I’ve been thinking about things I could share with you that might be of benefit in your life. Each of us has our own specific trials and challenges but sometimes an experience I have may have applicability in your life. That’s one of our jobs while we are here – to bless each other’s lives. My husband Tom and I were blessed to go to Hawaii in 2014 – a week in Maui and a week in Kauai. While in Kauai I noticed a small building attached to a house beside our timeshare and saw their sign advertising energy balancing, among other things. I was curious and so stopped by one morning before heading out for the day to ask about their technique. I connected with Lily Eden. She tried explaining to me what she did and I had to laugh as I could understand the difficulty in verbally explaining energy work. She invited me to come for a session with her. I told her I didn’t think I could but that it would be nice. She challenged me by asking if I really did want to come for a session and I said yes, I did but my time was not my own as I was with other people, etc. She looked at me and said “if you really do want to come here, see yourself here and it will happen”. I laughed because they are very similar words I have said to so many others. I told her I’d said that before and we both laughed. I started to walk away and again she said, “you know, sometimes you have to do something for yourself”. Again I laughed and asked her if some of my clients had called her in advance as I had also heard that more than once. I walked away, quite certain I would not be back. During the day I began to think about what Lily had said to me and how true her words were and then I thought about the fact that I was in Kauai and I could not believe that I would actually pass up the opportunity to have a different experience purely because I chose not to take advantage of it. So, back I went to this little building to make an appointment. I remembered Lily’s name so I asked to have my appointment with her. It was set. When I went to the appointment Lily put me at ease immediately and thus began my totally interesting, challenging, life-changing, cathartic experience. It would be a small novella to tell you everything but one of the interesting things I can share that may be beneficial in your life is our discussion about forgiveness. One of the questions she asked me was if I had forgiven those I perceived had hurt me in my life. I had not. She suggested an interesting way to forgive. She suggested that I come home and write a letter to each of the people I felt I needed to forgive, not elaborating on the wrong but only on the fact that I had forgiven them, that I released them to their own path and that I wished them well on their way. Then, after writing all the letters, I needed to take the letters and burn them, again voicing out loud my forgiveness and sending them on their own way. It was a very interesting experience and some of the letters came more easily than others. Before I had the opportunity to burn the letters I was going through some old personal records and came across an old memory I recorded and thoughts I had about the person who have given me the gift in that old memory. I had completely forgotten about that experience and the gift that had been given to me. This person was one of the main people I had written a forgiveness letter to. I realized then that each of the people who I felt had hurt me had also given me a gift. I just no longer remembered the gift because I let the hurt replace or supercede it. I went back to the forgiveness letters and at the bottom of each letter I wrote a PS: thanking them for the gift they had also given me. They may have made me more resilient, more independent, they may have given me a gift no other person could. It completely changed my perspective. Did Lily intend for that to happen, perhaps not. But it did happen. I realized that every time something negative happens in my life, there is a gift attached. There is a jewel beneath the rock. Have you chosen to look for the jewel or have you allowed yourself to be tripped up and waylaid by the rock?