I believe everyone is here to make an impact on the world and leave a legacy, one of peace and prosperity, and HAPPINESS. Yes, happiness.
Most of what stands between us and our HAPPINESS is fear. Maybe that's everything that stands between US and our HAPPINESS.
I hate fear!!!! And limited belief systems, they're pretty shitty, too.
I believe we are meant to live the life we dream of, as I believe our dreams are as unique to us as our DNA, the things that we long for, long for us just as much.
To really know who we are at a core level and bring our talents into the world to fulfill our deepest desires and to be fully expressed in this world, is what we ARE HERE TO DO, BE, LIVE, EXPERIENCE.
As the stories go, however, many of us wait until we have a physical breakdown before making any changes and facing our fears.
We live a life based on working too much and ignoring the warning signs our body’s inner wisdom conveys to us as we continue to follow a path founded on (in a nutshell) the need to please others.
This was very much my story, I became seriously ill from overwork and overwhelm, ignoring all the warning signs, losing my hair, my health, and almost my mind, before being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that set me on the path of questioning why my body was attacking itself and what did I need to do to regain my health and my life before I was diagnosed with something more serious and life threatening?
I saw death looking me in the face, it became a reality, not just a far off concept that I would one day deal with. The scarier thing was that I realized I hadn't been living much of a life at all.
And that's when the fear of dying became one of the most powerful, ironic, fears that compelled me to make changes in my life.
I knew I didn't want to be dead. And so I had to figure out what it meant to really be alive.
You know, the Dalai Lama said:
But I'll be honest....FEAR can be paralyzing. Especially when unexpected, sometimes devastating, and drastically life-altering circumstances hit you upside the head.
When I was in the throws of darkness and seeking the light, I read an article about a study that had been done that showed the number one thing that people needed most when trying to change their lives was
The second thing was a mentor and community of like minded people... that's when I stopped being quiet about my struggles, that's when I started speaking openly about my FEARs, that's when I found my calling, and that's when
My hope for you is to move through your fears, and know your own happiness. Namaste.
I am excited to share with you a brand new book that I have co-authored with several other women from around the world. Finding Fulfillment in the Spiritual Age is full of inspiration and deeply honest stories from women around the world who have not only faced, but survived and thrived through amazing journeys. And they're women just like you and me.
This book contains a collection of spiritual stories that include insights, recommendations, lifestyle changes and so much more to inspire you to reach for your own inner and outer miracles. I am very proud to share my own story in this book and it is my wish to inspire you to take action in your own life.
The stories are tragic and compelling, deep and humorous. They make you think and they touch something inside of you.
In reading through the trials and tribulations, each woman on her own road to spiritual awakening, one theme resounds loudly throughout our storytelling: we waited until we had a life crisis before embracing our current fulfilling lifestyle practices.
We live in an amazing time of learning and awareness.
There is something to be learned from each one of these powerful women, whether you're in a similar situation or not. Their wisdom and guidance is what EVERY women needs to hear, regardless.
Each woman's unique story reveals the thoughts and emotional processes that happened to them before, during and after their transformational process. And the amazing change in mindset is the prevalent common denominator that moves them forward.
If you read each story, you'll get the nuts and bolts of the heartfelt insight every woman shares, and an incredible close-up and personal window into their soul. Women love to learn, share, and grow together. We need to lean on each other, no matter what life throws at us. And this is the perfect book to help you do that.
Letter From the Editors
FINDING FULFILLMENT IN THE SPIRITUAL AGE is a compilation of tips, advice, inspiration, and stories from women who are teaching others through their past awakenings how to live in this new age (the Spiritual Age).
If we regard the number of writers in this anthology as representation of our population’s mindset it becomes clear that we, as a society, have yet to harness spirituality and transformation in a way that does not, unfortunately, involve pain and suffering.
As you read each story and identify with the writer’s healthy need to take care of their family and their unhealthy need to reach a certain level of success, even at the cost of their health, pay close attention for this is a lesson worth learning.
When we learn to reach higher not because we have nowhere else to go but because we decide that the goal of Oneness is more important than anything else is when our world will experience a deep change.
In the end, we are more similar to one another than different. While our competitive world makes us focus (over-focused) on what makes us different in order to establish an identity that feels safe, it is the attachment to this identity that keeps us from experiencing a bigger spiritual picture.
It is only when we are willing to surrender to Oneness and let go of the egoic need to conquer, win and prove is when our spiritual selves rise within us.
To be clear, establishing an identity is important for it is part of the maturation process.
However, at a certain point, this focus must give way to a higher pursuit. Without clear supportive directives to continue maturation by fostering a desire for Oneness while retaining individuality, many will remain stuck conquering, winning and proving themselves… forever.
If one of us is stuck, we all are stuck.
Oneness is about coming together and experiencing spirituality, any form of it, with love, compassion and acceptance.
The connection to God, Spirit, Creator, The Universe, Source, Chaos, etc…. is such a deeply personal experience indeed; it is the Ultimate Personal Experience, that the only way the population of our world can come together in any kind of meaningful way is to encompass any and all belief systems.
Everyone has access to Spirit and everyone has the right to reject its presence.
For those of you that know you know Spirit exists I say do not force your knowing upon anyone else. For the deeply personal experience those who do not believe are experiencing is at odds with yours. Let us instead honor that at the core of each person’s being is a connection with All That Is.
The only way to come together is to honor each person’s experience of reality. Then and only then, can the possibility of coming together and learning as One be realized.
In the end, belief or disbelief in Spirit does not matter. Somehow we got here. The name of that process is not as important as your relationship to it. Choose for yourself and explore that choice until you reach another level of awareness.
It is this reaching that we call spirituality.
Enjoy your journey.
Sheri and Sheldon, Editors