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Life and Work with Gina Cloud

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Cloud.

Gina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I had a very sexist father who used to suggest often that girls/women were inferior in many ways, and I found myself naturally debating him, CONSTANTLY.  So, there was a sense of awareness of women’s power at an early age.  Then, when I got my first period at 14, I was like, wow, this is amazing, this being a woman thing.  As I got into my 20’s, there was this constant voice inside me urging me to teach women (and men) my way of viewing life as a woman, inside a woman’s body as a positive, power-full place and life path.  I noticed that how I was living and being as a woman, really listening to my inner wisdom and seeing my female rhythms as a kind of GPS, was so different than what other women were living, and I was inspired and DRIVEN to begin to teach.  After my daughter was born in 1995, she became the ultimate catalyst to start my business of empowering women.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No way has it been a smooth road.  Teaching something as life-altering as what I do, is fraught with challenges.  Among them was being way ahead of my path, truly revolutionary in my thinking and my ideas. Trying to stay true to my own vision and voice still is, in a world that seeks conformity around success.  But with the Me-Too movement and a film on periods winning an Oscar, my time has finally come.  Even though all the women I’ve worked with fully embraced my teachings, it was still an under-the-radar thing in the self-help world.  Also, growing this business while being a single mom was a challenge, along with other life events, but this is my dharma, and it just has never let me get away from it.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
In a nutshell, I help women strip down to their bare authentic essence, using the female body as the ultimate wisdom teacher and GPS (Goddess Power Source).  I specialize in a kind of waking up of women (and men) to how biological, sociological,  and personal programming and stereotypes are keeping women disempowered, and I’m known for telling it like it is is a raw, real way, opening doors on subjects that I believe no one else is discussing in the way that I am.  I feel that kind of honest, authentic expression from deep within my own life that I share within the confines of my work, is what draws people to me and allows me to ultimately help so many women step into their own authentic lives, to stop exploiting their bodies and sexuality and to awaken the power that I believe lies dormant in all women, a natural power that’s been a part of our repression via the centuries-old Patriarchial system that’s being dismantled before our eyes now.  I’m most proud of the gifts I have in allowing women to achieve these awakenings and reconnections with their authentic selves.  Note to men reading this, patriarchy is not men!  it’s a social structure.  So many men are part of this movement to end it as well.  I’m also really good at helping to bridge the communication gaps between men and women, helping each understand the other’s way of thinking, and love teaching this topic via corporate meetings and functions.  I also think that what sets me apart from other women’s empowerment thinkers/leader/teachers is that I’m willing to openly and directly discuss tough topics that everyone is thinking, but feel too vulnerable to openly discuss, and I’m tough about advocating for clients until they find the strength to do so for themselves.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources that help you do your best in life (at work or otherwise)?
Some of my favorite books are first, my own: W.O.M.A.N.: A NEW DEFINITION, because it’s a short, but very deep read, that really inspires women, “Women Who run with the Wolves,” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, because it really helps women navigate our inner terrain regardless of age or life issues. I’m not big on apps because I feel they just are more technology that keeps us focused outside instead of on our inner worlds, but the one I use the most is “Getting into the Vortex” by Esther and Jerry Hicks aka Abraham, really great for helping us see how our minds create our reality by helping us get out of the mind.  I also use the Audible app because I’m in Southern California and constantly in my car and listening to great books while driving is a life enhancement for me.  Blogs, I think mine is wonderful.  Honestly, I feel like my writing is inspired or that I’m a channel, so when I see what I’ve written, I always think “Wow, where did that come from?” I appreciate my own art.  I think we all should appreciate what we create, not from ego but from a place of appreciation for the gifts of inspiration that flow through us as artists.  It’s an honor to receive those gifts.  So, for this reason, I prefer a life with much less coming from outside me, to a life where it is emanating from within me as a creator, sharing with others.  I know there’s many books that have influenced me in my life, but titles escape me now.

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