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EP203: Grappling With The Shadows AND Honoring The Light with L’Erin Alta

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It’s rare that I feel intimidated by anyone, but I remember coming across today’s guest for the first time a few years back and feeling that unfamiliar feeling. I now know the reason why is because she was embodying something I had only just begun to take a look at – shadow work, and willingness to embrace our darkness and love others, and ourselves, anyway. This is a deep and powerful interview where we talk about diving through the shadows to the center of your soul. We discuss what L’Erin calls “shatter points,” and the strength available there. We also got into trusting your intuition over your intellect, real-deal healing, the five bodies, and taking responsibility for your projections. This is another “listen more than once” type of episode. I hope you enjoy it thoroughly.

About L’Erin Alta:

L’Erin Alta is a soul guide, shadow diver and spiritual teacher known for burning down the stale, fluffy, boring “self-help” formulas and helping women ignite true personal liberation. Her workshops, retreats and 1-on-1 intensives have been called, “transformation temples for unruly, soulful women”.

She believes loss, grief and pain are healing initiations and if honored, they will fortify you, bringing you through the shadows into the light of your soul. Using movement, meditation, ritual, art and ancient practices, L’Erin guides women on a spiritual journey, helping them surrender their facades, shed their fears and finally come home to themselves.
If you were to read her resume, it would include Microsoft, non-profits large and small, as well as a 5-year stint as a MAC makeup artist. But what should really be there are the 23 countries where she’s studied healing in backwater ashrams, jungle temples and mountain monasteries, working with spiritual teachers, medicine women and shamans from many faiths and spiritual paths to learn about trauma, healing and transformation.
The essence of her work is distilled to freedom – supporting you in finding it, cultivating it, living it.

Because your power is in this moment. In this breath. In this one courageous, against-all-odds, bravely true…Yes.

In this episode, L’Erin shares:

1. Returning to wholeness
2. Self-Trust
3. Work as a devotional practice

What You’ll Hear:

6:16 L’Erin’s story + navigating trauma work
18:14 The shatter point, the perception of non-wholeness, and diving into the shadows
27:35 Trusting your intuition and feelings + setting boundaries
37:04 On social anxiety and dressing up
44:40 Self-trust and handling the truth

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

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How was this episode for you?
Was this episode helpful for you today? I’d love to know what quote or lesson touched your soul. Let me know in the comments below!

EP203: Grappling With The Shadows AND Honoring The Light with L’Erin Alta
  • Marie

    Could L’Erin please explain the difference between the spiritual body and the energetic body? Thank you

    • L’Erin Alta

      Gladly, Marie! Think about each body — spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, energetic — as a world unto itself where that part of you lives. They are each connected and separate. Interdependent and whole unto themselves.

      So, your spiritual body is your spiritual world. It requires different things for care, nourishment, strengthening, expression. It responds differently to life than say your mental body, your physical body, your energetic body.

      Your energetic body on the other hand, is the energy that moves through all of the other bodies, but not the bodies themselves. This requires a different kind of clearing and strengthening and nourishment.

      For example, you could be in perfect physical health and still feel “off,” right? It might be more of a reflection of your energetic body than your physical one. And so the work and attention and intention necessary to feel “on” again is different than just going to the gym.

      They are all so interconnected and how we show up with one body definitely informs the others. Parceling them out this way is useful for seeing which body might need more attention in order to be fully balanced and integrated. xx

      • Marie

        Thank you so much for your answer.

  • Marie

    Could realizing my lover cheated on me not be a shatter point for me? I am thinking it is not because of the context in my life but I wonder.

    • Marie

      I did not get completely the definition of shatter before posting and I just listen to it again. I can see a part of the definition of shatter happened at that time. But not exactly the whole definition.

      • L’Erin Alta

        In that case, Marie, it may have been more of a splinter point than a shatter point. There’s no hard + fast definition as it’s different for everyone, but you know you’ve crossed/are in a shatter point because your whole relationship to yourself, your life, your expectations are different as a result.

        You may not always know what to do once you’re in it, but you do know you can’t do what you’ve done before. Something has to change. Hope that’s helpful! xx

        • Marie

          Thank you for your response. Well my relationship to myself in that regard did not have to change, my life, perhaps some expectations. It had me broken open for sure. I’ll explain, the problem is that he cheated to protect himself from being engage (I just mean to be vulnerable and all there) to me because he is borderline. I felt his pain for trying to push and do it..and be in the lie. So I did all I could, I had no fault, he had something in him that was not fixable. I had to talk to him about that and touch his vulnerability. He had to help himself so we can be together. So life did not have to change and i did not have to. Life has changed though because he could not fix (face his vulnerability and be responsible for his action) what he has done. Do you know what I mean? So I dont think it is a shatter point.