Debbie Ford was the bestselling author of self improvement books for people
struggling with addiction or other life problems.
Her work is based upon merging
the shadow self, or dark side, with the light side, so wholeness and authentic
Her book, "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
" was number one on
the New York Times bestseller list.
About Debbie Ford
Ford has stated in interviews that she grew up as a very insecure child. She
eventually developed a dependency on drugs and was an addict for 15 years.
During her drug counseling group sessions, she realized she had an ability to
see the good in people they couldn't see themselves. While listening to their
stories, she realized most people had self limiting and negative beliefs about
themselves, while she saw the opposite in them. That realization helped her with
her own healing and led to her healing others.
Debbie Ford's books teaches it
isn't necessary to focus on changing the things we don't like. Instead, we
should embrace the negative and learn to love ourselves as we are. She teaches
the concept of the shadow self or the dark side and explains that people tend to
criticize and agonize over their dark natures. The shadow self shows though in
every day situations such as an addiction compulsion, being short tempered, or
through self-sabotage. Ford urged her students to recognize their shadow self
and treat it with compassion and love.
Debbie Ford wrote eight best
selling self improvement books on the subject of healing through embracing the
shadow self. She was a popular speaker at conferences and was on the staff of the
Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She also hold numerous workshops and retreats.
Ford believed one of her greatest gifts was her ability to work with groups of
people and bring about individual healings.
Debbie Ford died February 17,
Books by Debbie Ford
• "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
" was the first book released by Debbie
Ford. It was published in 1999 and is now available as an ebook, book, and audio
book. This book thrust Ford into the limelight as it became a bestseller. In
this book, Ford explains that everyone has the capacity for every human emotion.
The dark emotions are often buried, but they still affect our lives. Ford
teaches readers how to recognize the hidden emotions and discover what they can
teach us. Ford further explains that only by embracing our shadowy natures will
we become whole and lead authentic lives.
• "The Secret of the Shadow:
The Power of Owning Your Story
" was published in 2002 and is available as an
audio book, ebook, and book. In this book, Debbie Ford offers self improvement
advice to readers who conceal their painful secrets. She teaches we are a
culmination of our formative experiences, and even the painful ones played a
part in what we can contribute to the world. Ford urges readers to go beyond
reliving the good memories and come to peace with the painful ones, so rather
than causing pain, they can teach us valuable lessons on life.
Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life
is a book, ebook, and audio book that was published in 2004. In this work,
Debbie Ford explains the reality we experience today is the result of our long
term thinking. The ten questions she provides in her book helps readers discover
the motivation behind their thoughts so they can regain control and harness
their thoughts to create a more desirable future.
• "The Answers are
Within You: Unveiling Life's Greatest Spiritual Secrets in the Shadow of Your
" is an audio book that was published in 2004. In this work, Debbie Ford
helps listeners get in touch with their divine purpose. She explains how we
create stories about ourselves that are based upon limiting beliefs. She shows
how these stories get created, how to stop the negative thoughts, overcome
destructive behaviors, and get free from limited thinking.
• "The Best
Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It"
is a book and ebook that was
published in 2005. This book urges readers not to give up on their resolutions
to create a better life. Debbie Ford offers self help advice in this book in the
form of various activities such as writing affirmations and inquiry. She
explains it is possible to get what you want as long as you keep your mind
focused on the goal. The book contains inspirational stories from her clients
and her own experiences.
• "Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a Catalyst for
an Extraordinary Life
" was published in 2006 and is a book and ebook. This work
deals with the pain of divorce. As in the other books by Debbie Ford, she urges
readers to connect with the dark thoughts and emotions that arise during a
divorce and use them to deepen spiritual understanding. She offers readers seven
laws such as The Law of Responsibility, and The Law of Acceptance. The laws help
readers cope with the emotional whirlwind that accompanies a divorce. At the end
of each chapter, Ford offers practical steps she calls Healing Action Steps,
that are actual techniques readers can use to work through their pain and be a
better person afterwards.
• "Why Good People Do Bad Things: How to Stop
Being Your Own Worst Enemy
" is a book, ebook, and audio book that was published
in 2009. This book teaches readers how to lead lives filled with purpose,
meaning, and passion. Debbie Ford offers readers self improvement advice and the
tools needed to overcome self-sabotage and confront the shadow self. Once the
split between our light and dark selves is healed, we can live more authentic
• "The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True
" was published in 2010 and is a book, audio book, and ebook. Debbie Ford
wrote this work in collaboration with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra.
They explain the shadow self is the ego, or lower self, and it often remains
hidden and ignored. By doing that, it is allowed to run its destructive course.
The authors teach it is important to fully embrace our shadow natures so we can
understand ourselves better, overcome destructive habits, and live more joyful
• "The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse: A Breakthrough Program for
Connecting with Your Soul's Deepest Purpose
" is a book and ebook that was
published in 2011. As the title implies, Debbie Ford presents readers with a 21
day program for letting go of the past, embracing the present, and creating the
best future. The 21 day program helps readers let go of destructive behavior and
negative thinking so they can experience deep peace and joy.
Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence
" was published in 2012 and is a
book and ebook. In this book, Debbie Ford teaches readers how to overcome fear
and insecurity. She explains these emotions cause feelings of helplessness and
powerlessness. This causes disharmony and stagnation. Like her previous books,
this one helps readers overcome their emotional baggage so they can lead more
joyful lives. Ford introduces seven guiding principles that will lead to
emotional courage and wholeness.
Learning More from Debbie Ford
Ford explains to readers of her many self improvement books the techniques
needed to integrate their light and dark sides. She also offered various classes
to help facilitate the process. Some of the classes are available to take
online. The online classes are based upon her books and include the following:
• The Courage Club
• Overcoming Fear
• Overcoming Self-Sabotage
The Consciousness Cleanse
• The Best Year Of Your Life
• The Shadow Effect
The online classes typically last a few weeks with a lesson delivered daily
or once every few days.
Debbie Ford also
hosted multi-day retreats and
workshops such as the Shadow Process Retreat, the Shadow Experience workshop,
and the ten day Courage Cruise. Ford also provides free audio affirmations and
prayers on her website.
Debbie Ford founded The Ford Institute for
Transformational Training in 2000. The Ford Institute trains coaches and offers
coaching sessions, classes, and workshops that help people become fully
integrated. The coaching can be done in person or by phone.
has helped thousands of people live fuller, happier lives through her self
improvement books and classes. She did this by helping people see the best in
themselves, just as she sees them.
Ford is one of the more popular
personal development authors and has collaborated with some of the biggest names
in the self help field such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Marianne
Williamson. She found the secret to her own life healing and made it her mission
to share what she learned with as many people as possible.
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