As young as 5 years of age I can remember having the passion to help others, I had visions of touching people and taking away their pain. Today, I am not what you would associate with the stereotypical Shaman or spiritual counselor. I just do not look the part. I’m having a difficult time writing this part for two reasons, the first one being I’m so far removed from the physical experiences that it’s hard to believe it happened to me. Second, I feel I’ve had an average journey - no burning bushes, no bolts of lightning, very much like many others. I do know that I am blessed and would not change a thing, I would not be who I am today without my life experiences. The lessons I’ve learned, the places I’ve been, and the people I’ve met will forever be etched in my heart. What happened before my spiritual awakening (to me) was normal. My experience, my journey says different. Without going into detail, I had a not so typical childhood with physical, sexual, and emotional abuse being a common thread. I learned at a very young age how to sense others as a means of survival, not knowing what kind of mood my mother was in and if I was going to encounter conflict. My Teens was a lot of hiding from myself. I didn’t want anyone to know who I was. I dabbled in cocaine and of course alcohol. These challenges were no different as an adult. I had many lessons like anyone else, I had to overcome my addictions which I believed were the problem. They were not, they were just symptoms of the fact I was hiding from myself. Throughout my life of being abused, I realized these were the triggers that kept me from my authentic self. At one point in my life I had moved to San Diego with a boyfriend, I ended up breaking up with him, this was the first time I was homeless. I eventually got a place but met all the wrong people, got involved in meth, became homeless two more times, held at gun point by the DEA, and lived on the streets. I, for some reason was spared even after two suicide attempts homelessness all the drugs and alcohol. I survived! All the while I held onto my faith, not religion but faith. I had this feeling that I was going to be OK. While there I began to write what would eventually become my first poetry book "My Naked Soul". What I didn’t realize then was that they were messages for me from Spirit, guiding me. I was spared to share my gifts and today I embrace it as best as I possibly can. Today I am happily married to the Man of my dreams Manuel Soto-Griego with a life better than I could have ever imagined. Now it is time for me to give back. I believe my Journey and wisdom can help others who have had similar experiences. Life is an amazing adventure. It all depends on what we do with it. I ask that you decide now to find your authentic self and live it, whether it be me or another spiritual guide, the time is now. All my love.