Annapurna Woman: Laura Kuo

Portrait of the Annapurna Woman is an ongoing series featuring divine women who embody the nurturing spirit of Annapurna Living. Today we lovingly introduce gentle, mystical healer, Dr. Laura Kuo.

How do you start your day?

Each and every morning for the last 11 years I’ve awakened to the smell of my babies’ hair, sandwiched in love in our family bed, usually  unwittingly nursing. Even in moments when I was unaware, simply this bliss of the mundane has provided me the blessing of beginning each day with gratitude. 

What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?

Stress is so human. It is the reaction that contains all our collective wounds. The reaction where in fear—no matter how significant or insignificant the trigger—we feel forsaken and terrified. It is part of our humanity. 

So whenever I am overwhelmed, I try to remind myself that I’ve disconnected from my truth and I’m vibrating in my lower consciousness. A spiritual practice allows us to see our human self with compassion, and reminds our weary soul that this is just life … and who we are, who we will be, and what we will create, lies in our next action. No matter what, in every moment, we are gifted the opportunity to choose our response from our higher consciousness and recreate time and, in turn, our lives. 

Our brains are designed to act as pure channels of light. When we hold all that is reverent, we activate our neo cortex, our higher brain. Gorgeous waves of oxytocin, serotonin, growth hormones, and light waves of longevity surge through our physical body as we literally age in reverse and miracle heal. Yet, in stress, when we are besieged by the fear, duality and separation, we activate our reptilian brain, and drown in a density of cortisol, histamines, and adrenaline. From whichever consciousness is active, higher or lower, we choose our perception, and then we magnetize our feelings, emotions, and sensations from the limbic center of our brain to simulate that consciousness; this is where the law of attraction lies. Our freewill chooses the view that activates our consciousness. Our consciousness creates a response in feeling. Our feelings and emotions create our reality. We attract our reality from what we believe, see, and feel. We create high or we create low … and very often we are in between choosing our high or low in our next breath.

When I am stressed, I breathe into my higher self, and I release the woman who fears she is not… This practice has changed me. I used to collapse and withdraw in wound and every single time I bowed to a source lower than my highest, I chose to believe otherwise about myself. But, what if... 

What if maybe we were chosen... What if maybe we were designed for greater... At the very least, what if we were meant to serve the greater simply by being greater… 

Our spiritual DNA is activated by our intention. We are part of a quantum intelligence that follows our call and fulfills its in every area of our lives. Our external reality is the alchemical coherence of what we experience and commit to within. When we ignite our heart intention, we activate this divine benevolence, and our dreams take form. The key here lies in realizing what we are asking from this benevolent energetic. The universe does not judge. If we vibrate high or low, it delivers forth what we beckon. With patience, perseverance and valour, one’s reality can mystically vanish as another appears. It is through our mastery that we practice an evolved state of compassion and gratitude, live in its pulse, and allow ourselves to truly connect to and own our birthright.

This is my prayer. To choose love. To accept my higher mind and my higher heart, and exhale that frequency… 

Laura Kuo

What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?

I still swoon every time I see my beautiful man in love and life with our children… just watching them. And I catch myself; I’m aware of myself in this life with all my many blessings. And this happens in every day life, I come out of myself and see my kids piled against me as I am reading a story, and nursing one or two… it happens as I’m quietly observing them in the rapture of free play… bearing witness to the pure innocence and divinity of their presence… Always. No matter what. Hard days, screaming kids, are just as sacred because I get to be here, in it, with them. It is all that is holy to me… and endeavoring to hold that presence with them and for them, this is my practice and my bliss.  

What are you currently reading? 

In a stack in front of me right now:

  • Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, Anonymous
  • Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, Joseph Campbell
  • The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Leaves of Grass: the Original 1855 Edition, Walt Whitman
  • Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, Anita Barrows
  • Rumi: The Book of Love, Poems on Ecstasy and Longing, Coleman Barks

What are you listening to right now?

My higher self, always trying to listen…

What is your go-to simple recipe?

2 tablespoons of Healthforce Nutritionals’ Vitamineral Greens powder in 16 oz of water. It’s like an instantaneous blood transfusion…

What are some simple things you do for self-care?

I go into deep silence and solitude. Regular hermitage is necessary for me to replenish and restore when my energy has been tapped by the external world. As a child I always knew I required this… I would disappear into myself to find peace again. 

My family life is my mandala and our inner life and outer life rhythm are sacred to maintaining our balance as a family and staying in flow. With each birth those 40 days in were always more like 60 for me, and I often joke that this is why I love having children so much… to be gifted that ancient permission for women to do nothing, but to be with God, and know they are of God… 

Daily I try to commune to find myself… to know myself… who I am as a woman, which holds who I am as a mother, lover and mystic.  Sometimes in this solitude, I psychically venture far away from my day to day life – into the outer dimensions—I time travel… I lose myself… I fall in love… I meet myself again. I reinvent myself.  It’s light body, divinity, Tantra—and it brings me back home.  It makes me a better mother, a better wife, and a more powerful channel of its light.

What does nourishment look like to you?

Feeding my mind, body and soul, light. Literally. The discipline required to do this—with thought, food, and frequency—is intense. I slip, and it just doesn’t feel good. So it becomes a choice … and it’s where I am at my highest and healthiest … connected, aging in reverse, and timeless. It’s a process, we cycle in and we cycle out, but with intention, we are always going higher … like a spiral.

How do you make space for play?

Watching our babies growing, sometimes at what seems the speed of light, is really all we need to remind ourselves that there is nothing more important than play. To be that present. It is no different than nourishment … the discipline required to remember that right here and right now, we are golden. This is life… 

What are some favorite mantras you cling to?

  • “Thank you, God”
  • “Thine will be done”
  • “Whole child whole body whole earth”
  • “As above, so below”

Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.

I think over the years I have earned how to be happy simply by choosing it... By claiming it. Being entitled to it... owning it like my true heart... the life I wanted. That truth is always there for us… We may have to sweep away the layers upon layers to access it, but it is always present. To know that truth is key… what our higher purpose is. We must connect to what that is first... And to know that, we have to be open to those moments of bliss and transcendental meaning, even if only in glimpses, peeks and fleeting sensations in an all too prosaic world. But from there comes the conscious intent to be the frequency we want to attract. 

There is an opportunity within each and every moment to shift our life script. To choose to be and act, to feel and respond as the one who is healed and light filled, not wounded or damaged beyond repair. For those of us who are hypersensitive, this can be truly challenging. Because we sense it all. We feel it all, and it's in our life script to be pierced by it all. That script ensues or is reactivated because we chose a response. When we are reactive, we are injured. We are in survival and disconnected from Spirit. However unconscious we are of that in the moment, we did choose it. We are that powerful. We have that agency. Being healed begins by seeing ourselves as healed, and living as such. So our actions and responses begin to come in from another place, and take new root.

Lau Kuo

It's raw and vulnerable to be here, to be sure, because to experience ourselves as healed is to soften our boundaries in life—to allow the breath of life to permeate those places that have ossified over time. To meet life by coming forward, where formerly in pain, we retracted. Where now we step forth with nothing to lose… And we begin to receive from life as if it were our birthright to receive, as if it were our birthright to heal. Lifetimes. To heal lifetimes. To clear lifetimes of karmic wound. 

The more we practice living as if we were healed, the more healing we experience... The more healing we attract. Healing is just love. It’s seeing ourselves as a complete spiritual being who is on path simply by trying to live and love from self worth. It's loving ourselves enough to trust that we are worthy of love, not cursed or forsaken to the point that we have to push off on another who in these dark moments is only reflecting our worst nightmare about ourselves. What if there were no nightmare?

No matter what our history is and regardless of what we experience through interactions with others in the day to day, from superficial interactions to meaningful relationships, we can choose another way. If we see ourselves as worthy, if we believe that we are worthy, we are healed. When that becomes our truth, it becomes real and we begin to attract a life that belongs to a healed person. 

This isn't a quest in perfectionism. It's actually a gorgeously messy, unpredictable and chaotic process of mastering oversight... But with intention, this process unfolds into greater consciousness and deeper living. It is about patience and forgiveness, compassion and trust... Trust that we could live one day—today even—in the velvet embrace of life. Throw down our arms, release the iron vault of perception, and melt the calcified membrane around hearts that's become tight like a fist... Release it all, like a newborn's first breath. Be naked... and true… And know that the only thing that will touch us from this place will be the vibration of our exhale... The vibration of yes, God. And thank you. For all that has come before and all that is to come, thank you.

About Dr. Laura Kuo, Ph.D., C.Ht.

Laura Kuo is an intuitive healer and light channel. Her practice is based in Malibu, California. She offers intuitive guidance, psychospiritual life path consulting, and integrative healing work designed to address your specific needs. Laura is also a certified hypnotherapist with masters training across a range of healing modalities. As well, she has a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness, a world-renowned program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Laura worked as an academic for many years before segueing full time into the healing arts. It is in this domain where her gifts find their most resonant expression. She lives in Point Dume with her husband and three children.

Rumi’s Magdalene, Her Book of Hours© is a forthcoming literary publication by laura kuo:

Rumi’s Magdalene, Her Book of Hours follows a love story between two characters in real time under 137 moon cycles. Their tale is shared from the vantage point of Lene discovering her twin soul and falling irretrievably in love. Follow Laura to learn more about the book!

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