Walking on the Leading Edge #8- A Journey of Power, Passion & Peace

The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where I want to kiss the ground when I get off the airplane. I feel at home there. I am embraced, welcomed and resonate with the energy. I love the wild and diverse beauty and how big it is! All of the other Hawaiians islands can fit into the Big Island.  Though I have never lived there full time the weeks and months I did spend in the Summer and Fall of 2007 changed my life. My focus, direction and path shifted dramatically due to events and the deeper healing and revelations that occurred on the Big Island.

I was first called to the Big Island. I had to swim with the dolphins. Little did I know the call was more about dying to my old life and identity to uncover, discover and connect more with my authentic self.  The locals say that “Hawaii either embraces you or chews you up and spits you out.” The Hawaiian islands have embraced me since the first day of my arrival. Some of  this embrace had to do with my willingness to transform, release my old limiting beliefs, conditioned behaviors and worn out relationship patterns. The new space created a greater opening for my long buried Divine Essence to express. I have known many individuals who could not stay on Hawaii for more than a couple of weeks as it was too difficult and intense emotionally resulting in broken relationships, financial troubles, etc. I ended up staying for a couple of months and then kept coming back again and again over the next decade.  My intense Scorpio nature, commitment to my spiritual growth and desire to be free from my story and ego persona gave me the courage and stickability to stay in this raw and beautiful paradise. Being a runner all my life I finally stopped and faced myself. Over time like a ball of twine unravelling I discovered my deeper Truth & Integrity.

The Hawaiian legend of Pele, the Goddess of Fire, is alive on the Big Island of Hawaii and supported this transformational shift as did the powerful energy of Kilauea volcano that is active at Volcano National Park.  Pele’s story explains that “Like a volcano’s lava that creates new land, the goddess Pele reminds us that, even fiery eruptions and emotional upheavals are followed by new life and change. As an archetype Pele is a passionate and creative force that transforms and rebuilds the landscapes of our lives.”

A perfect explanation and metaphor for my life. In addition my Edgewalker qualities of passion & playfulness were essential as I navigated through this adventurous time of fiery, passionate transformation, powerful change and experiencing a more centered and peaceful existence. House and dog sitting by myself at my friend’s beautiful 12 acre Kohala Sanctuary in Hawi, the northern most point of the Big Island, was the perfect setting for this chapter in the school called my life!

**Lesson from Pele, Hawaiian Goddess of Fire (worth repeating):

Like a volcano’s lava that creates new land, the goddess Pele reminds us that, even fiery eruptions and emotional upheavals are followed by new life and change. As an archetype Pele is a passionate and creative force that transforms and rebuilds the landscapes of our lives.”


  • By Ellen Stetson, August 12, 2017 @ 2:31 pm

    Your Blogging is elevating us all, I so love your unfolding story!

  • By Jeri Darling, August 12, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

    It has been quite awhile since we’ve been in touch – and wonderful to hear how your journey continues!

  • By Lucira Jane Nebelung, August 12, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

    Beautiful! Mahalo. <3

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 13, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    Thank you so much Dear Friend. Love to you!

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 13, 2017 @ 8:54 am

    Thank you dear Lucira Jane for who you are and all you do! I appreciate your support. Patricia

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 13, 2017 @ 8:54 am

    Hello Jeri, Wonderful to hear from you after all these years. I hope this finds you well, happy, prospering… I hope we can connect soon. Thank you for joining me. Patricia

  • By Peggy, August 13, 2017 @ 9:16 am

    I wonder whether Pele’s story can be applied to this country’s various upheavals of the past few months.

  • By Kate Paletta, August 14, 2017 @ 7:39 am

    Loved the example and lesson of Pele. Just like the fiery eruptions of volcanoes ? in my life I need to remember that they will lead to growth and change and hope for serenity on my journey if I have an open mind and heart to listen and be patient and not so hard on myself. Thank you Tree ?

  • By Allison Blankemeyer, August 14, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    I remember being incredibly struck by the emergence of beautiful new life full of inspiring hope in the years following the eruption of St. Helena and also thought of it as a powerful metaphor. Yet another lovely parallel in our journeys. Love reading about yours each month!!!

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 15, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    Hello Peggy! Thank you for your comment. Yes. I agree that the upheaval can be a transformation IF we choose. Everything that is not based on love and integrity is being brought to the surface and questioned. We cannot not look at it anymore. It is an opportunity to shift if we choose. Not always easy, yet staying the same is not sustainable. I hope this finds you well. Blessings, Patricia

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 15, 2017 @ 7:47 am

    Thank you dear Allison. Yes, disruption often brings a shift and transformation. Mother nature and her symbols are often metaphors for our lives. I appreciate your sharing and reminder and so glad to keep sharing the journey. Love and blessings, Patricia

  • By Patricia Campanile, August 15, 2017 @ 7:50 am

    You are welcome dear Kate. Anthony Robbins says “Life either happens FOR YOU,or TO YOU.” This is an important distinction and approach/choice we make on how we want to see and experience what may be happening in our lives. Things are never what they seem and if we have the trust, faith and patience to allow the Higher Truth to be revealed then this can be the path to freedom and greater realization. You are brave. Take care! Love you! Patience with the process! Tree

  • By Ricki, September 8, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

    My dear Patricia. As I sit here, sleepy and having had a day of circular movement, most of it spent in front of this machine, I reflected on the past 10 days and the inundation of Harvey in this city and surrounding areas. My butt hurts from sitting but I had to finish (finally) some of the stuff I had started, the last part was reading your post. What I know is we all are being called to Spirit, to choose where we want to be and to be our genuine selves living from our hearts. WHO WE ARE is what we are gathering into our lives and what propels us forward into our purpose. Focus is essential, whew, fun for those of us who are a bit ADD and need to really concentrate and breathe to help us stay on track. Feeling I must be me, the me from deep inside my heart and it’s taking that leap of faith, as you know, that reveals and leads us on our higher path. Thank you for your wisdom and faith and showing the way. I love you, blessings my dear friend.

  • By Patricia Campanile, October 6, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

    Thank you dear Ricki, dear friend. I understand it has been a time of both chaos and transformation on so many levels, for you, for the country, for the world. If we choose we can align with our Spirit and life’s try path, as you are. It is a leap of faith however not doing it creates more pain, resistance, block. I support you and appreciate you and invite you to keep leaping. You have much to share, to BE!!! Love, Patricia

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