We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlize Joubert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlize, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
A phrase I often ask myself is; “What do people gain by being around me?” The act of being human can so easily pull us out of ourselves, by focusing on the pursuit of external happiness, or approval of another human. Or we might become a chameleon, someone that we feel we should be to receive the utmost adoration and love from those significant to us. And in all of this we lose touch with whom we truly are. We give, and give and give, till empty. We give more, and do more, with the hope we might receive that lovely exchange of energy, validation or approval. I find that when I sit in meditation while contemplating this question, it brings me back to myself. It brings my focus away from ‘the others’ and onto myself. Even if I don’t have an answer for this question, something begins to shift. My awareness. My curiosity and energy are now back in my body, where it belongs. Where awareness flows, energy flows. Energy begins to accumulate within, and within that something mystical begins to wake up. A feeling of something greater inside. I get to feel my essence, and my ‘beingness’ again. Perhaps it’s my soul’s journey all wrapped up into this one magical moment. And inside this magical moment my awareness touches a deeper knowing of my worth. Something I can’t express mentally. Something deeper. So the more I sit with this question and ‘feel’ into it. The stronger this feeling becomes. And then in no time I begin to give back to myself what I give so abundantly to others. And as I fill up, I feel empowered. It is then that others begin to notice me in a new way, and respond to me in a way. A way equal to what I deserve. I hope you give it a try. Spend some time with it, you never know what might show up.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve been practicing this particular breath for over ten years now. When I stumbled upon it, I knew I had been on this path before. It swept me up and welcomed me home. When I share what I know, I know this information is coming from a higher place. I can’t take credit for what comes through me, as I just don’t believe it all comes from this time. I took many risks throughout my journey with breath. While being a student in my teachers circles, and on my own. I risked being seen in my most ‘broken’ for the lack of a better word, powerless, and fearless place, so I can finally break through something that has held me hostage for a long time. This work has been medicine for me in ways I can’t even begin to explain. I sat in circle as a student, studied, and healed, over and over again. Then I sat in circle as an assistant and looked at all the trainings from a totally new perspective, and looking at the students from a different perspective. Then from there I stepped up, learned to teach some of my teacher David Elliott’s trainings. Once again breaking through some deep held limitations within myself. Limitations that would say it is not safe for me to take up space, be seen for who I am, or speak in front of groups. Because there was a time in my life when it wasn’t. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I just never felt safe enough to be that. And this work showed me the way. I would lie if I’d say it was easy. It was hard. Very hard to confront those places within myself. Yet through it all I now know how to show up for those who need this work just as much as I did then. And not only that, with pure love and compassion. I believe what makes my business do as well as it does, is the authenticity, and transparency of the work. We are all equal. I see myself in everyone who shows up. And there is a trust that builds within this, and without trust no one will feel safe to be vulnerable so they can open and heal. It is one of the foundation blocks of this work, or any healing modality really. I recognize the power of this work, and what is possible. I’m holding a container from that place. Building a business has been easy in the way that people have always found me. I have been busy since day one. The hardest part for me was breaking through my limiting beliefs about fear, and that what I have to offer can make a big impact in someone else’s life. The work around self worthfromLittle by little I’ve been building myself up from the inside, while holding space for others to find their way to empowerment, freedom and safety. In the past few years I’ve noticed the work began attracting mostly women. And as they share their story, I hear my own. It’s perfect, as I evolve and heal, so they show up to evolve and heal. Underneath the surface I believe we are all the same. What I can say is this work is very powerful. Be prepared to be changed forever. The process is beautiful. And as the alchemy happens the wounds turn to gold, which in effect, sometimes become the biggest gifts we own!
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.
Lets see… I would definitely take my friend to Little India in Artesia. I love different cultures and there is so much going on in this beautiful city of ours. We will walk around, and make a stop for some Indian coffee and dessert and later in the afternoon an authentic indian cuisine. We would visit the Huntington Library Botanical gardens. I will make a reservation for us at high tea in the rose garden, and then spend the day walking around the gardens, enjoying all the different cultures, fragrances, and colors! A drive to Malibu along the PCH is a must. making a stop at El Matador beach for a picnic on the beach. Temescel Canyon hike is a beautiful hike for a morning, then a brunch at the famous landmark Georgian Hotel. A coffee at The Cow’s End on Washington blvd, and a walk along Venice boardwalk into the heart of Venice to show some of the famous venice lifestyle. And most definitely a peak at the beautiful venice canals. A dinner at Plant food on Abbott Kinney for incredible vegan dishes with amazing wines to pair! If we don’t want a vegan dinner I would pick The Other Room. A brunch or a coffee stop at the Butcher’s Daughter on the same street. A stop in Mystic Journey bookstore for some crystal shopping and maybe even a psychic reading for fun. There is so much to do and see on Abbott Kinney! Espresso cielo for amazing european coffee on Main street. Beach yoga or Breathwork on the beach depending on my friend’s teaching schedule. If time permits a night in Santa Barbara, for wine tasting. Dessert in the garden over at Le Tartine in Santa Monica on Arizona and 20th! A bike ride on the bike path to Manhattan beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my incredible Breathwork teacher, healer, author and mentor David Elliott. I met David in 2010, and my whole life took a 180 in a much needed direction! I met him at the most perfect time. A time when my life was going through a major transformation. Something big ended, and I knew I needed some support through this uncertain time, and I was being course correcting into something much greater. Little did I know how great it was going to be! David changed my life, and I will be forever grateful to him. He is an incredible human with the biggest heart and so much patience for people’s and their wounds. www.DavidElliott.com