Starting 2017: Reflection on the Year to Come

January is already a little more than halfway through; I thought I’d pause to reflect on the year to come for me personally and for the world at large.

I will start with the world first because that is all far more conjecture. While this is not a political site, I don’t think we can deny that our world is in crisis. No matter what angle you come in at it from, there is a lot of turmoil around us today. It is my sincerest hope that as we look upon this tangled mess, we as a people, as a species, as a planet, can slowly begin to come together. Now is the time more than ever that we need unity. Will it happen? Again, conjecture, but I believe there will only be a greater divide before the unity can begin.

Personally, this is a year of transformation. This year of 2017 is a time in which I am striving to complete a 600 hour internship on top of being a full time employee in a very damaged, very negative public school system. On top of that, I am seeking to keep this blog moving in the direction I want, to finish my Bardic Grade studies through the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD), and obtain my Level III Reiki certification. By the time 2017 is over, as a person, as a healer, I will be in an entirely different stage than I am now.

The end goal of all of this is to expand my being as a healer. Overall, my specific goals are to: gain my license as a therapist, become a Reiki master, gain the knowledge necessary to be certified (there is no official board of certification in crystal healing, but I plan to do a full course of study) in crystal healing and herbal medicine, and graduate all three grades of OBOD. I am interested in aromatherapy as well, though unsure if I personally will get that certification (Caine will likely get this to augment his practice as a massage therapist). When all is said and done, we as partners hope to have a healing practice – tentatively called Oakheart Healing.

It is a lot! Right now, I am feeling fairly positive about my ability to make it through the next seven months while I juggle intern status, full time employment, and multiple graduate classes. If nothing else, the idea of the pure freedom that I’ll feel at the end of July 2017 is absolutely amazing. I imagine the sense of accomplishment I feel at that stage will be second to none. 🙂

Let us make this year, 2017, a good year for us personally, even if the world around us is in turmoil. We have a choice: we can let the world pull us down, or we can turn our noses up at it and say, “Nah. You don’t have anything on me.” Will it be hard? Absolutely… 100%. If we make the second choice, there will be many, many, many times when we falter. But, if we pick ourselves back up and live in gentleness, imagine what we can achieve!

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