Coming Home to Pathways

Heart Artwork

Heart in the Home.

It is a wonderful feeling to be able to come home, wherever that happens to be. There is a comfort to ‘home,’ a place where you can curl up and relax. Somethings feel like home too. Perhaps it is your favorite blanket, a mug you’ve had since you were a child, or a book that is close to your heart.

My first book, Pathways to Illumination, brings me home time and time again. The poems within it are written from my heart, and I first started writing it when I felt quite alone (although I did have a good support network, I felt very alone).

I moved back with my parents during my low time, into their home. I had lived there many years, back when I was in high school, and returned to my old bedroom. I was there a long time as I underwent the healing process.

Pathways to Illumination Book Cover

Pathways. Hope.

Poetry began to return to my mind, while I was there. Certainly not at first, but with time and the support of my parents and select others.

When I moved from my parents’ home to living independently once again, it was not easy. I wrote many of the poems within Pathways to Illumination while I tried to understand my independent surroundings. It took a long time to call the space “home.”

Today, I look at Pathways – aΒ copy sits on the bookcase in my home office – and I see my growth in every page, every poem, every syllable.

Thank-you to everyone who has and continues to support the poetry collection.

Thank-you to Terry Irving for featuring Pathways to IlluminationΒ on the site Tired of Talking about Myself. It was fun to ‘pitch’ the book within the post and to explain more about the book there.

So, as I sign out of here for the day, I hope you are able to have a place that you call home and that there are comforting words on your mind’s bookshelf. ~christyb

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54 thoughts on “Coming Home to Pathways

  1. Janine Huldie

    Christy, I know that your poetry was a huge part of your healing process and so glad that your book does indeed help you come home over and over again! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend now, too!! πŸ™‚

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  2. Julie Catherine

    Christy, that was a very innovative way to highlight your book; I enjoyed reading it. I left a comment, but it isn’t showing up – perhaps you could check with the blog owner to make sure it isn’t sitting in spam? – Love, love, love your book! ~ Love and hugs from Julie xoxox

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  3. Billybuc

    Bev and I were just talking about this subject today. I’m adopted, and the holidays always give me a feeling of emptiness….a feeling of not having that biological connection with another human being…..so I do what I can to make the holidays special for those around me…Happy Holidays Christy.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      You know what, I totally understand that feeling, Bill. I hope that you and Bev have a nice time with one another and that the new year brings you all that you deserve. You are a wonderful friend!

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  4. rollyachabot

    Hi Christy… Thanks for this post and allowing many to follow through the journey. I have the copy front and centre on my bookshelf. Interesting today I took it down and read a few poems, through your words I was reminded of some of the very similar days I have spent in my past. A particular time of ending up a very small suite living in an old converted motel. It was for me the bottom of a very deep and lonely barrel.
    It was through these times I started to write of my inner most feelings, the pain and the lack of being able to do better for myself. Through the writing the place I once hated became my home. It is funny as I drive back to the area on occasion and make a pass through the parking lot, just how much I miss my little place.

    Hugs and blessings in your writing career… well done Christy…

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Rolly,
      Thanks for sharing about your own journey, and the place you came to call ‘home.’ It’s funny how the exterior of it can change but the heart part conjures the same feelings time after time…

      Hugs to you too, and wishing you a lovely holiday season.

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      1. Aquileana

        I agree with you and Jane; Christy…

        To return back home in order to grow up. To call home the place where your heart leads us, according to our personal circumstances

        Your book is beautifully penned and I gives us a message of hope…
        It gave me that message and made me feel closer to you…

        Thanks for being the way you are, truthful, strong and genuine.

        Many hugs to You;

        Aquileana πŸ˜‰

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Thank-you, dear Aqui, for your beautiful comment. It is almost as beautiful as your spirit!! I feel stronger having your friendship, and that is absolutely the truth. We rise up knowing we have one another, and that is a wonderful thing about our friendship.

          Many hugs right back to you– GP!!!!
          xo

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  5. syl65

    Very inspiring. You’ve had such an incredible journey, from hardships to discovery to overcoming to triumph. Your journey continues, with much to discover and many blessing to come Christy.

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  6. The Regular Guy NYC

    Many peopla have a different definition of what “home” is. A parent’s house, a partner’s love, and for you it might be the written word. Wherever you are happy is where home is.

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  7. dontchawannadream

    I think everyone can relate. It’s just the truth.
    We do need a place we call home or something that reminds us of that place or of a good feeling. It’s strange but I have a Tigger mug that I looove because it has this “power”. I thought about that a few days ago… so I really enjoyed reading your post. πŸ™‚
    I’m really glad you recovered Christy and poetry helped you… seriously I’m 100% sure your book and your words have already helped a lot of people!!!
    Big hugs.

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    May all your pathways lead you home to the place of your heart Christy… and healing takes many forms.. writing helps us expel that which sometimes we find so difficult to express…

    Love to you Christy, your poetry is a joy and at times has been sad.. but always has it been enlightening..
    Enjoy your festive season Love and Blessings to you
    Sue xox πŸ™‚

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      It’s amazing how much writing helps people heal… I really never understood it until it happened to me…

      Thanks for being a part of my writing journey, Sue, and for all the wisdom you share x Love right back to you!

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  9. irinadim

    Your book is truly inspirational, Christy. It’s on my shelf close at hand. You’ve had a fair share of heartache in your life and I’m so glad you’ve recovered. Many Blessings and enjoy the Christmas holidays. Hugs xx

    Btw, I wanted to share this post on Google+ and the Share button doesn’t appear on the screen. I’m most annoyed.

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  10. pictimilitude

    You’re an amazing, inspiring, fabulous, fortuitous person through and through and I’m so glad I know you. I’m so glad I get to read your poems and experience your wonderful spirit. You are a gem and I look for your light. HUGS

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