I first met Gail in 1986 shortly after Joe her husband and Joe's brother came over to Westerly RI and inspected a duplex complex I was in the midst of building and developing. I can distinctly remember Joe opening and closing solid oak kitchen cabinet doors at the completion of his inspection and then he turned to me and said "Your valuations are all wrong!"
Now anyone who has known Joe for any length of time will understand that Joe does not know how to be anything other than totally honest.
Now at that time I had already been a State Cop discharged on full pension on medical grounds and before that at age 20 became the first and as far I know the only ever Licensed Registered Builder by the Victorian State Government to be granted a home builders license!
Of course I knew it all! Of course I was offended! Of course I made a judgement! In fact I made many judgments! Joe knew this because anyone who gets to know Joe will know he is very discerning!
Without reaction he recommended I attend one of his wife, Gail's seminars.
I did so a few weeks later and found Joe there all weekend assisting Gail on his time off.
One of the most important lessons for me was to learn to trust people. As a former State cop often working undercover assignments to trust will lead to certain death. This is why it was just so hard for me to trust anyone.
For many years I would not sit down unless my back was against a wall and I could view all entry and exit points of any room I was in.
As for judgments and what I learned there in Gail's seminars and workshops it was just so contrary to my police training and everything I was taught but I finally did get it.
It was in the autumn of 1993 after surviving a severe storm at sea driving my boat from Alaska back to Washington state.
Trust? If I ever had to learn to trust in order to live then it was definitely that night! If I had not trusted all the crew the boat would never have kept running. If I did not trust in the light from the Lighthouse I never would have gotten the boat around the Cape. If I did not trust the Compass exactly the same fate.
Finally when all appeared lost I simply let go and let God and placed my trust in my Higher Power. Because in the end that is all we can ever do.
It was Gail assisted by husband Joe who put me on this path.
I now know for a fact that if we do not trust each other it can mean our survival literally. The ability to be totally honest, to not judge, to show kindness in the face of hostility, to express Gratitude for each and every day of life and to Trust are just some of the regimen of my daily life which I practice almost religiously for I know for a fact what happens to me whenever I do not.
Gail you have my undying and eternal gratitude love and respect.
Gail Petrowsky is the real deal. She is gifted and a natural healer-she can't help herself! She is honest and sincerely so deeply cares for those she works with. I have had a life time working with specialists such as Gail with little to no help. Gail does not assume to be the Guru but rather points the pivotal power to the individual. She is savant NLP practitioner and applies other healing practices that provides renewed perspectives. She is relentless...when you are truly ready and serious about making changes-Gail could help facilitate your dreams. Knowing herl has lead me to increased self-love and self-acceptance (I have suffered my entire life from self-loathing); increased mental health via affirmations and a context for affirmations that WORK; increased peace of mind, positivity; and, a connection to like minded people for support. She has helped ME change my life in ways I couldn't imagine-because I wanted it. When your ready to learn - the teacher appears...
Gail is one of the most insightful and honest people I have ever met.
I first went to Gail because I needed tools to handle life versus sitting and talking about all the things that have gone wrong with my life.
My life has been traumatic since I was born. I wanted find a way to break harmful patterns that influenced my choices and contributed to my life continuing to be traumatic.
Gail heard me and gave me excellent tools to re-evaluate my belief systems which were holding me back from living more fully. She never once allowed me to wallow in my despair. As soon as she saw me begin to tailspin, she called me out on my pity party and helped me realize I am more than the sum of my experiences. I get to choose what I believe and what I create my life to be. It’s not good enough to simply have survived. I want to live!
Gail recommended I attend her Women’s Wellness Seminar and guaranteed that I would have a breakthrough. I think I had multiple breakthroughs and I’m still having them. My mind was blown more than a few times and I discovered things about myself I had buried deeply or was unwilling to acknowledge, including my own power as an individual.
During the Women’s Wellness Seminar I was able to connect with other women whose goals are like mine in that we all want more from life and we all want to maximize our potential.
The biggest lessons I learned are the worst cage I lived in is the one I created for myself. I did this by adopting belief systems others give me and not realizing I have a choice to believe whatever I want and trust myself to know what is best for me. This can only be achieved if i TRULY love myself.
We all make mistakes but we can learn from them and our mistakes don’t have to own us.
I also learned the more I suppress what’s happening inside, the more damage I cause in my life. There were moments during the seminar I was faced with choices to feel things that were pretty horrifying or honor myself and feel what was there so I could finally heal myself. By burying the trauma inside me I was ignoring the most wounded part of myself that needed healing. It’s like walking past someone who is bleeding out or having a heart attack and ignoring them. I could never fathom doing that to someone else and yet I was doing it to myself daily.
Gail helped me realize that, not in so many words, but this is how I interpret the lesson.
I am much happier now. I feel lighter and there are fewer days where I feel helpless and hopeless. On those days I know what to do for myself to identify what is really going on and deal with it in a healthy way.
The seminar was the beginning of my mind being more open and I am living and learning more than I ever have in my entire life.
Joe and Gail you two hold a place deep in my heart reserved for only the very best! Thank you both for your guidance and wisdom, love and honesty in the work we did together. I will never forget it as long as I live! May you both continue to be blessed and outlive us all. Love Ian G Fleming
I had attended Gail’s seminar “What Women Want” with my most precious, best friend, Judy. Boy was I glad I did! Gail is an amazing facilitator.
There were 40 women participants in the room, along with Gail and her support staff. The energy in the room was palatable and increased as the day went on. From the very beginning, Gail’s exercises were eye opening. She showed me just how connected the room full of women really were – all with similar wants and fears. The masks we so often wear were lifted, and our true selves came through. I cried openly with complete strangers, something I do not usually do. Lessons were taught and learned in ways that were profound. I felt truly connected with my fellow sisters in the room.
Gail’s expertise came through loud and clear, as we worked through the exercises. Gail, along with her wonderful support staff, made me feel supported, cared for, and safe. We all worked through the day to touch the truth of ourselves and those in the room. Gail asked and offered, but never pressured anyone to do anything they were not comfortable doing. I believe her style caused more women to come forward to own their truth.
As I said, I went with my dear friend Judy. Judy was ready for the next step in her journey, and she took everyone in the room with her. She stood in her resolve to shift old, negative self-talk. I sat there - mouth agape- as my amazing friend worked through Gail’s techniques. It seemed as if everyone in the room was standing with her in support. I feel truly blessed that I was there. The support and connection to everyone in the room was amazing.
I can’t wait till my next meeting with them.