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My Journey

CHOOSING A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE OF LIFE

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"No child should ever be treated this way." --Oprah (as I remember this quote)

 

After watching an episode of the Oprah Winphrey Show where she said these very words, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would do whatever I needed to do to survive my home life. And the moment I could, I would leave my childhood home and I would change the trajectory of my life.

 

I was 12 years old. 

I probably didn't use the word "trajectory" but I desperately wanted to have a different experience of life. I wanted to experience happiness without silently expecting it to be taken from me. 

I was terrified that I would become what I witnessed as a child. 

I fulfilled that promise I made to my 12-year-old self. When I left home at 18 years of age. The only problem—wanting to release the pain and hurt I endured and actually doing so, were two very different things. I quickly learned what a "sliding fee scale" was, and I took my financially broke ass straight to therapy.  

That was where I started—the willingness to unpack all the shame and pain that I endured as a young child. I did all the things I was told to do. I journaled. I introduced myself to my inner child and began to nurture her. I started to focus on my thoughts and my feelings. I began to recognize the negative patterns I'd grown so accustomed to and intentionally began changing them. 

 

During this time, I relied on my deep sense of faith. I prayed. A lot. And in truth, the only meaning it had for me was hope. 

Hope for a better experience of life. 

So, in my early 20s, I went in search of God. I studied with and joined at least six different faiths. None of them resonated with me. It wasn't until a friend gifted me the book, "The Way of the Wizard," by Deepak Chopra. This piqued my interest. Who is this Deepak Chopra? And what exactly is spiritual development?

Maybe I didn't mention....this was way before Google became the way to get information. 

It was also during the time when science was at the very beginning stages of understanding the long term impact of trauma. As information became more accessible, I continued my journey of healing and personal development. This journey, which I now refer to as my Sacred Journey, became the catalyst that strengthened my spiritual awareness and my ability to consciously connect to Spirit. 

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I came to an understanding that everything that happened to me as a child actually happened for me. It was intended for me to experience what I did in order to re-member the truth of who I am. This realization allowed me to step into my power and use my spiritual awareness to help others.

My professional journey of learning and teaching was an integral part of my sacred journey 

I am a teacher. In my heart. And deep in my soul. 

I've been a teacher of young children and adults for over three decades. I earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in elementary education, with a focus on emotional intelligence. 

When I became an administrator of crisis intervention programs, I was determined to be an effective leader. I wanted to create a community where everyone felt a sense of belonging. Learning how to do this meant that I had to return to school. At 28 years of age, I started my doctor of management in organizational leadership program, earning my doctorate in 2009. Not only did I study human behavior and emotional intelligence, I also learned about the importance of making authentic connections in order to create a community where folx feel seen, heard, and connected. 

This is what sets me apart from many other spiritual and/or trauma healing teachers and coaches: I am a neurodivergent Latina, first generation American and daughter of a migrant worker.  I've been with my husband, a neurodivergent Black man, for 33 years, and together, we have a highly sensitive biracial teenage daughter who is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and who...surprise, surprise, is also neurodivergent. 

Both my lived experience in this lifetime and my deep spiritual awareness have shaped my understanding of the experience we are having in this world. 

If you are currently awakening to the Truth of who you are, I am here to help you unpack your emerging spiritual awareness, gain an understanding of your insights, answer questions, and help you navigate through your experiences. 

My commitment is to be inclusive of all people who are interested in being a part of our spiritual community.

 

I am here for you. 

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