LaToya Zavala, Spiritual Inner Power Coach, helps women release blocks and triggers to free up from self-sabotage and become more authentic. You’ll hear all about how she made this transformation herself in this episode of the Breathe Love & Magic podcast.
Domestic Violence Survivor
My guest is an amazing woman who is a survivor of domestic violence and now coaches other women to stand in their power. Growing up in Boston, she was in a domestically violent relationship as a young woman that ruined her credit and left her at zero.
LaToya pulled herself together and wanted to go to school, but didn’t have the money. A friend suggested she get her education in another country where its less expensive. So, she got a job, saved up, and moved to Mexico to study. From there she went to teach English in Kazakhstan which was quite an adventure as you can imagine.
A Chaplain in the US Navy
Later, she joined the US Navy and was stationed for a while in Japan. LaToya did a lot to heal herself along the way, both with traditional methods, as well as having a pastoral advisor and other spiritual help.
Having gone down this road to survive and thrive, she wanted to help other women do the same from a spiritual perspective. To do this, she got both her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degree in Divinity.
LaToya worked in a hospital as a chaplain for a while, with people who were suicidal, as well as victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In the navy, there was a concentrated effort to battle against these problems. She knew this would be a great way to help people heal non-clinically, using spiritual tools.
Working in the Mental Health Field
Adding more tools along the way like Reiki and EFT Tapping. Sometimes she works alone with clients, or in conjunction with clinical psychologists, and often after a client’s therapy had been completed.
One of her greatest joys was helping women with these traumatic situations, and being part of their healing journey.
A Powerful Motivational Speaker
I also asked LaToya about her motivational speaking and the spiritual angle she incorporates. She said this country is be coming more understanding of how spirituality is a part of everything. We are mind, body, and spirit.
The idea of love, forgiveness and being accepted are spiritual concepts as is the energy that drives and defines who we are as a human race and a people. Reconnecting with the energy of healing and transformation is also spiritual.
She focuses on personal trauma, but also the collective trauma of women that is lodged within us. If you experience self-sabotaging behaviors, think about what the energy is behind that. What story are you telling yourself?
It’s time to divest yourself from that identity, belief and projection that was placed on you. This is not your authentic self. The truth is people are born with drive and positive belief in themselves organically from birth.
Learning to walk, fall down and get up again is a perfect example. But somehow, somewhere, things changed and women begin to doubt themselves. This is not the same with most men.
Disempowering Beliefs Are Not Yours
It’s a revelation to realize these disempowering beliefs are not yours. Releasing them changes everything. She works hard to help women release these adopted blocks that are not true, but are learned and part of the collective conscious.
When you combine cultural, societal, religious conditioning and oppression that has been around for millennia, this is really a type of psychological abuse of the female identity. That’s where self-sabotage, indecisiveness, and low self esteem come from. It’s been learned over thousands of years.
For example, indecisiveness is a symptom of trauma and not trusting yourself. Ask yourself why you don’t trust yourself and discover what that is about for you.
Redefining Words Like Confidence & Pride
LaToya shared several common words that have surprising definitions. The true meaning of confidence is self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your qualities and abilities.
Do you appreciate yourself? Where did you get the idea it’s bad to brag about yourself? This is not in your DNA. It’s been learned and put upon women to hold us down and back.
Here’s another interesting word – pride. The definition of pride is being able to celebrate your achievements. What’s wrong with that? Nothing! Yet, there’s a pervasive attitude about women who are braggadocios and need to be more humble. Men are not told this!
The definition of humble is having a low estimate of one’s importance. Why is that good? Who drenched women with this idea? Let’s think about the energy of this.
I Am the Storm
One of LaToya’s speeches is entitled, “I Am the Storm.” She gave this speech at a gathering of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). While storms do damage, they also help clear what needs to be cleared.
Beliefs, policies, practices and laws that have kept women down for generation after generation won’t change with a gentle wind. It’s going to require a massive storm to tear this all down.
LaToya says you can become the storm that shifts, clears and tears down what needs to be changed.
Think about the eye of the storm – a place where there is peace and calm. This is where you connect with your convictions, purpose, and mission. That center and core is where you can reside and your behavior and passion are those winds that swirl around you.
A storm is just chaotic energy until it organizes and comes together. So, like the storm, allow that passion, purpose and true self to organize who you are and what you stand for. Then you are organized to be the storm that can make the changes.
You have been through many storms, but now is the time to get to the center of the storm, and become the storm you are meant to be. Then women can work on making this change together!
There’s more that LaToya and I talked about that was so inspiring which you’ll hear when you listen to the podcast.
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BIO – LaToya Zavala
Freedom and Power are her aliases! LaToya Zavala, survivor-turned-thriver of abuse and domestic violence, has been actively transforming lives for 20 years, in the U.S., Mexico, and Japan, formerly in the Navy and now serving the global community.
This Spiritual Inner Power Coach and Motivational Speaker helps women leaders release blocks and triggers from toxic connections and collective conscious suppression. Doing this allows you to reach the next level of knowing, loving, trusting, believing in and being your truest and authentic SELVES. Then you can manifest the life you deserve.
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