From Learned Helplessness to Helpfulness: Gloria Loring
We can’t wait for you to watch this spirited edition of the Your Messy Brilliance® Show, which is all about hope, miracles, and the power of reclaiming our voices as women—with my new friend and Featured Truthteller, Gloria Loring.
Gloria Loring is a singer, songwriter, actress and author. She’s the recording artist of the #1 hit song “Friends and Lovers”; co-composer of television theme songs “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Facts Of Life”; an audience favorite for seven years as Liz Chandler on Days Of Our Lives; spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; the author of six books benefitting people with diabetes; and a keynote speaker for corporations and non-profits. She has been presented the Lifetime Commitment Award from JDRF, the Founders Award from the National Disease Research Interchange, and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Miss America Organization, an honor she shares with past recipients Barbara Bush, Roslyn Carter, and Hillary Clinton. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Music.
Her newest book, titled with a quote from Albert Einstein, is a memoir with a message. Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous details a series of extraordinary coincidences that transformed Gloria’s life and offers prescriptive insight into how seemingly random occurrences can be used for good.
Gloria and I had an amazing conversation about what it means to claim our power as women by claiming our wisdom and owning up to even the most painful realities we’ve lived through. “We women need to believe our bodies,” she says.
Gloria was also vulnerable and transparent about some of the burdens she’s carried with past experiences of sexual harassment and assault, and how we as a society need to effectively address these issues so that we can move into a place of healing, forgiveness, and empowerment. According to Gloria, “There is a part of ourselves that was never damaged, never hurt, never diminished by anything that happened to us…we can come back to that sense of self.”
From being on her own at the age of 18 and traveling as a singer from nightclub to nightclub, to becoming a lifelong meditator and finding ways to move through and beyond trauma (and help others do the same), Gloria’s journey is truly an extraordinary one—and proof that you don’t have to believe in miracles to create them. Be sure to check out her work at glorialoring.com.
3:44 Growing up in the midst of alcoholism and abuse—and reclaiming empowerment as an adult
6:47 How acting from unconscious defense mechanisms can influence our decisions and experiences
9:10 Fear is there for a good reason and we need compassion and gentleness to move through it
11:50 The power of women’s voices and evolving from self-blame to believing in ourselves and each other
16:30 The experience of feeling frozen after an assault
20:00 Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous (and why she wrote it)
24:35 The journey from victimhood to empowerment and accessing the wisdom of the universe
30:00 How Gloria defines a miracle
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