My name is Erica Vargas. I am a Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher, a Psychic Medium, and here is my story:
As a child and into early adulthood, I was also a non-believer in God and spirituality because as a child, I was sexually abused. “I mean, why would God allow horrific experiences like this to exist?” or so I thought.
Where were my parents?
My father was not present in my life as a child. As for my mother, she worked so hard for her 4 children. She would work up to 50-60 hours a week, leave to work as early as 4 am, and work night shifts. While my mother left to work in the early morning, her ex-boyfriend would molest me. I believed that if I spoke up nobody would believe me because that was what the abuser told me. Eventually, my mother separated from her ex-boyfriend. I was so happy this monster was no longer be in my life, however, I never had the courage to speak my truth. I continued to suffer in silence.
By the age of 13 years old, I started drinking. For years, I surrounded myself with many unhealed people living in a realm of darkness and abusing substances to mask their pain.
My unhealthy habits with alcohol continued well into my teens and worsened in my early twenties when I was in college. I majored in Forensic Sciences for the Bachelor’s program at Chestnut Hill College and the Master’s program at Arcadia University. The classes I had to take were very challenging and stressful. In addition to the stress, I was working multiple jobs and had unresolved trauma.
In 2012, as I was preparing to start my career as a Scientist, something in me shifted. I had this self-realization that I had to better myself and my health. One evening, I applied to become a member of Planet Fitness.