Something has happened, a deep shift. It feels immense and small at the same time. It’s been happening for a while but its’ really “cresting” now. You will start seeing it as it unfolds here through the ButterflyMoms blog and with what is coming up! In the meantime there is something that is important for you to know…
The real truth is that for most of my life I’ve felt “out-of-synch” with life. I never felt the age I was. Kids made fun of me because I was an “immigrant” but when I visited Portugal I was the “American” kid. I didn’t “fit” anywhere. Growing up I could not understand why my dad was so angry and violent. Life was oftentimes sad, horrifying, confusing and tense. My father was not only violent with the kids. He oftentimes threatened to hurt my mother too. Things got so bad that one day when I was about 8, I was so petrified of a world without her that I offered God a trade. My life for hers. I literally wrote out my will (giving all my toys to my mother’s classroom kids and one special little toy for each of my brother’s) and then I turned off the lights and sat behind the armchair in the livingroom waiting for God to take my life… I sat there terrified for hours. My heart weeps for that beautiful, sweet, little girl with the big broken heart.
It was during that time that I started hearing a voice that told me that I was indeed special. It told me that what I was going through was temporary and necessary. It could not be explained. I would be ok. Just hold on, it told me again and again. I believed the voice and began to look at life like I was a bird in a gilded cage, knowing full well that one day I would be set free. My life’s purpose as a kid became to protect my brothers/mother and study for life on the “outside”. I wanted to know as much about living as I could. I read voraciously. Besides the valuable knowledge I gained from that time in my life, I was also given the gift of developing my creativity. All of these skills help me even now as I do my life’s work.
After childhood my life still felt “out-of-synch”, like I was doing all the right things but not really feeling like I was living life from the inside out. College (both graduate and undergrad felt like I was paying them a lot of money to make me jump over hops, not for the love of the information or learning.) Jobs I got were mostly about “paying my dues” until some magical time when I had made it to some unknown level. Boyfriends were people for whom I would morph to become what they needed over what I did.
My major life shift started in my late 30’s when I had a baby with Downs and has been growing ever since. All my children are gifts but Sophia has been a life lesson. Her birth, and ultimately her unexpected death, put the whole rest of my life into perspective. Another way to say it is that, it put my past in the past, and gave me back my present. Her death has allowed me to break away from all the societal, cultural and familial SHOULDs. It’s given me the space for that amazing voice, that guided me when I was young, to grow in strength. That voice leads me to my life’s purpose. I would not be the same person had I not gone through the fires of hell but I don’t need to live there either! I choose to live in the “now”. I would never have known that my life’s purpose is THE FIRE THAT IGNITES PEOPLE’s SOUL had I not experienced what I did. It was the path to my GIFT. It is from that voice that I hear my heart’s calling. It is from that voice in the now that I am such a powerful coach to my clients. It is from that voice that I write this blog. It’s from that voice that I am writing my next book.
Whatever YOU have gone through… May this serve as a wonderful reminder to LIVE YOUR LIFE OUT LOUD!!!!!! We all go through our own “hell” here on earth. Remember to FIND THE GIFTS in the experience for they are the golden ticket to your life’s FREEDOM and JOY!
Great big hugs,
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WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.
*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!