The Quilt


I am no authority to be writing on the topic of intuition.  I am still a student, learning to pay attention and trust my own.  I am learning that when I pay attention to those little nudges and I act on them, everything seems to line up to support the direction I have chosen.

A few years ago, my siblings and I planned a celebration in honour of 60 years of marriage for my parents.  One day, months before this event, my sister and I were discussing what gift we should give to our parents for this monumental anniversary.  A number of ideas were discussed, but none of them felt right.  That night, before I went to sleep, I asked the question “What would be the perfect gift?”

The next day after my regular Saturday morning meeting, I went to a local shopping centre to buy some food for my dog.  As I was walking through the parking lot towards the store, I heard this voice in my head say “A Quilt”, and I knew that was it!  I was so excited, I could barely contain myself.

My mother quilts, and has made several for all my siblings and one for each grandchild and great grandchild.  I knew the greatest gift for us to give back to my parents would be to give them a quilt that was made by their children and grandchildren.

When I got home from the store, I attempted to lie down for a nap, but ideas were racing through my head and I was too excited to sleep.  How could we make a quilt that even the youngest great grandchildren can participate in creating?  The next answer that came to me was to have everyone’s hand print placed on a square of fabric.  Again, I got excited.

A few days later, I met with my siblings to share my idea with them.  I remember my sceptical sister-in-law asking if I have ever made a quilt before. I said, “No, but I will figure it out.”  With my sibling’s approval, I began our project.

Over the next several months, books on quilting and embroidery were studied, material was cut, hand prints acquired, names embroidered and a quilted wall hanging took shape, with the heading “What 60 Years Can Create:”.  All of my siblings and some of my nieces and nephews and their children took part in stitching the quilt.  Everything in my life lined up to allow me the space and time to focus on completing this project.

My parents were so grateful and proud that we would do this for them.  For a while this was the first thing you would see when you walked into their home.  Now, due to space limitations for them, it hangs on one of my walls, and is a constant reminder to me, when I hear that voice, to trust it and to act on it.

When we trust our intuition, we are challenged to step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown.  Acting on this creates the space for growth and self-discovery.  Sometimes, this takes us in a direction that was not even on our radar.

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

–  Patanjali       – as quoted by Dr. Wayne Dyer in “Inspiration Your Ultimate Calling”

Leah Schroeder

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Practitioner www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and Financial Advisor. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 46 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working as a Financial Advisor for the past 15 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

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About Leah Schroeder

Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master-Instructor, and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my life this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki , ThetaHealing®, and IET®. I have a desire to learn, practice, and teach other healing modalities, empowering others to help shift the consciousness of humanity. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

5 thoughts on “The Quilt

  1. What a wonderful story! I love seeing more evidence that we are always being heard when we ask for help or guidance, and all we need to do is just “listen” for the answer. Thank you, Leah 🙂

  2. What heart warming inspiration! My mother made a quilt for my eldest son right before her passing so this story is particularly heart felt for me! Thank you!

  3. Leah, I’m sure you already know that things made by hand hold the mana or energy information of the people who made them. This quit was such a beautiful thing to do for your parents. The greater wisdom you received from it has you moving into shaman or mystic footsteps. Our intuition only grows stringer by our faith in it and putting that faith into action. Lovely piece, my friend.

    • Mmm, your comment, Malana, resonates very deeply with me. I feel that way about my writing too. I feel there is an energetic imprint to it. Also, I have a desire to get a drum for Shamanic practises and for participating in sweat lodges, & for meditation. I have known intuitively the importance of making my own drum when I am ready, for the same reasons you mentioned. Thank you for adding that dimension to my story.

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