Modern Mystic Beth Wonson
Tell us about you and what you do, and tell us about your family:
They way I earn my keep is through speaking, coaching and business consulting. My purpose is to help people discover the ease and harmony in relationship with self and others that was the original intention of our creator. The end result is usually that they transfer this discovery to all aspects of life. My family consists of my life partner, Janet and my two amazing daughters - each entrepreneurs and their wonderful partners and sons! I love being a grandma, mom, friend and partner. And my circle of wise and wonderful friends.
How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
I meditate, breathe, listen to my heart and play with the energy of synchronicity. I love to be in nature. To garden, explore, wander and observe. I love to cook healthy, beautiful foods and sharing a meal with family and friends is a bit of heaven for me.
What does being a Mystic look like on a daily basis?
Being a Mystic for me looks like being connected to the wisdom of my heart, feeling what my body is telling me and then being brave enough to take action based on that information. My path to wisdom is frequently through day dreams and mind wanderings. I love tools for guidance and support such as tarot, palmistry and hypnosis.
Tell us about your path to creating your path right livelihood (and what does Right Livelihood mean to you)
I left my corporate work with a $750 contract, $3,000 in the bank and a mortgage on my new home and a knowing in my heart that this was my authentic path! That all would be perfect. Most people around me were terrified for me and tried to encourage back up plans or easing in. I worked extensively with an amazing earth Angel, hypnotherapist and intuitive healer, Dr. Mary Kay Stenger. That was 2011 and I've been in my right livelihood and authentic life path since. Right Livelihood means that I'm doing the work that I have been called to do aligned with my values, using my strengths and in concert with my truest play style. I am an explorer, a director and a storyteller. I love to learn, share and empower others to lean on their authenticity to uncover their right livelihood. The road to this path and this trust in myself wasn't smooth. After a life altering break up and the loss of future I thought was ahead of me I made a conscious decision, a survival-based decision, to spend as long as it took me to know myself. I knew I had arrived after 3 years when I was at a New Year's Eve party and at 11:55 p.m. looked around the room and realized I wanted to celebrate this turn of the year with myself. I exited and sat on the shore in gratitude for finding and loving my authentic self. It was then I knew I was ready to fully trust myself first.
How have you integrated your innate talent and Mystic Arts into your life? What challenges did you face in this integrative process?
I, like most of us here I'm sure, knew that the Mystic Arts path was the truth for me when I was just a small child. But as I grew I let it go. And then when I faced my life crisis, I knew I had to return to what was true for me. I had taken many classes and dabbled in tarot, palmistry, numerology and more. And had a proclivity for the Mystic Arts but never the commitment to fully immerse myself. I come from a traditional family that is very much afraid of what is different. I was the youngest of five and the only one who had dared to dance outside the norm. So my integration process has always been about stepping outside my clan and standing in my truth. Now at almost 60 years old my surviving siblings are both proud and amazed at my journey. But will be the first to tell you they don't quite get it.
What important lesson would you share with an earlier version of yourself, or to somebody who is just now exploring what a mystical path might mean to them?
To spend time in quiet, letting thoughts pass like groceries on a conveyor belt, so all the knowing that is in your soul can rise up through the noise in your head. To realize that intuition is simply a version of storytelling and having the ability to believe the stories that you sense or feel. That when you know yourself, really spend time knowing yourself - not fixing yourself, but knowing your triggers, your strengths, your skills, what brings you peace and living in that space, life is far more easeful. That the labels others place on you have no lasting meaning unless you choose to wear them.
If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority, what should it be?
Intentional breathing. And listening to the beat of your heart. In through the nose, feeling the oxygen circulate down deep through the lungs and letting go of whatever no longer serves you with each exhale. Everyday.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
"Grace is in the space." Beth Wonson
Beth Wonson is known for her wit, wisdom, candor and translating her real world experiences into help for others seeking to over come perceived barriers and realize their most easeful path to achieving their goals. Known as the "employee whisperer" by Human Resource professionals, Beth can connect with the most difficult of employees and help them to become the most valued of employees. Combining her Bostonian grit, humor, no nonsense style with the wisdom of her own journey, Beth has the ability to help organizations, teams and individuals move forward with success. Beth's career started early in a family of business owners. She chose a career in education and soon became discouraged by the limits of public education. In the late 1990's Beth began working for a large training and consulting company whose mission was to bring strengths-based methods, experiential learning and outdoor education to corporations, treatment centers, schools and justice programs. She served two terms on the National Alternative Education Board of Directors. For 13 years Beth worked across the U.S. helping leaders implement programs that improved culture while also improving outcomes. She then worked with the leadership of Native American tribes implementing evidence-based programs to reduce teen pregnancy, substance abuse and suicide. In 2011 she sent emails out to 11 former clients and colleagues indicating she was ready to start her own business. Beth Wonson Consulting was born when 8 responded requesting services. An avid horsewoman since childhood, one of Beth's favorite component her work is Equus Coaching - a partnership between horse and coach to help participants gain insight into their energy, presence and story through the perspective of the horse. Beth is certified in Equus Coaching through Koelle Simpson, LLC. When she is not traveling to clients or coaching on the phone, Beth is snuggled in her home in Sacramento exploring the latest in brain-based research and leadership, writing, gardening, reading, cooking or enjoying family and friends.