Before Iyanla Vanzant stepped into the role of life coach and spiritual advisor, she was in need of great help herself.
Crippled by postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and feeling helpless under the weight of the burdens surrounding her. The hurt was too much, and Iyanla made the decision to take her own life.
“I came to understand that God is all, in all, at all times present everywhere, for me in a very desperate situation,” Iyanla says.
“I took a bunch of pills. I was in the kitchen, on the floor, and I could feel myself losing consciousness,” Iyanla says. “In that moment, I saw what I believe to be the Divine Mother. She said to me, ‘Do you really want to die?’ And I said, ‘No. I just don’t want to hurt anymore.'”