The shaman knows the importance of struggles and painful life experiences. The shaman knows that the soul when open to receive will ride through the transformation of the suffering and find the gifts and lessons that are waiting. But if the soul becomes wounded, hides in fear or weakens and wanes from the loss of life's energy then the shaman needs to be the retriever, the healer and restorer. A favorite quote by Carolyn Myss, “We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges and to help each other move through the many painful episodes of our lives. By remaining stuck in the power of our wounds, we block our own transformation. We overlook the greater gifts inherent in our wounds — the strength to overcome them and the lessons that we are meant to receive through them. Wounds are the means through which we enter the hearts of other people. They are meant to teach us to become compassionate and wise.”
If we view our life’s painful struggles, our tragedies and wounds as growth opportunities then we are more willing to move through them with as much intention and grace that we can muster. We recognize the need for support and assistance. We see the value of these times in our life instead of going into a place of panic and suffering. If we can step outside of our self and recognize that much like a toddler learning to walk, we will fall, we will be hurt and we will rise again and move on. Especially if we stay open to the process and not let our fear, our suffering or our pain chain us in place. And if we do find ourselves struggling or too overcome to move on, we have our resources to help us and tend to our soul’s needs. Soul care is a priority to being able to be the transformative beings we are designed to be. Soul care enables us to shine brightly and be effective in the lives of those around us, to be of service to Spirit, to know grace, peace and joy and to see the beauty of our lives.
Putting our needs as a priority is paramount to how we walk in this life. Whether it be body, mind or spirit, whether it be soul care or heart care, making sure to face our needs with the attention they require and accept that this is part of our humanness is the best gift we can offer ourselves. No one else can. And when we welcome this gift we empower ourselves and we flow with the energy that is unique to us.
Blessings ~ Lisa
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