I was beyond honored when my dear friend Debbie Ford asked me to write a poem (see below!) for inclusion in her new book Courage: Overcoming Fear & Igniting Self-Confidenceand then totally blown away when she let me know that my poem will actually open the entire book…followed by a fabulous Forward by another near and dear one, Wayne Dyer!

Debbie has been one of the most significant angels of support on my journey, and the groundbreaking material in this book is the exact kick-ass catalyst that we all need in order to free ourselves from the old stories that keep us in the dark and stuck in the past, catapulting us into a bright and joyful present and future! But you don’t have to wait until Courage is released, come spend the weekend with us at The Shadow Process Retreat, February 10-12 in San Diego!


by nancy levin  

we may never know
how we hold
all we can
or how the light catches us
when we are out of breath

it’s a sign of healing
to be feeling again

the real breakthrough
can only arise
from heartbreak

that which ails
reminding us
that it’s always about beginning
and then beginning again

as the waves crash me
i trust the sand
to polish my edges smooth
dissolving denial
revealing real while
courage and confidence
ignite my core

contraction and expansion
let the light stream in
and the stillness
after so much thrashing about
allows the body to wring
the sorrow out

as freedom floods
shadows may persist
know your undertow
as you alchemize the dark
and remember
that you always have
the strength to choose
how to engage

the clouds unveil the view
when you are ready to climb
now it’s time to notice
the miraculous moments
in your life
as they are happening

is the making
of me
and we will walk
into daybreak
from the night
shining our light



  1. christine gibbs on February 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Living and breathing on the other side of letting go. Wow. That sums it up doesnt it? This is going to be my motivational thought to get me through the next step.

  2. Lieselle on February 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Beautiful, Nancy.

  3. Coleen on February 21, 2012 at 3:58 am

    “The real breakthrough can only arise from heartbreak” Nancy, that’s so powerful!