Five provocative questions answered by an inspiring and fabulous woman – a woman with something to say.
Meet Tonya Parker
Tonya Parker blends experiences as a psychotherapist, prevention specialist, professor, corporate trainer, and conscious caterer with certifications in massage, natural wellness, aromatherapy, and metaphysics to create Mind, Body & Spiritworks—a harmony of flavors featuring divinely inspired and assisted holistic wellness workshops, sacred retreats and events, meditation and healing circles, massage and Reiki energy healing, conscious communication coaching, radio show (Mind Body & Soul Food), monthly blog (Mind Body & Soul Food Meanderings), and meditation CD (Meditative Morsels). She has contributed to various magazines and anthologies, and recently completed recording a New Thought young adult novel, Diary of a Witch’s Daughter. Tonya is always in gratitude for her gifts of healing, teaching, and writing to help feed the mind, body, and spirit.
People would be surprised to know that: Upon receiving the name “Throat Chakra Shaman” from Spirit, I realized that this expressive, creative energy has shown up for decades in my various career paths, and it colors much more of who I am and what I do. I LOVE language–writing and word games have been a favorite pastime since childhood, I often sing to my students in the classroom, I make up words and puzzles and reinvent songs. I create with words.
The WTL 5:
What’s the conversation that changed your life?
I’ve had many life-changing conversations. One of the most profound occurred in 2009. I was in crisis and seeking support from my friend, mentor, and spiritual teacher, bemoaning about feeling pigeon-holed as a massage therapist, not knowing what my next step was as a healer. He told me that it didn’t matter what healing modality I chose—I was the healing. All I had to do was show up and be my authentic self. This insight has brought me such freedom, as well as the knowledge that all that I do, and all that I Am, is sacred, and enough.
What are you most conscious of today?
Today I am most conscious of my inner Divinity and how it shows up. I check in with myself and ask various questions. Am I speaking, healing, teaching, and responding from a place of love vs. fear? Am I seeing myself reflected in others vs. finding separation from them? Am I remembering that as the physical essence of Mother-Father God, I am enough? Am I remembering to breathe? Am I taking myself too seriously? Am I connecting to Source to guide my steps? Am I honoring Earth Mother? Am I feeling gratitude for everything, no matter how it shows up?
What part of you have you yet to give voice to?
There’s a question mark about what I still have yet to give voice to. I plan, Spirit laughs. In my twenties I thought I was going to be a counselor for the rest of my life. When I went to massage school I thought I would have something fun to do in retirement. When I quit a great job as a trainer, I knew after a short hiatus, I would be back working in corporate America, or at least another non-profit. Ha! My path has been rich and meandering, and I AM open to where I have yet to go!
What’s the conversation women need to be having collectively?
I’ve been blessed to attract into my life amazing women with whom I’ve had amazing conversations, where we get caught up in the vortex and look up, incredulous, hours later. I believe women need to have conversations that are loving, empowering, encouraging, uplifting, humorous, releasing, tearful—you name it. Sometimes it’s not about the content, but the delivery. Do we feel heard? Do we feel loved unconditionally? Do we feel that we can let down our hair (if we choose to have hair) and be authentic, and real with our sisters without being judged?
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
I invite anyone to join me in a continuous big, loud, strong voice—THERE IS NO SEPARATION AMONG US! The outer illusions have held us all back in our soul evolution for far too long. Peering through the Divine lens, I see no barriers such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veganism etc. Rev Taylor Thompson said, “When one of us is hurt, we all hurt. When one is oppressed, we all are oppressed. When one of us is healed, we all are healed.” I am here on this planet as an instrument of love and healing.
Thank you, Tonya, for sharing your powerful voice
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