Time of Giving Thanks

Although I believe every moment is a good time for giving thanks, ’tis the season.

So, I thought it would be nice for us to amp up the gratitude consciousness, building a bright capsule of it together to stretch across the United States.  On second thought, while we’re at it, let’s stretch it across the whole world!

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing this Thanksgiving: celebrating with family you love, or family don’t love to celebrate with so much; hanging out with friends or by yourself; eating, resting, traveling, working or none of the above….take time to let the bright spirit of thanks swell in your hearts.

On this very day, what are you feeling grateful for?

Let’s make a list, say it out loud, write it in our journals or tell it to a loved one!  Let’s feel it and share it, remembering that when we search for things to be thankful for and give them our sincere attention, our gratitude grows.

Today I am grateful for (in no particular order):

-My upcoming travel

-Loved ones in my life

-My daily meditation

-My recent healing conversation with my brother

-My bed

-My increasing courage & confidence

-Having finally signed the contract with KN Literary for the final process of birthing my book into publication

-Sundays

-My editor

-My power to choose

-Persimmon, mashed yams, chicken, kale, home-popped popcorn, dark chocolate, guacamole, honey crisp apples, licorice tea

-The gratitude gift I recently received from a student, and that student’s sweet heart

-All of you who are reading this

-The light of the Divine

-Love Itself

 

That’s my list for this moment.  I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

I’m off to clean the bathroom now…with gratitude, of course 😉

 

Love & Light to all this season, and always~

 

Turning on the light

In college, I was very sensitive. I intuitively felt that there was something terribly out of balance and, dare I say, corrupt with the systems of the world, and it nearly drove me to madness.

Fast-forward almost 25 years and it appears that all the things I agonized about are being exposed more and more every day, like the pockets of the systems have been turned out, only to reveal the gross, sticky dirt at the bottom…or like the pus of a zit that finally made it to a head and is now erupting.

Sorry to be so graphic, and kind of dark about it.  I do have my moon in Scorpio so it’s not completely out of character 🙂 However, because it became dark inside of my brain way back then, I sought for a solution with desperation at that time.  After an extensive search through my psyche, I felt the only solution would be to find the light.

Now again, here in 2021, I look around and continue to wonder what the solution is to all of the craziness that I hear from social media and from the world around me.  Still, the only solution I can see is to create light.  It seems like common sense, right?  When all is dark, turn on the light.  When there is enough light, humanity will see clearly.

The light lives within the hearts of people.  That’s why, even though it is people who cause so many problems, people remain as my hope.  The light of consciousness that is within human beings is my hope.

So, in this crazy & chaotic world, how can we turn on the light?

We can start by loving ourselves first.

We can be brave enough to face our own hardship and pain with love, patience and forgiveness.  We can be brave enough to feel.

As we feel ourselves, we find our love, we find our light.  We find our truth.  We find our choices.

We can choose to do and say things that contribute to the light (while continuing to forgive ourselves for all the moments that we fall into our own darkness again, of course.)

We can choose to change our unhealthy habits that divide us and cause our love to shrink, habits such as blame and anger and victimization, excessive worry, following fear….these are habits that take a long time to change, but we can choose to commit to the process.

We can choose to be open-minded and understanding, considering that all people have all kinds of perspectives for all kinds of reasons.  We can choose to try to see from their eyes. We can choose understanding.

We can trust ourselves.  We can find our truth and find positive, harmonious ways to stand up for our own truths.  When we search hard enough and deep enough, we can always find the win-win.

We can feel gratitude for the little things, big things and everything in between.  We can express our gratitude openly and honestly.

We can share our love with those around us in any way we see fit – a smile, a listening ear, a hug, a compliment, an understanding nod, a friendly note, a deep conversation, an offering of appreciation.

We can keep letting go of our hurts of the past that cause us to create more hurt for ourselves, and others, in the present.  As we let go in trust of the cosmic plan, we can reconnect to our own sense of worthiness again, our own heart of love.  We can be free. And in that freedom we can feel the vast expansiveness of the light that lives and breathes at our essence, always.

These are some of my ideas of how we can keep collectively creating light for our world.  What are your ideas?  Please feel free to share them with me.

Thank you for your being beautiful lights on the planet with me in this time of great possibility.

 

Sex, Marriage, Relationships

Sex, Marriage, Relationships; three things that I don’t talk about very much here on Healing Tree!  However, these are the topics of the YouTube live featuring my teacher, Ilchi Lee, on Tuesday, September 14th @ 3pm PT.

I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say.  Having studied the Tao with him for over 20 years, I am certain that he will give perspective on the subjects from the spiritual body.  Sex, marriage & relationships are very much related to our lives in the physical body.  However, when we have any struggle with such issues, it is hard to find the solution when seeing them from the perspective of our physical selves alone.  As physical beings, we deal with all kinds of emotions and desires of the ego, as well as memories of the past and influences of what the physical world around us tells us and shows us about sex, marriage and relationships.  When we become controlled by those emotions, desires and memories, we become easily confused, and this threatens our healthy relationship with these three topics.

When that happens, it’s good to take a step back and see from a wider perspective, to look at sex, marriage and relationships with our spiritual eyes.  Looking at these worldly matters from the viewpoint of the cosmos, or the Tao, or whatever you want to call it, we can find answers and solutions where we may have otherwise been stuck.  After all, we are not only physical beings, we are spiritual beings, and all the wisdom we need is within us – it’s just that we cannot access it when we become blinded by our emotions, desires and memories.

I believe the talk with Ilchi Lee will help us to open our spiritual eyes and see from new perspectives.  That is why, as I said, I am very much looking forward to hearing what he has to say.  I find that examining any topic from that expanded perspective is both refreshing and enlightening.

If you are interested in it as well, please join me.

Abandonment

Once again, it’s been too long.  I would have liked to have written sooner, by I was consumed by my life and especially consumed by the time it has taken to work on my book.  I feel like I have abandoned my blog and all of you, and that makes me sad.  I myself despise to be abandoned – I have all sorts of issues with it – and I never like to see myself doing to others what I don’t like done to me.

However, as with all feelings, hurts, wounds, emotions, it’s better to just face my feeling.  If I allow myself to feel the pain completely, I can move past it more quickly.  It’s when I want to avoid my pain (of being abandoned, of abandoning others, of any and all hurtful emotions), that the pain chases me.  As I get older and my practice deepens, I find myself more and more tired of running.  Rather than living a life that is tangled up and discolored by the dramas I create, I’d rather just live life as it is.  It feels more fulfilling that way, although the pleasure is different than the pleasure of the drama.  The energy I get from the excitement of reacting to my emotions is akin to eating cookies – so satisfying and delicious for a moment, but if I eat too much, I feel sick.  I can’t live a healthy life on the diet of cookies.  The energy I get from disengaging in the emotional intensity of the drama, the chase, is far less exciting. The energy from facing the moment is akin to eating vegetables: less thrilling but far more sustainable.  As I mature, I feel that what I need is that moderate, healthy, sustainable energy.  That’s what makes me happy, what is healthy for my body and mind, and what feeds my soul.  The deeper joy of vegetables is what I find myself looking for more and more.

Therefore, I am once again facing my pain of “abandoning,” my blog. I’m forgiving myself because it was all done with the purpose of creating my book, a dream that needed an intense amount of time and energy to be manifested.  I’m making a new choice, the choice to begin posting again!  So here I am, taking action on that choice.

Ilchi Lee often talks about the healing phrases of Ho’oponopono as being four phrases that can heal any relationship.  I’d like to express those phrases to you now, in hopes that you will feel my heart:

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

I’d love to pick up our conversations where we left off.  Please share with me about your emotional processes these days, your awakenings, your sorrows, your dreams.  Let’s create a healing space together.

 

 

The Alchemy of Gratitude

This year, my theme for the year is TRUST. I am practicing to trust myself more deeply, as well as to trust the universe itself. Life is continuously giving me opportunities 🙂

In my quest for self-trust, I have discovered the importance of self-love. Trusting myself is loving myself. Furthermore, it is very hard to climb out of the dark hole of self-doubt if I do not love myself enough to have the power to say, “Enough with this!”

It’s a choice. I can choose to love myself, I can choose to trust myself, and I can choose to be grateful for all of it. The choice is always there waiting for me, but if I don’t have enough of a sense of self-trust, self-love or gratitude, if I don’t have a feeling for what it means to do that, then it is hard to choose it.

It’s my job to cultivate those feelings. I have to find them within me and wake them up and nurture them so that they grow. These days, I am carefully grooming the garden of self-trust, self-love & gratitude in my heart.

Today I remembered Ilchi Lee’s message from the Calligraphic Meditation book. “The Alchemy of Gratitude.” It in, he is speaking of exactly this – the cultivation of gratitude.

After reading it, I felt that I couldn’t have said it better than him, so I have decided to share it here today.

When you read it, I encourage you to not only consider the alchemy of gratitude, but to consider the alchemy of self-trust and self-love as well. The seeds of all of these lie within our souls. We can awaken them anytime, when choose to be diligent in our efforts. I hope that this message will touch your heart and open your mind to infinite possibilities.

The Alchemy of Gratitude

Gratitude is a technique of the mind that anyone can learn and develop. When your experience and understanding of gratitude deepen, you’ll know that it simply means being grateful for everything, in any circumstance whatsoever. Every moment of life will be filled with gratitude, and you needn’t try hard to find it.

At first, gratitude must be looked at to be seen, must be sought to be found. Find something to be thankful for, even though you feel it’s insignificant. We all have something to be thankful for.

If you really think you have nothing to be grateful for, then be thankful you were born a human being. Be grateful that you are still breathing and that your heart still beats. And be thankful that the sun rose today, that a new season has come, and the trees are green again.

If you have true gratitude for even one thing, at some moment thankfulness will rush over you like a wave.

When thankfulness matures, then appreciation – temporary, conditional, and calculating – gives way to unconditional, sustained gratitude.

Such gratitude takes away from our lives’ complaints and dissatisfaction, anxieties and worries, and brings in their place infinite positivity and peace.

Train yourself to be thankful, whatever your circumstances. Let gratitude fill your whole mind so that thankfulness overflows into your whole life.

If your heart is filled with gratitude, you can’t live halfheartedly. You can’t use tricks or do cowardly things for your benefit alone.

When you are grateful, you show full devotion in whatever you do and do your best no matter whom you meet.

A holy mind comes out of a grateful heart. Gratitude is an alchemy of the soul everyone should practice.

~ Ilchi Lee~

Sincere Gratitude

Dear Friends of this Healing Tree,

I would like to sincerely thank those of you who have contributed to the GoFundMe for my book. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

There were even those of you who sent encouraging messages with your donations and they were so very touching to me. It’s inspiring and encouraging to hear of your support and a bit about how my journey relates with your journey. To me, that is the healing tree, and we are co-creating a healthier forest and a healthier world as we open our hearts and share with one another.

There were some donations that came through which even brought me to tears. I was so touched to feel the heart and mind that makes the choice to help another human. There were moments when my phone pinged to show me that a donation had come through and in that moment of my life, it actually healed me to receive it.

Life is so interesting. However crazy this world may be, it is so precious that we can love and care for each other. It’s such a beautiful thing that we can inspire and support each other in ways we don’t even realize, just by making choices.

Through our simple choices to be brave, to be honest, to be empathetic, to open our hearts once more, we make this world a better place.

Through the GoFundMe, plus donations given outside of it by people who wanted to send to me privately, I have reached over half of my goal!! For me, it is very exciting and I am already amazed, deeply moved, and sincerely grateful for every single one of you. So much so, that I wanted to take time to share my heart with you.

Thank you for brightening my life with your love!

Blessings of light & love for all!,

Danielle

Your Support!

Hello to all of my dearly beloved Healing Tree readers!

Are you still out there? I hope that this post finds you happily creating your lives 🙂

I think of you often, but have been consumed by my push to finish my first-ever and likely-to-be-only book. It is a huge undertaking not only of time and energy, but mental and emotional willpower!! I would like to give a huge round of applause to all of the book-writers of the world! I truly commend you. You are amazing.

I am approaching the summit of the birth of my book-baby, which in its current form is titled, “Healing Tree: an adoptee’s story of hurting, healing & letting the light shine through.” Soon it will be time to seek professional editing and embark on my self-publishing journey.

For this, I would love to ask you for your support! The fees for this part of the climb are quite high, and I do not have the have funds to cover the costs, so I am reaching out to Healing Tree supporters who may be willing to lend a small hand. Any size of contribution is humbly welcomed! Many small hands will give me the boost I need to get to the top of this mountain!!!

Here’s the link to my GoFundMe:

http://gf.me/u/zibapz

Thank you sooooo much in advance and I look forward to communicating more with all of you in the very near future! I have missed you!

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments.

I am sending many blessing for your health, happiness & peace.

With Love & Light,

Danielle

Year of Love

Dear Healing Tree Readers,

It’s been so very long since I have written here ~ almost the whole year!

But I wanted to check in now to see if you have been keeping up with your 2020 goals, despite all of the unexpected craziness that we have faced this year?

This is very important. Through making goals that expand ourselves into the people who we truly want to be, and keeping those goals despite the wild ride of life, that is how we grow our consciousness.

And I still stand firm in my belief that what humanity needs most right now is to raise up the brightness of the collective consciousness. Each one of us are the people who need to do that. This is the most important choice of all.

It may sound odd, but I actually had a beautiful year. I set out with the goal to grow my power to love. And as the pandemic hit, I wrote a post about choosing for love. As I have continued to choose for love, in the face of all of my struggles and circumstances, some amazing things began to unfold.

Unexpectedly, I experienced a tremendous amount of reconciliation between myself and several important people from my past. There were things that needed to be said, actions that needed to be taken and forgiveness that needed to be asked for, as well as offered, in order to heal some outstanding hurts. The amazing part about it is that some of those hurts were things so far gone into the past that I just thought they were behind me. But 2020 brought them back to me, and I cried many tears of gratitude and joy as those amends were made.

It’s impossible to describe the type of joy and lightness of my heart that came when I realized that despite those painful and confusing experiences of the past, the choices we make right now are what matter most. And when all the cobwebs of misunderstanding are cleared away, what remains is just love. Pure love that cannot be damaged. As I found this love again and again through my reconciliations, I realized that my capacity to love was, in fact, growing.

When you set a goal, one never knows how the universe will bring it to you. It may look nothing like you expected. I felt that these opportunities for healing came to my life one by one because I have worked so hard, each and every day, sincerely trying to develop myself into a person who can truly contribute to the good of all – what we call in Body & Brain, a Hongik person.

So as we come upon this Thanksgiving season, I invite all of you to begin looking back on your year to see where you began, how far you have come, and where you want to go when the new year arrives. No matter what is going on around you, you can always set this goal and experience the empowerment of creating your life. That is an empowerment that can never be taken away from you.

Personally, I want to offer my thanks for all of those who gave me the opportunity to heal & grow, to say I’m sorry & please forgive me, who opened your heart to me, even when it was not easy, and gave me the chance to choose love. Not the love of “thank you for doing something nice for me”, but the love that shines whole and bright in an unconditional place. Because of you, that is the kind of love I have found again and again in 2020. Amidst all the darkness and chaos, I was blessed to find that love, feel that love and choose for that love again and again. You have given me the most beautiful gift.

I will continue to grow and expand myself with this love, finishing out the year by keep my promises to myself. As a side note, one of these promises was to work on my book, which I have kept to all year, now finishing up the second draft and preparing for the next step.

However, I have missed my Healing Tree readers and look forward to providing more messages here of support and hope in 2021. But you are on my mind – all of you who I am endlessly grateful for – as we approach this holiday season. Let’s check our goals and get ready to finish the year on a positive note. Let’s not forget how important we are! Let’s keep turning our inner light on as we move through dark days and nights, and create a future that we all want to see. That future begins right here and now, inside of our hearts.

Healthy Summer

I hope that you all are having the healthiest, happiest and most peaceful summer that you could possibly have, despite worldly circumstances.

If there was ever a time to practice that “I am a creator of my own life,” I feel that time is now.

More than maybe ever, we are being given wild and crazy opportunities to make difficult choices each and every day.

What are you choosing for?

I truly hope that you are choosing for your health, happiness and peace. If you don’t do it, there is nobody who can or will choose it for you.

This is something that is truly in your hands. And that’s the good news.

So, if you are looking for a healthier, happier and more peaceful action to take these days, I’d like to share with you a link to Body and Brain’s Summer Health Webinars.

I myself will be leading a session called, “Intro to Emotional Self Mastery” with focus on increasing Self-Acceptance & Self-Love.

The more we practice to accept and love ourselves, the more we can accept and love the situations that we find ourselves in. Everything begins with you, all the answers are truly within you, and you are the hope that you are looking for.

The below link leads to more info on my session and how to register if you are interested. I believe that you can follow it to find out about other positive, healing webinars that will also be taking place this summer.

May you awaken, grow, heal & transform through your wise and conscious choices!

https://summerhealth2020.bodynbrain.com/

Happy Earth Day!

Every time I recite the Earth Citizen Declaration, I see people from all over the world reciting it together. So, I gathered some friends and decided to put my joyful & touching vision into creation. I hope that it makes your heart smile as well!

Here is my Earth Day 2020 gift, to all of my fellow Earth Citizens!

Made with love ~~~~~