I had the blessing(s) and pleasure of meeting an extraordinary woman a couple of years ago, who is now is my soul sister and a tribal leader without leading. We had a contagious connection from the start. I knew I met an angel when I asked her a question, and she gave me the answer in such a way it blew me back.
There was something in the way she answered me, that whispered, ‘authentic soul,’ get to know her.
Julie has changed my life in ways that have enhanced the way I navigate my life.
After reading Julie’s book Positively Traumatized, my first thoughts that came to my body-mind is ‘Truth and beauty,’ Julie embodies both those qualities. Julie understood she was giving up living on a symbolic “witness stand” ever-needing to defend, to excuse, to plead, to explain, and to beg for mercy. She knew that self-compassion, self-discovery, and in a ‘Holy instant’ that there are no victims, no blame and shame, just compassion for yourself and the other.
The first reaction I have heard after others have read her book, is, why did you stay? Of course, that type of response would be what one would say to such outrageous trauma. But the journey of abuse is much much deeper than the violence that takes place.
Positively Traumatized is a journey of Truth, beauty, and forgiveness. To be able to take this journey out and pen it for the world to read is the journey of a true peaceful warrior. We all suffer in life, and there are many ways to heal, but we must ease the suffering first to covert it to self-compassion, self-love, strength, and most of all, self-forgiveness.
Pain has to be felt, experienced, and co-exist with the truth of what is happening. When we deny circumstances, we reject the opportunity to gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding — buried pain results in judgments, physical tensions, depression, and illness.
This story will unfold and touch many hearts, and maybe even shed some light into your darkness. Also, when you get down to the last page, you will come to understand the gifts that Julie took away from her most traumatic experiences.
After reading her story, I left feeling this is a woman of Truth and Beauty, a true warrior spirit.
In life, we have choices, and we can choose to live in someone else’s or our own guilt, shame, and fear.
Julie’s journey from bondage to freedom will inspire you to forgive, embrace compassion, and realize it’s all just a dream that wakes you up to what is true; Self-forgiveness and Love.
Julie is a much sought after inspirational speaker, a supporter of Strength United, yoga instructor and now a published author inspiring individuals one breath at a time.
“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin
Love flows through, and we actualize our Divine Selves.
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