We had the good fortune of connecting with Dina Saalisi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dina, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Keep going or give up? I don’t feel there’s a choice. When I commit to something, I begin by trusting in the outcome. That is to say that I recognize the energy that’s drawing me into a project and I trust that what will become manifest, is exactly what is meant to be. This gives my work a momentum that carries me through the process, until it reaches fruition. That’s not to say that at times it’s appropriate to call it quits, but the notion of “giving up” seems to be rooted in a negative self-image. If I recognize that what I’m working on no longer serves me, then perhaps “moving on” or “letting go” are better ways to put it that still honor the process of evolution. I’m a big fan of the universe. Meaning that our “failures” create awareness for future success. In that way, we’re always moving forward–everything is a beginning!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s hard to to define the work I do, or to try and fit it into one category. I consider myself a Healer. What that means to me is that I show up each day to create health and well-being for myself first, so that I can provide support for others on their healing journeys. I believe that inherently we are all Healer’s–meaning, that we all come into the world with an innate ability for sustaining our own emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Throughout my life I’ve learned to follow this path with curiosity, rather than to resist the challenges of being human. I’ve discovered that to empower ourselves as Healer, three things are required: First, recognizing our emotions as energy that fuels our physical bodies. Second, accepting that the energy, no matter how challenging, is part of who we are. And lastly, trusting that we have the ability to transform this energy by shifting our mindset and embracing new awareness. Coming into body and trusting our inner-messages, is a key to becoming Healer. The concept of a Healer Self, puts our inner-knowing up front and in this way we empower our intuitive faculties, which creates a more balanced intellect .I tell students all the time that in order to truly heal, we must lose our minds! A Healer’s mindset is led by reverence for Nature. From an early age I sensed this deep connection, and I’ve been especially drawn to the energy of flowers, so flower essence remedies became the foundation of my psychospiritual work. I love the way flower essences help us to explore our deeper sentient experiences, as pathways towards healing. The flower archetypes help us relate to our challenges with empathy and honesty. I encourage all of my clients (and friends) to take my 8 week course, so that they can learn to self-prescribe for both chronic and acute emotional states. This way, when challenges arise, they have this beautiful system available as a profound tool for creating health and well-being. I’m grateful to witness more people stepping up and taking responsibility for the care of their minds, bodies, spirits and souls. I truly believe that this evolution has an energetic effect that’s propelling us towards the ultimate regeneration of the planet.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in L.A. a little more than a year and I’m in awe of how much there is to explore, either solo or with friends. I am enchanted with the climate and can’t believe I’ve been depriving myself of warm winters for so long. And with the warmth comes the flowers! I adore all of the gardens in the surrounding area and always want to experience them with others–Descanso, Huntington, L.A. Arboretum, South Coast Botanical Garden and not least of all the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA (which btw is free and an amazing 7-acre gem in the heart of the campus.) I’m fortunate to live near Griffith Park and find solace in hiking on the many trails. It’s a magical spot within the bustling city, where one can spot Coyote, Hawk and rugged wildflowers throughout the year. Other interesting excursions: Bronson Caves, Wattles Garden Park, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Barnsdall Art Park, the many secret staircases throughout Hollywood and Silver Lake. The food around here is off the hook! I tend to stay close to home in Los Feliz and my faves are: All Time Cafe (honest to goodness hand-crafted fare, staff-delivered to my door), Botanica in Silver Lake (heartfelt Mediterranean inspired small plates and eclectic cocktails) and the hot food bar at Erewhon Market Silver Lake gets me through most days with healthy versions of all the comfort foods. Some favorite personal indulgences (and also fun with guests): I love to treat myself to pampering at the NOW Massage Boutique, Silver Lake. The space is deeply relaxing, with peaceful lighting, soothing scents and calming sounds. It definitely takes the stress out of my busy work and family life. Then head over to House of Intuition in Echo Park for a crystal fix or new oracle deck. Make a stop at Bru Coffee Bar in Los Feliz for a CBD infused tea or an oat latte and enjoy the female-empowered artwork. A perfect ending to such a lovely afternoon can be found at Floral Art by Mia in Los Feliz, with a lush bouquet or a new house plant to bring home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all the wise women who came before me. With special thanks and love to Gram and Mom.
Stephanie Girard, Lane Eib, David Saalisi