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Aug 132014
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Facing a long-term problem?

You may be Walking your Sacred Road?

road-drawing-sunsetShamans examine a person’s circumstances as either or all of three things: a Sacred Mirror, a Worthy Opponent or a Sacred Road. 

I have introduced the Sacred Mirrors in this article and I have shared a shamanic story that illustrates the Worthy Opponent. Today I am going to talk about the Sacred Road.

This is not an easy thing to do today because I am grieving for a being who has lighted the world like few others, and who has gone off his Sacred Road this week, leaving a huge gap in our hearts. I am grieving for the actor, comedian and human being extraordinaire Robin Williams. Read my prayer for him here.

A Sacred Road is a path to your Personal Freedom that you are designed to travel for a while —probably a long while— in order to master the lessons you came here to embody and teach.

A Sacred Road can be a sickness or accident, a divorce or bankruptcy; a situation that takes you a while to travel, with lots of life lessons and challenges that bring up your concealed wounds to heal them and to reveal your Personal Medicines and hidden strengths.

Here are examples of Sacred Road instances:

Financial Sacred Roads

  • Losing everything and being homeless or near homeless and having to start again from scratch.
  • Bankruptcy and having to start again from scratch.
  • Poverty

Health/Physical Sacred Roads

  • Contracting cancer and your road to heal it.
  • Getting a condition that is diagnosed as incurable, such as multiple sclerosis, psoriasis or fibromyalgia —and your road to learn to live with it, heal it or transmute it into a path of power
  • Living with a long-term limitation, such as arthritis, asthma, blindness, diabetes or a physical challenge.

Emotional Sacred Roads

  • Dealing with rape and the road to transmute it into your Personal Power
  • Dealing with depression
  • Dealing with Primary Emotions that sabotage you or create drama in your life, such as constant anger and irritation, bipolar disorder or a trauma.

Family/Relationship Sacred Roads

  • Being widowed and the road to grieving and recovering and starting your life again.
  • Serious family break-ups and conflicts that tear the family apart
  • Serious issues in your parents, siblings or children; such as addiction or tragic accidents


When you see your challenge as a Sacred Road, there is a subtle, but powerful shift in the way you feel and the way you handle it.

My Sacred Road

When I was left homeless after a home environmental disaster, I lost almost everything I had, even my tools, instruments and clothing. I felt like a failure. I looked at my hands, after giving so much to my field and my community, and saw them empty. This made it difficult to recover my health and build my life again.

But then I shown that this was a Sacred Road. I was shown that this road revealed the Broken Places in me, places where my faith and wisdom, my self-love and creativity were not reaching. These dark places were deprived of the best of my strengths and talents.

Would I leave these dark places unattended? Would I give up or would I use my strengths and gifts and receive the guidance from Spirit to bring light and joy into these places?

I began to look at my relationship with money, at my goals, my dream and my life purpose.

I discovered secret limiting beliefs that were keeping me in the role of “starving artist” and that debilitated the amazing wealth of genius and resources I had been given.

At the beginning I struggled. I struggled against old beliefs that were limiting me deeply. I studied business. I worked for several years to let go of my anger and distrust of money.

But eventually, the struggle dissolved into a journey. It was not an easy journey, but there was no more struggle. It was one step in front of the other, in the knowledge that I was being guided and in the gratitude of all that I was learning and growing. I kept learning and trying new things. I opened my business to deliver my life purpose through my gifts and talents.

Then came a time when even that daily journey dissolved into a state of being, an openness to receive the abundance of the universe and a deep value and experience of my Infinite Inner Treasures.

As I have begun to deeply value and enjoy my own gifts an the transformation I bring into this world, and as I have opened my heart to receive abundance, I am now experiencing a flourishing. Streams of subscribers, new clients, readers, audiences and opportunities I did not even thought possible show up every day.

As I fill those dark places with unconditional self-love and appreciation for what I am and what I DO have now, they light up and transform into Power Places that enable me to inspire, guide and support others in their own Sacred Road.

Now I am in the position to include this experience as one of my Leadership Tracks. Having walk this Sacred Road allows me to role model, inspire and guide others who may be going through similar situations, so that they can transmute their loss into a Sacred Road to their potential.

At a human and planetary level, this is the purpose of your Sacred Road. It is –at its core– the on-site training for your Leadership Tracks. Knowing this from the start allows you to avoid feeling like a victim, release resistance and focus on the lessons, opportunities and strength-building offered by your toughest challenges.


What is your Sacred Road? Can you get a glimpse of the lessons it brings, the gifts it offers and the possibilities it promises?


If you recognize that you are facing a Sacred Road and want my support, click here.

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About Maria Mar

Maria Mar is a Sacred Storyteller and shaman who champions you to change your old limiting story to create the new story of your brilliance illuminating the world. She helps you awaken your magic, express your creative genius, embody your purpose and live your potential now.

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