The Bear by Cameron Brtnik (based on my girlfriend's dream 3/22/18) I had a dream, twas more like a 'mare I had a dream I was chased by a bear This big brown bear was chasing me It chased me until I ran up a tree I was safe there, at least for now There's no way in hell that I'm coming down Then the bear whipped out its claws Five sharp knives on large white paws It bared its fangs like sharpened blades And shook the tree until it gave Right then I jumped and made escape I looked behind me and saw its shape That's when the fear and dread arrived Don't think I'll make it out alive I ran and ran like rabbit game Inside my fears I had to tame I couldn't tell what's dream or real I thought I'd be the bear's next meal Frantic, panic, sweat and tears All my doubts, anxiety, fears Would I escape? I wasn't sure Next thing that happened was a blur I fell and stumbled, tried to reach high My heart was pounding, I felt it cry I tried to wake up, cried and moaned No one to wake me, all alone The bear bit down upon my head I let him eat me, sure I was dead Then suddenly, everything was fine No more fear, it was a sign From then on when the bear gave chase I stood my ground, stared face to face ….. Now don’t you see, I am the bear The one being chased, the one that's scared But now I can control it, see And tame the bear that lives in me
SpotLight: Divine Light Wellness – Holistic Healing
Shannon Soules – Life Coach
Spiritual coaching and energy healing for personal growth and wellness
This was my first experience with meditation and Reiki. This is a true testimonial I wrote for her website. She is also the first to be featured in my new SpotLight series. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety or any mental or physical disorder, I sincerely recommend you try out her services. It really did work for me!
I’ve had two sessions with Shannon and…wow. It’s made a huge difference in my overall mood and mental state, and I’ve been much more clear-headed and focused. This year I’ve taken positive steps to get my life in order – mental health, career path, personal growth – by hiring a Life Coach and a Spiritual Coach and have been making incremental, yet great strides, in all three areas. I like the practical, straightforward advice from my life coach gives me which have produced immediate and perceptible results. To be honest, I was more skeptical of working with a “spiritual” coach, but at this point I was open to trying anything…
Shannon made the trip to Toronto for our first, in-person session. She has a nifty “mobile office” complete with massage table, sage and Tibetan bowls, so if you can’t make the trip to her in Georgetown she can come to you! She offered the whole gambit: guided meditation, Reiki and the mystical Tibetan Bowls, all of which were a first experience for me. If you’re a naturally skeptical person like me, right now you are probably saying to yourself, “Reiki? What the hell is that? Sounds like a Naruto jutsu.” But I knew that if I fully gave myself over to Shannon’s guidance and suggestions, I won’t regret it; it all works if you let your guard down and open yourself up to new experiences
One facet from our sessions I really appreciated was that Shannon took the time to transcribe everything I said and, more importantly, read them back to me; the strange thing is that it didn’t even sound like me! They were truly insightful reflections, all from deep within my own mind – if only we took time out of our “busy schedules” of watching Netflix and checking Instagram to meditate and do some self-reflection. If you have trouble focusing and meditating on your own like I do, booking a session with Shannon is the best way to begin! My ultimate goal is to eventually be able to do this on my own – but working with Shannon will inspire and get you motivated to start.
I had many insights in just two sessions – my second session was over Skype (this was “pre-zoom” era) as we couldn’t schedule a meetup that week. Yet surprisingly I was able to go into a meditative state as she guided me through our session over the screen. It was an equally gratifying session, although I still preferred our in-person session. I have since booked weekly sessions with Shannon, and I’m already looking forward to our next one. She has taught me that it’s possible to be still, even for just a moment, in this constantly engaging world and to start looking within.
Shannon also practices Poi and if you ask nicely, she may teach you! Check our her website here: http://www.divinelightwellness.com
Cameron is a freelance writer, blogger, and spiritual being based in Toronto. ***For your very own “SpotLight” just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me on Instagram @instacam81
Deadline I’m not tired but I’m not awake I close my eyes wanting to shut out everything and focus But I fall asleep once again behind schedule Day's gone When I’m asleep deadline's drift away like sand in an ocean breeze Pray I don't wake up, to stay in limbo Awoken again by the greed of day I feel the instant deadline of life waiting
Time Time has no purpose no start, no end perpetually repeating itself at an ever faster rate so fast it makes clocks spin knocking atoms along rushing into the future forgetting the past rendering the future obsolete