About Us

Coaching changed my life for the better.  That’s why I started GreatDoor in 2006.   Shamanic healing work brought a new dimension to my life and to my work with clients.  I now think of myself as a kind of transformation mediator, with a full tool box at the ready, to assist you to navigate your life more effectively, in all areas of life.

Meet Laura Luykx

Before I was introduced to coaching as a client I was feeling run over by the circumstances of my life and barely able to cope.  I was depressed, stressed and out of ideas about how to make things better.

Life coaching offered me a more empowering perspective as well as a forum and a structure for identifying what I wanted in my life and then for making a plan to go after it.  I quickly fell in love with the non-judgmental facilitation I was receiving and the way my life was improving.  My coach didn’t tell me what to do, but she helped me learn to trust myself and taught me some techniques for accessing the brilliance and wisdom that I already possessed.

I secretly thought about what it would be like to assist other people with all the things I was learning, but there seemed no viable way for me to train, afford an office or find clients, so I kept it to myself.  After I finally admitted to my coach that I was secretly dreaming of being a life coach too, she helped me to stop focusing on the obstacles and to start focusing on the dream.  As I got clearer and clearer about what I truly wanted, the pieces began to fall into place.  I even inherited almost exactly the amount of money I needed for tuition to my preferred training program.  My coach stood with me as I worked through the remaining details to move forward on what I truly wanted for myself.  In 2007 I completed a life coaching training program certified by the International Coach Federation, which sets standards of accreditation for professional coaches.

In 2009 I read a book called The Horse Boy about the family of an autistic child who travel to Mongolia to visit local shamans on horseback as a part of their quest for improving their son’s condition.  Shortly after that it seemed like fate when I met a shaman at a local business networking lunch.  She’d only recently moved to the area and I joked that without even knowing it, we had been part of what was calling her to our city.  She began shamanic healing and mentoring work with both me and my son, who is on the autism spectrum, and a whole new world began opening up for us both.  In 2011 I had the opportunity to apprentice with another shaman and this wonderful new world kept unfolding.  I continue to pursue shamanic training and mentoring on an on-going basis and to be constantly moved and amazed by walking a shamanic path.

Since 2007 I have donated my services to One to One ~ Women Coaching Women, a national non-profit organization that offers six months of pro bono coaching to women who are emerging from challenging experiences and who cannot otherwise afford coaching.

I am an avid reader, who loves to learn new things, and an animal lover.  I live in Frisco, TX with my husband, son, dog and cats.

What is Shamanic Work?

∞ Shamanic work is soul work; dealing with the longings and wounds of the most eternal part of you.

∞ If all people, all animals, all of nature, including rocks and things that we tend to think of as inanimate are actually an expression of the Creator, then they are therefore imbued with a kind of life force. This does not mean that animals and rocks are sentient in the same way as humans but that they do express certain energies and aspects of the Web of Life. When we honor all beings, and look for what we might be able to learn from them, we are in harmony with the Web of Life. This fundamental path to health and wholeness has been practiced since Neolithic times, in every part of the globe.

∞ The shamanic practitioner journeys into non-ordinary reality, usually to the beat of a drum or rattle, to bring back information and healing for the members of her community.

∞ In a divinely inter-connected Universe everything has meaning and so symbolism is very important.  Although there is a loose lexicon of symbols, which may vary from culture to culture, the most important thing is to listen for the message, rather than deferring to a book or preconceived idea.

∞ Another name for shaman is medicine man/woman.  In this context, medicine refers to the energy or gift that something has to bestow.  For example, in many cultures Coyote is considered a trickster.  If you have a dream about a coyote or a real one crosses your path, it may be an indication that you need to lighten up or look at things from a different perspective, but don’t forget to ask, because the medicine may be slightly different than the standard interpretation.

∞ Contemporary shamanism arises out of the elements that are common to all traditions.  The only shamanic tradition we have in this country is amongst the Native Americans.  Rather than co-opting their specific rituals and beliefs, contemporary shamanism honors the more fundamental aspects, in part by recognizing the importance and inter-connectedness of all beings.