My primary gift is to nurture expansion: growth of awareness, peace of mind, love, spirit, professional enterprise, power, integrity,
creative capacity... Nothing is more satisfying than helping people make breakthroughs to understand themselves and the world around them more deeply. What you choose to do with that newfound clarity is up to you, but I will warn you of this: once you awaken the part of you that is able to perceive beyond the veils, it is nearly impossible to turn that insight off again. So, be ready.
Spiritual Guidance, Couples Counseling,
Sacred Meditations & Personal Empowerment in Las Vegas
I’m no stranger to transformation myself. My life has been a series of deaths and re-births. I love what the Sufi Saint & poet Rabia wrote - “I died a thousand times before I died.” Yes. Me too. Sometimes at the cellular level…other times, it was a portion of my ego dissipating, or old habits and mindsets that were no longer serving my highest development. Do I have it all figured out? Of course not. As one of my dearest clients says, “It’s a process.” But I do know I’ve devoted my life to climbing the mountain of Truth/Self-discovery/Cosmic Mysteries, and if you, too, feel called to forge a path up that beautiful mountain, I would be honored to be your guide.
Background & Qualifications
My background in Spiritual Guidance & Counseling evolved over years of intensive shamanic work & one-on-one mentorships with intuitive therapists, accomplished spiritual teachers, and indigenous energy healers who shared their ancient, healing modalities with me. Two of my initial teachers were Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey, both of whom helped awaken the healer inside me. Further down the road, I encountered my sacred medicine guides, whose continued presence in my life is most beloved. I am also grateful for my relationships with the Yawanawa tribe, the jovial Thay Kozen, and a dear Sufi mystic who I studied under in France and credit with first activating my qualb (innermost heart.)
I come from a hard-working Italian family in Chicago, and I’ve held on to my Midwestern roots even though I’ve come a long way from home. I’ve lived coast to coast in the States, as well as in Europe & Morocco, and I've traveled to over thirty countries. Not only has this exposure shaped me into a sensitive, adaptable human being, but because I've encountered such a wide range of relationships, customs, and beliefs in both my personal & professional lives, I hold an open mind, tons of empathy, and have seen which truths hold steady for individuals regardless of culture, status, or creed. This allows me to provide those I’m counseling with a wealth of resources and wisdom gained from lived experiences. I feel as if I've crammed at least ten lifetimes worth of living into this life so far. Not to mention, I’m an ancient soul.
I have formally studied at New York University, in Aix-en-Provence France, and at the University of Las Vegas Nevada where I received my graduate degree. Upon graduation, I was invited to teach in the UNLV Honors College, where I am currently a professor teaching multi-disciplinary seminars. My poetry, stories, & non-fiction have been published in a variety of literary journals & anthologies. I'm also happy to share, I recently finished writing my first novel. You can learn more about these aspects of my life on my sister site, JaclynCostello.com.
Existence Awes Me
As a little girl, I remember writing about being alone in space, talking to a mysterious voice about why I was being sent down to Earth, and asking questions like, “Where did we come from before we were in this world?” and “What if there had never been anything at all? There wouldn’t even be darkness, because even darkness couldn’t exist.” I would lay in bed at night trying to imagine nothing. The impossibility of the thought made me shudder. I once left a notebook in the kitchen for my mom to find - it was filled with inquiries about God, suffering, the Universe, & the great, mysterious emptiness. My mom was a bit worried but eventually helped me type up my writing on the ole typewriter.
My curiosity and desire to understand "how things really are" has propelled me through a life of experimentation, adventure, and meditative contemplation. I’ve always felt things deeply, at a soulful level, and asked questions about reality to myself & others. Those questions led the people around me to reflect & feel more deeply too. This has been my natural state for as long as I can remember.
I hold very few beliefs; rather, I identify with the path of a mystic - requiring direct, felt, known experiences with the Divine. As part of my work on this path, I’ve been blessed with magical, humbling, indescribably beautiful (sometimes terrifying) spiritual awakenings. It isn’t always easy; I’ve struggled through my share of dark nights of the soul. The dawn is always worth the night, & the revelations received are pure nectar for the spirit. And so, I remain ever devoted to studying the science & spirituality of expanded states of consciousness.
How This is What I’m Meant to Be
Although I didn’t know it along the way, I’ve been preparing myself for this profession my entire life. Over the years, I’ve been offered opportunities to pursue careers as a creative director, a television personality in the UK, and a $200,000 a year public speaker for a well-known travel company. As appealing as each of these offers sounded at the time, and while there was never anything wrong with the opportunities themselves, each offer was made while I was in the midst of some other life lesson that felt more sincere to me. I’ve never been able to lie to myself about who I really am or what feels authentic to me, and I’ve never looked back and wished I’d followed a path that wasn’t my own.
After years of trial and error, I’ve chiseled down my life purpose to three things: 1) exploring the world, spirituality, love, and the far reaches of the human condition 2) expressing what I know through stories and poetry 3) helping others become empowered in their own lives, ease their suffering and fears, reach their greatest potential, create loving relationships, and embrace peace of mind.
When all is said and done, I can’t take credit for anything. I continue to fall to my knees in awe & reverence of the Divine Mother and the many ways she activates each human's natural healing abilities. May I lead you to the healer within yourself, and help connect you back to the Source.