Points of Illumination Podcast

Points of Illumination Podcast

Teachings, storytelling and interviews shared by co-hosts Laura García and Courtney Sanborn. As long-term students and teachers they’ve spent the last decade traveling the world studying Eastern and Western practices on wellness, spirituality and healing. Tune in for new insights and resources to support you on your healing journey. Welcome to a space for personal growth and transformation!


January 5, 2022 63 min

In this episode, Courtney answers some fundamental astrology questions such as:

  • What is astrology and how do we use it in our day-to-day lives?
  • What is a retrograde planet and how does it affect us?
  • What are the main planetary energies surrounding us right now and into 2022?
  • Additionally, we announce that we are taking a month-long break from the podcast. We will be back in February. Make sure to subscribe so you are notified when we...

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    In this episode, we share journaling prompts for wrapping up and processing 2021 and some really cool journaling tips for manifesting and intention setting in 2022. It’s a short but sweet one. 

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    Are you easily triggered around the holidays by EVERYTHING? 

    We talk about what we do when we are triggered or affected by our families during the holidays. How we give gifts and how we connect with and stay true to ourselves over the holiday season. It’s all about INTENTION. 

    We also give a brief update on the new and full moon cycles, and the tough astrology of December 2021.

    We mentioned our Intention episode we recorded a while...

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    December 15, 2021 40 min

    None of this is sponsored, or valid medical advice, but in this episode, we share things we have been using lately that we love. Everything from weighted blankets, to herbal bedtime routines, supplements, probiotics, gut health and our favorite sunscreen.  


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    December 8, 2021 22 min

    What do you do when you need to create something and you feel stuck? We experience this a lot! We have been the queens of waiting for the perfect moment to feel creative before doing something and in our experience- that moment never comes! 

    In this episode, we share our toolbox full of hacks and tools for getting creative endeavors done, and typically when we don’t feel ‘creative.’ As always we share from personal experiences and ...

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    In this episode, we talk about what challenges us and how what challenges us helps us. But willingly walking into challenges isn’t natural or easy, even if there are benefits.

    We also discuss what keeps us moving in the direction of challenge- even little things like standing in line or sitting in traffic and how they can become a daily practice of increasing our capacity to be in the inevitable discomfort and difficulty. 


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    Happy Thanksgiving! In this episode we talk about the benefits of a gratitude practice, what our gratitude practices currently look like and have looked like in the past. The time of day we use our gratitude practice and the importance of gratitude even for the things we are not necessarily grateful for. 



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    Shannon Kaiser is a #1 best-selling author, acclaimed teacher, international life coach, speaker, and retreat leader. She is the creator of UNSHAKABLE INNER PEACE ORACLE CARDS: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook to Awaken & Align with Your True Power, and has been named among the “100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by mindbodygreen and “your go-to happiness booster” by Health magazine. 

    In this episode we cover:

    ~ Shannon’s background a...

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    To celebrate our 50th episode, we interviewed our friends Scott from Causing the Effect Podcast and Jess from Decompress with Jess Podcast. After you listen to this episode you’ll feel like they’re your friends too. They’re a lot of fun and packed full of wisdom and insight. 

    In this episode we talk about: 

  • Their relationship- how they met and their current relationship status. 
  • Keeping balance in life- How they work full-time jobs,...
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    Today we talk with Whitney Ullom. Whitney is a Sexual Embodiment & Trauma resolution coach who offers 1:1 coaching and online courses.

    In this enlightening conversation, we talk about Whitney’s story of how she got into this very important work that she does. We talk about the mother wound and how it’s not only connected to the mother but to Mother Earth and creativity.

    We touch on pleasure, boundaries, sex magic and so much mo...

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    Listening to part 1 isn’t mandatory for understanding part 2, but we promise you’ll want to tune into both! 

    This time we dive deep into the 3 ayurvedic doshas or constitutions and talk about how they form. Each dosha is made up of a unique combination of the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Kumar goes into detail on the body type, temperament and mind of each dosha and how to work with your own energy to keep it bala...

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    Just like the leaves change around us, life causes us to change and transition. These transitions can be exciting and also scary. When we anticipate transitions, we are more likely to be anxious and skeptical.

    Transitions are necessary to make something mundane and turn it into something beautiful. Having a positive and expectant perspective will allow us to change. You will start to see new and beautiful angles in your life that y...

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    We have all experienced being angry. Angry at ourselves, angry with other people, or angry at a situation. Are you good at controlling and expressing your anger in a healthy way? 

    Anger is an emotion that needs to be expressed in a collected and careful way. Know this - getting angry does not mean you are a bad person. Nor does it mean you are alone. Anger emotions can make you feel isolated from people. 

    Expressing any type of emo...

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    We all have “shoulds” in our lives. Maybe we should work somewhere else, separate ourselves from a relationship, or feel this way about someone. Maybe we should make more focused goals, travel more, or slow down. 

    When we dwell on what we should be doing, rather than what we are actually doing, our consciousness gives personal negative feedback. Being hard on yourself means you are judging the person you have become. 

    ‘Shoulds’ and...

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    In this episode, we talk with our dearest teacher B. Naga Kumar of Mysore, India about Ayurveda. Kumar shares with us his own story about growing up in India and studying Ayurveda under his grandfather, who he mentored with in the younger years of his life. 

    Kumar’s background focuses on the non-physical, energetic part of humans. In the second half of the interview, Kumar talks about the 5 elements in Ayurveda: Earth, Water, Fire,...

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    There are a lot of emotions that go into relationships, romantic and also friendly. Join us this week talking about our experiences with romantic relationships. How we process emotions from experiences we are given. Knowing and processing our natural emotional habits will help us understand the way we react to different people or attitudes. 

    We also talk about what it looks like to be a friend to someone who is internally processin...

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    September 15, 2021 32 min

    This week, Courtney and Laura talk about how they first met in India! A place where both traveled individually, multiple times for transformation and growth. See how this special place fostered this friendship and relationship. 

    When people have the same goals, being able to connect and relate becomes second nature. This relationship was built on having the same goals in life and with personal growth. Being surrounded by people who...

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    This week’s podcast is special! We are together and have a video podcast for you. We are talking about working with our inner child’s needs. Our upbringing greatly impacts our subconscious because as children, we are all at the most vulnerable place in our lives - constantly being shaped and edged. 

    Inner child work - the idea that all of the ages of our childhood are still in us and any of the needs that were unmet in those ages, ...

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    Remember the last disagreement you had. Maybe it was with a family member, co-worker, neighbor, or companion. How did you feel? What words did you use? How long did it affect you? 

    This week, we discuss how to approach conflict. Our world is filled with conflict! There is nothing more frustrating and disheartening than being in conflict with someone. This impacts the way we see the world, other people, and even ourselves. 

    It is ou...

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    This week’s episode is all about how our nervous system impacts our well-being! How being surrounded by people will affect us, even when we do not see it. Absorbing other people’s energies makes us susceptible to change personally.

    Self-protection is done subtly and takes work. We all know people who make us feel charged or worn out. At home, work, or in public, protecting your energy will impact your character. Being conscious of ...

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