In my life, I have told many stories that externalize or give away my power. Learning to own my own experience and my own power has been, and continues to be, a significant part of my journey. I have told many disempowering stories, even when I thought I wasn’t doing so. With great intentionality, I have been shifting my focus to tell more and more of the stories of appreciation, gratitude, and love. I am telling more of the stories of the way I want my life to be rather than of how I don’t want it to be—so I can focus on and attract what I want, rather than what I don’t want, using story to create new truths in my life.
In this book Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Openheartedness, I share stories of my life. They are stories that spoke to me. They are threads that shaped my journey to embracing the stranger in me. They comprise the journey to openheartedness, to making peace with soul—both my own and the souls of others whose journeys have touched me. Some are sorrowful. Some are joyful. Some are stories that more rightly belong to others, such as to family members. But I am the storyteller here, and it is the way these stories have shaped and influenced the larger narrative of my life that feels important to convey.
They are stories of things that eventually became possible with increasing levels of awareness. They describe my way of being in the world and of being more fully in the world as a result of my journey. I share my stories as a way to dive into the deeper patterns that shape life, relationships, healing, and journeys. Even as I re-read and edited them, they moved me—sometimes to laughter, sometimes to tears. Even though I have spent a lot of time unearthing and living with these stories, some of them still have the capacity to delight and surprise me. My hope is that they do the same for you.