Early Birthday Gifts

My birthday is in August, but it feels like it came early this year. I have already received some magnificent gifts over the past two weeks. On the last two Sundays in July, I had the honor and privilege to facilitate two live Family Constellations Workshops. Thank you to everyone who attended the first one at the Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast in Sarasota and the second one at the Center for Spiritual Living in Ocala. I am grateful for the gift of your presence. It had been so long since I’d done a live event that I almost forgot how good it feels to be in the same physical space as the participants! 


Being able to do Constellations on Zoom has been a huge blessing during a time when gathering in person was not an option. Over the past 2+ years, I have learned without a doubt that the energy that connects us is not limited by geographic location. I have witnessed miraculous transformations and powerful healings during our virtual gatherings. However, as we begin to gather in person again, it seems we are rediscovering the importance of human connection. It was a joy to share the full sensory experience of Family Constellations with the courageous souls who showed up for these workshops.


There was another gift waiting for me last weekend. My dear friend Cindy, the minister and spiritual leader of CSL Ocala, invited me to stay at her home while I was in town. Cindy and her husband have created a joyful, playful space for their children and grandchildren to gather. For someone who lives alone, it was a special treat to be in a house filled with an abundance of love, laughter, and activity. All of her children and grandchildren were there at some point during the evening. True, her youngest grandchildren weren’t so sure about the strange man Grandma invited into her home, but by the end of the evening, even these shy little ones were able to make eye contact with me. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. I felt like part of the family and that I belonged. My heart was full that night as I drifted off to sleep. 


I also noticed no matter who stopped by this love-filled home, they were treated with kindness and it was a safe place to belong. That’s no small gift. Belonging is what we all crave, and it is a recurring theme in Family Constellations. Bert Hellinger, the man who created this modality, believed his most important contribution was his observations on belonging. Our need to belong is incredibly strong, especially in our family of origin. We will do anything to belong. We learn in Family Constellations that you can be your authentic self and still belong. When we discover and release limiting unconscious loyalties, we can reconnect in healthy ways and move forward, which honors our ancestors. For more on that, watch this video on my website. 


This year, my birthday wish for each of you is that you know you belong. There is a place for you at the table and you matter. It may be challenging with your birth family, but even there, you belong. You remain a part of that system even if you think and act differently than they do. You also belong to the one human family on Planet Earth. And you belong to this community that we have silently created together. I am grateful to all of you who read (and sometimes comment on) my weekly stories. Whether we met at a Family Constellations Workshop, A Course in Miracles Study Group, through Spiritual Coaching, a friend, referral, Google Search, or some other way, you belong. 


If you are having difficulty feeling like you belong, it would be my great honor to assist you with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a private Family Constellations Session. Both can give you tools and a deeper awareness of how to belong, first to yourself, and then wherever you go. Please look around my website for more information or to book a session


Until next time, may you claim your rightful place at the table of life. You belong!

When you have learned that you belong to truth, it will flow lightly over you without a difference of any kind.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-13.XI.6:6

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