Serenity means to be calm or tranquil so – Serenitys Way denotes a BEingness, a way of being in the world- having to do with peace, authenticity and the way of least effort.

I had been looking for a way to share my heart, my thoughts and my desire to empower for so long. Over the past several years I wanted to find a way to give back. I grew up with domestic violence as a way of life, and in my adult years, I found myself in the middle of circumstances and places I never thought I would be.

Through my own path of growth and discovery,  I have come to know who I am and I absolutely know that there is nothing that love and acceptance cannot heal. I know that there is a place inside of each one of us that continually reminds us to grow and become …

This was the message I wanted to share with the women of the Gateway Battered women’s shelter. I love affirmative writing and over several months there had been an undeniable stirring within me. While writing, I had the idea to leave greeting cards at the shelter so the women could be reminded of who they really are.

I wanted to leave messages of encouragement- messages that would remind them that they are not their past and that their circumstance did not define them. I wanted to leave this message in a beautiful and powerful way.

The project however sat on the back burner as I researched artists to create the front of my cards. When I couldn’t come up with anyone I went to the store and bought canvas, paint and brushes.

With a little help, love, and encouragement from a few of my dear friends– Serenitys Way was born. I am deeply honored and excited to share my heart’s work- Having been raised with domestic violence for 12 years while growing up- I know that the messages truly come from my own souls healing journey~

My cards and artwork have expanded since the beginning, there are now almost 100 designs and they can be found in several book stores and purchased here online. Some of my designs are now also available on Affirmation Stones as well as canvas blocks and art pieces.

I would love to hear from you and get your feedback, – Please know that your desire to heal, your thoughtfulness and your wisdom, keep me inspired to keep growing and writing….

Sincerely,

Sylvia Castillo

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Below is an excerpt from a deep and reflective assignment in my first year of Practitioner studies….

 

“Somewhere in the process of life I learned that everything has a purpose and everything has a season. I learned about my short comings and my limits, I learned about my issues and my programs and I learned that my past does not precede me. Somewhere in my self development I learned that my life works better when I’m balanced- in every area of my life. With myself and my Spirituality, with my husband and my children, with my finances and my responsibilities, with my family and my friends. In every area of my life I realize and understand that I get to co-create and choose my path. I get to stand in my power and my potential, I get to speak kindly and live with integrity, I get to focus on what matters and pick my battles. I get to be the woman I was designed to be, and it’s all by choice. And even though my past continues to show up- I do know that this is my truth- I have bad days and get in the slumps, I continue to work on the evils of my ego, and I consciously make a choice to keep working on myself.

And I also know this… I am on a Spiritual journey that I know is a calling, and is a path that will lead me to places that even now I don’t comprehend. I know that even though I have come so far, I still have so far to go. I know that I am expanding in my consciousness and I am affecting my family, the people in my life, and at some level I am a ripple that affects the world. I don’t regret my past, I believe that it molded me into the person I am today. I believe that there is a gift in what I’ve been through. I have compassion for the battered woman, the addict and the adult child that comes from personal experience. I know that as I continue to heal myself I will find ways to help others, I do believe the gift is in giving it away. I wake up thankful for my Spiritual journey and I wake up thankful that each day is an opportunity to learn and grow and to do it better than the day before…”

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