Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynda McCloskey.
Lynda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was very young, I vowed to myself that if I was working in an office by the age of thirty-five, I would have to “jump”. I didn’t know what I would jump into but I think that conviction came from seeing my mom at that age unhappy at her job.
It was when I was twenty-two that my desire to understand myself and my spiritual connection to life bloomed. I did an apprenticeship with a shaman, started learning Tai Chi and began reading powerful self-help books. When I was twenty-five, I enrolled in a weekend massage workshop. OH MY goodness, it was heaven to me. I’ve always had a nurturing way about me but now I was able to share it through touch. Life-Changing! A few months later, I ended up going to a massage school. When I graduated, I knew I didn’t want to do massage full-time but knew it was a piece to the puzzle. So, I continued to climb the corporate ladder in the TV Music Industry until I gathered all the pieces I needed.
As I was nearing thirty-five, I knew I had to stay true to my vow. And yet, I wasn’t ready to leave my secure job and “jump.” I knew teaching Tai Chi and massage wasn’t stable enough for this Capricorn girl. It was a few months later I got a call from a friend who was at a business retreat. She couldn’t wait to tell me about this program she was taking called Life Coaching and how it would be perfect for me. I immediately signed up for the program and then afterward enrolled in a CranioSacral training. Both healing modalities felt like home to me that it gave me the green light to “jump” the corporate nest…with my mom cheering me on like a proud mama bird.
I finished the Life Coaching program the month I turned thirty-five. I liked my job at Warner Bros. and loved the people I worked with. We had become a family. When the time came to give my notice, tears were shed with the understanding that I had to follow my calling.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Any advice for other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey?
Who needs to jump out of a plane to experience free-falling? I had no idea what was needed to be self-employed nor how it would feel to all of a sudden, not have my “family co-workers” around. “Where did everyone go?” This was very challenging at first. I had to learn a new level of self-motivation, become skilled at marketing, sales, networking, advertising, and accounting. “WHAT!?” I just wanted to do the healing work. This path instantly enrolled me in “The University of Life.” Now, how I made a living was directly connected to my personal growth journey.
I left the corporate world seventeen years ago – before anyone knew what a Life Coach or a CranioSacral therapist was and when there was still some sexual connotations around being a massage therapist. I am so grateful for how much the healing arts have grown through the years and how it is more accepted in the mainstream.
We are living in a powerful time where becoming an entrepreneur is more attainable with so much help to support the process. My advice would be to hire a Coach to help with the practical skills that are needed to build a sustainable business and guidance for the inner work that is needed to move steadily along the path.
Most importantly, follow your heart and trust your inner knowing and calling. I heard Iyanla Vanzant say, “your purpose births you, all you have to do is align with it.” I love that! Don’t be afraid to fall. It is part of the journey that will be the gift you offer to others.
Tell us about your work.
I provide holistic healing sessions that are customized to my clients’ issues – from emotional and/or physical pain, anxiety, trauma, exhaustion to their desire to live more authentic lives. Treatments include any or all of the following modalities: Spiritual Life Coaching, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, NeuroAffective Touch, Inner Child Work and Guided Meditation Journeys.
There are times in life when we need guidance to get to the other side of our obstacles, whether they are physical or emotional. Because healing and self-discovery are not a one-size-fits-all, I love how this work is about listening to what is needed in the moment and from this place we begin.
The Body, Mind and Heart entry points vary. Let’s say a client is in distress: entering from the intellect could add to their feeling of overwhelm. This is a good time to support the nervous system with CranioSacral Therapy to release them from the “fight, flight or freeze” response. This helps them into clarity and more able to face what is difficult.
In my approach, we learn to give permission to all parts of the Self. The loved and unloved. Learn to turn towards fear, judgment and/or pain and ask, “What are you needing? What are you afraid of?” It is through this practice of presence one cultivates a deeper understanding, compassion, and self-acceptance that is at the very core of healing.
The opportunity to be a supportive guide in one’s journey toward self-discovery, self-empowerment, and self-love is a gift that lights up my life. It is my passion and my mission.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
I’m fairly new to the podcast world but I am already appreciating the inspiration and connection to humanity it gives me. My favorite three are: “Insight at that Edge” with Tami Simon, “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations” and The Moth.
I will never forget my first book twenty-eight years ago that set me on my path, “Living in the Light” by Shakti Gawain. Fast forward a few centuries (lol) – here are my most coveted books: “The Presence Process” by Micheal Brown, “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, “Becoming Supernatural” by Dr. Joe Dispenza, “The New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron, A Course in Miracles and so many more.
I believe it is truly important to have many ways we can resource ourselves. I love how books, podcasts, and my friends hold me and how my mentor is a powerful guiding force in my life. Blessed! It is through dance that I am profoundly resourced to the wisdom of my heart and authentic power. I am forever grateful for my ecstatic dance community and the teachers who guide me deeper into myself.
- Body, Mind & Soul Healing Sessions: 60 minutes $120 ~ 90 minutes $180
- Spiritual Life Coaching: 60 minutes $120 (In-person or Skype)
- CranioSacral Therapy/Reiki: 60 minutes $120
- Address: 12114 Venice Blvd.
Mar Vista, CA 90032
- Website: LyndaMccloskey.com
- Phone: 818.458.6815
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: LyndasLove
- Facebook: Lynda McCloskey, Soul Guide
Two of the images that are on the table are taken by Christina Morassi.