Finding the gifts inside the dark

The Brave Files
The Brave Files
Finding the gifts inside the dark

Show Notes

The Brave Files
The Brave Files
Finding the gifts inside the dark

WISDOM • BALANCE • PEACEJana Wilson is an emotional healing educator, meditation teacher, retreat leader, hypnotherapist, HeartMath Facilitator, and founder of the Emotional Healing System. She’s trained with best-selling author and physician, Deepak Chopra MD and NY Times best-selling author, Debbie Ford.

Jana lives off-grid in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo mountain range in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A victim of childhood abuse and trauma, Jana could have wound up another statistic. Yet, at age twelve, she had a mystical experience that catapulted her on a life-long journey of learning to listen and love herself. In her breakout prescriptive memoir, Wise Little One, we follow Jana as she develops a connection to her inner child. Through this connection, Jana cultivates an unshakable faith in Self and Spirit, taking full responsibility for her soul’s journey.


  • Memory without emotional charge is wisdom.
  • Jana calls life “Earth School.”
  • Life is always happening for us, never to us.
  • At 12 years old Jana was pulled out of her body and told that she would overcome all of the obstacles presented on Earth on this timeline. 
  • Jana believes we all operate at a different “soul age”
  • Her developmental trauma began in the womb.
  • Learning impermanence was a true gift. 
  • The gift of the dark is that it pushes us to the light.
  • Deciding to have a child out of wedlock at 22 and be a single mom was her bravest moment.
  • Spirit is connecting with nature, connecting with self. It is almost like a seduction.
  • Breaking the generational patterns of her childhood was challenging as she raised her own child.
  • Shadow work was a massive game-changer. She credits Debbie Ford's work for this.
  • The practice of meditation can often feel turbulent and not peaceful. It’s the aftereffects where you really see the benefits.
  • HeartMath is intelligent energy management techniques.
  • Our breath is the one thing we can control in our body.
  • Connect with Jana and learn more about her work: www.emotionalhealingretreats.com


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