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Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra revolves around our personal power, our personality, identity and inner fire.   It is associated with the core of who we are and how we feel about ourselves, our abilities and our place in the world. When this chakra is in balance we revel in self-love; feel confident, capable, empowered, and able …

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The Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra.  This energy center  revolves around your personal power and the perception of who you are, your identity, and your self-esteem.   It is located between the navel and solar plexus (upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests). This chakra relates to how we feel about ourselves, …

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Healing the Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is the pleasure center of the body – the place where desire, creativity and passion stem from.  By paying attention to the thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions within your body, you can determine if your sacral chakra needs healing.  Do you truly enjoy life?  Are you really experiencing it and feeling fulfilled, …

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The Sacral Chakra

The next chakra we are looking at is the sacral chakra.   The sacral chakra is located two finger widths below belly button and is the center of your creativity.  This chakra is linked to the emotional body. The sacral chakra relates to feeling emotionally grounded, creative, sexually desirable and being filled with energy and passion. …

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Healing the Base Chakra

Your chakras are the energy centers of the body.  When these are out of alignment we see the effects in our lives. Just like the physical body, our energy can be “wounded” because of the life experiences we have.  But unlike in our physical body, we cannot see the wounds, only the effects of them.  …

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The Base Chakra

Our outside world is a reflection of what is going on within on an energetic level. Our chakras are the energy centers of the body.  When our chakras get blocked, our life energy also gets blocked and we find ourselves stuck in places we don’t want to be.  When our chakras are out of balance, …

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Aligning the Spiritual Body

Our spiritual bodies are our heart-center, inner voice, our guidance system, intuition and connection to our Higher self/Source/God.   It is a tie that connects our physical self and the action we can take, our emotional self and the direction we follow, and our mental self with the resulting perceptions.  When our spiritual body is whole …

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Our mental body consists of thoughts and the energy of those thoughts. Part of our mental body  -our functioning mind – we are aware of and able to influence.  The other part – the subconscious mind – requires the right tools to influence it.  Our mental bodies gather the most clutter as we think thousands …

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Forgiveness and your physical body

Have you ever felt like your physical body didn’t fit you?  Perhaps you have strong negative emotions towards your body because of the words, actions and behaviors of other people in your life. Loving your body is not easy when you have been through severe trauma, experienced abuse or even gender inequality.  It can perhaps …

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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