Janine Shepherd: The Gift of Acceptance, how to transform suffering into joy

June 12, 2013
Hosted by Sweigh Emily Spilkin, MA, MFA, CHT

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In this powerful interview, Janine Shepherd shares with us her amazing journey of despair, empowerment, and hope. A once Olympic hopeful, Janine’s life was radically changed when she was hit by a truck on a bike ride. She was told she would never survive, let alone walk. But with remarkable dedication, inspiration, will, and love, Janine not only learned to walk, she learned to fly. Now an award winning author and speaker, Janine shares the ins and outs of her journey in this interview—what she relied upon in her darkest hours, the power of acceptance, how we can reframe our stories, and more.

Thresholds to Awakening

Thresholds to Awakening

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You are here for a reason. What you perceive to be a mistake (your pain, your suffering, your illness) is not a mistake at all. It is a radical opportunity to crack open, catalyze your potential, and embody your soul. An opportunity you would have never consciously chosen, but something has led you here: to the Threshold. The purpose at the Threshold is not simply to “get better,” the purpose is to allow yourself to be initiated. To let go of who you thought you were, so that who you really are can emerge.

Hosted by Sweigh Emily Spilkin, seasoned psychotherapist and soul guide, Thresholds to Awakening offers a deep-dive into the paradoxical nature of transformation. The show includes intimate conversations with spiritual luminaries about how to work with difficulty, stories about people finding their way through impossible situations, and transformational guidance to help you access your deepest truth.

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Sweigh Emily Spilkin, MA, MFA, CHT

Sweigh Emily Spilkin, MA, MFA, CHT

Sweigh Emily Spilkin, MA, MFA, CHT, is a somatic psychotherapist, teacher, and soon to be-"doctor" (working on that PhD!) of Psychology and soul-centered growth. She helps individuals use their life challenges as gateways to realizing their souls’ potential. Sweigh has a thriving psychotherapy and coaching practice where she combines cutting-edge somatic techniques with grounded, spiritual wisdom to help people reframe their challenges, reclaim their power, and fully embody their souls.

Sweigh’s background includes two Masters degrees, a three-year Somatic Experiencing™ trauma resolution training, a five-year embodied energy work training, and extensive education in nature-based soul work.

Her greatest teacher, however, was her own bout with a chronic illness that left her nearly housebound for four years. After much patience, surrender, grieving, soul-work, nervous system healing, will, and grace, Sweigh emerged from the “underworld” of her illness with her soul intact. She now serves as a guide and a source of inspiration for others on the path. Sweigh can be found on the web at www.ThresholdstoAwakening.com and www.EmbodyYourSoul.com.

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Episode Directory

July 2013

June 2013

  • 6/26/2013: Special Encore Presentation: Mirabai Starr: The Sweet Spirituality of Grief, Surrender, and the Dark Night of the Soul Listen Now
  • 6/12/2013: Janine Shepherd: The Gift of Acceptance, how to transform suffering into joy Listen Now

May 2013