EP37 Claire Shutes: Disability Can Be a Pathway for Healing and Growth


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Claire Shutes talks with us about what she has learned living with cerebral palsy (CP). Claire was born with CP, a muscular disorder that stems from a lack of oxygen to the brain at birth. She considers herself lucky that only her walking is impacted. Others with the disorder can face further complications. Navigating CP has by no means been easy, but early on Claire came to view her physical limitation as a wonderful gift that's here to teach her life lessons.
Claire shares with us some of the struggles she faced while dating in the past. She found herself seemingly locked into a pattern of cultivating codependent relationships. After experiencing a severe bout of depression, Claire reflected on her role in these relationships and realized she no longer needed to play that part. Shortly after her insight, she met her soulmate and husband, Tom.
Claire views her work with her clients as a spiritual practice. She brings this universal truth of our interconnectedness into all of the work she does. She is also the co-founder of The Almond Tree Foundation that supports families living with illness or disability.
This episode explores:

  • Life circumstances as gifts to learn from
  • Seeing potential instead of limitation
  • Suffering stemming from resistance
  • Reflecting on our own role in relationships

Show Notes
Almond Tree Foundation: Claire's non-profit providing wellbeing support for families living with disability or illness. Click the link to access the free webinar series Claire mentioned in the episode.
Claire Shutes is a Master Transformative Coach and Three Principles Practitioner. She founded Potent Coaching in 2006 and has an international client base including businesses, individuals, and the charitable sector. Claire speaks and trains internationally, having served as faculty on Michael Neill’s Supercoach Academy and One Thought’s Foundations for Practitioners Program. She recently founded The Almond Tree Foundation to support the wellbeing of families living with illness and disability. Prior to becoming a coach Claire produced and directed observational documentaries for the BBC and CH4.
Angus & Rohini Ross are “The Rewilders.” They love working with couples and helping them to reduce conflict and discord in their relationships. They co-facilitate individualized couples' intensives that rewild relationships back to their natural state of love. Rohini is the author of the ebook Marriage, and they are co-founders of The 29-Day Rewilding Experience and The Rewilding Community. You can also follow Angus and Rohini Ross on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To learn more about their work visit: therewilders.org. Read Rohini's latest blog.
Episode 37 features the music of RhythmPharm with Los Angeles-based composer Greg Ellis.
See full show notes here.

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