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Valery Satterwhite: Empowering the Wizard Within

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Q: Can you discuss some of your upcoming workshops?

A: I am currently developing my workshop calendar for the balance of the year. The foundation of every workshop is how to live authentically and responsibly.

The key to creating the life you desire is to take full responsibility for that life and every experience you have — good or bad. Anything less is to live life as a victim, giving your power to others. This doesn't mean that you're at fault or to blame for your bad experiences — and neither is anyone else. EVERYONE is doing the best they can with the light they have to see. Some people simply have more batteries in their flashlights than others.

Q: Is it necessary to complete the CORE MAP before doing further Inner Wizard work, like journaling, workshops, or one-on-one sessions with you?

A: Each client is unique so there is no absolute requirement to begin other than a responsible commitment to the process. CORE MAP is a great way to begin because of its power and impact. With CORE I can immediately see how and when a person's stressors are triggered, even if they can't see it themselves. Triggers point to underlying, often subconscious, thought patterns and beliefs that can be explored.

Q: You also work as an Artists Mindset Mentor and Coach. Can you discuss your services, and what clients can hope to discover about themselves through working with you?

A: I mentor and coach creative artists of all types — actors, artists, performers, musicians, writers — to Empower their Inner Wizard. Many creative people have a subconscious belief that they can't make a living at their craft and face rejection every day. Entertainers, in particular, may base their personal value on the feedback they get from an idolizing public and hired entourage.

Inner CriticWhat some people view as narcissistic selfishness is really a hidden internal self-loathing and emptiness that leads to self-sabotaging and irrational behavior. No amount of positive feedback and public adoration can fill the emptiness inside, so the pattern of misguided actions and behavior continues repeatedly in a desperate attempt to just feel good.

Creative people who do not seek the limelight struggle with many of the same issues. If their work is rejected, they feel personally rejected. The impossible goal of perfectionism in their craft often blocks their flow of creative expression. If an artist really believes that they'll never earn a living as an artist, they will subconsciously work very hard to make sure what they believe is true! They will consistently get in their own way of becoming successful, making a living at what they love to do.

Clients discover ways to love themselves and honor their truth as they express their full potential as an artist. They learn to develop their craft as they bring forth that which is already within them, and create in whatever medium that makes their heart sing. They also learn how to create the artistic expression and life experience they long for.

Q: How does your work as a mentor and coach dovetail with your Inner Wizard workshops and consultations?

A: My greatest high is when someone makes that little empowering shift that absolutely transforms their life in a positive and profound way. There is no greater joy. I mentor and coach others to connect with their Inner Wizard, who will always lead them closer to what it is they desire. I'm creating a variety of programs for my clients, including workshops and individual mentoring and coaching sessions. I have a downloadable 12-module self-study program called "Empower the Wizard Within." I also wrote an eBook titled, "You SUCK! It Lied." about the lies your Inner Critic tells you to hold you back every day. I'm featured in a soon-to-be published book, "Art of Success", by Joyce Schwarz, the author of "The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life." I'm also working on my blogs and articles and a variety of new products.

Q: How do you juggle all of those creative balls?

A: I guess I love to juggle. If I drop a ball or two, it's ok because I'll learn something valuable in the process. Every dropped ball has given me even greater skill, love and appreciation for my life.

Q: What's your favorite way to rejuvenate your Inner Wizard and keep the creative magic flowing?

A: Laugh. Laughter is such positive energy. I say YES to every opportunity that inspires me and look for the gift in every experience.

Q: Any advice for those still in the thrall of a ruthless Inner Critic?

A: I suggest that they take a deep breath and stop beating up on themselves. Know that you already have everything you need to do what you want in life. You can stay committed to the life you are living now, as a victim to your own Inner Critic, or you can create the life you dream of. It's your choice.

Q: Famous last words — any inspirational, helpful, and empowering messages you'd like to share with our readers?

A: If I could give you one gift, I would give you the ability to see yourself as I see you, so that you could see how truly special you are at your deepest core. The life you long for is what you are here to experience. Honor and acknowledge this truth by saying YES to what you long for. This longing is your heart calling you to bring forth that which is already within you out into the world. This is your gift, your birthright and the life you are here to live.

"Be who you are and say what you feel.
Those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind."
— Dr. Seuss

"Live, live, LIVE! Life is a banquet
and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
— Patrick Dennis, author of Auntie Mame

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Molly Anderson-Childers is a a highly creative writer and artist from Durango, Colorado. More »

10/1/09