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Healing and Hope

Healing and Hope

Healing and Hope


Healing is a process. Forgiveness is a process. Spiritual author Jeff Brown eloquently speaks of forgiveness that rises organically as being real and deeply rooted rather than the willing of forgiveness which to me feels grim and determined and sometimes carries strings that are attached. In my own experience of a lifetime of working on forgiving myself and others  that can only scratch the surface.

I have been wrestling with some really challenging feelings lately. I just wanted them  to go away. One of the big things has been how do I move forward in my own healing, with the raw and honest exploration of how I have been shaped and continue to be shaped  from the past? How do I do this without hurting others who may not be ready for this? This has created a sense of constriction and sadness, anger, fear, you name it.

See how much fun this is! This perhaps explains the massive mind numbing in our culture.

This morning on the cushion where I spend much time adoring God, raging at God, wrestling with God, begging, thanking and just crying in the presence of God, I just let all this stuff be. It’s okay. It’s okay that I cannot fix this, of course, what the hell was I thinking! There was also a strong sense of being grounded in guidance of Spirit.

And then. One conversation. One powerful, honest, extremely uncomfortable, deep listening, hearing, affirming, healing, loving conversation.

Mom, you are my hero and one of the strongest people I know. I love you.


Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with some of the most amazing people on the planet; hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions, survivors of sexual abuse, adults with mental illness and most recently, incarcerated women. Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue. Locally, Rachel teaches Creative Movement at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Regionally and nationally, she teaches and presents at conferences and retreats, weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation. Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.