Living Strong Abroad: Is There a Higher Power?

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Have you ever found yourself in a cognitive struggle between your “rational” and “irrational” beliefs concerning a higher power? Well, so has Jo…

Brené Brown set me free.

No, really. I struggled for a long time with the thin line between my spiritual and supernatural beliefs and my “logical & rational” mind. It always seemed like it had to be one or the other. And then I came across this quote from Rising Strong (Photo below):

I needed to read this, and ever since doing so, I’ve been a bit more public about my beliefs, and not feeling it a necessity to censor myself for the public at large.

Peru makes this a bit easier as well. There are so many who come to this country to explore their spirituality, take ayahuasca, discover and find clarity. To me, it’s beautiful to see people so open to the experience. Of course, there are still plenty of others who think these sorts of things are BS. Even odder still, to me, are those who claim a religion, but can’t enjoy the greater mysteries they may not conform to their box.

One of my most beautiful spiritual experiences in Peru was my first session taking San Pedro in Ollantaytambo.

I was alone with the shaman, lying on the cool earth under a starlit sky, feeling myself both floating and grounded at the same time. And then I heard it. I heard a child’s laugh. It was a boy’s laugh and I knew that it was a soul who had chosen me and my now husband to be his parents. It was the most amazing sensation.

Two years later, I became pregnant. I knew it as soon as it happened and I knew it was a boy. Today, that precocious little boy is 3 ½ and when I heard his first real laugh – goosebumps – it was that same laugh. And his middle name is Kusi, which is Quechua for Joy, and it is the way I honor my love for the Sacred Valley and the connections I’ve made there.

Now, I know there are plenty of people out there who will say I’m crazy. And maybe I am.

But my experiences tell me it is more arrogant to think one knows it all then it is to remain open to all we still cannot prove. And really, does it matter who’s right? Living in a country which has this amazing connection to earth and energy is a blessing; one we could use more of in this world which is consistently falling apart around us – socially, economically and systematically.

Perhaps, a little magic in our lives wouldn’t be the worst thing after all.

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Jo Self

Jo Self is Peru’s only Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is on a mission to disrupt the status quo and raise a Strengths-Based Generation. She believes in a world where everyone can live to their full potential, talents aren’t wasted & happiness is contagious. As a mompreneur & expat living in Peru, she understands the challenges and rewards that both entail. When she’s not helping others create extraordinary lives, she can be found at the sewing machine, at the movies, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or horsing around with her terribly precocious little boy, affectionately known as O. or