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Meet Trailblazer Sharna Langlais

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharna Langlais.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sharna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey toward healing began almost two decades ago when I sought to work through personal issues using traditional counseling and psychotherapy. I made progress for several years in traditional types of therapy, and then hit a bit of a wall, knowing there was still more work for me to do, but feeling “talked out.” So, in my early twenties, I began seeking out other ways to process and work with my past, leading me to alternative healing modalities. I became involved in several healing communities in San Diego and worked with healers and shamans from all over the world. My journeys in my early twenties took me to England, Scotland, France, and Spain, where I had extensive experience and teachings through spiritual and yogic retreats using sound, energy, and shamanic healing. I was also blessed to visit numerous sacred sites across Europe developing a connection with standing stones and Celtic Druidism that has influenced me since.

My career path took me toward more mainstream focuses, and for over a decade I worked in marketing, fundraising and executive management for nonprofits in San Diego. All the while, I continued my interpersonal development. During this time, I also experienced several small and one major depressive episode, while battling panic attacks and anxiety. Looking back on it now, I see what I had called for many years a “breakdown” to be a “breakaway” in that it allowed me to relinquish and break away from old patterns and identities, allowing an entirely new sense of self to emerge. As I worked through these mental health challenges, I was prescribed and took a wide range of medications to attempt to get myself back on track, in addition to working with a phenomenal Marriage and Family Therapist.

On a renewed mission to heal myself and get off medication, I redoubled my spiritual practice and education, studying more deeply about nutrition and mental health, as well as experiencing additional healing modalities including tapping (EFT), pranic healing, Reiki, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage, Seemorg Matrix Work, yoga, group processing, moon cycle work, shamanism and sound healing. Through this journey, I eventually became certified as a Reiki Practitioner and now, a Master, as well as becoming a certified Aromatherapist, Western Herbalist and Say it Straight Communication Trainer. I work with clients all over the world, both in-person and via distance, to assist them on their unique spiritual and healing journey.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The bumpiest part of the path has been my own healing work. Once I finally stepped into working in the healing field myself, it unfolded quite organically. But I believe that’s because it was twenty years in the making as I worked through my own healing journey!

I think some of the biggest challenges have been learning to trust myself, and really to take that first big leap into practicing on others. I always thought that doing healing work was something “other people could do.” Even though I can look back now and see my healing gifts emerging even since childhood, I lacked the confidence to believe I was “good enough,” to do that myself. Of course, I now understand that it all evolved in its own perfect time and that I was able to step into the role exactly when I was ready.

My biggest advice, as I’m sure many would say, is to follow your passion and also, to follow the flow. Some of my most successful endeavors in business haven’t always even been my own idea! Often, I’ll come up with a concept, develop it, and launch it, only to find that it naturally wants to unfold in a different direction. So, I’ve learned instead to respond to the needs and feedback of my clients and students, “waiting for the invitation” so to speak, and then deciding if that resonates with me.

I’ve also learned to move more slowly as I’ve gotten older. Often, I’ll have an idea, and I’ll also wait many months before developing it. Talking about it with clients, students, colleagues, and mentors, and allowing it to germinate without feeling I have to immediately “make it happen.” I think this is also a deeper understanding of flow.

Finally, my biggest life lesson has always been about finding balance. I think it’s something entrepreneurs and business owners don’t learn, mainly because it’s not valued by our society. Learning to take time for myself, that I don’t have to be a workaholic to be successful (and that actually reverse is truer), has been key in making my personal style of work sustainable for me.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Seek Spark Shine – what should we know?
The work I do is focused on healing in a broad spectrum. Specifically, I use Reiki and energy healing techniques, allow with an intuitive reading coaching style, to provide my clients with overall emotional, mental, physical and emotional healing.

Sessions are tailored to each client’s specific needs and cover the full spectrum of issues in the health, healing and spirituality arena. I also teach certifications across the world in Reiki Level 1, 2 and Reiki Master. I have developed two online classes. Living in Divine Balance, which uses the principles of masculine and feminine energy to help students learn how to create balance in all areas of their life. Sage Series is an online intuitive development course that helps students learn how to develop and hone their intuitive gifts.

I also lead retreats all over the world, with a focus on sacred site seeing, spiritual development, and energy healing.

I’ve also just opened a Sliding Fee Scale Reiki Clinic in Santa Fe, NM, where my Reiki 2 Practitioners hone their skills under my supervision to provide affordable healing services to our community.

Finally, I’ve just published a book called Unexpected Awakenings, which helps readers learn about and understand how to navigate the spiritual awakening process.

I’m most proud of watching my clients and students find their path toward empowerment and seeing the amazing leaps and bounds they make in living freer and fuller lives. I think my own unique style of intuitive coaching and energy healing sets me apart from other energy healing practitioners.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I think I’m lucky to be in an industry that itself is predominantly feminine-oriented. However, I feel overall that as women, we’ve learned that feminine empowerment looks like “being a man,” rather than truly embracing the qualities of the feminine element itself. I think the best business minds are able to combine both masculine and feminine elements, and I think female leaders are learning to reclaim what it truly is to be empowered as a woman, rather than thinking it looks like mimicking male patterns of leadership.

To me, this means learning to accept and embrace our intuition in business, practice emotional intelligence, navigate based on how situations, interactions and business ideas “feel” just as much as what we “think” about them. Being embodied in feminine leadership also means bringing the focus on deep connections, being able to draw boundaries and say “no,” when issues and ideas simply don’t feel right. Knowing that we can slow down, trust flow and the signs that are around us pointing us in the directions we intuitively know are best for us to move in. It means bringing listening to others to our business models, not just because it benefits us, but most importantly because it benefits our clients and constituencies. It means creating business models that are sustainable in as many senses of the word as possible, and where money isn’t the only bottom line, but being of greater service to the community also is.

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