By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
Some may find it unbelievable, and some will find it sobering: How does a doctor with more than 20 years in the field of psychology fall into the miasma of deep depression and anorexia?
That is exactly what befell Liberal’s clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Noblejas, who has worked at Southwest Guidance Center the last four years.
“Even with 20 years of experience – with all the skills and knowledge that I had accrued, I could not heal myself from depression and anorexia,” Noblejas, who is originally from the Washington D.C. area, said recently.
Her life started turning around when she read and re-read a book that was written in the 1970s by Dr. Helen Schucman in collaboration with Dr. William Thetford, professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University in New York City. The book and its ‘Workbook Lessons’ was entitled “A Course in Miracles,” and it was Schucman’s account of her belief that Jesus had given her specific messages.
Though this book was very complex, it had an inspirational effect on Noblejas.
“The Course led me to actually experience the existence of God within me, enabling me to finally let go of my depression and anorexia,” Noblejas explained. “My profound spiritual awakenings and epiphanies compelled me to spread the ‘good news.’”
Noblejas has not only gone public with her story, she has written her own book.
“Even though several authors had already written about the Course, I still felt impelled to write a book of my own called: “Journey to Your Inner Self: Love Heals All Things.”
“The Course, at times, is very complex and difficult to understand. My book is a primer that makes it easier to comprehend so you can use its principles effectively in your own inner journey of healing and spiritual enlightenment,” she continued. “I explain the many complicated principles in the Course, using examples from my life to illustrate the concepts and demonstrate how the Course has changed my life and even my approach to psychotherapy. I believe my clients feel, above all, loved, or in more clinical terms – unconditionally positively regarded.”
Though the title of her book could be changed, she entered it into a worldwide contest sponsored by Hampton Roads Publishing Co. The contest is “The Next Top Spiritual Author Competition,” and the public has the power to send her book into the next round of the competition.
People can go to http://www.nexttopauthor.com to vote. To go directly to her entry, type in her name, Noblejas, or her I.D. No. 1199. Noblejas is one of 2,500 books selected for the contest, and the public can listen to a 3.5-minute audio recording of her explaining the content and meaning of her book. If enough people vote for her book to continue into the next round (only 250 from around the world will move forward), it will be the only book from the area or Liberal, in particular, to proceed in the contest. The first round of voting started March 29 and continues until May 3. The public’s vote will count for 75 percent of her continuing in the contest.
The third round narrows the field to 12 authors, with only four advancing to round four, then the final winner.
People can also go to Noblejas’ blog: http://spiritualselfhelpbook.com, for updates on the book’s progress in the contest or to get posted excerpts from her book.
The whole experience of finding her spiritual center and writing her book has, naturally, transformed her career as well.
“I still teach technical clinical skills that would help anyone, whether agnostic, atheistic or whatever. I really hope to help those with mental illnesses to inspire them to not let their illnesses stop them from realizing their dreams,” Noblejas said. “I’ve struggled with depression almost my entire life, and although I took the ‘scenic route – meaning the longer path,’ I still realized my dream of becoming a licensed clinical psychologist with the intent of helping others. The Course has really grounded me, and I feel impelled to share my knowledge with others of how to attain lasting peace in your life.”