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Lifting each other through the rough bits of life

We talked a lot about struggle and pain lately. From time to time I can’t help but pick up on the vibrations of your pain. And sometimes I fall victim myself and sadness sweeps over me for no apparent reason. Stay tuned for another post about this. This week has definitely been such a week. You can check out how we got to talking so much about it, here, here, and here.

During that time, when I feel the burdens and sadness of the world, when picking up it’s struggles, I hear the unspoken words, the misery behind closed doors. Secrets and challenges not shared, kept deep inside, anchored to your soul. I hear the cries, yet no words are spoken. No SOS call is made, and yet I know and feel the need for one. It’s a time when we feel helpless and struggle to find ways to help. For ourselves and others, being the one affected or being the helpless bystander. How can it be that we are armed with wisdom and knowledge, but it merely deflects off of us? When we don’t hear our own voice and can’t see the light?

Perhaps the only way to make a difference is to practice awareness and mindfulness. To sit with yourself and allow those feelings. To not suppress them and putting in the shadow work on yourself. There has to be a reason this has come up for us. It is during that time, that we should recognize this important work in ourselves and in others. What could we do different to support and ease that time? Not all of us are always going to be down at the same time. We will likely take turns between being strong and needing a little TLC. A small token, a kind word, a smile, can make the difference for someone who is struggling. I know I have spoken about random acts of kindness before. Do yourself a favor and pay it forward to someone and see how good “giving” truly feels. It can make the difference for someone, it can make the difference for you.

Today I remember a time when I have found myself in such a moment. When a stranger gave me a compliment, or when someone simply told me how awesome I was, that I made a difference for them, that I helped them in some way. I want to remember that feeling, how good it was to my soul and my heart, even though I am, or you are, not the greatest at taking compliments. Fact is that from time to time we need to hear it, awkward or not. So get used to it and make it a regular practice.

I want to take this very feeling and use it to motivate you. I want someone else to experience this gift and pay it forward. To know that it made someone’s day, turned it around, gave hope, and a renewed look at life. What if we had the power to remove the darkness from someone’s life and show them the light at the end of the tunnel? Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well guess what? We do have such a power and we can.

Today I’m using this platform to start, and I want to tell all of you how amazing you are. You all make a difference in my life and it means the world to me. I am forever grateful for all of you. May everybody reading this or not, find the blessing of a gift in some sort. And may everybody use that energy to bestow such a gift for someone else. A friendly smile at a stranger may be an easy way to start and you can layer on from there. We can do this, and together we will make a difference.

Much love, aways 🙏🏼


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 🙏🏼💙🦋

20 thoughts on “Lifting each other through the rough bits of life

  1. Dear darling Rhapsody, you have made me cry again, but in a good way (don’t worry). What you have said is very inspiring. Thank you for being you and sharing of yourself and your loving energy. Sending you lots of love.

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    1. Oh gorgeous, you have such a huge heart and I love you for it. Thank you for making a difference in my life and thank you for being you and your friendship. I am blessed beyond measure. Happy thanksgiving and much love always. 💙🦋🙏🏼

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    1. The same journey my sister and I am so glad you walk besides you. Together we learn, together we celebrate, together we lean and support.
      Sometimes we meet someone special, even if it’s only in the virtual world. Sometimes these individuals come to know us more than you those who are physically around us all the time. Much love to you always and happy thanksgiving. Hugs

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    1. You are most welcome my dear friend. I hope you are improving as we speak, growing stronger with each day. In just a few hours I will do my weekly reiki session and more love is coming your way.
      Cinnamon is a special little soul with a big heart and even bigger character. She has stolen my heart no doubt and an update post about her is due. I took a great picture of her today and I think it’d be perfect for that. 🙏🏼💙😉

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      1. Breathing easier dear lady, your timing is perfect after last night. I put a post up, I’ve had another little ‘event’ 😀
        And a huge hug and thank you Rhapsody, the love in that energy was indeed very heartfelt, thank you 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  2. You always bring sunshine to my life dear sister!!! ☀️
    I was acknowledging the other day how I used to feel others pain more “within me” when I was near someone suffering. Reading this, I am perhaps acknowledging that because I have healed my shadow side, although still highly in tune, I don’t feel others pain infiltrating my bubble like it once had. Perhaps that’s precisely why.

    Pay it forward…always loved that action…and the movie.
    Last night I hopefully did just that. Stopped for a few groceries. Busy store. Rude person in front of me. Upon leaving the older black gentleman who had been behind me, retired lifetime veteran, stopped and commented on this person’s behavior. I listened. We briefly chatted. Then he asked for a favor. Said he was in town because of doctor appointments at the VA. Could I possibly give him a ride to his hotel? A real long pause on my part, my daughter in the car. Times have made me leery to help others out. I looked at his cart full of groceries. He said he’d have to wait for a cab otherwise. I said yes, with hesitation. Some might not think my actions wise, but I trust my intuition and I felt safe.
    Short drive. Gave him time to lament. Took me back to my days of nursing when the one thing so many patients or their family needed was a ear to listen. Safely delivered I was aware in that moment I/we (my daughter included) gave him a glimmer of hope for mankind.
    Much love sister! 🕊🦋💜

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    1. Wow there is so much that could be said here. How do we sum it up in only a few sentences. It reminds of a similar experience, going against my better judgement or old programming but letting me heart decide. In the end those become the moments with the most meaning to us. You indeed paid it forward my sister and you will be rewarded 10 folds over for your kindness. My heart is touched by your gesture and the hope you have given this man. You are an angel walking amongst us. 🙏🏼
      I’m intrigued having done much shadow work myself, but perhaps not reached a point to not feel the pain of others to the degree I do. Perhaps there are more lessons for me right here, waiting.

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