I can see the ways in which Tiev's tale in My Forgotten Self mirrors the spiritual journey of so many of us:
-Tiev begins her journey struggling against the false messages of those around her.
-I began this divinely inspired journey struggling against the false message of myself as a dirty dishrag.
-After many amazing events, Tiev's tale concludes with her casting aside the false beliefs and limitations placed upon her. She goes forth carrying deep truths about herself as an invaluable spiritual being.
-After a profound publication journey, I sit here KNOWING that I am... we ALL are far from dishrags. I sit here KNOWING that we are valuable treasures.
For me, this journey has been about more than the publication of a book. I can see the ways in which Tiev's tale mirrors the spiritual journey of so many of us. As with Tiev, this journey has transformed my relationship with myself, with those around me and with God. To honor this rear-view moment, I will reflect on how this spiritual transformation began.
This month marks my one year blogiversary (YAY!). Last year when I began this blog I started with four posts describing how Tiev's tale in My Forgotten Self was gifted to me in the most unexpected way. Months later, I wrote a post about my inspirational visit with Oprah (who hasn't she inspired :-) ). I have compiled all of them here. Take a glance at the beginning of each post and if you feel led, click on the title to read the entire piece.
“Sure!” I exclaimed, hoisting him onto my lap.
As I read, I stopped and thought, “children’s books…humph…they are so complicatedly simple. I could NEVER write one of these!”
I know now that at that moment, God was smiling broadly. My ground was tilled and ready to receive another seed, and this seed would burst through into my very being.
The group exercise was not over. The facilitators asked us to choose one story to turn into a play. Almost in unison, the entire group turned to me. I was honored but at the same time detached; my mind was still reeling in disbelief and doubt. We had one hour to put together a "play." We made props, designed scenes and chose music.
It was show time!
This was shared with me by a stranger approximately eight years ago. Ironically, the very fears he named limited my ability to even consider the unfamiliar path of which he spoke.