Lorie Ladd reveals more about her personal self-love journey and embracing imperfection…
Words: Tanya Smale
As a teenager growing up in the 80s, I appeared to be living the Californian dream. I had a lot of friends, we roller-skated every weekend and I lived by the beach. But I carried a lot of trauma. My parents divorced when I was six and my mother left me and my older brother in Texas with my father, while she took my younger brother back to California. It was around this time that I was sexually abused by a family member, although the memory only resurfaced when I was nearly 30. I had abandonment and unworthiness issues, which created eating disorders and I used alcohol to numb the pain.
My older brother and I moved in with my mum a few years later. My mum was very spiritual and she would hang out at Louise Hay’s house. She was aware of the Great Awakening that we’re experiencing now and, from the age of 11, I would attend retreats and seminars with her. I was the youngest person there it fed my soul. I lived in two separate worlds: one with school and friends, and the other which was very spiritual and aware of the bigger picture. Occasionally, I would talk to friends about it but they would chuckle and say “Oh, that’s just Lorie being crazy” But I knew these were truths that I felt deeply within my soul.
Guidance from above
At 13, my soul purpose was revealed to me. I was walking home one day when a voice, who I now know was a guide, said: “You’re going to assist humanity in the ascension process.” Back then, we thought ascension meant the world collapsing, so I thought I would be helping people off the planet or something. I remember thinking, “That’s great but I don’t even know if I want to do that.” I also knew it wouldn’t happen until I was ready. After graduating, I studied for mynMasters in psychology counselling and went on to do a PhD but I was miserable and doing it for the prestige, so I quit before finishing. I ended up working in banking, was briefly engaged and planned to start a family with my then boyfriend. For a while, it seemed I was going to have a regular life, although, occasionally, I asked myself ‘When are you going to do what you came here to do?’
Everything changed dramatically in 2010 when I met Joe, my yoga teacher. There was this instant connection and familiarity between us and a deep love, but without any intimacy or romance. It was as if we had a soul contract: Joe was the catalyst that activated and reminded me what I was here for. I left my boyfriend and career and we travelled to Thailand where I trained as a Bikram yoga teacher. When we returned from travelling in 2015, I climbed Mount Shasta, a volcano in California, which I had been climbing since I was 13 and had always been dear to my heart. At the top, I raised my hands and declared “I’m ready. I will say yes to everything and do whatever it takes to step into my work.” I fully committed, even though I wasn’t sure what that involved.
Embracing my path
A year later, a friend asked if I could tap into her higher self to access information about what was going on with her at the time. I’d never done anything like that before but I remembered my declaration and she was floored by the accuracy of the information that came through. I realised I could channel and connect with higher dimensional energies. When I channel my guides, it’s like a very subtle conversation with someone outside of myself. I get a signal of information which feels distant like someone standing on the other side of a tunnel, so you have to focus on it. I can pull them in and see them if I choose during meditation, but it’s usually more of an energetic blind connection. And so, I began offering higher self transmissions and guided meditative journeys. After appearing on a spiritual radio show, bookings began to trickle in.
Everything came naturally; I simply innately knew how to do it. Whilst visiting Machu Picchu (the lost Incan city in Peru) in 2018 with a boyfriend, I received a download. It was as if somebody gave me a briefcase which contained info I had no previous knowledge of, about earth and humanity, including how we came into existence and moved ourselves through freewill into lower dimensional fields, but are now moving back up. I wasn’t sure what this meant until 2020 when I realised my purpose was to guide people online through the ascension process. And the rest is history!
Now try something new
Assist your ascension with these tips from Lorie…
Allow yourself to feel everything. We are all becoming more energetic and we’re going to start feeling more. Allow yourself to feel with no judgement, recognising that you’re not the feelings.
Practise being the observer. Observe what you’re feeling, thinking and doing. Put your watch or ring on the opposite hand or simply draw a dot on your hand and, when you notice it, remember to practise being the observer. Imagine you are the third person observing what you are feeling, saying or thinking.
Become conscious of your choices. Realise that you truly have a choice in life. Are you allowing your thoughts or feelings to choose for you? We are masters that came here to create, not victims, and we need to recognise that we are never completely disempowered or stuck, even when life is challenging.
Practise compassion with yourself. There’s nothing wrong with how you are experiencing this planetary realm which creates emotions and trauma. Understand you are having the human experience and be gentle with yourself.
Lorie Ladd, 47, lives in California, USA and is a spiritual teacher and author of The Divine Design. She has a weekly show, Untangled, which you can find via @LorieLadd on YouTube and you can also join her community at patreon.com/lorieladd. Follow @lorie_ladd on Instagram or visit lorieladd.com for her courses, meditations and masterclasses.