“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” ~ Maya Angelou

When I read this quote by Maya Angelou, it reminds me of the reason why I named my business “Beautiful Healing Journey.” Our journey of healing certainly does not feel very beautiful most of the time while we are going through the process. Sometimes it can feel down right terrible, full of despair, ugly, raw, and painful.

The journey can be long and it can feel like we will never reach our destination. For each of us our destination can look very different from someone else’s depending on what we’re going through in our lives…whether it is the pain of loss, illness, depression, despair, and/or hopelessness.

Whatever each of our unique journey is, or goals we desire to achieve along the way, it can feel like forever. To even think we’re going to be beautiful or that this difficult process can lead to rich inner beauty can be unthinkable.

It always brings to my mind, the metamorphosis process from the lowly caterpillar to the beautiful colorful butterfly. Sometimes we need to go through that refining process of the caterpillar and cocoon stage before we finally bloom into what we are meant to fully become.

The name Beautiful Healing Journey represents this process of metamorphosis in each of our lives. Like the quote above states so eloquently, most of the people we come in contact with will never know all the uncomfortable and discomforting stages we went through before the hatching of our true self…or who God fully created us to be.

The scripture that has always spoken to me and represents the mission of my heart for Beautiful Healing Journey is:

Isaiah 61:1-3

(1 )The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (2) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, (3) and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They shall be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the displays of His splendor.

When I read these verses, I realize a love that God has put deeply in my heart for others…to help them heal, to comfort them, to love them where they’re at, and to encourage them that their ashes of pain and illness can lead to hope, resilience, and beauty.

To help them see that they can walk powerfully and not have to crawl like a caterpillar through life, and like the verse above says, to be “like oaks of righteousness.”

To empower them to grow and to spring out of their cocoons of stagnation, congestion, and hiding to spreading their wings to flying on wings of freedom and strength and to be anointed with the oil of joy!

To let them know they are worthy of having their emotional, spiritual, and physical health restored.

That God uses all of these things along our journey to become the colorful, alive, and beautiful person He has created us to be.

What is your story? What kind of healing journey are you walking right now? Do you know that your ashes can be made into something beautiful? Are you ready to fly winged and free?

We are all on our own paths, unique journeys, and metamorphosis processes in our lives. If you would like someone to guide and help you along your healing journey, I would be honored to walk there beside you!

With Much Love,

Rhonda