One Year Ago…This Happened!!!
Most mornings start out the same for me. I wake up, I put both feet on the floor, I stretch both arms up to the sky, I look up and say, ”I Love My Life, I Love My Life, I Love My Life! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank you, God, for another miraculous day! I AM SO GRATEFUL! Let’s Do This!” I go and make a pot of coffee, then find a comfortable place to sit and do my morning meditation and write in my journal. Over the past four years, this has become a vital, integral part of my life, and I cherish this time more than words can say. It is, without question, the single biggest reason for the abundant transformations in my life.
Back in October 2015, it was a morning no different than most, except for one slight addition. For some reason, I was really missing the physical presence of my mother that day. It was the 19th anniversary of her passing that month, so I must have had a heightened awareness of her because of that. I decided to set an intention to witness a butterfly that had the color yellow on it (her favorite color), and then immediately let the thought go while I finished my meditation.
During my morning walk, I strolled along the sandy beach admiring the surfers and the families already out enjoying a beautiful sunny day in San Diego…the butterfly being the furthest thing from my mind. About an hour later, I headed home, but decided to walk along the road instead of the beach. That is very unusual for me, as I always stay along the shore for as long as I can. However, there was something compelling me to go a different way and explore a new path. As I walked along the road on the way back home, a butterfly came straight at my face with such speed, then turned to my right just before almost crashing into my nose! I had to toss my head back slightly to avoid contact. It happened in a flash, so it took me a moment to realize what had just occurred. As I stood there, I looked over to my right, and on the leaf of a bush sat the butterfly. I smiled and said “Hi Mom.” I then asked this lovely creature to spread its wings so I could see all of its beauty. The butterfly dutifully complied. What I saw was an array of colors…brown, black, white, and yes…a ribbon of yellow along the top of the wingspan. I had to take pictures because I thought, “if I ever tell this miraculous story, no one (but a handful of people in my life) will believe me!”
I looked at the butterfly and said, “Now what? Are you going to follow me?” as I smiled and walked away. I must have walked about 50 feet when all of a sudden, I could feel the breeze from her wings on my right shoulder as she hovered there a moment then slowly flew so close to my face again before lifting off in playful flight.
It was if she was there to say, “I’m here…whenever you need me, the moment you ask.” Deep down in my soul I know this, but every now and again it’s comforting to have the reassurance. What an amazing gift that touched me to the deepest corners of my soul. Miracle Number One…
The story gets better…
Once I got home, I decided to make something to eat. As I was preparing the food, I got an overwhelming message to listen to a reading I had received from Sonia Choquette over two years before! The recording lives on my phone, so it’s easily accessible, but I hadn’t even thought about it in a very long time. I am so in touch with my inner voice and intuition now, when I receive messages like that, I respond immediately. I know that it’s the universe trying to communicate with me. And being a student of life, I pay attention and acquiesce promptly.
While I ate my lunch and listened to the 30 minute reading, I heard things I had never heard before. It’s as if I was listening to it for the very first time. Now, without getting into all the intricate, personal details of the reading, I will say that she strongly advised me to read two books. One book I read right away, while the other book sits on my bookshelf. What I heard in the reading confused me because she very clearly stated at the end that I need to read THAT book immediately. Why didn’t I read it? I thought to myself, there must be some reason. Maybe I wasn’t ready to receive the messages. I’m not quite sure, and I can’t remember the specifics as to why. That said, as soon as I heard it, I went straight to the bookcase and pulled it off the shelf. The name of the book is “The Authentic Heart” by John Amodeo, Ph.D. As soon as I had the book in my hand, I gasped. Guess what is on the cover? …. that’s right … butterflies. Miracle Number Two. There were two muted butterflies on that cover. The one on the left looked so similar to the one I saw earlier that day. Now, if that’s not a sign that there’s WAY more going on than meets the eye, I don’t know what it is.
Let me see if I can bring this around full circle…
I’ve just recently changed my entire life all at once…every possible area that could be transitioned has been affected…all simultaneously! At another time, I’ll get into all the details of that and how I’ve come to a place where I am living a life filled with love, joy, peace, gratitude, and more happiness than I could have ever imagined. The reason I say this is because when you make changes this significant, it truly is a rebirth on many levels. With a rebirth comes many questions…why am I here, what’s my life’s purpose, how can I serve, how can I be all I am meant to be in this lifetime, among many, many others. One of the biggest questions I had was: I can now do ANYTHING I want to do with my life…what do I want it to look like?
Here’s the reason, I believe, for all the series of events that occurred that day. The other strong message Sonia said to me was this…Diane, you are a writer, a coach, a speaker, a teacher, a mentor! Stop “studying” and dive right in already. Just start writing. Don’t wait any longer…just do it! That series of events took me from missing my mom, putting a thought of butterflies into my awareness, getting the message about the reading, going and grabbing the book, and finally…most, importantly, getting the message I was meant to receive all along. Wow, I just LOVE the way the universe works!!!
This has been something that I’ve wanted to do forever…especially the writing. I have been gearing up and preparing for it for quite some time (as Sonia so eloquently pointed out.) Fast forward to a year later…My book is out, my program is launched, and I am living my dream!!! That time has come and the time is now! TODAY!
Today is the day I hope my words begin to inspire, motivate, elevate, and encourage others to live their best lives and realize their ability to create happy, rich, fulfilling lives. Today is the moment it all begins.
I HAVE TODAY…Let’s Do This!