February 12, 2010

Soul Searching

I much prefer a one-on-one conversation over a large cocktail party, which might explain why I quit Twitter after two weeks. I am interested in human beings, what makes them tick, their passions, their mental and emotional blockages, their beliefs and whether the foundation of those beliefs is true to their soul. I’m not interested in skimming the surface. I rarely care about what important person they might know or what kind of status society has bestowed upon them. These are from the ego, public facades, which can be intriguing, but we clearly have them in abundance and they have led us astray. They ignore what’s real, shunning the soul’s essence where our true happiness emanates.

For a decade and longer I’ve had the privilege to hear intimate stories, concerns, and desires of people from many backgrounds. Such interesting and amazing experiences we humans have in our lifetimes along with very personal, oftentimes deeply painful suffering and burdens. These stories repeat themselves through the strands of our common human bond, and at the end of the day we all find ourselves in the same boat. But each of us has our own twist, our own unique aspects and elements. Like our fingerprints, no two are alike. Each is precious.

I believe we are here to express our soul’s essence in creative ways, in whatever ways bring us the most joy. It is the lack of this expression, the blocking of it, that causes imbalances in our lives: emotionally, mentally, physically, in our relationships, finances, our worldview. When we are living from our soul essence, life falls into place. It feels right, good, happy. And things might happen that we dislike, but we are able to overcome them and get back on track.

When I am presented with a new situation in my work, which is another way to say when a person calls on me for guidance, and while they tell me their story about their concerns or desires, my intuitive sensors beam out on a soul-searching mission. Why? Oh, why. Good question. Because we have lost our connection with soul. It is evident we are a people who has lost our connection with divinity. This divinity to which I refer need not involve the various gods created by religions. Rather, this divinity is the life force and power source for each person, where ultimate truth resides. So with each person that passes before me, my goal is to uncover the truth within that person. One’s personal, unique truth that awaits recognition.

Over many years of modern-day living, bombarded with a stream of unconscious programming through television, movies, and other sources, we start to develop mental and emotional layers that don’t belong to us. Before long, we can’t figure out why we are not fulfilled, why we are depressed, in pain, waking up all night long. Well, the layers have buried our true essence, the light of our soul, which is fantastic to rediscover. It is the source of joy, freedom, creativity, abundance, well-being, gratitude – the qualities that make life full, and fulfilling. When we run someone else’s program, or society’s program, or Vogue magazine’s program (which are based in fear, coercion, making money, or all of the above) we are trying to guide a ship that isn’t our own through waters we don’t belong in. No wonder Pfizer is so successful!

As a holistic healer, my work involves counseling, lifestyle advice, energy balancing and clearing, encouraging and cheering you on, but also a great deal of soul-searching. True healing means uncovering your essence. This is how healing can occur even for one who is very close to death. I want to see what’s going on behind the scenes. I like to delve into the deep, to see what’s real, to glimpse a bit of the soul. I don’t waste time before getting to this depth. “Don’t go to Dr. Grant if you’re afraid to see the truth,” one colleague tells her clients. I agree! This isn’t a dress rehearsal. We’ve wasted enough time already. I want the truth-seekers.

I encourage people to shift toward greater authenticity, toward recognizing and respecting one’s own nature, media blasts and societal expectations aside. This is the path of our bliss, even in the midst of illness or tragedy. Sometimes, yes, there are those stubborn layers, habits of thought that keep a person powerless or attached to a victim mentality. These can be softened and transformed if one is willing. Once the shift begins, worries subside, a sense of well-being sets in, a new bright world opens up. This is the world we came to dance in.

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