When you are a kid faced with trauma and no one steering you through it, it’s easy to numb out and bury your feelings along with the experiences.
But the burden of carrying it weighs heavy on your spirit.
So, these last few years, I took a deep dive into the darkness—to excavate the pains and let them go.
The path was beyond scary…Appalachian Trail in length. And I needed guides…a great therapist and my guy who listened intently and hugged tightly.
I hung in — the tears were replaced with curiosity. Ah-ha moments replaced dread.
And the best and most wonderful part of jumping into the quicksand of the dark, buried parts of my past, was the feeling of LIGHTNESS. Strength.
And surprisingly (but really not) there were some wonderful, beautiful parts of myself that came rushing forward that had gotten stuck behind the darkness.
I felt awash with EXCITEMENT and AUTHENTICITY.
And birthed in this whole process and unfolding is “Invitation to Heal.”
An initiation to explore what scares you. Welcome it. Know there is something there for you amid the mud and dirt and sweat. Surprises beyond your expectations.
And so, I had to include in this painting, the poem THE GUEST HOUSE…written by the Persian poet Rumi in the 13th century…the wisdom to open yourself to all the feelings that come at you.
Your life is a guest house…you may choose to close the door on some of the feelings that are hard and scary but WAIT!! Welcome them in…they are there as as guide for you…from beyond…or from your inner place of wisdom…there is something there for you to learn and find light within the fear.