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The Short Version: From a young age, Corinne Blum knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping people. Turning inward to discover what made her own mind and emotions tick, she found that the keys to fostering personal growth and healthy relationships lay in connecting with what she calls The Authentic Self. For the past 14 years, Corinne has been guiding clients on journeys of self-discovery by showing them how experiences and human interactions sculpt the ways they approach life. Through an array of techniques based in both spirituality and science, Corinne delivers the tools people need to form fulfilling bonds by first learning to love and value themselves.
From an early age, Corinne Blum was interested in self-exploration. At 15, Corinne’s former stepfather introduced her to the world of meditation, which brought her internal world into greater focus. But, when an injury sidelined her professional ballet career at age 21, she felt an even greater need to dive inward to find herself. Corinne took a year off from dancing, and, before she knew it, that year had turned into five.
During that time, Corinne started her own spiritual journey to discover who she was outside the world of dance. Now a mother, wife, life coach, and relationship expert, Corinne told us that journey proved to be the catalyst that launched her philosophy of The Authentic Self.
“I realized I wanted to support people in discovering who they are,” she said. “A big part of that became relationships because they are such an intense and beautiful road to self-discovery.”
Corinne said her coaching style is based, in large part, on how individuals see themselves.
“If I can support someone in feeling like it’s OK for them to be who they truly are, on all levels, then I feel like I’ve done my job well,” she said.
Based in London, Corinne has worked with clients all over the world. A majority of them are single, professional women in their late 30s to early 40s who are trying to discover themselves and find a partner. Corinne’s website (corinneblum.com) gives an overview of the sessions and programs she offers to individuals and couples.
“There are several people I’ve worked with through their whole process — from coming to me not feeling good about themselves and their ability to attract a relationship to then forming a bond, getting married, and having children,” she said. “I’ve seen that whole arc. It’s a beautiful thing to witness somebody really transforming into who they truly are and from that place, manifest the things they want in life.”
Corinne describes The Authentic Self as who we genuinely are. It’s the essence beneath the masks and layers we often wear in society. We must remove the various masks we wear and peel away the layers of our limited self to reveal our Authentic Self and find love, Corinne explained.
“Authenticity is a key word for me,” she said. “It’s really about feeling okay with who we are. That’s my biggest drive behind what I do.”
Corinne’s process for self-discovery begins by getting out of the mind and connecting with the body. This, she explained, is the place where our wisdom lies and the ability to heal begins. Letting go of our internal mental constraints can lead to confidence, empowerment, and a sense of control.
“Some people come to me to work through their own stuff. They often feel stuck within themselves, as if something is wrong with who they inherently are,” she said. “For that, I take them through more of what I call The Authentic Self Program. That’s about discovering who they are and working through their limiting beliefs and patterns that they find themselves stuck within.”
Some of Corinne’s clients are already in relationships, but they need to gain internal strength to help cultivate their bonds. On the other hand, some clients come to her purposefully for the sake of finding a partner.
“They keep attracting the same kind of partner that’s not serving them or the same kind of relationship that’s not really working out for them,” she said. “I take them through an eight-week course of manifesting their soulmate.”
Manifesting Your Soulmate begins with the understanding that you must stop searching for “The One” and instead learn how to receive them. In Corinne’s course, she guides her clients to turn the paradigm around while providing tools and visualization to attract a soulmate.
“The first step, however, is discovering your Authentic Self because from that place we can attract the right kind of relationship for us,” she said. “One that is in alignment with who we truly are and which reflects what we most deeply desire out of relationship and life. Ultimately, it becomes less about what kind of relationship we want to attract and more about who we want to be in that relationship.”
As a coach, Corinne shows people how to heal the wounds that have been creating instability and uncertainty in their lives. She told us life is a journey where nothing is one-sided or black and white. As a result, she often integrates a meditation training technique called Theta Healing into her approach as a way to foster relaxation and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. This method was created by Vianna Stibal in 1995, and, according to Corinne, it has proven to be helpful to treating clients holistically.
“I think it’s really important that whatever I’m working through with somebody is done both on the conscious and subconscious level because we carry things in both places,” she said. “I work a lot with taking people into their emotions and into their body.”
Theta Healing is a healing technique that works on a subconscious level, tapping into the theta brainwave, which occurs just before falling asleep or waking up. Corinne works with her clients in person, over the phone, or via Skype to tap into the theta brainwave through a series of commands that ultimately releases and replaces limiting beliefs with positive ones.
Other coaching methods Corinne implements include singles and couples relationship coaching and working with the Third Entity, a form of energy that is created when two individuals come together, also known as the relationship between two people. Corinne said when the Third Entity is acknowledged, couples are able to be more objective when challenges arise — resulting in a healthy, long-lasting relationship built on a foundation of cooperation and love.
“I feel like my role as a guide is to just support people and connect them to who they truly are,” she said. “It’s not like I’m telling people how to live their lives. I’m more connecting them and guiding them to get to know themselves on a deeper, more authentic level. It’s a beautiful affirmation and reflection when somebody comes back and says ‘Wow. That really changed my life.’ It’s hugely gratifying, and it’s what I absolutely love about doing this work.”
Corinne sees the human body as an amazing source of wisdom that is oftentimes underutilized. As a former professional ballet dancer, she understands that her body is her most important tool and its output is movement.
She said without movement, both physically and mentally, we are at a standstill (or we become stagnant). Corinne believes the body remembers trauma and the challenges and joys of our existence. It also stores all our memories — both conscious and subconscious — and is a great barometer for how we are feeling, what we need, what we are afraid of, and what we desire. In her Movement Therapy sessions, she has people focus on getting in touch with their bodies and learning how to feel — rather than relying on the mind’s limited capacity of thinking about what is felt.
“If I’m working with someone one-on-one, I’ll incorporate Movement Therapy because I believe there is a lot of wisdom held in the body,” she said. “A lot of my work is done not so much in the mind, but actually getting into the body’s wisdom and connecting with our intuition.”
Benefits of Movement Therapy include the release of stress, anxiety, trauma, and emotional blockages as well as providing grounding, stability, and confidence.
Over the past 14 years, Corinne has helped hundreds of people heal wounds and find love through her concept of The Authentic Self. Today, the relationship expert and life coach is focusing on raising her young daughter, writing a new book, and creating a conversational-style radio show.
“I’d really like to create a radio show where I can have a live dialogue with people,” she said. “I write a lot on social media, and much of the feedback I get is that it’s a conversation that people are really interested in having because I’m very vulnerable in my own sharing. ”
Corinne told us the show aims to discuss topics many are afraid to breach — therefore normalizing these topics and making them acceptable points of discussion.
As for the book, the main premise, Corinne said, is the rise of the feminine and what it means to be a woman in a patriarchal society.
“It’s about the rise of the feminine within us all and especially the emerging Woman — with a capital W in women — and how we can connect to these forgotten parts of ourselves,” she said. “My hope is that with the remembrance of the long lost art of the feminine we will create more balance and harmony both within ourselves and in the world around us.”