Sometimes it feels like life is a TEST, right? Stuff happens. And at the time, you cry out WHYYYY?!!! Why do I have to be challenged, frustrated, hurt, let down? But down the road, you look back and see that same challenge as an initiation – a sort of rite of passage. After you met that challenge, you were never the same.
Well, as I’ve been learning with Maria Yraceburu, my indigenous mama and teacher, I’ve learned to actually recognize and even MAP these life passages that feel like initiations. She points out that indigenous people CELEBRATE the rites of passage in community. But in our modern world, we tend to walk through these things alone. We kind of ignore them at best, or forever see them as only tragedies, traumas, and disappointing failures.
In my own work now, I have fashioned a map of the NINE life invitations, from conception to death, that we all walk through. And we don’t just walk through them ONCE (like at our actual conception and death, for example.) We keep cycling through them again and again. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing this map with you. I’ll lay out the 9 life initiations, and describe them.
But today, I want to share a personal story with you. I want to share something tender from my own life of wisdom passages, as an example of how these strange or confronting or challenging “initiations” can happen to us in natural ways, leaving us forever changed. I’m going to share with you a story of my first direct experience with what we might call God.
And first, I’m going to reveal to you one of my personal challenges that I’ve always lived with – my empathic sensitivity. Now it’s my bread and butter, since I’m a professional Intuitive Strategist. But it hasn’t always been easy to be an empath!
Can I tell you a bit about myself as a kid?
I was the first born kid who always got straight A’s, followed the rules, and won the academic awards. I was also the deeply sensitive empathic kid who had moods were deeply affected by the people around me. When my mom couldn’t get out of bed for months at a time due to her depression, I felt both sad and hopeless, and driven to cheer her up. It seemed like cheering her up was the only way I could be happy.
My empathic sensitivity was my secret. I was smart and applauded often, but I never felt like I belonged. I was too sensitive for the other kids’ playful jests. I was full of anxiety, terrified of losing. So I never participated in sports.
Mellissa was a Stanford-educated business lawyer until her intuitive abilities awakened in the year 2000 with the birth of her daughter. Now she bridges the worlds of business strategy and intuitive intelligence. Creative designers, Fortune 500 executives, and thought leaders hire her to teach them how to Channel their Genius – to create on demand, to stay in their flow state, and to create lucrative businesses that follow their souls’ calling.