Irene Kendig

Irene Kendig

Irene Kendig


Irene Kendig – A Biography

I grew up believing I was unlovable, inadequate and unworthy. We were an upper middle class family. My father was a doctor who struggled with bipolar disorder. My mom was incapacitated by depression and attempted suicide on a couple of occasions. I was 12 when my parents divorced and my mom moved us to Hollywood from the small Mid-western town I called home.

        I went from having a housekeeper to being the housekeeper: We were so poor we didn’t have beds to sleep on. I did the cooking, cleaning and caring for my two younger brothers, ages five and seven. 

        I was an honors student in high school. I was 16 when my high school history teacher came on to me. He was 44. I lost my virginity when, under the pretense of an overnight field trip, he took me to a cheap Costa Mesa motel. I was head-over-heels in love and thought I would spend the rest of my life with him. Hey, I was 16. I was devastated when I found out he was married and vowed to get even by ruining my life . . . not his life, mind you, but mine. There is only Oneness, so it matters not.

        Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four I:

-Went out with my high school Spanish teacher to spite my History teacher

-Got pregnant

-Dropped out of UCLA in my freshman year

-Married my 40-year-old Spanish teacher in Las Vegas

-Divorced him 9 months later and became a single parent

-Was ostracized by my family and became “invisible” to them

-Was raped by a man with a shotgun to my head

-Spent a year addicted to cocaine

-And, in a last ditch, cherry-on-top effort, attempted suicide at the age of 22.


        I have to admit, there’s something to be said for the total commitment and abandon with which I throw myself into whatever I deem important.

        Fast-forward after two-and-a-half decades of healing work. 

        I graduated cum laude in psychology from UCLA at the age of 40, and earned an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica at age 56. I became a Practitioner of NLP, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Therapy.  I published my first book when I was 57. It won seven national and international awards, including the Eric Hoffer Award for Best Book by a Debut Author.

        The book transforms the way we think about life and delivers a profound sense of peace and spiritual understanding to its readers, especially those who’ve experienced the death of a loved one, and most especially if it was the result of suicide.

        I am the poster child for, “it’s never too late to accomplish your dream life.”

        I estimate that approximately 97% of my waking hours are spent in a state of peace, gratitude and joy. My husband and I—he’s my best friend—have a relationship that is best described as “unwavering love, appreciation, support and devotion.” It’s the kind of relationship people yearn for.

        But it’s not just this relationship that’s outstanding . . . every relationship in my life is complete and an expression of genuine loving kindness, including the relationships I have with each member of my family.

        Every interaction I have is an opportunity to be of service. I do my very best to leave people in better shape than how I found them. I look for way to find people “right.” It makes for tremendously uplifting interactions.

         I know that unconditional love is available in every moment—and if I’m not experiencing it, it’s because I’m doing something to block it, usually by way of a judgment about myself or about another, or a misunderstanding about the nature of Life. What I’ve discovered is that true happiness has little to do with outer circumstances and everything to do with how we are being inside ourselves from moment to moment as we move through the world. 

         In addition to being an author, I am a Soul-Centered Life Coach with an enormous skill set to facilitate others in having a life filled with acceptance, unconditional love, peace, joy, gratitude, generosity, wisdom and full self expression. I facilitate my clients in accomplishing their positive outcomes, whatever they may be.

        Perhaps the single most important thing I bring is that I know who I AM. My life is a reflection of the divine grace that comes with doing one’s inner work. I know that the Divine Essence that exists within me is the same Divine Essence that exists within us all. My being in touch with it allows me to hold the space for someone else to discover it in the same ongoing way. If I can be of service to you, please feel free to contact me at or call me at 571-271-7989. See also