You may not know this, but The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my all-time favorite books! If you haven’t yet read this wonderful story, it’s about a young man from Spain who goes on an amazing journey seeking his Personal Legend, or his destiny. Along the way, he meets an Alchemist who teaches him the art of transformation. As you may recall, an Alchemist is a wizard who transforms base metals into gold.
Yes, it’s finally February—the month of love . . . and Valentine’s Day! We can celebrate Valentine’s Day only on the fourteenth or choose instead to celebrate all month long! Better yet, this month, let’s choose to celebrate the power of self-love—the greatest love of all. After all, the first step in all loving relationships begins with you.
Who is that person behind the mask? And why would someone choose to hide his or her real self? My upcoming novel, Journey of the Lightworker, explores the concept of authenticity—or being true to one’s internal beliefs rather than externally imposed ideas. The more we look outside ourselves to create a sense of identity, the further we get away from our true selves. So, what does it mean to be an authentic person? The simplest definition of authenticity is to be genuine, real, and true to your core inner beliefs.
You may be wondering how I began my spiritual journey on the path of a Lightworker—and why I made that decision. The answer isn’t simple, and it’s been a progression for me.
As Lightworkers, we honor life as an expression of love, not fear; we may also have spiritual gifts, such as heightened intuition or healing abilities. But, most important, we are here to help others embrace their own enlightenment and gain an understanding of their own authentic and true spiritual self.
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” ~Audrey Hepburn
I stepped outside for my morning walk and passed an elderly couple holding hands. It was obvious how much they were in love by the way they looked at each other. Despite their age, the man’s eyes twinkled when he glanced down at his wife. He said aloud, “She’s still the same girl I met in high school.” The woman burst out laughing and we exchanged a morning ‘hello’. Encountering this lovely couple reminded me of the magic of seeing the beauty in everyone.
Follow your dream sounds like a simple process, doesn’t it? So what gets in the way? Frequently our lives become so busy that we forget what our dream is—much less take the time to pursue it. Today, I was thinking about my long-held dream of becoming a writer. I didn’t think it was possible because I’d let fear get in my way. But then one day, I mustered up my courage and I sat myself down. I simply began to write. The words didn’t come easy to me at first, but with much dedication and practice, the words began to flow. . . .