Adrienne's work and teachings have been a great
inspiration to me! In August of 1998, about four months after my
father passed away, I read about one of Carol's
workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and
synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the
bookstore. The themes of her teachings were
familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts
and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before
his passing. Her books and workshops ignited my
spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path,
which led to the very creation of
SoulfulLiving.com! Carol's participation has been
an integral part of SoulfulLiving.com, at its soul
level! Thank you, Carol, with all my heart!
~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com
"Magic in the Meadow" Part II
In last month’s article, we
shared the legend of St. Germain’s appearance in Panther
Meadow on Mount Shasta in Northern California. In this second
part, we see a present-day realization in this same meadow
seventy years later. Through one woman’s experience in the
following story of reclaiming buried grief and becoming whole
again, we see the power of touching and releasing unresolved
issues. Perhaps you have untapped energy waiting to be
Healing Allows us to Become Stronger, Happier, and Express
On our retreat, Donna had instructed
us to take a question to the meadow, meditate, and upon
opening our eyes, write down the first thing we saw. Writing
about that image, we invited an answer to our question to
Although several of our group of
twenty-three experienced personal realizations on the
mountain, one member, R.M., in particular encountered the
healing spirit of the meadow.
After a simple, silent ceremony
accompanied by a single hand drum at the entrance to Panther
Meadow, each of us went off to meditate. R.M., a
fifty-five-year-old native of China, shared her story when we
gathered together after the meditation. "I was just
walking into the meadow when I saw a tall pine tree with three
huge trunks covered in bright green moss. Even though I was
planning to go down into the meadow to sit, I was drawn
instead to sit next to the trunk of this tree. I closed my
eyes for a few minutes, and when I opened them, my eyes fell
on a fallen tree trunk upon which alighted a bright yellow
butterfly. Suddenly I remembered that in Chinese culture, the
butterfly is a symbol of departed souls.
As I looked at the butterfly, I
instantly knew that it was the soul of my little brother, who
had died at the age of two. I had been four years old at the
time, and he and I were the only playmates in the house. We
were very close, but after he died no one ever spoke of him
again. In our culture, Chinese people don’t speak about the
dead at all."
As R.M. related her story to us, she
began sobbing. Each of us had tears rolling down as we
imagined her grief as a tiny girl not knowing what had
happened to her brother and not having had any chance to
express this grief for fifty-some years.
"I never realized before that I
have never grieved for him, and I missed him so much when I
was little." She continued to cry, and told us that in
her culture, expression of public emotion is not ever
encouraged. For her, this opening was on many levels of
reclaiming her buried grief, recognizing her love of her
brother, and daring to be vulnerable in a public, though safe,
environment. She marveled, too, that this day she had chosen
to wear a beautiful flowered shirt, which also featured a
yellow butterfly on the front.
R.M. is a highly successful real
estate developer, who had left her business because of serious
health problems brought on by over-work. Initially her focus
for the workshop had been on wanting to find the next step on
her career path, but the confrontation with buried emotions
seems to be the real issue at this stage of her life.
R.M.’s experience confirms once
again something I have often seen in people who are searching
for "what to do next." Often, we must face an
unresolved issue before we are free to move on. It will
usually find us, if we are searching, but we are often
surprised by what shows up since it doesn’t at first look
relevant to what we think we want to know.
Have We Completely Finished What We’ve Already Done?
When we ask, "What am I supposed
to be doing?" "What is my life purpose?" I’m
wondering if we might take a little inventory of what we have
accomplished so far, and see if there is anything we have left
unfinished or if there is anything that needs forgiving (thus
releasing ourselves). For example, review the checklist
of roles reminding us of whom we have been and what we have
done. Does anything spring to mind intuitively that seems unresolved?
While completing your checklist, it’s
very important to notice whether you feel an upsurge of
energy, a dampening of energy, or neutrality. If you feel
a strong surge of energy, that means it would probably be
productive for you to move toward some action in that area.
a parent, is there anything I need to do with/for my children
at this point? How can I increase good feelings with him or
her? Can I show love in a different way? Without spending time
in regret for the past, can I be a better parent in the
there any invention that I doodled with in the past, but did
not take further? Do I still have energy for this? Do I have
any germ of an idea that’s been in the back of my mind? Have
I given credit where credit is due?
my leadership inspiring people or intimidating them? Do I feel
aligned with the goals and values of my company’s culture?
Have I refreshed myself lately in nature?
I continuing to learn and expand? Am I taking care of myself?
What insights have I gained along the way? Is it time to write
something on this?
I need to turn in 180 degrees to a different direction? Am I
being truthful? Is it still fun? Do I believe that I can do
what I love and prosper?
I committed to having a good time with my husband? Am I
staying in touch with myself?
I put my marriage on the back burner? Have I surprised us both
with a fun plan lately?
I looked for the message in what’s happening or failing to
happen? Am I asking the right question?
I grown in emotional balance as well as physical prowess? Have
I lost sight of my goals?
I taken time to gather with those I love? Is there a friend
with whom I have to clear the air? Am I willing to put time in
new people or renew old friendships?
there some field of interest I’ve put on the back burner
while I "make a living?"
there anyone with whom I need to communicate, send a note, or
remember their birthday?
Remember, how much fun you had
playing in fields and climbing trees when you were little?
Carol Adrienne, Ph.D., is an intuitive counselor, writer and
lecturer in the field of self development. She is the author
of The Purpose of Your Life; The Purpose of Your Life An
Experiential Guide, The Numerology Kit, and co-author of The
Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide and the Tenth
Insight: An Experiential Guide.
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