My favorite real life spiritual story. I think you’ll love it . . .

Happy New Years Eve!

I have a powerful story for you today. It’s one of my favorites and a perfect way to close out the year.

In 1957, a massive clay Buddha was being moved from one temple in Thailand to another.

​​​​​​​It is believed to have been built between the 13th and 15th centuries. No one seemed to care much for this plain ten-foot-high statue. It was honored, of course, but it was seemingly like any other statue you may find of the Buddha.

​​​​​​​A heavy rain fell the night before this Buddha was to be moved to its new home, soaking the statue. Then, as a crew worked to lift it, the Buddha slipped from the crane and dropped into the mud.

​​​​​​​The statue’s fall had cracked the clay covering Buddha, revealing a shining gold light peeking out.

​​​​​​​The monks and workers discovered that this Buddha wasn’t made from clay at all. For centuries, layers upon layers of clay and stucco had been protecting what lay beneath—a solid gold ten-foot-high Buddha.

​​​​​​​This beautiful golden statue stayed hidden for over five hundred years.

​​​​​​​The Buddha had been overlooked, discarded, and ignored. They assumed it was clay because clay was all they could see. But the clay was merely a veil, an outer layer protecting the true nature of this priceless Buddha.

​​​​​​​No one knows the real reason for disguising the Golden Buddha. Historians believe that the statue was covered up just before the invasion of the Burmese in the mid-18th century. Over time the truth about the golden Buddha was forgotten—until a single crack revealed what was hiding underneath all along.

​​​​​​​I want you to imagine, just for a moment, that you are like this statue and there is a pure, golden Essence inside of you.
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​​​​​​​You may not believe me. You may not understand it. You may not even feel that it’s possible for you yet. But, trust me when I tell you that, at your core, you are filled with gold no matter how covered, battered, beaten, or lost you appear.

​​​​​​​The clay is merely a coating. Your Essence is pure light.

​​​​​​​When I say Essence, I mean the part of you that is the most real part of who you are. You were born with your Essence. You will die with your Essence. It is a fundamental part of who you are—not who you learned to be, not the coatings or coverings.

​​​​​​​Most of us don’t even realize we’re covering our Essence. Just like that statue, we’ve mistakenly come to believe that we’re clay. We’ve forgotten about our light.

​​​​​​​Awakening isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about remembering.

​​​​​​​Even if you’re lost, confused and can’t see the way, this path is an unveiling and an uncovering. You’re in there. We just have to peel back the layers and remove the protective covering to reveal your brilliance. Seeking the Sacred is a return to who you have always been.

​​​​​​​And it’s impossible to do it by yourself.

​​​​​​​I invite you to Awaken with me in 2018.

When you join the Awaken 8-week program, I am guiding you and loving you through this entire journey .

​​​​​​​I am literally holding your hand through every part of this process.

​​​​​​​All you have to do is be willing….

​​​​​​​Are you ready to remember your own Golden Buddha?

​​​​​​​It’s time…… to  Awaken to your true golden light.

​​​​​​​Read more + apply here. (Doors close this Friday!)

In love,
Julie

P.s. Your life is getting bigger. You are ready to step forward. I’m here to hold your hand and light your way. Let’s do this…together. Awaken right here.

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