Embrace the Light

The organic flows of life are eternal, always undulating with time.  If we live long enough, we will face multiple crossroads.  The question is what do we believe and what will we embrace in that moment—fear and anger OR light and love?

To embrace light, means leaning to align your being with who you really are – learning to live your own truth, whatever it may be for you.yin and yang 1947878 640

You can choose to a be a victim, always the person to whom things have been done, who couldn’t take action, who was stopped by something or someone…

OR you can choose to be the survivor – the one who stands up, who takes action, who won’t give up no matter what.  Every day, you get the choice of which path you want to walk.  And each new crossroad opens up the opportunity for you to decide just who you will be.

Fear can easily become a place of comfort. Allowing fear to hold you back and dictate your actions, becomes a safe place to be – a place where you can’t be hurt, you can be let down, you don’t need to get uncomfortable or vulnerable.  Anger is another space of comfort – if you are busy being angry, there is no room for forgiveness, for truly examining your reality and your belief system.


To live in light and love, means letting go of the anger, moving past the comfort of fear, it means loudly and proudly declare your truth.


Open yourself up to the true force that you are; choose to live from a place of love.

Start with appreciation of one small thing in your life.


What are you thankful for right now?

Be well, be blessed




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