Three years ago when Omid & Sabrina made this blog for me as a birthday gift, I didn’t know what a blog was, had never been on a blog and really missed the power of internet for connecting. When the first story “Ten Seconds of Freedom” was posted on July 27, 2012; within two or three hours, there were more than three hundred views on the story from all over the world!
I asked Omid who are these people viewing the blog? And how did they find the story? I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I have always felt one of my callings in life is to connect with others.
Our children at times tease me about my passion for connecting people to one another. Since the blog started, I feel I have grown tremendously by your support, having friends from all over the planet.
The intention was to bring emotional healing to humanity thorough story telling. We know story telling is healing for the children.We read them bed time stories. Yet at times, we forget the healing power of the story for all of us . When I look at our planet, when I hear the daily news, I feel deep sadness in my heart and long for love, peace and harmony for all.
My spiritual teachers suggested if you feel peaceful inside, then you have the opportunity of manifesting it to the universe. Yes, that makes sense. I can’t give what I don’t have. Inner peace can be projected on to the planet. Imagine, if each and every one of us could create total peace, a state of bliss within and then offer that feeling to our family and loved ones. Soon, it would include the circle around us, our communities, town, city, state, country, Planet Earth and the Universe. It is said when Buddha mediated no violence could happen within fifty miles around him. Even animals in the wild did not hunt. Imagine that possibility.
I have always wondered what I could do about the pain and suffering of all beings. As a clinician, I feel honored to sit with others in pain. It is the most sacred gift for me to be trusted with their pain. We always remember those who were there when we were in pain. It is an important step.
However, I feel a sense of urgency for humanity at large. The intensity of violence and destruction, cruelty from individuals to global is a painful reality. It is time for each one of us to become the kind of candle that lights millions of other candles. There is an urgent need for higher awareness and creating consciousness that we are all one! As Persian poet Saadi has beautifully said: Humans are part of one another and come from the same source. When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts.
I used to think; I am only one person. What can one person do all alone? Today, thanks to all of you, I feel I offer my gifts to the universe and trust the universe supports our intention of unity and solidarity affirming we are all connected.
The Dalai Lama once said:“The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set”. Yes, we need more soul healing energy on this planet. If our basic needs were met, most of us if not all of us long to live a peaceful life with love, honor and being of service in some way. The question remains; How come so much pain, suffering, cruelty and inequality exist on our planet? And what can we do about it?
I like to share what I have done and invite you to join the caravan of healing.
The most challenging step is to create a state of bliss from within even if it is only for a moment. It similar to having a ray of the Sun in total darkness. Feeling the warmth of that light will energize us to take action. It is not easy, yet possible, and there are no quick fixes.
Think for a moment with me now, what brings joy to your soul? What makes you feel loved, serene and peaceful? How can you manifest that for just a split second? You are the only one who can discover that.
I can share mine with you. It does not mean it would do the same for you. You know it in your soul, if your mind can be quiet, then you can hear the inner voice.
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want
We live in a “rat race” lifestyle and our minds are busy beyond our awareness. Millions of thoughts travel through our mind at any given moment. How can we possibly hear our inner voice?
A couple of weeks ago, I went to see a Saint from India. She is called the Hugging Saint. This woman, this candle brought healing not only to India but to the planet through her HUGS! Thousands of people gathered around her to receive a hug from her! I was crying with tears of joy watching a video of her, teaching women how to plant seeds, build bath rooms, homes, teach children…………………………….
She gave real hugs! I was wondering about this tireless woman, heard she gives hugs at stadiums to thousands of people at the time. I long for that kind of connection. When I got a hug from her, I felt her loving energy healing the soul, one hug at the time. I was energized and ready to pay it forward.
So, here is an invitation to all of you who wish to bring loving healing to the planet. As Mother Teresa has said, there are more people who die of lack of love than lack of bread.
These are not the stories of one candle. It is about the universal healing of the planet, from individual to global, form inner to outer world.
One step is to share the healing with all those who are willing to receive, consider sharing the link with others and join our phenomenal translation team to bring the healing to corners of our planet. There are already nine languages on the blog, we have over 52,300 views from 91 countries already! I could not have imagined this three years ago.
I am inviting you to translate one short story namely “Heaven” posted on August 4th 2012, leave me a note on the blog and I will post it.
To my friends from Lesotho, Batswana, Guyana and many other countries, thank you for supporting the message of healing. My heart smiles knowing that readers all over our beautiful planet got a healing message of hope and serenity.
An invitation for you to share your reflections on the blog. Several friends have shared with me about their healing journey through these stories and expression of their soul. Do you think it was easy for me to share about having been violated on the blog? I could not have imagined that possibility a few years ago. Words cannot express the healing process and freedom I have felt after sharing my life experiences / stories on the blog. Consider starting a personal journal. Be mindful as how you feel inside when you read a story and what kind of memories/triggers show up. Write about your inner landscape.
A friend in our writing class said, her mother told her “stories are to tell not to sell”.
Some Persian friends ask me, how can you share such personal issues? Yes, in our culture like in many others, there is a strong taboo about sharing the dirty laundry of the family with “strangers”. At times, there are serious consequences, sometimes murder for those who dare to break the taboo. When females are violated within the family and killed by male family member under the guise of an honor killing, no one asks who violated the young girl. How are young girls supposed to learn to protect themselves from the predators?
Some friends think I am courageous. The fact is that I had a choice to remain hurt, angry, resentful and hateful – OR – take the road to recovery, no matter the challenge. I made a choice and I like to support you in yours. The possibilities are open.
We are all ONE. We are to become the voice of those who are in the process of finding their voice. Our planet needs healing and it is up to the loving, healing, nurturing of divine feminine energy to create a shift in consciousness. We have a choice.
There are so many people to thank that simply would be long for even patient readers. You know who you are and we don’t really need any stickers or acknowledgement for a heartfelt gift. Simply a big thank you to the endless support of my family. Without their help, there won’t be a blog.
This birthday is a mark in life for me becoming a grandmother. The joy is priceless.
Together we can heal.
“Turn your scars to stars.” – Dr. Robert Schuller
Joyeux Anniversaire / Bon Anniversaire