Victoria Lynn Schmidt, (MFA, PsyD, PhD) is transforming the world one Book, one Empowered woman, at a time. Known worldwide as a creative journey and archetype guru through her bestselling series of books, she is now taking her profound knowledge and training in spirituality, psychology, & energetics and organizing it into a unique system of yoga and books to empower others in all areas of life.
With an open mind, you are worthy of creativity, magic, & enlightenment in your life. It is your birthright”
At an early age she found her love of 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.
In her early 20s she left her life and corporate career in NY and moved to LA to pursue her writing goals at UCLA. While an undergrad, she received a full regents scholarship, got her first non-fiction book published by a major house, and a whole new career blossomed. She found her calling in sharing her profound 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 ancient healing and martial techniques as well as self help, the goddess, quantum physics, and energetic therapies. In fact she read over 1200 books on these topics as well as studied with numerous masters in the field. She also received her PsyD in Psychology and a non-academic PhD in spirituality.
Since then she has published 5 books & numerous articles, lectured at national conferences, and been featured on TBS, Writers Digest Magazine, Jennings Wire, and BEA. She sits on a committee for the Fulbright Institute,
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 religious at all. So she decided to spend some of her free time with animals which brought her many more insights and gifts, and allowed her to see the benefits of sensitivity and empathy. Animals communicate via energy and feeling. She once ‘horse whispered’ a Lion, so she’s tested the theory.
She moved back to the east coast for a while and found herself in a relationship that wasn’t moving in the same direction as her life path. She gave up everything, took her dog and moved back to LA, where she used her new training to greatly multiply her income in under a year.
Women often get stuck because they don’t see options or feel capable.” Victoria
Victoria also always felt loving presences around her no matter what was happening in life and has many mind blowing stories to tell about it. (later she found there were other women in her family history with similar experiences) This has led her to start a memoir on her life. A book that her family asks her to write because they all shared many laughs growing up, even though life was at times chaotic. She was also a bit rebellious and adventurous in her youth, but wants to use it to show how spirituality is not all about denial and being serious. In fact, she was in a 12 year mentorship with a woman who does energetic work in the military and manages to find humor in the midst of any situation however dramatic it might seem.
A true spiritual master comes down from the mountain and gets his hands dirty with life.” Victoria
Victoria’s everyday life is sprinkled with magical & comical happenings and she works hard to maintain that thread. She learned a lot about laughing at life from watching every episode of Seinfeld. Her Laugh at life Guru. And Elaine was a strong female character who also got to be flawed and make mistakes just like the men, far from the perfect motherly characters we tend to see on TV.
Laughter & adventure open us up at a soul level, making room for changes & miracles to occur.” Victoria
Her first book series is the best selling Creative Writing Series – 45 Master Characters, Story Structure Architect, Book in a Month and The Writer’s Guide to Characterization. These books combine all of the above to show readers around the world how to hone their craft and reach their dream of writing a book or screenplay. (45 Master Characters was recently translated into Korean)
When you read her books, you will see that Victoria’s muse is well fed! Her unique ways of looking at topics shines through her work on every page and often provides those ‘ah-ha’ moments readers search for. All of her books are currently available in bookstores around the world.”
Victoria has worked with agent Jeff Herman of the Jeff Herman Agency since her first book. When she heard of his work with Chicken Soup for the Soul people she knew they were a good match. Few people in publishing believed in that project at first.
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 degrees of separation from most major disasters in the USA as an adult. She made an escape from hurricane Katrina 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, and a sister who teaches in the school right next to the Sandy Hook shooting.
A quick chart of Victoria’s extensive Education:
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
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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