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Featuring You: Meet Dr. Margaret Paul

Get to know Dr. Margaret Paul, one of the co-creators of the Inner Bonding process.

Tell us about yourself.

I have always loved helping people. I was the kind of kid that everyone came to for help, so it was natural for me to become a psychotherapist. I’ve been working with people for 55 years and at 84 years old, I’m still not tired of it and still going strong! 


I learned about healthy eating in my early twenties and have been all organic since then, and between that and my Inner Bonding process, I’m grateful to be very healthy.


I was married for 30 years and have three children and three grandchildren. I live on a beautiful 35 acre ranch in Colorado with my Golden Girl best friend and co-creator of Inner Bonding, Dr. Erika Chopich. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups from all over the world online, I do a weekly podcast, and I conduct 5-Day Inner Bonding Intensives online a few times a year. I teach a bi-monthly Masterclass to help people with their Inner Bonding process. I write articles for our website,, and I answer questions in Inner Bonding Village. I’m a busy woman! 


What’s your most recent book?

My most recent book is Lonely No More: The Astonishing Power of Inner Bonding. This is a very complete book about Inner Bonding and will help people learn the process, along with my other books and 30-Day courses online courses. 


Why should we learn about self-love?

Learning to be loving to ourselves is not only essential for being able to love others, create loving relationships, and be loving parents, it is also essential for a sense of self-worth. When we abandon ourselves by judging ourselves, ignoring our feelings, numbing out with addictions, and making others responsible for our safety, worth, and wellbeing, we become needy and controlling with others. Our anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, anger, aloneness, emptiness, jealousy, and envy come from both physical and emotional self-abandonment, while learning to love ourselves physically and emotionally, as well as spiritually, financially, organizationally, and in our relationships, heals us and bring inner peace and joy.


What is Inner Bonding?

Inner Bonding a 6-step spiritually based therapeutic modality that heals shame, and the resulting self-abandonment, that is often the root cause of anxiety, stress, depression, low self-worth, addictions, and relationship problems. Inner Bonding creates profound connections with self, spirit, and others that heals emptiness and aloneness, unleashing creativity, imagination, passion and purpose, love, and joy!

The practice of Inner Bonding is about learning to love yourself and share your love with others. 

Inner Bonding is a deep self-healing process that works, regardless of your spiritual or religious background or how severely you might have been abused, neglected, or indulged as a child.

Traditional psychology has centered on becoming aware of and healing our difficult and painful feelings and behavior. Spirituality has stressed connection with God. Neither has helped individuals to develop a personally responsible loving adult self, capable of healing the pain of the past, bringing joy in the present, and connecting with your spiritual guidance.

Inner Bonding offers a complete self-healing process that has not been offered by either psychology or religion. People are recognizing that life is empty without the spiritual dimension, but religion has not always provided that. 

Inner Bonding differentiates between love intended to get and love intended to give, between power over others and power within self. It provides a much-needed process for moving out of fear and into love, out of the need to control and into trust, so you can weather the storms of everyday life and embrace the sacred privilege of life on this planet.

Tell us about your hobbies?

I’ve been a painter and a potter for most of my life. I have my own painting and ceramic studio and I love spending my spare time there. I learned potting when I was 20 years old at the UCLA Ceramic Department, with a world famous potter, and I’ve loved it ever since. I also love to work with mixed media – paint, pottery, wood, found objects, glass, and paper that I make. I also love reading and writing.


What are some tips you have for aging?For me, there are three pillars for healthy aging: eating clean organic food, eating the way people ate a few hundred years ago; getting enough exercise (I walk daily); and practicing Inner Bonding to eliminate stress. This is what works for me. Since my health is very important to me, I eat no sugar or processed foods, fast foods, or factory farmed foods. Due to how I eat, exercise, and practice Inner Bonding, I’ve maintained a low weight for many years. I do all my own cooking and I ferment many foods – yogurt and kefir, sauerkraut, fermented applesauce, fermented hummus, and more. I have fermented food with every meal. 


How do you help others be their best?I have the ability to see who a person is in their soul and to help them own the beauty of their soul. I also have the ability to hear my own higher guidance and their higher guidance in my sessions with them. I use Inner Bonding to help them learn to see, value, and love themselves, as well as develop their ability to hear their own higher guidance, which is essential for developing a strong loving adult. I’m very successful with individuals, couples, groups, and people with trauma.


What’s a book or two you recommend?

I read a lot of books about health, and the most recent one is very important: “Super Gut” by William Davis, MD. I also recommend “The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias” by Dolly Chugh.


What are some of your goals and dreams?

My dream is for Inner Bonding to keep spreading around the world. I know that if more and more people practiced Inner Bonding, there would be more peace in the world. My goal has always been to be part of the solution.


What about the world makes you the happiest and most concerned?

I love the beauty and the animals of our world, and I’m most concerned about climate change, wars, violence, racism, sexism, homelessness, food insecurity, and greed. 



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