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“Lessons Learned the Hard Way” is a compilation created by Betsy Chasse - Award Winning Filmmaker of "What The Bleep Do We Know?!”


The book is filled with authentic, raw, and honest stories of how 23 authors faced some of the hardest moments of our lives and the lessons we learned along the way.


Kerry's chapter is titled, Embracing Authenticity: A Quest for Personal Truth Within the Mystery of the Ultimate Truth

Book Description: We've all experienced the highs and lows life throws our way. But isn't that the point? To experience life in all its ups and downs and hopefully walk away with a nugget of wisdom. Join 23 brave souls as they share their Lessons Learned the Hard Way. Funny, insightful, raw, and authentic stories of the trials we all face, and the paths taken to happier, healthier and much less dramatic lives.


In "Pathways of Intentionality," Kerry shared, with vulnerability, her life story. It was a liberating and transformative experience for Kerry to be part of this book. Kerry very much enjoys honoring the life experience of others, regardless of the lessons their souls came here to learn on this Earthly plane. 

The narratives shared in this book do not have the intention to tell others how to live or promote the notion of a "perfect" life, but rather to inspire the reader with life stories that have been powerfully experienced and are now vulnerably shared. The overall objective of this manuscript is to provide readers with an opportunity to journey with the writers while participating in moments of self-reflection regarding their own lives. We, the authors, are led by the premise that, as humans, we have much in common. Sharing our stories with one another can become a pathway toward ongoing wellness and living through the power of intentionality. While our stories are a moving target, we rely on the power of intentionality to guide our constant development of awareness that can foster on-going active engagements. 


As writers, we understand that stories are constantly in a process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Yet, at any given time, stories demonstrate the magic of our journeys. We hope that our stories become an encouragement for you, as the reader, to continue journeying into your own heart. We express gratitude for your willingness to journey together with us as we all continue to live, learn, laugh, and love!

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Kerry's work in the healing arts has often been influenced by the challenges she has overcome and the life experiences she has navigated through. In "The Devil's Yoga," Kerry wrote about overcoming an entanglement wtih a man disguided as a shaman. This experience was gnarly and intense, yet, in turn, Kerry does not flinch when a client presents an intensely difficult experience and helps them navigate to a resolution. 

While the content in this manuscript may not be universal, it reflects the voices of many who have experienced the complexities of both the light and shadow sides of wellness practitioners and healing centers that give priority to profits over human beings.   

It is the author's intent that her book serves as a beacon of light for others who have encountered similar experiences and continue in their process of recovery.


We all have a story to share. Through the relating of our challenges and triumphs, together we live, learn, laugh, and love. It is the author’s prayer that ultimately, we all rely on the medicine of Love.

Articles related to "The Devil's Yoga"

The Disastrous Intersection of Plant Medicine with Shamanic Sorcery and Sexual Predation on

Escape from a Sorcerer: Encounters with an Abusive Shamanic Manipulator in South America in Sacred Hoop Issue 108


Fit for Joy interview, "Reflection, Liberation & Transcendence" with Valeria Koopman and the accompanying animated video

LAMPS interview, "Problematic Retreat Centers and Facilitators"


Get Taylored interview, "Discernment," with Heather Taylor 


Interview with E.D. with Reuben Langdon

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Kerry is featured in the documentary, "Queen of the Sun. What are the Bees Telling Us?"  She also wrote a chapter in the companion book to that documentary. 

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

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