Today’s guest post is brought to you by Emily Stroia! Thanks, Emily!
Healing from trauma isn’t a straight line. For me it has and still is an ongoing journey.
We all have our scars, stories and experiences that have shaped our view of the world and of ourselves.
I have explored healing through the mystical, spiritual, self-help, therapy and emotional intelligence. You name it and I have most likely done it.
I have been in therapy since I was 5 years old when I shared with my teacher a fight my parents had. This conversation sparked my healing journey and every week I would meet with the school therapist. These sessions were my saving grace as a child.
Home life was very confusing, dark and traumatic.
My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and my father was abusive; mentally, physically and sexually.
One day around the age of 13, I went out on my balcony and had a serious talk with the universe. I remember asking what the purpose was for me.
I asked the big question many of us ask when bad things happen, “WHY?, WHY ME?”.
At first I heard silence.
And then I heard this intuitive voice whisper, “This isn’t happening to you. This is happening for you.” I had the faint realization that I would share my healing journey and my story with the world.
Nearly 20 years have passed since that realization. Slowly in the healing process I have been able to release the need for my story to be different. I have learned that there are gifts in the scars.
The healing journey has also inspired me to write my story in a form of raw poetry.
My new book, Into the Light explores healing from trauma and abuse through the creative art form of poetry.
This book is memoir-inspired and also has notes to the reader on healing from brokenness, finding light in the darkness and coming to peace with the past.
There is a favorite quote that still resonates with me, “Forgiveness is letting go of the past being any different”.
We may not be able to change what happened to us but we can make magic, art and beauty from the broken parts.
Healing is a personal journey of finding freedom, liberation and transcending from what once was. We are not what happens to us.
A storm may leave damage but it is up to us to repair it. I am not a victim to the circumstances I was born in.
It may not make sense and it may never make sense why people hurt us in the ways they do. We may not know how to forgive the unforgivable. But we are born with the capability to love and heal each other through the power of story-telling and sharing.
A poem from my new book, Into the Light:
When you are at the end of
tie a knot and hold on.
When you think you are at the
end of your journey,
reach out your hand
and someone will meet you
About Emily Stroia
Emily is an intuitive teacher, spiritual leader, author, and artist. Emily first discovered her gifts of intuition and creativity as a child and was placed in a highly gifted program for children. She often explored her gifts through writing, art, and experienced frequent visions and dreams that would turn out to be accurate. Not understanding fully why or how she was able to do this, she decided to study.
She has always felt a strong attraction to the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of life and continues to delve deeper into each. Believing strongly in her intuitive gifts, as well as wanting to express her deep desire to help people, Emily
decided to utilize her abilities to turn her passion into a profession.
Her mission is to inspire people to find the gifts in their stories and live powerful transformed lives with ease and peace. Her life is a breathing expression of intuition, passion, spirituality, and creativity. Most days you can find her coaching clients, writing, practicing yoga and playing with her dog in Los Angeles.
About Into The Light
Into the Light is a memoir-inspired poetry collection in seven parts. The book shares the author’s life from a transformative perspective of experiencing trauma & darkness to finding hope, miracles, and light.
In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding one’s inner peace after adversity and healing through brokenness. This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration, and empowerment. This book is for anyone who has ever experienced loss, grief, brokenness, depression, abuse, trauma and heartbreak.
Want more? Check out this INTERVIEW with Emily Stroia!