Healing Through Love

Love can be a vehicle to healing.  When we can immerse ourselves in the process of seeing love all around us, we decrease our focus on those things that hurt.  The more we do this, the more we are able to observe the love that surrounds us constantly.  

When we think of love, we often think of it in the traditional sense of giving and receiving love from people.  The love that surrounds each of us comes from many sources.  We are loved by Source/God/Universe.  When we are open to this, we can simply ask to see more love with the expectation that love exists for us, and we begin to notice the love that surrounds us constantly.  There is love reflected in the beauty of the plants, animals and other life that surrounds us.  These beings ask for nothing from us, yet provide us with beauty, love, and a means to find appreciation in our lives.

Basking in love is a powerful path to healing. 

When we are hurting, or have experienced great trauma, even the prospect of love can feel foreign.  No matter what each of us has experienced, love is our birthright, and as much a part of who we are as the air we breathe.  Just as we cannot breathe or live without air, without love we do not thrive and heal.  Love as a healing tool is not external, but an internal connection.Beach sunset with a red heart standing up

  1. Choose to believe that you are worthy of great love in your life.  Ask the Universe/Source/God to show you the love that surrounds you.  From this space, look around you and see what you can identify as a form of love. 
  2. Before you interact with another being, close your eyes and find the feeling of love. Go forth into your interaction with a loving mindset and a clear vision of your desired outcome.
  3. Close you eyes, be in a quiet, soothing space and breathe for 10 minutes. Just inhale and exhale, focusing on the sound of your breath, the expansion of your lungs, perhaps the birds outside and any other soothing sounds around you. Now think of an experience where you have felt love – focus in on the feeling, not the actual experience.  Hold that feeling close to you, letting it expand and fill your being.  Open your eyes and keep hold of that feeling.  Take a few more deep breaths and lock it in. Do this exercise daily, until reaching for the feeling of love comes as naturally as taking a breath.

We can choose to focus on the hurts, the way we have been wronged and everything that missing, or we can choose to take baby steps onto a new path, and instead focus on love, gratitude and seeking the joy that belongs to us.  While it is difficult to do this at first, like anything in life, the more you practice, the easier it gets.

Allow the power of love to become a source of healing and let it slowly wash away that which no longer serves you.  You are born to have an amazing, love-filled life.  Embrace this gift and allow yourself to heal through love.

What about today feels like love to you?

Many Blessings,
Santa

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RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS
MEMOIR OF A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

BY SANTA MOLINA-MARSHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MAY 3, 2022

This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022