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Shamanic Healing has been at the heart of my personal recovery as well as a focal point in my work supporting others on the journey of recovery and wellness. Vision Quest 2009 I have come to truly know who I am and what my gifts are through the ancient spiritual practice of Shamanic Healing as well as other holistic healing arts. And, this spiritual practice continues to be at the heart of my recovery today! Shamanism has been around for millennia.  I consider myself a modern shaman and yet, I have apprenticed in a very traditional way, studying one on one with the shaman for the last 13 years.  I continue that apprenticeship today as the foundation of my life and recovery as
The new year started off a bit slow here at Holistic Recovery Pathways. After a busy 2017, it was wonderful to have some time to slow down, refocus and open to an expanded vision for 2018. Winter is a great time to go within and recalibrate before planting new seeds.  Now that February has arrived things seem to be getting busier quickly and there’s a lot blooming for Spring! The mission of Holistic Recovery Pathways is to offer a person-centered, transformational and strengths based support for Addiction & Mental Health Recovery.  Through sharing holistic resources and wellness programs designed to enhance the journey of recovery, HRP serves individuals, families, communities and organizations by: Providing
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The following story, “Lost & Found: The Birth Of A Shaman“, was first published in February 2013 in Inspired Voices: True Stories Of Visionary Women.  The writing of this story came through my participation in a 9-month Heal My Voice Writing program.  The mission of HMV is to: “empower and support women and girls globally to heal, reclaim their voice and step into greater leadership in their lives and in the world.” (www.healmyvoice.org) In addition to writing these stories, this program has helped me to step forward as a leader and share my voice with the world.  I am excited to share my first Heal My Voice story, Lost & Found: The Birth Of A Shaman, with you below.  If you’d like to explore writing as
The following story is one of a series of pieces I’ve written as part of Heal My Voice collaborative book projects.  It was originally published in “Harmonic Voices: True Stories by Women on the Path to Peace” and is available on Amazon. “I’m Okay, Really!” by Beth Terrence It was a quiet Sunday afternoon when I headed down to my favorite coffee shop with my journal in hand. It was just a few weeks after joining this Heal My Voice Peace Project and I was ready to begin to invite in an idea for my story to emerge. It wasn’t until I actually sat down and began to write that I realized it was Mother’s Day. It’s usually a day or two before
“Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening.  Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest.  This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life.  Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us.  These secrets are what make us sick or fearful.  Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.” – Sara Paddison, The Hidden Power of the Heart It took me until my early thirties to really accept that in order to live a life of authenticity and truth I needed to make a paradigm shift.  This shift was based on moving the guiding force in my life from the mind
Recovery is a reclaiming of the self.  As the wonderful, Melody Beattie shares in “The Language of Letting Go”: “Recovery is not about being right; it’s about allowing ourselves to be who we are and accepting others as they are.”  “Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.” “Beliefs create reality.”  Letting Go: On the journey of Recovery, we arrive with many patterns, feelings and beliefs, which we have gained through our life experiences.  Sometimes our area of Recovery is clear — there is one pattern or addiction, that brings to this path. And, there may be other patterns we don’t see right way.  As we begin to recover, we discover many of the places where we
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