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You don’t have to go it alone!

The Power of Community

Community at the Annual Celebration of Life, 2008

I have a confession to make.

I used to be afraid of people. I didn’t realize this until years into my training with don Miguel Ruiz. I was performing at one of his larger events when I suddenly realized that I was more comfortable ON stage than off!

I was literally terrified of people!

I’m reflecting back on this as I pack to head to WomanSpirit, an annual women’s retreat held by the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa. (I’ll be providing the music there again!) And also as I prepare for our next Connection, Community and Consciousness gathering of women that I co-lead with my partner Z Egloff.

The healing power of community.

It has taken years of focused spiritual practice to heal and transform the wounds that were creating my fear.  Community is one the things that helped me heal. Today I am blessed to be connected to community in ever richer and more fulfilling ways.

“Isolation is the dream killer,” says Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft. How true. Community helps us become our best selves. It connects us to something larger than ourselves. And it can lead us back to Spirit when we get lost.

Where are your people?

Are they in your church or spiritual community? Your family? Your book club, knitting circle or sports-watching crew? Regardless of where you find them, your people are an important part of your spiritual path. A positive, loving community will always reminds you of who you are when you forget!

If you haven’t found your community yet, keep searching!

Keep looking and hold out for the right fit, and you will find it. It’s like dating. You don’t settle and stop dating before you’re in a relationship beyond your wildest dreams. Keep believing that you will have find your community(ies) – and you most certainly will!

Blessings to you – and thank you for being part of this circle of blessings for me!


4 Responses to “You don’t have to go it alone!”

  1. Christeen Pooyouma
    October 22, 2010 at 05:19

    I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

  2. Melissa Phillippe
    October 22, 2010 at 21:46

    Thank you, Christeen! I am so happy to hear it is serving! Ahhh. :-)

  3. Christine
    December 13, 2010 at 17:31


    I really love this blog. It’s funny because I was just thinking about this topic and I am late in reading your blog. There are no coincidences. I am looking forward to reading more blogs!

  4. Melissa Phillippe
    December 13, 2010 at 19:30

    Funny how the Universe can do that! Very cool….

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