Meet Soul.Power.Light’s Karen Maloney
Karen Maloney is my name and living a high vibe, soulful life full of gratitude, love, fun and curiosity is my game. It wasn’t always that way though! I’m also a recovering ‘burnout victee’. I never realised it at the time, but I was constantly looking for external approval and validation. This showed up through perfectionism, ‘good girl’ mentality, people pleasing, feeling a constant need to ‘do’ and building walls so as not be appear weak or vulnerable.
Now I work as a Women’s INSIDE OUT Coach, Energy Practitioner, Podcast Host and Soul Guide! My mission is to help women to cultivate self-approval from within. Doing this helps us to redirect our energy to things that are right for us as opposed to editing, altering and censoring ourselves in order to make someone else happy. Trying to be the ‘ideal’ person for everyone is impossible and exhausting.
On my own journey, I’ve experienced that in order to make this shift, we must turn inwards. We have to embrace our vulnerability and reintegrate all aspects of ourselves with love. We must be willing to look at ourselves honestly and explore our way of being with curiosity. When we do this, we can shift limited thinking, and connect and trust our inner spirit. Then we learn to dance with life and live from a place of love, abundance and flow, as opposed to fear, competition and lack (internal V’s external approval).
Connecting to the timeless part of us (our spirit) is key on our path. We are all a spirit connected to a body and once we are fully awake and experience this, then we can live out our authentic truth and share our gifts with the world. We no longer exhaust ourselves looking for external approval. In fact, we see how futile it is because we realise we all have unique gifts to bring through in our own way. It’s not easy work, but it is the most powerful work we can do.
Throughout my whole life, I’ve always been curious & pulled towards the inner world, but it wasn’t until a life event in 2016 catapulted me to walk my talk! Following a traumatic break up where I lost everything, I had two awakenings in quick succession and life has never been the same again :-).
Before using my life experiences and retraining as a Coach & Energy Therapist, I worked in the fast-paced area of Event Management. Giving my all to this aspect of my career, and with this constant need for approval from the outside world, I eventually burnt myself out & became disillusioned about what it all meant! But it was only through these hard blessings that I took responsibility and started my internal rewiring.
“The Way Out is to go Within”
I can see now that since I was a child, I was always very intuitive. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I was curious about the mainstream narrative or the ‘status quo’ and how it dictated ‘who’ I was meant to be, when I didn’t even know myself! I often felt conflicted and struggled with feeling like I didn’t ‘fit in’ as I always seemed to be pulled in the opposite direction to the ‘norm’. I was (and still am) a big skeptic. I always have to explore and experience for myself, what’s true for me.
But somehow I always followed my ‘intuitive pangs’. I never understood why I was being called in another direction, but I trusted the feeling. In my ‘logical/rational’ mind most of the decisions never made much sense; but deep within me they always felt right. It was always scary trusting these decisions because I had to surrender and trust in the unknown, but that’s the only way to find your truth.
It’s been a roller-coaster for sure, but I’m so grateful that I followed (and continue to follow!) this inner pull because ultimately we’ve all been give our own internal GPS system for a reason! However, our own inner knowing is not given credit in society (or school) and we’re taught to be mass produced versions of each other and live from our ‘thinking’ mind. This way of living is extremely limited and a guaranteed road to stress and unhappiness for the most part!
The most important work you can do is to KNOW YOURSELF truly, madly, deeply, without all the conditioning just handed to you. Being unafraid to look within and question your thoughts, beliefs and values, and make conscious choices that are better aligned with the core of your being.
The truth is, we are all born of the same essence, everything after that is a learnt behaviour. We all carry subconscious beliefs & patterns from society, culture, education, the patriarchy & generations past. We’re in a time of great transition now and it requires us all to look within and question our ways.
We are all on an awakening/remembering journey, but we have to be deeply connected to our body and to ourselves in order to allow this shift to happen. We have to honour all life and get precious about the space we and others occupy (both internally within ourselves, and externally in the world). Learning to cultivate a kind, caring, loving, supportive, soulful, nurturing, compassionate, respectful and honest relationship with ourselves is a crucial first step. I’m passionate about helping other women to create this inner change. Then the magic can begin to happen!
We’re here to enjoy and experience the full expression of life. This is the gift!
Host & Producer of the ‘Curiosity & Consciousness’ podcast
Certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach
Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
Certified Level 1 & 2 Reiki & Seichem Energy Practitioner
Certified Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner
Events Management Skills having worked in the industry for 5+ years
Hosted a live monthly Book Club on National Irish radio station, TodayFM
Established BalconyTV in Galway (an online music channel – since ceased)