I moved to The Keys from Pennsylvania in January of this year. My husband and I have friends here and have been visiting them for about 12 years. We bought our house here 4 years ago with the intention of eventually moving down permanently. That dream has now finally come true.
My husband and I just love it in The Keys. I always wanted to move to Florida. My mother, and my sister and her children all live in south Florida. My grandparents lived in Miami when I was little and my family came to south Florida on vacation all the time. I was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long island, and then moved to Pennsylvania when I was about 21…but somehow, I always knew that sooner or later I was going to live in Florida.
I was a mental health/drug and alcohol counselor for 18 years in Pennsylvania. It was my intention to continue that practice here. But 2 years ago, I had a spiritual awakening and have been following my own personal spiritual path ever since. As I started to connect with the spirit inside of me, my professional career began to evolve along a more spiritual path as well.
This may sound shocking to some people, but as I journeyed deeper into my spiritual self, I discovered that I can hear God / Spriit talking to me. It’s really fascinating. While doing some work around the teachings of Margaret Paul, I was introduced to the technique of ‘Guided Imagery.’ Guided Imagery is a meditative practice that allows us to access and actually see or visualize the energy of love that is within each of us. In short, it empowers us to visually connect with our inner guidance, our intuition, our soul.
As I continued to work with that technique I began to get a clearer understanding of what our true purpose as human beings is here on earth. I came to realize that almost all of us go through our day-to-day lives in a state of spiritual unconsciousness. We’re simply not present in our own lives. We live our lives based on a spider’s web of falsehoods, half-truths and assumption that have been passed down to us by our culture, our society, and ‘family programming.’ We grow up with stories about our intelligence, our health, our appearance, even whether or not we are worthy of being loved, and we believe them. The truth is, none of it is true.
My goal is to remove all the blockages, all of the programming and get back to our original programming, our soul’s programming, the programming given to us by God / Spirit. In doing so, we find out who we really are, not who we think we are or who society or family has taught us we are. Removing these blockages takes patience, self-discipline, and hard work. It’s a journey, a journey of a lifetime.
During the last few months before I left Pennsylvania, I kept having this feeling inside me that I was going to write. I always felt that I’d like to write a book, but I never believed in my ability to do so. I didn’t really believe I had the skills to write a book. But somehow I knew that when I got to Florida I was going to write. I didn’t know what about, but I knew it was in me!
Then in February, I heard Jesus say, “OK, it’s time to write. Get your pen and paper and let’s write.” He dictated 3 books to me over the course of 6 weeks. The books are about the process I used to recognize and walk my own personal spiritual path. They are about how each of us is here to understand our True Purpose in life, what we’re here on this earth to do. They provide insights to learning about the ego and how our egos are blindly leading us to live unconscious lives filled with all our pre-programmed false beliefs about ourselves and all the unhealed wounds we suffered growing up. The books also show us how to reconnect with our soul, that soft voice of inner guidance that is inside all of us that shows us our true inner beauty, goodness, and power… the truth of who we really are.
As you might imagine, all of this has radically changed my whole way of doing therapy. I now believe that depression and drug and alcohol abuse are profound symptoms of something much more debilitating that is going on deep inside. When I worked as a traditional counselor I was trained to identify mental and emotional “illnesses” and attempt to cure them. As I've progressed on my own personal spiritual journey and have done battle with my own demons, I’ve learned that none of us are ill; we just believe we are. Our ego tells us there is something wrong with us. But the truth is, I don’t believe in the ego’s diagnosis anymore; I don’t think anybody is ill or broken, we just believe we are.
So, I no longer fit the role of a classic counselor. My career is changing. None of what I’m learning fits inside that box anymore. It has transformed me. What I’ve started to do is to use what I have learned in helping my clients along their own spiritual path, to reconnect them with their soul or intuition that will help them see their purpose in life and guide them to their own healing and personal truth. Nobody knows what is right for you except you.
I think a lot of people are searching for their spiritual path and don’t even realize it, so it manifests as anxiety or depression or feeling overwhelmed. This sometimes even gets to the point of questioning, “What is my purpose? Why am I even alive? Why is my heart not filled with joy and happiness even though I have a great life? Why is it a struggle every day to just be or stay happy?” These are all spiritual awakenings that people don’t even realize are happening to them. A therapist might think they’re just signs of depression, when there is actually so much more to it. I believe that that person is making a cry for help, their soul is pushing up issues for them to look at and examine in an effort to heal its wounds. People feel so alone and they don’t have to feel that way; it’s just that they carry deep emotional and spiritual wounds that need to be healed.
I grew up Jewish, but not in a religious family. You can imagine it was a bit shocking when Jesus came to me, but our guidance shows up in whatever form we need and are willing to accept. For some people that guidance may have a spiritual or religious connotation, for many it is more of a spirit of nature, a Mother Goddess figure or an animal totem of some sort. Religion really has nothing to do with it.
Some people tell me I must be crazy if I’m talking to Jesus. That’s one of the things I’ve had to overcome, especially within my own family. Most people don’t understand what a spiritual journey is. I’m teaching people how to return to the eternal love that each newborn baby somehow instinctively knows and feels. We all knew that love at one time, but most of us somehow lose it as we journey through life. All the fears that keep us from growing, from being who we really are, are wounds that need to be healed. As the wounds begin to heal, it allows our true purpose to emerge. Many of us wonder what our purpose is. Everybody has an individual purpose and a perfect way of expressing it that is unique to them. Once you open yourself up to it, it just starts to happen. It’s amazing.
I had an abusive childhood. As a result I had all these wounds that I was always seeking to heal, even though I didn’t realize that’s what I was trying to do. Trying to heal my own wounds is what led me to want to help others. Twenty-five years ago I actually had a dream at age 33 telling me to quit my focus on ownership of a jewelry store, enroll in college and become a therapist. That was my first spiritual awakening. That’s another aspect of all this… the Spirit awakens us and then we promptly go back to spiritual unconsciousness. Wake up, go back to sleep, wake up, go back to sleep, over and over again. It’s a cycle that we eventually have to break. Think about it, throughout your life you’ve probably gotten periodic glimpses that there has to be something more. Whenever you go through a trauma or a blessing, you get glimpses, but then it’s gone and you fall back into the spiritual unconsciousness of your day-to-day life.
My goal is to wake up as many people as I can to the love that is within them, to help them ‘Create a Life Worth Living’ and to be who they are supposed to be. We are here to be love; it just gets expressed differently in every one of us.
There is a huge movement out there of people who are starting to wake up and lift their own personal veil of consciousness. Happiness is a choice. All the answers are inside of you; all the validation, all the love that we are seeking outside is actually inside of us. Hopefully, the movement will help others transform and become who they are supposed to be and not just who they think they are. We need to start living from our heart and not our mind.
We are truly loved; we are actually divine but just can’t see it. There is so much goodness and love inside our own hearts that needs to be explored. Look at it like a treasure hunt. If we keep digging deeper and deeper we find more and more gifts…the gifts of wisdom and love are boundless. But, we have to dig. It’s intense, hard work, but it is so worth the effort. Our life is about growing our heart and consciousness and sharing the love and light.
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