We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Papadopoulos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in the UK to an English mother and Greek father. At age 4, we moved to Bahrain for my Dad’s work. My parents divorced whilst living there, and my mother ended up remarrying a US Navy submariner – so by the age of 10, I was living in Guam. My dad lived in Dubai at that point, so my sister and I would travel across the world to see our dad on school breaks. Most kids in my school didn’t get to jet off to Dubai for spring break or Europe for the summer, but this was my normal. I was very fortunate to be well-traveled at such a young age, which I believe contributed to my energetic gifts today. Having to move around and assimilate to new places, new schools and new people essentially forced me to tap into my intuitive abilities. I was a born empath and already ruled by my intuition, so this factor, combined with having to grow up quickly, meant I got really good at reading people’s energy. I could immediately tell if someone’s vibe was off. I could sense people’s presence, I would observe their body language, listen to the tone of their voice and even more subtle, sense their heart energy.
My teenage years into my twenties were mostly spent pushing my gifts away and ignoring them. I struggled in large crowds, was sensitive to noise and would often feel other people’s pain. I moved to New York City after college and spent 10 fun, challenging and transformative years there. Being surrounded by the sheer density of people and saturation of emotional energy really helped me to define my boundaries and dig deep into my gifts and abilities. I learnt what it meant to heal and control my own energy field.
This led me to discover Reiki, an alternative therapy referred to as energy healing. I find nothing more rewarding than helping people heal and inspiring others to learn more about how to tap into their intuition and heal themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. We are all in complete control of our own bodies and lives, and once we know what practices work for us and resonate with our spirit, life becomes so much easier.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have dedicated my life learning how to love, understand and heal my mind and body. My personal journey has been a rollercoaster with many ups and downs. It’s true what they say about healers not being perfect. I am definitely far from it. Through my own pain and suffering is where I had to really look at myself. Awareness is the most important piece. Once I started to analyze myself, my reactions, my behaviors, my thought patterns, that’s when I was able to create my true self. I never gave up on myself and in the process, I help inspire others to do the same.
It’s also important people understand that while the healing process never ends, you get to decide that your past experiences and traumas aren’t going to stop you from becoming the person you want to be. Self-love is a lifelong journey, you just have to commit to it.
Today I am a licensed Reiki Master Teacher and I am able to share my gift of intuitive healing. What I once resisted now flows through me and it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself. My journey has shown me that having faith in something bigger than ourselves can help us to find peace. My work helps people realize they we are all connected to each other and to something much bigger than ourselves. People often feel a strong shift after a session with me, and will sometimes try to rationalize it. But I think people need to get more comfortable knowing they won’t know everything. And thats the beauty of life, the mysterious and fascinating parts that we can’t measure but we know exists. When we surrender to life rather than trying to control it, thats when we move into a flow-state. Do whatever you need to do to feel better, heal, grow and make the most out of your life.
A trusted mentor once said to me: ‘If it feels good to you, it can never be wrong. The only reason we feel odd when it feels good, is because our human side starts to question it.”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved to LA in the height of the pandemic and moved to the west side on a whim. I wanted to be by the ocean, but hadn’t spent much time prior to moving there. But it’s proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made! If my best friend was visiting, we would probably do the following:
-Start the day with breakfast at Great White in Venice, it’s a great local spot for fresh food and a great vibe.
-On Saturdays, I love to go to the Santa Monica Farmers Market for fresh, artisanal food or Artists and Flea in Venice for great shopping, all while supporting local artists and businesses!
-Lunch at Gjusta. I love the outdoor, casual vibes and I am a sucker for any kind of freshly baked bread. Their store, Gjusta goods, is also a great hidden gem with beautiful homegoods and gifts!
-For some self-care and nature, drive up to Topanga for the afternoon, potentially for a hike or yoga at Topanga Rocks. Followed by a massage by Keith McKenna. I discovered him through a friend and he offers the most amazing 90 min massages in his studio, surrounded by the Topanga mountains. It’s quite the experience!
-Back to Venice for Dinner/Drinks at Gran Blanco in Venice. I love everything about their casual, Mediterranean/Cali vibe and their food and cocktails are amazing,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of the most compelling books I have ever read is “You can heal your life” by Louise Hayes. I think it’s one of the most important self-help books ever published and it really jump-started my own spiritual journey. She began talking about the mind-body connection before it was ever widely accepted, and that alone is something to be celebrated. The foundation for her literature is built on the concept that illness, however mild or severe, is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus. And that the key to true happiness is self-love. She focuses on loving yourself, as once you love you, everything you want will flow to you naturally. The book also consists of a full list of physical symptoms and the root emotional causes associated with them. I sincerely believe everything we do is rooted in how we feel about ourselves. Louise helps to identify thought patterns that are harmful to ourselves. The way we think manifests in our reality. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in going within and getting to the source of their thoughts and what has manifested from them, and how to create a new thought pattern to create health and wellness.