Midlife: when the Universe grabs your shoulders and tells you, "I'm not f-ing around, use the gifts you were given.' - Dr. Brene Brown
Do you have chronic fatigue syndrome, or another chronic illness?
I've come to believe that for me, chronic fatigue syndrome, has been a call to the enlightenment path.
And that the crashes and flare-ups that are a familiar part of my life are initiations, or offerings meant to move me into a deeper spiritual awakening.
Or closer connection to the divine. And I suspect that the same is likely to be true for others who have this chronic illness or other ones.
So I got really interested in a brief mention of the Hero's Journey that I saw in one of my SLOWW newsletters. As I watched the video, I liked their explanation of it and wanted to think about how to apply it to chronic fatigue syndrome.
6 Milestones of the Hero's Journey
Have you heard of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey?
Here's an interesting take on it. What I love about the image below is that it offers so many possibilities for what you might be feeling, or what you might be motivated by, at each stage of the journey...
Here (below) is what I think the hero's journey might be like for someone with chronic fatigue syndrome or another chronic illness...
6 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Milestones: An Infographic
See you next time!
Are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day today?
Why Your Luck is Hiding from You
Both my sister and a friend of mine are very lucky. They find money, they win money at casinos, they win contests, and if they want something, they usually get it.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for myself.
You can't always get what you want, but sometimes it seems like I can never get what I want.
Do you ever feel that way? Why is it that sometimes the things you want most are the hardest to create in your life?
You may have heard these reasons here, before, but in my opinion there are usually two reasons we intend something that doesn't manifest.
-we have core beliefs that basically, hold up a stop sign to the things we want.
-we have core wounds that have never healed, and they do the same thing.
Do you think that might be true in your life?
Step out of the history that's holding you back. Step into the new story you're willing to create.
My St. Patrick's Day Reading
To get more clarity for myself, I decided to do a reading. For my reading, I pulled 3 cards from the Starseed Oracle, and one from The Herbcrafters Tarot, so the 3rd question has 2 answers
(1) Why is my luck hiding from me?...
The card I pulled was Lifting the Veil, and it's main point was that was about uncovering mistruths, or limiting beliefs, and letting go of anything that is out of alignment with who I am.
"Some Starseeds are here to lift the veil between the seen and the unseen worlds. To look deeper and question everything that generations did not."
(2) What do I need to do about it?...
The card I pulled for this question was You Got the Love.
The message of this card is to strengthen self-love and create healthy boundaries in any problematic relationship.
"Do you lose yourself in relationships? How can you develop a deeper love for yourself?
(3) What will happen when I do?...
The first card I pulled for this question was Whale and Orca Elders from the Starseed deck. The second was Adelita of Earth from Herbcrafter's Tarot.
The message for the first card is about the frequency of love. The card says that our whale and orca elders are infusing that frequency into the planet.
It says that whales see the truth of who you are, beyond the ways you have been wounded, and they see past your identity & personality. Being seen so clearly is life-changing.
"You're being called to surrender to your deepest truth and share it with potency. To leave your fears, doubts and baggage at the door."
It's about being willing to let others see who I truly am & revealing the unique note that I am here to sing. And the question I am meant to ask is in what way am I being called to share my song with the world?
Here is the link for a whale-singing video if you'd like to hear their beautiful, healing sound.
The second card is an Adelita card, and those are about finding the remedies that will help you come into your own.
"The Adelita of Earth explores new ways to embody old traditions without depleting any resources. She is committed to an earth-honoring spiritual path."
It also mentions honoring your heritage, and refers to Brigid and to Celtic heritage in particular, and to ground your spirituality in practical ways.
Find Out What's Holding You Back
Try a St. Patrick's Day reading! It's $17 for the next few days - through the end of the night on Saturday.
How would you like for your luck to change? Tell me in a comment.
Make a wish!
A dark night of the soul is essentially when a person loses their connection to everything they once believed, to the divine. It is a spiritual crisis of sorts, an intense, dark period of questioning what is real, who they are, and why they're here. It usually precedes a profound spiritual awakening. - JessicaDimas.com
Chronic Illness & the