What if the Crossroads of Our Lives Are Gateways to Our Deepest Truths?
(and to the Divine?)
Hi. I'm Mona.
My adult life was somewhat planned out for me.
As in, the people around me set up the expectations and waited for me to follow through with them.
So, I did. There wasn’t a reason why I shouldn’t.
I became an Islamic teacher.
I embraced the religious life I was told to embrace.
I followed the rules as best as I could.
That is, until “the inkling” made an appearance.
The inkling that something wasn’t right.
And it wouldn’t leave me alone.
2012. Interviewed on national TV. This was about a year after “the inkling” first made an appearance. I was frozen by indecision at that time.
2018. Shared my story of coming out at the WomanSpeak Festival in Sedona. You can watch it here if you’d like.
I faced a terrifying decision.
Should I dance with my curiosity and risk it all?
Or should I ignore the inkling and stay safe?
I was frozen by indecision for nearly two years.
Two years of gaslighting myself so I can avoid the scary thing.
Eventually, I had to act.
And I chose the harder, truer path.
I wish I could say everything got easier after that.
Choosing to redefine myself and my deeply-rooted beliefs was tough – but telling the world about it? That felt impossible.
But I faced that crossroads too, and again found the right path for me.
Here’s what I’ve learned through all of it:
Life is a series of crossroads.
They often bring panic and fear.
And, they’re also a portal to deepening our relationship with the Divine, with ourselves, and with our deepest truest truths.
Look, I may not know every detail of what you’re experiencing.
But I know what it’s like to be at a crossroads.
I know how to listen intently to what you’re saying
(and what you’re not saying).
I know how to support you in recognizing your truth and clearing the things that are in your way.
I believe that to acknowledge what is true for you, you want to first learn to create a sense of internal safety.
I believe that is where you’ll get to meet your courage and integrity.
And I deeply, deeply, deeply believe that if I can learn to trust myself after decades of “should-ing” myself, you can too.
One of the most ridiculous things we’re taught to believe is that everything has to have a strict logic.
Things are either good or bad.
They’re right or wrong.
They’re godly or evil.
I’m here to say that nothing is black and white when it comes to making a life-changing decision.
What’s right for me may not be what’s right for you.
What is truly divine is far bigger than anything you can put your finger on.
Sometimes ticking off all the boxes in a logical pattern just doesn’t feel right.
And I’m here to support you through that so you can begin to find clarity through the fog.
I spent a lot of my life trying to live according to how I thought I should.
So when a voice inside me started to whisper, “Something is not right,” I wasn’t sure what to do with it.
(After all, I was warned against listening to the inner voice because that could be the whispers of the devil.)
I wish someone would have pulled me aside, looked me in the eyes, and said, “Mona, you have permission to be curious. You are allowed to listen to and trust your inner voice. You are allowed to explore.”
That would’ve saved me a lot of time, tears, and tension!
Though, I’m pretty sure if I had heard it at that time, I wouldn’t have believed it right away.
I would have needed to be told a thousand times for it to finally kick in and actually believe it.
Knowing this, I’m going to go ahead and tell you...
- You have permission to trust yourself.
- You have an inner wisdom that can and will guide you.
- You can lay out all your thoughts and questions and sift through them to find your path.
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