Forgiveness: Why is it so important?

Forgiveness. It’s one of those touchy subjects we have all heard time and again. Forgiveness. We all know that “experts” say that we all need to learn to forgive. But why? Why is forgiveness so vital to our wellbeing? Why do we need to not only forgive others, but also, ourselves? What is the big deal? Why do we need to forgive the mistakes that we all make? Forgiving can create peace in our lives where bitterness, anger, grief, and heartache can live.

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First and foremost, obtaining true forgiveness is vital for our survival. I want to start out by saying that it is okay to feel our feelings. They are there for a reason! But, it is not okay to harm another because of our own anger or disappointment.

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My story and why I started the Sisterhood

My name is Cheryl Ann Partridge. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our Sacred Sisterhood Tribe and myself. To be honest I really struggle with putting myself out there. Can you relate? A special thank you to Aubry Knorr who has put in many volunteer hours in creating and paying for this website. She will also be creating blogs and content on this page so I can focus on bringing our Sacred Women Principles to you.

I am a daughter, sister, cousin, wife and mother of a beautiful little girl names Sophia. I am now living in the heart of a small village in central Maine where I grew up. Why I moved back to my hometown is a miraculous story for another time. How much my life has transformed since being bedridden. Allowing my sacred self to let go of all that has caused me harm in my life and now stepping into myself fully. To help other women heal just as I have. To transform our lives as sisters collectively. My journey I now share with you in the hopes we can transform and empower each other. Together I truly believe we can heal the world. As long as we do this work at home. We can have different faiths, diversities, privileges, political views, live in different parts of the world. We can have all have one thing in common our “Sacred Women Principles”. I am grateful each day for every single challenge I have ever faced. Without these lessons I would have never made it to you. Here is my story. I hope you enjoy it…….

I knew I was different around the age of five, but exactly how different revealed itself to me as the years unfolded. I have memories of trying to shift the energy in my care takers when they were unhappy. Trying to explain to my Sunday school teachers how what they were saying was not quite right. Proceeding to teach the class at nine years old the “true message” I was quickly taken to see the priest. As I was brought to the priest for some correction something happened that changed my life and brought me to YOU and this sisterhood.

He told me that day to seek knowledge of all faiths of all spiritual paths that are based around love. After I felt I had enough knowledge, I was to come back to him and we could talk. So, at the tender age of nine years old, I became an acolyte and fell in love with spirituality and the knowledge of all faiths that were of love. I new that day in his office why I was born and my souls purpose. Big stuff for a nine year old but it felt exciting, peaceful and right.

One day I told my dad that I could hear and feel things that others couldn’t seem to hear or see. I just knew things, and minutes, days, or even weeks later, it would happen. I could feel things, even though people told me that I couldn’t. My dad looked at me strait in the eye and said “I have it too”. I had no idea someone was just like me. For the first time, I no longer felt alone or weird. He said, “Sherry,” (which is my nickname), “if you ever want to turn it off, come to me and I can teach you.” I never talked to him again about it. I never asked questions about his gifts or what he new. All I new is that I did not want to shut if off. Why did he?

When I was a teenager, I expressed to my mom and dad that I would like to be a priest or pastor. They explained to me the only path for women at that time would be to become a nun. I told them “Fine. I would like to become a nun then.” They explained to me that there is no way to make a living as a nun, meaning, no money. I would have nothing.

I sat at the dining room table and became silent. I asked, “How do nuns survive without money?” They explained that the church takes care of their basic needs and they become part of the church and live for service. I sat and listened about never being able to marry and what it would mean to give up everything. I kept thinking about all of that, but I also would get to do what I love and I could help be of service to people. I truly believed that this was the path I was meant to lead. After a long talk, I told my mom and dad that this is what I need to do. With a quick and firm “no,” I was told to never bring it up again. 

I spent the rest of my years getting licenses, certifications, and learning modalities in a multitude of spiritual areas and different wellness industries.  I studied every modality in the wellness industry that you could think of along with aesthetics, massage therapy, Aurvedic medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine and so on. I dove into at the age of 19 becoming a Reiki practitioner, studied with shamans, Kundalini practices, yogic dance. Studied the bible inside and out along with sanskrit. The more I studied trying to find that “practice’ I had forgotten my nine year old self who new my calling. As I entered a church at age 28, the pastor yelled to the congregation while looking strait into my eyes ( I had never stepped foot into that church before) “You can change the world by starting at home!” 

Within a few weeks of that, I bought my home, which I then opened as a wellness center. I included massage therapy and other energy modalities. I went to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and then studied with a company called Milis . I specialized in knee and back pain along with autoimmune diseases. I talked about detox plans, started B-Well Revolution, and helped clients through surgeries, migraines, rashes, hormone in-balance. Spiritual awareness, and everything trending.

I was still not happy. I still had this feeling that I was not doing enough. I was not serving the way I NEEDED TO SERVE. My childhood dream forgotten for the sake of money and what the latest trend was. I was pulling away from ho I was and my divine purpose.

After being 100% better for over a year of countless relapses of my own auto-immune disorder, I found myself again. I finally remembered that nine year old little girl who knew what she wanted. Knowing I could never use my hands and arms again in the same way because of my illness, this was my highest trying to tell me and help me remember who I truly am. 

One morning, something happened. To be honest, if someone told me this story, I would in no way believe them, so here goes me being brave anyway. I was nursing my daughter, Sophia, in bed. As I looked out my window that overlooks the water and beautiful birch trees, the greens appeared thick and luscious. I asked my highest what to do. I felt so lost. “Which direction do you want me to go in? I need to know more!” I began to cry. I remember the tears falling on Sophia’s forehead. As the leaves moved, I saw a face kind of like when you see a shape in the clouds. As the leaves moved, I heard a voice say, “You know enough. Stop searching. Go and teach.” I tried to explain to her that I most certainly do not know enough and couldn’t possibly teach.

I closed my eyes and became flooded with visions and information . It started with my childhood, going through each phase of my life and a principal that I had learned from that phase. After the twelfth principal appeared, I opened my eyes. The leaves took on a shape of just leaves. It was over. My dad told me stories like this as a child, but did this just happen to me?

I wrote all twelve principles down as quickly as I could. I knew then that every hard, happy, wild, shitty, and magical thing that I had ever experienced brought me to this miracle. This miracle is now my gift to you.

Together, we will heal and change the world. We can only do this if, as women, we remember our lineage and our ancestors. We must understand that our super power is a menstrual cycle, and our womb space. Why it is vital for mankind that we heal so that we, in turn, can heal the world. We cannot change the world if we first don’t heal in our own homes, with our own families, and in our own communities.

I stepped into bravery in June of 2018 and am teaching these 12 principles each and every Sunday. These teachings are free and my gift to the women of the world. We meet each week on Facebook here is the link to our temple I hope you will join us in our Sacred Sisterhood Tribe Temple located in Facebook. Click HERE to join women from all over the world.

We are women from all over the world from all faiths, privileges, diversities, and everything that makes us different from one another. We come together in unity with a bond strengthened by learning our “Sacred Women Principles”. We are just one piece of gorgeous fabric that has the opportunity to make the most magnificent quilt. Together, we can change the world  because we are willing to start at home.