Unfolding During a Tsunami Advisory Amidst a World Crisis…


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I raise my two children on a boat in a marina in So CA.  In life, I model and teach “unfolding”.  This is my personal experience of applying what I know to be true within, to external events I have absolutely no control over…

Thank you, dear friend and readers for your prayers and love; for the emails, voicemails and expressions my family received the entire day.  As I write this, my little family and I are safely tucked away at a hotel inland..

This is my personal experience of:

Unfolding During a Tsunami Advisory Amidst a World Crisis

On my boat, I do not have television access, nor do I listen to the radio.  Often a world event happens and I have no physical idea until I interact with someone  from the “outside world”.  At 11:30 pm, my phone started ringing.  Incessantly.  Through the night.  Loved ones calling to let me know of the events in Japan, and news reports of how it may personally effect myself, my children, and our home (boat). 

Access your faith. When roused from sleep with news of impending doom, it is easy to get swept away in the panic and hysteria.  Especially when there is word that the potential for danger may greatly impact your life personally.  Yes, my first thought was holy f!  My immediate next thought was a quick prayer for the victims, for the world, for the entire day.  The “unfolding” solution to fear is to pour on huge amounts of love.  I believe God’s hand guides and the Universe provides..so before fear could set in, I centered within my beliefs.  After praying for the world, I prayed for my self and my children and our boat..and asked for guidance to allow this to unfold in my life as it is meant to.  Feeling: Calm. 

Allow intuition to guide you.  As the night went on, the outside calls increased, I read reports, I stayed up to date on external news.  “Unfolding” allows for a natural flow in processing external.  To process external, I need to know the facts.  Actual facts, not widespread doom.  Unfolding knows that I cannot control, manipulate, change the facts of external; however, it is my choice to honor my commitment to peace, love, joy, faith in all circumstances.  This is what I  allow into my personal space, and this is what I held on to throughout the day: peace, love, joy, faith. 

Throughout the day, I received much unsolicited advice.  In the form of “you should”/”should not”..”why are you”/”why are you not”, etc…I even received some criticism of my decision to raise my family on a boat.  I understand this was love reacting to fear, so I was not judgmental, but I also chose to not listen.  Thank you for the love, I shall create from that; no thank you to all else.  An empowering choice.

I turned off the external voices and allowed my internal to guide me. An empath with the gift of clarity, I am confident when I am centered and allow for, that my steps are exactly right for the moment I am in.  My mind, and yours, may redirect my steps by allowing external the control; when my heart is open to the moment, my intuition is spot on.  Each and every time.

However, because technology is so advanced, I actually had time to access my faith and allow intuition to guide me.  Reports showed I had a few hours before the tsunami would hit my area.  When in crisis, my comfort zone is “unfolding” so I believe even if I had split seconds I would have followed the same process..Feeling: faith filled. 

Live from your heart space. I received news that we needed to evacuate the boat.  My heart sank. I open my heart to the moment as it is presented to me; if I was to lose my boat and everything on it (not a luxury, but my home, my cocoon, my oasis) I would relinquish it and begin again.  My mind said oh, please no..my heart said all is well.  All is well. 

All of this happened in the middle of the night..in the back of my mind were details: how to present this to my children and guide us through the day, where to safely place our new puppy, I have absolutely minimal finances so how would I afford evacuation, what should we take..as panic and fear began to set in, I quickly turned off my mind and allowed my heart to lead. “Unfolding” says yes, do the work to clear space, set an intention, and then allow for

So, I began to do the work.  Not planning details for the day, because so much was unknown; but the work of clearing the space and setting the intention.  The work of purposeful steps.  The work of living present, in this very moment; regardless of external.  The details were overwhelming: just to begin the day I had to work at my full-time job, my daughter’s school was closed so she needed care, the puppy needed a safe place, my son had school..and then the fact of evacuating our home.  Just to begin the day; as the day unfolded there were huge decisions to allow for, quite rapidly, so I cleared space.  By removing internal clutter, allowing my internal Being to be fully ready to access faith and heart space, intuition, and guidance.  To be ready to move through whatever was presented.  Let it be as it may.  Thank you for this moment and all I have in this very moment.  Feeling: peace.

Receive graciously.  As I mentioned above, external details loomed large.  My navigational tools to peace are love and gratitude.  In the moment of fear when I could not access love and gratitude, I called a dear friend and asked for her to pray for me.  I would communicate with her throughout the day whenever a need greater than I could fathom presented itself.  She, in turn, passed my request to others.  I was able to remain open to unfolding because I knew without a doubt that others were presenting to God and the Universe for me.  I was able to open my heart to receive: many miracles were presented to me throughout the day. Thank you!  

Miracles within details: for instance, not one person I called would take my puppy in, so as I left for work I had a choice to leave him on the boat in harm’s way..or to take him to the hospital with me and what, show up to the surgery room with a puppy in my arms??? (see, even one detail may be overwhelming!).  In this case, I asked God please take care of this that is bigger than me, and at the moment I was carrying him to the car to bring to surgery with me, a friend I hadn’t talked with in months called and asked me could she help in any way..and she took my puppy for the morning…another friend took him overnight..

Another example is that when I went to work, I had no idea if my family would need a place to stay later, or where that would be, or how I would afford it.  Too many if’s so I allowed for unfolding.  When I discovered we needed a place to stay, a friend generously donated a hotel room for us.  What a relief to have a safe, comfortable resting place to decompress and rest. A blessing to know this huge detail was taken care of! 

Solutions are present, when I open the space and allow for, rather than try to manipulate and control.  Solutions are only viable when I open my heart to receive !

Focus on and grow what you do have.  When I left my boat, I had no idea what I would return to.  Thank you, for allowing me the life changing experience of living my dream on a boat.  Thank you for this precious gift.  My home, with my entire life in it…What I knew in that moment was that the Coast Guard was not expecting waves, rather unpredictable currents that might damage the structure of the boats or docks and cause damage.  What I knew then was that my family would be physically safe, regardless of what happened with our stuff.  I released my attachment to stuff, and concentrated on love and gratitude.  Thank you for the safety of my family.  Thank you for the love and prayers we are receiving.  Thank you.  Feeling: gratitude.

Allow for *Everything is possible*!  The tsunami hit our area with little impact.  The concern over unpredictable currents has not been lifted, so there is still a small issue.  However, the initial situation had passed.  We would not be able to return to our boat, but we would be safe and comfortable.  Having given praise for our safety this day, the unexpected happened. I share the gist of the following with you, to inspire you to move through whatever is blocking you on your path

I had not compromised during the day, an easy way just to find a solution..I allowed love and gratitude to guide me, accessed faith and my heart space, and received graciously.  By afternoon, I was physically exhausted from lack of sleep and an abundance of external, but my energy was pure and flowing easily.  On the way to pick up my son from school, I received news that he had been stabbed in the hand.  My son is a positive energy, kind, gentle, loving soul; a master manifester; and has been a target of bullies at school his entire life.  (I recognize that this belief is limited and we will work on transforming that..for now, a target of bullies exists).  Awareness says to pour extreme love into this situation.  Even when faced with a tsunami..I had extreme love to tap into, because Universal Flow was right there..and my loved ones had covered us in prayer and light all day…Because I relinquished control, I had access to spare for the moment I needed it!

In a day full of miracles, here is the biggest one.  I am a healer, and I had energy to heal.  The details will stay within my family..but it was a surface wound and will heal well..Feeling: Wonder and awe.

All is well in the Universe when I allow it to be. 

May I ask you this please..whatever your beliefs…may we collectively choose to pour love into the tsunami experience..There is rampant frenetic energy and I Feel if we ignore it and instead choose to focus on love and healing..we may then share love and healing. 

This is the time to open our hearts to serve, to allow Faith to deepen, to give praise for the abundance in our life, and to continue to live fully. 

Thank you for loving myself and my family. I very much appreciate all that has been shared with us!

Much peace,


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  1. #1 by Julie on March 12, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Joy, this sharing is beyond beautiful. Knowing your situation and the possibilities, I sped thoughts of love to you throughout the day, but you didn’t need them for you have an ABUNDANCE of peace-filled love of your own that is well polished with the practice of expression. You teach me SO much, in everything you’ve shared here. Your children are incredibly blessed with you as their mother and they will continue spreading your teachings far and wide…and the ripple effect will be its own tsunami for the world. Blessing my good fortune to know you in even this small capacity, and continuing to send you my wishes for profound peace and happiness—not because you need this from me, but because I’m practicing what you teach. With love, ~Julie xoxo

    • #2 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:09 pm

      Hi Julie,
      I read your comment when you posted it, and it brought tears to my eyes. I read it again today..fresh tears. Thank you:)
      Thank you for the wishes..we felt them this entire weekend of healing and growth. I am power ful, yes, but it is the wishes of loved ones like yourself that energizes my own power..allowing me to remain most open to Universal flow and to create magnificent with it. This Flow is available to All, yet so many remain blocked to the potential..
      The world cried and as an empath the best I can do is listen, comfort, and apply love to this big gaping open wound. Thank you for joining me in this:)

  2. #3 by Brenda on March 12, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    Joy, first of all so glad you and your family are safe…I love how you handled all the uncertainly with equanimiy, postiivity and grace. You are an example of love and faith in action and I am so very grateful to have you in my life. The bottom line is that we really are always safe. Take good care of you and your beautiful famly.

    Much love to you and yours,

    • #4 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:12 pm

      Hi Brenda,
      Thank you. Your word are full of beauty..and I allow that beauty to wash right over me.
      We are always safe, we are always loved, we are always as well..as we allow ourselves to be. This is a perfect time to hang on to all that we know that is life enriching and peace filled and to share that with others who may be unable to access it due to fear or uncertainty. Thank you for joining me in this:)

  3. #5 by Rand on March 12, 2011 - 6:05 pm


    I am relieved to here that you have not substained any material or physical loss. Upon reading the above I thought WOW! what a woman and what ‘Pioneer’ spirit she has! If I lived closer I would have been one of the first to offer my help. If you ever do need help… if something big like this actually unfolds for your family in a bad way, let me know what you need and I will help as much as I can.

    It does not surprise me regards to your son being stabed in the hand. Mean things like this just seem to be always present no matter the scope of other serious events occurring. You need to really jump on this with an unrelenting force and get to the bottom of it. The familes of the bullies need to be looked into. If it happened at school then I am sure there will be a full investigation by the police and school officials, This is very…very serious and cannot be allowed to escalate…even if it means that the offenders are permanently expelled…or if their family life is contributing to this cruel and dangerous behavior, then what needs to be done by outside officials needs to be done.

    My love also goes to you and yours,

    • #6 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:18 pm

      Hi Rand,
      Thank you for all that is within your words.
      *grin* Since you are a regular reader, you know that unfolding is a natural process..as it shall be..so nothing in my family is “in a bad way”..it is as it is..
      I live life through my heart space, so there is room for peace and love..even when presented with a tsunami or a stabbing..there are natural consequences, yes, but my solution is not to place external blame, nor to apply anything less than love or peace..My solution is to apply even more love and peace..In the case of my son, I focus my energy on loving and healing..my son and the other student..The “unrelenting force” I invest in is Love. Always. That is the point of all that I share here in this space and why I wrote this piece from my evacuation spot. I wanted to remind my readers that fear is understandable, but not an excuse to divert from love…Thank you for joining me in this.

  4. #7 by sulwyn on March 12, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Joy, thank you for sharing your processing through this all with us. It is a true model of how I want to live my own life – and certainly not how I have reacted to my own “tsunami warning” (2 wildfires within hundreds of feet of my home, not to mention also living in coastal SoCal). I’m glad to know that you and your family are safe. You were in my thoughts yesterday even though I was away from my computer, and I continue to send you peace and light. It is far too easy for me to fall into the fear that the externals generate, and I am learning from amazing people like you that not only is fear not where I belong, but that there is a way to not live there. Please keep us posted as this unfolds.

    • #8 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:22 pm

      Hi Sulwyn,
      I am glad to see you here..it has been a long time:)
      Thank you for peace and light..as I shared with Julie, I use that to reach even farther than I can on my own..together we are healing self, neighbors, and the world.
      May I say, Sulwyn, that Fear is understandable..is not to be judged, but rather to embrace and perhaps used as motivation to allow faith to rise ever stronger and more confidently. I feel Fear, a natural physical response to certain situations..instead of resisting fear, though, or allowing it to paralyze me, I lovingly embrace it and welcome it as I do All..in doing so, I attract pure love..
      And, dear friend, I send to you pure love because you are precious..and I know you will use it to create something beauty filled…

  5. #9 by Hilary on March 12, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Hi Joy .. I am glad you are safe and being taken care of – your way of giving love and accepting is truly amazing .. my thoughts are often with you three .. love is family ..

    All the very best at all times .. love Hilary

    • #10 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:24 pm

      Hi Hilary,
      Thank you.
      Your comment brought tears to my eyes..for you speak Truth..”love is family”..and we are *all* family..
      That is you and I on the beach searching for our loved ones, feeling lost and alone and displaced..just as it is you and I safe and comfortable at home able to send healing to Us..
      May we celebrate our Global Family..together:)

  6. #11 by Lance on March 12, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    The way in which you lived this day…it is so, so beautiful. And that shines to your soul, and the beauty of you, in all of the moments of your day.

    I have been lifting and your family up, and know that I continue to do that.

    Much love and peace to you,

    • #12 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:25 pm

      Hi Lance,
      Thank you. Thank you for lifting us up..I am deeply moved by all that has been sent our way..my son is healing, our boat is fine, and all is well…
      Thank you for joining me in applying abundant Love to this global time of hurt..

  7. #13 by Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord on March 13, 2011 - 1:07 am

    Joy, you are a true goddess of sun, moon and stars, and you sailed through yesterday in an inspirational way. The words you used to convey all that was happening leave me in awe of your strength and flexibility. Julie’s comment was perfect – I second it, if I may!
    What’s more, I love your suggestion that we look past the fear and frantic energy of the earthquake and other challenges in Japan right now, and instead pour our love into it. It’s too easy to either ignore the situation entirely (because it’s far removed from our own lives), or to get wrapped up in doom and gloom. Love heals all, and from thousands of miles away, we can make a HUGE difference and affect positive change.
    Amen! God bless you! And much love to you always.

    • #14 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:29 pm

      Hi Megan,
      Your comment touched me deeply.
      There is rampant worldwide fear, blame, retreat. That is my beach/my city in Japan, as surely as this lovely coastal area is my home here..If I am to tap into Universal Flow, I am to remember “Universe” in that..to apply what I can (Love) to it..and to honor Flow by investing only in that which is enriching at this time. Unplug from the hype and plug into Love..
      Thank you for joining me in applying Love to this big gaping global wound. And thank you for all that you shared with my family during this time of healing..

  8. #15 by W J Corbett on March 14, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    Your name fits everything you bring to others. Thank you for your kindness and empowering while under the pressures of all that is going on around you. The chance of losing all you have,materially,can still be daunting,even when just allowing what will be.

    I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace.

    Replenishing prayers from the NY side of the world,for you and all you are caretaker of. For your energies to always align as they have this past week.

    God Bless

    • #16 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:34 pm

      Gol, WJ Corbett..
      I want to send your comment to the world…May each individual Feel all that is in your words, let it deep into their hearts, and create from it. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
      Thank you for joining me in applying abundant Love:)
      Thank you for replenishing prayers..I accept them and pass them along as I continue to create..
      You are beautiful..absolutely..

  9. #17 by Quinn W on March 14, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    I was hoping everything was Okay, Joy. To see how you responded and not reacted to a trying situation is beautiful, and such a practice to cultivate. Thank you for sharing everything with us here.

    • #18 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:36 pm

      Hi Quinn,
      Thank you.
      Sedona is looking especially wonderful to me right now:)
      Thank you for all that you reflect..life enriching and empowering!

  10. #19 by Evita on March 16, 2011 - 1:49 am

    Dear Joy

    Thank you for being the inspiring, example you are.

    I trust all continues to unfold with divine precision for all that you need.
    You are thought of and loved always and in all ways.

    • #20 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:38 pm

      Hi Evita,
      “I trust”…yes, thank you for opening your heart and trusting..for affirming my own Heart Truths..for all truly does unfold as it is meant to..
      Thank you for abundant Love..and for joining me in applying that Love to All..
      And, thank you for Loving Nature and continuing to embrace her as wholeheartedly as I do. Earth is our home..may we respect and honor her and delight in all that she provides us with:)

  11. #21 by Zeenat on March 16, 2011 - 3:51 am

    Darling Joy,
    I had no idea you were going through this…but you have unfolded beautifully. Its usually in the eye of the storm that our strengths and weaknesses come out. And You are a pillar of Loving strength.
    Please know I think of you everyday….whether we communicate or not…you are in my thoughts and prayers always. You are after all my butterfly glitter soul sister na 🙂
    Sending you immense love….
    p.s. lets all pray together for all victims….everywhere.

    • #22 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:41 pm

      Hi Z,
      “A pillar of loving strength”…May we all stand together in love and strength..and yes, send prayer and energy along with our love and strength..for truly that makes a difference here in our own space and everywhere that we send it!
      Thank you for being my butterflies and glitter..embrace simplicity..soul sister..thank you for all that you share with me, and with the world..straight from your heart, genuine, pure, healing…
      What you reflect is life enriching..

  12. #23 by bigskylifecoach on March 16, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I am so inspired by your writing and the pure force of your love, trust, and light!
    You are truly a mentor in all sense of the word. I am thankful today, that your family is safe. I am so sorry to hear about the challenges that were presented, but the way you navigated the choppy waters is such a lesson for all of us.
    I empathize with being a mother of a son who is bullied….it resonates with me and my 14 year old son, who is such an old, kind soul, and has gone through similar situations.
    Many blessings and love from Big Sky Country in Montana!

    • #24 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on March 16, 2011 - 11:44 pm

      Hi Jen,
      I love Montana!
      My son is beautiful in all ways..and he is a master manifester, so he has the power to transform this..In the meantime, we are surrounded by amazing healers so I apply my love and they apply theirs. This is how one heals a heart..many hearts..a world of hearts..applying abundant love..
      Thank you for all that is in your words..we are not alone, we are loved beyond measure, and this too shall pass.
      Peace to you and your son..

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