Welcome to another courageous conversation with Samiel Carolina, the space for heart centred, soulful explorations about this divine human life.

In this occasion, I invited Monica Pelayo to discuss why embracing your shadow is so important to live as a whole, happy human.

I met Monica last year in Bali, during the Awakened Woman Conference. I instantly fell in love with her way of speaking about deep, real, raw human “stuff”. The sweet candy taste of the light and the glamorous goddesses dresses sometimes feels unreal here on Earth.

As a good scorpio myself, I’m in love with the constant dance of the shadow and the light, the alchemy and magic of the two. I like it real. I like it as it is. I knew Monica was the person to have this conversation. So I flew all the way to Madrid to meet her, and of course magic happened!

Are spiritual practices promising the return of our light, to only create more split, comparison and confusion?
Is the shadow really bad?
And most importantly, how the gifts of the shadow can either hold you back or move you forward.

Monica shares a simple practice to learn from your shadow, and her personal experience on how her own shadow helped her to advance her business !


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Monica has been a student of A Course In Miracles  for over 2 decades and found the work of the Shadow through the brilliant work of Debbie Ford . She became a certified Integrative Life Coach and was personally trained by Debbie.

She has found that our biggest gifts have been darkened by our rejection to our own shadows and we have been missing out from extraordinary gifts that we are here to give. Her Mission is to experience one’s whole self and be free from the blocks that keeps us from embracing our brilliance, by finding the Gold behind the Shadow. She believes that our mission in this lifetime is to become whole again.

She is the founder of “The Freedom to be me” retreat and course.

For more information on Monica’s work, you can find her here.

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We invite you to share what resonates with you, and … how is your relationship to your shadow ?

With love and gratitude,