Healing Your Personal World

Las Vegas Memorial Healing Wall

Hundreds of people gather in Downtown Las Vegas, during First Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, for the opening ceremony of the Community Healing Garden in memory of the victims in the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

If there is one thing I would like to share more than anything else this month, it is a quote that I wrote in my “Soul Models” book: “It’s not what happens, it’s how you heal with it.”

These words don’t mean that we shouldn’t be devastated, angry, sad, frustrated or hurt when our world gets shaken or even falls apart. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mourn, shake our fists and weep in despair.

It does mean that we also have the power to respond in a way that transforms our lives and the lives of others in some positive way, big or small: it all begins with compassion.

There is no need to re-visit the horrific details of the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas on October 1st, 2017, beyond the fact that fifty-eight innocent lives were lost and hundreds of other innocent people were wounded. They were mothers, fathers, teachers, husbands, nurses and friends, daughters, sons, nieces and nephews – they were people with families, just like us.

I lived in Las Vegas for over twelve years – in fact, I raised my children there. When I read in the Las Vegas Sun that locals had already gathered to build a beautiful Memorial Healing Garden, I was incredibly moved…but not surprised.  You see, Las Vegas is much more than a strip of casinos: it is a city of caring individuals who understand the healing power of community. In fact, so many volunteers showed up to unite in building this Memorial Garden, that many were turned away.

The idea began with Jay Pleggenkuhle and Daniel Perez of Stonerose Landscapes in Henderson, Nevada, whose compassionate need to do something went from a sketch on a napkin to a full-on Memorial Healing Garden in just a few days.  The city donated land, and one thousand plus volunteers showed up to do everything from shoveling dirt to painting rocks with names and Angel Wings.

Jay didn’t create the garden with any true outcome in mind – he was simply, “moved to get people together to create something of joy and beauty instead of destruction.” Jay’s intentions proved so powerful that our country now has a permanent place of beauty in which to remember lost loved ones, and also unite in honoring their lives.

A visiting Rabbi who cried and prayed in Hebrew at the site told Jay he was healing the Universe. I believe that is true – and, that we all have the power to use our own gifts to do the same.

To Jay, Daniel and all the remarkable individuals who have showed up to help Las Vegas in big and small ways: you are “Soul Models.” Thank you for reminding each one of us that compassionate action is the fastest track to healing.

With Love, Hope and Healing,

By |2017-10-17T07:24:32-07:00October 11th, 2017|Featured Art, Posts|1 Comment

About the Author:

Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs has been a nationally recognized Earthworks Artist and Creative Behaviorist for over three decades. She specializes in awakening the creative process in individuals through proprietary practices that integrate spirit, science and nature. The result is an enduring, personalized toolbox for transforming life experience into life success, providing an abiding sense of joy along with a newfound freedom of expression that arises from living authentically. Elizabeth teaches Creative Awakenings retreats privately and nationally at exclusive venues like Canyon Ranch, the Golden Door Spa, and Ojai Valley Resort. She has also co-authored two books, bestselling "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings," and “Soul Models: Transformative Stories of Courage and Compassion." To view more of Elizabeth’s art, visit: www.ElizabethBryanJacobs.com

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  1. Laura October 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I love this story, the healing garden, what a beautiful idea to full blown manifestation is such a short time and so many people’s open-hearted help. Thank you for sharing.

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