L'Erin Alta is a spiritual teacher + mentor known for burning down the stale, fluffy, boring "self-help" formulas and helping women ignite true spiritual liberation. Her workshops, retreats and 1-on-1 intensives have been called, "transformation temples for unruly, soulful women".
She works with women whose lives have crossed a "shatter point," as she calls it — illness, bankruptcy, abuse, divorce, miscarriage — a moment when their world fell apart and they realized the money, the status, the degrees and "happily ever after" promises that they worked so hard for didn’t matter as much as they thought they did.
L'Erin is the guide that takes them deeper into their spiritual journey. She believes pain is a healing initiation and if honored, it will fortify you and bring you through the shadows into the light.
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 all faiths and spiritual paths to learn about trauma, healing and transformation.
In this episode, we talk about everything from why L'Erin is decidedly not a people-pleaser to the dangers of what she calls "spiritual arrogance", and so much more.
She share stories from her travels, talks honestly about why she dropped out of college, how it felt to go against the expectations of others, the power of meditation in her life, as well as what she's gained by being a bold woman who embraces trauma's role in healing and growing.
We talk about her spiritual evolution, why we both looooove taking baths, and the power of creating your own magic & luck. L'Erin is so delightful - not to mention wise and honest - and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
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Selected Links From This Episode
Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- Alexandra Franzen (season 1 guest)
- Another Round podcast
- Dr. Clarissa Estes
- A Credo For Making It Happen, by Danielle LaPorte
- Vipassana meditation
- Headspace app
- LUSH bath bombs
- Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest
- Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, by Ntozake Shange
- Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
- Women Who Run With The Wolves, by Dr. Clarissa Estes
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