Loving your Pain: A liberating journey through darkness

By Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.

When I look at the rich and diverse ways that I have worked with people, and the rich and diverse group of people I have worked with, it might seem difficult to really wrap my head around the question “what do you do?”  But when I lay everything out and look for the common thread, what I find is that the practice of loving my pain is at the core of my personal healing practice…

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Signs of SUCCESS

By Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.

I’ve been incredibly blessed with the opportunity to live in the Bay Area and connect with some really amazing holistic/spiritually centered women’s entrepreneurial communities, such as The Goddess Collective (Montclair, CA), and FEMtalks (Berkeley, CA). These communities are really supporting women in nurturing their Divine Feminine nature AND embracing success as entrepreneurs, which has been so life altering for me! It’s helped me to let go of old paradigms about being successful, making an abundant…

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Freedom of Forgiveness

By Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.

As I continue to explore the quality of compassion, I am continually brought into the powerful reality that there is no way I can be free of old wounds that keep me feeling disempowered and victimized if I don’t forgive others. To hold onto the idea that someone is a perpetrator, is to also hold onto the reality of victimhood. This is one coin and it is impossible to just throw one side away. So,…

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The Secrets of Self Love

By Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.

I remember a long time ago, having a bunch of chaos going on in my life. My boyfriend at the time just had no ability to stay centered and hold space for me. After one particularly frustrating evening, I found myself driving home early after a big eruption. I didn’t want anything but to just relax and enjoy and he just couldn’t be there for me. So, there I was, diving home and I started…

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Failure: the new "black"

By Amanda Elo’esh Johnsen, M.A.

Is it possible that failure might just be an important foundation of success? I sure as heck hope so because I have a lot of failure “bricks” with which to build the foundation of my life, career and relationships. I’d like to share with you a little about this fascinating concept (one that might seem counter-intuitive) and how it has served me. It was just a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I’d been spending months…

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