Creating Treasures from Trauma

treasure-boxThat title caught your eye, didn’t it?

No, I’m not making light of anyone’s personal traumas. However, I invite you to look into the gifts that trauma or painful situations bring.

When an animal has passed on, it’s hide is used to create a drum. Shamanic drums, for example, are created from hides that have been blessed (and a prayer or chant of gratitude is given to the animal, as well as to the other materials involved).

The animal’s passing, whether intentional or not, created a beautiful instrument that would be used in spiritual and healing rituals. When I envision this, I see the animal’s essence connecting to the divine and creating a healing vibration, felt physically and spiritually.

Consider the oyster. When an irritant works its way inside the shell, the oyster will protect itself by secreting layers of nacre onto the irritant. It takes a while, it’s a process, but the end result is a beautiful pearl.

But what about humanity? Where can we find the treasures from our own traumas? (Click to Tweet)

Personally, I can tell you that traumatic situations are not easy, nor comfortable. Your life has been turned upside down and you don’t know which way you are going. You feel lost, scared, and all you can see around you is a dark tunnel in which you feel every painful emotion like a knife in the heart…and you have no idea when it will stop.

You lose your balance. You’ve lost all sense of purpose. You can’t even see your next step. You shout at the powers that be, “WHY!??!!” Your soul seems to be lost in a constant scream of despair.

You wonder what you will do now. Sometimes you stumble blindly, sometimes you fall. Sometimes you are able to pick yourself back up. (And when you can’t, someone usually shows up to help you.)

But then, when you least expect it, a little sliver of light appears. It gradually (over time) grows larger and larger. You find that you had the strength to stand after all. Then, you realize that there are moments appearing that spark a little joy.

Teachers (in all forms) appear. They could be humans, or animals, or even Divine beings. Additionally, teachers appear in the form of art, books and music.

In fact, you could be sitting at a coffee shop and overhear a particularly enlightening conversation or phrase that is just what you needed to hear at that moment.

What are the treasures, then?

Ahhh, here’s the beauty of alchemy. I learned to turn: fear into courage

anger into calmness

self doubt into empowerment

sadness into joy

rejection into self-love

despair into faith

It didn’t happen overnight. It took years, actually. Many years.

However, the most prized treasure I received was the ability to be grateful for every moment I lived in that dark underbelly of the beast. Gratitude for every baby step I took, for every slip and fall, and gratitude for the strength that I found inside me.

I even found gratitude for every abuse heaped upon me and every awful thing said or done to me. Gratitude even toward those strangers who thought that I deserved to be treated less than the extraordinary being that I AM.

No matter what you may be going through at this time, know that treasures abound, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

What is in YOUR treasure box?

Why the World Needs You to Share Your Purpose

summit-2502261_1920Many of us have felt a calling to share our gifts, or purpose, with the world.

Yes, some enlightened beings and luminaries, brilliant authors and artists may come to mind. But we all have a purpose, no matter how mundane we feel it might be. (Hint, nothing of purpose is actually mundane or of lower worth than those who hold a title of “famous.”)

Each of us came here with a gift. We have a passion for what we love to do in life. It could be as simple as cooking gourmet meals for your family, or as complex as traveling the world fighting for human rights.

Each person is a unique expression. Our distinctive gifts all contribute to add color and complexity to this wonderful world.

Why should you (if you choose to) share your purpose and story with the world?

For one thing, you could have the solution to a long-standing problem or issue. Or, you could (even unbeknownst to you) inspire another person to share their gifts with those who need them. A permission slip, so to speak.

This is a wonderful time to step up, step out, and present humanity with our purposes and gifts. You may not know just how much you are needed or who is waiting to be inspired by you.

Do you know how to access your purpose? Do you know what it even is? Go deep within, find what you are passionate about.

Alternatively, your purpose could be a result of struggle or pain. As a friend has said to me several times, “Our mess is in our message.”

Another favorite of mine: “Our passion is in our pain.” Again, the life we’ve lived could truly impact that of another, we just didn’t know it then.

Go ahead, dig deep. The world is waiting.