I recently was exposed to poison oak several times before I knew what was occurring. I had a very significant rash on my hand that I thought was a spider bite. I have been getting spider bites over the course of the last couple months while working in my gardens. However, the spider bites healed quicker and this particular insult to my skin was not going away. It was itchy, and frustrating not knowing what was causing it. I have my brother to thank for discovering the source as he told me he thought it looked like Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. When he told me this, the synapses clicked and I realized he was probably right.
Earlier that day, I had gone swimming in Lake Washington at my favorite spot with my Australian Shepard Waldo. In order to secure his leash while I was swimming, I tied it to a piece of driftwood that had some plants over it and I had to push the plants away with my hand to get the leash connected to it. I had been there 3 times for a swim and I performed the same leash securing routine each time.
On my way to my swim spot there is a 2 ½ mile walk on this very lovely path. At the beginning of the path, there is a sign that states Poison Oak in that one area. I’ve seen it many times but that day of my 3rd swim, I was particularly attracted to it. And when I got to my swim spot, I had a strong feeling I should avoid the plants around the driftwood. Not because of fear of Poison Oak as there was no sign stating it was around this area but rather because of concern that spiders might be lurking around.
The rash wasn’t healing because I kept being exposed to the Poison Oak. When I went swimming that last day, my brother had not yet mentioned what his thoughts were, yet my eyes were very drawn to the Poison Oak sign and my intuition tried to keep me away from the plants but not for the reason I had thought. Unfortunately, I was then exposed one more time as the oil from the plant was on the leash handle and I did not realize this.
The reason I am sharing this story, is that sometimes we can’t heal because we continue to be exposed to something that is lowering our vibration, causing a toxic reaction in our bodies, minds or spirits. In this case, it was a physical substance but the offending substance could be something emotional or spiritual that is the cause of toxicity for us.
Often times, we may not know what the offending substance is. In my case, I did energy work on myself to clear any blocks to healing the rash. The healing came from my own intuition and attracting a visit with my brother who gave me his insights. My intuition tried to keep me away from the plants and drawing my attention to the sign. Some of you reading this might wonder why I didn’t know what Poison Oak looked like? Well, I do now!!!
If you are wondering why you might be experiencing a certain issue in your life, perhaps you are being exposed over and over to the very thing that is causing you difficulty. Perhaps you are feeling depressed, and yet you are living with an abusive partner every day, or living a daily routine that brings you no joy. Perhaps, you are having stomach issues, and you are eating or drinking something often that is caustic to your body.
Often, we really don’t know why we are feeling what we are feeling or why we are experiencing a physical illness that is causing us discomfort. In those times, we have help all around us. You don’t have to be an energy worker to draw assistance to you. Simply say a prayer, put out an intention, stay connected to life, and your answers will come to you. But here is the clincher, you have to observe and listen to the answers that come your way! If a friend, or family member gives you their thoughts or opinion, stay open. They could have some very important information for you.
If you hear a clear thought in your head that you should avoid a situation, person or place, there might be a very good reason for this. And if the thought is repetitive, chances are this thought is holding some clarity for you. That repetitive thought is coming from your intuition, or possibly your spirit guide, guiding you to your answer.
If you are experiencing a physical issue and are frustrated, as much as possible, give the issue to God, life force, to something greater than yourself! And then watch and listen for what comes to you. That person you meet at the store might have something very interesting to share with you. A friend you meet at the gym might have an insight for you to embrace. A new or unusual animal might cross your path and stop and look at you or venture into your yard. In this last case, finding out about that animal’s spirit totem can be incredibly helpful.
Spirit brings to us our answers all the time through our friends, family, animals, nature, co-workers, strangers, daily occurrences. Once we start opening up to the synchronicities of life, we start to feel our hearts open and miracles come our way. I truly believe that life is always leading us towards healing unless it is our time to leave this earth. However, even if it is our time to leave our bodies, incredible transformation occurs and can bring the ultimate healing of our spirit.
So, please take heart my friends! If you are dealing with something challenging in your life, ask for information on how to heal, and open your eyes and ears to what comes to you. I promise you, spirit will provide you what you need. Embrace the signs that life is providing to you, have the courage to make the changes that are needed and find the joy and healing you deserve!
Lots of love,