I'm Ann Marie Cross. Nice to meet you here in this Diamond Light. I am a writer and artist who facilitates healing and creative empowerment with the use of Inner Diamond Insight Cards. I have 19 years of training, study, and practice in the areas of leadership, personal transformation, and the creative process. And I still feel like an absolute beginner most of the time. (This is actually my "About" page, but I've just made some changes and wanted to share it here.)
The cards were born in 2011, with the intention of sharing with others some of the insights I have been privileged to receive and that have been of great benefit to me. I wanted to write all the things I wished to affirm in my own life, what I wanted to be reminded of on a daily basis. The wisdom of the cards came from opening to Life, and through digestion and re-expression of teachings from a variety of sources (some of which are listed below). Being part of the creation of this work felt, and still feels - it is always in progress - like a miraculous privilege.
Before selling them, I used them a lot myself, and found the practice to be a great help on many levels.
The cycle of life seems to spiral upward – or is it inward? For me, the spiral path led to studies and practices of various spiritual and holistic traditions, and has brought profound healing experiences. By "healing" I refer to a process of becoming whole. When there is healing, it's like we've taken back a part of ourselves. The journey is about a gradual awareness of what is already perfect in ourselves. There's no end to it that I can see.
With any issue, illness or struggle, healing is possible. I have personally witnessed several cases and have read hundreds of reliable accounts of spiritual and physical healing from all manner of so-called incurable situations – cancer, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and so on, as well as the transformation of emotional imbalances. I've seen joy arising. It continues to arise.
I myself deal with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease that has seen me up and down in energy and ability and wellness. My emotions have been similarly up and down and intense for many years, at times wiping me out pretty good! I used to take pharmaceutical medication for the R.A., and the occasional anti-anxiety pill for the emotions. For years now I have been on what feels to me to be a simpler and more natural route in addressing the physical and emotional pain that arises in me. The pills didn't cure me, and neither has the pain vanished with the more holistic approach. But exercising, laughing with friends, meditating, eating what feels good in my overall system, playing in nature, expressing myself creatively, and most of all, learning to go with the flow, to allow Life to live through me... all this is just a great way to live. The pain is manageable, more so than while I took meds that I didn't understand.
Taking responsibility for my pain feels right to me, in the same way it feels right to open my arms to a tearful child. If pain arises, in any form, may I not turn away in fear. In this way, I become clearer, lighter, and more available to True Inspiration. Diamond-Light is uncovered, and shines out from me where the pain had been held down, choked off. I become naturally a good servant of Kindness and Well-Being.
This treasure waits at the core of every one of us, through the pain.
I've seen that "the right medicine in the right dosage at the right time" will always bring good results. The right medicine is anything that helps us come to a place of less resistance to true healing, and more openness to a connection with the inner Diamond. And the right medicine today may not be so tomorrow, because as we come closer and closer to our true selves, our needs change. For some, there will be stages when pharmaceutical drugs will be very good medicine. I'm glad I took them when I did. Someone told me they would help, and they did, in a way. And now I do my best to live a life that invites the Truest Wisdom to guide me.
When in connection with your true Self, you know better than anyone else what is needed for your wholeness.
Inner Diamond Cards can be good medicine. Enjoy them, and your Self. You are more than you think you are. You are wished well. You are loved. Thank you for being Here!
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Please see my "About" page for a list of books that helped me a lot.