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.

11 Thoughts.

  1. Hi Danielle I was happy to see notification of your post in my email this morning πŸ™‚
    I admire so much your capacity for love and forgiveness, I know it has not came easily and that you have been working on and with yourself for many years now.
    I am very pleased that you have managed to take many positives from this year and that you have given so many positives in return, including this post and message to your readers and admirers.
    I am also very pleased to hear that you have been using this year to continue working on your book, which I will be one of the first in line to purchase whenever it is ready for publication πŸ™‚

    I received a strange phone call yesterday from a woman from a pain clinic I have been referred to, who seemed to know intimate details about myself, details I had only revealed in confidence to my psychologist. I had been assured that psychology notes were kept separate from medical notes. Anyway, afterwards it had felt like some stranger or phantom had prized open a can of worms with me, releasing bitterness and hatred which I have never been able or even willing to move on from and so have tried to cover and patch up.
    I spent last night dwelling upon things I should never have been thinking about as they only cause me to become cold, releasing more dissympathy and acrimony into the world.
    I indulged in these feelings of loathing for a while before I acknowledged that these sorts of emotions only damaged me further, and that I had done well, I believe, to try and cover them and ignore them. Since I am unwilling to forgive those involved despite how I need to forgive them in order to move on, I feel like it is a battle I have lost but a war I can still win and so I can never move on.
    I imagine this feeling of retribution is very much tied to the feeling of pride, and that if I can work on reducing my pride then I can increase my love and capacity for forgiveness.
    I also know that there is nothing I can do to right the wrongs of the past and that my loathing is always in vain. But still I am full of it.

    Anyway, I’m blabbering on as usual πŸ˜„

    I wish you you a beautiful Christmas season, and thank you for yet another insightful and inspiring post. β™₯οΈπŸ™‚

    I think I especially needed to hear it today after the call I received yesterday.

    • Dear Ruth, thank you for your response! It is so good to hear from you :). I’m sorry about your unfortunate experience – both your strange phone call and your pain of the past. Healing and forgiving are things that cannot be forced. They must unfold naturally and will only happen when you are truly ready. So while on the one hand yes, it’s good to recognize your own pride and the things that hold you back, it’s also important to nurture your feelings of self-love, self-worth, and just the general sense of courage it takes to choose a happy life in the present moment. In building your power to love and forgive yourself, 99% of the healing will be done :). I wish you a great holiday season as well and am thankful always for your support!!!

      • Hi Danielle😊 thank you for this advice I will certainly consider the things which are preventing me from moving on and I will certainly try and work on self-worth especially, I really appreciate your guidance and it is awesome hearing from you too 😊&thank you so much for your holiday well-wishes !πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„
        Will be putting up the tree tomorrow, let’s see if the cat destroys it πŸ€”πŸ˜…

  2. Hi Danielle,
    Your message was a breath of fresh air in this time of anxiety and chaos. It’s wonderful to hear how you have taken this opportunity to spread love and healing, particularly with goal-setting and forgiveness. We’ve all learned a great deal about ourselves during the pandemic, and I have managed to stay productive despite all the challenges. Some days are better than others, but I remain hopeful for a better tomorrow as we seek both internal and external light in a more unified world.
    Wishing you many blessings this holiday season!

  3. I was so happy to see your healing tree notification in my email today. I am glad that you have experienced such magnification of love and healing in the midst of this year. I cannot say the same as recent times have been filled with grief and struggle. My yearly goals remain as challenging and pertinent as they were 10 months ago. I am still practicing with deepening acceptance and have discovered that it is a deep cave with many hidden caverns awaiting discovery. There is sometimes consciousness of some improvement followed by slippage into old habits. However, the effort continues. I have come to believe that there is no point of β€œarrival”; the journey is what’s important: all is transient. Blessings upon you Danielle as you continue to embrace the way of Love.

  4. I remain thankful for you and your presence in this world. Don’t forget how close I am… and if you need anything, ever, I’m in the car. Happy Thanksgiving you beautiful light in this world! <3 Jen

    • Dear Jen, it’s so great to get this message. I’m sorry that I’m just seeing it now. You are so sweet ~ I appreciate your love! I hope that you had a good holiday. Let’s shine our light bigger in 2021 πŸ™‚

  5. Hello Master Danielle. Encouraging and exemplary ideas spring from your writing as always. Keep on shining bright. Looking forward to your book. Be well. I wish you success and happiness. Vinson

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