When I was twelve years old, I risked my own life to save someone else’s.
The year was 1982. He was my friend (actually my boyfriend, whatever that means in sixth grade) and in a moment of sheer fearlessness, I surprised myself- even to this day.
Three of us were jet skiing in the middle of Biscayne Bay in Miami. There were other kids, on a boat, beached on one of the little sandy islands, hanging out and waiting their turn to ride. (I know what you must be thinking, but these were different times…)
I was one of the three on the jet skis, with two other boys- one was my then ‘boyfriend’ Todd and the other was a boy two years older than me, named Richie.
It was out of a movie what happened next.
Todd fell off of his jet ski. Richie didn’t see him and ran over his head but felt the impact of the hit. I saw the whole thing. This movie plays in my head to this day, in slow motion and in graphic detail.
Todd, in dead’s man float, was unconscious and bleeding profusely in the middle of the bay.
Richie panicked and was screaming, completely immobile.
I immediately jumped off the jet ski to go help Todd. Always being a strong swimmer, I was able to turn him over, as he was profusely bleeding from a huge gash in his head.
As I was treading water and holding Todd, I screamed to our panic ridden friend Richie, “GO GET HELP!”
He sped away on the jet ski to the deserted island to my brother and the other kids (maybe the oldest was 15) where the boat was beached on the island.
I remember praying to God, “Please don’t let him die.”
I remember talking to my unconscious friend, “Please don’t be dead.”
All the while, I was able to see, about 40 yards away, the other kids NOT able to get the boat off the sand. The tide had gone out and it was hard to push the boat into the water.
It was surreal. And how I remained calm, at 12 years old, is a complete mystery to me.
I held him afloat, gushing blood, and didn’t panic. I seriously don’t know how I did it for about 15 minutes alone in the middle of Biscayne Bay.
Eventually, we were pulled into the boat and raced back to the marina.
Our friends ran down the pier, his parents were told, and we waited for the ambulance.
As his mother held him, he gained consciousness and saw me sitting right in front of him.
He asked, “Marci, am I bleeding?”
I said, “No, Todd. You are gushing.”
He passed out again.
I had saved him and slayed him in a matter of 60 minutes. Two opposite ends of the spectrum.
He went to the hospital and got over 100 stitches to his head. He was wrapped in a turban bandage and stayed in Florida for 2 weeks because he couldn’t get on a plane to fly back to NY.
What amazes me about this story is that life is crazy. The human experience is one in which we all have out of body experiences that are incomprehensible. Sometimes we don’t know how we do the things we do when forced with an emergency. How do we get through it?
I have so many stories, as I have gone through so many life and death moments. Sometimes I can’t even believe I have been through so much.
And I know you have too.
Do you ever look back and say, “Holy crap! How did I get through that?” I know I do. And this story is just one example starting at a very young 12 years old.
It was traumatic for me and I never fully processed the emotions until years later.
With trauma, most of us just force down the emotions and don’t release and process them because it is just too difficult.
There is a lot of value in positive thinking but I do believe we need time and space to process what has happened to us. Most of us just push the feelings down and don’t deal with them.
This suppressed anger, fear, grief, sadness, etc. causes damage if we don’t deal with it.
We need to cry, rage, break down and process what has happened.
So when we have these emotionally charged events, you can’t just sugarcoat it with an affirmation without releasing the emotions- even if it happened a very long time ago.
In this week’s Energy Healing Toolkit, I share with you the steps for you to release stored trauma.
Our hips are the junk drawers of our bodies. We store a lot of unprocessed emotions here.
We must feel in order to heal.
In private sessions, we delve deeper into your energy, goals and needs.
Thanks for taking this journey with me.
Energy Healing Toolkit Clearing Out The Junk Drawers Of Your Body
Your hips are the junk drawers of your body. Stored trauma gets housed in your pelvis, the energetic center of your second chakra, the Sacral chakra.
Your Sacral chakra is associated with emotions and with the unconscious. Physically, when you suffer trauma or severe stress, your hip muscles are programmed to easily take fight or flight.
This energy, if not released, gets stuck in your physical body and can manifest as physical, emotional or mental pain. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, these traumatic memories get stored in your cells, and very often in your hips.
1) Set the intention of what you want to clear. For example, for me it was “I want to clear the stored traumatic energy of the jet ski accident of when I was 12.”
2) This next step is optional but it really helps in clearing. If you warm up your body by taking a brisk walk, dancing, or engaging in any cardiovascular activity, it allows the energy to clear very easily. I also think about what happened to bring up the emotions (but this is optional as well).
3) On a yoga mat or on the carpet, you are going to do a hip opening exercise called Reclined Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana. This pose clears trauma and stress in the Root and Sacral chakras while promoting relaxation.
4) Lying comfortably on your mat or carpet, bring the soles of the feet together, bending the knees and lowering them towards the floor. You might need bolsters or blocks or rolled up blankets if your inner thighs/hips are very tight.
5) Hold pose for five minutes (or longer) taking deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
6) While in this position, say the affirmation, “I easily and effortlessly release the trauma.” Whatever feelings come up, say, “I easily and effortlessly release sadness, grief, anger, etc.”
7) Throughout the pose, visualize the emerald green healing light of Archangel Raphael filling your body, and especially your hips. Say, “Thank you Archangel Raphael for filling my body with with your healing light.”
8) Come out of this pose very slowly and carefully and repeat as necessary.