I found this quote image on facebook today and I felt relieved. Who knows if all of these statements are true; but either way it made me feel better about my current life status. In addition, I saw an Instagram video from Preston Smiles providing me with a tidbit of inspiration to “stay in my lane.” I love all of his videos and insights because he really does speak from the heart. “The worst mistake you could ever make is comparing your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20,” he says. I always envy his social media posts from remote exotic locations, as well as his beautiful and inspirational partner Alexi Panos. They are great inspirations, but I must remember, they were each born a decade before I was!
A few years ago I read a biography of Gandhi, and was very inspired to be the change I wished to see in the world, as well as hold the weight of all of the world’s problems on my shoulders. My ex-boyfriend and still very good friend Demetrius told me, “Tor, you don’t have to be Gandhi; just be you.” That was relieving at the time, but I still felt responsibility to make a positive impact while I am here on the Earth. Ever since high school, I remember feeling pain in my upper back and right shoulder. I never knew if it was from the way I was sleeping, or a cheerleading stunt that had injured me, or even just bad computer posture. When I made my first pilgrimage to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors last winter, another ex (which I have written about previously) found a book in the gift shop called Healing Back Pain by John Sarno. This was my introduction to the notion that physical pain could stem from mental suffering; otherwise known as psychosomatic pain. This was the beginning of my intellectual introduction to psychosomatic pain. As I began receiving more healing sessions from various types of energy healers, I really started to see some positive results. I also began to understand my own consciousness, and how it can affect the collective consciousness here on Earth. With the help of a ReikiSound session by Natalie Bliss, followed by a Divine Light Multidimensional Holographic Remote Quantum Healing (combined with Integrated Energy Therapy) session by Arianna yesterday, I feel great.
I began as a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages when I was a junior in high school. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization consisting of a network of retail stores which sell unique hand crafted items made by artisans in developing countries. Everything in the store is also fairly traded, which guarantees that artisans and laborers make a living wage and do not have to endure abuse or violence in their work place. As a Drexel University graduate, I am now a “Sales Associate” at the Center City location of Ten Thousand Villages. This is the same position I held two years ago as a seasonal employee at the very same store. I have had moments of self doubt and feeling sorry for myself for making less than what some of my colleagues that work at desk jobs make. But I absolutely make a living-wage, and I am very grateful for the fact that I have a job! I have also compared myself to one of my co-workers that has worked at the same store for almost ten years and is also a Reiki practitioner, but she still chooses to work at the store. As an aspiring professional Energy Healer, I questioned whether I would be able to “make a living” as a healer. I asked her why she chose not to practice professionally and found out that it seemed to be more of a preference than an impossible feat. In this case, I must remember to “stay in my own lane” and realize that sometimes we have to first figure out what we don’t want in order to figure out what we do want.
The inspiration for our name—Ten Thousand Villages—came from a Mahatma Gandhi quote: “…India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages…we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.”
I know that my Divine Life Purpose involves energy healing, and most likely Sound Healing as well. But for now, I am happy to contribute to the greater world my heart knows is possible by working as a seasonal employee at Ten Thousand Villages. And things do happen for a reason, even if that’s to lead to another thing that will happen for another reason, and then it will all be ok in the end as it was for JK Rowling, Tina Fey and Oprah.
Ending on a positive note, things are always progressing and there is always room to live my Divine Life Purpose. I recently reached out to an upcoming, local EDM festival called Dreamscape. I explained that I would love to create a healing zone for the festival goers to experience. They replied within two days saying that what I described was very much in line with their vision for the festival. We are still working out the details; but this is a creative opportunity that I am definitely going to take!