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“Loss” Is The Teacher Of Great Personal Growth Lessons

Look at loss in life as a source of light – a beacon that lets us know that personal growth is constantly moving forward.

 

personal growthIf we are alive, we cannot not experience loss along our journey of personal growth. Loss is a very real part of everyday life. As we head into mid-life we sometimes feel we are in crisis. We feel loss everywhere we turn; loss of our youth, loss of a relationship, loss of children to significant others, careers or school. We feel the loss of friendships, friends or relatives though death. Loss just circles us like buzzards over a carcass in a hot desert. We feel the silence of loss – it is so loud that it screeches at us to listen, but we tend to cover our ears. It can take a toll on our personal growth adventure- but only if we let it.

 

Turn the word loss around – SSOL. Amongst these letters is the word “sol” which is Spanish for “sun.” The sun represents the center of our universe. It signifies growth, warmth and guidance of light. It is a certainty in our lives that the sun will rise each morning to lead us through the day and set each night to rest the weary, only to rise once again the next morn right on schedule whether we can see it or not. This is a natural cycle personal growth strives on.

 

So refocus your energy on loss. Look at it a source of light – a beacon that lets us know that personal growth is constantly moving forward. Look at loss as a new opening made on  life’s shelf that is filled with golden treasures. Where the dust never fell is a space to fill with new trinkets of our journeys. Let loss be the teacher of learning to cherish life more.

 

Nothing slams the effects of loss into us as a sudden death. We all know that we should live life in the moment but when someone close to us suddenly dies we are shook to the core with our own mortality. We wonder if we knew then what we know now could we have prevented the loss? But going back, we find that to change the “then” is impossible and waste of energy. We are alive and should celebrate what this moment or day in our personal growth path brings. We should cherish it and not wish it away. Let the day reveal its twists and turns as an unruly monster roller – coaster because life is a mystery. With any loss this day brings, we have the choice on how to react and with that choice we have the gratitude for the “now” that is meant to happen.

 

Make each day in this mid-life journey count. Find one moment of joy or pleasure to taste. Call a dear friend or find a person to bestow love on. Even share a vibrant smile with someone new, but no matter what kind of day you perceive it to be, live today in your brilliance and let your personal growth shine. Allow the “sol” to guide you to a perfectly wonderful day and allow any loss to guide you into discovering what you want to fill its spot in the future. Bask in all you have in living today and each day from now on, into its fullest.

 

“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson

 

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Courage Is The Backbone to Self-Esteem

Courage braces my self-esteem to bloom in unsettling shifts along my journey.

 

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I asked for strength,
And God gave me difficulties to make me strong;

I asked for wisdom,

And God gave me problems to learn to solve;
I asked for prosperity,
And God gave me brain and brawn to work;
I asked for courage,
And God gave me dangers to overcome;
I asked for love,
And God gave me people to help;
I asked for favors,
And God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted – I received everything I needed.
My prayer has been answered!
(Author Unknown)

 

As life’s journey takes me over hills and valleys, my courage is the backbone holding my self-esteem tall while hurdling challenges and embracing the lessons that are there for me to learn. Death is the opposite to birth not the opposite to life. Life has no opposites as it is ever present. Life gives us challenges, difficulties, problems, dangers, lessons and opportunities.

 

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Your Self-Love Level Is Controlled By You

Your Self-Love Journey -The Only Change Controlled by You is Within Yourself

self-loveA deep sense of nurturing self-love is controlled by you – “You can’t change what life deals you BUT you can change how you deal with life!” I have lived by this saying my whole life. Although it is not always easy to follow, I make a conscious effort to watch my reactions to things I come across in my journey. You cannot change anything other than changes within yourself. You cannot control others actions, decisions and behaviors. But you can change your reactions to others – a healthy sense of self-love can dictate those reactions. Your reactions to criticism, disappointment, others moods…. are decided by your choices. Your choices are influenced by what brings your life, happiness, joy, balance and love – cornerstones to self-love.

Choice is still within our power. We might think others have taken command of it but they never have. We are the captains of our choice ship and we steer the way in and out of situations by masterfully making choices the best we know how with the tools we have in our grasp to use. All choices are the correct one. Some just don’t turn out the way we hope but there are lessons in all decisions. Learn these lessons for they are valuable.  Place your choices where they belong – in the past and discover the tools you need to make the decisions you want and achieve the outcomes you desire.

Then next time a situation occurs that is not quite as wonderful as you were hoping, stop, breathe deep 3 times, stay focused in the present, put your prejudices aside and then react. You will find that your how you deal with life becomes easier and easier until the peace you find within will be the peace to radiate to others no matter what the situation is you find yourself in.

 

 

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Personal Growth Journey Is A Roller Coaster Ride

 

When Life Becomes A Roller Coaster, Climb into the Front Seat, Throw Your Arms in the Air, & ENJOY THE PERSONAL GROWTH RIDE!!!!!!!!

 

Life is full of ups and downs. If you’re anything like me, more than once you’ve prayed to God to take away some of the low spots.

If I had only realized that the experience I was trying to avoid was actually a life -alters opportunity that shaped me into the women I am today, I would have yelled,” Hit me with your best shot!”

Knowing this after the fact didn’t make it any easier, but looking back I realized I am much better now for having endured it. Besides, I’d never have realized how high I have gotten without the perspective of how low I had actually been.

The real lesson to be learned is that we need to face our challenges head –on with grace, style and conviction….”

 

 

A close friend of mine wrote me this quote. It touched a cord in my personal growth journey, so I thought I would share it.

 

personal growthI have always looked at life as a journey in personal growth traveled through a series of hills and valleys. Sometimes the valleys are so low that the tops of the hills are hidden behind clouds lost and forgotten. It is difficult sometimes to believe there is another peak to aim for. A we enter each valley there is knowledge that the only way out is to climb back up the valley wall to the mountaintop where everything is so much clearer.

 

But looking upon life, as a roller-coaster seems so much more fun and adventuresome and I love an adventure. It gets the blood cursing faster through your veins, your breathing increases and exhilaration bursts through every pore in your body. The ups, the downs and the strange gravitational curves that our personal growth journey has us travel upon cannot be sidestepped if we are meant to grow and blossom. To reach our desires and dreams we must venture outside our comfort zone and with that come challenges. Fears try to hinder our successes by magnifying the challenges ahead of us. Our courage is fueled with the knowledge that at the end of the roller coaster ride we safely arrive at our destination unscathed but energized with adrenalin because we have succeeded once again.

 

So the next time your personal growth journey starts to resemble a roller coaster, climb into the front seat, throw your arms in to the air, scream with excitement and anticipation. Then enjoy the ride – the ride of your life.

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To Be Enlightened is To Be “In Light” With Self-Love

 When you are enlightened you have discovered and become immersed in self-love – you are “In Light”.

 

You have come out of the darkness and discovered your brilliance in the light of love. Your life is all about self-love. Love is the heart of everything that is important to you. Love is the highest vibrational place you can be in the universe. This self-love that penetrates you is unconditional and the love you radiate back is also unconditional – there in lies your brilliance.

 

The word “enlighten” is defined as to give intellectual or spiritual light to.In the wonderful book, “A Return To Love”, Marianne Williamson describes her powerful journey through finding her purpose in life with the commitment of studying “A Course In Miracles” (written by Dr. Helen Schucman.)  Marianne does a wonderful job of explaining and outlining the importance of understanding that all there is in life is love – nothing else is a reality.

 

Practicing Heart Space Meditation is a wonderful way to increase your brilliance. Spend 5 minutes a day connecting with your heart space, filling it with the golden light of unconditional self-love. As you imagine filling your heart space with the ever-flowing golden light, feel it spilling out over and into the space that surrounds you. Direct this love towards those you love and adore. Then take it one step further and send this bountiful energy to those that have wronged you. Don’t worry, you have more than enough self-love to spread around. This world can use all the love that is available.

 

Worries, guilt and fear have no place in your vibrational plain. You can greet these little monsters at the door; invite them to share their lessons and then move on to the next room. By setting your intention to live your life in self-love, the strength of that energy pushes those demons to the back of your psyche enabling you to get on with living the perfectly authentic life you were meant to be living.

 

So set yourself free to live your life enlightened with self-love and your focus firmly in the direction of love for others around you.

 

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The Self-Love Act of Writng a Will

Share Your Self-Love By Writing Down Your Dreams and Desires For Your Loved Ones In A Will.

self-loveOne of the greatest gifts you can give yourself in the honor of self–love is writing your will. A gift you say? Even thinking about the contents of a will upsets people to the point that they just don’t bother. Did you know that stats show nearly 65% of adults don’t have a will? It’s a very hard stat to evaluate since it includes everyone over the age of majority and let’s face it young adults think they will live forever and don’t even consider a will till they marry and have children – if even then. It is important to write your will so that there is an orderly transfer of property and belongings from you, the testator, to your loved ones, the beneficiaries. This self-love act transfers your dreams and accomplishments on so others may benefit from your journey or incorporate it into their own life journeys.

I had to do this very act the other day – rewrite my will. It is not pleasant talking about “me” as if you no longer exist but it is imperative to contemplate and design. I believe the process to be “self-love” – able. I owe it to me and to my loved ones to be able to say now what I cannot say once I have left this physical world. This is the self-love gift I give to myself and to my loved ones. I made sure that all my assets and debts are organized in a manner that my family members do not have to be concerned with the problems of an unorganized estate.

There are intestacy laws for those that do not make a will but why leave your assets in the hands of a stranger? Why not allocate where and how everything you have acquired over your lifetime will go while you still have the opportunity to do so? You have worked so hard to have beautiful things for your family but they might not be available for them once you have passed. Why would you do that to you – who worked so hard to preserve your sacred self-love – or to your loved ones who you have made sure to provide for?

Self-love is about doing what is right for you at all times and doing good things for you that make you happy; it is about nurturing your soul and making sure that you put ‘you” first. It is about you ensuring your authenticity at all costs. Self –love is about being kind to yourself first and foremost. What better way to ensure that than by writing down all your wishes and desires to be accomplished after you have passed?

The death of a family member is something people don’t like to foresee or discuss. However, since death is inevitable, taking practical steps like making a will, secures the future of your precious family members.

Self-love is like a mirror, which reflects the love you have for yourself onto others. That love will be as deep for them as the love you have gathered within you.

 

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Personal Growth Is A Journey Of Self-Love-Not A Destination

Personal Growth IS About The Journey NOT The Destination, A Journey Of Self-Love – This Project Continues in October 2012

 

The Journey From Conflict to Collaboration –  The Old City – Jerusalem, Israel – July 5th 2012

 

As I searched for my purpose during my personal growth journey, I stumbled upon and now belong to a women’s global organization called braveheartwomen.com. This organization’s vision is to have western women hold the space of peace for women in regions of conflict. This is in keeping with the 2009 proclamation of the Dalai Lama  ~ “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” In the middle of last month – June 2012_ I received a call from braveheart’s founder, Dr. Ellie Drake, asking me if I would answer the call to hop on a plane and go to Jerusalem to hold the space of peace for Palestinian and Israeli women, representing the western women of North America in her organization. I accepted, went and experienced the most amazing personal growth transformation in every women involved especially within myself. We are an incredible species.

 

I will share over the next days to come my personal growth  journey in Israel leading up to July 5th 2012.  I hope you can feel the transformation as I witnessed it. I now will lead 33 western women back to Jerusalem in October of this year.

 

For more information please check out http://www.braveheartwomen.com

 

PART EIGHT – Please enjoy…

 

personal growthThe women slowly trickled out the door taking home with them the images and memories of this mystical day. I sat down for a moment and tried to absorb everything – Impossible, my soul as full. I noticed “She” energy taking a nap under the coffee table. I let her rest. “She” had worked hard and achieved so much. So much more than I thought possible. Do you remember when you gave birth and looked into the face of your new bundle of joy? Do you remember the immense joy and deep burning love? Do you remember how you wanted to burst at the seams with happiness? Do you remember the sense that you would protect and give this precious soul everything you could in life? That is the feeling I am talking about.

I cleaned up the venue of the littered cups and napkins all the while revolving thoughts and emotions through my storage unit in my brain. The photographer was busy creating his masterpiece and I noticed him shaking his head. When we inquired about is body language he couldn’t answer at first. His crew had the same look in their eyes. Haviier said what he witnessed in person and caught on film that day would forever change his mind at how he looked at his beautiful wife and forever alter his life in this region, as he currently knew it. He had tears -they matched our own. A crew member said she didn’t really want to come today to photograph this event as she was working on very little sleep from working on a wedding the day before. She had the most beautiful penetrating green eyes. She turned to me and stared into mine. She told me that she would not have missed this vent for the world. She told us she photographed the eyes of the women as they started the day and kept tapping in with her film throughout the day. She couldn’t believe the transformation – eyes turning from cold, lifeless stares to warm loving sparkles of personality.  She believed they captured the souls on film and that we would be able to see them once back in North America. They all thanked us for allowing them to share this event and offered to lead us out from Beit Jala back into Jerusalem.

I didn’t have a chance to see the film of the day but Mirna did and it played on her face as the tears ran down. She cried and cried, with the emotion of it all. The accomplishment of it all and proof that women from all walks of life with all forms of communication CAN come together as non biological sisters and rise above the mind to connect through the soul. Crying turned o laughter and boy di we laugh. As Ellie shows us laughter is truly a most magical medicine.

When we walked back into the venue to collect our belongings, the chairs had been returned to a circle formation. “She” was sitting in one of the chairs smiling. I knew at that moment this was the sign to indicate that Beit Jala is summoning us –all 33 of us home in October. There are places for all of us and “She” is waiting to orchestrate her magic and mysticism again.

7 hours after we arrived in Beit Jala, we made our trek back into Jerusalem with the sun setting slowly along the west hills. The light was perfect for taking pictures and we decided to celebrate our weary bodies by visiting the Old City and offering prayers of thanks at the Western Wall.

We drove into the Old city and were transferred immediately back more than 4000 years to biblical times. The energy was even more intense that the degree we create with “She” today in West Bank. We find parking and meander our way over to the entrance of the West Wall. We enter the women’s entrance and watch the setting sun vibrate off the beautiful Jerusalem rock. A wedding is being performed beside us and the music is so uplifting. We boogie again! Once in near the Western Wall we take paper and a pen and we meditate our prayers onto the paper. Then we trek to the wall finding a space to touch the wall and place our message in one of the thousands of cracks along harboring thousands of other messages of hope.

I moved to the very right of the women’s portion of the praying wall. I found my spot and touché the wall to begin my immense gratitude to my Source for all I received and witnessed that day. Not long after I connected with the wall when the energy ran up my arm and into my heart cavity. The jolt was so strong that I literally thought I was going to have a heart attack right there before God. I quickly removed my hand and the tension eased so I replace my hand on the same spot. The jolt was just as intense so I said my prayers quickly and released my hand once again. Remembering my heart chakra had been opened wide during Hana’s healing ceremony, I knew that I was full – past the full mark with spiritual energy. I am sure I was a new glow-in-the-dark figurine from Hasbro.  I left the Wall by respecting tradition and backing away from the Wall until I was far enough away to not insult the faith by walking forward.

We discovered that this day was a very important day in the Jewish faith. The highest level of Rabbi was visiting the Old City, there was a very special significance to the Star of David AND the full moon. The full moon rose over the Old City in Jerusalem as we all stood along a wall and watched the magical continue to grow that evening. We were tired but fulfilled souls. We were one with each other and with all our new sisters. “She” was siting on the moon gleaming, waving to me, and knowing her part in all this. “She” is ready for the next journey. “She” is with us all so embrace her. I did without knowing all I know now so can you.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I hope this empowers you to answer the call and realize your part in it all. This was an adventure of a lifetime  – “She” is waiting…

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Forgiveness And Gratitude – Small Steps In Personal Growth

Personal Growth Shines With Blessings Of Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude

 

The Journey From Conflict to Collaboration –  The Blessing Of The Rose Quartz in Beit Jala, Israel – July 5th 2012

 

As I searched for my purpose during my personal growth journey, I stumbled upon and now belong to a women’s global organization called braveheartwomen.com. This organization’s vision is to have western women hold the space of peace for women in regions of conflict. This is in keeping with the 2009 proclamation of the Dalai Lama  ~ “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” In the middle of last month – June 2012_ I received a call from braveheart’s founder, Dr. Ellie Drake, asking me if I would answer the call to hop on a plane and go to Jerusalem to hold the space of peace for Palestinian and Israeli women, representing the western women of North America in her organization. I accepted, went and experienced the most amazing personal growth transformation in every women involved especially within myself. We are an incredible species.

 

I will share over the next days to come my personal growth  journey in Israel leading up to July 5th 2012.  I hope you can feel the transformation as I witnessed it. I now will lead 33 western women back to Jerusalem in October of this year.

 

For more information please check out http://www.braveheartwomen.com

 

PART SEVEN – Please enjoy…

 

personal growthBefore the day ended, Mirna in all her magnificence led us in one last ceremony to conclude the project on a positive lasting note.

As I told you earlier we received rose quartz in a pouch. Mirna now asked us to retrieve our stones and hold them in our hands. She then asked each of us to bless our stone with the emotion or short thoughts we had about what we experienced that day.

One by one each sister blessed her stone. Some with just simple but powerful words like Trust, Empowerment, Love, Hope, Peace…

Then a Palestinian woman said the word Justice. Tension knocked on the door but “She” quickly shooed him away. After explaining why the Palestinians needed Justice by beautiful friend, Batgal – an Israeli – spoke about how important that was for everyone. She went on to bless her stone with the word clarity. She explained how important it is for all sides to have clarity. Clarity will bring a kinder justice and a greater understanding of the situation Batgal had tapped into “She” energy. “She” was sitting on her shoulder and whispering her encouragement.

Clarity became an important word to me that day. It resonated deeply with my convictions. “She” = clarity. With clarity we are free to BE, To Create, To Collaborate – To Blossom. I now find myself stopping to gather clarity on a situation before I react or take action. Clarity screams at me. Clarity talks through a quote of Ellie,

 

“Women Collaborating”…It’s not about conflict or peace…It’s about women coming together to ‘Rise Above The Mind And Connect Through The Soul’…

It’s simply a celebration of sisterhood between women who are not biological sisters…

During the event we dance, cry, and laugh. That’s All!”

 

 

As the mic was passed around many women shook their heads in refusal to say any last words, but Mirna handled this so professionally. With the superb leadership and coaching qualities she possesses, Mirna asked everyone present to take their turn and speak before we ended this magical day. She said she didn’t want any woman here to leave this sacred room without saying her peace. She didn’t want any woman to leave here wishing she had spoken up. 5 hands shot into the air – 3 Palestinians and 2 Israel. They spoke from the soul. We were so glad they shared their hopes and dreams and blessed their stones. Their voices were important – the messages sacred.

As we concluded the project, Dalit asked we pray for a fellow Palestinian sister, Iptisam (I do not have a confirmation on the correct spelling of her name. When I do I will edit this post.), from the northern part of Israel who was stricken ill just before July 5th and was unable to travel to participate in this project. Another lovely singer participating in the day’s events led the prayer. The energy being sent from these souls to hers was strong and static. I hope she felt the love.

After every woman who wanted to speak had spoken, we all just naturally grabbed each hand with stones still clutched in our palms and started to sway listening to the music in our souls. “She” was standing in the center of the circle conduction the silent orchestration and smiling – oh was “She” smiling. “She “ was home our souls were one.

 

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” ~ Nietzsche

 

 

Dalit, Mirna and I looked into each other crying and gave a big oxy hug. Our small circle had grown into the large circle before us. Our tears washed away all the “One Days” that Dalit, Mirna and Ellie had dreamed of for so long. “One Day” was no longer a part of their vocabulary nor that of the Visions – “One Day” was here, today and now it was officially in the past to be replaced with “More Days.”

 

We are now part of “More Days”. So hang on and enjoy the ride of your life, Sisters – we are now in this together.

 

The July 5th project is over but really it’s just the beginning. The participants went home but the day didn’t end there.

 

I will continue…

 

Part One of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Two of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Three of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

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Part Six of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

 

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Unconditional Love Enriches Personal Growth

Raising Oxytocin Levels Boosts Unconditional Love Which Enriches Personal Growth

 

The Journey From Conflict to Collaboration –  Historic Oxy Circle in Beit Jala, Israel – July 5th 2012

 

As I searched for my purpose during my personal growth journey, I stumbled upon and now belong to a women’s global organization called braveheartwomen.com. This organization’s vision is to have western women hold the space of peace for women in regions of conflict. This is in keeping with the 2009 proclamation of the Dalai Lama  ~ “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” In the middle of last month – June 2012_ I received a call from braveheart’s founder, Dr. Ellie Drake, asking me if I would answer the call to hop on a plane and go to Jerusalem to hold the space of peace for Palestinian and Israeli women, representing the western women of North America in her organization. I accepted, went and experienced the most amazing personal growth transformation in every women involved especially within myself. We are an incredible species.

 

I will share over the next days to come my personal growth  journey in Israel leading up to July 5th 2012.  I hope you can feel the transformation as I witnessed it. I now will lead 33 western women back to Jerusalem in October of this year.

 

For more information please check out http://www.braveheartwomen.com

 

PART SIX – Please enjoy…

 

personal growthThis oxy circle formed easily and was performed beautifully. The Palestinian sisters held the space with me as we watched love emanate from connected, eyes, hearts and wombs. The energy was bursting forth and you could hear the beams and posts of the room creak with excitement at the level of happiness, love and joy filled the room to beyond capacity.

By now as this oxy circle came to a close it was time to create a very historic circle – to create an oxy circle with one Palestinian woman facing one Israeli women, eye to eye, heart to heart, womb to womb. If a drum roll could have happened this was the time for it to sound in my story.

Now we face an issue that Dalit, Mirna and I had discussed before this day – more Israeli women than Palestinian or visa-versa. As it turned out we had double the Israeli woman as Palestinian women. When this fact became apparent, a Palestinian lady commented that once again they were out numbered. “She” energy held her breath as tension knocked at the door. But “She” didn’t have to wait with anxious breath for long because the solution rolled off of the production line and it appeased everyone. The Palestinian women formed an inner circle facing out and in font of each stood an Israeli woman. The extra Israeli sisters joined me in holding the space for peace.

This brings great tears to me as I remember and I write to you what I saw and felt. It took a few verses for the magnitude of what everyone was participating in to take effect. The women did what women do best – envelope each other in unconditional love. “She” energy was jumping up and down, tears streaming from her eyes as they were from mine. At the end of each verse, the women hugged without wanting to let go. They loved each other. They put aside their prejudices, politics and religion for they all were “She” energy, the master of love and life in a peaceful setting. Peace was so abundant. I really feel that if there was a way to measure the energy on Google maps, a strong golden glow would be throbbing from this little village in Israel. “She” was screaming with delight. “She” ran and grabbed hold of everyone, determined to never ever let go.

The tears were pouring from my soul cleansing me to the very depth of me. Right before me I realized hate is created from the ego of men and love unwraps and embraces from the hearts of women. As hate and anger crumbled before us, “She” energy took the broom and swept the mess out the door.

At the end of the first set of rotations, we switched the Israeli sisters from the outer circle to holding the space and watched as the remaining Israeli sisters connected with their Palestinian newfound friends. I was fortunate to have a chance myself to connect in this final circle. I could feel the love and reconciliation that peace is possible as I shared my energy with 3 women. I will never forget the power of that moment. I carry it with me everywhere I have gone since that time.

The circle was complete.

Dalit sang so beautifully throughout the day but she was so magically beautiful when she sang the song she shared on the call when Ellie announced the project set for this very special day.

Dalit wrote it best – the road will never never ever end. And that my friends and sisters is where we come in…

To see these women arm in arm singing together and rocking to the mystical music and calming voice of Dalit, is not something I can find words in the English language to describe. When you see it on film you will fell what I am feeling without words to explain. One of the songs, Dalit’s handsome son put on the agenda was – You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker. It is such a lovely song and comes to my lips easily. But as I was singing along I noticed something lovely. Everywoman in the room was singing along – in English. They were arm and arm swaying to this beautiful song, singing it to each other. This reminded me of the movie – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. At the end of the famous story the townspeople gathered around the huge Christmas tree, held hands and sang. They sang to the skies and as they sung The Grinch’s heart started to grow and grow till it shattered the magnifying glass. Create that visualization and you will understand a little of what happened at that moment in time.

We continued singing along with Joe, while we formed a cohesive sisterhood behind the braveheartwomen.com banner. That Day July 5th 2012 WE the sisters of “She” energy Blossomed, Created and Collaborated!!!

 

PS And we had so much fun!!!!!!

The story is not over, it’s just begun – I will continue…

 

Part One of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Two of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Three of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Four of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Five of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

 

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Play Is Important For Creative Personal Growth

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The Journey From Conflict to Collaboration –  After Lunch in Beit Jala, Israel – July 5th 2012

 

As I searched for my purpose during my personal growth journey, I stumbled upon and now belong to a women’s global organization called braveheartwomen.com. This organization’s vision is to have western women hold the space of peace for women in regions of conflict. This is in keeping with the 2009 proclamation of the Dalai Lama  ~ “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” In the middle of last month – June 2012_ I received a call from braveheart’s founder, Dr. Ellie Drake, asking me if I would answer the call to hop on a plane and go to Jerusalem to hold the space of peace for Palestinian and Israeli women, representing the western women of North America in her organization. I accepted, went and experienced the most amazing personal growth transformation in every women involved especially within myself. We are an incredible species.

 

I will share over the next days to come my personal growth  journey in Israel leading up to July 5th 2012.  I hope you can feel the transformation as I witnessed it. I now will lead 33 western women back to Jerusalem in October of this year.

 

For more information please check out http://www.braveheartwomen.com

 

PART FIVE – Please enjoy…

 

personal growthIn braveheart sisterhood tradition we welcomed our beautiful sisters to incredible dance music. We sent the music to the heavens – people in Bethlehem could here us rock. We all kicked up our heels and let our hair done. We danced and danced and danced and danced. We held hands, we formed chains, we boogied in a train. We danced and celebrated freedom and life till we could not do so any more. The music ended and we collapsed in chairs. My first observation was that the women chose different seats. There was no more division in seating arrangements. Remarkable. “She” energy was pretty smug as well. “She” wiped her hands in approval and took a seat. “She” was definitely in for the party – I noticed a few of her suitcases unpacked and stored neatly away.
I saw a couple of late arrivals out of the corner of my eye and whispered to Dalit the reminder of what happens to a fellow braveheart sister when she dared o be LATE after a break. Dalit took up the reigns immediately, pointed out the latecomers and made them dance. They ate it up. The latecomers, including a misdiagnosed late comer – Mirna, danced with so much enthusiasm, LATE might have come into fashion that day in Israel.
Once settled it was the delightful and beautiful Hana turn to take center stage. She brought with her tiny bags, each containing a rose quartz with a beautiful banner with the braveheart logo. Each participant was given the opportunity to pick his or her own little pouch. Once seated Hana began with her healing powers to open the heart chakra. This was performed in Hebrew with Itaf translating into Arabic. I met a wonderful woman who chose to sit next to me and translate into English for me, the ceremony. She has become very dear to me – my new friend, one of many I was to make on this journey. Her name is Batgal Ariel a most magnificent woman. (Please remember everyone; I had not met any of the women on this project before I landed in Israel. I had seen them at Rise but that was the extent of it. I came alone and left with many sisters. I am blessed.)
Hana’s powers are beyond words. Our collective heart space opened to the size of the universe and beyond. We could feel if not see each woman’s heart. Even the photographer could feel the intense power and he was sure he could capture the beating hearts on film. Many women at the end of the day said they saw the hearts of their fellow sisters beat in love.
Once Hana and Itaf were finished, the transformation was amazing. Were these the same women who had entered this room at the start of the day? With closed arms and crossed legs? Really? Impossible, I say but very, very true. This transformation was just a tip of the iceberg. Ripleys would have documented this event, believe it or not.
Now on to the next oxy circle – Israeli sisters facing each other.

I will continue…

 

Part One of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Two of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Three of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

Part Four of This Personal Growth Series – Read This

 

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