On this episode of The Sacral Circle, Janie Terrazas has a candid conversation with her partner Justin Bustamante about mindful love. They share how they use their relationship to further their healing, and the importance of knowing how to safely hold space for one another when trauma is triggered. He openly discusses his personal process of becoming a gentleman, and what tapping into the soft, gentle protector has done to improve his life. “You literally feel lighter inside because the body isn’t holding on to tension. It makes room inside of you for all the stuff you want more of…joy, health, peace, abundance.”
Heather Larican Rejino describes the struggles she faced as a single mother, and the destructive coping mechanisms she leaned on to help her escape her dark past. The sexual, mental, emotional, and physical abuse she endured as a young girl haunted her throughout her life until she had the breakdown that lead to her spiritual breakthrough. Food, fitness, meditation and therapy were her saving grace. She said, with each new year she experiences new growth and her gratitude for life continues to deepen.
Heather Larican Rejino is a Healthy Mind & Body Enthusiast. She’s a Private Chef and Owner of Your Sassy Chef. She’s also a Blogger, Cook Book Author, Certified Fitness & Pilates Professional, Mother, & Wife. yoursassychef.com IG: @Ursassychef
Master Alchemist Elisha Marie, shares her story of healing and rebuilding post her divorce from a narcissist. She shares how she holistically rose above her trauma, and how she’s used her testimony to fuel her purpose. “Knowing yourself, inside and out, is like peeling back the layers of an onion…You have to feel to heal…It’s staying consistent and having the resilience to want to feel better.” Elisha passionately and compassionately helps others reconnect to their true self, so they can create more peace and joy in their lives.
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“I was living the life of drugs, sex, and rock & roll… My light switch was off and I was living in the dark.” – John Bustos
John Bustos grew up in a dysfunctional home witnessing and experiencing abuse throughout his young life. His unresolved trauma lead to a lifestyle of destruction as an adult. After enduring a life altering situation with his ex, he began to seek out the help he needed to heal.
It was the catalyst that sparked his spiritual awakening, and a new career path as a healer/teacher. Through his non-profit called In-Lightened, John is now inspiring others to love and care for themselves holistically, so they too can create more peace, joy and abundance in their lives.
John Bustos is an entrepreneur, Reiki Master, TFT Practitioner and the creator of In-Lightened, a non-profit organization that takes a holistic approach to healing for those who have faced trauma and abuse. John’s Facebook
“It’s traumatizing when others want to physically hurt you because they don’t like who you are.” – George Lee
Award winning poet and author of “In Bloom”, George Lee, bravely shares his painful journey of coming to terms with his sexuality, and overcoming the sexual trauma/physical abuse he experienced as a young boy.
For years he turned to drinking as a way to cope with his pain and confusion, but no longer uses it to numb himself. “Now I sit in the abyss…It’s in the examination of self you start to heal, and you begin to find your worth.” George passionately helps others overcome their pain through his poetry, and is a strong advocate for instilling worth in the LGBTQ+ youth. Follow him on IG @GeorgeLe3
George Lee is a poet and the author of, “In Bloom”. He won the opportunity to represent San Antonio, TX at the Individual World Poetry Slam and placed in the top 40 of the world. He’s a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ youth community. His book is helping raise the whisper around sex trauma, inclusion and self acceptance. “Keep exploring yourself and know that you are valid. Know that you are beautiful and complete.”
Most are familiar with the fight, flight, freeze responses to trauma, but fawn is often overlooked. On this episode of The Sacral Circle, host Janie Terrazas, shares how this passion project helped her to discover the fawning response, and how it subconsciously shaped her life. It was a total eye opener for her. “Suddenly, so much of my past was understood.”
She covers an insightful article written by Sam Dylan Finch, titled – 7 Subtle Signs Your Trauma Response is to FAWN. Some of the symptoms of fawning are people pleasing tendencies and co-dependency issues. If we want to heal and rise above our trauma, we must become self aware of how our body and mind react to it.
Anxiety and depression were a constant hurdle Amanda Yanez battled due to the mental, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse she endured. A wide variety of creative arts were Amanda’s saving grace during her adolescent years and her way of dealing with the trauma induced shame and guilt she carried. Amanda has been healing by releasing herself of unhealthy expectations, creating healthy boundaries and reestablishing intimacy on her terms. “I want to lead by example,” she shares.
Amanda Yanez is a creative director, musician, songwriter, poet and the Creator & Host of Sup’ SA Podcast. She’s also a Montessori Teacher and mother of two. As a Girl Scouts of America Legacy Leader and Scout Leader, she impacts young girls in her community encouraging them to be strong, smart, and kind.
“I was groomed to think that I had seduced my perpetrator and I was only 5.”
On this episode, Veronica Villegas opens up for the first time about her sexual, mental and emotional abuse she endured over the course of 12 years as a child. She shares the uphill battle she faced as she struggled finding the family support she needed after finally speaking out. We discuss the chaotic aftermath. and the various healing modalities she still uses to manage the long-term effects Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder left behind on her MIND and BODY. Aside from her innocence and sense of safety being taken, she also endured additional psychological abuse after being adopted at the age of 10. Not having mentally and emotionally stable caregivers at a young age, only added to the layers of healing she now works through as an adult. “Healing is a process…you do the best you can each day.” She credits a lot of her progress to her supportive husband. “He’s been my angel.”
Veronica Villegas, M.A, M.Ed, LPC-Intern has worked in the social services field in various capacities for the past 14 years. She currently works as a Family Specialist for the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling and a Masters in Special Education. She’s also a Reiki Master Practitioner and is currently applying to a Doctoral program that combines psychology and integrative healing. “I hope to integrate my personal and educational, as well as professional experience to help others embark on their own journey of healing.”
Due to the #metoo and #timesup movements “Robyn with a Y”, was compelled to create The Peak, a safe non-judgmental space where individuals could speak about sexual experiences that were consensual and safe, and the ones that weren’t. We cover the importance of consent, autonomy and bodily agency. With all the sexual misconduct surfacing publicly she said, “I realized many were worried and scared that sexual health and happiness were impossible goals.”
She’s also a part of the LGBTQ community and shares the prejudices many face when it comes to sexual identity and expressing themselves. Unhealthy narratives have been imposed on men and women and Robyn’s addressing them maturely.
“I knew I needed to forgive and let go, for me and for him.” – Justin Bustamante
Justin Bustamante was manipulated and sexually abused by an older woman, and a male family member during childhood. As young man he entered the Marines and suffered additional trauma. The PTSD he faced jump-started his healing journey and a new career path. He shares with host Janie Terrazas, the powerful story of his perpetrator reaching out to make amends, and the compassion he was able to extend due to his therapy work. “I knew I needed to forgive and let go, for me and for him.” Justin’s mission is to live out his best self and teach others how to do the same. “I’m here to help those who desire to overcome mental, emotional and/or physical pain, so they can live optimally in the present.”
Justin Bustamante is United States Marine Corps Veteran and is the founder of Trance Form SA. He works as a Neurolinguist, Sub-Communication Specialist and Conversational Hypnotist. His methods break negative thought-loops and patterns of behavior by helping his clients develop new neuro-cortical pathways. “The goal is to teach others how to organize their conscious thoughts to achieve better life results. It’s healing at a deep somatic level.” Justin specializes in PTSD and pain management. TranceFormSA.com
“I felt I was useful when people were using me.” – Charles Bailey
Charles Bailey understands why so many men are angry and depressed, and why often times they become abusive, or end up attracting abusive partners. He courageously opens up to host Janie Terrazas about his toxic childhood and marriage. They talk about the various forms of abuse he endured at the hands of his addict parents, the foster care system, and his ex-wife.
Charles also discusses the sexual shame and low self esteem he carried for most of his life. “My pent up trauma caused me to make unhealthy decisions that lead to more suffering.” Therapy and anger management classes helped jumpstart his healing journey and inspired him to leave his abusive marriage. He now inspires others to rise above their pain, so they can learn to love themselves and create healthy relationships. “We must learn how to mindfully express, process and release negative emotions, so we can live authentically and peacefully.”
Anger Management Specialist, Charles Bailey, faced various forms of extreme abuse throughout his childhood and adult life. He never had a solid male role model to guide him, and most of the females he grew up with were also toxic. He has had to learn how to love, heal, nurture, and rebuild himself. Although it hasn’t been an easy road he realizes his pain was meant to serve a greater purpose. He now helps others who are ready to free themselves of their pain.