Reclaim Your Personal Power

We learn.  We teach. We grow. We heal.

Humanity is ever-evolving though every interaction and experience we have.

We get to choose what we take from each experience.  We get to choose what we give to each experience.    We can control the way we feel, what we think, and how we react.

Reclaim your personal power by choosing who you want to be in every moment. Choose the thoughts you want to think.  Use your emotions as guide to see if you are moving in the direction you want to go.  If you feel bad and uncertain, change your thoughts though a gratitude practice.    Look for the good in the world around you and you will find it. Note to self - don't just be good to others, be good to yourself too.

Allow yourself to let your light shine in every experience. You are here for a reason.  You are worthy of having your voice heard.  Your words, your smile, your being, is bringing joy to others even if you don’t know it yet.

Give yourself permission to let go of anything holding you back.  Give yourself permission to let go of what no longer serves you, and allow the healing in.   The only permission you need is your own.

No matter what has happened in your past, it is your now that matters. 

As you move through your day, learn from others, shine your light and share your voice.

The world needs you. 

Many Blessings, 

Santa

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RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS
MEMOIR OF A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

BY SANTA MOLINA-MARSHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MAY 3, 2022

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