The Lesson in the Lesson

Yesterday, I took a class.

I took a class with a room full a strangers; a hearty mix of eager souls excited to learn more about methods of communicating.  I did that, but, in a sidebar conversation, I ended up learning about alternative ways of healing.

I’ve been aware of words like “chakras” and “energy points” but also had always maintained a rather dismissive and cautious view of it. In my mind’s eye, I thought I knew what I needed to know. I thought I knew but I didn’t.

I didn’t really understand that there are points in our bodies that correspond to our sense of another; points that talk to us when we sense negativity or … our own fear.  I’ve written about experiencing just that last summer.

I didn’t know there are parts of the body that will shut down when a situation finds us unable to speak the truth

I didn’t know but I know now.  And I know just enough to know I want to know more.

I love learning new things! (

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.

You have to love.

You have to feel.

It is the reason you are here on earth.

You are here to risk your heart.

You are here to be swallowed up.

And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

Ever had a “lesson in the lesson?”

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  1. I absolutely love Louise Erdrich’s quote. I will have to steal that. May I ask what class this was? Whenever someone mentions ‘chakras’ or ‘intuition’, it gets my full attention! I have my level 2 Reiki certification and am going to a Reiki share next week. I am training to become a Reiki volunteer for cancer patients at a local cancer center. So needless to say, I am learning a whole new side to life and couldn’t be more excited. I look forward to clicking on your links to your other posts!

    • Hi there; the class was on developing and/or trusting your intuition. The topic was intriguing to me for many reasons but mostly b/c I feel I am well attuned to my intuition. Except that, of late, I’ve had a few missteps and those shook my confidence.

      I happened to sit next to a woman who works as you describe – she is a “medical intuitive” and does work in hospice. Amazing story; truly got my attention.

      Thanks for visiting and best of luck to you in your endeavors,

  2. I love it when I stumble across something that sparks my interest — I hope you have a great time learning about something new to you! . The apple tree is such a great metaphor — and that picture! You got a 6 a.m. chuckle out of me and that’s not easy! 😀

    • I am having a great time so far. Just when I get a little scared, I find it’s then that I should push myself forward and go for it.

      Glad you loved the photo; it’s kind of a cross between super cute and giant baby scary 🙂

  3. This is a profound revelation, MJ–the message in the message–the one you really needed to hear. I have been there. In fact, I am there!

  4. This is so interesting to me, MJ. I hope you’ll share more with us as you continue to explore and find out more. Like Darla said, the quote is incredible. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    And the picture?! Oh my stars! The picture cracks me up!

    • I will definitely share. I’m just on the first stepping stone of my way but I feel it’s unfolding exactly as it should.

      I’ve had that quote for a bit; just seemed perfect for this post.

      And that picture – same thing – I had it bookmarked for a while but that joyful face fit my sense of wonder today. That’s one giant baby – on roller skates, no less 🙂

  5. As folks hemmed and hawed and prattled on and on about those New Year’s resolutions…I thought…”Go out and learn something.” Good for you.

    • … well I couldn’t really prattle on about making room and then not fill it up with something fun now could I?

      I love to learn; I love to try new things .. and I’m learning that it’s not as scary as I thought it would be 🙂

      Cheers! MJ

  6. I love the way you keep stretching your mind. You’re always trying new things which is such a great way to stay young and vibrant. That must be your secret.

    • Trying … and tonight I bought Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Whatever skin care stuff 1/2 off = whee!!

      Have a great night, Renee 🙂

  7. Wow, that quote is profound. I’ll be copying that one… it’s a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

    • I love that quote; it fit just right here today.

      Thank you for visiting and for always being so kind & uplifting in your commentary

  8. MJ please share more of what you discover…

  9. You took a class with a room full of strangers. I could take a lesson from you. I shy away from the unfamiliar much of the time.

    I did not know about chakras. I hope I’ll be learning more from you.

    • I’m getting more comfortable with it but will admit to some nerves at first.

      I do it because it challenges me. It gets me out of my comfort zone and into the unfamiliar and, for me, that’s where the growth is.

      As I learn more, I will share with all of you, too 🙂 MJ

  10. How exciting that you learned this! Last summer I started going to a “healer” who does acupressure and Oriental pressure point work to relieve tension and offer healing. I am telling you, an hour with this woman is the best therapy there is. It is amazing how the points on your body correspond to so much. Keep learning!

    • Oooh, that hour sounds positively decadent, Leah. It truly is amazing to know how certain points of the body can give us clues to other maladies – if only we know how to read the map!! I tell you what, sitting next to this gal and really hearing what she had to say, I felt bells ringing. It was a “light bulb” moment for me.

      Cheers! MJ

  11. Wowsa! Love it when those moments happen and they are followed by wanting to know more.

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  13. Great quote, and great photo!
    This has been quite a year for lessons for me, in many ways, as well as lessons I’ve learned from watching those around me. Yes, the lessons continue, and maybe that’s the secret of an amazing life: keep learning!

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