My sister gifted me a session with Grace Waters, her Intuitive Bodywork Guru, for Christmas. Arriving at Grace’s North Seattle apartment, I had no idea what to expect, only that it’d be “amazing!” Grace had helped my nephew overcome a stomach disorder and my sister speak her truth at long last.
A warm woman with an ample bosom and cheery smile, Grace greeted me at the door. We exchanged introductions and she marveled at the similarities – and differences – between my sis and me. She then excused herself so I could get undressed. As I settled in on the massage table, I set the intention for my highest healing and greatest good. “I see you’ve started without me,” Grace remarked, re-entering the room.
She began the session with her hands cupped lightly around my throat. Immediately, I felt a lump dissolve and tears well-up inside. Grace asked what I was trying so hard to decide. “I’m wresting with my work in the world and what to do next,” I replied.
She inquired gently, “Is there something else?” And with that, the tears flowed freely from my eyes. I gushed, “I’ve separated from my husband and it’s really hard. I love him so much. It really hurts but I know it’s right too.” Grace massaged my throat, neck and chest muscles, encouraging the tears to tumble.
At the same time, she intuited the healing of the karmic relationship between us. She said that in our most recent lifetime my husband and me had been brother and sister. Thus both the deep love and nasty spats, I thought!
Undirected, Grace moved to my right arm where I have lymphedema following my lumpectomy in 2004. She worked to release the fluid and accompanying anger, saying, “It’s hard when we have these gifts that no one wants.” My husband had rejected my spiritual side for his far more real religion of money. Sensing stuck hurt there from this and other lifetimes, Grace rubbed me with Rose of Sharon to absolve it.
She continued, “You wanna shave your head and wail like an African woman but you’re afraid. Do it. Go as deeply into the grief as you need to and it will pass more quickly.” Guided to the left side of my chest by my heart, Grace felt more deep grief. She invited me to breathe in and out 3 times to fill the space and whispered, “You feel pressure to hold it all together and be ok when you are not. Let go and be wild, free.” Afterwards, she gave me flower essences that both started with desert; I forget the rest of their names but loved what they were intended to do.
Massaging my body, Grace remarked, “You are a water-baby. You just need to emanate love, light and energy into the world. The rest will fall into place – work, relationships, money, etc.” Finishing up with my feet, she stepped back out of the room. I got dressed and gathered up my things. Showing me the door, Grace smiled and said, “Don’t let the world push you around.”
My sis picked me up out front and asked, “Did she make you cry?” “Within the first 2 seconds,” I said, “the first 2 seconds!”
“Grief is always with us. But so is joy. The greatest mistake we make is to assume that if we have one we can’t have the other. Both make up the totality of the human experience.” – John Welshons