Writing this book helped me get up off of the floor as i was grieving the loss of a friend. I wrote it to help my niece remember to stand up for herself. In doing so, it reminded me to remember myself.
It's easy to forget our voice, and to shrink when the world seems to push us around. I've learned that through the biggest challenges and the most uncomfortable situations, we become even more of ourselves. In the times when we are made to feel the worst, when we receive the harshest criticisms and treatments from others; we then have a reason to go only within to find our truest answers.
Some of the most monumental lessons in my life have been involving death. My father developed lung cancer and was gone just before my “sweet 16”. 15 years later, my good friend and spiritual companion committed suicide. Not long after, my 19-year old cousin was tragically killed in a car accident. There were deaths of many friends and loved ones scattered in between and many more after. Death is different each and every time you experience it in your life. Yet each time, you relive the ones before. Our culture doesn’t seem to know what to do with death. It’s a very disconnected humanity when we have only 1-3 bereavement days at most corporate jobs each time a loved one crosses over. I happen to have a very close relationship with death. Sometimes I feel like I understand death more than life. I've had many angels in my life who have taught me what true service is and how to humble myself, being present with someone in their most vulnerable of moments. Each “goodbye” helped me to let go of someone I admired, as I learned to find those qualities inside of myself.
Let’s face it…we wouldn’t spend so much time noticing what everyone else was doing if we were truly focused on our own evolution. After so many reminders of how short life really is, I began to pay very close attention to the messages my life was sending me. After my friend's suicide, social anxiety offered me the isolation I was craving. Time to meditate and journal, dance, create and pray offered an environment for me to spend a lot of time getting to know myself. My journey became about letting go of as much suffering as possible.
After more than a decade as a bodyworker, and a whole lot of emotional trauma, my soul was begging for an energetic release. My life mattered. Me…I mattered. Coming home after my massage day of 5 to 7 clients, I'd barely make it through the door before I'd fall to my knees in tears. Massaging well over 50,000 clients in my career had taken it’s toll on my mental, emotional, and physical body. With no teacher around to show me how to heal my spirit, I followed my gut and moved from Las Vegas to Sarasota.
An Aunt's gift to her niece becomes a love letter to the world. "Soul Secrets" is packed with insight and gentle reminders, guiding us back to ourselves when we forget the way home.
Speaking to the ever-child in all of us,
it whispers in different ways,
each time it's read.
"Soul Secrets" book trailer
Thank you, Shawn Bowen
for creating it!
FROM THE AUTHOR:
"Soul Secrets" has given so much to me since the beginning of its journey. Through this path, I came to know myself as an author, an artist, and a teacher. I've often been inspired to gift copies to people on my journey. Sometimes, all it takes is one person to see us for who we truly are.
The pictures are meant to be viewed from all angles, just like life. Each of them is an expression of very real emotions. Drawing for this book helped me to trust my intuitive nudge to create art and share it. It's fun to see how far I've come...and exciting to think how far I will grow. This book and the journey of writing and publishing it, has taught me that we are all artists.
To quote Mother Teresa:
“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
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