1: to spring up and develop to maturity
2: increase, expand
3: to develop from a parent source
4 (a): to pass into a condition: become; (b): to have an increasing influence; (c): to become increasingly acceptable or attractive



Grow (v.): Old English growan (of plants) “to flourish, increase, develop, get bigger,” from Proto-Germanic gro-, from Proto-Indo-European root, ghre-to grow, become green” (grass). Applied in Middle English to human beings (c. 1300) and animals (early 15th century) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (wax (v.)) in general sense of “to increase.” Transitive sense “cause to grow” is from 1774. To grow on “gain in the estimation of” from 1712.




“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”

Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French writer and novelist, author of “In Search of Lost Time, a seven-volume novel based on his life, told psychologically and allegorically)

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“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.”

Walter Mosley (b. 1952, best selling novelist and author of 43 books, which includes his bestselling mystery series featuring detective Easy Rawlins, most notably, “Devil in a Blue Dress”)

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“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

Anais Nin (1903-1977, French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals; regarded as one of the leading female writers of the 20th century, who challenged conventionally defined gender roles)

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“The body grows slowly and steadily but the soul grows by leaps and bounds. It may come to its full stature in an hour.”

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author of her famous firsst novel “Anne of Green Gables; she published 22 novels and books of short stories)

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“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, well-loved and prolific British author of numerous works like “Great Expectations,” “Oliver Twist,” “A Christmas Carol, “Nicholas Nickleby,” “David Copperfield,” “A Tale of Two Cities”)

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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud, Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst)

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“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, Bohemian-Austrian author and poet, considered one of the most significant poets in the German language and contributed greatly to French poetry as well; best known for his work, “Letters to a Young Poet”)

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“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”

Marcel Proust


In what ways can we stimulate our growth and restore our sight?  Sometimes, we are not aware that we are underdeveloped or blind until the light is turned on through some miraculous spark of information or inspiration.  Often we are sometimes groping around in the dark, unaware of our ignorance and limitations.

I had a tumble down the flight of stairs some eleven years ago.  Fortunately, I didn’t break any bones or suffer a concussion.  However, my body was traumatized and suffered physically, emotional, and psychologically.  For some months, I couldn’t work and had trouble sleeping.  In short, I had posttraumatic stress.  I even loss my sight for a while. The medical establishment could do very little for me except prescribe painkillers and sleeping and anti-depressant pills, which helped very little.

Although I tried my best to push through it and distract myself I eventually had to seek the help of energy healers, a nutritionist, and physical therapists who knew the body’s potential to heal.  Their first call to order was my realignment, but I also needed to eat well and to exercise.  In short, I needed to get to a place where my body was strong enough to heal itself.  My body needed new information for a stronger beginning.

One physical therapist I worked was a very kind and sweet woman by the name of Jacquie. She was also a great therapist who helped my body to shift and heal itself.  She also work on restructuring my brain.   Once Jacquie focused the energy my brain shifted immediately, and later told me she couldn’t believe how I was able to walk around before that point.  I could definitely feel the difference, and knew I was on the path to becoming and seeing more.

Growth comes in many forms and on many stages.  Sojourners, discern what’s best for you and focus efforts, accordingly.  And when needed, seek competent professional help.

Written with Love, Tonya


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