Creative Sacred Living Magazine September 2014 - Page 80

As a child, I was very observant, shy, sensitive and always felt that I was different from others: even as a child, I was very spiritual. Growing up when I wanted to be alone, I always ended up in the woods reflecting and embracing nature. Being around the ocean, woods, trees, flowers and the sky - I felt a sense of peace. Back then, I never thought too much about it or thought to put a label on something; as children we simply embrace and not judge.

I always treated others with love and kindness, but when someone hurt my feelings, it was like the world ended. I had reached a point where I truly believed that something was wrong with me. I thought I was weak and had no sense of courage. I would give into things because I didn’t want to disappoint others; I would go against my own feelings to appease everyone else. As adults, we know this is a form of the disease to please, but as a child we didn’t know any better. Doing this overtime, it became second nature and a habit that became an addiction.

At the age of eighteen, I was pregnant and got married. I was in a very abusive marriage which led me to, once again, appease someone else: my abuser. At twenty-two years old, I was a mother of three and a wife of a raging alcoholic. After ten years, I left that abusive marriage.

This is where my spiritual journey began. In 1997, I read a book called, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. From this book forward I read every philosophical book I could get my hands on: a journey towards self-discovery.

Then in 2001, I hit a bottom low. After the birth of my son in 1999, I became depressed. I started to experience physical pain and was tested for lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and MS. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong and I was diagnosed with having clinical depression. I was on anti-depressants and anxiety medication. I disliked the way it made me feel, so I went off everything and started to search within once again.

Through my own self healing, I discovered that I am an Empath. I ended up back on a spiritual self-discovery journey and started to think outside the box. I read an endless amount of information about different spiritual paths and jumped into creativity.

Self-healing became a daily ritual in my life and one I cannot live without. As an Empath, I had to learn that it is ok to take a step back from the outside world, to go within and nurture oneself. Today, I make it a point to honor my own sacred space and embrace time alone.

When I shared my story with others, I was told by quite a few people that I was having a spiritual detox. My battle with depression, physical pain and life experiences has led me to where I am today.

This spiritual journey that I have been on has helped me to walk the path that I was put on this earth to do: to be an energy healer and life coach. This journey that I have endured has led me towards my true path in life: to help and heal others, to care and love all people. But most of all, it has showed me the way to love myself.

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