I’m returning to blogging after a very long period away. In this post, I’d like to share a little about what I’ve been up to, and the lessons I’ve learned that can also help you to gain more empowerment and joy in your own life.
In late 2006, I went through a very powerful (and very scary) period of transition, questioning, and deep reflection and healing. A lot of events and situations culminated at that time, and left me feeling empty and hurt. It took a long period of rest before I could rediscover my inner strength and deep well of enthusiasm.
For a while during my healing process, I felt as if I was wandering aimlessly in a frightening and unfriendly wilderness of sorts. I felt exhausted, fearful and apathetic. Prayer sustained me through that period, although I still suffered from a sense of deep-seated confusion and uncertainty at the core of my spirit. But at last, I felt strong enough spiritually to return to whole-heartedly embracing my work and service in the world. I prayed for guidance as to how I should proceed after my extended period of silence. I was terrified that my newsletter readers, clients, friends and colleagues would no longer wish to know me due to feeling abandoned by me, since I’d been healing in isolation for quite a long time.
After setting a strong intention to get back out there and successfully serve, things began coming together again. But I still felt a void… like something crucial was missing somewhere. After praying to the God of my understanding for direction, I quickly met a woman who did similar work to my own, and who shared the purpose of empowering and inspiring others to lead their best lives. The synergy between us was almost palpable, and we quickly recognized one another as kindred spirits. We became great friends, and within a month of meeting, we also became business partners.
Everything began to “flow” immediately. Have you ever had those days when everything you do just goes perfectly, and everything you put your mind do just happens seemingly by magic? That’s what began to happen for Kelly and I, almost instantaneously after we set our intention for success.
Six weeks after meeting, we had created our own internet radio program, Empowerment Radio and people were coming out of the woodwork to hear what we had to say. We were booking high-profile guests, (Emmy and Grammy winners among them), forming amazing new friendships, and had greater creativity and more inspired ideas than we knew what to do with! It was magical.
We’ve been through plenty of setbacks, trials and dry periods since meeting in March of 2008, and have learned and integrated plenty of great lessons along the way. These include the following:
- Stay the course
- listen to your guidance
- realize that obsticles can be blessings in disguise
- embrace your strengths and work on your weak spots
- talk things out
- have fun!
At long last, we’re almost ready to launch our new website, Empowerment Sanctuary. We’ll be offering one-on-one services to inspired your spirit and empower you to live the life you desire and deserve, gorgeous jewelry, educational telecourses to assist you in your personal and spiritual growth, and some of the most profound and beautiful guided meditations you’ll ever experience, if I do say so myself. :) Basically, we want to assist you to lift your life to new heights, and very soon, you’ll be able to discover all the fabulous goodies we’ve been cooking up for you. Our website is a monstrosity, but it’s almost done now, and will soon get it’s debut. To tell you that we’re excited would be a vast understatement.
So what does all this have to do with you? Well, first of all, I hope that through this story, I can show how setbacks and dark periods can often lead to brighter and more beautiful experiences than one can ever imagine. I know it might sound like the ultimate paradox. When I was going through my period of confusion, questioning and isolation, I felt such intense fear, and all I wanted to do was come out on the other side of it all. But had I not experienced that intense period of fear and despair, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to grow as strong and grounded as I have. I wouldn’t have felt the need to evolve beyond where I was, embrace Spirit even more deeply, and cherish my relationships on a more profound level. Through having the experiences that seemed so nightmarish at the time, I’ve become more confident, more grateful and more assured than I’ve ever been. Oh, this certainly took a lot of healing, self-love and inner and outer work on my part, but was it worth it? absolutely!
Never, never, never give up on yourself. Some of your greatest gifts, discoveries and experiences may be delivered to you in really ugly little packages. Ask yourself:
- How / what can I learn from this?
- What can this teach me?
- Is there a way I can love myself more in order to help myself conquer this?
- Will surrendering to the love of the God of my understanding help me to reach the light through my current darkness?
Don’t allow your obsticles to stop you… maybe they have something to teach you. Perhaps the timing is wrong, or there is a better way to go about achieving your goal, or something else needs to fall into place before your goal can come to it’s biggest and brightest fruition. This has happened to Kelly and I several times over the course of our journey thus far. rather than pushing through, we learned to be grateful for the obsticle, (again, I know it may sound like a huge paradox), and keep our minds and hearts open for the perfect solution to arise. If you’re in a similar situation, I encourage you to try this method, as well. Not always easy, and it definitely requires patience and commitment, but it can lead to some really incredible and marvelous surprises! stay open to all the amazing possibilities!
Finally, remember to love yourself. Through the darkness, through the pain, through the fear and anxiety; please try to remember that you are worthy, lovable, and capable of achieveing the greatest desires of your heart. Love is the greatest gift you can give yourself… and you deserve it!
I’ll talk more about these topics, and many others, in the coming weeks. In the meantime, thank you for reading my blog… I appreciate you! If I can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Love and Gratitude,
Kim, the Spiritual Fulfillment Coach