For me, the greatest lesson that I have learnt is to allow myself to shine, to be who I really am. And also not to care what other people think of me, something I still haven’t mastered. To not shrink for other people’s sake. When I write, I am still sometimes afraid of what people might think. I am still afraid that they’ll laugh at me because of my content, or that they might disagree with it. But I am improving and I am starting to open up about everything. The way I did that was by realising that it’s a better world to live in if you can do this. I feel great when I do it and I help other people to open up and shine by showing them that you’re far better off if you allow yourself to be yourself. I believe that we should do what we can do.
There I was at a crossroads in my life. I felt like I had lost everything. I was at this weekend healing retreat, simply because I did not know what else to do with my time. When I lay down to receive healing, I was full of worries, feelings of loneliness and I could not keep my mind still. So, imagine my surprise when I found myself being lifted right out of the suffering into a deep sense of happiness and love. It was like being in a rising elevator. The force which was lifting me seemed to come from “I know not where.” I was perplexed because up until then in my life I controlled everything. Yet in this place, peace was given without me “doing anything” to earn it. On reflection, I realise it was my first direct experience of unconditional love. It saved my life.
Niall Mac Giolla Rua
I love the title of Byron Katie’s book, I need your love— is that true? It challenges us to look at our perceived needs and how we hurt when we find they aren’t met, and to honestly question these concepts so we can free ourselves by seeing that most of them aren’t as real as we think. Such awareness can be liberating, empowering and enlightening, but there is an important balance to be struck. A lesson I keep having to return to is that while it may not be ultimately true that I need people, it’s perfectly ok when I feel I do. I resolve to love myself regardless, to love myself when I’m needy, or confused or imbalanced. It’s too easy to use high standards of spiritual freedom as just another way of judging oneself, and to isolate oneself in the process. When I love myself without judgement, I find a more authentic love for others naturally follows. That’s my truth for now.
Natural Health Practitioner
There have been so many wonderful, challenging and sacred lessons in my life so far, that I cannot choose just one. So, here’s a compilation of some of my most important “Ah-ha!” moments: Surrender, Trust, Love and Gratitude will get you through anything… The Truth is in the Moment… There is nothing to seek out, nothing to become, we are already there and have been all along… It’s difficult see the lesson while learning it… Judgments reduce clarity… Trying to understand a problem can create more obstacles to ensuring a successful outcome… Life is Love is Life… Honour and Respect your Ancestors… Love the Earth… Listen to the Body… Live within, not without… Release the Drama, keep the Passion… Try not to take anything too seriously… Time is optional, Gravity is not… Shift perspective and reality will follow… Duality can be leveraged… Play Every Day… and remember to Celebrate the Ordinary.
Mary D’Arbey Byrne
I always thought that some people were just lucky. Not me. My early life was so bad that one day I said, “Enough! If there’s a God out there, show me what to do or I’m out of here.” That night, He delivered. My Seeker archetype kicked in and I started to attract similar people into my life.
The next big eye-opener was getting to know myself, which led me to life coaching, face-reading and other approaches that brought profound healing. The year I entered Homeopathy College, I lost my home, my job and the means to continue my studies. My adversities continued for some time, but so did my deep healing.
Today, I am a psychic surgeon, an Aura-Soma practitioner and a health & spiritual well-being broadcaster who has found the dynamics of her soul.
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My lesson was about love. It took me by complete surprise. The whole world crumbled. Life lost its meaning and I lost my appetite for months. I remember the numbness and indifference to the world. I could only relate to the lyrics in love songs. The words would ache in my heart. I started looking for answers to questions I didn’t find very important before, questions about the nature of love. Tolstoy told me about universal love and taught me forgiveness. Osho told me that to fall in love with someone you need to have love in abundance in yourself. There should be so much love available to you that you start looking for a special someone to share it with. I listened to them and prayed for a person I could share the joy of life with, and that very special soul has appeared in my life!