Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our Brightest Day Mandala

Our Brightest Day Mandala (Circles of Summer series) © Sue O'Kieffe
source image: succulent flowers

What is needed now, what evolution is demanding, is that we experience the self-transcending power of the soul. We do not have to change the world. We need only reclaim the fullness of our beings that is ever present and always seeking to awaken in us. In so doing, we become transmitters of a profound faith in life, and the world begins to change. 
~Richard Moss, The Mandala of Being

Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the day the tumor on my carotid artery was first detected. I don't talk about it  much anymore; but the time leading up to my surgery in November of '06 was filled with spiritual blessings and a knowing that everything was going to be OK. After surgery, other medical concerns needed to be addressed that had the potential for being life threatening. Last summer I started to lose weight; I've taken it slowly, and over the last year have lost 30 pounds. When I saw my doc yesterday all of my other health concerns were within normal limits, and I've been released from my doctor's medical care until my next annual exam.

The journey right now is about getting to the person I really am, about allowing my light to shine in the ways that we are all meant to shine. I know that part of my calling is about assisting others reclaim, as Richard Moss says above, the fullness of our beings, and I am preparing the ways to help that happen.

Today what I most want to share is the unbelievable gratitude and appreciation I feel for those who have assisted me along the way.  I've had the blues for about a week; but yesterday, when the magnitude of my day finally hit me, I could feel the slump lift and the radiance that wanted to come through actually shine. I do think that contrast is necessary to recognize the Then and to see the Now.

May We All Shine Bright!

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


Mom2Mom said...

I have been preliminarily diagnosed with a carotid body tumor. All the information I can find is in medical speak and it looks like I have a long road ahead of me. Is this similar to your diagnosis?

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Mom2Mom, Yes I had a carotid body tumor/paraganglioma. My tumor was found early, smaller than 1 cm. The surgery went well for me. Recovery took longer than I expected. I think I was fortunate that it was found early. If I can answer any questions or share my experience, please email me.

On Slender Threads said...

Ah, freedom into the light with gratitude and joy. Sue, you brilliance shines.

cheryl said...

Hi Sue...
I'm happy to hear about your good report from your doctor - and that you've been uplifted... moving deeper and wider into your work in the world. ...a brightest day indeed.


Image Masking said...

gr8 post! thanks a lot for sharing..

Ann Christine Dennison said...

Sunshine mandala blessing all of us :-)Blessing to you too and I am happy to hear that your health is great!