Last updated on November 30th, 2021.
by Devon Ray Battaglia
I’m Devon Ray Battaglia and writing About pages makes me itchy. I dislike conformity and the standard About page system. I’d much rather sit with you over tea and talk for hours about life’s mysteries (#INFJ) than write quirky little musings About me, so we’re just going to get right into the meat of it all. Grab some tea. Let’s get real.
Today, among many things, I am a Holistic Life, Wellness, and Spirituality teacher, coach, and catalyst whose soul is fiercely committed to living as its Truest Self and guiding others in the same through aligning with Nature’s wisdom, and resurrecting our collective awareness of and devotion to The Mother, the sacred spiral essence of existence.
Sounds sexy, but what does that mean? Stick with me.
I know it may seem like I “just woke up this way,” however, that couldn’t be farther from the truth, beloved. P.S. That notion would’ve just made me laugh and spit my tea out, which I’ve done a time or two (once during a second date with my partner over a decade ago).
For much of my early life, I was on an endless quest to “fix” myself.
I’m as sensitive, intuitive, and empathic as they come and I’ve always felt deeply flawed because of it.
I was completely afraid of and resented my innate spiral essence, my power. I was sleep walking and weighed down heavily by the burdens of shame, trauma, ancestral wounding, spiritual trauma, physical health challenges, addictions, and more…
Shame dictated the show and I was completely disconnected from my “Truest Self” – which, at the time, would’ve just sounded like new age newspeak. I was traumatized, anxious, and doing everything I could to stay numbed and get through life. I was in unhealthy relationships with food, alcohol, my body, myself, and others. I felt like a constant victim and was completely outsourcing my sovereignty (hello, codependency!).
Any of these sound familiar? I can check the box on them all.
- Feeling like the world is too loud, too fast, and I am too sensitive, introverted, and weird to have what I need or want
- Needing help, and being too ashamed to ask for it
- Feeling small, awkward, uncomfortable, misunderstood, and like no one “gets” me
- Fearing my power and sovereignty because I didn’t trust myself to know how to “handle” it
- Struggling to like myself, let alone love myself
- Seeking countless “answers,” “fixes,” and “protocols” and “experts”
- Hating my body and watching health problems surface, which fueled more disdain in vicious cycle
- Feeling “too much” and “not enough” at the same time
- Denying myself from living my purpose
Above all, I was craving to be grounded into something real, wild, and magical.
Thinking that my only options were perfection or destruction, I would rebound between self-improvement protocols (that were really self-punishment) and uncontrolled binges of self-indulgence (that were also, truly, just another form of self-punishment).
I would get a few steps closer to what I thought I wanted and then I would suffer another giant set back as everything fell apart in an avalanche of shame and guilt.
Eventually I realized that my sense of shame around my high sensitivity, around just being a humxn in a womxn’s body, was actually at the root of all my suffering. I realized that these inevitable spirals of change within and around me were not signifying that anything was “wrong.”
I connected with my inner wisdom council;
the eight cosmic archetypes of The Mother.
I realized that my spiral essence, The Mother, the divine feminine force I craved had never actually left, and all that I actually needed was to resurrect my awareness of it all through repairing my relationship with my own inner sense of containment and my inner authority through devoted discipline.
As long as I allowed shame to get in the way of living,
I would never be able to reconnect to my magical, spirally, feminine self:
• Aligning With Nature + Seasonal Flow
• Trusting My Body’s Wisdom
• Leveraging My Subtle Energies
I learned to listen to my intuition more and listened to my fears and anxieties less. I was no longer operating from “fight or flight” and old patterns of self-destructive and addictive behaviors. Instead, I learned to identify and honor my true needs and to just show up for myself every day with grace and honesty. I learned to embrace my shadows, traumas, and sensitive nature as gifts. It is the wisdom gleaned from my many years of suffering, resisting, avoiding, and numbing that I serve you, Sensitive Soul.
Living in alignment with Nature’s wisdom offered the healing nothing else could, and that only continues to blossom.
As a voracious learner (and lover of holistic healing), I continue to joyously explore and expand my skill set, certifications, and studies along the way, and my journey has led me to many magical places including completing my MS in Nutrition & Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health, a Registered Yoga Teacher certification, a Flower Essence Therapy certification, Energy Healing certification, and a Meditation and Pranayama (breath practice) certification. I’m a lifelong student of herbalism and formally study on a continuing basis with The Evolutionary School of Herbalism. I studied coaching with The Wisdom of the Whole Academy. And I study Ayurveda with Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga. In addition to my own embodied life experiences, which are my greatest teachers, I also extensively study the fields of shame and trauma, shadow work, shamanism, embodiment and expressive arts, chakra and endocrine system balancing, and more.
My soul’s purpose is to live as its Truest Self and guide others in doing the same, through living in alignment with Nature’s wisdom, resurrecting our collective awareness of The Mother, the sacred spiral essence of existence.
Holistic Life, Wellness, and Spirituality
Coaching + Consulting + Mentoring
For Highly Sensitive, Introverted Souls
Dear One, of this I know for certain: living in alignment with Nature’s wisdom is pretty much non-negotiable for us all – especially a highly sensitive soul.
Feeling nourished and supported, inspired and fulfilled, and seeing your “weirdness” as your best asset are all absolutely possible – and you deserve it all and more.
Ready to ground into something real, wild, and magical, reclaim your Truest Self, heal your body and life, have clarity around your next steps, and more?
As a Coach + Mentor, I am here to guide you in integrating and healing all aspects of your being – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. My highest passion is holding space for and witnessing your remembrances, shifts, and awakenings as you tap into your own innate wisdom.
From there, anything is possible!
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Just so we’re clear, I am very pro:
-environmental consciousness, -living in alignment with the natural world, -renewable energy, -holistic and alternative healing, -rest, -sustainability, -slow living, -free thinking, -dismantling internal and external systems of oppression, -black, -brown, -indigenous, -multiculturalism, -LGBTQIA+, -choice, -children’s safety and welfare, -womxn’s rights, -equality and fairness, -prison reform, -rehabilitative initiatives over harsh punishments, -fair trade, and so much more!
I continually and consciously strive to have my life, in every way, be a reflection of me embodying these values and DOING something with them to create sustainable change in the world.
Just as The Sacred Activist Frequency on InnerSpark’s Wheel teaches, there are MANY ways we can show up and use our voices (some of which don’t actually involve our vocal cords). InnerSpark donates a portion of its revenue quarterly to various organizations, I strive to only make purchases (for anything – clothes, food, housewares, etc.) that align with my values, and I’m passionately and continually learning, expanding, and evolving.
What do you envision for yourself, for your family, for the world? Do you actually believe in this vision’s ability to come into form? How are you aligning with this vision, so that each day you are taking the steps towards nourishment and wholeness?
I invite you to check out this self-assessment. This powerful exercise can help you get to know yourself in this moment, celebrate what’s working well, and feel into where you’d most like to go next.
The Wheel of Frequencies represent the eight cosmic archetypes of The Mother. We can see these mirrored to us literally through the seasons, yet these energies are so much more than that! They are within and around us at any given moment. They are guiding us, teaching us, and supporting us.
These are the members of your inner wisdom council.
Who’s calling to you right now? Take the quiz and find out!