Blessings in Disguise

are "Gifts from the Soul."

So many times, during my bleakest moments entrenched with despair; life seemed to take on a whirlwind of its own. Left behind, in its wake, were some of the most powerful and profound insights.

Delicately intricate, they were unique gifts; like threads of gold, interwoven through a tapestry of the heart. Unique gifts that will be cherished forever, as blessings in disguise or what I refer to as, “Gifts from the soul.” Sage Williams

My life experiences have taught me so many lessons; lessons that I would not trade for anything in the world.

During one of my therapy sessions my therapist had referred to my current situation as a crisis. At that particular time I wasn’t exactly sure what he meant by that. As usual I always had difficulty understanding the meaning of words. (When your mind separates, feelings from experience often times it's hard to make a connection, therefore impossible to grasp the meaning). All I knew was I felt like I was dying and there was no way out. I would have welcomed death, as to me it would have been a release.

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"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." - Oscar Wilde

Like so many other times, I went to the dictionary to begin my search. I looked up the word crisis. Reading desperately, I tried to comprehend the meaning of the word or to make a connection as to how it applied to my situation.

In my search, I stumbled upon the Chinese definition of crisis. The Chinese refer to a crisis as a dangerous opportunity. Alas! These words cut through me, like a double edge sword penetrating to the heart of my very core. For whatever reason, in that moment, it brought meaning to the word. It ignited a flicker of hope, where hope never existed before. I was strong and knew how to survive danger; yet, I had never seen it as an opportunity to change.

A fresh new perspective was born, I, like the Chinese definition of crisis, learned to recognize and accept each crisis as a dangerous opportunity.

Embracing the Dark Side

My inner landscape as I knew it was entrenched in a world of darkness and despair. I was being held hostage to a life of imprisonment; for lack of knowing any other way. In my mind death was the only way out.

Dangerous opportunity, forced me to dive head first into the deep, dark, vast and deadly place where death permeated my being; an exhilarating rush of impulsion encapsulated me; throwing caution to the wind, I dove! Like going into a tunnel, not knowing if I would ever come out. I soon realized, the only way out was through. I had been side stepping and avoiding my dark side all of my life.

Facing the fear of the unknown was an essential and vital step in taking control of my life. I used to waste so much energy trying to understand every little detail; living in fear and constantly scanning my environment for danger.

Everything I had ever learned was being turned upside down and inside out. Not knowing anything, and thrusting myself forward into the darkness wreaked havoc through every fiber of my being. The fight and flight panic ensued, the red alert throttle button, was fully engaged. Danger! Danger! Danger!

It was in fact one of the biggest blessings in disguise that I have ever come face to face with. It was the beginning of a, new way of life.

Although, painful and grueling at times, I learned to embrace the dark side. I was no longer running from it. With trepidation in each step, like walking on a bed of hot coals, I learned to dance like a warrior. Allowing myself to feel the pain while moving through it tapped into a well of inner strength beyond belief.

Over time, embracing the dark side became a little easier. For each and every time I embraced the dark side; the more enlightened I became. Like a phoenix rising up from the ashes, humility and freedom were born.

Learning to trust…


Little did I know what I once knew as danger would be a prelude into the process of learning to trust; something that I never learned nor knew a foreign language, so to speak.

Traveling into the fear of the unknown I learned to trust the not knowing. Whenever I was in a crisis and plagued for answers to my questions, instead of searching endlessly for understanding and meaning. I learned to no longer questions the why’s in my life. I learned to place the questions in the back of my mind. The end result was always the same; sooner or later, when I least expected it, the answers would come. Clairvoyant in nature,the answers came to me in the form of a knowing. I intuitively knew when the answers arrived, they were crystal clear; there was no uncertainty what so ever.

Gifts from the soul were abundant. I learned to not only trust. I learned to trust in the process of, not knowing as well. I learned to trust myself and with the gentle loving kindness and compassionate guidance of my therapist. I learned what it meant to trust others. I understood fully and completely the meaning of the word Trust.


Awareness is Born

It was through this process that my soul given gift of awareness was born. Awareness was a gradual process; like a polaroid camera clicking in my mind as the picture slowly developed right in front of my eyes. The picture came into focus when I came face to face with the reality and decided to take a closer look. My mind, body and spirit began to reconnect in a fashionable style.

In the beginning it was quite painful at times to see what was really there. However, in time I’d have to say that my awareness grew to be one of the most unique gifts and favorable qualities that I cherish to this day.

With this heightened sense of awareness came many new challenges and unique gifts. Taking risks, stepping outside of my comfort zone; traveling into unknown territory and trusting in the process were only a few of the endless challenges/opportunities that followed.

The more consciously aware I became the more I realized just how fortunate I was to have so many blessings in disguise.

The Virtue of Silence

My silence was another big one, a rare yet beautiful gift; truly a blessing in disguise. Having been silent for 31 years of my life served as an advantage to quieting down the chatter in my mind.

One of my dearest and oldest friends, a survival technique, known as dissociation, not only removed me mentally from danger, it taught me how to separate from all the chaos and noise in my surroundings.

I was amazingly comfortable with silence I could sit in silence all day long. I usually didn’t have to turn it on, it was already on. Although, in years to come when this process was no longer necessary and became self defeating, new techniques were learned to implement healthier ways of coping.

Words of Wisdom...

Reflecting back on a tid bit of wisdom from my therapist. One day, in an effort to comfort me from my frustrations of battling the survival techniques. My therapist had said, “There may be parts of these techniques that you wish to keep.”

At that time, I just wanted to be free of all the survival techniques that had become ingrained and were wreaking havoc with my life. Later on in my journey I chose to keep a small part of this technique. I chose to keep the ability to separate my mind from the chaos and noise around me. Silence is a place where, I am free to be who I am. A place where I can connect to my soul.

Underneath it all I have come to realize that we are all spiritual beings. In the middle of all the chaos, I learned to be aware of my senses. I learned to not only hear but to listen to what my spirit was saying to me. I learned to trust and to follow. I learned a way out.

By thrusting force into the unknown, I inadvertently set myself free; My spirit came forth making a connection at a soul level.

Today I have the ability to seize the moment, to indulge in silence and to seek out what truly matters in life.

Through my journey of healing I have been blessed with an abundance of unique gifts from the soul. Gifts that I will cherish forever in my heart.

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Darlene Sabella profile image

Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wow sage, this is so awesome, I love your hub, for myself I love to live in silence. I understand everthing you are say, but I have not reached a way to achieve the hearing...My soul is so quite. Thanks you so much for all of this, this is a special hub...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Darlene,

Thanks so much, you are so sweet. It's always refreshing to know that other people can relate to something that you've written. I am so fortunate that my journey through healing has taken me to a richer more meaningful place. And has blessed me with such an abundance of gifts from my soul.

Your comment is genuinely appreciated!

Sage


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is a special hub. Learning to trust is a huge step. Many people have trust issues that do not have your background. Trusting yourself to make decisions is a great step because when that happens you get that little feeling inside yourself when you know what to do next. I had a time where I was clueless. I didn't even know what I felt let alone how to make a good decision. Now, its different and I feel good. I'm not always right but I usually make the right choices for me. I love being silent and don't get enough alone time so I don't think that is a bad thing. This is a very telling hub and I enjoyed it very much.


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

This is very deep thought, wonderful write-up, loved its inherent philosophy...


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Incredibly nice. Great video and music. Thanks very much Sage!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very nice and inspiring hub Sage, I like the Chinese def of crisis as well, and listening to your heart is all, I am very happy for you, so happy, You came all the way to survive, you are a strong person, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Moulik - What a beautiful comment. Thank you so very much.

Micky Dee - Glad you liked it! Thanks!

Prettydarkhorse - In regards to Chinese def, Me too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Blessings to all,

Sage


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Stanley_19802 6 years ago

Hello,

I know when I was younger, the abuse came from all sides. Parents, family, school teachers and students and hospital staff. I was never safe as a child. As the years of abuse drew on, I came to notice the effects. Eating all meals swiftly, not knowing how soon the next attack would come and wanted to eat while I had it. At school, my lunches were witheld as a form of punishment for even the minor of offence. Sometimes for weeks at a time. Having to develope ways to cope. Eatting larger breakfast prior to school and a snack when I got home. Learning how to avoid sleep with caffine pills and a constant stream of soda (I hate coffee...lol) to avoid the nightmares as long as possible. Like yourself, my panic button was always on. Searching the environment for attackers. Sleeping was a danger to even friends who dare touched me. On reflex, I would attack anyone who touched me during my sleep, or even if caught off guard. I remember one time in particular when my friend came to wake me up for breakfast. He touched me and gave a bit of a shake, suddenly I reached out and grabed his arm, pulled him over my lap and twisted his arm behind his back. Thankfully I was able to realize what I was doing, but not before I nearly dislocated his shoulder and pulled the muscles in his arm leaving him not being able to use it for a few days. God did I feel so bad. People who abuse children, have NO idea how much long term damage a night spent locked in a dark room can do, or being beaten with a belt or all the forms of abuse. I have also been down the road of suicide. You truely get to feel that death is the only way to end the abuse. That once dead, they can't hurt you anymore. To end the nightmares and flashbacks. It's a horrible place to be. Thankfully, I failed the few attempts I made, and got to be around to meet my good friends I live with now. It is true, the things that got us through the abusive and scary childhood, does make adult like very complicated. And can even get you in serious trouble sometimes. I have not gotten to your level yet. I am still stuck in the stage of finding a decent therapist to even start getting better. I have found through research, that meditation helps. Thanks for sharing this hub. Take care Sage and be well.

-Stanley


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Trust is the greatest gift we can give ourselves - I did not know the meaning of that word either when I left home at the ripe age of 17 after suffering so much abuse and feeling I was worthless. It sounds silly but meeting Bob and having him just love me - and being able to finally trust someone, especially a man was the beginning of healing for me. It has made me who I am - without loving him or trusting that he would always love me no matter WHAT, I would have perished at least emotionally long, long ago. It is a wonderful thing being able to believe in someone and have that love heal you from the inside out. I shall always be so grateful for having met him and lived with so long (35+ years now). The sad thing for me is that it went by all too fast and I only wish we could go back and have a do-over! Powerful hub - and appreciate your honesty in dealing with such moving subject matter.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Stanley - I'm glad to see that you have found a supportive group of friends and are currently searching for a good therapist. It is a life process, be gentle with yourself.

Blessings and Hugs,

Sage

akirchner - I am so happy that you have been blessed by a loving husband who is supportive and kind. I like you also found a really terrific guy who has treated me with loving kindness and has supported me through thick and thin.

You have beat me by a couple of years in your relationship. Thanks so much for sharing yourself through this hub.

Hugs,

Sage


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rmhoskinson 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Another great hub, Sage. You're a powerful and moving writer; your dedication to yourself is inspiring. Great video and music. Thanks for sharing.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

What a beautiful comment. Thank you so very much. Your kind words and support mean so much. I'm glad you liked the video as well.

Thanks again,

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Sage,

"Today I have the ability to seize the moment, to indulge in silence and to seek out what truly matters in life". I would like to add that as well, that statement is very enlightening,

Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita-I am so very happy for you. You are way to cool!

Thanks for sharing,

Sage


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Sage...

Let me start by thanking you first! I had been a bit down today. One of those moments when you fall, get up, clean your knees and move forward. You made a comment on one of my hubs and automatically I came to your profile. This hub literally pulled me. Now that I have carefully read it, I realized how much good it did to me! This is no coincidence! I was asking in my mind for clarification, and I ended up here!

Great hub! Thanks for sharing it, my friend!

warmest regards and blessings,

Al


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Mystique-Thanks so much for coming to check out one of my hubs. So glad that reading this hub helped you to receive the clarification you were seeking.

Thanks for your comment. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Your title drew me here for I too believe in this concept. Do I always all the time feel that way? Nah. Sometimes I fall and cry and cry some more. I love how you were able to eloquently speak of what is and so we can gain more perspective to things. The gift of silence is indeed beautiful. You have been blessed. :)

I would like to share your hub to our Loving Abundance Circle of Friends on Facebook. Thanks so much for this inspiring hub.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

A wonderful and inspiring hub. Life is almost like a quest. We set out with such simple confidence, then run into such unimagined troubles. I guess how we battle those dragons is the test of character.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

ripplemaker - Thanks so much for sharing your personal feelings and thoughts. I love what you wrote and I love the fact that you have a group on facebook that you would like to share this with.

Thanks so much for reading,commenting and sharing.

Sage

Dolores - So nice to hear from you. Life is a quest, in every sense of the word. Thanks so much for you endearing comment. It means the world to me.

Blessings,

Sage


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I am here because Ripplemaker shared your hub in Facebook and I am glad she did! This article touched me, especailly these words:

" Today I have the ability to seize the moment, to indulge in silence and to seek out what truly matters in life."

Thumbs up and I have become your fan!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

VioletSun - Many thanks to Ripplemaker and thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting on this hub. I am so glad that you liked it. Your comment is genuinely heartfelt.

Sage


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Wow! I cannot imagine what has happened in your lifetime to bring such a beautifully written hub to our little world here. Is sharing this therapeutic too? It's certainly beneficial to the reader! Wonderfully written and resoundingly profound.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Duchess OBlunt - Thanks so much for reading, commenting and following. Sharing is always therapeutic. At this stage in my life what is most therapeutic is looking back with a fresh new set of eyes and reflecting upon how far I have come.

The most rewarding part to my writing is helping to support those who are struggling in their journeys, to remind them that they are not alone and there is hope.

Your comment is genuinely heartfelt, thanks so much.

Sage


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beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

Great hub. Very well written. I like your pics and video, too. You're indeed a great writer, Sage.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Beth-Thanks so very much for your comments. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

From such pain to bountiful beauty! You have expressed great hope here...your lovely words, sayings on the video were just beautiful. I have bookmarked your page to return. Thank you so much!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

frogyfish- Your comment means so very much and is genuinely heartfelt. I'm so glad you that you liked it.

Thanks for reading and becoming fan. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Sage for an ulifting and enligtening hub on gifts from the soul. YThyank you for sharing. godspeed. creativeone59


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Creativeone - thanks so much for you heartfelt comment and for the follow.

Great to see you,

Sage


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Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

I am profoundly moved, comforted and jolted back to the past all at the same time.My brothers, amongst other things, were beaten with belts often as kids, while I had to listen. I suffered other delights. It has affected us all badly, all three of us marrying, divorcing and having ongoing crazy problems. But somehow I'm grateful and don't regret the past so much, although I will always bear the effects. I have enjoyed a relationship with my kids that I'm eternally grateful for. I am the mother I am because I determined to do it different. Your hub as always a great guide to the way forward, I am humbled to have 'met' you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Gigi - So sorry to hear about your past. Survivor's guilt is very painful. I myself struggled with this for many years. I identify with much of what you wrote as my sister was the scapegoat and suffered much physical abuse at the hands of my father. Those horrible sounds have never left me as well.

I, like you, chose to be a better parent and have a wonderful relationship with my children. I have had to work extra hard and learn a lot to get where I am today. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Blessings and Hugs,

Sage


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

very inspirational. I am glad to read this hub. Our life is a gift by God. thanks and god bless you!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

prasetio - Thanks so much for stopping by reading and taking the time to comment. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Sage


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Sage, this is so deep and soulful. I'm glad you've developed your own technique of dealing with the madness of life, that is part and parcel of our existence. I salute your resolve, your innate ability to thrive and survive. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for leaving a comment on one of my hubs. Another hub, "use of herbal therapy in chinese medicine," is voted one of the 10 finalists in the health contest. If you can find the time, please drop by and vote for me. Thank you so much.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

anglnwu - Thanks so much for reading and leaving such a beautiful heartfelt comment. Your words mean a lot to me.

I am on my way as I write to check out your other hub and cast my vote.

Thanks so very much,

Sage


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Sage, it is my pleasure to come back and announce that you this hub has been nominated for the Hubnuggets! Yipppeee! I love this hub too. So it's nice to give you the announcement heheheh

To the Hubnuggets, this way please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/High-Stakes-H...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

ripplemaker - I am speechless and so very honored. I was planning on getting over to check out the HubNuggets this weekend. Thanks so very much.

Sage


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

:) Okay I confess I love doing this -announcing the nomination! It brings me to a feeling good place too :) Happy for you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

ripplemaker - I can appreciate your feeling of being in a good place. I love to be the bearer of good news. Thanks so much for your comment and to the HubNuggets team for all of their hard work and efforts.

Sage


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Sage, you have been to hell and back. The darkest of moments has challenged you. How do you know happiness unless you have been through unhappiness? How do you know light unless you have been in the dark? This is the pathway to wisdom. You have opened your heart to the challenge and the challenge has challenged you! Well done for winning!

On the days that the darkness again rears its head, close your eyes and look at the light that peaks from the tunnel in your head. Then keep your head down and take small steps... dont look behind or ahead.. just ride the storm until you hit the brightness again.

On the days when the sun shines in your heart, celebrate it. On the days that the darkness takes hold, just be.

Love you mate! x


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

shazwellyn - I am so very touched with what you have written. I'm at a loss for words. You have said it so perfectly.

"How do you know happiness unless you have been through unhappiness? How do you know light unless you have been in the dark?"

No matter how hard I tried to feel happy it just wasn't there. By embracing the darkness and working through the pain freed my spirit. Today I know what it is like to experience happiness.

You have parted with some very wise words of wisdom. Thanks so much for your compassionate words and understanding. Your comment means the world to me.

Hugs,

Sage


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

No one wants to hear that hard times are really blessing in disguise. However, I agree with you that they are provided that you recognize it and realize that you will make it through to the other side. Congrats on being selected as a Hubnuggets Wannabe and good luck to ya! :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

I have been reaping the rewards of the other side for many years. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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rocknrodeogirl 6 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

"A dangerous opportunity" there is something very powerful in that definition. Thanks for sharing your insights!! And...congratulations on your hubnugget nomination! Good luck! ;)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

rocknrodeogirl-Thanks so much for stopping by reading and commenting. I am honored to have this hub nominated as a HubNugget. Thank you, Your comment is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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Lynda Gary 6 years ago

Beautiful. Powerful. Wise.

I'd like to reprint this on my website, lyndagary.com, to help clients who haven't yet reached your level of awareness. The site is still under construction, but you can take a look at it and decide if you'd like your work placed there!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Lynda - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I am honored that you would like to have this article on your website however, I would prefer a short description with a link to this page or just a link to this page. I also have a website and do that with all my articles.

As we all know search engines frown upon duplicate content and my rankings will go down if I publish the same content elsewhere.

I'm so happy that you liked it. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions. Your site is very nice. Best of luck.

Many thanks,

Sage


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

This was a sign of your true strength. It is powerful and so well given to others. We all travel down our road in life; if we remember the bad times, it will help us be thankful for the good times.

Thank you for sharing and giving something like this of yourself to someone else.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ictodd- Your comment is genuinely heartfelt and means a great deal to me. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

One of my most transformational moments was in the depths of fear. I chose to penetrate that place into the heart of truth (using my own beliefs and the path of yoga) and it was a really beautiful experience. Great hub!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Katrina Ariel - Thanks so much for sharing. I have heard some truly amazing stories about Yoga. Congratulations on your experience, I am so happy that it was such a beautiful expereince for you. I can kind of get a pretty good idea of your feeling by what you wrote.

~Namaste and thanks for stopping by!

Sage


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Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Sage there is always a danger when you have lost the trust of some one, then you don't know if you can put your trust back with them, I know as I have been down that path on both sides.

But by the grace of God I was able to regain back my trust to the other person.

I'm sure that you place your trust in God and you know that He will never LET you down ever.

You must have gone through a lot here as I have read, but you can get more by calling on God to help you keep things together.

God loves you


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I'm sorry I'm arrived here late, you would have had my vote for this hub. So I'm pretty happy its performance has been so good. Well deserved as your hubs are always of highest quality. Rated and stumbled, in my humble opinion you are a very important hubber at HP for the inspiration you give with your writings. :)


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BEAUTYBABE 6 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

Hello Sage,

It's Pam I mean Beautybabe.

Thi was a very good hub. It isn't easy, I know as well, to come forward and air all this can't be easy for you to put all this information in your hub.

Did you see my hub, "A Timely Rescue). I recently wrote this and it has gotten a lot of good reviews on the poetry sites. I have also written a short story about my asssult by my boss from years ago, it is yet to be put out there. It is very full of everything that happened and no, it wasn't easy to write, but I did feel that it would by an inspirational or a help to anyone going through a similar thing BB


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cashmere 6 years ago from India

Another beautiful hub, which forces one to think about the life we lead and the choices we make. Yes trust is very important. Reminds me of that little poem we used to scribble in scarp books as kids, "Trust is like Chinaware, precious and rare. Once broken it can be mended, but the crack is always there."

A big hug!


George Stuart 6 years ago

this is brilliant sage its inspiring to see that things do enventually get easier in time - feel like i am running on empty today thanks for sharing your hope with the world we need more hope x


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Raymond - Thanks so much for your beautiful comment. There were many times that I had to place my self in the hands of a higher power and yes, somehow by the Grace of God I have been rewarded in more ways than I can count.

Thanks so much for your warm and heartfelt comment. It is greatly appreciated!

hypnodude - You my friend are never to late. It is always good to see you on my comment page. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your beautiful comment as always.

Beautybabe - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I have not seen your hub, "A Timely Rescue" but guess where I'm headed as soon as I get a chance. Thanks so much for your kind words. I encourage you to continue to write.

Cashmere - so good to see you. I had not heard that poem before and I am still relishing in the words. What a beautiful line and so very true.

George - Thanks so much for stopping by reading and commenting. Your Comment is genuinely heartfelt.

Thank you all so very much. You have made my day!

Sage


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What lessons you have learned through your life experiences it is always comforting to know when we as a person can begin to embrace ourselves and trust others again. Great read! :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

AEvans - It's so good to see you. Thanks for stopping by reading and commenting. Your comment is heartfelt and genuinely appreciated.

Sage


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I think sometimes we are like coal and "life" is the refining process. If that is true, then you are a truly brilliant diamond Sage. Please keep writing, this was very inspirational.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

HappyHer - I like your analogy very much. What a beautiful comment you have left. You have touched my heart through your kind and compassionate words.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart,

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Sage, I came by here twice in a row hehe,

I would like to comment on your words, let me borrow it --

"Today I have the ability to seize the moment, to indulge in silence and to seek out what truly matters in life."

and

"Through my journey of healing I have been blessed with an abundance of unique gifts from the soul. Gifts that I will cherish forever in my heart:.

I think we all have that kind of healing Sage, all of us are tormented inside at times, we just have to brave and face it, anyway this is so inspiring and I am not kidding when I say that it touched me, inspirational, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita - You are so sweet. Your comment is very beautiful and means the world to me. I am happy that this has touched you. It's always good to see you.

Hugs,

Sage


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vox vocis 6 years ago

A nice hub! I like the quote by Oscar Wilde. It's true and encouraging...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

vox vocis - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Your comment is greatly appreciated.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I wonderful heartfelt hub and inspiring as you can see by the response from others. My heart goes out to all of you and you strength from not only surviving but growing from such ordeals. Child abuse is beyond wrong and destructive and every time I read or hear of such abuse it scares me how prevalent and hidden it is. I cannot for a minute understand what you, or Stanley and akirchner have endured but it incredible strength to come out from it. Sage I am so happy for your healing and finding your awareness and helping others.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

billyaustindillon - Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Your words of kindness and support are genuinely heartfelt.

Thanks so much!

Sage


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Sage - you have the gift of inspiring others. Don't stop writing.

Your video was lovely and meaningful.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

drbj - Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment. It means the world to me.

Sage


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Sage, thanks for sharing and being an inspiration to others. You have turned your life into a magical blessing with your writing.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

gramarye - Thanks so much for your kind words of compassion. Your compliment is genuinely heartfelt.

My writing has always been my saving grace and has since become a passion. It's through sharing and interacting with others, like yourself that is the magical blessing.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart,

Sage


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hello Sage, You have worked hard to get to the Light. God can turn all things for good for those that love him. Your writing has Blessed many that struggle to get free.

God works through you that is a blessing. I know what you go through as far as dark times go. I am grateful there is a redeemer, healer and his name is Jesus. He is our hope. He has prepared a Heaven for his children. No more pain, tears or dark. Today he dries our tears and heals the sick and goes for the lost. I would love if you come over for a visit. I am writing a novel. Chapter one 'scented oil' is my newest writing. Many Blessings Sage. Your writing is truly beautiful. Thank You for sharing.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

sky2day- You have left a beautifully written heartfelt comment. I do so appreciate your thoughts and words of compassion. I have visited your new hub. You have amazing talent and your faith is a testament to your writing.

Thank you kindly,

Sage


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

..."I learned to not only hear but to listen to what my spirit was saying to me. I learned to trust and to follow. I learned a way out."

This speaks volumes my friend. Wow, what an inspiring hub you have shared. I hope talking and sharing is helping you. It has really helped me.

Your journey has been a long one but you have gotten through the dark times, and by sharing, you are letting the rest of us out there know there is hope. And for that I thank you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

DustinsMom - I've been away for awhile. So nice to come back and see your presence on my hubpage. Thanks so much for your warm and compassionate, heartfelt comment.

Writing and sharing has always been very therapeutic for me. Each time a memory is revisited and shared, there is always a new level of healing.

As you may already know, when your sharing serves to bring comfort to someone else, the rewards are tremendous and felt deep within your heart.

I am happy that the words, that I have shared have spoken to you in a way that brings healing to your soul.

Hugs to your healing,

Sage


4youreyes 6 years ago

Sage,I've been reading your hubs today ,as a person who has lived through sexual abuse (grandfather),I understand everything you are saying.Your writing is open and honest.I love how you have taken the bad and found gifts,it's amazing how your mind and spirit can protect us we we need it most in are lives.please keep sharing you have a wonderful way of reaching into a persons soul,I know it did mine.Thank-you

4youreyes


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

4youreyes - It is always refreshing to hear that someone can understand everything that you are writing. On the other hand it is also disheartening to find out that one shares the same history. Thanks so much for having the courage to share your personal experience.

When, I think back to a very young age how I felt so alone. I believed that I was so different, damaged goods so to speak and had no clue as too just how many people in this world shared the same experiences or feelings.

It is rewarding to hear that this hub has touched you. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leaving such a beautiful comment.

HUGS,

Sage


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Beautiful reflections of your journey Sage. I'm having one of those nights with lots of questions and sought out your hub.By sharing your thoughts you have helped fortify my own...

Blessings, Dorsi


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dorsi - What a heartwarming comment you have let. I am so happy to hear that this hub has helped you to reflect on your journey and get in touch to with your inner most thoughts.

Blessings back,

Sage


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Wow! Powerful. Great responses. Thanks for sharing.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

dallas93444- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I am sol glad you liked it.

Sage


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing these thoughts! The darkest times of my life (eventually) took me to the most beautiful place I've ever been. I think the ticket for enlightenment is always at a premium. Pain, despair, disillusionment is the price we must pay for transformation. It just not about this world, but the unseen one. I'm following you. Linda


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

lyndatymensky - so sorry it took me so long to respond. I have been away for sometime. I absolutely love your comment, I couldn't have said it any better. Thanks so much for reading, commenting and understanding. I wish you the best.

Hugs to you,

Sage


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debugs 5 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

Deserves to be a hug nugget.. just beautiful!


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

debugs

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leaving such a heartfelt comment. It is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

very interesting. Thank you for sharing your insights. God bless!


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

"Listening to your heart, finding out who you are",,, is a poster just like the picture you used, hanging in my room. Souls meet and greet each other along the way, to pause and take notice of fellow souls who recognize what they say.

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