A Healing Spirit

A Healing Spirit

Healing and wellness have rarely

strayed far from my mind

since I became seriously ill with

Crohn’s Disease

back in adolescence…and I’m willing

to bet, they’re important to you too.



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A lifetime ago at 19 years young


No matter how you found your way here,

I hope you will open your heart to a story

about how the mission of

A Healing Spirit,

can light the path to recovery from illness,

bringing hope and transformation.

The other day with mom.

A theme in my personal history with illness

(Crohn’s, BRCA2+ genetic mutation, and anxiety)

is that I keep discovering healing

in unexpected places.
Unexpected?
Like in my mother’s breast cancer.


My warrior mama, just hours after her last radiation treatment.

Journeying with my mother
(battling breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma,
osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, and BRCA2+
genetic mutation) has inspired me to increasingly
let go and discover both a spaciousness
and an increased capacity to enjoy gratitude.

Her strength and perseverance as she battles
have taught me more than I can say about
the power of a healing spirit
and the shelter of love when
the storm winds blow.

My mother’s pain and suffering,
and the crippling consequences of disease
to her daily living have healed and
transformed me in significant ways,
shifting my perspective and
shaping my desire.

Before My Sister’s Prophylactic Surgery in Conjunction with BRCA2 Genetic Mutation.

My desire? To see with new eyes,
to grow in wisdom,
and to be aligned with healing
so much so
that my life becomes a healing
balm for others.

A Healing Spirit: Products and Services That Support Healing

Speaking of a healing balm for others,
I am so grateful to discover and share with you
a new source for healing and hope called
A Healing Spirit.

Founder Carol Cassara’s passionate healing mission
is bound to move and inspire you.

Carol sent over A Healing Spirit’s journal
and affirmation cards, and I have been
savoring these tools.

Do you struggle with illness or love someone who does?

A Healing Spirit: Products and Services That Support Healing

Healing Help is Near

Whether you’re grieving a loss, fighting cancer or

coping with another disease, suffer from chronic pain

or have anxiety, A Healing Spirit has affordable

products and services to support the healing you seek.

Founder Carol Cassara, M.S., is a trained,
master’s level hypnotherapist certified in
Integrated Imagery (a hypnosis technique).

Carol is a wonderful friend to this blog, guys.
She’s a healer with a long history of easing
the pain of others, and she truly understands
suffering personally as an overcomer herself.
I’m so thrilled to help Carol
spread the word about the healing support
over at
A Healing Spirit!


Products to Help You Heal

A Healing Spirit offers tools to harness the power

of the mind-body connection,

rooted in current scientific research.

Three important tools are detailed here,

and be sure to browse the others on

this beautiful site.

While the tools do not replace treatment,

they support it by helping to

engage the connection between

mind and body.


1.

Guided Journal for Healing

Even if you have never journaled before,

I would encourage you to go for it!

It’s not simply a notebook full of blank pages;

it contains prompts designed to guide you

toward discovery and transformation.

The 5×7 beautifully-designed pink journal can be

brought along to treatment or to a quiet place

alone, to work through your deepest feelings

and thoughts about your diagnosis and journey.

Journaling makes a difference.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,

 found women with breast cancer who wrote about

their feelings had the fewest symptoms and

fewer unscheduled visits to their doctors.

After three months, the groups who kept

a journal about their emotions,

“reported one-third fewer symptoms and

medical appointments than the group whose

writing was limited to the facts.” (source)

Carol adds,

“The thing about a guided journal is you’re not

at a loss as to what to write about–you respond

to a question or do an activity.

Also, you can draw or paste

images instead of write.”

MY BODY AND MIND ARE HEALED,

WHOLE AND HEALTHY, WITHOUT PAIN.

(From the healing affirmation deck)

2.

Healing Affirmation deck

My personal opinion?

These cards are powerful medicine.

The affirmation card deck is business card sized

and portable enough to slip in a pocket or purse

or store in a bedside table.

(I continue to keep them close to me and turn to them

for quiet moments of centering myself.)

I love how the cards beautifully

keep support for healing

right at your fingertips.

MIRACLES AND MAGIC SURROUND

ME EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.

(From the healing affirmation deck)

3.

Downloadable Audio of Guided Imagery

Carol is masterful at integrated imagery, and

what comfort she offers to weary souls

in these downloads!

Downloadable audio of guided imagery

is designed for folks with cancer or chronic illness

to listen to at least once a day during chemo or at home.

The soothing audio delivers positive messages

about the immune system kicking in

to enhance healing.

Curious about the audio?

There’s a short snippet on the site…

click the PREVIEW AUDIO BUTTON

and give it a listen!



A Healing Spirit: Products and Services That Support Healing

Gift Someone With Healing Support

These healing products make thoughtful gifts

for loved ones, neighbors, employees, and

those who may feel too overwhelmed,

discouraged, or weak to order

themselves.

While each product is effective on its own,

a set is even better.

A Healing Spirit: Products and Services That Support Healing

For someone starting a course of chemo,

a supportive and thoughtful gift

might be the set trio: Healing Journal,

Affirmation Deck, and Downloadable Audio.


My parents visited this week, and we
spent some time at the Japanese Gardens,
where I shared the affirmation cards
from A Healing Spirit with my mom.


We are both moved by the
subtle healing energies which emerge from
the affirmations…the power of the
written word and neuroscientific
implications just never gets old!

The spoken word is also powerful,
and I think you’ll find
the guided imagery audio
speaks heart language.


Could you use some comfort just now
from A Healing Spirit for your
grief, journey with chronic illness, or anxiety?

Whatever brought you to this post today,

whatever affliction or physical challenge

lies before you…

I hope you know you are joined

and that an invitation for healing awaits.


May I ask a favor?

Can you help us spread the word

about this new source of support by

simply pinning images from this post

for others in need of such uplifting

encouragement and help?

Visit Carol and do explore the healing

support at A Healing Spirit for both you

and those whom you love.

Peace to you right where you are.

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Thank you, A Healing Spirit, for partnering with me and
lighting the path of recovery from illness for souls everywhere.
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35 Comments

  1. June 25, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Beautiful post. My favorite affirmation card- Miracles and magic surround me every minute of everyday. It's a great reminder when life brings us down. I'll be checking out the healing spirit site.
    As always, thanks for sharing your story with us.

  2. June 25, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    the cards are powerful! I know you'll love the site–we all know people battling cancer we could buy these cards for, and what could possibly be a more perfect gift? thanks for the kind words. xox

  3. June 26, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Hi Michele,
    You and your Mom and your sisters are simply beautiful. Thank you for the courage and inspiration that you give me through sharing your story and your journey. The Healing Spirit makes so much sense with the body-mind-spirit connection and its impact on our health. Thanks for sharing this resource!
    xo
    Holly

    • June 26, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      It's an important one! thanks for your kind encouragement and inspiration as a woman and artist radiating love. xox

    • June 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      thanks, Haralee. I agree! 🙂

  4. June 26, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Such a great way to view the challenges life throws at us. Inspiration for the rest of us. Thanks

    • June 26, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      thanks for reading, friend! 🙂

  5. June 26, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Michelle – Love this – it's so important to keep our minds hopeful and positive when life is calm because when the storms come that habit will help us calm… I've been diagnosed with a few chronic illnesses, when I was 13, 15, and another just recently… not that will necessarily kill me, but that require care and life changes… and being able to center mind my mind makes such a difference. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 26, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      thanks for adding to the beauty here by sharing, marissa. and for your wisdom. peace to you.

  6. June 26, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    What a beautiful site you have. Fun to read about Carol's new venture. She wrote one of the stories in the anthology called Here In The Middle that I recently co-curated and edited. It was a beautiful story on friendship and loss.

    • June 26, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks so much! I will definitely check out the anthology.

    • June 28, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Would you believe it's a piece about my late BFF who inspired AHealingSpirit.org? It is!

    • June 29, 2017 / 12:06 am

      Looking forward to reading the story, Carol, and what a tribute to your friend to pour your heart into helping others and take her on the journey with you. Love is truly stronger than death.

  7. June 27, 2017 / 3:50 am

    Michele, I will check out the site and tag this post. We all need this sort of support and encouragement at some point. Thank you for sharing. Courageous women you ALL are and I have enjoyed following your journey. The top picture is so cute of you and we had the same hair back in the day;) ha.

    • June 27, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      thanks for being with me on the journey with your beautiful, open heart, leslie. xox

  8. June 27, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Journaling is so therapeutic during difficult seasons. The Psalms brought a lot of comfort to me during a rough time last year.

    • June 27, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      I love the psalms, and I know just what you mean. I clung to them in a particularly devastating period of anxiety. peace to you, Bailey.

  9. June 27, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Love your article <3 you radiate lots of positivity, and I adore the affirmation cards!

    • June 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      thanks so much for those kind words. I'm so happy to discover the cards! 🙂

  10. June 27, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    The world needs more healers, that's for sure. Thanks for sending out this kind of energy into the world.

    • June 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      thanks for your encouragement, Karen. peace to you.

  11. June 27, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Thank you for an inspiring post with inspirational affirmations. It's good to know that there are resources available for those in need of physical and spiritual healing

    • June 27, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks for reading, Mimi! 🙂

  12. June 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I am familiar with Carol's work and agree that she offers wonderful products as well as other healing services on her site. Nice to see her getting recognition for her work.

    • June 27, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      So happy to hear! I look forward to seeing Carol's new venture bloom!

  13. June 28, 2017 / 2:11 am

    Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful way. Both yourself and carol. Happy to pin. 🙂

    • June 28, 2017 / 2:23 am

      thanks, Barbara. I just love her work. thanks for pinning.

  14. June 28, 2017 / 3:50 am

    Amazing post! I will definitely be sharing this. I know someone who may benefit from these products. And I love the positive affirmation cards! These would be great to keep close to you and steer yourself in a positive direction if you are feeling low. Thank you for this beautiful post.

    • June 28, 2017 / 4:22 am

      Thank you! I think we all know folks who would really benefit from these products. And yep, the affirmations can be powerful to our ability to fight disease. 🙂

  15. June 28, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Love this! Getting through when your hurt, emotionally or physically can be so hard sometimes – I really love the quote that says "the wound is where the light enters" isn't that so true though!

    • June 28, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for adding to the beauty…yes, we must often be wounded for the light to get in! 🙂

  16. June 29, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring post.

    • June 30, 2017 / 12:18 am

      Thanks for reading, sandy.

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