At the Riverbend Retreat Center in Sahuarita, AZ, a Fire Ceremony was held for the intentions of a cancer healing. Although many miles away, (I’m currently on the west coast), when I was told of it, instantly the ocean beckoned to take part.
I was honored to have been the receiver of the message, acknowledged the request and went to the beach with an expanded intention of the Fire Ceremony… healing for all. (Including YOU!)
In the early morning hours, (when the angels walk), I sat in my room before leaving with my daughter and puppy. (Dogs hold healing energy, not only do they transmute negative energy into positive, they remind us to remain loyal to ourselves.)
It was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining, and as my friend Big John would have said, “It’s a premium day!” and it was! We walked, sat, watched, and listened in silence, holding sacred space for the ceremony that was to come later in the day.
A feather, (spiritual evolution, communication with spirit), shell (brings to us the desires of our heart) and seaweed (goddess energy connecting us with our subconscious), all became part of the support. I held each item gently in my hand as we walked back along the water line… and there she was! A beautiful purple STARFISH! Not only were we surprised to see her, we were equally surprised that she was alive. I have traveled to many different beaches in the world and I have never seen a starfish just lying on the sand.
My daughter scooped her up with a handful of sand to protect her and for just a small bit, we all exchanged a sacred knowing, an honoring… a sharing of intimate space and gratitude before we gently placed her back in the water.
I am absolutely convinced that she was there waiting for us… waiting to be a part of the healing ceremony. While literally hundreds of miles away… we are all still connected. This was not a beach that we would normally frequent so why had we chosen to go there this morning? To meet our little spirit friend! And I know, deep within, without a doubt, this starfish there as a gift for us all.
In animal medicine starfish have to rely on their intuition and instincts for survival as they have no brain. Starfish reminds us to get out of our heads and into our hearts and to trust what we know and feel… in all areas of our lives. Starfish invites us to let go of seeing the world in black and white and embrace the gray in between.
But one of their most unique features is that starfish can regenerate and regrow. If they loose an arm, they simply make a new one. They can even regenerate a whole new body. What a powerful mirror for us. We too have the power within us for our own healing, whether physically or emotionally. We can regenerate new cells, implement new ways of thinking, and seek healing modalities outside the box of what is considered normal.
The gift that the starfish left for me personally was one of splendor and awe. Here we are… many hours after the encounter and the fire ceremony and I’m still left in the afterglow of this enchanting encounter. I count myself really lucky to have had this experience with my daughter, puppy, the fire ceremony participants and all we set healing intentions for. (You!)
Pati Hope – Author, Founder & Executive Director of Evolve to Live
As the founder of Evolve to Live, a Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Educational Outreach organization, Pati is fulfilling a long time dream. By creating this organization, she is bringing her extensive life experiences, skills as an author (three books and counting), inspirational speaker, transitional coach, energy healer and adventurer under one roof to benefit her clients and community. She is passionate about providing workshops, educational outreach, sessions and speaking to groups both large and small to share her insights and experiences. Pati embodies the mission of Evolve to Live, which is to “Embrace Change and to live life with renewed passion and joy!”