About Victoria Lynn Schmidt MFA, PsyD
Empathic & Adventurous, Researcher. Storyteller. Healer.
flew a cessna around the statue of liberty. The pilot just let go of the wheel. Awesome!”
quantum physics, bellydancing, dogs, humor, martial arts, & cozy restaurants.”
laughter & adventure open us up at a soul level, making room for changes & miracles to occur.”
Victoria’s journey as a Researcher, Storyteller, & Healer has been one of following her heart & embracing change. Her career began with a tech start up company where she ran fractal algorithms based on chaos theory to assist fortune 500 companies in reaching their marketing goals. Her love of physics and higher concepts was born.
A few years later she reawakened her childhood love of stories & myths and decided to follow her heart toward writing. She left corporate America and spent a summer studying film and writing at NYU. From there she was awarded 1 of only 30 spots to study film at UCLA, so she packed up everything and moved to CA.
While there she was told female characters didn’t sell and that there was no female hero’s journey model. So she set out to disprove that theory and wrote a book on the subject titled 45 Master Characters (15 years later it is still a bestseller in stores worldwide). Thus began her love of non-fiction writing & her career helping writers create stories with depth & meaning.
Now she is working on heavily researched fiction & non-fiction books that awaken, inspire, & empower people to open their minds, heal their bodies, & attain gifts of the soul; after finishing her own journey on doing just that.
Most of her books have been translated into Korean & Chinese, & have been in print worldwide for over 15 years. Book in a Month was turned into a magazine available on newsstands and was featured in display cases in 600 B&N bookstores alongside Writer’s Guide to Characterization as part of a Nanowrimo event.
Victoria’s unique way of looking at topics shines through her work and often provides those ‘ah-ha’ moments readers search for.”
While an undergrad at UCLA, she received a full regents scholarship, was awarded membership in the Golden Key national honor society, got her first non-fiction book published by a major house, and a whole new career blossomed. She later attended Loyola Marymount where she continued her study of writing. Then CalCoast where she explored the positive psychology teachings of Jung & Maslow (as opposed to the more negative side of Freud). She was eligible for state licensure but chose not to pursue it.
She found her calling in sharing her wisdom and experiences in the written word. Finally her high IQ was an asset, allowing her to grasp profound abstract teachings (not just annoy her mother), while her creative training helped her to transform it into processes anyone could understand and apply.
This new career gave her a good excuse to continue her intense training in all areas of healing and martial techniques as well as self help, quantum physics, and energetic therapies. In fact she read over 1400 books on these topics as well as studied with numerous masters in the field. She also received her PsyD in Psychology. She completed a 13 year mentorship with a woman who does energetic work in the military.
Since then she has published 5 books & numerous articles, lectured at national conferences, and been featured on TBS, Writers Digest Magazine, and BEA.
At an early age she loved writing and often ‘directed’ her sisters & friends in their own versions of Charlie’s Angels and Wonder Woman. Being strong and magical just seemed normal and she never understood why any woman would settle for less. Though she’s always been very sensitive and empathic, in a world that sees that as a weakness.
Spirituality has always been strong force in her life. Since the age of 9, she has experienced expanded states of awareness and often annoyed her mother with deep questions about the nature of life, consciousness, and personal power. She even begged her mom to let her become a nun, but her mom thought she was nuts, they weren’t very religious. So she decided to spend her free time with animals which brought her many insights and gifts, and allowed her to see the benefits of sensitivity and empathy.
Victoria also always felt a loving presence with her no matter what was happening in life and found there were other women in her family history with similar experiences.
Her family also has (in)famous roots in American history:
- As direct desendants of the McCoys of the “Hatfield and McCoys” (currently researching),The women were so much more dynamic then we know.
- An uncle, Jerry Gorney, who at 24 was an officer in Viet Nam of the one nine – The Walking Dead – the most famous military unit in American history. He was awarded a rare Silver Star for his bravery.
- Another family member had a comic created of his war heroics, but suffered greatly from PTSD.
- Another one who was on the attacked Pearl Harbor ship,
- An interesting ancestor from Russia who is still being researched
- And a great grandfather who sacrificed everything to change conditions for the American worker, personally guided by Eleanor Roosevelt as he worked in the coal mines. Her Great Grandma held down the fort and protected the kids as he ran for his life.
“Everyone should research their family tree, it can be quite fun! All this time us kids thought Grandma was going crazy when she told us these stories.”
She is of German, Russian, French, & Irish descent (but studied basic Japanese in college, she hopes to learn basic Chinese as she is a long time student of Chinese ‘yoga’ Chi Kung)
“The more I learn the more I love to share with others. Degrees are wonderful but knowledge and wisdom are two different things… and matters of the spirit are beyond both! Most of what I have learned comes from direct experience but I did enjoy my studies and definitely would recommend getting a good education to anyone.”
She learned a lot of life lessons and about having inner strength and fortitude to deal with an eventful childhood and with having a 0-2 degree separation from most major disasters in the USA as an adult. She made an escape from hurricane Katrina season with her dog because shelters wouldn’t allow animals and she wouldn’t abandon him, she had family in the WTC during 9/11 who got out and fireman friends who died there, she had family & friends who lost a lot in Sandy hurricane, a sister who taught in the school next to the Sandy Hook shooting, and an Uncle who died in military service. “The story of our life can uplift us or imprison us depending on our perspective.”
Her passion is to set up a fund for shelter animals and end euthanasia in the USA. “Dogs were very special to me growing up, I could not imagine being without one (or three) in my life.” Check out BestFriends.org and NKLA.org and K9connection.org
I believe in you. You are the leading expert on your life.
I believe in experience backed by research. I don’t focus on opinions, attitudes, doctrines, or the latest channeled invention. Common sense approaches are always best.
I believe in Movements based on Creation not Destruction – don’t give me an anti-movement, give me a pro-movement that is focused on creating something wonderful in the world. What you focus on you get more of.
I believe in techniques that have stood the test of time. Let’s face it, in the past decade 1,000s of new age teachings and techniques have been invented, I’ve tried many of them and found that Acupuncture, Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation etc all have a rich history behind them & a proven track record… use these teachings first when possible. Most new techniques stem from them anyway.
Love & trust what is —Do not see your issue as ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ see it for the gift of growth and healing it contains. This is the ultimate practice, to see the utter and total perfection of the moment. A car might breakdown, but perhaps the universe knows there would have been a horrible accident if you had made it closer to your destination.
I Believe in the Power of Laughter & Adventure They open us up at a soul level, making room for changes & miracles to occur.
I Believe traditional Martial Arts is Spritual Self Defense is self love, but it must be practiced with clear intention and rarely be offensive. Intention is the deciding factor in whether or not you accrue karma.
I believe in Having a Solid Foundation – Downward grounded energy, enables the upward current to flow properly and without a healing crisis. Get grounded first always!
Take 100% Responsibility for everything in your life. NO excuses. What ever you are dealing with you contributed to creating on some level. You can always trace things back to a time when you did not have this issue, what set the stage for it? This is NOT blame it is empowerment. If you caused it, you have the power to create something new.
I believe in having a success-based focus. I don’t dwell on the past, there may be something you need to speak about so you feel heard but as in many traditions you are only allowed to speak this story 3 times, then no more. Let the story go before it controls you. Focus on what successful people do to solve such issues.
I believe that decision making is at the heart of change – when people say they took a year to give up smoking, what they mean is it took them a year to decide to quit, once the decision is made it’s done. Whatever steps need to be taken will now be taken, and that inner decision will create the determination to follow through.
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