Meet Kris Prochaska
Meet the Muse: Kris Prochaska ~ therapist, coach, mother
Compassionate & Irreverant
Where and when are you most inspired?
When I’m alone it’s in the woods or walking in nature; when I’m with others it’s deep in conversation about life, spirituality, meaning, transformation, love…I’m also really inspired when I see people pushing past what they thought was possible.
What are you most passionate about?
Healing. Specifically healing the illusion that we are alone, disconnected from one another and/or from Source, or that there is something fundamentally ‘wrong’ with us. Not everyone can hear it in the same way, so I haven’t found one message that works all the time no matter what because people are in different stages of readiness for healing – but there are ways to point at these truths that open the doorway for transformation for anyone, anytime.
What change would you like to see in the world?
I’d like to see and hear more people listening to and speaking from their Inner Voice. (Call it Higher Self, Spirit, Intuition, Inner Knowing, Love…)
Tell us about your work:
On one level I help people understand themselves and their loved ones better: how they are specifically & uniquely designed to think, experience emotions, get things done, and express their purpose in the world. I help them see their gifts, and the challenges that are the flip-side of those gifts. When we can see ourselves and others with compassion and understanding, there is less judgment, and less judgment makes it a lot easier to listen to our Inner Voice –whether that’s in our work or relationships.
How/why were you called to this work?
One might say the work called me, or that I’m following my unique design, but that would be oversimplifying it. I’ve struggled and practiced all my life with listening to my Inner Voice, and I’ve seen what worked when I did listen and speak from that voice, and I’ve seen the opposite when I ignored it, or was afraid to follow it. My work deals very much with the spiritual and energetic aspects of who we are, and when I’m working with my clients I’m listening to their true essence and Inner Voice and helping them to hear it more clearly and follow it as well. It transforms their work, their relationships, family, finances, joy, ease, and sense of purpose.
What has been the greatest challenge in your work?
Trusting myself. I’ve spent a LOT of money and energy & time hiring people to tell me the best way to do this or that, and while I learned a lot from them, ultimately they didn’t really teach me to listen to my own inner knowing, I learned that the hard way. (And when I do listen, and follow my unique design or blueprint, everything works and with greater ease & joy). So that’s why I’m so passionate about teaching people to trust themselves and cultivating a healthy dose of irreverence also really helps!
What is your advice to young women who want to do what you do?
I’m constantly surprised and in awe of how conscious and intuitive and just plain smart & self-aware young women (and men) are these days! So I’d say follow your intuition, your Inner Voice, and be willing to find new and innovative ways of exploring the inner workings of humanity & spirituality. Break the rules. Question authority and trust what you KNOW and don’t be afraid to share your gifts with the world, even if they make others uncomfortable.
What 4 words would you tell your teenage self?
Sounds like B.S.? Is.
What has been your greatest lesson?
Sometimes when you listen to your Inner Voice, it’s socially inconvenient and people don’t like it. When I have ignored my inner knowing because I didn’t want to upset others, or lose the relationship or opportunity, it has always turned out to be a bigger mess than if I had simply followed my truth in the first place.
My greatest lesson is also the greatest irony in my life to date: I had an opportunity to speak to a large group of people, that could potentially reach an even greater number of people, and share this very message: In order to change the world and truly heal people we need to teach our kids to trust themselves and listen to their own Inner Knowing which always benefits everyone, even if it doesn’t seem to initially, and that fear and judgement hold us back. In other words, most of us don’t, and don’t know HOW, to trust ourselves-why the hell would we expect our kids to trust themselves? But this is the very issue I wanted to address directly. I was told it isn’t an idea that is worth discussing, it’s not original or unique. I was encouraged NOT to share this talk. It was the hardest talk for me to prepare because the thing I wanted to talk about really wanted to be shared, and I KNEW there were people for whom it would change their life & relationships, but instead I decided not to rock the boat, or upset the people who had given me this opportunity. I gave the talk they wanted me to give, and while I believe in the message, it wasn’t my message – it wasn’t the one in my heart & soul. I became very depressed and disillusioned afterwards and it took many months of soul-searching to find my truth again. That’s exactly why this message is so important. Ultimately I learned that the hard way–by not following my truth and being willing to let go of opportunities and people and activities if they require me to keep my truth quiet.
If you had the world’s attention, what would you say?
Learn to listen to your Inner Voice. Teach the young people to do this too. Healing and peace will come as a result.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
I often ask myself: Which voice is speaking now? Fear (little voices) or Love (Inner Voice)?
Thank you for the inspiration. xo, muse
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