By Rachel M. Anderson, Freelance Writer

If there is one constant in life it is change, and our country is going through a lot of it right now.

People who thought they'd spend their entire career with a single company are suddenly having to reinvent themselves after getting laid off; and major companies are having to realign in order to stay afloat. Nearly 9 million jobs have been lost since the start of the recession.

"We are going through an incredible shift in this country right now; what is commonly called a paradigm shift; (a change from one way of thinking to another) and there is a great deal of fear and resistance around it," says Carole Gold, an inspirational speaker, guide and mediator from Medford, N.J. "Corporations, organizations or individuals hire me to guide them in navigating the resistance and fear that come with change and in teaching others how to make it work for them rather than against them."

Gold, a former lawyer, is a sought after speaker because she creates hope and certainty of success through such concepts she has developed as "10 Steps for Living Without Fear: Principles for a New America."

With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, employees still retaining their jobs have to cope with the anxiety and fear of losing them, while those who have already lost their positions have their own set of fears '" finding a new job and keeping themselves and their families afloat until they can. Gold says she understands how the anxiety and fear get in the way of successfully starting over.

Among the topics she speaks on: The ABCs of Change, Eliminating Old Patterns & Starting Anew and How To Experience Change Without Fear. Gold uses her experiences to help individuals and corporations navigate, adapt and align with change.

Debbie Majer, former Vice President of Cambridge Industries, attended a recent "Change Without Fear" seminar at the Transformations Holistic Learning Center in Voorhees, N.J., and says it was an eyeopening experience. "Over the years I had tried to make changes to my life on my own, but was unsuccessful," says Majer. "I had read a lot of books, gone to different therapists and tried different career coaches, but nothing was helping until I met Carole. She helped me realize it was the fear of change that was holding me back from my true destiny. Carole changed my mind set. She gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself, and that I was capable of doing anything that I wanted to do."

Hilary Green, former automobile dealer and founder of the non-profit SnapLove, has received coaching from Gold over the past ten years. "Carole has helped me through the loss of my parents, through cancer and chemotherapy. She has a tremendous healing energy about her. She is incredibly intuitive and inspiring," says Green, who recently collaborated with Gold on a children's book titled Kali's Journey that will be published this winter. It teaches children ages 8-to-14 spiritual laws, such as following your intuition, the law of attraction, setting your intention and coming from joy to create your heart's desires.

While there are many coaches and speakers out there, Gold'a understanding of change, resistance and fear are unique. "One of the most profound changes we go through is adolescence. It has all the components and pitfalls of how change can do you in unless you know how to handle it," she says.

Statistics bear her comments out. About 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 and 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time. More alarming is the suicide rate. According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), about 8 out of every 100,000 teenagers committed suicide in 2000, making suicide the third leading cause of death among adolescents and teenagers. For every teen suicide death, experts estimate there are 10 other teen suicide attempts.

Gold speaks professionally to teens about depression and suicide. "I get an almost insurmountable amount of joy when I speak to high school students on depression and suicide because of the feedback from the kids. There are no words for how I feel when I get that follow-up email or phone call and a teenager tells me it is the first time they ever felt understood, or that I gave them hope. I think they open up to me because I tell them I know what it is to be depressed. I know what it is to feel like you don't fit in and I know what it is to think about leaving the planet as an option. After finding out I have been there, the kids know I am speaking from the heart."

Gold feels her most important work to-date is her little companion book, The Lightworker's Handbook. "I don't know anyone who isn't struggling with the changes that are occurring and attempting to bring meaning to it all," maintains Gold. "The handbook is a small, simple and concise reminder of why you were born now, your life's purpose and how to live it with certainty and calm."

The key to her success at helping people navigate change, Gold says, is that she is "a fellow traveler along a path each of us takes toward being the best we can be."

"Whether I'm coaching an individual or presenting to an organization, my mission is always the same -- for people to feel a renewed sense of empowerment and excitement about the possibilities that await them, regardless of their present situation. It is not about seeing things my way; it is about helping others find their own way. The key to that door is discovering the expert within. 
In times of so much uncertainty and doubt, finding a way to access inner certainty and inspiration seems like a worthwhile pursuit."

To learn more about the services Carole Gold offers to both individuals and corporations, log on to www.CaroleGold.com.