Las Vegas Spiritual Life Coach Jaclyn Costello

Relationships & Love

Relationship Counseling | Break-ups & Divorce | Personal Expansion

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Do you strongly desire companionship? Are you set to become the person you need to be, so you’re ready for the partner of your dreams? Are you worried you’re going to ‘settle’ for someone out of comfort, fear, or cultural programming? Do you wish to break from unhealthy patterns in your relationships once and for all?

Do you feel as if aspects of your current relationship have gone astray? Does your partner, accept & love the fullest expression of yourself? Are you compromising your spirit or values? Do one or both of you have problems communicating openly and kindly? Do either of you face challenges relating to jealousy, control, or anger? Do you want to restore friendship, trust, or passion in your relationship?

Maybe you’ve suffered a recent divorce or break-up. Do you feel filled with sadness or regret? Are you having trouble forgiving yourself or your former partner for mistakes made in the relationship? Do you need help finding your new identity outside of the relationship? Do you seek guidance through this transition so you can emerge fresh and new?

I am honored to guide individuals & couples in the area of ‘Relationships & Love’. Love is one of my highest values, and I do everything I can to protect it.

I value a kind, authentic, aware, ego-dissolving Love that does not dissipate regardless of the form the relationship takes. Much like energy, Love never disappears; it only changes form. You can read about a profound experience I had with objectless love during a meditation retreat here, under the section on Love. Or, read on for my thoughts and insights on Love and Relationships.

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An Interstellar Love Story

“Where there is love, there is life.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

I recently gave a speech at a wedding for Cheryl & Rico–a couple who fully embody Love. This couple shares a nourishing momentum with each other, propelling each other deeper inwards to places of self-discovery–and further outwards to explore unknown curiosities. Cheryl and Rico understand that, in its purest sense, marriage is a sacred promise to help each other evolve, support each other’s most magnificent dreams, and cultivate the greatest love possible between two human beings—a love that allows each person to experience communion with the Divine.

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan wrote:

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Cheryl and Rico have experienced that vastness—and so much of what exists inside it. Not just the joys and ecstasies; they’ve experienced the challenges, the uncertainties, the unanswered questions, the impermanence of being. Not once did they act unkindly toward each other during moments of extreme stress and fear. They continued strong, side by side, with grace, compassion, and maturity beyond their years.

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They remind me of Carl Sagan himself, and his beloved fiancée Ann, who were part of a team of scientists in the 1970’s that sent an unmanned spaceship from Earth to the far reaches of the galaxy. Ann wrote about how difficult it was to decide what exactly to put on the golden record attached to the side of that spaceship. This one record was meant to contain information about all of life on earth—the entire human experience—which would someday, maybe, be deciphered by other-worldly intelligences should they ever come in contact with the ship.

When the project was complete, the spaceship blasted off containing music, photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a mixture of Earthly sounds, a salutation from the United Nations, and…an EEG containing the brain waves of a young woman thinking about the man she loved.

photos courtesy of NASA

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It was Ann herself, madly in love with Carl, who volunteered her thoughts to be recorded for non-human entities to someday find and interpret so that they might glimpse into what is surely

one of the most precious and extraordinary experiences in the entire Universe: to love as a human being.

What sort of love are you cultivating in your life? Is it a raw, vibrant, pure Love that you would deem worthy of being discovered as a shining example of Love at the far reaches of the galaxy?

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“Don’t think because this life was brief,
that is wasn’t absolutely everything.”

—Carole Maso

Someone once told me, “Jaclyn, what you’re here to do is more important than any one relationship.”

This was not what I wanted to hear.

At the time, the desire to develop a life-long  partnership with my ‘one-and-only’ felt like THE most important thing to me. The desire was not biologically-based out of a longing to have children, nor was it steeped in a fairy tale vision of a long white gown and layered cake, nor was it rooted in a fear of growing old alone, or influenced culturally…

My desire stemmed from an insatiable yearning for Spiritual Intimacy.

Knowing that about me, you can imagine the sting I felt when someone whose perspective I trusted told me I might not be meant for just one, sacred, life-long relationship.

I thought back to a day in high school when my girlfriends and I were sitting around a table in the mall on our lunch break, eating Sbarro and predicting each other’s futures.

My friends had unanimously agreed that I would not be the one to have babies first (or ever), and would not be the one with the fanciest career or biggest house–but they were convinced I would either be married a thousand times to all my thousand Beloveds, or I’d have a lifetime overflowing with unbelievable adventures and soulful romances, while never fully settling into any one home, mindset, or companion.

What a strangely accurate lunch-time prophecy that’s turning out to be.

Either way–whether you are meant for one relationship, or a lifetime filled with Beloveds who help evolve your consciousness while you do the same for them–both seem like blessed lives to me.

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A Tale of Sweet Discovery

Years ago, my good friend Cameron was a skeptic when it came to Love. He’d never been in what he considered real love before. He treated women kindly. He dabbled in intimacy. He even committed to long-term relationships. But he never let his guard down & fully opened his heart to feel the sort of Love that people like me described as the substance of their souls.

One day, Cam said to me–

“You do ‘Love’ better than anyone I know. If I was ever going to fall in love, I’d do it your way.”

About a year after uttering this prophecy, Cam uprooted his life in the United States and moved to Korea for a job opportunity. He was barely there a month when a fascinating Korean woman swept him off his feet. I’ll never forget the conversation we had when he called me from Seoul.

“It’s more than I imagined,” Cameron said.

“Korea?” I asked.

“No. This Love!

Nearly a decade and a half later, Cameron remains in Korea, happily married to Gloria Doe. You can see them on the far left of the collage at the top of this page, along with other friends or lovely clients.


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Attracting Love

“Gamble everything for Love if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into Majesty.”
-Rumi

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have. If you don’t respect yourself, take care of your own needs, remain in tune with (and manage) your emotions, reign control over your Mind, and honor who you really are, it will be extremely difficult to form a successful relationship with anyone.

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When two vibrant, healthy, loving people meet–amazing things happen. You inspire each other to reach new levels of personal evolution you hadn’t reached before. Of course, we are all works in progress, and part of the beauty of a relationship is its ability to help each of its partners grow (together & individually). But it’s important to realize that the better off you are when you are alone, the better the relationship you’ll be able to create.

Remember: It’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time; you must also be the right person. So that’s where we’ll start…with you! I’m here to help you embody your most authentic self and attract your ideal partner.

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As with anything you wish to nurture and grow (a business, a plant, an idea…) your relationship is not something you can simply ‘acquire’ then sit back and expect to bloom. What does it take for a relationship to thrive? Magic and romance! Don’t listen to anyone who says romantic love only lasts the first few years. These elements can be forever incorporated into your relationship.

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Actual quote overheard at Trader Joe’s by this fella,
“I think we have enough spice on the menu for tonight, Louise.”

What else does it take to sustain a healthy partnership?

Communication
A Feeling of Safety & Protection
Variety & Change (to feel fully alive)
Significance & Respect (each person must feel valued)
Nurturing & Support (of each individual’s path and the couple’s path)
Deep Love & Compassion
Connection/Communion
Courage & Faith
Vulnerability
Acceptance (honoring your differences)
Integrity (for yourselves, each other, and the relationship)
Spiritual Alignment (support of each other’s journeys into God)

I’m here to help you gain clarity on which of the necessary elements needs strengthening within your own partnership. I’ll guide you through the process of reviving your relationship, including resolving difficult tensions that may have arisen due to deception, lack of respect, resentment, one or more partners doubting the relationship’s value, lack of passion, misunderstandings, and other identified or not-yet-identified reasons you are feeling un-aligned within your partnership.

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When it’s Time to Leave

For your relationship to succeed, your Heart (feelings, love, warmth, emotional support), Spirit (bigger purpose, soul’s advancement, sense of peace & freedom), and Mind (practical compatibility, ability to communicate, core values) must ALL be telling you, “Yes, this relationship is right on.”

If you have been feeling a huge lack in any of these areas in your relationship–despite having devoted sincere time and energy into aligning them–or if you are with someone who does not adore & support your authentic self and ultimately bring out the best in you–or if you are in an emotionally, psychologically, or physically abusive relationship of any sort—it’s likely time for you to let go of the relationship and save your precious energy for other endeavors: friends, family, creative projects, work, new Love, or yourself.

I understand it can be frightening to leave a familiar and ‘comfortable’ relationship, even if the relationship is desperately sad. But waiting for a feeling of safety to come along before you make a change usually only results in a build-up of even more internal suffering. The only way to acquire a feeling of true security is to enter the whirlwind of change and come out the other end feeling alive again.

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sometimes it’s best to pack your things and hit the road (with Alf)

“I know it’s time to leave my relationship…but there’s something holding me back.”

Have you become so comfortable with an un-fulfilling, disenchanted life that it feels normal to you?
Are you afraid of the unknown?
Do you not feel ready financially?
Are you afraid of taking care of yourself emotionally?
Are you afraid of being alone?
Have you not yet built up pillars of support (friendships, personal hobbies, spiritual groups?)
Are you stalling because you’re waiting for ______to happen before you move on? (a new job, new love, the kids turn 18)
Have you sacrificed so much of your youth/time/energy that you feel too invested to leave?
Are you afraid no one else will love you/know you/understand you?

There’s nothing wrong with having hesitations or fears. However, it’s important to be aware of the reasons you’re giving yourself for staying in a relationship that is no longer serving your highest development.

Matters of the (broken) Heart

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Most people would rather walk through Mordor than experience a broken heart

Whether someone leaves you, or you leave a relationship that simply could not go on, there will likely be great pain. There are few things in life that come close to this difficult feeling.

When you suddenly find yourself alone after having grown accustomed to being in a relationship, you may face some challenging emotions. You may find yourself looking back and wondering, “Why did my relationship have to end? What could I have done differently?”

Or worse, maybe you do realize what you what you could have done differently. Maybe you’re brave enough & humble enough to be willing to see the shadow side of yourself. No doubt, this may cause further pain because you may not like what you see.

Remember: This insight is a gift. This is an opportunity to change.

“But I want my ex back!” you say.

Does any of this sound familiar: “I’ve made a huge mistake. I let my true love get away. I want a chance to be a better person in the relationship. I’ve learned so much from these recent insights–God, give me another chance!”

Before considering this as your best option, ask yourself: Why did we break up in the first place? Are those problems resolvable? Are we both willing to work on our individual shortcomings? Are we both 100% committed to seeing the best in each other? What if nothing changes–will I have the strength to leave again?

Even though anyone can change at any age, it takes WORK to do so. Therefore, if you’re considering re-entering a relationship with someone who hasn’t already shown dedication to self-improvement, perhaps re-consider. And don’t forget: you may need to change yourself too, in order for the relationship to thrive.

As we work together, if you decide you would like to ‘fight for another chance’ in your relationship, we can do everything possible to make that happen for you. But know this–

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If your relationship was holding you and/or your partner back from becoming a more evolved human being, it will be near impossible to work against the Universe’s natural impulse to pull you towards enlightenment.

 

Painful to hear, I know, but guess what? You have more than one soul-mate out there for you. And that new person is preparing his/herself through a series of trials & errors just like you’ve been fine-tuning yourself through each of your prior relationships. Don’t fret if you’re already 30, 40, or 75. Don’t worry if you feel like ‘all the good ones are taken.’ That is not the case. After all, you’re available!

Take a deep breath. Take time for friends and family. Stay healthy. Stay strong. Don’t fall into a hole. Allow yourself to feel the pain of the loss (don’t repress it), but don’t dwell in the suffering. I’m here to help you keep your life on track so you continue growing into your very best self and are better prepared to create an even more fulfilling relationship down the road.

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