohammed chose this unconventional path for a career but Mohammed knows why.
"Some people asked my why I don't get a real job but I am honestly doing what makes me happy.
"My clients teach me a lot. In life we are each other's teachers. This career has also brought about my own healing."
"I have a genuine passion to help people and I think they see that in me. I never approach a client's situation with negativity. I always believe that I could help anybody to find their power to change their situations.
If you have been told hurtful things as a child and you're now an adult with low self-worth issues, try these two exercises designed by Life Coach Narda Mohammed to heal.
Take a mental journey back in time to an incident that may have caused you hurt or embarrassment. Envision yourself at that age, stand outside of yourself and speak positive and empowering words to that child.
Mohammed advised that you lay in bed or sit on your favourite chair, close your eyes and meditate.
"The tears would come," Mohammed said. "It would bubble inside so just let it run.
"As much as possible forgive yourself and keep saying to yourself 'I love you.'"
The second exercise is a practical one. On pieces of paper write —I release and I dissolve any false belief, emotion, thoughts, and actions done to me and by me. List all the emotion, thoughts and actions and one by one burn them and surrender them.
"If you are a spiritual person say a prayer. Surrender it all to your God and let it go."