Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Dominguez-Weiss.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Theresa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story begins in the early 50’s, the first-born child to adoring parents in Southern California. My mother and father were first-generation Mexican Americans, whose own parents had fled to the U.S. to escape the Mexican Revolution. Growing up with seven siblings in an all-white middle-class neighborhood in Whittier, a Quaker town just south of Los Angeles, there were always adventures to be had.
For over 20 years, I was involved in the medical field, starting at 16 as a candy striper, and then as a nursing aide working on weekends at a local nursing home as I put myself through college, first becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse and then graduating with a degree as a Registered Nurse. I worked in most aspects of medical care including emergency rooms, labor and delivery, Intensive Care, and orthopedics, geriatrics, home health care, and hospice. I obtained an advanced certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the University of California, Davis’ School of Family Medicine. As a Nurse Practitioner, I was fortunate to work in a rheumatology practice (the study of immune system diseases) with a leading authority on the immune system. I worked in a Neurology practice with a nationally recognized neurologist/psychiatrist who specialized in chronic pain and headache management.
Having extensively studied the field of neuro-immunology since the early 80’s which is now known as neuroscience, I also trained in and practiced various forms of subtle energy medicine and holistic medicine. This included instructing patients in the Neurology practice in behavioral and cognitive techniques to help with pain control, anxiety, stress and sleep disorders. I believe that the practice of allopathic Western medicine in various medical disciplines, coupled with my over 40 years of in-depth metaphysical studies and energy medicine knowledge, allows my unique perspective in bridging science and spirituality.
I left the field of medicine in the early 90s to help run Power Places®, an international custom group tour company my husband, Dr. Toby Weiss, with his PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California founded in the early 80’s. Power Places was inspired by experiences we had in Cozumel, the ancient Mayan sacred site of the Mother/Creator goddess IX CHEL. Power Places® is now a commonly used term that relates to mystical sites around the world with special powerful energies, such as the Great Pyramid, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, and the ancient temples in Tibet.
“Deathwalker-Journeys of Life, Death & Beyond”—In my newly released book “Deathwalker, Journeys of Life, Death & Beyond,” I tell the story of Deathwalking my beloved Grandma Rosie to the “OtherSide” at the moment of her death in 1982, and I came back. It was so overwhelming and so unheard of that I completely suppressed it for 17 years. It was during a professional experience that the memories of that extraordinary event came bubbling to the surface and once it did I was compelled to write it all down.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say that my struggles along the way in my late teens and twenties were financial. My first job was when I was 12. I would iron clothes for the next door neighbor. Ten cents for her husband’s long-sleeved shirt and fifteen cents for a long pair of pants or a dress. Coming from a large family there wasn’t anything like allowance for us. The money came in very handy to get after school snacks and for buying Hollywood movie magazines such as “Photoplay” and “Movie Mirror,” which were mesmerizing for me. When I was 15, I got a job at a local hamburger stand and I have been working ever since. The hamburger stand gigs and later working at a local nursing home as a nurses’ aide put me through college to obtain my certificate as a licensed vocational nurse and later my degree as a Registered Nurse. Frequently I’d work the night shifts, 6-7 days a week, and then go to two different colleges during the weekdays as I was always impulse to be on a fast track to get my education. Of course, in those days I could operate on 4 hours of sleep a day and still manage a B average. Those early financial struggles instilled a balanced sense of what hard work and money is worth.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
Power Places is the company my husband Dr. Toby Weiss founded almost 40 years ago. The greatest adventures of my life have been at Power Places, as well as have some of the most meaningful “peak” experiences, events that have profoundly altered and transformed me. At Power Places, our motto is: There are Places in this World, that have Proven Their Power To Energize, To Heal, To Transform the Traveler. They are Waiting for you Now”.
We take people by the hand, so to speak, to travel to the most unique and power places in the world such as the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, so that they can partake in the extraordinary energy and power at those ancient sites while experiencing profound, often life-altering insights and experiences. “Peak” moments that they will remember the rest of their lives.
Dr. Toby Weiss coined the term “Power Places®” in 1979. “Power Places” is now a commonly used term that relates to many spiritual and special sites around the world with special powerful energies. Power Places is recognized as the foremost international authorities on Power Places and ancient healing sites. We have decades of first-hand experience in creating and leading spirit-centered transformative journeys to the world’s most spiritual and powerful places.
In 2006, we were cited as the “Granddaddy of Spiritual Tours” by National Geographic’s “Traveler” Magazine. Leading transformational teachers and leaders have traveled with us including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Rev. Michael Bechwith (“The Secret”), plus many others.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The parameters of success are pretty straightforward: Did it meet my goal, or even go beyond my goal? Does a different perspective show that there was success? A hidden gem perhaps? And most importantly, is this “meaningful” to me? Does this continue taking me on my path of living a meaningful life? This is especially important during this new COVID reality that has us all up in chaos, fear, uncertainty as the entire fabric of every aspect of our life has been ripped to shreds and is now unrecognizable.
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