How I became an herbalist?
Initially, after graduating from the Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in Engineering, I pursued a corporate career in various multinational companies. Despite a relatively successful career in the corporate world, I felt a deep sense of discontentment. I could not handle the never-ending office politics. Working daily in the office was like going for a war. I felt the emptiness in my heart worsened over the years, so much so, I was on anti-depressants for some time. I had finally got down on my knees and started praying for God’s guidance and direction. “Surely, the universe does not want me to be in this shit. I don’t think I want to live like this” I had thought.
Soon after, I started to do a lot of research and took courses in all kinds of holistic therapies I could think of, such as spa therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, touch therapy, and nutrition, etc. Despite my passion and interest in these fields, I was not prepared to give up my full-time managerial position and a good salary. Besides, I was the sole breadwinner in my family. I needed to support the physical, financial and emotional needs of my elderly parents then. How could I give up my lucrative job?
After a period of part-time work in natural therapies, my decision to finally pursue a full-time career in natural medicine occurred in a spiritual moment, while I was conducting a massage training at a retreat on an organic farm in Malaysia.
After three days of eating organic plant foods and being surrounded by plants and herbs, an indescribable joy sprang from within me. There felt like this spring of water refreshing my heart. The calling from plants and the awareness of God’s love for me was so strong that I shed tears during the sharing session with the participants and the organizers.
After this spiritual awakening, I began my relentless journey to pursue plant medicine. All good things came my way, like meeting the right teachers, guides, and helping hands. I am very thankful for them.
The rest is history.