A Journey of Transformation —
As seen in Radiance Magazine July/Aug 2017
I was in no way prepared for the awakening that was about to occur…
It was the summer of 2007. My mother passed away the year before and her death devastated me. I was in fear around finances and had yet to land a job in the field I was working so hard towards.
The last thing I felt I should be doing was running off to Peru on a spiritual journey.
But I had such a profound healing experience with the amazing Shaman from Chile, Marcella Lobos, that when she suggested I go with the Four Winds Society, I tuned in and listened.
When we landed in Cusco, the music that came on the plane was my mother’s favorite song by the artist Enya and I knew then that I had her blessing.
The moment I stepped upon the land I could feel a peaceful vibration. The air was clean and crisp, the people smiling and friendly. I felt as though I had gone back in time, and in a way I had.
We all got on a big bus and headed to the Sacred Valley. As we passed the snowcapped mountains (called the Apus) I could feel their energy and strength in every fiber of my being. We learned about the medicine men and women of the Andes, the Q’ero. I heard the word Ayni for the first time and the idea of reciprocity as a Universal law. I understood being open to give and receive is at the core of their teachings.
Although I had not yet fully claimed my role as Shaman I could feel the call begin to rise and was honored to be answering.
When I came home from that trip to Peru my life unfolded in unimaginable ways. Insecurities that had once plagued me began to disappear. I was finally connecting to my spirit guides and trusting my intuition like never before.
Two years later, I was guided by spirit to open my home as the Orange County Healing Center. I began leading groups to the sacred sites of Peru and England. On New Year’s Eve 2009, I lead a group to Peru to anchor in the masculine and feminine energies. While the Peruvians were dancing in the streets we headed up to the Temple of the Moon in the pouring rain to install medicine rites under the stars. It was magical and I feel honored to have been there.
I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to join me on my next spiritual pilgrimage to the Sacred Valley of Peru, October 12-21, 2017. Each day will be filled with deep connection and wisdom teachings.
This is a journey of awakening, a journey to your soul.
~Shaman Isabella Stoloff
“WAKING UP” by Shaman Isabella Stoloff
— As seen in GlitterLodge Magazine —
For years I slept and allowed mainstream media to feed my soul. It told me what to wear and what to eat and what toys to buy my children. Television gave me a sense of security when my mom was at work and allowed me to zone out as I grew into an adult. The magazines shouted from their stands about movie stars lives and the latest weight loss fad. I worried about what other people thought of me, was afraid to dance in public and felt less than my peers.
I was a giver. I would bend over backwards to help you and focus my attention on the one person who didn’t like me. I was self conscious, unaware and lost. The funny thing is I had no idea that all of these things were a distraction from myself. It never occurred to me that I was escaping from looking within.
As an empath I had no emotional boundaries and spent much of my time worried about how others felt. My mind was constantly full, bouncing from one thought to another. I had no idea where I ended and you began. In relationships I was the pleaser, molding myself to be what you wanted. But in my late 30’s I found myself exhausted and spent. I had hit an emotional wall.
I wasn’t raised with any foundation in religion. My mother felt it best to raise me with knowledge of all the religions, not focusing on any one specific type. At the time this was confusing but now I am grateful for I see the common threads and have a strong spiritual connection.
Feeling the world and what others are going through is a blessing and a curse. The curse is being unsure of whether or not the feeling is yours, and the blessing is being able to see things from many different points of view. But in order to get to this point you must wake up and see who you really are.
When I fully woke up and began to see how I work in the world, I was able to put my life into perspective. I began with journaling. I would write out all that had happened in my life and at times I would burn the writings. This was way before Shamanism came into my life and I learned the power of writing and releasing. I forgave myself and others for the pain caused and learned to turn guilt into gratitude. I worked with my mind, finding ways to reprogram my thinking. And I began to love myself.
Learning a new way to walk in the world can be challenging but it is worth it. You are the most important person. You matter. And what you think of yourself is by far more important than what society says. Wake up to yourself and release judgments. Watch your words and thoughts. Become the observer of your life and shift what no longer serves you. All of these techniques will bring you closer to yourself and your spirituality.
If you are a giver, learn to become open to receive. Know that when you receive you are still giving and this is the law of the Universe, to be in the flow.
When I stepped into my calling as a Shaman I had no idea it would evolve in the way it has. But I was open to receive, I was open to myself and I was ready to do the inner work.
If you are just waking up or consider yourself awake and don’t feel fully connected yet, begin empowering yourself. Use positive, loving self-talk along with releasing techniques to clear your energy body. Make peace with your past and see things from a birds eye view. You have power over your life, your truly do. Find what makes you happy and pay attention to the moment. By learning to stay present you will find an awakened sense of being.
Remember your uniqueness in the world and wake up to your divine sense of self. See your inner light as a beautiful energy and attach that light firmly to the front of your spine. Ground this light into the Earth and know you are loved
Isabella founded the Orange County Healing Center in 2009, is a graduate of the Four Winds Society and has a Masters degree. She and her daughter created the Good Vibes positive affirmation deck for people to deeply connect with themselves and the world around them www.goldencondorpublishing.com. Shaman Isabella also leads people on spiritual journeys www.shamanictravel.com provides one-on-one spiritual healing, travels to give talks and do workshops and has a training program www.orangecountyhealingcenter.com.
Transforming my life has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.
Assisting others in doing the same is my mission.
To book an appointment with Isabella today, call 714-603-8624.
Are you feeling there is no way out of the tunnel, no way out of the box you have created for yourself? Have you been working on yourself but see little results? Does life seem too much to handle at times?
Many times, we think we have it all figured out. Some of us have tried and tried and tried and still aren’t getting the results we want. So, we settle for what we feel is our lot in life. Many of us have taken tons of seminars and workshops getting all hyped up only to come home and feel let down, as we have been unable to hold onto the vibrations we felt during that time. Here’s the thing. When we are around other like-minded folks, all seeking to improve our lives, it is easy to have a good vibration. But how do we keep it once back to our daily routine?
One way is to shift our perceptions. How I do this is to listen to myself and what I am thinking or saying. As more studies on sound and vibration are telling us everything we think and say carries a certain vibe. This vibe really does affect our surroundings.
Have you ever stopped and listened to what you are saying to yourself or about yourself? Do you allow others to affect your mood? Perhaps you are an Empath absorbing others vibrations. Trust me when I say you can change all of this. All you need to do is to become more conscious of your mind and what it is doing. Listen to what you are saying about yourself and get rid self-limiting beliefs. My new thing is, “How is this thought serving me?” If it is not, I change it. YES! It is that simple.
We all have control over our thinking. It is the one true thing we have control over. We can choose our thoughts at any given time. This is how I began my journey to self-empowerment and inner healing.
In 1991, I had already lived through the dark night of the soul and came out on the other side. It was a long a difficult journey, but I survived. I know that journey has made who I am today. Once I had re-birthed myself I began the journey of learning how to love ME and my inner child. Today, I teach others to do this by showing them how to “Become their own best friend.” When you hear yourself being mean or self-defeating you can say, “Would I talk to a friend this way?” If the answer is no, then change the language. It’s quite simple. I know this may sound crazy but try it, it works! When I hear myself comparing or worrying, I pretend I am a friend and I ask myself questions. I say things like, “What good will worrying do? What would you like to think of instead?” Then I think, “Hmmm, what WOULD I like?” I get excited about new ideas and raise the vibration within myself. Then I make a list in my head or write it down.
In the beginning I could not visualize very well. I am more of a feeler healer. So, I would think about the type of vibrations I wanted to feel every day. I knew I wanted to feel goodness, joy, love, abundant and so on. Then I would think about places I wanted travel or products I wanted to create. Every time my mind wanted to talk to me “realistically” I allowed my inner child to dream, play, and make up her life! It worked. She eventually won. I am living a fantastic, creative, joyful, abundant life. And when things don’t work out I know there is a reason. I trust the next great thing is just around the corner for me.
Did you know it is easier to create a negative thought than it is a positive one? Crazy, right? But it is true. Try it! All day today (and everyday here after) try to just think positive and see what your mind does. You can laugh when the mind gets freaked out or tries to control you with negativity. Help it to overcome itself. I like to play with my mind and my imagination and see what I can create. Since I have been doing this for years now it’s much easier than it used to be. In the beginning, it was very challenging. The mind always won! But like everything, practice makes perfect. So, I encourage you to explore this concept. Use your mind as a creative platform to manifest the life of your dreams!
For years, I wanted to have my own positive affirmation oracle card deck since I had received so much help in the early 90’s from people like Doreen Virtue and Louise Hays and their books and decks. Well, it finally happened! After 2 years of working alongside my daughter Victoria Craven the dream came true! I manifested the “Good Vibes” Positive affirmation deck! Unbelievable, right? It wasn’t easy for sure but it was well worth the effort.
Things happen. I am not always on cloud 9. The difference is I no longer dwell in the past or ruminate over something that is not working out. Today I practice non-attachment. This is something I learned from my teacher Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds Society. My initiation into Shamanism from them was the place I finally found my own sense of spirituality. A Shaman is a conduit between the physical word and spiritual world. I used what they taught me along with downloads from spirit to create my own practice. I opened the Orange County Healing Center in 2009 and began seeing clients. This eventually turned into leading groups around the world and teaching privately to those who wanted to learn the power of Shamanism. In 2017 I will begin my new adventure, to teach others how to use my “Good Vibes” deck in their daily practice of mediation and mindfulness. I still cannot believe the decks are complete and here waiting to be sold! It’s a dream come true. I have come so far in my life and although I still have things I am working on within myself, my life has never been more beautiful. I am honored The Temple of Light OC asked me to start the new year off with a cover and this article. I am currently in Hawaii with my daughter celebrating her 25th birthday and the birth of our deck! Writing this to you all has brought me much joy but it’s time to hit the beach and soak up the sun!
I will be teaching how to use the deck in February so look me up in the calendar and join me! You can also find the deck, “Good Vibes” in the Temple of Light OC gift shop.
Again, sending you positive vibrations!
Until the next time… Aloha~
A lot can happen with an experienced shaman in five days during the transformational summer solstice, especially when you’re sitting on powerful ley lines in an enchanted land…
If you’re not familiar with Shaman Isabella, she is a powerful healer in Southern California. She leads Sacred Site tours around the world and is a real life shaman. She works out of the Orange County Healing Center and the story of her life has empowered many to believe in themselves. Being with Shaman Isabella will help you realize that just because you have been through hardship doesn’t mean the rest of your life is bleak. She has a bright spirit and a depth that touches the core of your being. If you’re wanting to transform your life, this England Retreat will allow you to get in touch with the fire that is in each of us. It’s a big decision to travel to a distant land but many people are choosing retreats over regular vacations because they find them much more enriching.
So what can you expect at the retreat in England?
Experience Healing Ceremonies On Sacred Land
Group healings can be more powerful than personal meditation or one on one healings because in a group the energy is amplified. In this retreat, the group healings are going to be conducted on sacred grounds where the energy is already elevated. Many retreats are led in these locations because the energy of the land is conducive to healing and connecting to other realms of consciousness. Many people are able to use the heightened group energy to connect with past lives and heal on a very deep level.
Explore The Mystical Town of Glastonbury
This retreat will not be full of activity and running around. You will get to settle into the town and really focus on your personal healing and shed the layers that are the hardest to see in yourself. The layers of the ego take time to identify and when you’re in an intentional healing mode for days on end, real transformation can occur. Glastonbury is a magical place visited by many spiritual people throughout the year to deepen their connection to the earth and our ancestors. Imagine how exciting it will be to walk up the the hill to Glastonbury Tor, where monks discovered King Arthur’s grave.
Intentional Group Healing
As the group comes together in this special place in England, the intention for healing will be very strong, stronger than you can create on your own because the land itself activates healing. Visiting places like Stonehenge can help you because there is a thin veil between other realms on these vortexes. The land has energy and we are intricately tied to it. Because this land has been a sacred healing space for so long, it has a vibration that can activate your healing. Group consciousness in a city is very strong and makes healing more difficult but in the peace and solitude of the English countryside, your mind will be able to relax and your soul will be able to speak to you. As Isabella holds space for your personal transformation, you may heal deep wounds you have never recognized and things that have been holding you back from making the life changes that you have been wanting.
Connect To Nature During The Summer Solstice
The summer solstice is a time when the energy is ripe for real emotional growth and releasing of pain. The solstice is a time for wisdom and inspiration. The summer solstice is about newness, fertility and balance. It is a time to celebrate the light within and a connects us deeper to the earth energy. The solstice represents fire and growth. Just as the natural world is full of newness, our consciousness is also filling with new ideas and inspiration. The retreat in England is careful placed during this celebratory time.
Release Expectation and Journey Into The Unknown
Sometimes going outside of our comfort zone can open up new areas of creativity in ourselves that are untapped. When we learn about a new culture and mythology we may see ourselves in a new light. We may realize we haven’t given our skills ample credit or fostered them. We may realize that we have limited ourselves in certain ways. Taking a journey into the unknown builds confidence and allows us to create new ways of thinking and relating to the world that we like and that we prefer.
Inevitably, you can predict what your experience might be but truly you cannot even comprehend the openings within your heart that can occur because they are such strong experiences. Your healings may be subtle and gentle or they may be intense and full of energy. The unknown is where we go to become vulnerable, to learn and to realize that we rely on each other to grow in past, present and future. If you feel the calling, there is a reason. All will be revealed, just don’t tell the story before the curtain rises or you may miss the best part.
Remember, Shaman Isabella is a professional healer who has changed the lives of many people. She has studied the ancient modalities of medicine men and women who have been deeply helpful and respected in cultures for ages. The healers are often consulted on major decisions and called upon in times of crisis. If you are experiencing hardship, wanting to change your life or seeking something you can’t describe, you don’t have to do it alone. It can be a magical journey with friends and in a safe environment. It can be fun and truly thrilling! Let your light shine and enter a new land, a new vibe and a new chapter in your life, one of empowerment, wisdom and true friendships. Having a mentor like Isabella is a gift, studying with her is something that can truly change you on a cellular level, the mysteries of the earth are waiting to heal you and comfort you, you only have to let the love in.