The Enlightened…Conversations with Santa

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Heart

You cannot help anyone else until your fill your own cup first. Nurturing yourself starts with putting yourself on your to-do list. No matter where you are right now, or what your financial situation is, you can still give time to your being.  Nurturing yourself is the most healing action you can take for yourself.

Motherhood is love

Mothers come in so many ways. Mothers are not only those who gave birth to children, but those who are a guiding influence in children’s lives - through adoption,  fostering,  and in other ways.  Each of us, in our way, can embody the spirit of motherhood, no matter our gender.

Be your own spotlight

Be your own spotlight.

No matter what you have been through in your past, the only voice that should be guiding you into your future is your own.  Ultimately no one else knows you like you know yourself. You deserve to let go of anything holding you back.  You deserve to live a life of joy, abundance and peace.

Become a beacon for others and touch their lives with your light.

Shine your light on others

You came into this world for a purpose.  You may not even know what that purpose is yet.  As you allow your light to shine and touch others, through each person you touch, you gain clarity about your path. Here's how you do it...

Walk in your light - never dim your light anyone!

Walking in your Light

Never let anyone dim your light. To walk into your light, you need to make a conscious choice to fully claim who you are. If it lives in your heart and if you can dream it, love it and care about it, then it is meant to be.

Shining your light

Shining Your Light

If you don’t already know this, the world needs your light. Claim who you are fully and step into your light. Never dim your light for anyone.

May we always be surrounded by the light, and walk through it and with it.

Connecting to your light

If we are open and cultivate the awareness, we will find that we are always surrounded by Divine love and light.  We can connect to this light for guidance, peace and balance. 

words about happiness

This is the time for you to focus on what you would like to harvest.  Create a harvest of things that light you up and fill you with joy. As you plan your harvest, you change the seeds you sow now, and so change the landscape of your life.

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Blooming within

We need to recognize and celebrate our growth and be aware that we have moved forward in our lives.  Even if this growth does not bring noticeable change to our lives, it still moves us forward.

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