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Celebrating “YOU” ~ Amanda from Fourbrancheshealing


This week’s contribution is my second since I started Celebrating “YOU”, and just like the first time I actually feel a little nervous. Nervous that my words will fall short to convey and bring justice to this wonderful and insightful blogger, the bright light on the horizon, and who has become a dear friend to me. This one means so much to me and I actually call her my soul sister. She is Amanda from Fourbrancheshealing. 

I don’t even know where to start as there is so much to be said about her. I’m not sure when it was that we crossed paths, but like so many other relationships, ours too started with a comment to a blog post. Yet it was so different and so much more than just a comment. In reality, comments are always more for me, but still something magical happened while meeting Amanda. I truly believe that people cross paths with us to provide a bridge, to help us when we need encouragement, to share their knowledge when we feel stuck, or to let us be the teachers and allow us to make a difference and contribute for them. Some stay for awhile while others leave their footprint on our hearts and stay forever. Amanda embodies all of it and I feel as if I have known her forever. There is no fear of saying the wrong thing, no fear of being misunderstood. As the scene from Avatar “She sees me”. I am always myself, as she is with me and we wouldn’t have it any other way, 

We never met and yet there is a comfort in her words that always cradle my heart. My soul lies open before her and she never fails to say the right thing. Sharing her views and knowledge, often sheds light onto alternative pathways I might have not considered. There is an understanding, a knowing so deep, that often doesn’t require words. It is as if feeling a virtual hug, an embrace of never being alone, a guardian angel that is always watching over me. I feel her with me, even when we don’t talk.

She is my soul sister and seldom have I felt these words with more power and certainty. I have a few other sister,  not through birthrights, each different, special and unique and they all have great significance. Amanda had a huge mission and has helped me become whole and see the unseen. She already has left her footprint on my heart and there is no doubt that the beautiful friendship we have built in such a short time, will last forever. I feel truly blessed and lucky beyond words. 

Amanda is a confident woman, aware of her capabilities and powers, but she is also the person that will go to great length to help and heal you, as well as the world. She has a mission, a journey to fulfill as she grows herself and challenges herself to be of even more help. Amanda is a servant leader, a person that wants to help, a person that believes in the power of one, and a person that needs to do her part to make a difference. No matter how big or small, she sees the greater picture. Her wisdom is out of this world and she is indeed a very old soul that is here to share and shed her light. It’s bright and you can’t miss it if you look for her. Amanda loves our Mother Earth and is a medium to the spirits that are always around us. 

Learning more about Amanda and being at a point in my life where I needed answers and healing, I asked her if she could perform a shamanic journey for me. She did, free of charge, can you believe it? Not that it would have mattered, because what she has done for me is truly priceless, but still, wow. She actually offers free healing on her blog, and I hope you pay her a visit, even if this might not be you. The journey is always personal and what I can tell you is that there was a great deal of healing for me. There were emotions so strong and deep I had carried for so long, that were trapped and had gone unresolved. There was a vital part of me missing that was now complete, all because of Amanda’s help. The detail in which Amanda shared her results and findings with me was incredible. The time it must have taken was not an issue to her and there was never the slightest feeling of things being rushed or a sense of “What’s in it for me”. She was here to help, selflessly and fully committed. The follow up was nothing short of amazing. She never gave me too much, I always felt that my personal well being was the priority and her patience was simply admirable. I was a newbie with little to no clues, but I was already a believer, and was ready for the message Amanda would bring my way. 

Amanda strikes me as a person that would offer you the shirt off of her back without ever asking back for it. She has a huge heart that has seen much pain in the course of her lifetime, but she has risen above and has never given up. Life was not easy for her, she has fallen many times, feeling alone and unloved, taken advantage of and talked about behind her back. These people must have been out of their minds, not recognizing this beautiful soul and all of her blessings. Well, I’m beyond thrilled to be here to shout it from the rooftops about the amazing woman she has grown into. To stay strong in the face of adversity and to get back up after each knock to her knees. You inspire me in ways you most likely don’t know, but then you probably do because you know my heart. Today I am Celebrating “YOU” in an additional and official way, but in reality you lead my celebration list each and every day. Thank you for the gift of “YOU” and for everything that you bring so kindly to all of us. What you have done for me is nothing short of miraculous and I hope you know that you mean the world to me my beautiful soul sister. Xoxoxo


We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

12 thoughts on “Celebrating “YOU” ~ Amanda from Fourbrancheshealing

  1. Oh my gosh. Let me tell you, tears have fallen reading your words, Rhapsody. Not only have you given me your love and your very high regard, you have given me a golden opportunity to see how far I have come. Can I accept, without question, the words you say about me? Do I feel the need to diminish them or minimise them or feel unworthy? How is my ego engaged with this? It’s not often we get an opportunity to test these things. Yes, I’ve had some great compliments from time to time, but never anything like this.
    I have struggled my whole life to love myself, to feel worthy, like many others do. I have fought to drop my automatic need to prompt the good opinion of others, only to reject it anyway. Not this time, I know you only ever speak truth, Rhapsody, and I accept fully and with wonderous awe your words and thank you from the depth of my heart. You must know that it is your love and wisdom, your example, that has enabled me to pass this test and embrace my truth within your truth. I can honestly say I love myself unconditionally now and you have been my guide and teacher, Rhapsody, the one who has finally shown me how to do this. My love for you, soul sister, is boundless. xxx

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    1. Ah, this means so very much to me and I’m so happy you could look at yourself through my eyes, because they see nothing but amazement about you.
      Life is so hard some times and beats us down, but to a point I am grateful you had the experiences you had, otherwise you wouldn’t be who you are today. And yet in a contradicting way, at the same time I wish I could have saved you from the pain.
      There is no need to diminish any of my words and you are worthy, even though I understand that we often don’t think that we are ourselves. You are a gift my beautiful soul sister, a blessing, a one in a million.
      I’m deeply touched to have been able to do this for you and you know that I meant every word with it. Big big hug and sending light and love your way. Xo

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      1. As is the way with people who are from the same soul group, everything you say about me, I feel exactly the same about you. I look at you, your beautiful soul and everything you say and do and I feel nothing but awestruck. I feel the gratitude of your strengths caused through pain and anguish and tough times but also feel so sad and sorry that you had to endure them. As I have said, you have given me such an wonderful gift through what you wrote here, I cannot express the magnitude of how blessed I feel. My love for you is forever. xxx

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  2. This is so beautiful and heartfelt Rhapsody. And, Amanda is so worthy to receive this, despite her humility on the subject. I think you both shine out as beacon’s lighting the way into new territories not yet traversed. Peace and love to you both.💖💖💖🙏🙏

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    1. Thank you my dear Sister, and yes she truly is worth the recognition way beyond the words that I can convey. But like you said, those words come from the heart and when combined in that matter, it becomes more powerful and heartfelt than anything.
      Thank you for your kind words my love and know that your light shines like a beacon itself. To guide us so we may never be lost. Light and love my sister ❤️

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