A major theme for this week’s Women of Ace, Amber Kupina, has been self-worth; feeling unworthy and not good enough, with a distorted self-image. Can you relate? Her authenticity and ability to open up and share her journey is nothing short of inspiring. Keep reading to find out how she empowers others and has gotten comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Amber: I am a Spiritual Healer practicing Shamanism, trained under an Algonquin Medicine Man from Ottawa. I work with the Spirit World and Consciousness to heal any issues my clients may be dealing with, whether that is perceived as mental, emotional, or physical. We work to heal the non-physical root cause, healing energetic and subconscious blueprints creating and sustaining the issue. Using traditional ceremony to heal ourselves so we can be who we came here to be.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Amber: This work has allowed me to live into my potential versus my self-imposed limitations. Previously I had struggled with self-worth, communication, feeling alone and it held me back from freedom of self-expression and being who I truly am. Many of us live in fear, without realizing that fear is the driving force behind our behaviours and ways of being. By doing this work, it has allowed myself and my clients to embody our power, uniqueness and shine. Seeing my clients grow, evolve and become who they are meant to become has been a privilege.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Amber: As a child my dream job was to be a singer. I wanted to be on big stages, dancing and singing, yet I would never sing in public because I lived in fear and had negative self-worth. Now when I reflect on why I wanted to be that, I can see that it was because I wanted to impact and inspire people. Witnessing artists on stage belting their heart out inspired me and I wanted to do the same. I believe it wasn't so much the act of singing on stage that I wanted, as the impact and inspiration it could have for people. I believe it influenced me and is what led me to the healing world and what it can do for peoples lives.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Amber: Silly. Grounded. Expressed.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Amber: There are so many people who have inspired me to grow and evolve. I could write a list of many. If I had to pick one, it would be my spiritual teacher Pete Bernard. He has taught me what healing is, the endless possibilities of time space, and has believed in me fully. He is gentle, powerful and used the traumas he experienced to create healing. I am very grateful for how he has changed my life.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Amber: Standing in your power! Embodying your potential.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Amber: I have learned the power of vulnerability, sharing my story, the raw parts of myself and how I have used them for my healing. Being authentic creates the space for others to resonate and do the same. I believe the parts of our stories that we are ashamed of are the parts that can create the most change. I know that getting uncomfortable is an essential part of growth, so I love to get myself uncomfortable so that I can grow and empower others to do the same.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Amber: “Your only limitation is how creative you are.” Those words sparked my inner child and reminded me of the reason why we have an imagination.
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Amber: My relationship with failure has been avoiding doing things I wanted to out of the fear of failure, fear of not being good enough. To be honest, I used to avoid failing by running away and I missed many opportunities. Which you could say was failing myself. I have learned that failure is always a blessing, it has its teachings, it can redirect you to something better, it is completely divine if we choose to see it that way. When something doesn’t work out the way we think it should, it’s usually because we can’t see the bigger picture. I have learned to trust my experiences and be grateful if something “fails” because it is about to teach me something great.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Amber: I take a moment to close my eyes, practice deep breathing and ground myself. Then I pick one action I can take to relieve any pressure, anxiety or fear.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Amber: I would love to be remembered for cultivating a Spiritual Community, using the Spiritual teachings I have learned to create a more inspired, aware and conscious collective.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Amber: You can find me on Instagram, or check out my website.