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In other's stories we hear our own...

Join us as we dive into these spiritual questions...

What is a sacred story that has shaped your life?

How is your sacred story evolving now?

How is Spirit/Mystery currently calling to you?

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Sacred Stories with Dr. Rebecca Ray: The Universe Listens to Brave

Dr. Rebecca Ray's Sacred Story:

The second I heard Dr. Rebecca Ray speak, I knew her wisdom around breaking old psychological patterns, model of deep authenticity, and wicked sense of humor would make for a transformative Sacred Story. Join Beck and I for this vulnerable conversation about exploding paradigms for how we envision our love stories and professional horizons.

Beck’s romantic relationships in her 20’s left a heck of a lot to be desired. She was holding out for a 6’4” cowboy before finally deciding she’d be single forever at the ripe age of 33. When she met Nyssa, the soul-love Beck felt was scary. “Life brought me something more wonderful than I ever could have imagined, if only I’d let myself have it.”

Beck was fearful at first to fully accept the deep love Nyssa offered because it went against everything she had assumed about her life. Our subconscious is so good at resisting new experiences because it equates unknown with unsafe. Beck saw this sneaky pattern playing out in her and knew that if she did not dive into it more deeply, it would sabotage what she was building with Nyssa. Creating a new paradigm for relationships--something more wonderful than we ever could imagine--is exhilarating and scary. She reminds us that entering into this perspective takes courage, and that courage often includes softness with ourselves and others.

Beck exploded another paradigm in her professional life. After profound burnout running a private psychiatric practice, Beck challenged her own assumptions about what her life as a psychologist could be. She danced with old patterns of pessimism and impatience (self proclaimed specialties) when transitioning to writing, teaching, and podcasting. This shift into trust and patience in the face of income uncertainty was another invitation to be brave alongside her fear.

I know this dance well. Leaving a beloved job because my soul knew I was meant to be nestled in the Rockies and working for myself was scary. It was challenging to explain it to family members who didn’t get it, and it was scary to leave behind a steady salary! I have never regretted honoring that deep knowing about the life I want to create for myself. When fear arises, I return to the truth that it’s not fear that keeps us safe, but intuition.

Each of us can learn from Beck’s insights about how we show up for our own inner truth, our own soul-alignment.

I connected with Dr. Rebecca Ray via Aléa Lovely. Our sacred community only grows! Find Aléa’s Sacred Story HERE.

Rebecca’s story invites us to consider:

~ What are the ways my fear about getting what I truly want sabotages my ability to receive? For instance, if I am scared about professional freedom, in what ways does repeating a story of lack or fear block me from the openness to uncover new potential professional opportunities?

~ What assumptions about your life are asking to be released? What “shoulds” feel like heavy burdens of doom? What new rules can you create for how to honor the life the Universe wants to give you?

~ What permission slips might your 80 year old self offer you NOW that you don’t have to wait to receive until you are 80?!! Harnessing the sagacity of our 80’s is a beautiful way to use our inner wisdom to step into aligned living. Stay tuned for my visiting your 85 year old self meditation for one of my favorite ways to shift perspectives!

Listen to Rebecca's story

About Rebecca:

Dr. Rebecca Ray is an Author, Speaker, and Clinical Psychologist. She uses a science-backed, heart and hard truth approach to helping big-picture-thinking female entrepreneurs, like you, live a life that’s fulfilling, unapologetic, and free. Rebecca has been a Clinical Psychologist for the best part of two decades and is the creator of digital courses including Overcoming Self-Sabotage: From Paralysis to Progress and Radical Courage: Transforming Fear into Freedom. She is the author of The Art of Self-Kindness, The Universe Listens to Brave and Be Happy: 35 Powerful Methods for Personal Growth and Well-Being. Rebecca can be found online daily, interacting with her community about using courage and brain potential to create an impactful business that makes a meaningful difference in the world, while going gently on ourselves.

Connect with Rebecca:

https://rebeccaray.com.au/

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest: @drrebeccaray

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Sacred Stories with Lyssa Mandel: The Cosmic Serpent

Lyssa's Sacred Story:

Lyssa and I met at an incredible retreat in Joshua Tree National Park.* Our shared Jewish upbringing and love of nature-based spirituality led to a soul-friendship. From that first moment I felt Lyssa’s multitudes--she brings them to this sharing of her Sacred Story.

Lyssa began her spiritual journey as a skeptic. At the age of 28, after reading The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby, she realized that the connection between science and Spirit lives in the wonder and precision of our own bodies--that scientific truths are evidence of God. She reminds us that Spirit does not only exist as an external force, but lives within each of us as a tiny “benevolent parasite” and can act as a guide, if we listen.

Shifting her thoughts about Spirit led Lyssa to embrace the Divine inside of her via messages from inner guides. Guides can show up in many forms... as internal or external messages, sensations, or emotions. When we sit with our emotions and ask them to be our guides, we offer ourselves permission to receive their teachings. Sometimes strong emotions can feel overwhelming, yet when we hold them with curiosity, we can replace a fear of feeling with a deeper wisdom of how to care for ourselves in new ways. For example, after a recent consult with a business strategist, l left feeling overwhelmed and agitated. Asking the emotions to give me a message helped me realize that being hit with a dose of other people’s advice or structures felt like a giant “heck no!” from my body. From there, I was able to come back home to my own inner knowing about the best path for me.

Lyssa’s story invites us to consider:

~ What understanding(s) of the Divine most resonate with me? Via the miracles of science? A sense of Oneness among all beings? My own inner wisdom or intuition? A moral force within me?

~ What messages are my emotional guides trying to send me? How are feelings in my body (physical pain, sadness, confusion) inviting me to learn something new about myself?

~ Are there soul-friends in my life that I’d like to connect with in new ways?

*This is the retreat where I also connected with Sacred Stories guest Keira Poulsen. Listen to Keira’s Sacred Story HERE.

Listen to Lyssa's story

About Lyssa:

Lyssa is an actor, writer, storyteller, comedian, seeker, and skeptic-turned-woo. She gleefully describes herself as a neurotic hippie who is “past imperfect, present intense.”

Listen to her podcast “What’s Betwixt Us” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, and Overcast

Further Resources:

Josh Korta Dharma Punx

Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline Myss

Eastern Body Western Mind, by Anodea Judith

Louise Hay

Walt Whitman,“We contain multitudes”

Rob Bell and the Robcast

Let’s Play, the C.R.E.A.T.E. PODCAST

Connect with Lyssa:

lyssamandel.com

Instagram: @aflockofsandwiches

Twitter: @lyssaisaperson

Facebook: Lyssa Mandel

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Sacred Stories with Puja Sue Flamm: Grief as a Sacred Opening

Puja's Sacred Story:

Puja Sue Flamm joins Sacred Stories to share tender musings on grief after journeying through the recent losses of her father, mother, and close friend. Her gentle, warm presence invites us into a sacred opening: one of surrender and gentleness with ourselves.

Puja reminds us that we often reside in our heads; the spiritual call is a practice of continually coming home into our physical being. This loving check-in with what’s occurring physically is also a portal to Spirit. We can ask ourselves, “What does my body want to tell me?” as a way to connect to the wisdom of embodied living. For me, the tightness in my stomach takes me right back to childhood events. This tightness is a loving reminder to offer compassionate reassurance to younger Jessica that these are simply old coping patterns, and to come home to the truth that in this moment, I am perfectly cared for.

These are called practices because we continually come back to them--sometimes multiple times an hour! Puja and I are both deepening into them in new ways. We see our growing edges--hers the pressure to transition from in-person teaching to teaching online, mine finding peace within months of post-Covid symptoms--as an invitation to trust the wisdom of our bodies and allow the Universe to guide us through shifts in how we serve our communities and ourselves best. May our discussion inspire new ways to hear the guidance our bodies offer.

Puja’s story invites us to consider:

~ How does an experience of grief want to open me in new ways?

~ What are the “timelines” I have created for myself and how can I honor my body’s natural pacing?

{I have found that timelines often come with “should’s.” ie: “I should be over this by now”}. If something is taking longer than we think it “should,” we know it means something to us. There are ways to let emotion move through our body and help us progress, but arbitrary timelines tend to make us feel less-than.

~JOY as a practice of connecting to our heart-center. Listen to Puja’s beautiful JOY meditation at 40:52 in the recording. Smiling like a Buddha releases feel-good endorphins!

~The practice of putting our hands on our heart and repeating, “I am here with you” as a way of coming home to our bodies. I like to set a bell on my phone for 11:11 and 1:11 each day as a reminder of this practice.

Listen to Puja's Story

About Puja:

Puja Sue Flamm has been a yoga teacher for more than 35 years. She is an author of two books, one on Restorative Yoga and one on Cultivating Joy and Inner Peace. She has taught around the globe in more than 10 different countries. She is a spiritual seeker and teacher walking the path of love.

Puja and I connected through Robin Wald, the very first Sacred Stories guest. Robin’s story can be found HERE. How wonderful it is to be part of such a loving and connected sacred community!

Connect with Puja:

www.sueflamm.com and www.pujayoga.net

Instagram: @pujasue

Facebook: Sue Flamm

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Sacred Stories with Vanessa "Nessy" Quarantello: No Greater Love

Vanessa's Sacred Story:

The first time I spoke with Vanessa “Nessy” Quarantello, I knew I had met a soul sister...we shared that perfect combination of authenticity and wisdom. Our experiences growing up were different, yet we responded to them with similar patterns of caretaking and overly identifying with the suffering of others. Vanessa and I both used our healing from childhood experiences to inform how we guide others in our work.

I’m so pleased to share this wholehearted conversation with Vanessa as she shares a Sacred Story of transforming her painful experiences into a journey of soul-alignment. Like many processes of self discovery, this winding road led to Vanessa leaving corporate Wall Street to devote herself to breathwork--the space between our thoughts and Spirit.

We reflect on the power we each possess to repattern our nervous system by changing the way we breathe, using the energy of music, and evoking laughter to help reset our body’s stress response.

The Hebrew word for breath is ruach, which means spirit, wind, or Divine life-force. Vanessa leads us in a guided breathwork practice that taps directly into our ruach--with just 4 breaths, we are offered a portal to Spirit and peacefulness.

I am so grateful to LaEisha Howard for introducing me to Vanessa. LaEisha's Sacred Forgiveness story can be found HERE. In elevating each other’s gifts and offerings, our community grows!

Vanessa’s story invites us to consider:

~ How do I best connect to peace in my body--music, laughter, meditation, journaling? Try engaging in Vanessa’s breathwork practice for 7 days (at 41:28 in the recording).

~ What does “Being Great” mean in the context of my life right now?

~ How can I honor the balance between giving love and allowing myself to receive love? When do I want to create boundaries vs. break down boundaries?

~ With whom do I feel my energy most reciprocated?

Listen to Vanessa's story

About Vanessa:

Vanessa or “Nessy” is a third-generation heart-led female entrepreneur, childhood trauma survivor and an active community contributor.

Through her healing arts practice, No Greater Love, she offers Breathwork, Reiki, and Mindful Meditation for individuals, couples, families, and workplace wellness programs.

She now lives in her native San Diego, CA but has journeyed to many parts of the world and lived in all four corners of the USA. Her life experience and personal healing journey created her mission and mantra to “BE GREAT and SPREAD LOVE” as inspired by her Grandmother Lillian.

Connect with Vanessa:

nogreaterlovebynessy.com

Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram: @nogreaterlovebynessy

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Sacred Stories with LaEisha Howard: Sacred Forgiveness

LaEisha's Sacred Story:

Join us for this expansive conversation with LaEisha Howard as she shares her Sacred Story about the power of forgiveness and gratitude, practices we can use to help us stay present as we navigate past struggles. LaEisha teaches us how to bring these qualities into a daily prayer practice of blessing the sticky spots and elevating gratitude each day.

LaEisha also shares with us a story from her memoir about her mother, who used to remind her: treat everyone with love, as you do not always know what is going on beneath their surface. This beautiful reminder is such a sacred way to honor one of my favorite Ram Dass quotes, “Treat everyone like God in drag.”

LaEisha's story invites us to consider:

~ How can I claim a prayer practice for myself?

~ How might I infuse resilience and intention into my prayer practice?

~ How do we best process and grow: via writing, therapy, prayer, nature time, or meditation.

~ What might be one next step in allowing ourselves to let go of any grudges we hold?

Listen to LaEisha's story

About LaEisha:

Author, writer, speaker and Human Resources consultant. LaEisha has always been passionate about empowering those around her and challenges those to shape not only how the world sees them, but how they see themselves in the world. LaEisha has been categorized by her peers and clients as an inspirational and thought-provoking visionary. LaEisha is the Co-Founder of Threads of Change, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of underprivileged youth.

Connect with LaEisha:

Visit Threads of Change

laeisha.com

IG: @laeishahoward

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Sacred Stories with Kiné Corder: Living Like There's No Tonight

Kiné's Sacred Story:

Join us as Kiné Corder shares a powerful story of generosity, connection, and living with intention.

Kiné’s philosophy became “live like there’s no tonight” after she suddenly lost two of her close friends. For her, living like there’s no tonight means choosing to do what’s most important to your heart today. We know too well that tomorrow is not always guaranteed.

Kiné also explains the process of hypnotherapy and how it allows individuals to heal from trauma by “changing their song.”

Kiné’s story invites us to consider:

~ What are some important steps I want to take “tonight”?

~ How can I step out of my mind and listen to what my body and soul are telling me?

~ To whom in my life can I offer generosity?

~ How can breaking my goals into smaller, more manageable steps help me prioritize my values?

Listen to Kiné's story

About Kiné:

Kiné Corder is a National Certified Counselor, international speaker, and the world’s #1 clinical hypnotherapist specializing in stress, anger, money, and meaning. She is also the CEO of Presidential Lifestyle; a wellness company focused on wealth in all its forms.

With a background in film and television production, financial services, and mental health counseling, Kiné delivers a unique set of skills in her private practice, speaking engagements, and public appearances. She creates life transforming experiences in both a private and/or group setting.

You can also catch Kiné on her Money and Meaning podcast where she chronicles the search for meaning over money to Make America Meaningful Again.

Connect with Kiné:

presidentiallifestyle.com

IG: @kinecorder

Sacred Stories with Alea Lovely: Receiving Higher Wisdom

Alea's Sacred Story:

Join us as Aléa Lovely tells a sacred story about learning to trust the Universe to guide her towards action and healing. She shares her journey from a life of manifestation to one of surrendering to her feminine energy and Spirit.

We explore the difference between anxiety and intuition, and how the two can sometimes be mislabeled. Aléa encourages each of us to trust our intuition, as it often leads us in the right direction.

Aléa’s story invites us to consider:

~ Who are we without our titles, relationships, and work?

~ How can we allow Spirit to guide us, instead of always seeking control?

~ What is the difference between our anxiety and our intuition?

Listen to Aléa's story

About Aléa:

Aléa Lovely is the host on the up-and-coming podcast Spiritual Shit. She is also an empath medium who coaches people about their energy, boundaries and blocks to help them grow in ways that seemed impossible before.

Connect with Aléa:

https://thelovelyalea.com/podcast

IG: @TheLovelyAlea

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Sacred Stories with Keira Poulsen: Crossing the Sea

Keira's Sacred Story:

Join us for a powerful spiritual discourse as Keira shares her sacred story of waiting for the seas to part despite eerie silence from the heavens. We discuss what it means to make a leap of faith when listening to Divine messages. We also consider the power of directly saying to Spirit, “Show me!”

Keira explains how to balance living a spiritual life with taking intentional action as an entrepreneur. She believes that if we trust help from spiritual realms, we are never alone in our pursuits.

She shares one of her favorite songs, Oceans Where My Feet May Fail, by Hillsong UNITED

Keira’s story invites us to consider:

~ How do we receive holy messages?

~ How do we navigate not knowing what to do or the heavens going silent?

~ Practicing trust and forgiveness when feeling unheard or unseen by intentionally creating our own sacred spaces.

Listen to Keira's story

About Keira:

Keira Poulsen is a mother to 5 amazing children. She is also an intuitive, energetic healer and creator. Keira is a spiritual entrepreneurship coach for Lightworkers, healers, change-makers and leaders. She helps women create their soul work and successful businesses derived from their gifts and purpose through The Awaken Mastermind and the Awaken the Master’s Program. Keira believes that now is the time that leaders are awakened and share their light with the world.

You can listen weekly to Keira’s messages of hope and guidance through The Awaken Podcast or on her Instagram account.

Keira is also the creator of Freedom House Publishing Co. where she helps authors liberate their voices through the written word. Keira believes that we all have a deep purpose that the world needs. And when we connect up to The Divine and remember our own inner Divinity, we can create massive change in this world.

Connect with Keira:

https://www.keirapoulsen.com/

IG: @KeiraPoulsen

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Sacred Stories with Aubry Hoffman: The Whispers of Our Heart

Aubry's Sacred Story:

Join us as the Queen of Intuition tells a powerful story about how her atypical education has shaped the course of her life. We discuss the power that lives in each of us to discover our own unique ways of working and healing. Aubry’s message invites us to accept that we each have a path that may look nothing like that of other people in our lives.

Aubry’s story encourages us to consider:

~ What if what you want feels like something that has never been done before?

~ How can we let go and trust the pull of our heart?

~ Where in our lives can we practice even more openness?

~ How do we heal, work, and love in our own unique ways?

Listen to Aubry's story

About Aubry:

Aubry Hoffman is an intuitive guide, energy healer and inspirational speaker. She inspires thousands of people all over the world with her weekly podcast; The Queen of Intuition. Aubry lives in Boulder, CO with her son.

Special offering from Aubry: For 20% off a reading with her click HERE and use code STARMOTHER at check out.

Connect with Aubry:

https://www.aubryhoffman.com/

IG: @TheQueenOfIntuition

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Sacred Stories with Rabbi Heather Miller: Keeping It Sacred

Heather's Sacred Story:

Join us for an expansive conversation with Rabbi Heather Miller exploring inclusive Jewish community and claiming Judaism for ourselves. We discuss the power of having our own identities affirmed by those we love and honoring others through spiritual depth, openness, and joy! Rabbi Miller’s story reveals the humanness of trying to find our place. She reminds us that we share many more similarities than differences.

Rabbi Heather Miller invites us to consider:

~ How can we create spaces within the Jewish community that are welcoming to all people?

~ What are ways we can affirm those who may have different backgrounds than our own?

~ How can we strive to be creators of Judaism instead of consumers?

~ What do our own spiritual identities look like and feel like?

Listen to Heather's story

About Rabbi Heather Miller:

Rabbi Heather Miller is the founding rabbi of Keeping It Sacred, a center of serious sacred text study, joyful openness, empowering learning, and purposeful activity.

She was named the 2018 Giant of Justice by CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), appointed Commissioner on the first-ever Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission in 2016, selected as a Jewish Federation Edah Community Leadership Fellow in 2016, and identified as a Leader to Watch by the Liberty Hill Foundation in 2013.

In 2019, Rabbi Miller released her first book, ReSOULutions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair. Her actions and ideas have been featured in more than 15 publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Jewish Journal, Sh’ma Journal, The Orange County Register, and ReformJudaism.org.

Rabbi Miller has served as spiritual leader of several congregations across the United States including the world’s first LGBT-founded Jewish synagogue, and was born and raised in an interfaith family in Los Angeles, CA.

Connect with Rabbi Heather Miller:

http://rabbiheathermiller.com

IG & FB: @hearabbi

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Erin Celeste: Sacred Power

Erin's Sacred Story:

Join us for this deeply powerful conversation as Erin Celeste shares a story about finding her own voice and how that emerges in her relationships. We explore the universal human question, "Can I trust to be loved as my true self?" Can I show up as I truly am and be deeply loved for that? Erin clarifies external vs. internal power and offers tools for how we can shift old stories about ourselves. She also reveals a compelling way to diffuse conflict.

Erin's story invites us to consider:

~How do we hold someone else in sacred space when they are feeling triggered and vulnerable?

~The embodiment practice of asking the other person, "What do you feel in your body right now?"

~If you are feeling stuck in a relationship, discerning whether to keep working on your relationship or accept that it is not a good fit.

~How do we start to dismantle old structures that keep us in suffering?

Listen to Erin's story

About Erin:

Erin Celeste (she/hers) is a healer-turned-relationship coach, thanks to her relentless pursuit of the question "Why are relationships are the source of both our greatest joy and our greatest pain?"

She is a certified Erotic Blueprints coach, and works with single or partnered women to help guide them into deeper love through the power of pleasure so they can experience turn on, aliveness and radiance both in and out of the bedroom.

When not geeking out about sex and relationships, she can be found perfecting her French accent (ideally while traveling), reading mystery novels, dancing like no one is watching, logging hours on her meditation cushion, and engaging as an ally to end systemic oppression.

Connect with Erin:

IG: @myerinvalentine

FB: @ErinCeleste

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Paul Sanders: Somatic Listening

Paul's Sacred Story:

Paul dives into tangible skills that help partners to understand each other's differences.

We explore the practices of sitting with discomfort, listening with empathy, heart coherence meditation, and intentionally raising the frequency of every cell in our body. He shares how the practice of somatic listening--hearing another without needing to respond has changed his relationship.

Paul's story invites us to consider:

~How might I bring playfulness to my meditation practice?

~Where is an invitation to practice somatic listening in our own life?

~Is there something or someone in our lives that might flow more easily if we step back to listen versus grip tightly and force it?

Listen to Paul's story

About Paul:

Paul is a life adventurer. He has always been an entrepreneur work-wise. Beyond work, what is most important to Paul are spiritual and relationship growth, anything to do with music, and exploring the world.

Connect with Paul:

FB & IG: @heywherespaul

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Sacred Questions with Alison Gold

Alison's Sacred Story:

Our conversation explores Alison's core life questions which emerged & deepened during her time on sabbatical.

1. How do I want to contribute to the world?

2. What do I want the rhythm of my life to be?

3. What/Where do I consider home?

We also speak about a magical place called the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland I hope to be able to visit there one day!

Alison's story invites us to consider:

~Where do life's important questions get raised for you?

~How would you answer her core questions? What others would you add?

~What for you is "love in action?"

Listen to Alison's story

About Alison:

Alison Gold is passionate about sharing her unique combination of skills and experiences as an anthropologist, cross-sector change-maker, culture-builder, emergent learner and strategist, and facilitator with organizations and collaborations seeking to create a more positive and equitable world. She founded her firm, Optimistic Anthropology in 2017, to help teams and communities working to solve complex social, economic, and environmental problems be able to answer two critical questions:

  • Why are things the way they are?

  • What will it take to make them different?

Alison enjoys reading, cooking, and podcasts; swimming, hiking and camping; checking out street art, art exhibits and concerts; and cheering for the Chicago White Sox. She calls the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC home, and because of her love of and ability to work from anywhere, considers the world her community.

Connect with Alison:

http://www.OptimisticAnthro.com

Instagram: @AKGold11

Twitter: @AKGold11

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Sacred Surrender with Robin Wald

Robin's Sacred Story:

Our conversation explores Robin's growth, healing, and transformation over the last five years since ending a 24 year marriage. We dive into the lessons of growing into our own power, surrender, trust, intuition, and inner listening.

Robin's story invites us to consider:

~During times of uncertainty, how can we connect to the Divine as an indwelling place, the Shechina, in Hebrew?

~How can we deepen our own inward listening, without judgment?

~Using tarot as an intuition validator.

~The dance between inner knowing versus listening to a force larger than us. Duality consciousness versus unity consciousness.

Listen to Robin's story

About Robin:

Robin Wald is a professional astrologer, life coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and Jewish educator. With cosmic wisdom and compassionate presence, Robin supports her clients to gain clarity and insight into themselves, their life purpose, and their own resourcefulness to manifest their best selves in wholeness and love.

Connect with Robin:

http://www.robinwald.com

IG: @robinwaldcosmicwisdom

FB: RobinWald or @robinwaldcosmicwisdom

Excited to create a sacred story together?