Someone once said to me “you know, Oriana, life doesn’t have to be a struggle". This completely blew me away, since life had always been a struggle, however it launched me onto a ladder of exploration which has totally changed my life.
For nearly 25 years I immersed myself in countless books and teachings, and attended more workshops than I care to admit to. I learned many healing practices along the way, and spent endless hours in personal process, always seeking an escape from the incessant diatribe of the "monkey mind". Truly, I had absolutely no idea what being awake and fully alive actually meant.
I was the archetypal eternal seeker! But finally it dawned on me that apart from forgiving myself over and over again for my mistaken beliefs, I had to allow myself to start to fully feel the feelings which I had deemed unacceptable and tried to bury, and to welcome all aspects of the human "me".
Healing can never happen in the mind. The heart needs to open and the body needs to feel. And yes, for me the inner work has been extreme, and I have had to dig deep to find the courage, trust and enough self-honesty to enable me to step through the fear which has kept showing up.
Yet an insistent, inner desire for Truth has kept me going deeper, and in doing so, I have found a great love for myself, and discovered a well of freedom and joy, which was waiting for me all along to simply say Yes to it.
“I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free” ~ Michaelangelo