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With meditative talks and dialogues, Sonya offers gentle guidance to illuminate the wisdom within you and gain clarity and perspective on the issues that are moving in your life. Drawing from a deep well of intuition and insight, one-on-one sessions with Sonya help to bridge the gap between the process of awakening and the realities of daily living. Scroll down to hear her talks, and learn more about her inspired work at www.illuminatedwisdom.com.
The name Sonya, Sophia in Greek, means Wisdom. Amrita, a name given to Sonya by Sri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, is Sanskrit for immortality.
Sonya has led a remarkable and eclectic life. Raised in a Russian and Greek Orthodox Christian household, spirituality and mysticism were woven into her daily life. Early on she began to develop an unusually intense relationship with Christ and God. Born with a natural intuitive and healing ability, her psychic abilities began to increase in her teenage years; She was fortunate to meet and work with healers at that time who opened the door to spiritual and energetic healing.
While studying as an over-achiever student at Northwestern University, she began a process of deep emotional and physical healing, transforming her childhood trauma and relationships. She began to experience how God could be the source of all healing. Studying other religions in classes allowed her to experience the Divine in new ways, paving the way to recognize God in everything.
After graduating from Northwestern with honors, Sonya was hired as a professional artist, actor, and storyteller. Her healing and spiritual journey continued to deepen and later she began to grow her skills in the corporate sector, working in Silicon Valley in sales operations and in non-profits in multiple capacities. In 2002, she met the Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta spiritual teacher Adyashanti and ultimately worked as his Program Director at Open Gate Sangha.
Exploring and practicing many spiritual traditions accelerated her healing, helped her recognize the deep Truth inherent in the spectrum of spiritual teachings as well as within us, in nature, and all around us. It has allowed her to hear a deeper calling to something beyond her personality or life.
Though she has studied different energy modalities, ultimately what she has learned has come from experimentation and discovery – both a scientific and creative process. It lives and breathes and is always evolving. Sonya offers it with a sense of love, gratitude and humility.