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LIGHT BOUND is my story of transformation – from not wanting to live to a life of bliss, contentment, joy, personal empowerment, and freedom.

When I became a student of my own life, I grew and healed – I opened to the wonders of learning about myself in a whole new way. Winding and unwinding, expansion and contraction: my journey was an awakening and an unfolding to the discovery of my essential self, my abilities, and my passionate purpose. The crazy dreams, the wild and weird, meditation visions, and the many archetypes and symbols helped me make connections. They showed me the way forward towards health, wellbeing, and happiness: FLOW.

It is my hope that in some small measure my story will help others, who suffer from trauma, C PTSD, and anxiety because we are often judged harshly, and we judge ourselves harshly. So, I embrace my vulnerability in sharing my story because when we share our stories, not just of our triumphs, but of our failures and our darkness, we learn that we are not the labels, nor the stories, nor our thoughts or emotions. We are so much more.

On Writing the Book

The writing of LIGHT BOUND didn’t begin as a book. It began as a painting – the book’s cover art in fact.

When I was meditating one morning, shortly after my daughter’s move to college, the tree of life symbol appeared along with a bunch of other symbols. I had a very strong urge to paint both the tree and the symbols. So, I did, finishing the painting in just over two days. 

A couple of days later, again during a meditation, I had the image of typing appear with a deep knowing that I was going to write a book about my journey. I didn’t know what the content would be exactly, only that my journals would be part of it as they, too, appeared in the meditation.

The journey through the trauma, C PTSD, and General Anxiety Disorder was deeply emotional and incredibly challenging. I had to let go of so much: memories, feelings, beliefs, and pain – so much pain. 

Most of the journey’s focus was learning to love and value myself, learning to trust myself and my intuition, and releasing all of the ugly beliefs that I had about myself.

Healing has freed me in indescribable ways, and my journey to freedom was both empowering and transformative. Transcending the past helped me embrace the present.

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