The Umauma Experience – Burial Ground For Your Enemies
Why do we go on vacation? Really, think for a minute. What is the number one reason we go on vacation?
We travel to have an experience that will bring us joy, excitement, and/or peace and healing.
My husband and I just went to Hawaii seeking these very things, and, boy, did this trip provide. In fact, this vacation (to one of my favorite places on earth) could not have come at a better time for me.
A little background: Not to get too personal on the internet, but…well…I’m about to get too personal. Consider yourself warned. Whatever. I don’t care. I do what I want.
Anyway, I had a baby 3 months ago, and healing and recovery has been…how to put it nicely…a total mess. I’ve been on 5 rounds of antibiotics, ingested many other various pills that do who knows what, and I have creams for places that, simply put, should never need cream. TMI? Don’t say I didn’t warn you approximately one paragraph ago.
In an effort to give my body a freaking break, the husband and I packed up my mountains of medicine (thankfully, I didn’t get Broken Down Palace-ed), and flew to Hawaii to try and heal.
The first full day in Hawaii
The first full day in Hawaii, we decided to be awesome, and rented a convertible and drove around the entire North side of the Island. On our way to Hilo, we stopped at every waterfall along the way. The first place we visited was Umauma Falls, a true place of peace and healing.
Pretty, right? (And the falls ain’t that bad either).
After visiting the falls, we walked back to our car and stumbled upon a peace garden. We actually found it because we were looking intently at this perfect spider web. That sounds weird, especially because I hate spiders, but it was untouched and gorgeously woven by spiders, nature’s first quilters. Anyway, thank you Charlotte and your web for leading us to the peace garden.
When we entered the peace garden, we saw 9 graves all with a different “enemy” printed on each grave. For example, the enemy of “fear” was on one grave, the enemy of “anger” on another, and “harmful beliefs” on another.
That’s when I saw my enemy.
Enemy #9: Burial Ground for Illness and Disease.
As I contemplated everything that I’d been through the past 3 months, the feelings flood-gated out of me. It was time for me to bury my enemy.
The instructions near the graves state to dig a hole, take the negative energy from your heart, and bury it while saying “enemy (fill in the blank with your enemy), you are now destroyed and I bury you here never to be my enemy again.”
So, I did. I thought about all of the blood work, the pelvic exams, the time spent in cold Radiology rooms, the bureaucracy that is the medical and insurance world, the side-effects from medication–the pain.
I took it from my heart. Destroyed it. Buried it.
Now, I’m not naive enough to believe that this action healed me. I still need doctors/medicine/surgery/all that hullabaloo. But, it did do something for me. It gave me time to reflect on what I’ve been through and to realize that I deserve to heal. This moment of reflection fostered an overwhelming sense of peace and healing in my heart, and left me feeling renewed.
So, I continued.
I buried: stress, fear, destructive habits, hate, unforgiveness, harmful beliefs, untruths, anger, illness and disease (again for good measure), and all other known and unknown enemies of the spirit.
My time in the peace garden of Umauma Falls was well worth the trip, and I’m grateful for the blessing that is travel–for opportunities to time out from life and just bask in peace and healing.
The Umauma Experience – Burial Ground For Your Enemies – Place of Peace and Healing