Last Facebook note from Debbie Ford


Note from Debbie Ford

I first learned of Debbie Ford in June 2011 while on an game drive in Africa.  The topic of “shadow work” was brought up and my marmoset response nudged me to make a mental note of it.

So I did!  When I got home I logged into my favorite online shop for books, Amazon:-)

I ordered, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and The Secret to the Shadow.

They’ve stood on my bookshelf ever since I put them over a year and a half ago:-)

Since my adventure in Africa and learning of Debbie Ford’s work, her work has many times crossed my mind.

“Shadow work,” something about it sounds intriguing to me.

I don’t know much about Debbie and her work but I feel connected to them both.

I was saddened to hear of her passing last Friday.  My heart is able to smile knowing she transitioned into the waiting arms of her ancestors and guardian angels.


If you would like to share your thoughts or prayers for Debbie’s family or your memories and stories about Debbie’s impact on your life, we invite you to visit

You can read a letter from her family here. It’s beautiful.

Learn more about Debbie Ford’s work by visiting


This is Debbie Ford’s last Facebook note:

“If you are going to be courageous, an example for all those who are ready to step into their power, then you must be willing to show the world all of who you are.  You must have the guts to throw off the chains of modesty and mediocrity in order to be the light that the world needs.”

Straight from Debbie’s heart to ours!

And it was a much needed reminder for me.

What about you? Are you familiar with Debbie Ford’s work?  If so, how has it helped you in this journey we call life?

Did Debbie’s last Facebook post speak to you?

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    1. Twitter:
      Great post! I love that quote! It’s very inspirational!

    2. Twitter:
      Hi Dana…I can’t believe I missed this news….am deeply saddened to hear of Debbie’s death.. her writing and presence as a great teacher were known to so many of us. Like many of the powerful teachers I loved knowing a bit about her past addictions and how she moved through them, as part of my work is with women looking at issues with food and body-hatred and other disruptive patterns. It’s so poignant when you see the words of somebody and know it’s the ‘last’, isn’t it? Thank you for the post and for the news.. have not been online much this week by design.. Love and blessings, Lisa

      • SoulFit Sista, Dana Mallon says:

        Hi Lisa! I believe it’s so healing when we share our “stories,” for the teller and those receiving. This is why I want to invite women you’ve overcome adversity to share a little of what they’ve experienced and learned on my blog. The work you do with women is so important and I’m glad you are here to share your experience with other women. I will carry these words of Debbie’s last FB note with my always.
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    3. I am not familiar with Debbie Ford’s work or writings at all, but she must have lived quite a life to earn that tribute. Thanks for sharing.

    4. Twitter:
      I am surprised that I am not more familiar with her work as I’m an avid spiritual reader. I have definitely added The Dark Side of the Light Chasers to my “must read” list. Thank you for sharing. Her spirit definitely will live on through her books.

      • SoulFit Sista, Dana Mallon says:

        I intend to dive into this book soon! Maybe I’ll write a post about it:-) Glad I could make the introduction.

    5. Twitter:
      I’m so happy you posted this Dana! I was so stunned and sad when I heard about it last week…I was confused and surprised by my uncontrollable crying, actually! She was the second spiritual leader I was ever introduced to; a good friend of mine gave me The Dark Side of the Light Chasers in 2007 when I realized I wanted to be a coach. I was so moved by her work that I applied for a scholarship for my mom to do a weekend retreat with her, and it really had an impact on her life. Recently, she talked about vanity and beauty,and it’s dark side…and how she got caught up in the fact that she had lost her beauty during her cancer treatments, and judged and been harsh with herself, instead of loving herself when she needed it most. Ok, here come the tears! AAAH! She was such a beautiful spirit, and so real…I think I’m incredibly moved to see a thought and spirituality leader leave at such a young age, ravaged by such a horrible discease…but with such grace and beauty. Thank you again for this! I am beyond touched and inspired by her quote! Down with mediocrity and modesty! Let’s SHINE, y’all!!!

    6. Twitter:
      P.S. One beautiful thing about her passing is that now more people will be compelled to go back and read her books and learn from her…there will be a surge of learning in this area, and that’s powerful!

      • SoulFit Sista, Dana Mallon says:

        Hi Eyenie- So cool that you got to experience Debbie and her work with your mom! Here’s throwing off the chains of modesty and mediocrity in order to be the light that the world needs! Shine on!

    7. I am not familiar with Debbie Ford. However, I will add her books to my “wish list” on Amazon. It seems we have lost a beautiful soul who has done so much to help others.

    8. Twitter:
      Funny- I just watched and interview Oprah did with her last year on OWN. It was beautiful.

      This quote resonates deeply with me and is in alignment with what I’m talking about when I advocate for flying your freak flag high and proud.
      You have to fully embrace who you are- the good stuff, flaws and even the freaky parts- own your awesomeness- take a stand for what you believe in and fully show up so you can shine bright and be a beacon for your right people. They are out there waiting for you to show up and be seen.

    9. Twitter:
      Such a great message and one that has meaning for me right now! I was saddened to hear of her death, too.

    10. Twitter:
      Hi Dana,
      Great post! I was so sad to hear of Debbie’s passing. I saw her on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday last year and she discussed her cancer so I was aware she was sick. I read the news in her sister’s newsletter that I receive. The quote you’ve posted is lovely and reminds me that ALL of us are to shine our lights… they will be too dim for some, too bright for others, but for those with whom we are to meet, work with, encounter, etc., our light will be perfect and draw them to us.
      Shine your beautiful light! <3

    11. Twitter:
      I am not familiar with Debbie Ford, but based on what you shared, and the accolades from others, I’m sorry I did not know her or her works.

      I especially like the idea of throwing off mediocrity; instead, striving for excellence should be our life’s endeavor. Thanks for sharing!

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