Everyone has one, so don’t think that you don’t. Some stories are happy and positive, while others are sad and negative. But every persons story can help someone else…simply by sharing it! This is all about real women sharing moments and memories of our lives.
How did you get where you are today? What inspired you along the way? What almost made you give up? What surprised you the most, either good or bad? Who encouraged you to never give up? Who always kept telling you that you’ll never make it?
Share your story because in the same
place that you once stood, wondering
“How can I do this and where do I begin?”
is another woman asking herself those very same questions! Be her motivation and inspiration.
Be the reason that someone starts something new today. Be the reason that someone doesn’t give up today. Be someone’s reason to move and motivate!!
Share your story, your passion project, your breakthrough moment, your fork in the road. Whatever you feel can help someone learn and live, than believe me, it’s worth sharing.
So what's your STORY?
“StraightArrow Walking – Popping the Cork”
by Janet StraightArrow – Be The Medicine
“I feel like a fine bottle of wine that has aged to perfection and it’s time to open it up and share it.” Janet
WHAT DO a Racecar Driver, Realtor, Mom, Sailboat Captain, Fashion Model, Shaman, Dancer, Entrepreneur, Writer, Reiki Master, Astrologer, Medical Intuitive, Lifelong student, Loving Teacher, and Spiritual Guide have in common? Me. It has been an intense, full, terrible, wonderful, challenging, and exciting life.
From the time I was a child I had deep questions and lived the answers even when they did not agree with what I was taught in the family and culture. Inspired by sacred teachings, I knew there was so much more to life and health than was commonly known. I also saw that the world and her people were confused and hurting unnecessarily, and I wanted to find the clear truth, live it, and teach others too.
Very sensitive and aware and yet unafraid to explore, living true to me made all of the difference. Amidst the challenges, there were great friends, guides, and teachers. There were also times I was an outcast and that was not easy, but I always wanted to be true to me and the values that were important to me.
I grew up living on the edge of life and death. My father was in and out of critical condition from before I was born, and we did not know if he would be alive any night, or morning, many days, weeks, and months each year. I was the oldest of three and my mother’s right hand in caring for the house and children and dad when he was home. He died in a very worn out body at the young age of forty-eight.
In 1967, when I was fifteen, our family doctor told me I would not live as long as my father did and that made me question everything and changed my life. I was very sickly in similar ways and decided then and there that I was going to live a long, healthy, happy life and figure it out which started the journey to Be The Medicine. In my early twenties, I organically began teaching mothers how to heal and assist their families with health and wellness and behavior problems with nutrition, whole foods, and natural methods as my first healing business.
I also raced Porsches with my husband on Watkins Glen, Pocono, Lime Rock, and Bridgehampton Road Racing tracks on weekends for six years. This gave me many opportunities to face life and death each time I climbed into the car. Racing was where I developed fine-tuned awareness, focus, and mindfulness racing with many other cars at top speeds vying for the same place on the track. Not many women participated by driving and I naturally took my place among the men. I now realize that it was the same courage to be myself and explore new aspects of me and live on the edge of everyday reality to step into that fireproof suit and fast car that later led me to live the unlikely life as a Shaman, Healer, and Sage.
I also birthed two babies, planted gardens, and studied yoga and meditation, astrology, deeper healing, and more on whole foods cooking and eating. I was a long-distance runner working very steadily to heal myself of two issues that would not subside no matter what I did.
In the two weeks after my marital separation, those problems went away totally and opened up new doorways in the study of the mind-body connection. Many of the studies and methods I explored were leading edge and are popular now and were not accepted by many then. When I wanted to bridge my nutrition with a psychology degree in 1984, I met great resistance in college. They could not imagine how food affects psychology.
By the late-eighties, I had divorced, completed another college degree, and began my real estate career while raising my daughters and studying and practicing living spirituality and healing. None of this journey was easy and yet I followed my inner leading each step of the way and trusted the process.
In 1992 at the age of forty, I discovered quite by surprise, my calling as a Shaman by a Shaman, I did not believe him and took it under advisement, and from this time on watched and participated as my life and expanded realities opened up. I was fortunate to have two mentors to support my journey. The first was an amazing Astrologer who was my neighbor when I met her and the second was this Shaman.
Some of my greatest awakening experiences and studies came during those years and I began teaching Shamanism and Reiki and life’s wisdom to many as I raised two daughters and sold homes assisting people on their journey as homeowners. Living spirituality in all aspects of work and life was a focus I explored.
DIVING INTO NEW WATERS. In 1999 I gave up my Real Estate license and dedicated myself to full-time in healing and teaching and writing. I had support staff, which helped me accomplish many more things. Each time I opened to some big answer, I found another missing piece or question. I asked higher wisdom for the answer and followed where that led me.
Over the next years, I was led to study and do private work with renowned teachers, healers, Shamans, Gurus, master’s and many others in many disciplines around the world. Each step awakened me more and gave me more pieces to the puzzle looking for complete health, spiritual mastery, and living it now. It has been a wild ride, full of love and challenges at every turn, and choosing love, happiness, and health all the way.
I could have stopped at any point to build a larger business and program where I was, and yet I knew my purpose and the greater gifts to be shared required me to continue to study and find complete answers as I taught and healed. It was the discovery of Siberian Shamanism and the highest teachings from the far east that brought all of it together for me. Each piece leading up to that was important and I finally found completion.
DEAD-AWAKE. In late March of 2008, I felt I was ready to bring the wholeness of Be The Medicine out. I had high level support in the world and felt ready to fly. In meditation one night I heard, “You have more to heal first.” April 1, my youngest daughter Lisa died unexpectedly in half an hour. There was no doubt many things had to be put on hold.
Shattered, I deepened the journey by living through that life-changing trauma, and so many more that followed close behind. I felt machine gunned full of bullet holes and was still walking. Back at square one, I lived in the tender space where many clients join me looking for help, which helped me refine the work even more. I saw the work I had developed with new eyes and a heart that was broken open, yet again. I was grateful for all the wisdom and tools I gathered prior to this as I was able to survive through those difficult times and focused on thriving in love and grace.
In 2009 The year after Lisa died and the economy crashed I learned what it meant to have no money. People say that, and still have a house, car, and regular income and that was not my experience. My astrology said this would happen, and I did not want to believe it. I began working when I was ten years old and I was always able to provide for myself by working hard and smart.
When I found myself down to my last few dollars, I was humbled beyond belief. I heard a voice say, “There will be no more income for six weeks, figure it out.” Not many people knew of my struggles and I kept walking. At the razor’s edge, I surrendered to my higher self, listened, followed, and built my life and money back up again.
During the past ten years since Lisa died, this deep journey continued to challenge me in various real-world ways. The result was learning that the impossible is possible when we live from our high self and divine nature. I learned to heal body, mind, emotions, spirit, and soul in ways I always somehow knew was possible and rarely achieved as I continued to share my findings with others each day.
Innocence prevails as I am always awed and surprised and grateful for each subtle and huge awakening, becoming and healing, and encourage the same in everyone. I accepted my agreement to be tested and challenged and live great loss to discover great gains that would assist many over generations with Be The Medicine. After being stripped to the hollow bone on so many levels, life is now new and clear and fun. Love is all there is in real ways.
SPIRITUALITY IN BUSINESS. The last big piece of the puzzle came in 2015 when my oldest daughter asked me to bring my real estate skills and wisdom to help her build her business in Title Insurance. Coming out of a very deep spiritual space and back into working in the world part-time has been another rebirthing experience allowing me to bring all of my pieces back together.
Living spiritually in a material world became as natural to me as it had been in my Real Estate career. This experience was my next awakening journey, and quite complete. I have been working with her and am excited to interact with people in different roles as I continue to work with individuals and groups and write and develop the wholeness and more clearly defined pieces of Be The Medicine.
It has been exciting to witness and share my daughters work watching her live as a conscious business owner. Blending both worlds has brought me new perspectives and understandings that have informed the work of Be The Medicine and where the population is and what people are looking for and need.
Wisdom comes from living it wherever our life takes us. Being spiritual is integrated with everything and makes life better. Even when we feel like things are over, life offers us new beginnings.
Be The Medicine is all about you being you in all of your brilliance, wisdom, and purpose. Healing what keeps us from this is the journey, as we embrace our true essence and live it. I feel like I am at the place where all of the pieces come together, and the world consciousness is ready to meet me.
You can find out more about Janet StraightArrow by visiting her website at www.bethemedicine.com, calling 973-647-2500 or emailing Info@Bethemedicine.com