Sonia Choquette is a globally celebrated and dynamic spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, enchanting storyteller, and transformational visionary guide, known for her delightful humor and skill in quickly shifting people out of difficulty and into flow. She is the author of 19 international bestselling books on intuitive awakening, personal growth, creativity, and transformational leadership including the New York Times bestseller “The Answer is Simple.”
1. What inspired you to write?
I have always been a storyteller and a lover of people. I’ve loved to write from the time I was a child, often going into my room and writing in a journal when instead of going outside and playing. For me, writing is play. Also I see that many people are so unhappy and trapped in beliefs that keep them stuck in life. By writing I am able to share the tools and blessings I have learned along the way to help free people of their misery and give them the power to create lives that they love.
2. Does your writings or events in your writings relate to your life? If yes then how?
Everything I write about comes from direct experience. As an intuitive and spiritual counselor from the time I was a young woman I have had the opportunity to study people and their difficulties first hand. When I write I share my challenges and how I found my way through them using the tools I was given by my spiritual teachers or I discovered through my own personal mediation, prayer and study. I also share my personal challenges and what I’ve learned, or I write about the challenges of those I work with, and the tools they used to heal their lives. My writing is transparent, intimate, and immediate. As life changes, and the world changes, the difficulties people face change as well. Yet, in the end, we are all essentially the same, so readers can easily relate to the stories I share, and draw from others’ experiences to help improve and heal their own lives. That is my greatest intention and hope when I write.
3. Challenges you faced while writing any of your books?
The biggest challenge I face when writing is finding the time and making the commitment to begin writing a new book. I find writing a book is like entering a new relationship. It is all consuming. It draws me in and leaves me wanting to spend every free minute working on it. Therefore I neglect other things to stay with it. I even feel guilty if I’m not writing every day once I start a new project, as though I have neglected my beloved. Knowing what it takes from me, I often procrastinate a bit before I get going, as though I am about to go on a big trip, (although an inner one) so I do all the things I love, such as watching movies, going out to dinner with friends, and know I will have to postpone before I begin. It’s not that I don’t do the things I love when I’m writing, but rather I do them a lot less. That is just my way, however. I have great friends who have very different writing habits. I’m the kind of person who commits my full attention to everything I do, including writing so balancing my life becomes my greatest challenge when I write, and I’m still working on that. It is a labor of love however and one I enjoy so much.
I also have one more challenge. I don’t know how to type. I never learned.
4. What in life has influenced you and your writings and how?
One of my greatest writing influences has been my dear friend Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way. She is the person who got me to take my writing seriously and helped urge me on to write my first book The Psychic Pathway, which has also been one of my best sellers.
My clients are another great influence in my writing. I am fascinated by people and find their stories compelling and inspirational and I feel the need to share these stories with the world.
The thirds influence is my travels. I am a gypsy at heart and have traveled the world over. I have been blessed and inspired by so many people and cultures from around the world, and this, too is something I love to share with others.
5. How do you react and take any bad review of any of your writing?
At first, I was deeply wounded and felt embarrassed and ashamed when I got a bad review. I also sometimes felt angry, as if the review was unjust and unkind. That was just my immaturity coming out. What I write is very personal and I took criticism of my writing as criticism of me as a person. Now, many years later, I accept that my writing is not for everyone and welcome the criticism. While I don’t often read the reviews, when they do come to my attention, I take them to heart, asking myself if there is any value to what I am reading in the event it might help improve my writing in the future. In the end, however, I cannot be deterred by reviews. I am not writing for approval. I write to share the best of what I have, and if it is met with disapproval that is not my business. My business is to be me, write my best, and work from the heart and the highest intentions at all times. If I do that, my work is done and I move on.
6. As a woman now, would you nevertheless prefer to have been born a man?
I have never thought that it might be better to have been a man, but I have been aware, at times, that this is still a man’s world, and a strong woman is often not readily welcomed or received. I am an outspoken woman, and I speak of things many people, including men ignore or deny. I write about the spirit, intuition, and feelings over intellect. As a result I have been dismissed at times as “fluff,” or not serious work. This is definitely a patriarchal view and one I have lived with all my life. I don’t struggle with this limited perception any longer. I know we must be in touch with our hearts and spirits to be successful, and because of my private practice, I also know many men suffer for denying this part of their life. I love being a woman and I love doing feminine work. I find it so powerful and fulfilling and always have.
7. All of your books are based on stuff leading to create positivity in life, what in your life made you so optimistic?
I have always had an optimistic spirit because I fully believe in my personal power to create what I want and do not believe or accept that anything in the outer world can ever hold me back. Knowing that I have the power to create anything makes me happy and content. I have made sharing this knowledge and more importantly, the step-by- step tools to create with such power the purpose of my life. I have witnessed so many miraculous changes in others’ lives based on my work that it leaves me humbly joyful and uplifted in the core of my being.
8. Books about intuition and vibes, how can they help the youth in solving their issues in today’s world?
Without using the sixth sense, which is your heart-based inner knowing you lose your way and get tossed and turned around by the outer world. I especially love teaching young people how to take their power back, and turn their frustration into fuel so they can create with grace the lives they want. We need the sixth sense because it is our truth serum, and our creative genius. To disconnect from your inner wisdom and blindly follow others instead is to be nothing more than a sheep being led to the slaughter. When you disconnect from the constant drone of the outer world, including the mind numbing Internet, you reconnect with your true power. There is no issue greater than your ability to handle it. It takes quiet inner work to do that however, and I am on a mission to help young people all over the world to know that.
9. There is so much frustration in the world nowadays, what can people do to normalize themselves in order to attain calmness in their lives?
I encourage people to unplug from their computers, phones, face book, and engage in the real world on a daily basis. I strongly suggest they spend time in nature, time meditating and being quiet, time doing service for others, and time being creative in place of being numbed out. Paint, sing, dance, write, invent, take risks, make mistakes, and most of all ENJOY being alive in your body as you. This heals everything.
10. Peace of mind is very important for a healthy body and soul, what do you advice how to achieve it?
All the things I suggested above serve to quiet the over stimulated head and bring you back to your center and to your heart. Peace of mind comes when you courageously follow your heart and stop fearing the unknown. Love and live your life to the fullest. Don’t allow yourself to be held back by the fear mongering of others. Be smart and sensible and most of all take responsibility for your life and care for it with great compassion and love. Life is a great spiritual adventure to be lived fully and not feared.
11. All of your writings more or less are based on optimism in life, what in life tends you to spread positive ness through your writings?
I love life, and I love the divine spirit we all share. We are all blessed in so many ways and if we only stop and recognize this, we begin to find genuine joy once again. I am a true crusader for individual happiness and inner peace. Seeing so many people’s lives turned around and so many people finding their joy once again, and contributing to the world their newfound inner joy is the greatest high I can imagine. Every day is a day of surprise, challenge, and the possibility for great healing. I look forward to each day and spreading the news because of that.
12. Have you experienced some negative incidents in life? What you learnt and how did up you manage to put up yourself and moved on?
I have faced trauma, sickness, abandonment, heartbreak, physical and emotional abuse, and grief. All of the things we humans all have to face at one point or other in life. I am no exception. I do, however, recognize that whatever I am faced with, it brings with it the opportunity to learn and grow, so I accept these things as an invitation to dig deeper and find and live my true spirit at an even greater level than before. I have suffered as much as anyone, but I am not a victim. I accept that pain is part of the human experience as I allow myself to feel all of my feelings rather than stuff or hide them. I am a student. I am not master. I write as I learn. We are all in this great human adventure together.
13. WAR! A complete destructive word, even if its for peace, how can one stop such destruction ongoing in different corners of the world with the help of changing the thoughts or reasons of the people involved in it?
I cannot address war on a grand scale. But I do BELIEVE with my entire heart and spirit that if each of us stops being at war with ourselves, we will stop being at war with others. Stopping the war is an inside job and we all have a responsibility to learn to do that. I believe this is our greatest purpose right now. We are called to love and accept ourselves completely and find a great love for ourselves. The power of self-love cannot be underestimated. It is a force to be reckoned with, and each of us has the potential to be a powerful peacekeeping agent in the world right now. We can use Mahatma Gandhi as our role model. Choose peace. Choose self-love. Choose to love life. That will bring inner peace and eventually world peace.
14. One simple rule to be happy in life?
Live authentically and always trust your heart.
15. How you spend your free time?
I love to walk, do yoga, travel, and read. I am a relatively low-key person who loves spending time alone, or with my family and my friends. I love to laugh and I a have silly, child-like sense of humor. I especially love funny movies and read funny books.
16. Your message for readers?
LOVR YOURSELF. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL CREATION OF GOD AND A POWERFUL ONE. BELIEVE IT.