Dear Youthful Readers,
Last weekend, I attended a book signing event.
I met a young enthusiastic girl. She held a Ted Andrews book called Animal-Speak. I mentioned that I have it and it’s a great book. And I added that there is a companion Animal-Speak Pocket Guide too it. She looked at her mom and questioned, “Can I get that one too?” Her mom replied, “Let’s wait for Christmas.” I shared, “The book you have is like an encyclopedia. It will keep you busy.” She responded, “I can’t wait. I am going to read every word… People at my school think that I’m weird because I talk to animals.” I assured, “You are not weird. You are awake. It’s a gift of sensitivity that you have.’”
The twelve-year-old continued… “I am so spiritually connected. I am grounded and guided that my life flows effortlessly.”
Flashback… At the age of 12, I danced around my room to the Annie soundtrack “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” I was amazed by Steven Spielberg’s movie, E.T. and the line “Phone home.” I planned sleepovers at my friend’s home. Ate nachos with melted cheese, fried shrimp po-boys, and lots of candy… and delighted in Barq’s root beer.
My spiritual quest came at the age of 15, when I penned Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Is My Purpose? I was wrestling, searching, digging, and trying to make sense out of things. But I honestly can’t say that I was so spiritually connected, grounded, and guided that my life flowed effortlessly. Maybe it was. Maybe I just wasn’t aware. I repeated patterns in my life that was attracting the same harmful patterns of abandonment, rejection, and self-hatred. I didn’t do the internal work. I was trying to survive in the midst of so much pain, chaos, and suffering.
I smiled at the young girl spoke. I spoke, “You are a powerhouse.” She grinned and shared, “I know. Another lady told me that right before you did.”
See, our power comes from knowing who we are and who we are not. It comes from being authentic and honoring our Beingness, our Knowingness, our Sensitivity. It’s not changing so other people will approve of you. It’s standing firm, confident, and bold as you embrace your whole Being – body, mind, heart, and spirit.