Today's guest blogger is Tracy Brooks. Tracy has been spiritual traveler and a soul seeker her whole life. She has always felt a call to be a listener of life and to inspire others. A yogini and poet since age 9, she grew up in New York rescuing abandoned animals and holding a space for those who hurt. Born intuitively empathic, she often finds herself listening to strangers open up to her. Studying education, psychology and engaging in community service invited her to feel we all have a gift to share. Life has led her to teach, write and now home-school her young ones. Blessed to be happily married to the love of her life and living (out loud!) in Florida, she has been embracing contemporary shamanism, writing inspirational pieces, and working on her first book. You can find her Facebook page or visit her blog.
I just returned from an amazing weekend of soul healing. I was able to meet a beloved teacher and immerse myself in 2 days of learning alongside kindred souls. Over the course of this workshop I was able to journeyfor myself and partners (as they did for me), share and hear stories and witness some real shamanic healings. It was a gift to be a part of this, and I am still letting it all sink in and integrate deeply.
As it all still bubbles and reaches deep, I felt compelled to change my original blog piece to include a little piece of what took root. One of the journeys we did involved meeting our future selves, traveling 5 years into the future. Cool, getting to have our current selves question our future beings. Oh how I was intrigued, as I somehow expected my future me would be so much wiser, wittier and helpful to me in my here and now! Yet as I asked my future me questions I never really got my sage advice. I seemed to look and sound very much like me right now. I did seem to feel very open, freer somehow. “Aha! Something big must have happened to invite this clarity and loving vibe”...but my questions were met with smiles and soft eyes. No response to questions about my writing, practicing healings, or if Ian and I ever find the house we are looking for. Just a knowing smile, not at all what I hoped for! Answers please! I need books to read, things to learn, and what needs to be done by me! Ha, I could not even entice the future mama to gush or give any details about raising her dear children!
So as we were guided to ask our future selves what we perhaps needed to face/do/ask I did that. Yet, smiling future me was either really “just free and loving” or just being a smartass, ‘cause all I ever got was “Stay on your path”~ No details of what I needed to do/try/share/learn. I did not even get much about this path, where it leads or what is up ahead. Again future me just smiled and offered “All is well.” I said “great, so all is going to be well...whew, so I guess I have to...” Future me motions to be quiet and says “All is well here in your future, all is well where you stand right now.” Hmmm. Not so many answers. Yet, lots of questions.
So here I am in my now, somehow smiling at it all. I can really embrace the notion of just “living out the questions.”
...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything
unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked
rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could
not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live
everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will
gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke