Amanda and I LUBA shootHere is my friend Amanda and I, opening our hearts, embodying the path we have chosen. Is it always easy, no way. Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY 🙂 

Something I talk about often is HEALING. I am aware that this word means different things to different people. The kind of healing I am referring to in this article, is the kind of healing that happens on the SOUL level. This kind of healing effects everything. It is by healing our deepest wounds, some from this lifetime, perhaps some from past lifetimes even, that we are able to really shift and change our patterns, and begin to experience something else.

When I say “we begin to experience something else,” what I really mean is that our inner experience changes. Thus, the way we feel inside of our own skin changes. What once felt foreign, and uncomfortable, and unsafe, begins to feel like a place we can call home for a while.

Yes, it is true that there are some people who just never struggle with this to begin with. And then there are those of us who just come in to this world, struggling with the idea of being here. That was me. Who knows why. It could be our karma, our dharma, or put more simply, it could just be that we all have different paths to walk, different lessons to learn, different roles to play and agreements to fulfil, different challenges to face, and different opportunities that we can choose to pursue or to walk away from. Free Will States: We Have Choice. We can choose to remember and wake up, or NOT.

I remember from an early age, probably 5 years or younger, staring up at my bedroom ceiling, wondering what the point of this life was. I just had this deep feeling that there was more, there had to be, otherwise I found it difficult to understand how and why in the heck we would be here. So you could say, my journey into healing began at a very young age. I started asking questions, and down the rabbit hole I went.

You see, I never set out to do what I am doing today. I never planned on being a Life Coach, or teaching yoga, or blogging. It just happened, as a result of me beginning to choose to heal in my heart, my soul, my body, and my life. One thing just led to the next thing.

One of the gifts I get now, is to work with others, to have them invite me to bear witness to their pain, their challenges, their fears, and their hopes, dreams, and intentions for their lives. I get to use all that I have gone through, as a means to help them.

A few common themes that I see in my work with others:

1) This idea that we are supposed to be somewhere that we are not. And if we are not where we think we are supposed to be, then something must be terribly wrong with us.

2) This notion that if I just hate myself enough right now, then I will hate/force myself into doing the things that will make me prettier, smarter, richer, and THEN I will be able to feel love, THEN I will deserve to love myself, THEN I will be worthy of love, kindness, and compassion.

3) This idea that we are all alone, left to figure it all out by ourselves, to make it all happen, and that we are bound to strict and rigid ways of operating, or else we will surely miss the boat, get left out in the cold, die of starvation and loneliness, get fat again, etc, etc…

One thing I have to say to ALL of these ideas…

STOP IT! This way of operating in the world is EXHAUSTING!!!! Firstly, it is NOT true.

And Secondly…

IT DOESN’T WORK.

Have you ever noticed that most people who have made a huge impact on the planet have faced EPIC adversity? Have you noticed that these people we look up to are the ones who have a story about what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now? The way they overcame their odds, their demons, their darkness, their debilitating fear and self-doubt, the way they moved past what happened to them and chose to create a life that spoke out loud about who they are and what they believe at their deepest core, INSPIRES us.

WHY?

Because we ALL relate to adversity, to inner demons, to darkness, to what happened to us, and to that deeper place inside that tells us, either subtly or loudly, “YOU WERE MEANT FOR MORE. There IS  a better way.”

We are inspired by the ones above because they hear this voice inside, and they trust it enough to follow it. Their follow through shines the light on what is possible for ALL of us. Actually it’s not even that they trust it enough to follow it, but rather they come to such a ROCK BOTTOM, that they have no other choice but to hit their knees and pray for a miracle. (Those 3 ideas above will bring most of us to a rock bottom after a while, because they are an insane and PAINFUL way to approach life and treat ourselves.)

When we hit a low, a dark place, a rock bottom, it can appear like and feel like a curse, or the worst place one could EVER be. And on the flip side of that, those who come to know this place, get a second change. A chance to try again, to surrender, to Let Go and Let God, to give over their Self-Will and Ego-desires, and allow the Spirit of The Universe to become their energy, their guidance, their new Director in life.

This = FREEDOM.

What a GIFT.

When we are in need of healing, life has a way of bringing us back to our wounds over and over again, until we have had enough. Some never have enough. Then there are people like me, and maybe you, who  hit that point where we cannot bear another day inside such inner turmoil and conflict and pain, and we stomp our foot down, HARD, and  say:

“I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS ABUSE, THIS INSANITY, THIS UNLOVING PLACE. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY AND I AM NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL I FIND IT. I AM GOING TO GIVE MYSELF A HUGE HUG AND BEGIN AGAIN.”

And the healing begins.

Teachers begin to cross our paths, somehow random books end up in our laps, we find ourselves in places we never thought we’d go, and doing things we secretly always wanted to be able to muster the courage for but simply could not.

The light switch has been flipped from off to ON.

We know too much to turn back now, and so we must continue to move toward, to move through, to rise up, to step-into, and to embody our GREATNESS, even on the days we don’t feel so great. Even on the days we feel anything but great. Even on the days when we feel we have gone backwards, not forwards. Even on the days when we notice our path may be completely different from the one our family is on. No matter what, we commit to healing, knowing that as we do this, we break the chain of pain, we lift the collective consciousness, we create a better world, simply by contributing more to the Greater GOOD than to the blame and shame storm that sweeps through our nations and families.

And the healing begins.

The healing journey looks different for each of us, so try not to compare yours to anyone else’s. Remember that your SOUL has a purpose, a path it DESIRES and LONGS to take, so it can learn exactly what it is here to learn, and do what it is here to do. TRUST that. Trust your deepest knowing, and if you do not know what that is yet, that’s OK. If you want to know, then soon you will. Stay open, stay willing, keep praying for a miracle and you too will begin to shift from fear to love.

I am excited for you.

What does healing mean to you? I would love to hear about your personal experience with this or your questions and comments about it! Please write to me here on the blog or below this post on social media so we can all join in the conversation! If you think there’s a chance these words could shine light for someone in your circle, your tribe, your family, please share this with them!

Thank you SO much for being here. I may not know you personally, but I KNOW who you really are.

Love and Hugs,

Erin

If you know it’s time to work one-on-one with your very own Life Coach, you are in LUCK! I am taking on 3-5 new one-on-one coaching clients for a 6-12 week period! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! Please send me an email at transform@erinlanahanmethod.com to inquire. I am happy to send you more information about how to take the leap of faith! Looking forward to hearing from you! NAMASTE. 

 

 

 

 

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