It was February 2012
I just fleetingly saw the image of a skinny guy with long hair in a ponytail appear on the YouTube sidebar in a video titled la via del non attaccamento (Italian for “the way of non-attachment”).
His name was Salvatore Brizzi.
At the time I was a psychology undergrad, a doubting Thomas completely grounded in the physical and the empirical.
I guess I was rebelling against 25 years of religious dogmas.
At the time I wasn’t ready to receive the message I was hearing; however, a seed had been planted, the one that led me onto the spiritual path I am walking today.
Fast forward to 2015
From the end of 2014 into good part of 2015, I went through a pretty rough patch; I was fidgety like a snake shedding her skin.
While I was still very much grounded in the empirical, something within me had started yearning for something else.
I wasn’t sure what it was, but it wasn’t anything tangible or material.
Until one day the skinny guy with the ponytail reappeared in my YouTube sidebar.
I gave him another listen, and, this time, what he said resonated with me.
I was finally ready to open up to a new world of enlightenment, of opportunities, and that world was within me.
Fast forward to October 2018
To this day, I have come across many other incredible authors whose writings have entirely turned my life around and changed the way I perceive myself and the world around me.
They all serendipitously happened along, one after the other, empowering me and helping me connect with all that is.
These authors are the people I am grateful for
I want to thank Brizzi for making some of his seminars available for free on YouTube, and for teaching me, through his content, how to rediscover my Higher Self and escape the Matrix.
I want to thank all the other enlightened authors who have come into my life to this day, such as Osho, Denise Linn, Shakti Gawain, Piero Ferrucci, Amara Honeck, Don Miguel Ruiz, Robert Johnson, and several others, including those bloggers I’ve come across once and never again who introduced me to these and other authors.
I thank them all for sharing their knowledge with the world, and for helping others master enlightenment, their Self, and become better humans, better teachers, and more evolved Beings of Love and Light.
Thanks to these divinely inspired authors, my life has found enlightenment in many ways
In fact, I now know that happiness doesn’t depend on people and events outside of me, but it’s within me.
I am now aware that I have a body, but I am not my body; I have emotions, but I am not my emotions; I have a mind, but I am not my mind.
I have realized that the world is a projection of who I am; therefore I have to work on my Self if I want the world around me to change.
I now understand that separateness is an illusion. I have learned that I am One with everyone and everything on a Soul level.
All of this has spilled into my own blog posts and what I share with my readers and followers on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.
Because my life has changed for the better, I feel compelled to share my knowledge and experience, and help others achieve what I have so far.
Here’s the thing
We are used to being thankful for the people we know and who know us personally.
However, we often fail to show gratitude toward those who touch our existence by making their knowledge available in video, book, or audio format.
They don’t know us individually, yet they have made a difference in our lives, and that is something to be incredibly thankful for.
“You bought his/her book; (s)he should thank you!” is the answer I sometimes get when I bring up this subject.
Truth is life-changing; knowledge is priceless
When you find someone whose words resonate with you on a soul level and set in motion lasting change in your life, that’s someone to be grateful for, whether that’s a well-known author or an anonymous blogger whose content you just happened to come across.
So, I thank these beautiful souls (and those yet to come) for sharing their invaluable knowledge, for helping me find enlightenment, and I thank You for taking the time to read this.
I hope I’ve given you something else to be grateful for today.
My name is Francesca and I live in Florida with my family. I love to read, bake, cook (and eat!), and watch TV shows from the 90’s, usually before bed. Stephen King is my favorite novelist and I’ve read 40 of his books between novels and short story collections. I have written some sort of a fantasy novel and a few short stories myself, but they remain unpublished to this day. I am into painting and crafts. Despite my friendly ways, I am a Lone Wolf at heart and will always be.