I Will Rise

Lucinda

I Will Rise is the name of this song.  I invite you to enjoy the gift of Lucinda Drayton in this video.  Turn up your speakers and luxuriate in the beautiful music and striking message.

I am so grateful for this song, as it reminds me of the importance of acknowledging and receiving the gifts of your light and your dark.

Being alive is one thing.  Choosing to really live is the invitation that each moment extends.

In 2002 I went through what can only be described as a complete emotional, mental and spiritual crisis kicked off by a relationship betrayal.  For me, it was the ultimate invitation to wake up and live!  It was brought on upon discovering that my husband (at that time) was leading a double life.  WTF? (sorry to my non-cursing, “spiritual” friends. Sometimes the F-bomb is totally appropriate!) I did not see that coming.  At the time it was a terrifying discovery for me.  I began to question everything.  Who is he?  Who am I ?  How did I get here?  What is going on?  Why is this happening?  Where did I go wrong?  If everything I thought was real is not, then where do I go from here?

The sudden jolt to my ‘reality’ sent me into a very deep, very dark rabbit hole.  A place I had been searching for.  Also a place I had been avoiding.

In short, I chose to allow the impact of that event to change the trajectory of my entire life, and I am eternally grateful for my choice.

Here are some words I find particularly potent in Lucinda’s song:

I am both loving
I am pure and light.
I am shadow and mist,
Both the peace and the fight

If the walls are built to block your path,
Just get up and find another way

How did I rise?  Instead of choosing to see the dark as something bad that could hurt me or swallow me up, I chose to ask questions.  Instead of choosing fear, I chose curiosity.  I decided I would learn to fly in the dark.

How did I rise?  I stopped using just my five senses to navigate through my life.  In the darkness, I found parts of me I never imagined and I brought them to light.

How did I rise? I chose to live.  I just got up and found another way.

I Know I’m Not the Only One

So many of us have had a jolt at some point in our lives.  Whether it has been one large jolt that shook everything up or a series of small jolts that sucked the joy out and replaced it with 50 shades of bland.  I’ve been there.  I’ve asked the questions.  I’ve wanted to quit.  I’ve screamed at the unfairness of it all.

Then….when everything else I had tried before didn’t work, I just got up and found another way.

The reason I am writing this is to ask you if you are willing to rise?  What gifts and capacities do you have that lie waiting in the dark, to be discovered?

Will you rise?  Will you become curious?  Will you choose to be the peace and the fight, the dark and the light?

I’m so grateful for you. I’m grateful for your capacity to hear my story.  I am grateful to share this beautiful song.

In the Spirit of Gratitude,

Judi

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