Exclusive interview with Mariia Tsegelnyk, a spiritual healer and the founder of The Light of Healing, a small business that offers Energy Healing and Reiki Certifications and Trainings, Group Classes, Meditations and Hypnosis, Private Energy Healing, and Coaching and Hypnosis sessions.
Originally belonging to Ukraine, Mariia shifted to the US a few years ago. Her aim to truly help those around her in changing their lives for the better is what drove her to this point, and made her one of the best spiritual healers in the US. In this interview, she has shared some insight into both her personal and professional life.
What’s your story?
“From almost dead to back to life”
I came to the US in 2012 after I received my Master’s in Business Management in Ukraine and Norway. Upon my arrival, I started working in the hospitality and restaurant industry but very soon, I realized this career wasn’t fulfilling for me. I realized that I have a different life purpose and calling. I had fallen in love with yoga (especially the spiritual aspect of it), so I quit my job and became a yoga teacher – not knowing that about the dark future that lies ahead of me.
In April 2014, my life changed forever. I remember it was a gorgeous day outside, I was teaching a yoga class at the park when I got bit by a tick and contracted Lyme Disease, an illness that couldn’t be diagnosed or treated for years. Nobody understood what was going on inside my body. I couldn’t walk, move, speak, think (my brain was inflamed). I couldn’t listen to any sounds that were louder than a whisper as it would hurt my ears, I was bedridden and every inch of my body ached because all of my organs were affected by the disease.
Obviously, I couldn’t work anymore. At the same time, my relationship was going through a rough patch too. It felt as if my whole life was falling apart and I couldn’t do anything because I was slowly dying.
After two years of misery, doctors finally diagnosed me with Lyme Disease. What came next was massive doses of antibiotics while battling to stay alive. The doctors told me that there was no cure for Chronic Lyme and that it will always stay in my system. But I knew it won’t. I knew there is a way; a way for me to heal completely, to lead a good life, and to achieve everything I desired: great health, an amazing relationship, and a career that I am passionate about. At that moment, I knew I had to just find an answer – and I did.
During my treatment, I discovered the power of Energy Healing and our unconscious mind. I became a Master Energy Healer, Reiki Master, A Certified Professional Hypnotist with the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and was able to heal all the damage in my body that doctors considered impossible to heal. Now, there is no such word as “impossible” in my dictionary anymore.
This is how the Healing Transformation System™ was born – a system that is helping thousands of individuals all over the globe in healing their mind and body, improving relationships, and achieving financial prosperity. In short, the system takes your life to the next level – beyond what you could think of.
Please share the name of your business/company along with a short description.
I run a business named The Light of Healing, offering Energy Healing and Reiki Certifications and Trainings, Group Classes, Meditations and Hypnosis, Private Energy Healing, and Coaching and Hypnosis sessions.
Share an interesting fact about yourself that not many people are aware of.
This is more of a life event than a fact, but it shaped my future and my journey.
Not many people know that my application for Teacher’s Training was turned down by one of the best spiritual schools in the U.S because of my accent (I belong to Ukraine originally). I was told that I’m an incredible Spiritual Healer and that this is where I should stay since they didn’t deem fit for me to teach because of my accent.
This rejection became the fuel and the main motivation for me to succeed and become the best spiritual teacher one can possibly be! I was not going to let other people determine what I can and cannot do and stop me from pursuing my inner calling.
Hence, I started teaching without training and after a few sessions, people were simply raving about my classes. Word spread quickly and soon, my class size grew to a great extent. Now, I’m teaching people all over the world and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I feel that I’m fulfilling my life’s mission i.e. spreading the light and helping people. I know that each of my students has a lot of healing power to offer and that this is the ripple effect we create together.
What’s your secret to success?
It may sound cliché, but I believe that the real reason why successful people are successful is that they never give up!
Yes, when you are building the life of your dreams, you will have some dark days where you will feel like quitting or giving up. On those days, remember to rest, but don’t quit. Take a break, recharge yourself, and keep moving forward, because giving up means that you failed.
As Thomas Edison said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So remember to just keep going. If you give up now, you’ll never know how close you were to success.
In fact, I believe there’s no such thing as failure as long as you keep moving forward It’s only feedback – something to learn from – to adjust your strategy and keep moving forward. I’ve failed so many times in the past year, and yet it was also the year of growth for me. And that’s not it – I know I’m continually failing at something every other day, but that’s good. If you’re not failing at anything, that means you are playing it too small.
Don’t let the fear stop you. The words I live by are: Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Another advice I would like to give the readers is that when you’re on your path to success, there’ll be many moments where you’ll feel overwhelmed or lost, confused about what to do next, as your goal may seem to be too far and too unattainable. A lot of people give up at such moments.
But on those days, I want you to repeat these words to yourself and consider them your mantra: “I’ll figure it out as I go”. And just GO! Just take the NEXT STEP, and know the next step after this one will appear as well. Just don’t stop at any point.
How did you make a name for yourself in your industry?
It’s simple: I offer more value to my clients than anyone else in the industry. I often get to hear, “Mariia, you are undercharging and over-delivering,” and I believe this is exactly why my classes and clientele are constantly growing, as I’m focused on exceeding the expectations of my people.
I know that there are no analogies or training like mine in the market currently. Yes, there are a lot of Energy Healing and Reiki classes out there, but I know that my training stands out because of the quality and the amount of value I provide to my students; the knowledge, practice, and confidence they get when they leave the class is incomparable.
You might be thinking I’m boasting, but I know all this from my students’ feedback, especially those who’ve been trained in different Energy Healing modalities before coming to me. So yes, having a unique product on the market and over-delivering. Giving more and more, and providing maximum value was the key for me to earn a name in the industry.
What makes you different from your competitors?
My Private Sessions are very unique because I’ve developed my own Healing Transformation System™, which is basically a combination of Energy Healing (Reiki, Shamanic, Spiritual, and Esoteric Healing modalities and techniques) and Unconscious Mind Reprogramming (Hypnosis, coaching, NLP). The aim is to bring long-lasting change in your life in the form of improved health, relationship, finances, and more.
In other words, my classes are different from anything that is on the market, mostly in terms of training and certification. My students don’t only receive a substantial amount of knowledge, but they’re also given the opportunity to practice on each other. As a result, they leave the class 100% confident in themselves and their ability to heal. So much so that they either immediately start their own healing businesses or offer new modalities to their clients – incorporating new tools and techniques into their services.
In short, I stand behind the quality of my work. Oh, and my classes are so much fun!
What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now and how did you overcome them?
One of the main obstacles I faced was my accent (as I shared one of the previous questions). At first, I viewed it as a hindrance to success. However, after some time, I chose to turn it into an advantage and power for myself instead, and after I did that, a whole new world opened up for me! This might sound absurd, but now I actually have clients who tell me that they chose me over other hypnotherapists BECAUSE of my accent – that they love my voice!
This is the power of our unconscious mind. As we reprogram our unconscious and choose to believe in ourselves, the outer reality and people we attract reflect it back to us. It’s all about whether you choose to believe in yourself and your ability to turn any obstacle or disadvantage into your superpower or consider it a disadvantage. Now I believe that my accent is actually my superpower.
The other obstacle was health-related. After suffering from Lyme Disease and even after healing from it completely, I used to have really bad brain fog – to an extent that it used to be very hard for me to think clearly, to find the right words, and organize my thoughts into cohesive speech. And it used to be a huge block for me as a coach and a teacher. But again, I was able to rewire my brain through unconscious mind reprogramming and now I think and speak pretty clearly, don’t I?
So how did I reprogram myself? I used the power of hypnosis, NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), worked with my belief system, affirmations, and other subconscious mind reprogramming tools and techniques to rewire my brain for success. The good news is, all of these tools are available for you as well! You have the power to change your life by changing your subconscious. It all starts from within before you see it in your physical reality.
If you were to start from zero again, what would you do differently?
When I look back and I connect the dots, I realize that this whole time I’ve been divinely guided, and that everything happened at the time it was meant to be and for a specific reason. But, if I were to start from zero again, the only thing that I’d do differently would be listening to and taking advice from people whose lives don’t represent the picture of MY ideal life.
We all have our unique paths, none of them is right or wrong; it’s just about staying true to who YOU are and what YOU want in life and surrounding yourself with people who’ve already achieved that and learn from them along with the people who are on their way to success, burning with passion and a desire to succeed. Because it’s true what they say, “You are an average of the five people you surround yourself with”. This is why now, I’d be more mindful of my environment and what I choose to take in.
What excites you the most about your business right now?
To watch how people’s lives change and grow after we spend some time together healing and growing. How when I look at them, I see a completely different person from the one I saw on the day when we first met: healthy, glowing, confident, abundant, living life to its fullest potential! Seeing the new person that was born during our training sessions is my biggest excitement.
And of course, the feedback that I receive from my clients, students, and people who follow me; listening to stories of how much their lives changed after we met excites me and motivates me to give and help even more.
What are your plans for the future?
Oh, so many great things are coming!
I plan on opening an International Energy Healing School one day, as I am constantly developing new courses and certifications. Also, I want to lead Spiritual Healing retreats in exotic destinations where people can escape the busy chaotic world to unwind, recharge, heal, transform, and reconnect with their mind, body, and soul.