How did Isabella become Shaman Isabella?
I feel I have been training for Shamanism my entire life, although I did not know it until I was almost 50.
When I was very young, I never really felt connected, I always felt I was on the outside looking in. I could feel others’ pain and took on the responsibility of their feelings. I did not know this meant I was an empath.
Having been raped twice, and falling into drug addiction, I met and married a man 20 years my senior. He was abusive, and I was very young so I stayed. We had two beautiful children together and he died from colon cancer when I was 26.
His death was the beginning of my awakening. After losing custody of my children due to my addiction and ending up in prison, I found myself pregnant again with my now 30-year-old daughter. I remember thinking, “What if this baby could change my life?” And she did.
Using Louise Hay books, and a 12-step program, I began to practice positive thought and meditation. I went back to school and ended up with a master’s degree. This is when I discovered Shamanism.
My mother had been in a home for over a year with memory loss; It was 2006. I had an over the phone Shaman energy healing with Marcella Lobos in Chile. I wasn’t even sure I believed in over the phone healings. But I did believe in energy, and I was desperate.
With the first healing I received a soul retrieval and released an old contract between my mother and I. She passed peacefully within a month. That same year I had a liver biopsy which almost killed me. My husband had died bleeding through his liver, and I knew it was time to heal that relationship. I knew when he died, a part of him had stayed with me.
Somehow my husband was connected to my energy field, and I thought I would never be able to get rid of him. But I had another healing around my husband. Marcella was able to remove him from my vibration. I cannot explain to you the relief I have felt since that day.
So, because of these 2 incredible healings, I began my training with the Four Winds Society and Dr. Alberto Vilollodo. While taking classes, I had no intention of becoming a Shaman. I was only attending the workshops for my own personal growth, and because the healings I received had intrigued and fascinated me.
After a trip to the Amazon Jungle in 2009 I saw that I had a gift and came back and turned my home into the Orange County Healing Center!
Since that time, I have assisted countless clients in overcoming obstacles and releasing old energy that no longer serves them.
How do you proceed with your clients?
Most sessions, whether in person or over the phone, start by the client telling me what is happening in their life. I then track the presenting issue back to a place where they may have had trauma or a feeling that didn’t sit right in their soul.
This can be from a past life or present day. We then uncover pieces of themselves that may be hiding or stuck. After tracking, I use techniques that unwind, and release the old negative imprints, while restoring their light. I clear out the negative energy from the Chakra body. Using a crystal, I am able to help the client let go of what no longer serves them.
I also have a technique for letting go of Ancestorial patterns and can help those who have passed on – much like my healer did for me when releasing my husband.
One of my favorite things to do is to empower my clients to see the whole picture, the life lessons, and know that we choose our parents and experiences. By taking a bird’s eye view and forgiving our pasts, we are able to move forward and live the life we came here to live.
Would you describe reading the cards as a preferred modality for you, and do you use the cards as a healing process?
Spirit told me I had a deck of cards in me and so for years I worked on creating them. My youngest daughter designed the graphics and box art, while I channeled the quotes and wrote the booklet. Hence the Good Vibes positive affirmation deck was born.
I use them on occasion with clients, but mostly created the deck of cards for my clients to take home as homework. They are a wonderful way to start your day in meditation or to help one with a problem. Many clients take a deck to work with them so they can pull a card to help them see a situation more clearly or have a positive mantra for the day. I sold out so quickly in 2016, I had them made in Spanish as well. They are filled with healing and love.
How can we consciously choose for future imprints not to occur?
This is a great question!
Forgiveness is key. Once we take responsibility for our life, no matter what has happened, we can avoid getting triggered and recreating our trauma.
The mind is powerful. The thing is we have not learned how to use our minds to create our lives, we have learned only to use it against ourselves. I always say, “Why are we using our magic against ourselves?”
By listening to our inner voice and seeing where we are being negative, we can redirect our minds in a more positive manner. By doing this we teach ourselves how to use our magic for our benefit. I find the Good Vibes deck is a wonderful tool for doing just this. Remember, “Your words are spells, your thoughts are things”.
By healing ourselves and shifting stuck patterns, are we mapping out a smoother road for our children, present and future?
Absolutely! Every healing goes 7 generations up, and 7 generations down. Also, each time you shift your vibration, you are making the world a better place. Our vibes can affect so many things. Here is a wonderful quote I received while on plant medicine years ago.
“You are but one vibratory note in the universe. What frequency do you wish to vibrate at?”
What are your thoughts on positive visualization techniques and meditation?
I highly recommend using positive thought and visualization. Did you know it is easier to create a negative thought than it is a positive one? Once you understand how to work with your mind, you can use meditation and positive thought to get you through the most difficult of challenges. My website is filled with videos, articles, podcasts, and meditations along with courses to assist you in your spiritual growth.
What has been your most memorable experience as a Shaman?
I have had so many – with the groups I have taken on tours to sacred sites around the world, or watching my clients grow spiritually, many who have been with me for 13 years, to my students who now have their own practices – that it is difficult to choose.
I would say the Christian woman who came to me after just one session and said, “I am a very religious person, but this session with you has made my God even bigger”.
For me it is seeing how, no matter what your religious upbring or faith is, Shamanism can work. Releasing judgment, and becoming open to the God, or the light within is what really matters. Knowing what a powerful being you are, and how you can recreate your life is what I feel we all came here for. I say, “If I can make it, anyone can”.
Here is a more paranormal story that happened as I began stepping into becoming a Shaman energy healer.
I had gone to a local spiritual center, as they wanted me to teach classes. I could feel there were many spirits in the building and so I told them if I could cleanse the property then I would be able to teach there. Sometimes, for me, the spirits or the energy is like static (or noisy) and so it is harder for me to concentrate. Once I clear the person or the space, I can feel the energy that needs to be cleared easier.
They told me I could, but I got so busy that I hadn’t made it back to the center in a few weeks.
I had recently moved into my 100-year-old home in Fullerton and some friends were staying for the weekend. Out of nowhere the room they were sleeping in smelled like cat urine. It was so bad I thought maybe something had died. We could not figure out where the smell was coming from. It was terrible.
One evening, we were having a party, and it came to me. I had opened a portal from the center to my home and the spirits were waiting for me to clear them. I began to do my ritual and gave death rites and chakra clearing to those who had passed on. When I was finished the smell was gone. We were all amazed, as I had just started my practice and had not encountered this before.
Since that time, I have been able to help other homes and close unwanted portals. It is interesting work to say the least.
Are there any simple daily rituals you can recommend to our readers?
Upon waking in the morning tell yourself, “Today is going to be a wonderful day. I love who I am becoming and am ready to see the magic (or the beauty) life has to offer. I am open to the wonders of the Universe.
- Light a candle or some incense and walk around your home, blessing every corner.
- Humming is a great way to get back into your body and feel your vibration.
- If you can, take off your shoes and put your feet in the grass or your back against a tree.
- Make a gratitude list every day, and in the evening before bed, thank yourself for a beautiful day.
About the Author
Sarah is a keen and passionate advocate of the spiritual and healing components within the mystical realm of the world we live in. She resides in Cape Town, South Africa, where she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, kite surfing, and playing guitar.