I always excelled at math and even though I didn't like it. I kept at it because that's where I would receive praise. I liked being the youngest or only girl or only Mexican in my higher-level math classes, as I skipped a grade in math. But because I focused so much on math, I didn't feel like I could allow my creative side out. Adults would also dissuade me from pursuing the arts.
At Pepperdine University, I studied Psychology and Mathematics. I figured that these were broad enough to be able to do anything that I may happen upon in life, even though I truly just wanted to minor in everything. When I graduated in 2014, I still had no clue what I wanted to do.
During this time, I taught middle school computer science in a low-income school that taught me firsthand all the injustices of the American Education System.
This experience led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Education at Claremont Graduate University while still teaching. I have taught every grade from K-8th grade. I loved being a teacher but I knew that I wanted more.
I finished all my Ph.D. coursework in three semesters. I presented at many conferences including, RILE at Stanford and A Conversation in the Liberal Arts at Westmont College. You can read my article that led to the presentation here. I loved learning about the school system and how it should be but I hated that the academy was a gatekeeper to all this wonderful, useful knowledge.
Then COVID hit and everything paused. I started questioning everything and everyone, including myself.
That's when I realized that I had no idea who I truly was. I was just a cog in a machine doing what needed to get done. The only decision that was truly mine was marrying my husband in spite of the pandemic canceling our wedding.
Around that same time, I was asked to join an Abundance Challenge Group on Facebook. Every day, there was a new video and journal prompt to look more deeply into oneself.
After it ended, I yearned for more! The joy and excitement I once had for learning was returning! I read so many books and watched tons of videos about anything that called my attention.
I learned about the chakras. I connected to the elements (water, fire, air, and earth). I started to balance my divine masculine and feminine energy because before I hated my masculinity and feared my femininity. And I fell in love with astrology and uncovered how to use it as a guide to my life as it was falling apart.
In September 2020, I heard a voice tell me to start a podcast and to name it: Grounded Spirits. It started as a way to document my spiritual journey (and has now turned into a self-expression/personal power podcast with an emphasis on astrology).
In 2021, I quit school even though I just had my dissertation left to get my doctorate (I've since returned). I quit my job even though I loved being a teacher.
My intuition led me to move out of the city and spend more time in nature (and I do in my backyard, where this picture was taken) and more time doing what I actually loved (which was doing arts & crafts and gardening).
You can find it all on TikTok!
Diving into spirituality taught me that witchcraft and religion are one and the same. Everything is connected. We are all one. Through all of this gained knowledge, I became so deeply connected to my intuition which I have allowed to lead me to where I need to go.
In 2022, I wrote 8 books in less than 6 months. I still can't believe that's real but as Bob Proctor says, "when you slow down, that's when you accomplish more."
I have built this business from nothing. No followers. No money. No support from anyone except for my husband and my two German Shepards (pictured are Mandi and Billy).
Looking back, I realize that I've always been an educator. I have been a teacher for over a decade. I've taught thousands of students, spoken to tens of thousands, and inspired millions.
Through ILA Institute, I have consolidated all my spiritual and academic knowledge using the astrological signs as the structure. The academy rejected astrology hundreds of years ago. But why? Maybe because it would give individuals too much power to know how to activate their highest power. I'm here to change that.
I had to learn all the rules to break them to make the most impact.
If you wanna break some rules with me, let down your hair, and be you, become a member!
I would love to work with you and help you activate that inner light together!
The Game of Life and How to Play it
by Florence Scovel Shinn
FAVORITE TV SHOW
American Dragon: Jake Long
(not feeling so guilty about it these days)
B.A., Pepperdine University, 2014
M.Ed., University of San Diego, 2018
Instruction and Curriculum Design
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, ABD
Education Policy, Reform, and Learning Culture;
Religion & Gender Studies
Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon,
Aquarius Rising, Leo Mercury,
Virgo Venus, Gemini Mars
I just want everyone to enjoy life for the pure sake of enjoying life.
To sing with the light and
dance with the darkness
WE ARE ONE
Laura Alyn is an educator, astrologer, author, and host. After a spiritual awakening, she went from being a public school teacher to the founder of ILA. As an educator for over a decade, she has worked with thousands of students and inspired millions more! Laura’s expertise in spirituality and education has been consolidated into the ILA Institute. She is devoted to helping soul explorers become alchemists, masterminds, and revolutionaries. Laura firmly believes that everyone can be a leader and has the inner power to make the world a better place. All we have to do is activate that inner light! Learn more about Laura Alyn at itslauraalyn.com/aboutme.
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