The middle of summer and all is well. As I write this article, it is raining softly, bringing much needed moisture to this area. The trees are looking happy to be getting a drink after weeks of dry hot weather. Our flower beds have been suffering from a lack of water as well, and while it is fun to enjoy the sunny days of summer, a sweet day of refreshing rain is often what we need to slow down, enjoy a good read or solve a new puzzle.

Did you know that trees actually show their history which is stored on the rings of a tree? When you look at the rings of a dissected tree, you can see times of drought, or how a tree reacted to fire, or to stress of any kind.

So it is with our own bodies. Every trauma of any kind has made its imprint on our bodies. And then it is stored there until we process it. Every skinned knee, every broken bone, every surgery, every emotionally impactive situation, every slight, every moment of shame… is ALL retained in our bodies until it is dealt with. Nothing is overlooked or left behind.

If we know that to be true, we need to also know that eliminating these traumas one by one will help us lead a much freer life. Letting these impactful things go will lighten our load considerably.

Think of it much like going on a hike. The hike is your life’s journey. Along the way, you pick things up and put them in your backpack that starts off empty. One by one you pile things in and soon the back pack is making your back ache. More stuff goes in, and the feet begin to hurt. More and the knees begin to quake. Soon you realize that if you don’t start to remove some stuff you will collapse altogether. This is what happens when we take on illnesses that have their root in our emotions and experiences, and indeed many of us have chronic health conditions that began years ago.

I happen to have chronic bronchitis that began at age two when I had whopping cough. My parents were on a trip and no one thought to call the doctor, so until my parents returned, I suffered alone and unattended. Once my parents returned and the doctor came and administered the appropriate medicine, I recovered, but my body never lost the remembrance of that trauma in my lungs. Now, all these years later, I still have a cough that never quite goes away and am susceptible to recurring bouts of bronchitis. Over the years it has improved a good deal since I am now aware of that long standing body and emotional trauma and have worked with it. Some healers say you only have to be ready to release the trauma and place your hands over that place in your body where the trauma resides and turn it over to God/The Universe/Spirit. And sometimes that is enough. But if the trauma or injury has been deep enough, it might take working with a trained healer or therapist or spiritual guide for a period of time.

Besides energy work, I’ve found the Akashic Record readings to be helpful in understanding deeper levels of the trauma and/or injury. And of course, color, essential oils and flower essences, which are the modalities that most resonate for me. There is sound too and so many kinds of healing and professional work out there that all work well.

I encourage you to find the things that call to you personally and employ them to strengthen your system as you cast aside all the stuff in your backpack that you no longer need. As you “lighten” up your backpack, your life will also “lighten” up and you will see things in a whole new “light”.

Enjoy this season of LIGHT!

The light in you is the unalterable truth of who you are. You can deny it and obscure it, but you cannot uncreate it.

Marianne Williamson

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?

The color of orange helps us overcome adversities and heal from traumas. It is a color that is invaluable to those on the journey of life who wish to leave the heavy pieces behind. It helps strengthen our boundaries and seals our energy field. Lighten up with ORANGE.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

Charlie Chaplin
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference

Until next month…..