I started this blog at 19, to share what I learned on my healing journey. At that time, I defined my “healing journey” as escaping Western Medicine and addressing my autoimmune disease with nutrition.
I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.
Quickly, I realized this journey encompassed much more than physical healing. In fact, I had embarked on what mythologist Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey: an archetypal path of spiritual growth, for which severe health problems are often the on ramp.
Because I had committed to healing all parts of me, I had to go deeper than the food and supplements. I wanted to address emotional, subconscious, energetic, spiritual, and cultural problems — all aspects that contributed to my autoimmune in the first place.
In my early twenties, I began having a series of spiritual-psychic awakenings that connected me to my intuitive abilities. Now, intuitive work is the foundation of what I do at my company Floral Song Flower essences, and how I help my clients heal the spiritual causes of their food and weight problems in my Food without Fear Program.
By this point in my life, I knew that listening not listening to my intuition made me sicker and unhappy. I knew that listening to my intuition made me healthier and happier. I kept that in mind when I got a 3am message.
The 3 AM Call
It was 3am one December night, two years ago, when my eyes flew open and I heard, “Move to Arizona RIGHT NOW.”
I knew what my intuition sounded like, and felt like. So, I sat up in bed, cracked open my laptop, and started searching for Phoenix apartments.
I knew, from the beginning, my chapter in Arizona was temporary and necessary. As soon as I moved, it felt like a chain of dominoes toppling over: a chain reaction of important events. Within a month, I met a wonderful boyfriend who helped me heal my past experience with toxic masculinity and sexual trauma.
Another big piece was my book, The Invisible Corset, reaching completion. I had felt the physical presence of this book in my life for years, and longed for it like some women long to have a baby. I felt honored to be “chosen” by this book — but the immensity of it and the urgency I felt around it often overwhelmed me.
***Heads-up that the following two sentences sound cringingly New-Agey. I know this post already borders on Woo-Woo-Whackadoodle territory so just… brace yourself.***
Shortly after moving, I went to Sedona and hiked to the top of one of those famous vortexes. I sat and meditated, and I felt the completed book whoosh into me, like a little tornado of scribbled pages entering at the top of my head.
After that, things started falling into place. Take note, I had already researched this book for years and tossed out numerous unsuitable manuscripts. So, fellow writers, before you hate me for having it so easy…. trust me, I had already done my time!
But after that, my agent gave me the green light on my book proposal, and my dream publishers started calling, one after another! My book went into contract, and the writing flowed out of me.
I also met wonderful new friends — the solid, soul-deep relationships that encouraged me to grow, stay true to my integrity, and dream big. Friends like this have been few and far between in my life, and I was grateful.
Arizona held difficult life lessons, too. Unhealthy dynamics in existing relationships came to light, and I faced unhealed parts of myself keeping me in those relationships. I had experienced my intuition telling me to start certain relationships, and now I experienced my intuition telling me to end certain relationships, and it hurt.
Then, just as my Arizona chapter had begun, it ended. I was in my apartment’s swimming pool one night with my boyfriend. I floated on my back and stared up at the inky black desert sky, glinting with stars. Then, I heard silent words rising up from the core of myself:
“It. Is. Complete.”
I knew it meant this relationship, and this chapter. There was sadness, but no argument in me. I obeyed, and moved back to Washington state.
Learning Through Pain Vs. Trust
I’ve learned many lessons in my life through pain: The pain of ignoring my intuition. The pain of denying my soul to make others comfortable. The pain of staying in relationships when I needed to leave.
Through all of that, I learned that my body is so intelligent, she will eject me from a life that’s not aligned with my soul. She will speak the truth that I’m withholding. And she will remind me of the more beautiful life she knows is possible for me. I learned it’s better to trust my body rather that fight her, because I always loose that fight.
My chapter in Arizona was a time when I was learning lessons through trust, not pain. I said YES to my intuition, right away. And as a result, healing happened at warp speed.
Yes, there was difficult growth, grief, and loss. But there was also move love than I had known before, and more support for my True Self. I experienced the freedom of making big, intuitive life choices without self-doubt or second-guessing myself.
And I want that for YOU. That’s why I’ve written The Invisible Corset.
The Invisible Corset
This book gives you the specific, actionable steps to reconnect to your body’s wisdom. It teaches you how to make the same changes in your life that I did. You’ll go from learning lessons through pain, to learning lessons through trust.
The invisible corset is a set of culturally-inherited beliefs that make women as uncomfortable and restricted in their bodies as whalebone corsets once did. Wearing the corset, we fear, dominate, mechanize, and disconnect from our bodies.
But when we cast off our corsets, we finally feel comfortable and confident in our bodies. Most importantly, we reconnected to our bodies’ intuitive wisdom — the wisdom that knows how to heal our lives.
- Are you ready to learn the truth about how the beauty industry undermines women’s health, intuition, and liberation?
- Are you ready to stop fighting and controlling your body, and start trusting her?
- Are you ready to for the joy and radiance that comes from being AT PEACE with your body?
Then it’s time to cast off your corset!
You can pre-order The Invisible Corset here. Pre-ordering ensures you get the book hot-off-the-presses, and is also the best way to support any author. It lets booksellers know they should keep their shelves stocked with the book.
You’ll also get one of my online courses completely free, as a pre-order gift (a $49 value). Go to InvisibleCorset.com to get it.
It’s my joy to share The Invisible Corset with you! Thank you for your support, and your pre-order. I’m honored that this book will be a part of your healing journey!
P.S. I’m in Bellingham now!
I am back in the Pacific Northwest now, in the Bellingham area of Washington. If you are in the area, please drop me a comment or email me! I’d love your recommendations for restaurants, hikes, yoga studios, and community groups.