Today we’d like to introduce you to Marilyn Alauria.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Marilyn. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
From as early as three years old I was having encounters with Spirit and having psychic experiences. I didn’t know that’s what they were at the time. Instead, I was told it was my imagination. My family life was very unstable, and a bit traumatic and the confusion in the setting pulled me further from my gifts. When I was a teenager, my gifts got covered up with boys, alcohol and normal teenage life. Not that alcohol is healthy for a teenager, but I was growing up in a different time and era, and it quieted the voices. When I graduated college, I started working in the entertainment industry. I was working for companies such as MTV, Fox News (before it was Fox news) and NBC Olympics. Even though I had these amazing jobs, I was miserable. I started going to therapy to figure out my life and to remove the dark cloud I felt hanging over my head. Through my work in Therapy, my psychic gifts grew stronger. I was still unclear what was happening to me but knew I had psychic abilities. Then I started hearing and seeing Spirits which made me extremely uncomfortable and scared. I thought I was making it up at first, but then strange things began to happen. I started getting locked in rooms. Yep, weird but true. Doors would just lock, door knobs would fall off for no apparent reason. Then one day I walked into a door and got seven stitches in my head. I knew from dabbling in Tarot and other psychic arts that this was no coincidence, so I went to see a psychic. She told me the dead were trying to reach me and I needed to see a Medium. I then went to see a medium that I found in a magazine. She didn’t know me at all, and the minute she walked into the room she told me, I was a medium. The flood gates opened and it was very unsettling. I had to learn to work with my gifts so I could find some peace. At the same time, I started talking to my parents about what was happening, and they told me that it ran on both sides of the family. When you study mediumship, you have to give readings, and my readings even surprised me. I knew people’s names, how they died, where they lived and things about my sitter’s life that I shouldn’t have known. People started paying me, and before I knew it, I had a full-time business. Besides readings, I began teaching and fell in love with teaching other’s how to get in touch with their inner guidance and answers that sit in the seat of their soul. I believe everyone is gifted and teaching is now the cornerstone of my practice. I now teach people around the world how to use their intuitive gifts and to access the wisdom they possess. I love what I do.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Talking to the dead is not a smooth road. lol. But I think you are also referring to creating a business. I am lucky that I was a business person and understood the ins and outs of creating a business when I fell upon this career. I built a career I love and continue to change, grow and expand the way I do my business. To start off with, I was doing something completely different. I left entertainment after I won an Emmy for my participation in the Summer Olympics to act. Four months later I landed the lead in an Off-Broadway show and was doing what I love. At least I thought it was what I loved. I moved to Los Angeles shortly after 9/11, and my career went south. I was bookkeeping, attending acting classes when the door to my gifts swung open. I was giving readings and working on a famous murder case when I had to leave to do a film. I didn’t want to go and act; I wanted to keep working with the deceased Spirit to solve his murder. By the way, it is Sal Mineo in case you are curious. That’s when I knew I found what I loved to do. I quit acting happily and devoted all my attention to my business. One of the biggest things about running your own business is being true to your unique quality and voice. You will get a lot of opinions on how you should do things. I sometimes allowed that advice to side track me but mostly stayed true to what I felt was best for me. I didn’t advertise and worked mainly on word of mouth. I did, however, connect with people I knew well who had my clientele and asked them to share what I did with their clients. I would give a free reading to life coaches, hair dressers, owners of gyms, places I knew my audience was hanging out. Opportunities came my way. I can honestly say following what you love to do and the struggles take on new meaning. They don’t feel as insurmountable when you are doing something you love. Some of the things I had to learn, was how to handle people who would book an appointment and not show up. When I had a waiting list of individuals, who wanted to get in. Or how to setup refund policies because someone was unhappy if I wouldn’t reveal the winning lottery numbers. Honestly, that is not my forte, or I’d be playing the lottery. I was good with establishing relationships and networking with people I liked. I never networked with anyone if I didn’t like them. I am a Brooklyn girl down to the core, and we tend to be very honest people with a ton of integrity. Hanging around with someone I don’t like does not work for my business model. Also choosing who to study with in the beginning was a big struggle. I studied with some of the most famous mediums, but their style of teaching and philosophies weren’t for me, so I stopped studying with them and went to my Guidance. I’m so glad I did because I notice the students that come out of those classes have a formulaic way of doing things and I have a very creative approach to my work and how I teach. I am lucky in a sense that I already had Guides that were showing me the way and helping me to make decisions and keeping me from certain business relationships and helping me to be true to my voice. I did get into a business partnership that was not a good fit at all. Unfortunately, it was very late in the program when I discovered this and had to dissolve the corporation and cut ties. I was glad I learned it then because I’m very cautious who I will do business with now. One more thing, it’s hard to find people in the Spiritual community who truly know how to market a business. I was very lucky to reach outside the community and find some great people to study marketing from. Now I know all about how to create a very successful online business while staying true to my brand. I am preparing to teach other Spiritual entrepreneurs how to do the same.
Marilyn Alauria – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I teach people around the world how to use their intuitive psychic gifts while communicating with their Higher Selves so they can create a life full of joy, peace, passion and fun. I am known for my creative and honest way of teaching. I’m very experiential in my work, so people get to have their experiences unique to them. I give them tools and techniques and meet them on their path so they can create from their soul and learn how to hear the inner wisdom of their heart.
My readings are known because I don’t let the person speak, I know nothing about them, and I tell them things that I can’t possibly know. I give life to their dreams. The dreams that live in their heart. The dreams they are so desperately feeling they are meant to live. I now focus on teaching people because they don’t need me to do what they can do for themselves.
I’m so proud of the business I built. It truly represents what I believe that we are all gifted and meant to live a life that represents the dreams that are in our heart. My life is full of what I love to do, and there is very little of what I don’t like to do, like cooking. lol.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I feel I’m successful because my life is what I want it to be. I get to work at what I love, stop working when I desire, go for a hike, play with my dogs, play tennis and go back to work. Not that I do that all that much from Monday through Thursday because I love what I do and so I work. I feel blessed because I get to witness all the miraculous changes my students are making in their lives. It’s amazing to see them believe in themselves again and to pursue a life they want to live. That to me is a success.
Now another note, it’s building my audience and my list and getting asked to do interviews and speaking engagements and I’m preparing to write my first book. I decided to not go to a publisher, but I’m not concerned because I have a built-in audience that will love the material. That to me is success.
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