Holly and the Collective Wisdom: Their Guidance Expands My Awareness

Two years ago, on Day 76 of my 365 days of journaling with my spirit guide Holly, I wrote about a young client who I suspected had auditory processing issues. Holly gave me this suggestion:

Holly: Listen to him read to see if there is a big discrepancy between his excellent reading comprehension and his oral reading skills. Ask him if he ever misunderstands what people are saying in the car when they are in the front seat and he is behind them. Ask if he ever misses what the teacher says (as in directions or other information). Last night you received an email from a mom letting you know your recommendation for a CAPD (central auditory processing disorder) assessment was correct, and you had never even met the girl. Based upon what the mother had told you, and with our guidance, you made the recommendation for this assessment. Please trust our guidance.

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I started thinking about the 25 years I had been a teacher, long before I engaged in journaling with Holly and the Collective Wisdom. Even back then, I was able to recognize the gifts and challenges of my students, and I must have been guided at that time, as well, without even realizing it. And as I began working as an ed therapist for gifted and twice-exceptional students, Holly and the Collective Wisdom were a vital presence in my life, and they helped expand my awareness to clients’ issues with CAPD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, executive functioning, autism, etc.

Her arms and fingers are symptomatic of joint hypermobility.

But it wasn’t until about 2015, that suggestions from my guides took a more personal turn. Holly began nudging me with the idea that our granddaughter’s joints were far more mobile than normal. Our daughter was willing to follow-up on my suggestion, and she took our granddaughter to see a pediatric orthopedist. He told my daughter that these were the joints of a normal two year old, and she would grow out of this hypermobility. But Holly was insistent, and two years later, our daughter went back to another specialist who once again reassured her that there was no issue. When our granddaughter was five, she was finally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos (hypermobile type), and she was fitted with orthotics and ankle braces to support her highly mobile arches and ankles. Here she is with her doll, and they are both wearing orthotics with ankle braces:

Although most team sports will be challenging (or dangerous), Holly led us in the direction of swimming, which serves our granddaughter well physically and emotionally. In fact, she recently told me, “Swimming clears my mind.”

I have learned to trust that Holly and the Collective Wisdom are working for the greater good beyond what I had ever imagined. It is with this knowledge that I share their wisdom with my family, friends, and clients.

We realize these journaled conversations don’t resonate with everyone. But for those who are intrigued by the possibility of a relationship with a spirit guide and the Collective Wisdom, we encourage you to try guided writing or some other form of spiritual communication. There is wisdom available to us that has the potential to expand our awareness. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, November 9, 2021

Self-Care Giving for the Sensitive Soul

There have been times in my life when I have read or heard something that touched me at the soul level and led to a profound opportunity for personal change. I wrote about one of those opportunities related to the detailed accounting of our finances (Be Self-Aware: Your Greatest Asset Might Also Be Your Greatest Detriment). Another profound opportunity for change came a couple of months ago. It started with a comment from a healer about the negative impact a lifetime of caregiving has had on my physical and emotional health. That same week, I was reading a book about empaths, and the author suggested that we should not allow others to attach their energy cords to us as a way to support their own lack of personal energy. The author was also suggesting that we needed to focus on self-care giving. As is often the case when I am about to make a profound change, my spirit guide Holly had her take on this issue.

My younger self.

Holly: Feeling, from a young age, that being the responsible one would keep you safe, lessen your stress, and somehow heal familial dysfunction was a path to life-long hypervigilence, perfectionism, and need for control. It is good that you now see how your lifelong role as a caregiver has been to your own detriment. By feeling the need to anticipate and try to prevent the discomfort of others, you have continued a pattern created as a young girl who, on a regular basis, experienced stomachaches, headaches, and anxiety. And those health issues were met with demeaning mislabeling that you were “too sensitive” or a “hypochondriac.” The truth, as you now see it, is that she was taking on the energy of others, and she was becoming overwhelmed and sick. YOU were becoming overwhelmed and sick. But now, sweet friend, you are waking up to all the ways you have been a caregiver and an energetic sponge for others. You are aware of your tendency to jump in and take care of situations, people, and things. But over the course of the next few months, you will see how maintaining your own energy will have a positive impact on health issues you have dealt with for decades. So we encourage you to hold a space for others during their challenging times while simultaneously holding a space for yourself and your precious energy.

I made a mental commitment to this profound change, and as is usually the case after a commitment like this one, I was tested that same morning. The tree outside our apartment window was cut back using a chainsaw. Not only did I witness the severe “pruning,” I heard the high-pitched whine of the chainsaw. I stood at the window and held space for the tree and for myself, as this tree was one of my favorite things about our apartment. This incident may seem inconsequential to many of you, given the profound challenges facing people worldwide, but I knew this was a small first-step opportunity for me to hold my personal energy in a way that supported my health and personal growth. It was also an opportunity for me to realize all the ways, big and small, I have so willingly given up my energy and left myself depleted. But now that I was aware, I could begin to change!

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We encourage all of you to notice the many and varied ways you willingly give up your personal energy, whether it is to world events, family members, co-workers, plants, animals, and the list goes on. Once you are aware of this pattern, you can invite yourself to practice self-care giving while holding space for others who are struggling to maintain their own energy. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, November 2, 2021

Universal Love: A Healing Salve

I had a client pose the following questions: Should I be feeling resentment toward my parents? Do I need to deal with issues related to my parents’ divorce when I was quite young? I find no purpose in rehashing my childhood.

During Soul Bridge Coaching, we bring through the client’s spirit guide and the Collective Wisdom to communicate through my spirit guide Holly and me. Here is the guidance the client received: What a lovely and important question, Dear Friend. You have been told by healers that liver issues are related to unresolved familial issues, but this may not be the case for you. As someone who is kinesthetic, you can feel your body. It is clear within your question that you feel resentment for having to spend any time on this issue. You are an independent soul who has managed to be happy and have an abundant life despite the breakdown of your birth family. You did not come into this life needing much nurturing. You have always known you were valuable and loved by Universal Love. That knowledge has been a healing salve. You have been a free spirit who loves unconditionally. We believe you are fighting the idea that there has ever been anything wrong with your life. You take things as they come, and you grow stronger and more abundant. You have learned to be resourceful, self-loving, and self-aware. You don’t want to analyze your past or your present. You want to continue to love easily and appreciate the life you were given and have built. Yes, some people carry deep hurts from their past, but you have managed to find the magic and wonder of childhood and carry that through to your adult life. The path that is right for one person is only the right path for THAT person.

This healing salve of Universal Love is something I have experienced as an adult. It has enabled me to let go of the pains and misunderstandings I experienced as a child. It allows me to live my life with a very full heart.


Some of you are connected to this Universal Love and find it is what you needed to break free of your childhood and adult pains, but others of you will need the additional support of a trusted therapist or coach in order to move fully into the life you are meant to live. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (October 26, 2021)

Spiritual Bypassing? – The Bus Stop Metaphor

Six months ago, my spiritual sensibilites were triggered when I watched a video about a spiritual bus stop. There are many aspects of the video that could be helpful to those struggling with a “why me” mindset, but the bus stop metaphor itself didn’t seem useful. It seemed more like “spiritual bypassing.” The metaphor says that just prior to returning to another life, we are waiting at a bus stop where we share with other souls our greatest desire for our next life. The example given is of a person who wants a major trauma in her life, something that would be unforgivable, just so she can learn unconditional love and forgiveness. She asks for another soul at the bus stop to possibly drink and drive and hit her car so that she loses her family and she is paralyzed. She says that she would feel a great contraction in her life until, finally, she would forgive the perpetrator. The video says we request the worst experiences in our lives to occur so we can dig deeply to experience forgiveness. The most difficult experience comes as what is also our greatest gift. The drunk driver would have brought her her greatest gift.

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I tried to make sense of that through the traumas I or members of my family had experienced, and I found it hard to imagine that the tens of millions of us who lost loved ones during the Holocaust would have asked for that experience, let alone have seen it as a gift. Although I have learned so much from my brother’s suicide, and it has led me to work with gifted and sensitive people, I do not see his death as my greatest gift. It seems so narcissistic to think I would have requested something like my brother’s suicide that left a daughter without a father, my mother in the early stages of dementia rocking herself and saying, “My golden boy,” and his many friends in pain, just for my own soulful awakening and evolution. And now, on podcasts by spiritual coaches, I am hearing this same mantra: We ask for the challenges we receive. That seems like an invitation for people to be less than compassionate with each other because, whatever happens to people, they asked for it.

In my journal I wrote, It doesn’t resonate with me when I hear someone say that souls sign up for things like being killed by a suicide murderer, raped by a gang, or abused by parents. Why care about the pain and suffering of others if all these people have co-created this? Why have compassion for a person whose ex-spouse kills their three children if the surviving spouse asked for this unforgivable trauma? As usual, my spirit guide Holly was there with her take on this bus stop metaphor.

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Holly: This is a total misunderstanding of the human/divine connection. With each new incarnation, the soul is trying to evolve and grow toward greater love and light. There are challenges that will be met along the way, and the attempt should be to remain in the NOW as much as possible. Do not be fueled by past experience with hatred, revenge, guilt, sorrow. Try to focus on what is here and now. When those in the spiritual community speak of “those people signed up for this,” it is a slippery slope into spiritual bypassing. In other words, there is no need to care about others and their plight because they signed up for their traumas. Any life agreements one has made, does not mean there should not be compassion for the plight of that person. This is such an important topic. And your role in this is to share your perspective about being a loving, compassionate person — the Eternal Flame — the Eternal Light. Do not allow spiritual explanations aimed to soothe the masses to fool you. Suffering is real, and you are being asked to step forward as incarnated compassion.

After hearing what Holly had to say, I read a bit more about spiritual bypassing. John Wellwood coined the term (1984) for the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to bypass unresolved issues, pain, and suffering. Ingrid Clayton, Ph.D., in her article, Beware of Spiritual Bypass, says, “Over the years, I’ve become fascinated with the ways in which we try to feel endlessly good. We’ve gotten progressively more skillful in our methods: turning away from drugs or alcohol to alter our consciousness and turning towards things like self-help books, meditation, yoga, prayer, and special diets. In some ways, we are now spiritually distracting ourselves from our feelings — but thinking that we are walking a healthy spiritual path.”

So, if we are trying to make ourselves feel better about the state of the world by saying that victims have asked their perpetrators to traumatize them, perhaps we are bypassing an opportunity for true spiritual growth and soulful evolution by not allowing ourselves to feel deeply into the true pains of humanity and this planet.

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We invite you to support this planet and its sentient beings in their journeys through traumatic experiences. It is your compassion and love that will be the tipping point so many of you are seeking. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, October 19, 2021

Tapping Into the Collective Wisdom

Over the past few months, my spirit guide Holly has been suggesting that humans have the ability to communicate with those who have “crossed over” in far greater ways than I had imagined. She tells me that this is not just about communicating with friends and loved ones who have died, but also with others who are willing to support our personal and professional lives. I allowed that concept to settle in, and she showed me ways to support my clients in this process. Once I felt comfortable with this new possibility, Holly began to tell me about the Collective Wisdom. Here is what Holly told me about tapping into that deep knowing:

Holly: We realize you are curious to know more about the Collective Wisdom. It is the “Oneness,” the “One Mind,” of soulful knowing. It is the aspect of soulful evolution that has been enabling the inventions, creations, discoveries that you see impacting every aspect of your life. All creative geniuses have what some would call “muses.” While they may have an intellectual capacity that is beyond that of the average person, they also have the ability to tap into the Collective Wisdom. As you have seen firsthand, in the more than 40 years of working with gifted children and adults, communication beyond the veil has a profound impact on the personal and professional lives of these people.

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We have been teaching you to communicate with us, and now you are ready to tap into the greater Collective Wisdom for your personal and professional expansion, as well as for the expansion of your clients. We are not saying that you will be able to tap into Einstein to help yourself become an accomplished physicist, as this is not your area of expertise nor interest. However, we could help you gain insights from Einstein that would help you guide a physicist to this impactful communication in the same way Einstein called on the Collective Wisdom for inspiration and guidance.

For your clients with profound giftedness and multipotentiality, we are encouraging you to teach them to reach out for guidance from a variety of creative geniuses in their varied fields of interest. There are already many creative individuals who are acting as conduits of the Collective Wisdom. Playwrights are seeing scenes unfold in their mind’s eye. Composers are tapping into their clairaudience to hear aspects of the music they will later compose.

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We would say that more people can have these creative breakthroughs if they will clear their thinking, drop into a place of peace and calm, and call on the Collective Wisdom to answer a question or show a vision. It is, in fact, possible to call on individual creative geniuses for support. The response may be immediate, but, more often, the response will be given piece by piece as the individual is better prepared for the inspiration or wisdom to be utilized. And this wisdom download will continue to build upon itself as the individual learns to drop into the quiet, peaceful body and mind. This is the same process we have used with you to get you to this point of soul bridging, and we are now adding the additional layer of connecting to individual creative geniuses within the Collective Wisdom. You are capable of making these connections and helping others do the same.

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May each of you develop a relationship with the Collective Wisdom. You do not need to be profoundly gifted to make this connection. Humanity, and the planet that is trying its best to sustain you, will benefit from that relationship. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, October 12, 2021

Synchronicities IV: Allow, and Let it Go

The words to the song from Frozen rang in my ears: Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore. While my spirit guide Holly has spoken to me in song prior to this (Everything Comes with a Vibration, Part II – She Comes With Songs), this synchronicity was different because it was multifaceted and took place across a week’s time.

It started with a morning journal message from my spirit guide Holly: The message this morning is Let Go! Let go of any pull to egoic endeavors: Instagram followers, how many read our blog. This is not part of the 80% divine of which Anita Moorjani speaks in her book, Sensitive is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World. When you care about who and how many read our posts, you have lost the true meaning of our visual, spiritual memoir. Instagram serves no purpose to you but to deplete your energy, so it should be eliminated. You don’t need the memes of others, and they equally don’t need yours.

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So I disabled my account. I saw there was a “love” heart symbol, and I had a pull to see who it was, but I LET GO of the account without looking to see who had liked my post. I knew looking would be a slippery slope.

But that was not the end of Holly’s obsession with Letting Go. Two days later, Holly was back at it: This is the beginning of a big change for you. Today you and your husband return to a more normal schedule as the grandkids return to school, and you have mornings free. You two have done an amazing job this past 17 months of helping with remote schooling, and now it is time for you to unwind and rejuvenate. You have managed to remain in the Sphere of Peace most of this time, and now you must continue to focus on LETTING GO in all of its iterations. Let go of clothes you don’t wear, of toys, of EXPECTATIONS. Read more books. Play more games. Laugh. Relax.

Another two days passed, and it was the anniversary of my mother’s passing. I was hoping to have a visitation from a bird or some other miracle, but Holly was interested in telling me about JUST ALLOWING to be my default mode:

Holly: Just allow your psychic gifts to be open and available. You spoke of the love guru, Amma, and how she allows Source Love to flow through her. That is what her smile and joy represent. So, too, can you feel that joy. We will encourage you to ALLOW Source Love to emanate through every pore of your human form. You and your soul friend speak of a lighthouse, and we would say you are a beacon of Universal Light and Love. Here is how you do that. Get yourself to rest in the Sphere of Peace. Dip into that feeling of calm so that it is palpable and expansive. While resting in Peace, become aware of Universal Love that is Omnipresent. In any moment, allow it to wash over and through you. We will say that you will become aware of a visceral knowing that you have felt the deep and wondrous Love previously. Once it is easy to access the Love, you will forever be able to be a conduit of Source Love. May you be a fountain of Love and Light.

The thought of being a fountain of Love caused a visceral response, and I was ready to put it into action. That same evening, while working with a Soul Bridge Coaching client, I had a visceral synchronicity that was significant and highly impactful. As I was speaking with my client, I spoke to her about loving communication, whether or not we love the other person. I mentioned to her Holly’s suggestion of allowing love to flow down and through us like a waterfall or a fountain. At that same moment, my mala necklace broke, and its small beads flowed down the front of my body. It was the perfect synchronicity that provided me with the physical, visceral metaphor for allowing love to flow down and through me, too. Rather than being unhappy that this special necklace had frayed, I was overjoyed by the magical experience. I was especially happy to have shared the experience with this client.

I went online to find a replacement mala, and was immediately attracted to an aquamarine necklace. When I read the healing properties of aquamarine, it should come as no surprise that it said: Aquamarine is associated with trusting and letting go. This new mala will be a physical reminder of Holly’s magnificent guidance and of my desire to be a beacon of Love and Light.

And this week-long journey into letting go came to a conclusion when I was meeting with a healer about my significant issues with clairsentience. He told me that I am having pre-cognizant knowing and that I should keep a journal in which I write down my episodes of clairsentience, and then I should…sure enough…LET IT GO!!

So here I am, a week later, with the words let it go from Frozen stuck in my head, looking forward to another song to take its place. Perhaps I can find a way to get Holly to replace it with the lyrics just dance in the living room from the song Only Human by the Jonas Brothers. But, if Anita Moorjani is right, and we are 80% divine and only 20% human, I doubt that Holly will communicate with me through that song.

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May each of you experience the Universal Love that is waiting to be recognized by you. We are each conduits, and it is up to us what we ALLOW to emanate from us. We hope you choose to be beacons of Love and Light. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, October 5, 2021

Other posts on synchronicities: Synchronicities I: Soulful Love Does Not Die, Synchronicity II: What’s in a Name?, Synchronicities III: Invitations for Soul Family Reunions

Everything Carries a Vibration: Part II – She Comes With Songs

My spirit guide Holly usually communicates with me through claircognizance or in our shared journal. But a few months ago, she changed things up and started coming with musical phrases from two different songs: “I’m picking up good vibrations,” and “Sold my soul to the company store.” It wasn’t hard to know what Holly was trying to tell me. Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic in early 2020, we had been having most of our groceries delivered through one company, and we also bought most of our other necessities through that company, too. In fact, we were purchasing things that weren’t necessities because it became easier and easier to go online and know most items would be delivered within a couple of days. But by early June, when my husband and I were fully vaccinated, and local businesses were opening their doors to customers, Holly became insistent about the choices we were making and the “vibrations” those choices were having on our community and our personal well-being. Holly showed me how far too many of us had “sold our souls to the company store,” and the result of that sell-out for our personal convenience was that local bookstores, pharmacies, clothing stores, etc., were struggling to stay afloat in many communities. Holly convinced me that all of us who love our communities need to be a part of the healing and rebuilding of local businesses. I went to our local bookstore, Chevalier’s Books, and purchased several books. This bookstore was established in 1940, and I want to make sure I do my part in supporting its mission for our community.

Holly: This is how you follow your own path. It isn’t about convincing anyone else to agree with you, it is about what vibration you pick up and give off. If it no longer vibrates with you, make a change. Everything has a vibration, and in some cases you have a choice. This is one of those cases. You created good vibrations by paying for a membership at your local bookstore. The extra money it will cost for the books you purchase there (rather than from the company store) will be easily absorbed into your budget, and it will support a local business. Pay attention to what you value, and then put your money, your support, your attention, and your vibration, in that direction.

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Every word you speak, every food you eat, every choice you make, carries a vibration. It might be difficult to completely unsnarl yourself from the company store, but conscious choices have the potential to create a collective of good vibrations. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, September 28, 2021

Everything Carries a Vibration: Part I – Sensitive Receivers

Fully Rooted and Reaching for the Stars

A few months ago, I was curious as to why my spirit guide Holly had been pointing me in the direction of trees. As is often the case in our relationship, Holly will bring my attention to an idea or learning, and when it is a really important concept, she will become insistent with claircognizance and synchronicities. (Here are previous posts about synchronicities: Synchronicities I: Soulful Love Does Not Die, Synchronicities II: What’s in a Name?, Synchronicities III: Invitations for Soul Family Reunions)

Holly: It will be good for you to take the time to focus on the metaphor of the trees. You have been surrounded by them, drawn to them, grown and nurtured them, yet, you have failed to see the metaphor for your own existence.

I looked around our apartment and was surprised by all the ways I have surrounded myself with tree images. But what was Holly trying to tell me?

Holly led me to the book, Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling by James Lawley and Penny Tompkins. I downloaded a few sample chapters, and there, in the foreword by David Grove (notice the reference to trees even in the man’s last name – spirit guides can be very clever), was a reference to the tree metaphor. Grove says, “During the light of day a tree absorbs carbon dioxide through its leaves. Then at night, during the dark phase of photosynthesis, the carbon dioxide molecule is separated into one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. The tree releases the oxygen atoms back into the air and forms the carbon atoms into a six carbon simple sugar ring which is a building block for cellulose. The hidden beauty in this system is the deconstruction, release and recombination of basic elements from one structure to another. The mass and structure of the tree is the result of this mysterious process.”

As I thought about why I had been led to that book, to that introduction, I realized that Holly was trying to tell me, once again, about self-care and self-nourishment. Although trees are doing us a great service by giving off oxygen, that oxygen is a by-product of what the tree considers to be its waste. We are the recipients of a great gift because the tree knows how to take care of itself. It keeps the resources it needs, and discards the rest. Now came the tricky part. How would I live out the metaphor of the tree in a way that served me first and also nourished others?

Holly: You are beginning to realize one of the most important metaphors of your life! The title of this post, Fully Rooted and Reaching for the Stars, refers to the two aspects of yourself, fully human and fully divine, the topic of a previous post. By taking care of the human aspect of yourself, by rooting deeply into this human body, there is a greater chance of you reaching the potential, the true essence, of why you have embodied yet again. When you are doing your morning qigong practice, Lee Holden invites you into the Embracing the Tree pose. He suggests you breathe through every cell of your body just as a tree breathes through each of its leaves. We will invite you to express gratitude for your body, for the tree you are inhabiting. It is through this precious body that you are learning life’s greatest lessons.

And as synchronicity would have it, after finishing this post, I began reading Wendy De Rosa’s book, Becoming an Empowered Empath: How to Clear Energy, Set Boundaries & Embody Your Intuition. There, in chapter five, Grounding Your Energetic Anatomy, is a drawing of a person meditating with a tree trunk and roots coming out of the “root chakra.” De Rosa suggests that this “grounding cord is a channel of energy that connects your body to the center of the earth.” It is this grounding that results in “an incredible sense of calm and clarity.” Once again, Holly is leading me toward a path of greater self-understanding and well-being, and I will take this journey.

Like a tree, be rooted deeply enough so you are not easily blown off course, and flexible enough so you do not break from the winds of change. Nourish yourself so you are able to branch out and reach for the stars. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, September 21, 2021

Oxymorons and the Cobblestones of Our Lives

Have you ever noticed patterns in your life that are oxymorons: a figure of speech made of two separate concepts that appear to be contradictory but come together in a new and more powerful way? On August 19, 2019, I was on day 74 of my attempt to do 365 days of guided writing with my spirit guide Holly. I wrote this comment: I took five minutes of quiet, peaceful meditation to open my chakras. During that time, I thought that maybe I didn’t need to communicate with my guides every morning. Today is Day 74, and I can sense how much has changed as far as maintaining peace as my default, and enjoying so many messages from Holly was a natural way of interacting with this life. But, I will try to keep my commitment to this 365 day journey. Here was Holly’s response:

Holly: You have craved change in some ways in your life while simultaneously needing stability. STABLE-CHANGING is the oxymoron of your life. The greatest stability in your life has been with your husband who you married when you were just 21. That stability has supported aspects of yourself that simultaneously crave change. You changed your teaching position every one to three years for the majority of your career. You have tried out many healing modalities and healers. You have been willing to leave LA for Eugene, give up a home for an apartment, and then return to LA after 35 years in Eugene. Yet, you don’t like to travel because your high sensitivities often cause you to lose your stability. Wherever you live, you like to make it home, and you prefer to stay there rather than travel. You like to feel safe physically and psychologically, while at the same time you have taken professional risks. You are now entering another “letting go.” You are preparing to let go of the profession you have known the past seven years. You are letting go of the guidance of a spiritual teacher. And you are getting yourself ready for the next professional shift that is going to take place. At the same time, you are falling deeper and deeper into the calm and safety and stability of your Sphere of Peace. The oxymoron of your life, stable-changing, continues. See this post for more on The Sphere of Peace.

While I didn’t know then that the professional changes Holly was referring to would end up becoming Soul Bridge Coaching, I trusted her, and I did maintain that commitment to our 365 days of guided writing. And to this day, although I miss a day or two of our co-journaling from time to time, I have continued my commitment to this process for the past two years. That commitment and those conversations are the basis of this Soul Bridge Coaching blog site. Holly has taught me not to judge myself against anyone else. She has shown me that due to the many and varied aspects of my physical, psychological, social, emotional, and situational experiences, I come out as a unique being who does not need to fit into any idealization of “normalcy.”

And Holly’s suggestions about a professional change continued to find their way into our conversations. I started learning (with Holly) how to be a bridge between clients and their own spirit guides. It started with journaled writing as Holly and I had done for more than a year, and then it grew to spoken channeling of spirit guides and Holly, and I was simply a translator of those communications. And just this year, Holly encouraged me to create this site so we could share our wondrous relationship. On May 27, 2021, I wrote, I understand why you wanted me to slowly type up these conversations. There is so much I don’t remember of our previous conversations, and it is nice to return to your words. I especially enjoy grouping our conversations into themes. And this was Holly’s response:

Holly: While it will be nice to have others read these posts, it is not about amassing a large following. If one person reads a post and is moved, that is a ripple put out energetically for good. But the main reason to create these posts is for your soulful evaluation. Each post necessitates that you re-read these passages, and with each re-read, you absorb another gem. In the midst of day-to-day living, you lose the awareness of your own soulful evolution. This is a reminder — your own spiritual and pictorial memoir. All events, even the most painful, lose their negative hold, because each is a cobblestone laying the path you’ve taken toward today.

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We will encourage our readers to begin their own practice of journeying through their life’s experiences and through the oxymorons of their lives to appreciate the cobblestones that make up the path they have been creating. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (September 14, 2021)

Heart Chakra Work: Opening and Closing Like a Sea Anemone

It seems I was born with the idea that I was supposed to take away the pain and suffering of others. Some may call this being an empath, but, as I now see it, I was misunderstanding my soul’s purpose. About a decade ago, I had the feeling that my heart chakra had shut down because I wasn’t having wondrous heart-opening experiences that I had read about. In fact, the predominate feeling I was receiving through my heart was pain. A few months ago, after a particularly difficult day in which I was feeling the heart pain experienced by someone I care about deeply, my spirit guide Holly had these words of wisdom for me:

Holly: You have had a focus on trying to open your heart for more than a decade. You were drawn to the piece of pottery of the open-hearted woman, hoping that by seeing it each day, your heart would open, too.

You have practiced open-hearted meditation. You have brought your hands to your heart when you communicate with us. You once had energy work by a highly intuitive healer, and she questioned why you thought your heart wasn’t already open. We will tell you that your heart chakra is, in fact, TOO OPEN. The clairsentience issues that have caused you distress are due to a heart wide open with greater concern for others than for yourself. It is time to experience the ability of the heart chakra to be gracefully flexible as it appropriately opens and closes. You have been searching for a way to feel your heart opening — but it was already in the open state. It will take time to bring all your chakras to their natural states of flexibly (and appropriately) opening and closing. The result of a heart that opens and closes like a sea anemone is that you will feel the wondrous opening as the unfolding of the lotus, rising from the mud. And when the heart-opening experience has passed for that moment, your heart chakra will appropriately settle into homeostasis — relaxed in a state of calm with a memory of what caused the opening and expansion. This, truly, is the path to hardwiring happiness. (See post on Hardwiring Happiness.)

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I wondered why I hadn’t gotten this guidance earlier in my life. Holly had this to say: Certainly you have heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” The intuitive healer tried to tell you, but you were so determined to experience the wide open heart, you didn’t believe your heart was already open; but the pain you were experiencing was from the too wide open heart of the empath. So, here you are now, ready to learn to keep all your chakras opening and closing in ways that are healthy and helpful. Stop searching for the perfect heart-opening routine, and allow experiences to flow into your life in the same way the ocean waters flow into and around the sea anemone. And notice how, without having to think about it, your heart will experience expansion in a very natural way, and the pain you have been experiencing will occur less often as you will no longer be taking on the pain of others.

As you can see from this piece of artwork that hangs in our bedroom, the heart chakra is like a blooming lotus, like a graceful sea anemone. Notice, too the calm serenity of the surrounding clouds. The heart chakra represents “I LOVE.” It does not represent I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly, September 7, 2021.

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