We had the good fortune of connecting with Carla Macapinlac and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carla, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My mission is to help awaken others to the inner guidance system that is present within each of us, that not everyone has learned to fully tap into and utilize. Far too many have been historically conditioned by society to rely on external solutions to challenges, and to believe that the answers reside outside of one’s own internal compass. For the most part, this has served to diminish our sense of sovereignty and self-efficacy. I’m not suggesting that we should eschew any form of outside assistance; but above all, we should trust in our own ability to create the conditions that support a life that is not only meaningful to us but is one of our own choosing.
When you consider the significant growth in the alternative health care and coaching industries, it’s not surprising that more individuals are seeking non-traditional therapies, including metaphysical approaches, toward a life of fulfillment. My wish is for more people to remember the power they already possess, that may be buried beneath societal and, dare I say, religious conditioning that (regardless of its previous relevance) may no longer apply to our current state of consciousness as a collective. With this in mind, my work as a healer and guide serves to spark this recognition in others and awaken soul aspects (including ancestral and past lives) that they may have forgotten.

When I hold space for others in my reiki treatments and sound healing ceremonies, I am not only helping dissolve energetic blockages but also activating their innate healing capabilities, so that they can, if they choose to do so, feel equipped to take an active role in their own healing. When I channel information to provide intuitive guidance, or teach my signature courses, my role is that of guide and not guru.

Whether I’m serving in my capacity as Reiki/energy/sound healer, intuitive guide, or writer, it is always my intention to empower others to recognize that they already have the tools to create the reality they desire. I’m simply here to help them remember what their souls already know deep within, and to assist them in realigning with their natural state of abundance and flow.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business, Vade Mecum, LLC, is rooted in my mission of helping others recognize and work with the always-present guidance we all carry. Vade Mecum is a Latin term that means Go With Me, and is often used to refer to a little handbook that one carries in their pocket. It is also the title of my book, which recounts (among other stories) how this phrase first came into my life in 2003 through a series of mysterious synchronicities that has recurred every eight years to date.

I will share that much of what has led me to where I am today is my willingness to surrender to the sense of mystery and wonder of life, as I follow the signs and symbols along the way. Each breadcrumb, each puzzle piece, leads me to the next, and bit by bit, more of the overall picture comes into view. I’ve learned to lean into the magic and no longer expend my energy on worry, choosing instead to trust in the guidance that is all around me when I pay attention and heed the signs.

When I first launched my business at the end of 2019, it was centered around my book, which I had started writing that year. I had no idea nor any intentions of training to become a reiki master teacher. I never imagined I’d actively use my psychic and intuitive skills to assist others where needed, let alone create my own signature course on something as esoteric as how to work with dragon guides. All of these are a result of following the guidance that showed up in various ways: the subtle signs and patterns, the people to whom I am divinely led, and the many messages from my spiritual team. These have all become part of my everyday living. It is extremely rare for me to go an entire day without pausing in awe and deep gratitude for the beauty of it all.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I simply sit back watching for signs and waiting for things to happen. Naturally, I have to do the work if I want to see results. However, I’ve come to understand that things do not have to be laborious or effortful. When you move with the rhythm of your life, are attuned to the subtle nudges, maintain commitment to your purpose while being nimble enough to shift gears when needed, it becomes easier to ride the wave as it ebbs and flows. Because I assure you, that guidance will always be there for you if you choose to create space for it in your life.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the Bay Area and there are lots of spots in the East Bay (where I live) that we could visit without having to cross the bridge to San Francisco. Oakland is often described as San Francisco’s less popular sibling but I patronize restaurants on this side of the bridge more often, and not just because of convenience. Some of my favorite food haunts are MAMA Oakland, and our friend’s restaurant, Agrodolce, in Berkeley for Italian food, Juanita and Maude in Albany (American), El Mono in El Cerrito (Peruvian), Reve in Lafayette (French bistro). There’s even a cute place that I like taking friends to for afternoon tea that’s more low-key than The Palace Hotel in San Francisco but still a lovely experience: Malaya Tea Room in Alameda. The owner, Leena, is wonderful and they also sell their delicious teas in cute little jars. I usually end up discovering a new favorite and have to buy a jar for home.

I hardly drink alcohol anymore, but if I have a glass of wine, about the only kind I can tolerate are natural wines. My husband and I love The Punchdown in Oakland, a natural wine bar with an excellent selection, an eclectic monthly wine club, yummy chicken liver pate, and one of the best lentil soups in town. I do love visiting wine country so a day trip to beautiful Napa or Sonoma is always on my list. Excellent food, cheese, nature, plus the spa services and hot springs in nearby Calistoga are a nice way to unwind. We also have a favorite winery that’s not in Sonoma: Wrath Winery is a small, boutique winery in the Central Coast and we like to visit their tasting room in Soledad, where you can sit in Adirondack chairs in a small back patio and enjoy a charcuterie plate with the wine tasting, or even bring your own picnic to nosh on.

Farmer’s Markets are a great way to discover local artisans and their products. They’re always on my list when I travel, so a visit to one of the many we have in the Bay is definitely a suggestion. Many of them operate year-round, so chances are, there’s one open on any given day of the week. I usually check what’s in the area we want to visit for sightseeing, then fold that into the itinerary.

In San Francisco: BroadwaySF for theater, a stroll along the Embarcadero with a stop at the Ferry Building Marketplace for some of my local faves (Blue Bottle Coffee, a hot chocolate from Dandelion, Acme bread), and if we’re there on one of the farmer’s market days (3x a week), even better. There’s also Little Italy, Chinatown, Pier 39 for crab or clam chowder on the docks. Besides crossing the bridge by car, there’s the option of taking the ferry. The last time I took the ferry to Sausalito with my family, I stumbled upon a charming crystal shop and several adorable boutiques. I like the idea of just strolling through downtown areas and taking a serendipitous approach to shopping. You never know what you’ll discover at a cute store. Other outlying areas on the coast like Monterey and Carmel are also favorite places I like sharing with friends.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who have supported me in ways unique to them and the nature of our relationship. My biggest supporter is my nuclear family: my husband, Joey, and daughter, Kai. Embarking on a second career required leaving the reliable security of a traditional job to fiercely pursue what I knew in my heart would lead to true alignment with my soul mission. Joey has remained steadfast in his support, love, and understanding throughout. My daughter, Kai, always cheers me on and never bats an eye when I share my wild ideas with her. We are both writers and often share our work with each other for valuable feedback. Their love is a stable foundation that deserves the biggest shout out among the many beautiful souls who enrich my life overall.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention my soul family. They know who they are and are aware of just how meaningful our soul fam unit is, but they deserve a shout out as well. Without them, this soul journey of ascension and service to others would feel terribly isolating.

Website: https://www.alwayspresentguidance.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alwayspresentguidance/ and https://www.instagram.com/carlamacapinlac_author/

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/carla-macapinlac

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VadeMecumLLC

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@alwayspresentguidance8715

Other: https://mindfulmorsels.substack.com/ https://always-present-guidance.medium.com/

Image Credits
Elisa Cicinelli Photography (headshot) Mattie O’Neill Photography

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