"Oh yes, the past can hurt. You can either run from it or learn from it" ~The Lion King
Strong and Courageous
When I was three years old, my mom and I were standing in line at a store; a gentleman in front of us turned around and said what a pretty little girl I was...my response....No I'm not, I'm adopted.
One of my favorite saying comes from the poem written by Marrianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
We all have fear, we all have insecurities, we are all human. From a very early age I had the awareness of what I wasn’t and never nurtured to the possibilities of what I could be.
Throughout my life I would navigate inappropriate behavior, sexual assault, diminishing manners, constantly being underestimated, low self-worth, loneliness, who am I, will I ever be and feel loved. Yet, through amazing teachers appearing at the right moment [two and four legged], I gained awareness and liberation needed to see the level of destruction my chosen environment[s] created.
There are many chapters and stories to my life: adoption, relationships, surfing, motorcycles, comedy, speaking, horses. I’ve found a common denominator through all these chapters…HEALING.
Stepping into the light and allowing our-selves to be seen is intensely hard and a constant life journey. Yet, so worth the outcome.
In order for the light to shine so brightly the darkness must be present.
As we navigate through our life, it is important to understand where we came from in order to map the healing journey of where we need to go.
Because of my personal life experiences, I have been able to learn skills to achieve happiness and success within my life. The power in forgiveness, the empowerment of self-love, and the inspiration of being present and living in the moment.
It is not how you came into the world – It is how you live it.
I am extremely blessed to have thrived my way through life. It gave me the ultimate opportunity to find my voice and strength as a woman in order to help others find their way through the darkness into their light.
Trish Lay is the Founder and Creator of Souls at Play Productions and Souls at Play Equine Healing Center; professional platforms focusing on Personal Empowerment through Motivational Speaking, Transformational Workshops, and Coaching/Programs, including Coaching/Healing with Equss