I guess my story has multiple pieces that work towards the whole. But I'll start with the one that goes with the picture above first. I was told many years before Eric's Mambo came into my life that I was an Empath or a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I was having a lot of pain in my body - that just wasn't resolving itself. My friend Diane told me that the sensations I was feeling didn't belong to me. LOL - Actually I think I may have snorted when she said that to me - How in the world do these aches, pains and emotions belong to someone else? This discussion happened somewhere in the early 2000s.
Fast forward to 2010 when I finally decided I was ready to have another horse in my life. Prior to this time, I was the guardian to an unregistered Thoroughbred "Gaspar's Mistress" AKA Baylee, and I rode a variety of other horses belonging to other people. January 2010 - it was a Wednesday evening - I told Diane that I was ready to meet my next equine companion. By the next Monday - I had met him, adopted him, and moved him to his new home. Yes, the stars were totally in alignment!
Eric's Mambo AKA Eric was a retired racehorse that had been injured on the track. It was no longer safe to race him - for his physical well-being. So, he was re-homed with me as his guardian, companion, and most of all his student. You will see in the pictures below a progression of different work between us, that built up an incredible trust, one in which so much communication could happen. Communication with Eric included verbal, body language and emotions.
One day Diane was doing some energy work and some physical massage on Eric - I was in the stall with them, holding his lead. Suddenly, I had a pain in my back that came out of nowhere - and it was INTENSE. I swear this was the moment that Diane had been waiting for - undeniable "evidence" for me to own one of my superpowers. The pain in my back was corresponding to a muscle in Eric's back that Diane was working to release - WHAT?? She simply told me to let her know when my back released - which it did at the same time Eric's back released. My brain could totally accept that I was so connected to Eric that I could feel him - he was my soul mate, mentor, teacher. It made sense to me. But once again Diane challenged me to up my belief - we went together to some of her other clients - people and horses I did not know and would likely never see again. The game plan was for me to notice anything in my body that changed once I looked at the horse. Would you believe that what I picked up was more than 90% in agreement with what Diane and the horses' owners knew to be going on with each individual horse? Plus, there were areas that, based on my information, they decided to investigate. We visited 6 horses that day - the same exercise - the same results.
That one day made me look at my entire life differently. It explained why (and how) I was picking up other people's (and animal's) discomfort; that I needed to work on techniques to not retain the "information" I was getting; and I needed to pay a lot more attention to my overall well-being. That was a huge lesson for one day! This is what gives me the absolute confidence of what I feel in my body when I am assisting others today. You can put a number of labels on my superpower - empath, clairsentient (clear feeling), psychic but ultimately, I am helpful, compassionate, a holder of space and a healer to many.
My inspiration for The Violet Butterfly Metaphysical Healing Center came during a lunch with a friend in September 2018. I had been laid off from my corporate job in April and was using my time to unwind and get back to authentic me. I had lost myself in the drama, aggression, and overall craziness of corporate life - I was living for the whims of egotistical people. I'm sure that the universe orchestrated my departure from the corporate world for my well-being and to allow me space to hear the inspiration for my next chapter. So here I am sitting in a Mexican restaurant listening to my friend talk about wanting to have a safe place to do reiki outside of her home. The next thought I had was - Why don't I create that safe space? I'm pretty sure that wasn't my idea - I was just quiet enough in that moment to understand that was pure inspiration. That evening I asked my husband what he thought of the idea and his reply was simply "Why not?" One year later on September 1, 2019, I opened The Violet Butterfly in Alderman Plaza, Palm Harbor, FL - very much to my own amazement.
Some of my requirements for the shop, as I call it, is to be
The space is configured to allow for one-to-one readings (psychic, tarot card, oracle card, mediumship), coaching sessions or reiki - or the other extreme to have a 15-member audience for a mediumship demonstration. Our classes and workshops are primarily conducted after we close. At closing time, we draw the drapes at the front of the stop to allow us privacy to conduct our classes without the distraction of people walking down the sidewalk (it is a busy plaza). We teach classes and workshop series on a variety of subjects to provide a continuous learning environment, or even a jumping off point for people to see what else they are interested in exploring.
Diane reminded me of another conversation we had way before most of the above story. She asked me why I persisted with my then current job as a government contractor as it was sucking me dry. I replied with a surprised and somewhat annoyed look saying I felt my job was very important and I was contributing to the world. These were all good reasons, but it was the wrong place for me. Since being laid off and allowing myself the downtime I needed, the real Michele came out of the dark cocoon and started to spread her wings. Now I recognize the important work I do and the contributions I make to the world but now it is with an authentic heart/soul connection and the awareness that my path is still evolving. It has taken courage, strength, and commitment to seek out, explore and honor that which lies deeper within me and indeed within us all.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I know it doesn't include all the facts, perfect grammar, and the word choices could be better, but as a recovering perfectionist, those could all be reasons to not ever publish this. I appreciate your kind support as I continue to spread my butterfly wings, evolve, and help create a space where we feel safe to learn and grow. ~Michele
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