Rita experienced many familial losses. In a span of less than ten years she lost three brothers and a young nephew to cancer, her twenty-one niece was killed in an automobile accident. Her mother unable to cope with the death of her sons escaped her earthly reality. She developed Alzheimer and subsequently died from a massive stroke. Her two older sisters also developed Alzheimer due to their life's circumstances. Her father went senile and died from a broken heart, following the demise of his family. Rita’s darkest night of her soul however was the separation from her teenage daughter and her youngest daughter’s bulimia, a severe eating disorder which she battled for many years. These challenges served to propel her to explore and seek out new and healthier ways of perceiving adversity! And rather than give into the abyss of despair following the demise of her family, she chose to pursue a career in the Social Service Field, helping others find meaning in their suffering!
In addition to her degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling Diploma, Christian Theology, Rita also explored many Alternative Healing Modalities to better understand the root causes of both mental health and cancer which shortened the lives of her immediate family. However, the study of Meta-physics has been her ‘saving’ grace arming her with understanding that the world is indeed, a stage, and each person plays many parts! And until we have the desire to 'awaken' and shift from fear to love and stop perceiving ourselves as victims of life's circumstances, our ability to heal and to grow from life's adversity will continue to elude us!
Therefore, it is essential that we take responsibility for our own co-creation which is the first step towards our emotional freedom, rather than a lifetime of emotional turmoil!
Rita is 'living proof' that difficult roads can lead to beautiful new destinations! Furthermore, credentials on the wall do not necessarily make us wise, but our life’s challenges can make us whole!
Rita Be-Still, Light-Bearer