When I first had the idea to write this book, I believed I had a story and a message that I needed to share with the world. The word “healing” kept coming to me in various ways, but I wasn’t sure why or how this process was going to unfold. I simply listened and trusted my intuition.
I woke up every morning with excitement, yet somewhat fearful, to relive my past through this undertaking. I wrote for hours every single day. Writing this book made me realize that, although I thought all my wounds had healed over the years, everything in life is a process. At times, I could not stop writing; at other times, I felt the dredging up of memories was taking too big a toll on me. I persevered anyway—through laughter, tears, heartache, and joy. After all, that’s what’s life is all about—surviving the tough times, finding the lessons, and enjoying the good times.
In the beginning, reliving the past placed me in a precarious emotional place. To see the sights in my mind’s eye, to experience old feelings in my being, and to recall hurtful words was difficult. Yet it turned out to be the most healing experience of my life. And so I want to thank you. If it hadn’t been my mission to inspire you, I may never have felt my heart open as much and as powerfully as I feel it today.
Although this story is about me, at its most intrinsic level, it is about all of humanity. We share the same emotions and the same basic desires in life. How we each personally experience them is different, but the root of it all is that we’re all the same regardless of our background, ethnicity, skin color, age, country of origin, and so on. While our experiences may be different on the surface, you are human as much as I am and as much as everyone else is, whether he or she ruled a kingdom or lived on the street. Human emotions are universal regardless of the stories we tell ourselves, and beneath it all, we want the same thing: to be free to be who we are and to be loved unconditionally.
This book is about how the hardships I perceived in my life were an invitation to get in touch with the seed of love and power that is already within me. I felt as if my higher self and inner voice were taking over when I shared my true self, my fears, my hopes, and my growth with you, the reader. That’s why my goal in this book is to inspire you to grow and to seek your freedom, as I have been doing throughout every chapter of my life. In return, I invite you to reflect on who you are, to understand yourself on a deeper level than you ever have before, and most of all, to know that everything happens so that you can unfold like a sapling from a seed, destined to bloom into your true colors.
I share my stories and my growth with you in this book so that you know you’re not alone in your journey. Today is a new day; it’s a new chapter in your life. I invite you to give yourself permission to love yourself and to be happy. Today, you can start making the change you need to be free from all that is blocking you from joy, freedom, happiness, and unconditional love.
My mission is to start the process of liberating you from your stories and to help you recognize how much power you have to express your unique self and to freely create the life you deserve. I believe you are beautiful and that being who you are is the best gift you can give yourself and the world. As you embark on the journey awaiting you in the following pages, I leave you with my three favorite words: I love you.
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Cynthia S. Belmer