On May 16th, I’m going to Costa Rica for a healing meditation retreat called SHIFT. It’s a glimpse of the vision I had almost two years ago.
I remember it vividly. I had been working through The Artist’s Way workbook with serious dedication for several weeks. We were back in Bangkok after having spent a couple of months in Nepal. We were walking out of our guesthouse one night on our way to dinner when I had what can only be described as a Divine download. The assignment that I’d been working on that week was to daydream about my ideal day. The, if I could do/have/be anything, what would it look like? I know it sounds cliché but I did it anyway. I asked myself what is my wildest dream?
I saw it all visually and felt it like a ripple of waves through my body… I was in this lush, warm place with a group of powerful women. We all stood around a long dinner table strewn with candles, talking and laughing. The energy was intimate and full of celebration. I sensed deep connection with these people. The kind of connection created by sharing profound, life altering experiences together. Everyone was vibrant and full of life, relaxed and at peace. It was a beautiful scene. I felt that I was part of this experience in a valuable way, that I had played a role in the freedom and joy that this group was now experiencing. My heart felt full and satisfied.
Fast forward to last year when I stumbled across Lacy Young. I can’t say exactly how it happened but I can tell you the thing that had me ‘Like’ her page and instantly like her. She and her husband sold all their stuff and moved into an RV to travel around the US in what they’ve dubbed the Kale on Wheels Tour. Oh yeah, she’s a Health Coach! I didn’t know Lacy at the time but she’s exactly the kind of person I wanted to know – bold, daring and committed to living the life of her dreams.
I began to see her shining face in my Facebook feed and it was a welcomed addition. Then, one day she announced she was going to Bali because of reasons she couldn’t explain. She was feeling drawn to go and to meditate and to heal and she couldn’t ignore the call. I have such deep admiration and respect for anyone that is willing to step into the unknown and confront themselves and their fears on behalf of what might be possible in their lives. Lacy was my kind of people.
One day not long after she returned from her spiritual voyage to Bali she posted this:
I immediately knew that I was meant to go with her and to be of service. I didn’t know exactly what that meant or how it would play out but I knew it felt right.
I reached out to her and shared what was on my heart. That was the beginning of a conversation that spanned a couple of weeks (and included long emails about who I am and what I believe and lessons I’ve learned along my path) and ended in a shared consensus – I will go to Costa Rica and I will serve in the ways I can serve – assisting with logistical things, ensuring that Lacy has what she needs so she can fulfill on her intentions and, of course, documenting the whole experience in photographs which will be such a joy for me.
The retreat is about the unearthing of deep, inexplicable joy. It’s about healing old wounds and finding peace. It’s about liberation and moving beyond your limits. It’s about transformation.
I am excited to serve and so grateful to receive.
My intention for the week is to cultivate my ability to hear that small voice of wisdom within me – to trust my intuition. This will inevitably mean discovering all the ways that I currently don’t do that. The places where I doubt myself, the places where I look to others for answers instead of trusting my own inner knowing and the places where I just resist listening and honoring it for whatever reason.
I believe our intuition is a direct line to higher wisdom, a gift from God. What would my life be like if I trusted my intuition deeply and relied on it to guide me?
When we follow the quiet whispers of our soul and step out it in faith toward whatever is calling us, miraculous things happen. I have no idea what will unfold during this one week in Costa Rica but I will show up for it, ready to grow and open to miracles.
There is one room left in the retreat. If you hear a little whisper speaking to you, I urge you to honor it. You can learn more and find details here – SHIFT.