I am not an artist. I am bored by museums. I hardly even have the patience to color with my 6-year-old nephew. But I do have one exception to my non-interest in the arts: Rangoli folk art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. The intricate patterns are typically created with materials like colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, and flower petals.
This art is not only pretty—seriously gorgeous, actually—but it also holds so much symbolism for me. And as a writer, I think is what fuels my intense love for it. What kind of writer would I be if I didn’t see everything as more than just something, right?
It’s the way the intense colors complement each other, how each section looks like nothing until the final work is complete; and how really, you never know exactly how it will all come together at the end. It is like healing.
For years, I was searching for plans and doctors and answers so I could put myself back together again. I was constantly looking for some kind of how-to-guide. Looking back on my healing process now, I understand how it all works—a perfect ebb and flow of leading yourself into your own beautiful ending.
The Rangoli artist works intensely, getting lost in his design. He doesn’t look away for opinions and outside sources of inspiration. He trusts his ability to use the materials he has, whatever they may be, and make beautiful art. His environment, whether it be sitting on a perfectly polished wooden floor or a cold concrete in a courtyard, does not affect the quality of his work. He embraces the challenge and presses forward.
Like for the Rangoli artist, the rules I learned for healing are simple:
- Focus on the colors.
The dark moments and minutes and days will come and go. Acknowledge them and then turn away. You can always choose what you see. Focus on the colors that lift your spirits, sing to your soul and heal you to the core. Wrap yourself in them, put them on your bathroom mirror and paint your fingernails blue. Do whatever you have to do to keep your focus toward the bright.
- Trust your intuition
It always knows best. Even if you don’t know exactly which piece of the puzzle goes where at all times, you are built with an inner compass to know how to get to the finish line. Trust you are getting somewhere great even if you can’t see where.
Take the best of all the things you know and mix them together. Never feel obligated to follow just one way of looking at or doing things. Use all your experiences, practices and best ideas and integrate them into your life.
- Hold excitement for the process
Stay excited. Be on the adventure. Know the process of all of the pieces coming together is just as important as the end result. Your picture will reveal itself one day; the more optimism you have along the way, the quicker the awesomeness will seem to come.
A fiery young woman with a debilitating and misdiagnosed disease travels to a tiny clinic in India for a controversial embryonic stem cell treatment. On the journey to save her miserably failing body, she finds a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and most importantly, a piece of her life that she never even knew she was searching for.
This is How I Save My Life takes readers on a heartwarming and often hilarious journey as Amy grasps at her last hope for health. Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Through extensive research and her own recovery experience, Amy finds the most important piece for her own healing-the impact of unprocessed negative emotions on our physical bodies.
This powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination is for anyone who believes in-or doubts-the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing.
About Amy: While I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, my “big” dream has always been to write a book. I never imagined as a little girl, it would be about this. But, that’s the coolest thing about life. It gets you right to where you need to be, even if it’s a twisty, scary, ride that sometimes seems to be going nowhere.
I was the first Lyme disease patient at a tiny clinic in Delhi, India that uses human embryonic stem cell therapy for incurable patients. It was not only the adventure of a lifetime; but put me on an absolutely amazing path of discovery and self-healing. This Is How I Save My Life is the culmination of that.
After a huge improvement in my health after stem cell therapy, I discovered a facet of my body that held deep healing potential – my energy body. Seeing the changes in my own physical and emotional state inspired me to receive formal training in energy medicine and energy psychology.
I am proud to be an expert in mind-body-spirit healing with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey, California. I use energy therapy techniques to help those with chronic illness and those in need of emotional healing to identify, release and move on. I am proud to be an Ordained Minister of Holistic Healing. I am a frequent contributor to healthcare blogs and has presented to groups including the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
I love people. I am ultra-passionate. I’m both intuitive and down-to-earth (really!). I live by the self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”