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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prayer in time of trauma

Ten days ago my son was victim in a hit and run collision. He was on his motorcycle when a speeding car hit him from behind and fled the area. My son was thrown clear of his bike and sustained serious injuries to his leg. Left in a ditch on a dark road, he managed to crawl out, retrieve his cellphone and call for help. His ability to delve deep inside himself to a place of love, saved his life.

While he was being transported to a trauma center near home, I was loading my car getting ready for the longest eight hour drive of my life. I was out-of-town when I received the call that he'd been in an accident. It is difficult to describe the multiple levels of emotion that sped through my body. However, my most pressing desire was to alert my spiritual community of my greatest need.

Prayers. Within minutes, prayers of light and love for me and my son as we both began a journey poured forth from all over the world. How can it be that while I cried, listened by phone, cried more and anguished, I never lost sight of my divine connection?

Perhaps on one level when all was stripped away from the situation it was the only part I could control. But there was more than that. Although I experienced the human emotions attached to the traumatic event, I allowed for all of me to be present. Hence, what I practice, live, and teach became second nature. I'm a co-creator and as such I never want for the eternal source of love that I am.

Gratitude for the rays of light joining with mine to strengthen me as my son makes his recovery.

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