Jun 132013

As a holistic  counselor and Dance/Movement Therapist, safety plays a large role in my work with people. We all need a safe harbor to come home; When we don’t have that, we are never able to fully rest. But rest is not our purpose. Our purpose is to follow our purpose, then to rest so that we can continue to go back out and follow our purpose.

There is always a risk in following our purpose. We may have to sacrifice something practical to live it, like  limiting our social life to write that book we’ve been meaning to. We may have to give up a belief about who we are. We must always risk failing, as that’s true of any action we take. If we do not take the risk to live our life’s purpose we will never be fully satisfied. We may have a decent life, but there will always be that nagging dissatisfaction, the “I wish I would have…”

May our purpose be clear and may we all be courageous enough to follow our Life’s Purpose.

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Sabrina Santa Clara ~ Authentic Alchemy x3
Holistic Counseling in Temecula CA

May 292013

In the too busy, too much to do world that most of us are currently living in, it is very, very easy to feel overwhelmed and to believe that the task ahead of us is impossible to complete. We have to learn to take small bites and baby steps and ask ourselves, “okay, what’s next?” What is the next one small thing that needs to be done to reach the seemingly impossible goal if I look too far in the future? The practice is to stay in this present moment. What can I do right now? What is possible right in this moment? In doing so, we remove ourselves from impossibility mindset. And in relinquishing impossibility thinking, we experience ourselves as more capable to take action and to create our own destinies.

Sabrina Santa Clara / Authentic Alchemy x3
Integrated Spiritual Counseling

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May 212013

I love the little quotes that come across social media sites. In our world that offers too many stories of trauma and suffering, inspirational post-it notes, pictures and stories help us to root back to our values. It’s like a mini church.

What stood out to me in this today was the “remember your roots.” I’ve often said that we can’t fully make peace with who we are until we know where we come from. So many of us US-Americans are an amalgam of different cultures and ethnicities – some of them with oppositional trauma. Many of us don’t even know what our histories are as our recent ancestors wanted to be good “Americans” or were robbed from their country of origin. I am currently working with a geneologist who has found so many unknown closets in my family history and I find my sense of self shifting to incorporate this new information. I am bigger and broader than even I knew. And I thought I was grounded and centered before, but I find myself feeling as if I’m on ever more solid ground now knowing that my roots are deeper and wider than I’d ever imagined.

If you don’t know your family history, I encourage you to explore it. You will likely be surprised at what you will find. You will likely find grounding roots you did not know you have.


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May 212013

As I begin to transition from Colorado to California, I am filled with both tender grief and loss as well as the yearning and excitement of a new adventure. It is holding opposite and contrary emotional states that we often have difficulty with. One of the crucial elements in the development of internal peace is making friends with our conflicting needs, desires, and emotional states. So, I work this path with you, holding both great sorrow in leaving clients and my life in Colorado, and great joy at returning to my Family and new clients in California.

Sabrina Santa Clara / Authentic Alchemy x3
Integrated Spiritual Counseling

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