Own Your Power

We all have the innate power to create the life we desire.  We have the power to shift ourselves from where we are, no matter what we are going through.

We are born knowing that life will give us what we ask for.  We learn not to ask or recognize that we have the power to create our lives, but rather to expect the unexpected and view struggle as normal.  Life experiences teach us to fear instead of trusting in our abilities, and to blame ourselves when things go wrong.

Life feels so much easier and more hopeful when we connect with our innate personal power.  The knowing that no matter how bad the situation, we can always take even the smallest step forward, makes all the difference.

Own your power

Be patient with yourself:  Life is about learning, growing and adjusting our direction to step into happiness.  We don’t always get it right, but we can always, no matter where we are, change the path we are on to live a life we love.  If you are in a place where things are hard, don’t beat yourself up and focus on all the ways you got there.  Instead, when you think about your life, do your best to focus on things that work – your heartbeat and your breathing that happens without your intervention.   Teaching ourselves to focus on things that are working becomes a habit.  Like any habit, the more your practice it, the better you get at it.A large wave is in the background with words Owne Your Power and 2 lightning bolts in front

Choose to put yourself first: Consciously create time for yourself and what matters to you. You send the message to yourself that you matter.  You also get to take purposeful steps toward the future you want to create.  You may spend this time practicing self-care, focusing on personal growth, or learning something that calls to you.   As long as you are focused on you, life conspires to expand that.

Build your toolbox:  Have go-to resources, or teachers that you can reach for when you are wobbling or forgetting how powerful a being you are.  Having things at hand means you don’t need to look for them when you are not in a state of mind to do so.

Connect to your Healing power: Our bodies are wise and are self-functioning systems.  The body knows how to heal if you give it the resources it needs.  Our minds and the state of our emotions are intertwined.  Think good thoughts and you feel good feelings, thus creating better experiences. The reverse is true too.   We have the power to heal within – to heal physically and emotionally from whatever we are going through.   The impact of trauma is different for each of us, and yet, as long as we are here, alive, with a beating heart and a functioning mind, we have the power to heal.  Claim this power by finding resources that can focus your mind in a positive way.  Surround yourself with people who will champion you, and reach out to those who are supporting you.  We are interconnected beings, and sometimes we all need someone to be our guide and support.  There is power in this.

Connect to your personal power by doing one thing that feels empowering each day.  Show yourself, through your actions, that you have this power and watch as it expands within you and impacts your outer world.

Many Blessings,



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