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Lynda Filler Lynda Filler poet. photographer. lover.

Lynda Filler is a poet, author, photographer, and would-be public speaker who lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She has two published poetry books and is currently working on two memoir/biographies. [www.thelovefix.com]

In January of 2008 I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. In layman’s language, that’s a swollen heart with pumping function at half-speed. After extensive tests, the doctors said, “We have no idea why you have this condition. All we can do is treat it with medication and have hope.” Prognosis? Not good.

Because my doctors talked in a language I didn’t understand, I did what we all do today: I researched on the Internet. I read about defibrillators, heart transplants, and sudden death, none of which I found remotely appealing.

When I looked at my situation objectively, a swollen heart made perfect sense. I grew up with an alcoholic father and went through a few throw-away marriages and way-too-young boyfriends. I’m surprised my heart was only swollen and not completely destroyed.

After ten months of aggressive treatment, my heart was still pumping at half-speed. At some point during that traumatic time, I decided I needed to look inside my heart and face the emotional blocks I’d been building up all my life. I opened my heart to practitioners of the healing arts. I started to write it all out. Poetry became my safe place. In November of 2008 I took a trip to Sedona and worked with a healer named Akal. He helped me save my life. In January of 2009 I was diagnosed as healed.

Here are my truths. Maybe they can help you, too. I learned how to let people hold me and help me. I reached deep inside and pulled out my feelings. I allowed my gift of writing to help me let go of limiting self-beliefs. I took my mind and my heart on a healing journey. And I cried and cried and cried some more.

I discovered that my gifts are sharing, writing it all out, and living love. Although my physical healing has had ups and downs, right now my heart is functioning normally. The doctors ask me, “What did you do? How did you heal from a problem that is, at best, controllable with medication?” Most of the time, I tell them what they expect to hear, listing COQ10, L-Carnitine, and various other vitamins and low-level exercise routines. But the real answer is love.

In a flash of stunning clarity, I’ve realized my life purpose: I am love.

Every day, I live to give love. When I’m true to love – open and vulnerable – I find family. Love reflects back. That’s how my universe works.

– Lynda Filler

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