Sometimes we get off track along our life’s journey. Let’s embark on a journey through The A Train to Sedona to accelerate it. Linda Marsanico, a licensed New York psychologist, shares her path in search for awareness and connection to God and consciousness. She also navigates into developing an intuitive, heartfelt language, letting go of ideas that no longer serve us, and moves into multi-dimensional thinking and the channeling of magic. She describes how you can live in a moment leaving behind the noise outside. Because it’s a restless world outside, and we need something to fuel us today. So, tune in to this episode, and let’s travel with Linda firsthand as she recounts her journey toward compassion, forgiveness, and self-love.
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The A Train To Sedona
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Our guest is Linda Marsanico. She has a Master’s in Human Development Counseling and a Doctorate in Social Psychology. She received a certificate from Postgraduate Center, NYC for her three-year postdoctoral work with children, adolescents, and families. She’s a licensed New York psychologist and an advanced public speaker, having been a member of Toastmasters since 2013.
Linda is also a spiritual coach and healer, employing Reiki, vortex, and integrated energy who writes about love playfulness visualization, meditation, and stillness as the path to a joy-filled life. Visit LindaMarsanico.com for her blogs, published articles, podcasts, and SoundCloud recordings or to sign up for her mailing list.
Her book The A Train to Sedona is about embarking on the most important journey of your life. It takes you along her search for awareness and connection to God and consciousness. Join her as she works to develop an intuitive heartfelt language and as she lets go of ideas that no longer serve her and moves into multi-dimensional thinking and the channeling of magic. Travel with her firsthand as she recounts her journey toward compassion, forgiveness, and self-love. Don’t we all need to do that? It’s a pretty hectic world out there.
Linda, welcome. I’m excited to have you. I feel like I’ve been working with you forever because you took great to have your house renovated.
It was such a big break. I had in the back of my mind, “When will I be working on my book to get it out there?”
For those of you who don’t know, she hired me back in March 2022. Linda, this is typical. Being a spiritual person, you’ll totally get it. As happens with many authors, I feel like sometimes I’m a crisis counselor. You know me, I’m the bad guy the bad at crisis, but you’re all up-leveling. Here you are up-leveling. All of a sudden, you sell your place, you buy a new one, and it needs to be renovated. That’s typical spiritually with most of the authors I work with. You’re up-leveling. All of a sudden, these obstacles are going to come in because nothing we do when we up-level is ever easy. Would you agree with that?
I do. It’s a challenge as we are moving up levels. The idea, and I can’t say I’m there yet, is to go through the challenges with peace in the heart and calmness of spirit. I worked to do that during my renovation, which was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.
I used to fix and flip houses when I was married. The first one that we did when we have kids is we would live in them for two years so we could avoid the taxes on it. The last one we did, we almost ended up divorced. It’s very hard when you’re living in this chaos with the kids and I ate more hot dogs than I ever wanted to. We’re here to talk about your new book, The A Train to Sedona. Tell us a little bit where did you come up with the idea for this.
I had been part of a spiritual group in 2001 right after 9/11. I mentioned this in the first chapter of the book. Prior to that, I’m in my living room sitting on the wood floor. My sister Joan gave me a book on yoga. I closed my eyes, and I knew that I was part of everything that is, then 9/11 happens. I was searching for a healer. I started an eight-year relationship, learning so much. The third dimension seemed to be left very far behind. I read, questioned, and embarked on a journey, an adventure. If it’s a challenge, it shifted into an adventure, something that you learn and grow from.
I had this journey that I wanted to share. I wrote the book. With Jared, who is my book whisperer, I shifted the focus of the book so that people would be more interested in the things that I had to say. He pulled it out of me, I became a storyteller, then I put in a little bit about science and DNA. It’s all intimates. I wanted to share my journey so that hopefully, others’ journeys would be shorter. I’ve meandered on the local A train, and I want to help people get on the Express A.
When Linda says 9/11, she’s in New York City. It’s very close to home for her. That is interesting, accelerating the journey. I remember when I went on my journey, I was like out in the wilderness, trying to find everything about who I am and exploring. It probably took a good 6 or 8 years as well. It knocks you off of your center in finding that new center. You started writing the book. Did you do that during your awakening or after? What does it have to do with Sedona?
I went on twice-yearly retreats in Sedona with a spiritual group. I had never heard of Sedona. I was behind the times. Everybody knew about Sedona. I learned about it and fell in love with it. We’ve meditated. Meditating in Sedona in the vortexes is like ascending into other dimensions. It’s an amazing experience I bought a home there. The aim of the book is to have the reader bring the peace and calmness of Sedona into their heart so that it’s theirs, and no one can take it from them. No matter what city they live in, there’s beauty, peace, and a spiritual quality about Sedona that we can internalize. That’s what I’m talking about the A train inward, the Sedona in the heart.
The express train into healing all that. Do you find since you’ve done all this work, nothing is ever a crisis? I go into that mode I used to go into before but it’s over quickly. It’s like, “It happened. How to fix it?” It’s like that for you as well. Was there a little bit of drama around it and now you don’t feel that drama?
I’ve cut a lot of drama out of my life. In fact, if I see drama, I’d like to turn and go the other way. When I think of our moods prior, the moods could be like this with work, healing conflicts, and letting go of what doesn’t serve, things come in and we rebound. We come back to the central beam, which could be the heart, meditation, breathing, walking, and being so that we become ineffable. One meaning of ineffable is unmoved, powerful emotions. I work at this and I’m sometimes there. Sometimes not. I could see anger and grief. It’s painful, but observe them therefore the body’s at peace. We’re not disavowing ourselves. We are noting what is happening, but we’re not in it.
Before this took place, were you that controller? You made sure that, “That’s where I was at. I was always controlling the situations.” It’s funny because one day, I woke up in a situation that had been recurring came and I was like, “I can’t control it,” and I let it go. It was amazing for me and from a faith basis to come back a month later, that whole situation came back, but it came back as, “I should have listened to you.”
It’s not me saying I was right, but it was me validating, I let it go and I wouldn’t let them do their own thing. It’s funny now because when I try to teach this to my children, it’s more than, “If that obstacle came up, God has a different plan for you. Can you hold on and watch it?” My kids will come back to me now and go, “What was it I was supposed to learn from that because I’m pissed off?” At least they’re in that mode now where they’re like, “I need to take a breath. There was something I was supposed to learn.” Was your experience like that at all? You seem more easygoing than I am.
We’re all different. I remember willing things to happen, thinking that I could will something, and really, we can’t. I will often say, “I have to leave that to You. I’m leaving it to You, Creator.” I have screens now. It’s warm in New York. My screens are back-ordered. I haven’t screamed and yelled. The woman said, “You’re patient. Thank you so much.” I said, “I have to leave it to you. It’s in your timeframe, not mine.”
I ordered them on June 2, 2023. It’s things like that, rather than making myself miserable by thinking that I can will something to realize that there’s very little that we have control over. It’s much more fruitful and peaceful to go with the flow and be in the flow. That’s where things come in more easily. When I park I have my parking angels. I say, “Thank you so much for Monday’s spot. Very often, I get my spot.” It’s hard when I’m supposed to make a turn. I’m in the flow.It's much more fruitful and peaceful to go with the flow and be in it. That's where things come in more easily. Click To Tweet
One of the biggest challenges in life is not getting into that because that’s where the drama happens when you’re trying to command or will something into existence. It’s a mind manipulation that you’re doing on yourself. You and I had discussions about patterns and dynamics. A lot of times, you’re feeding into a pattern that’s been there for quite a while.
We have the ability to step out of the pattern, which is an important thing to do. If we have a habitual behavioral response that is not working, we can step back and plan a different way to respond. One thing that happens when we don’t get what we want, we can yell and scream at others. I think of us as broadcast journalists connected to everyone. We think, feel, and emote.
Everything is going out. Linda Marsanico and her feeling at this moment, everything is on my website, everything to do with me. I want my energy to be lifted, loving, and compassionate. My work is about love and compassion. it’s important for me to change the habitual behavioral response, stay out of drama, and be kind and compassionate. If I mess up, without judgment, know that I’m going to have lots of opportunities to do it again, to work at this again, until I’m more compassionate.
I want to point out there that I have found that if you don’t address it and find that compassion, that situation keeps coming back at you again. It gets almost worse every time until then there’s that like rock bottom wake-up call, like, “You’ve got to do something about this. You can’t go on.” Unfortunately, a lot of times, we don’t listen or come to an awareness that these things are happening. What do you hope comes out of this book for the readers?
I’d like them to get on the Express A train, and be joyful, loving, and compassionate at their own pace. It’s always at our own pace. There’s no judgment. I’m not to say, “You shouldn’t be doing this or that.” In fact, I talk about that in the book, “There are no shoulds about what you wish or want to do.” It’s a very different experience. It’s freeing, because we grow up with shoulds from bureaucracies, parents, and institutions, “You should do this.”
It’s part of the changing who we are that you talked about, like eight years of a journey. It’s a lifetime journey to figure out who we are and tease out what we wish to want to do, what we find our goals are, or how we want to live our life. We’re free to choose that once we let go of what doesn’t serve us. Letting go of what doesn’t serve us is very challenging. When we look at it as an adventure, we’re all connected. Every single person all connected, we’re all together in this. When you’re happier, I’m happier. When I’m happier, somebody else is happier.
This is a way to accelerate. When I look at 8 or 10 years, I’ve probably spent the first half of it fighting it.
It’s not easy.
Doing the, “I’m going to let go of this,” but then you have to be in alignment. It’s closing my eyes because it’s like, “I’m going to do it,” but then you shift back into those old patterns and old behaviors. Once you do that, you can get yourself in alignment because all of us are out of alignment.
We’re off balance, out of alignment, any drama, fear, out of alignment. We want to come right back, and we can intend love and compassion, divinely inspired by light. Before I go out and go on the subway, I’m going to do this divinely inspired by light. Anytime I go into fear, I have to restate that, “Divinely inspired by light,” and the intention to be in love because in the other dimensions, love is all there is. We’re in the third dimension with the ego and fear. We’re working to heal that ego so that it’s ego, art, and love.
Let’s shift into the scientific a little more here. You’re a psychologist. When you have these things going on that you’re not on the journey, how does it manifest itself? Is it anxiety or depression? Is that why we’re seeing much of this in the world nowadays? Are people not embarking on that self-help and improvement journey?
When I’m not in alignment, I feel unhappy. If someone is depressed, it could be for any number of reasons. They might be grieving something. I think of the sharp denial, anger bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It could be a loss of a job, a parent, or a pet. There is depression that’s more simply healed and depression that needs professional help. We need to understand what that is and be able to reach out to our community should we need professional help.
If it’s, “I feel depressed. I feel blue,” call up a spiritual friend. It’s important to have. It’s not a lot of them, but friends who are on the journey consciously. I say to these friends, “I need to run something past you. Can you text me or give me a call?” I get that call, “What do you think about this?” They think about it and we chat about it. I’ll meditate or pray. I do reach out. It’s important to know that we’re not alone. With the creator, we’re never alone.
However, when I am busy, off balance, and out of sorts, I don’t hear the creator. I can’t hear the voice. I know I need to get back to meditating, say a mantra, take a walk, or ride a bike. Years ago, I used to go into the park with a headset. I’d be moving and walking fast in the park. I heard a voice saying, “Leave the headset at home.” Now when I go into the park right near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, I hear the birds and people. I’m aware of the fragrance of the flowers. I hear, see, and feel. That’s living in the moment. That’s the ultimate place to be in the moment.
I bought the noise-canceling headsets from Apple, which are the rage everybody’s using, but it’s funny, when I go run I use my old set because these block it out much. You can’t hear not only all that, but you can’t hear if somebody comes up on you. That was probably one of the first things that I noticed. If somebody came by me, I was like, “I didn’t even hear that. That’s dangerous.”
I love that you brought up grief. The reason I was asking is a lot of what’s going on in the world and we talked about this a lot during COVID with some of my authors who wrote books. People were very unhappy but they didn’t realize that they were grieving because they had lost a job. Everyone associates grieving with death, but they don’t associate with a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or losing a house. I saw a lot of that during the housing downturn. The other thing is redefining grief for people so they understand what they’re going through.
They can call it something and then seek to relieve it through work. We always have to do the work. In the third dimension, with the ego and the challenges, we need to roll up our sleeves and do the work. My first tip from the book is to have an intention to be on the spiritual path. The second is to take responsibility for ourselves. When I think of that, I go, “I am right up straight. I’m in the prayer position. Here am I, God. I’m on the path consciously.”We need to be intentional on the spiritual path and take responsibility for ourselves. Click To Tweet
I’m probably going to share something my son won’t be happy about. My son is dating. He tells me his biggest challenge is finding a woman who is not medicated. That’s a lot goes back to the work that the pharmaceutical community has told us, we don’t need to do our work, “Just take this pill.” For a lot of people, it’s creating a very dysfunctional society. There are a lot of people out there not doing the work. They’re popping a pill thinking that’s doing it for them, and it’s not.
It’ll only last usually for a bit of time until the pill doesn’t work efficiently. Not all pills work at all times forever over the long term. This reminds me of part of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God book. Neale says to God, “I don’t want to work on this.” God said, “No, take 10,000 lifetimes.” Neale says, “I have to deal with it now.” Who knows if somebody on a pill will be dealing with it in this lifetime or another lifetime? We want to observe and send love.
Where can we find your book? It’s coming out on August 29, 2023.
I’m so excited. Linda is one of my tech-challenged people. We’re weaving through it, but she’s getting it.
With your help.
You would have found it anyway. It is always fun to find to work with people who are a little bit challenged because I used to be challenged. I get it. I’m compassionate about it.
You are very helpful.
Readers, thank you for coming in and reading. Linda, thank you for being such a great interview.
Thank you so much. Take care.
- Linda Marsanico
- The A Train to Sedona
- Conversations With God
About Linda Marsanico
Linda Marsanico, M.Ed., Ph.D., has a Masters in Human Development Counseling, and a Doctorate in Social Psychology. She received a certificate from Postgraduate Center, NYC for her 3-year postdoctoral work with children, adolescents, and families. She is a licensed New York Psychologist and a public speaker.
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