I remember in the early days of my spiritual development I would read books about the grand adventures of students and their spiritual advisors. The students, now teachers themselves, were writing books and sharing their wisdom. How romanticized they made their lives look.
How cool it would be I thought, to work with a master teacher for years and then carry on the teachings. At the tender age of 22, this type of life appealed to me. I searched for a local teacher such as this, by attending workshops and classes, to my disappointment, this was not my path, my adventures looked very different and the one teacher I dreamed of, never came, at least not in the way I thought…. but that is a different story for another day.
I remember when I heard Spirit say, “your path is NOT to seek a long term teacher, your path IS to be the teacher others seek.”
Fast forward 22 years…
A young woman attended my herbal class at the Florida Herbal Conference about 3 years ago. She was short in stature, with a coy smile and her dreadlocks were well beyond her back. I remember her saying, “I will be in touch”. I do not think either of us knew the journey we were about to embark on.
A couple months later, she entered into my Intuitive Herbal Mentor Academy, and began to work the program. She and I both realized she needed another layer of support and we started to work together.
Honestly, I did not think she was going to stick with it. Who wants to rip their heart out, and feel the brokenness that we THINK we are? The path of a mystic is revealing of our insecurities, and shortcomings. We come face to face with our shadow aspects and learn to love them, just as much as we love our Light. We are called to remember our greatness, and in that, we are stretched beyond our limits… and those growing pains can hurt.
The awakening of our mystic always brings about the death of who and what we think we are. It shows up differently for all of us, but rest assured, if you are awakening this part of your being, you will first be taken under before you expand. On some level this young woman new this and has stayed the course.
As her mentor, healer and guide it has been equally awakening. My insecurities have also played out in many ways as I awakened to a deeper level of supporting others and being supported.
It was today after reading her blog post https://bobcatbackwoods.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/summer-growth/ that I realized just how far she…we have come. Today I celebrate her and the work she has done and is doing to ensure her life is more authentic. I can feel the tenaciousness of her spirit, the vulnerability in her heart and the fire in her womb, as she prepares to create a space of her own healing practice.
In this moment I am feeling so grateful for our work together.
I look back at our journey and it was filled with wild adventures. Who needs to travel to Singapore when you have the magic of your own back yard. A weekend 2 hours from your home can serve as the spiritually awakening journey that one has been looking for.
When I look forward, I see endless possibilities and when I focus on this moment and all I feel is love.
What’s to come…
Working with Shelley has been such an enriching process, because of my work with her, I was able to birth my S.A.C.R.E.D. Healers Apprenticeship Program, something that has been growing in my spirit for 27 years. I am now working with other women who want to awaken their Sacred Healer and use their gifts for the world. Shelley has become my right hand and is now teaching at the Academy.
Who knows what the future holds, for now we are filled with magic, love and we move down the stream, surrendering and allowing the best of all to Be.
If you are interested in my S.A.C.R.E.D. Healers Apprenticeship Program, I welcome a conversation with you. It is open to 13 women and currently I have spots available. Fill out your intentions on the contact page and Shelley will schedule some time when we can talk.