Vanessa Codorniu

Nov 16, 11 Vanessa Codorniu

City you live in:
Queens, New York.

Occupation and why?
I see myself as an Intuitive Muze. What do I do? Intuition coach, hypnotherapist, writer and urban priestess. I’m a mujer who believes that mi espiritues mi vida. Passionately soul-driven into a career path that ranges from corporate events, film/television/theatre, freelance writing, promotions to performance, healing and ceremony. I always sought to explore, inform and inspire.

As a child I always felt a strong connection to the world behind our eyes and knew instinctively that the unseen had great impact on our wellbeing and daily existence. I started on this path because I had to answer my own questions and understand the world. By learning techniques that uncovered unhealthy paradigms, beliefs and ways of thinking, my life changed, dreams came true and I became a more vibrant and creative person. Once I gathered my spiritual and creative toolbox and started applying it to others, I witnessed life-changing transformations. I loved it, I was hooked! By following that inner voice/inner muse it allows your life to work in a supportive manner. That’s why I call my business MuzeWorks.

My work keeps evolving. For example, I’ve always wanted to work with teens and teach at a college. Ever since I’ve stepped up, my dreams kept unfolding. I taught twenty-seven up-and-coming young women leaders at the Bella Abzug Youth Leadership training to create their vision & give back to their comunidad this Summer! I recently wrapped up a Fall course at Borough of Manhattan Community College teaching a course called Creating Your Vision. “Do what you love and the money will follow” has been true for me. I have always served wherever I was and now I feel blessed to have created this niche for myself. Possibilities are endless!

A regular day consists of?
We all have our rituals…morning paper, coffee, etc. Over time I have created basic rituals that support my mind, body & spirit. Prayer, meditation & gratitude in the am. Emails, texts and writing throughout the day- I’m always communicating. Paying attention to what life is teaching me through events around me, the people that enter my life and how I feel. Intuition is inherent in all of us but so many times we doubt, don’t pay attention and close ourselves off from this internal GPS or what I call God’s positioning system. Integrity is very important to me, so I have to pay attention to my own life in order to do the work I do and truly live what I teach. What is my part (through core beliefs, actions, fears, hopes) in what I am creating for myself here on Earth school?

I see clients for intuitive readings, reiki (hands-on healing) sessions and hypnosis. I also spend some time brainstorming ideas for my monthly women’s New Moon Circles, my weekly intuition classes, and the new Spring Intuition Teleclass program. A walk, yoga and hitting the gym as well as dinner with my amazing sister and friends are a weekly happening. We live in the area and meet up to laugh, dish and share our joys/struggles. The end of an evening always brings me back to gratitude and slipping into a candlelit, lavender scented bath. As a recovered insomniac, this bath is a tenet of my religion, and I swear by it! It allows me to affirm that I let go of the day, thoughts, beliefs and things that I cannot control. It allows me to let go, relax and release daily stressors.

How do you define success?
Accepting myself and having the courage to live a life that others may not validate is one of my definitions. Seeing my client/student’s eyes light up with self-awareness and self-knowledge is pure joy. We are so indoctrinated by the voice of media, fear, culturethat we ignore that deep voice within. When I facilitate their “divine spark” through a reading, a class, reiki session or hypnosis session- that is success! By reflecting their possibilities and most amazing selves back to them we are all uplifted and spread a contagious courage. Having the courage to do what you love no matter the outcome and then discovering that clients, groups…the world was just waiting for you on that other side of the wall called fear is my greatest success.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Back in the day, I couldn’t find what I was truly called to do in a college catalogue. I didn’t really have a name for it. Now wellness and spirituality are big sellers and there are programs around the country. When I first started learning about alternative healing methods, transpersonal psychology and spirituality, there were barely any books or mentors! Carl Jung, Clarissa Pinkola-Estes(mi Diosa!), Louise Hay, and our Latino Walter Mercado and his wild, fantabulous capas! I really had no role model for my inner vision. The curandera and the wise woman of the village were about as close as I got. By just doing what I do I realized that if I took care of the “what”, the Universe would take care of the “how”.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Discover your true values and let that form the vision of your life. Go for it! I believe that we are born with all we need to make our dreams come true. Dedication, perseverance, and passion are required. Let go of thoughts that hold you back and give you a “razon/reason/excuse” for why you can’t do this or that.

As Latinas sometimes have an unspoken sense of guilt or feeling of selfishness when they focus too much on themselves. “Healer heal thyself” and “know thyself”-deep wisdom echoed throughout cultures and religions. Study, study, study! Read, learn, attend classes. Get informedwith teachers that you respect.

Delve deep: What makes you tick and why? World Religions, Psychology, Shamanism, Meditation and all the regular subjects that colleges offer. In this particular path I feel there is a deep need for authenticity and integrity. Releasing judgments towards yourself prepares you to serve without judgment, facilitate healing when the client is ready, and hones your listening ability so you know what your students are truly seeking. The basis for truly following your intuition is self-confidence, so practice self-acceptance and celebrate all your successes. Don’t be afraid of stillness, it allows you to hear the whispers of your soul. Hold in your heart the feeling that someone is waiting for what you have to offer. They are, so get moving mujer!

What’s on your bucket list?
Following my bliss wherever that may take me.

I am proud to be Latina because:
We are indestructible and we are fueled by amor. Love is our motivator and guide.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Quick way? Quick dial Mami. Alittle more time? Fly down and hang with the family in Miami. Baked empanadas, paella, sangria, ensaldarusa, good old fashioned Argentinean parillada in my parents backyard infuse me with my roots like nothing else.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
Depends on la occasion! Mami= Spanish, everyday life = mostly English and bilingual friends = Spanglish, porsupuesto!Three generations, three languages: Spanish, English & Spanglish and one love.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
La EsquinaCriolla, an Argentinean steak house in Elmhurst, NY.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
Loving, mysterious, sexy and spontaneous. We don’t always let you know all we know, the spirits of our ancestors whisper to us daily and we love like no other. Amor, passion, dance, fire and curvas…what more can you ask for?

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
My mami,born in Buenos Aires, Mari Cris said to me at the tender age of five: “Don’t breeng me problems, breeng me solutions.” I live by this and am always seeking solutions, there’s always a way!

Favorite home remedy:
Limpias, cleansing our energy field with a bath or an egg. Simply pray (insert an Our Father or your own prayer) and ask that all negativity be released from your mind, body and spirit. Run it over your body and then dispose of it. It’s all about the intention.

Favorite Quote:
“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”–Maya Angelou

Career Highlights:
It was my stint at Satan’s lair that set me free. A couple of years ago I worked in strategic communications and with 75-hour weeks, I stopped doing all I loved. My spiritual practice went to the wayside, so did my belly dancing…My co-worker, accountant by weekdays and numerologer by weekend, read me. She said, “You’re a triple 11! You’re a spiritual messenger, what are you doing here?” I had always believed that you serve where you are. The true spiritual person needs no titles. I was failing myself miserably, accepting negativity and exhaustion. I hit Earth school bottom, with nowhere to go. I realized I had to call my faith into play. I asked Great Spirit, Mother/Father God & the Universe to “give this girl a break & hook a sister up if this is what you want me to do. I just can’t anymore…”. Feeling I had only myself to lose if I stayed, I left the job. It took some months to recover but the next place I walked into was where I started publicly practicing my work and eventually renting space for my business. And you know what…it was only three blocks from home! Gracias Universo!

[fun]♦ Since 2008, I’ve been involved with Eve Ensler’sVday: Stop the Violence campaign as a director, performer and circle facilitator. The first time I performed at Hunter College, I had to shout my LEAST favorite word and I had to learn how to like it. If you know the Vagina Monologues you know this monologue…Say it! Say it! C*NT! C*NT!

♦ I don’t drink much…one girly drink or two, thank you.

♦ I’m a genus of butterfly which in indigenous cultures represents transformation.

♦ My last name is also the name of a sparkling Spanish wine… Codorniu.

♦ So I wonder, what is the meaning of my full name?She Who gets Drunk on the Sparkling wine of Transformation? Hmmm talvez!

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Facebook: Awaken and Create with Vanessa Codorniu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/MuzeChick
My blog: MuzeChick’s Soul & the City

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6 Comments

  1. Karinacstars /

    Wow courage set on fire you inspire a world to look within and transmit luminous light.

  2. Diana /

    Dear Vanessa-
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, beliefs and practices so openly and honestly. As a Colombian-American Latina, I can relate to a lot of what you discussed and your courage gives me strength to continue to be myself and be proud of who I am and the path I follow. I think many Latinas were raised with some of what you mentioned, but are very private and afraid to be more spiritual publicly. Some women have the “what will they say?” mentality. Fortunately, I have surprisingly encountered loving acceptance from family and friends and made great new friends along the way.
    You are right:) Speaking and living your truth opens doors and opportunities that are unbelievable. I continue to work on uncovering my inner truth while shedding the illusions of what no longer serves me. It is not easy, but listening to you gives me the inspiration to keep evolving. So glad you are writing on Cosmopolatina and representing REAL latinas and our inner spirit. Keep Going! Keep Writing! Life is magical and obviously making dreams come true for you:)
    Diana

  3. Santi /

    Vanessa it was truly a blessing from God that we crossed paths. We had an immediate connection from day one. I believe in your work and wish you continued success.

  4. Yu Wai /

    Dear Vanessa,
    First and foremost, thank you for sharing your rainbow toolkit with me after many storms. I believe that you have been blessed with a special gift from God. I do not recommend someone, who is not ready to face the truth, to see you. You are what you do and what you preach. You talk the talk, and you walk the walk. You not only possess the invaluable gift of accurate insight into the future and past, but you are capable of implementing valuable ideas to help the person to see his/her life path clearly with compassion, understanding, and Amor! You celebrate the uniqueness of everyone and welcome dialogue from all racial backgrounds about their strength and struggles based on their upbringing in patriarchic community.
    I have observed and seen your growth in personal and professional life as you poignantly step up and faced your true calling. You have accepted the role you are meant to play in the society as a spiritual teacher, wellness and self-empowerment trainer, and a visionary to many young women at the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. The more challenges you take in life and the more focus you put into your passion, I truly believe that you are meant to be the confidant of many people across border, across race, and across gender. For being my strong role model, my confidant, and of many young women around the world, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  5. Ian Hathaway /

    perfect!!

  6. Carlos Bermudez /

    Dear Vanessa,
    Thank you for helping not only women but our community at large with the special gift that you have such as the search for a spirituality which is not confine with a specific religion, you have studied several doctrines, myths, legends even astrology to help us understand the wonders of the unseen and unseeable in our world. I had the pleasure to assist to your meditation and intuition classes, the Shamanic and New Moon circles and they were quite an enriching spiritual experience. I left the place feeling brighter, with light, hope and an incredible optimism.
    You are really a Priestess for our new age, a Sacerdotisa del Universo. We really need more of your teachings and insights.
    You have no idea all the radiant light you bring to the world.

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