Arms Wide Open

I had been wondering why someone who had never been sick in her life except for the occasional flu would have to have two emergency surgeries, one due to health reasons and the other because the first operation failed.

“For true success, ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?”  –James Allen

As if that was not difficult enough, the second surgery left me without being able to speak, walk, stand, or move. My cognitive skills were also affected, as well as being unable to write. No matter how hard I tried, the letters I formed were illegible. Talk about frustration, primarily since I could not communicate any other way. I had no voice.

Thus, I began my determination and commitment to my recovery. It is incredible how much muscle you lose after being bedridden for a month. Everything begins to shut down. I went from the hospital straight to a rehabilitation center for I still could not do anything for myself. Yet, I was determined to walk out of the center of my own accord, sans the wheelchair, speaking, and able to climb stairs. During those three weeks, I worked extremely hard, pushing myself with the exercises to regain my physical strength, employing all of my teachings as I did so.

My enthusiasm was infectious.  I decided to invite in rather than be afraid of what was next in my life for the thoughts that I entertained during this challenging period would shape my life. I refused to let in anyone’s negative views, no matter who voiced them. I let the doctors know that regardless of statistics, miracles happen every day. I believed it. Besides, there is always an exception to the rule.  We have the power to create the life we desire by our actions and reactions. Attitude plays a significant role in manifesting all into our lives.

I was successful in my recovery. So much so, that the rehabilitation center used me as a case study during their presentation to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Shortly afterward, I began receiving messages from four different sources regarding assisting others in their recovery. I listened, trusted, and, with arms wide open, embraced the new path before me. I began to see the silver lining, gaining clarity as to why I had to undergo such a journey.

You may have noticed that it is usually during the most challenging periods that we discover the truth of who we are. Sometimes it takes something drastic to disrupt our habituated routine so we can return to the presence of love – our true nature. It is then that we feel the current of light weaving through us – soul weaving. Although it is a constant in our lives, we are usually oblivious to it. However, when we align our desires with the purpose of our soul, everything flows in our direction.

“Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we master our beliefs, we open ourselves to the infinite possibilities of new experiences before us. Providence then moves to bestow upon us an array of situations, relationships, and material rewards greater than we could have imagined. We see the evidence of our dreams.

So many of us know these universal principles. The question is: Do we employ them?

Do you?

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