Danielle Pirera - Born to Fly
NAME: Danielle Pirera
LOCATION: Northern NSW
Exercise Physiologist, Massage Therapist, Trainer and Assessor
I was a cute blond haired little girl with bright green eyes and a cheeky smile that melted anyone. I grew up around lots of people, including my older sister, parents, grandparents and large extended family with over 16 aunties and uncles and 40 + cousins.
There were plenty of memorable family gatherings, picnics, camping trips and celebrations and I soon realized how much I loved people.
I recall being able to easily accept and love anyone, no matter who they were, where they came from, what they did, how old they were or how they looked. I was well known in my family to be the one who went to the park to make friends with anyone or join in any game.
By the time I could speak I was also known for my bold or outspoken nature. I would say exactly what I felt to anyone no matter how out of place or seemingly inappropriate it was, according to the adults. For this reason I was often called abrupt, despite my caring and deeply sensitive nature with people. My outspokenness hasn’t changed, but over time I’ve learnt how to be loving in my expression.
As soon as I could walk I was running, hand standing and cartwheeling, I loved to move my body. I was obsessed with superman and completely believed that I could fly and would run up and jump expecting to leave the ground.
I never doubted that I could fly and was going to be a
By mid to late primary school I knew I wanted to work with people in movement and exercise, initially it was to support athletes and I was going to go to the Olympics. At age 7 during the 1988 Seoul Olympics my family asked me what sport I was going to the Olympics for when I grew up, I thought this was a strange question and said ‘for all of the sports’. Although my family laughed at this I didn’t question what I felt.
I played every sport possible and excelled in everything that I tried. By my early twenties I was highly competitive in basketball, triathlon, ocean swimming, half marathon running and enjoyed surfing all around the country and overseas. I thought I was reaching peak performance in my body and was obsessed about becoming fitter, better, faster and stronger.
Naturally I studied PE and High Performance Sport at high school and then Biomedical science and Exercise Science at University. I then went on to do a PhD in Exercise Physiology and a diploma of massage. I’m constantly open to ongoing study and in more recent years, through attending bodywork courses with Universal Medicine Therapies, I have come to realize that learning can be about unlocking what I already know inside me, and not necessarily about seeking more information from the outside.
My awareness of what full potential or peak performance is in the body completely changed 10 years ago when I met Serge Benhayon. At the time I was a super-fit machine competing in endurance events up to 24 hours long that involved trail running, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering deep in the forest, often in the pitch black night. I had a measured VO2max of around 65-70 mL/kg/min, which is the scientific term for being as fit as a male professional cyclist. I thought my body was at its peak performance.
However I was extremely exhausted, up and down in emotions, trying to find purpose in life and had had a number of women’s health conditions. I also lived a wild and self-abusive party life with excessive alcohol consumption, many boyfriends, difficulty settling down into a relationship, and other dangerous or risky behaviors. Needless to say I didn’t have great self-worth and often felt empty, alone or confused about my life.
In fact I was living very far from my true peak performance or potential.
It was the Ancient Wisdom teachings and Esoteric
Over the next ten years I had esoteric healing sessions, participated in Universal Medicine courses and began to look after and commit to myself, and my body, for true health and vitality physically and psychologically
I now deeply appreciate and understand that our body is made up of physical and energetic components and that both must be considered for complete balance and harmony
I also came to realise that every choice that we make influences our life and that we are completely responsible for how everything is in our life. I now see that full potential in the body is not only about being super fit, good at a sport or looking trim, taught and terrific.
I love the human body, exploring how it works and how to reach true efficiency and performance. I’ve worked as a fitness trainer and exercise physiologist in elite sports centers, gyms, physiotherapy clinics, rehab centers, hospitals and universities. I soon realised I have an exceptional ability to understand not only my body but also other people’s bodies. I can sense what is out of balance, and what is needed to bring it back to balance. This quality is forever deepening as my love for people and supporting them to live their true potential with their body is forever evolving.
I now work in Exercise Physiology in a large aged care organisation. Every day I feel so fortunate to get to drive around the beautiful Northern Rivers visiting elderly people in their homes talking about health and wellbeing and sharing exercise to support a more active and full life. It’s like every day I travel around visiting friends, and I feel blessed to have this connection within our community. I also own my own business where I offer individual rehabilitation sessions for anyone wanting a gentle way of exercise that truly supports the body and our being to evolve, on all levels.
I also work as a trainer and assessor for an adult training organisation teaching massage. With all three jobs I often work 7 days a week. I never once feel burdened by work or dreaming for my next day off, because I love each job equally, for the people I get to meet and work with daily, the inspiration I can bring, and also what is there for me to learn, as I am a forever student unfolding
The most important fact and reason why I love all of my jobs and working so much is because after 10 years of re-developing my relationship with myself, I’m now able to be myself at work, no longer constantly striving to impress others or be someone I’m not.
I thank Serge Benhayon for the truly loving and evolutionary way that he lives and for being willing to speak up about energy and harmony in life and in our body. This gave me permission to feel how much I know harmony, how to live it and the void that is felt when it is not there.
I now understand that as a child I spoke up and said what was deemed inappropriate because I could feel the disharmony in life.
I continue to be my adorable and sweet self, letting out my cheeky smile and I take all of this out into the community, the same way I did as a child playing in the park.
I know that the quality that I live in every part of my life effects everyone, my adorable husband and daughter, caring family and friends, clients and even nature, the animals, every speck of our planet and every corner of the universe
Knowing this and being all of me in full is me being the super hero I knew I was as a child, deeply powerful with the ability to connect to and touch every part of the world, feeling, knowing and claiming that I was born to fly.