When it comes to self-help, self-improvement, and personal transformation, a few teachers stand out. One of them is Debbie Ford.

Her 1999 book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, turned me inside out. It’s about the shadow side of ourselves – the part we don’t want to own, let alone talk about.

All of her work is to help us integrate the disowned parts of ourselves so we can be happy and whole.  Other books by her include The Shadow Effect (with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson, and now a movie), Spiritudebbie ford joe vitaleal Divorce, Why Good People Do Bad Things, The Secret of the Shadow, and more.

While I’ve spoken to Debbie several times over the phone, and she gave me an endorsement for Zero Limits, I never met her until last month at the recent Transformational Leadership Council secret meeting in New Mexico.

There were many highlights at the event – including speaking to my peers about Advanced Ho’oponopono (and got a standing ovation, thank you) – but hands down one of the best memories for me was spending time with Debbie.

She’s beautiful, wise, heart-felt, and oh so loving. I loved relaxing with her, talking, sharing, and playing. When we met, she looked at me and said, “You’re gorgeous.” As if that compliment could be topped, one of the most flattering moments is when she said she wanted to co-lead a workshop with me.

Imagine how this feels: a great teacher I’ve studied wants to share the stage with me. (!)

I keep telling people that as long as you keep working on yourself, your life will blossom. Teachers I’ve studied years ago when I was broke, are now partners, peers and pals of mine. Many of them are in TLC.

I hope you see this as an inspiration. Keep growing. Keep at it. The sun will shine again – and even brighter than before.

If you haven’t read any of Debbie’s book, do so. Today. A new edition of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers comes out soon. Order it. Read it.

Debbie Ford’s website is here.

Other amazing people at the TLC event include Secret movie co-star Lisa Nichols and What the Bleep!? movie producer William Andz, pictured below with me:

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  1. August 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

    What a wonderful thing to attract into your life!

    I’ve had a few occasions where people who I once looked up to as great teachers have become colleagues who I’ve had the privilege to work with. It’s such a special thing!

    Be well!


  2. August 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Thank you Joe.
    Yes, I see this post as an inspiration… I wil definitely check out Debbie’s book(s). Sounds like exactly something I’m in need of at the moment.

    • August 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

      You’ll love the books.

      • August 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

        Just bought “Why Good People Do Bad Things” 🙂

  3. August 2, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I was just about to complain that Ford’s books aren’t published in my country but just checked an online book store and found 4 of ’em.

    I’m thinking to get The Secret of the Shadow and The Dark Side Of The Light Chasers (I think that’s the title in English)

    So thank you for the article Dr. Vitale… You gave me a guidance again.

  4. Ravin-Reply
    August 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Hello Joe,.

    Such an inspirational attracter. You always support me. I can also attract. I will improve myself, i will read books and i will try to understand them. Apply them. I will attract!

    Thank you,

  5. August 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    joe youve totally changed my life ,since i first saw you on the secret
    i hunted on the web everything that youd got for sale i bought all your audio material and still listen on a daily basis ,not as obsesive but in joyfull way beause sometimes i drift off course a little so i listen to you and im back on track,and now im my own boss of an engineering company and im still looking to do other things.
    best regards jason uk

  6. Jonathan Buford-Reply
    August 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Joe one of the things i like about you is how much you love Debbie Ford. Ive got her book “why good people do bad things” and its one of my favorites. I actually met her in the bookstore where i used to work in mountain view, ca. I love how she says in the Moses Code that any idea of control is illusion.

  7. Jonathan Buford-Reply
    August 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Oh i forgot….I love you;)

  8. Jill-Reply
    September 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Joe I have just recently become aware of your amazing work i have seen the secret and read your free e book Attract money now. I look forward to reading all your books and i will be buying Debbie Fords book The dark side of the light chasers and Why good people do bad things. You are a wonderful man for the work that you and your collegues do. You truley inspire me to live my best life. Thanks and keep up the amazing work

  9. sue-Reply
    November 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

    you have to tell me all about your necklace. You never forget to wear that. Im believe in crystal power but sometime its look like prayer beads(rosary)

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