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Giving grace

Just take a ride in your car. What do you see around you? Poverty is normal and sadly not rare in the surrounding areas to where I live. Just drive a few miles and it’s not unusual to encounter someone in a position of dire straits. Sadly many, often perfectly capable people, or so it seems abuse the system and even make a living holding out their sign. Some get aggressive and pursue you, even talk nasty to you when things don’t go their way. But then on the other hand, how do I know what they are going through, things are seldom as they seem. By saying so I am passing judgement, and I forget that everyone has a story. Surely they have one too, and while they appear perfectly healthy to me, there maybe many underlying issues that prevent holding a normal job. Heck, am I any different? Some days going for hikes and doing great and other days struggling to put on my socks.

But anyways, what I was trying to say is that many needy people, holding out their signs get missed in this town because it is a normal sight. Including myself, I too have driven past these people in need with no particular feelings at the time. But today and another time before stood out and without words I felt somebody’s story and hardship without knowing the details. It was in the silence that got my attention, the unspoken words, the non pushy behavior, some sign that got my attention. Something, but I felt it.

I was on my way home eating a fried chicken strip from the store, as I saw a man standing at the corner. I never fully read his sign but immediately got a feeling from him. “Anything will help” it read. Out of the two chicken strips I only had one left, and still felt hungry. It wasn’t a matter of deciding and I knew right away that he needed it much more then me. I pulled over and almost felt embarrassed that this one chicken strip was all I had to give him, but I remembered the words on his sign. “Anything will help.” I reached the bag out of the window towards the man that most graciously accepted it and thanked me. Already my eyes filled with tears, and I was so overcome by this unknown to me story that I couldn’t help myself but send a blessing his way. Something was special about this man and something touched me to the core. This has happened before and I can’t explain it. It is one of those stories, one of those moments when you just know it all, without ever having to speak a word. And it was right then and there that I decided to look more consciously for those moments in 2020. To make a difference for others on a different level. To never forget how blessed and fortunate I am and to share and help at an even greater level to those less fortunate.

Hours later the experience of today and the man from the corner is still with me and I truly hope that he is ok tonight.


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 🙏🏼💙🦋

7 thoughts on “Giving grace

  1. You felt your heart dear lady, its radar has opened much wider because of your journey. And your empathy has reached another level.
    That is our journey, among the desensitizing that this world brings. When you begin to hear your heart, its Grace empowers you to ‘hear’ that inner pain within another…and sometimes, just sometimes, your soul wants you to ‘know’ that there truly is something more than this world, a very, very beautiful something waiting to be found ❤️

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    1. This sounds so beautiful and it makes me want to listen and hear the voice of my heart even more. Perhaps I have startest his process already but naming it gives it an additional meaning that touches it even more. 🙏🏼❤️

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  2. Good for that man, that you heard his silent ask for help, Rhapsody.
    The more conscious you become, the more you will hear, what is going on in our world.
    Here in Spain, there are also much poverty and often very visible. The trash containers have many visits, where they are checked for food etc.
    I do support, when I feel, this is right to do and I’m able to. Unfortunately there are also many here, who are directly in their demanding and act bad, when they are denied help. I will admit, that I don’t support those people, as I prefer the silent questions too.
    I have seen people ask for money and food outside supermarkets and staying in very poor clothe there. Then I meet the same people in a weekend, where they drive a big car and wear beautiful clothe and jewelry. I don’t see those people as poor in economy. I feel, that they abuse other peoples help, when they really don’t need to, this is just a more easy way to survive for them.
    Wish you a wonderful Happy New Year, dear friend.
    Much love and hugs to you ❤

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    1. I know what you mean Irene and we will just have to go with our gut instincts and help when we feel called to do so. I have had the same experiences here and unfortunately there are some that will abuse our kindness. Don’t let it deter us from helping the ones that are truly in need.
      Much love to you, always ❤️

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