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‘I always start the day with a positive affirmation such as ‘I am
You left behind the world of ballroom to become a meditation teacher and life coach in LA, how’s that going?
I love it! Put it this way: people here don’t get scared when you talk about crystals, reiki, mindfulness and meditation [laughs]! They are like, ‘Bring it on Camilla!’ There’s an openness and such positivity. If you have an idea, people don’t say: ‘How are you going to do that?’ Instead, they say, ‘That’s exciting.’
Most days I will teach a meditation class at Unplug Meditation, it opened three years ago and is the world’s first meditation studio.
I often have people coming in for a class following a stressful day at work. Afterwards they might hug me and burst into tears and say, ‘Thanks, I needed that. I’ve had an awful day. I had to be Superwoman but I wasn’t up to the job.’ Instead of bottling it up and saying, ‘I’m fine!’ they're able to let it all go.
I also go into companies and do meditation classes. It’s so funny because people will walk in glued to their phone, look up and be drawn into what we’re doing. I also see clients for life coaching. I use hypnosis and mindfulness to help with all kinds of things including stress, anxiety, addiction, confidence, panic attacks and trauma.
Your new book Reinvent Me guides people on how to make big life changes. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your reinvention?
I guess after leaving the dance world in 2008, being a complete novice again and being okay with that. As a successful dancer, I constantly compared myself to others and had a competitive attitude. Now I like to say the affirmation, ‘I don’t compare or compete’ to keep my ego in check.
Dancing was such a big part of my identity and the thing people would recognise me for. I remember one of my clients was really proud that I’d won Strictly Come Dancing. At a party, she said very loudly, ‘This is Camilla and she is a champion dancer!’ It made me cringe because I was trying so hard not to be ‘Camilla the dancer’. Now I try not to define myself by what I do but how I am feeling that day.
What spiritual practices do you do every day?
I find walking in nature so grounding. If my head is feeling up in the clouds, I’ll go for a walk and it helps bring me back down to earth. I head out twice a day with my husband (ex-Hollyoaks actor Kevin Sacre) and our dogs. We go hiking in the mountains or take a walk near the sea.
Obviously, I’m big on meditation. If I don’t meditate everything starts getting a bit ‘off’ and I’ll worry about things that otherwise wouldn’t bother me. My brain will start running off with things like… ‘Oh why did she say that? Is she in a mood with me?’ But when I meditate, it keeps life simple and I don’t have those nagging thoughts so much. I always start the day with a meditation where I use a positive affirmation such as ‘I am strong’, ‘I am energised’, ‘I am awake.’
LA is an esoteric hub, have you learnt any new spiritual tools there?
One day my boss at the studio asked me to cover a class for another teacher – crystal meditation with reiki and aromatherapy. I do reiki and love aromatherapy and crystals but used them for my own wellbeing at home. I covered the class but found it a bit woo-woo for me. A month later my boss said, ‘Do you want to do the training for the crystal meditation with reiki and aromatherapy?’ I put my foot down and said: ‘Look, it’s not me.’
In the meantime, I started buying more crystals for my home – I have huge amethyst
geodes and I can’t live without rose quartz. ‘Is this what it’s all about now?’ my husband said. ‘We've got crystals everywhere!’
A while later, my boss asked me again to do the training so I said, ‘Okay, I surrender!’
Now I teach a class every week using crystals, reiki and aromatherapy and I love it. There’s something magical about working with crystals.
Even Kevin doesn’t mind now – he says he doesn’t believe in crystal power but when he has a cold I’ll give him crystal healing and he’ll find it clears his sinuses. Funny that!
You’ve been married for seven years, what do you think is the secret to a successful relationship?
Allowing each other to be independent and who you really are is so important. Kevin has been amazingly supportive of me and I hope he can say the same of me.
We’ve often had to be apart for months because of our schedules but it’s kept things fresh because we appreciate each other more.
Communication is also vital. Kevin and I are both Aries and can be pretty fiery. But we never hold anything in, we communicate and clear things if there’s a problem. One thing I always tell my clients is to never assume anyone else knows what you are thinking unless you communicate it. I’ve known clients to save their relationship just by being open and tell each other how they feel instead of assuming you know what your partner is thinking or feeling.
You practice hypnosis, have you had any experiences with past lives?
When I was growing up in Denmark I was always scared of going to bed at night but
I didn’t know why. My mum would comfort me but I couldn’t shake off my fear.
Later we had a house fire caused by a faulty dish washer. Luckily, we all woke up and got out of the house but it was a horrendous experience. A few years ago,
I did a regression and saw myself in a fire. I didn’t know what year it was but it felt like a really long time ago. I also got the feeling that I’d been trapped in fires in other lifetimes.
As well as carrying through fears and memories from past lives, I also believe we're reincarnated with other people in many life times. I have a friend and we both have a strong feeling that we’ve lived through many lifetimes together. The other day I picked an oracle card for him and it said… ‘Mother, sister, daughter, wife.’
I said to him, ‘I believe we’ve been all of that.’ Energetically we're very connected too.
Recently he said to me, ‘It’s a full moon,
There’s been an energetic shift.’ I said, ‘You’re telling me, I haven’t slept for three days!’
Could you share any tips with our readers on reinventing themselves?
It can be overwhelming at first and if you start with a big to-do list it can be way too much. Of course it’s fine to start by writing down a big goal – like writing a book – but then you need to bring it back down to a more manageable level, to what you can start doing right now.
Start small and ask yourself, ‘What’s the tiniest thing I can do
today? It might just be making a phone call or talking ideas through with a friend.
Another important thing to remember is that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. You don’t need to say, ‘I’m too old for this now… it’s too late for me.’ I mention a lady in my book who always wanted to publish a book of poetry. She started writing poetry in her 90s and had it published.
You talk about vision boards and manifesting things in your new book, how has this technique helped you?
In 2007, I made a fabulous vision board focused on my winning Strictly. That year I didn’t win. But when I looked at the vision board again, I noticed I hadn’t put a date on it.
So I wrote 2008 on it and that was the year I became a Strictly champion with my dance partner Tom Chambers.
Putting a specific intention had brought me success, but recently I decided to just go with the flow. I cut out images I was drawn to and did a collage of a woman meditating in a dark room in New York with the words ‘From a beautiful lady’ cut out.
I didn’t understand and put it in my drawer. A few months later my boss asked me to go to New York to represent her brand and do a meditation class. Suddenly, the vision board made sense, I’d manifested a trip to New York!
Do you believe that you’re guided by a higher force?
Yes, I do believe in angels and spirit guides. I always carry an Archangel Michael chakra spray in my handbag made by Carrie Keller who teaches aromatherapy at the studio where I work. It smells divine and I spray it on my throat chakra to help with communication. I always look for feathers as a sign angels are near me. If I’m searching for an answer and find a feather, I know that the answer is ‘yes’. I’m a very intuitive person and believe that I am downloading information from a higher source. I felt that when I was writing my book, it didn’t just come from me. When I’m doing reiki and crystal healing I have sudden moments of intuition, I’ll sense when I need to place my hands on a particular point on the body or where a crystal needs to go to bring about the best outcome.
I’m a big fan of Doreen Virtue and I have a few decks of her angel cards. One of my favourites is Chakra Wisdom by Tori Hartman. Tori is a friend and I popped over to her house one day and she showed me some beautiful rings she’d had made with mini versions of her oracle cards inside them. She said, ‘Pick a ring as a gift, Camilla.’ I looked through a big pile of rings and was drawn to a yellow and blue one. ‘What does it say?’ asked Tori. I looked closer and read the message, ‘It says Dancing Daisy!’ It was such a strong sign that the ring was for me. Although I no longer dance professionally, it’s something I love and it will always be part of me.
A special appearance with Tom Chambers
I wrote my book to help others change their lives Camilla’s book Reinvent Me is out now (Watkins, £8.99). To find out more about her life coaching, visit zenme.tv
I use oracle cards to help guide me
The ring had a message