Fifty-one years ago our family doctor said I would not live long. In these years I have faced death and rebirth on many levels each decade and I am still walking. Living our purpose is not often easy, it is challenging, and can be fun! How did I get here and what motivated me to develop Be The Medicine? A little bit more of my story with love. Janet StraightArrow
After living in many worlds consciously unfolding for over six decades, I feel great compassion for all of us and have a comfortable understanding of the journey of life, relationships, love, success, spiritual awakening, and living it in our everyday world.
From the time I was a child I had deep questions and lived the answers even when they did not agree with what I was taught in the family and culture. Inspired by sacred teachings, I knew there was so much more to life and health than was commonly known. I also saw that the world and her people were confused and hurting unnecessarily, and I wanted to find the clear truth, live it, and teach others too.
Very sensitive and aware and yet unafraid to explore, living true to me made all of the difference. Amidst the challenges, there were great friends, guides, and teachers. There were also times I was an outcast and that was not easy but I always wanted to be true to me and the values that were important to me.
CONSTANT TRAUMA. I grew up living on the edge of life and death. My father was in and out of critical condition from before I was born and we did not know if he would be alive any night, or morning, many days, weeks, and months each year. I was the oldest of three and my mother’s right hand in caring for the house and children and dad when he was home. He died in a very worn out body at the young age of forty-eight.
CHOOSING AGAIN. In 1967, when I was fifteen, our family doctor told me I would not live as long as my father did and that made me question everything and changed my life. I was very sickly in similar ways and decided then and there that I was going to live a long, healthy, happy life and figure it out which started the journey to Be The Medicine.
SHARING THE JOURNEY I organically began teaching mothers how to heal and assist their families with health and wellness and behavior problems in the later 1970’s with nutrition, whole foods, and natural methods as my first healing business.
TAKING RISKS. In those same years, I raced Porsches with my husband on Watkins Glen, Pocono, Lime Rock, and Bridgehampton Road Racing tracks on weekends for six years. This gave me many opportunities to face life and death and test myself as I developed fine-tuned awareness, focus, and mindfulness as we were racing with many other cars at top speeds vying for the same place. It was the same courage it took to to step into a fireproof suit and car that later took to accept and live the unlikely life as a Shaman, Healer, and Sage.
During that period of my life, I also birthed two babies, planted gardens, and studied yoga and meditation, astrology, deeper healing, and more on whole foods cooking and eating. I was working very steadily to heal myself of two issues that would not subside no matter what I did. In the two weeks after my marital separation, those problems went away totally and opened up new doorways in the study of the mind-body connection. Many of the studies and methods I explored are popular now and were not accepted by many then. When I wanted to bridge my nutrition with a psychology degree I met great resistance in college.
By the late-eighties, I had divorced, completed another degree, and began my real estate career while raising my daughters and studying and practicing living spirituality and healing. None of this journey was easy and yet I followed my inner leading each step of the way and trusted the process.
In 1992 I discovered quite by surprise, my calling as a Shaman by a Shaman, I did not believe him and took it under advisement, and from this time on my life and expanded realities opened up. There has always been a deeper calling and understanding of many traditions that are Universal and not specific to one tradition. This makes it relevant to all.
Some of my greatest awakening experiences and studies came during those years and I began teaching Shamanism and Reiki and life’s wisdom to many as I sold homes and assisted people on their journey as homeowners. Living spirituality in all aspects of work and life was a focus I explored.
In 1999 I went to working full-time in healing and teaching and writing. I had support staff so I could continue to explore even more. Each time I opened to some big answer, I found another missing piece or question. I asked higher wisdom for the answer and followed where that led me.
I was continuing to explore, learn and heal and was led to study and do private work with renowned teachers, healers, Shamans, Gurus, Masters and many others in many disciplines around the world. Each step awakened me more and gave me more pieces to the puzzle looking for complete health, spiritual mastery, and living it now. It has been a wild ride, full of love and challenges at every turn, and choosing love, happiness, and health all the way.
I could have stopped at any point to build a larger business and program where I was, and yet I knew my purpose and the greater gifts to be shared required me to continue to study and find complete answers as I taught and healed. It was the discovery of Siberian Shamanism and the highest teachings from the far east that brought all of it together for me. Each piece leading up to that was important and I finally found completion.
GREAT LOSS AWAKENS. In late March of 2008, I felt I was ready to bring the wholeness of Be The Medicine out. In meditation one night I heard, “You have more to heal first.” April 1, my youngest daughter Lisa died unexpectedly in half an hour. There was no doubt many things had to be put on hold.
Shattered, I deepened the journey by living through that life-changing trauma, and so many more that followed close behind. I felt machine gunned full of bullet holes and was still walking. Back at square one, I lived in the tender space where many clients join me looking for help, which helped me refine the work even more. I saw the work I had developed with new eyes and a heart that was broken open, yet again. I was grateful for all the wisdom and tools I gathered prior to this as I was able to survive through those difficult times and focused on thriving in love and grace.
In 2009 The year after Lisa died and the economy crashed I learned what it meant to have no money. People say that and still have a house, car, and regular income and that was not my experience. My astrology said this would happen, and I did not want to believe it. I began working when I was ten years old and I was always able to provide for myself by working hard and smart.
When I found myself down to my last few dollars, I was humbled beyond belief. I heard a voice say, “There will be no more income for six weeks, figure it out.” Not many people knew of my struggles and I kept walking. At the razor’s edge, I surrendered to my higher self, listened, followed, and built my life and money back up again.
During the past ten years since Lisa died, this deep journey was continual death and rebirth in various ways. The result was learning that the impossible is possible when we live from our high self and divine nature. I learned to heal body, mind, emotions, spirit, and soul in ways I always somehow knew was possible and rarely achieved as I continued to share my findings with others each day.
Innocence prevails as I am always awed and surprised and grateful for each subtle and huge awakening, becoming and healing, and encourage the same in everyone. I accepted my agreement to be tested and challenged and live great loss to discover great gains that would assist many over generations with Be The Medicine. After being stripped to the hollow bone on so many levels, life is now new and clear and fun. Love is all there is in real ways.
CHOP WOOD CARRY WATER The last big piece of the puzzle came in 2015 when my oldest daughter asked me to bring my real estate skills and wisdom to help her build her business in Title Insurance. Coming out of a very deep spiritual space and back into working in the world part-time has been another rebirthing experience allowing me to bring all of my pieces back together.
Living spiritually in a material world became natural to me again. This experience was my next awakening journey, and quite complete. I have been working with her and am excited to interact with people in different roles as I continue to work with individuals and groups and write and develop the wholeness and more clearly defined pieces of Be The Medicine.
It has been exciting to witness and share my daughters work watching her live as a conscious business owner. Blending both worlds has brought me new perspectives and understandings that have informed the work of Be The Medicine and informed me of where the population is and what people are looking for and need.
Wisdom comes from living it wherever our life takes us. Being spiritual is integrated with everything and makes life better. Even when we feel like things are over, life offers us new beginnings.
2018 NEW BEGINNING For over three decades I have been leading thousands of people of all ages in healing and spiritual awakening and living it. Training healers and guiding them to awaken their innate gifts have also been an important focus. It is always exciting for me to see past students sharing their special offerings with the world.
The purpose of this writing is to let people know this is a lifelong journey for me and also to encourage you to appreciate that it is for all of us. My search for unity and oneness brought all of the pieces together after over a decade of integration and refinement as I continued to work with many.
This summer I am rebuilding the foundation and structures for several levels of the work-adventure. Refreshing my website and updating social media too. I am available for private sessions all summer, on Skype, phone or in-person. It is a good time for ongoing support on your journey as we have amazing transformational astrology focusing us and encouraging rebirth and renewed life aligned with our highest self and truth unfolding for all of us into September
IT IS ALL ABOUT US BEING US. Each one of us has our own experience and I love to assist people to discover, deepen, and love their way through their unique journey. It is exciting to watch and participate as we are all waking up to higher possibilities and realities. Letting go of the world to live in it has been quite the trip. Discovering the highest truth and deepest love and translating it into simple, logical, common sense practices and ways has been a daily journey knowing this is my life purpose.
Be The Medicine is all about you being you in all of your brilliance, wisdom, and purpose. Healing what keeps us from this is the journey, as we embrace our true essence and live it.
Learning to live from our center and truth is exciting. Discovering we already have inner peace and deep love is awaiting our discovery. Check out our sessions and testimonials and all pages on the website and enjoy our Facebook pages for daily inspiration. The best is yet to be. If you feel called to work with me reach out and let’s find a way that works and begin.
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Always in Love.
Blessings and enjoy your Journey,
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