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Writing Your Story…

Have you noticed that when something is on your mind, such as noticing that things are so expensive, or thinking about a certain car, then everywhere you look you find examples of those thoughts?  It is because you brought your awareness to this and so, you see more of it.  Conversely, if you didn’t know …

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You still have the power

At this time of year we tend to have more awareness and focus as there is an energy of joy, hope and excitement surrounding Christmas and the holiday season.   There is almost a sense of buoyancy and lightness. Conversely, if you are going through a hard time right now, you may be feeling the extreme …

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Healing the Third Eye Chakra

The third eye chakra relates to wisdom, intuition, perception, inspiration, imagination, our connection to our inner being, our ability to see the bigger picture, and the way in which we see ourselves and the world.  It guides the way we create our reality, based on how we see the world. When the third eye chakra …

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The Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra is our third eye chakra or brow chakra.  It is located in the center of the brow, between the eyes, and slightly above at the bridge of the nose. The third eye chakra relates to intuition, “sixth sense”, wisdom, perception, imagination, manifesting thought, self-awareness, inner guidance, purpose, and even psychic abilities.  This …

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Healing the Throat Chakra

The throat chakra relates to communication with self and others, and expression.  It is about using our voice, speaking our truth, expressing our creativity, accessing our inner guidance, communicating easily, and comfortably living our truth. When the throat chakra is in balance, we feel confident in sharing who we really are, free from the judgement …

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The Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. This chakra is located in the throat area and is about self-expression, communication, creativity and truth.  The throat chakra works with the sacral chakra – the sacral chakra is about creativity, and the throat chakra allows the physical expression of that creativity though communication and self-expression. This chakra …

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Healing the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is about how we connect and relate to other beings.  It is about our capacity to give and receive love and acceptance, and our openness to experience relationships. When the heart chakra is in balance, we experience the world differently.  We get to live from a place of unconditional love – we …

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The Heart Chakra

The next chakra is the heart chakra, located in the center of the chest.  It sits between the first three lower body chakras relating to the external world, and the three higher chakras, relating to intuition and spirituality.  The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual meet, acting as a bridge between thought, emotion …

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This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022