I have so many people to thank for the teachings they provided throughout my life. I do so to share a reflection both of the things I’ve needed to learn on my own journey and as a loving tribute to those who were able to provide me the chance to accept what was within me. I searched myself for the essence of what I received from each, but truth be told, in each case, it was far more than could ever be summarized. Thus, here is my “lineage”:
don Miguel Ruiz
Thank you for showing me the power of faith. I know that energy is the glue that holds the dream together. It makes miracles possible. It can create either heaven or hell. Thanks to you, I know I have a choice, at least in all the ways I have thus far reclaimed my faith.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of openness. I will never forget the encounters that were more like miraculous blessing when I held absolutely no expectations in your unbelievably encompassing presence.
Thank you for giving me the gift of dreaming. Though I didn’t learn dreaming with you, I am so grateful to you for proliferating the teachings among your students so that they in turn could teach me the incredible beauty and power in “rowing gently down the stream”.
Dr. Gene Nathan
Thank you for showing me the power of generosity, for you were always so generous with me, when I needed it most, and when I needed to be reminded that generosity existed…even in me.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of trust. There was never anyone in my life who I trusted more than you. That was an incredible gift for as long as it was the right gift. And then I learned that I had to trust myself even more.
Thank you for giving me the gift of healing. You not only helped me heal in very deep ways, you also turned on all the dormant powers within me in order to recognize myself as a healer and to fearlessly share that gift.
Thank you for giving me the power of magic. Your dream, the way you see the world, is where all things retain their miraculous, mysterious wonder. Now I remember to remind my eyes to see the same.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of self-inflicted suffering. I will never forget the day you said, “Stop using me to hurt yourself.” It took me a while to figure that one out, but it eventually transformed many relationships.
Thank you for granting me the gift of small gestures. I will forever be grateful for the many small acts of compassion towards me and for the attention when I felt (or wanted to be) invisible. These acts compounded, fed a wounded child with a sense of security and worth.
Thank you for showing me the power of heart as we stood facing the sun that day on the way home from The Garden of the Goddess. You helped me find my lion’s roar.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of letting go gracefully, though perhaps you weren’t the one to be on the receiving end of my having learned it.
Thank you for giving me the gift of staying with the discomforts and pains, for showing me how to be bigger than they, and for helping me to learn release them.
Thank you for showing me power of self-love. You helped me own my projections and have far less interest in the projection of others.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of victimhood and the freedom that can come with it. Because of you, I learned to rewrite my stories.
Thank you for giving me the gift of sacred sanctuary there at the Garden of the Goddess.
Gary Van Warmerdam
Thank you for showing me the power of happiness. Your laugh is one I still hear in my head…something about the joy of cleaning bathrooms.
Thank you for teaching me all the basics of the path…from the medicine bag to the book of death, from the mitote to the power journey. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have taken some of the most important journeys of my life.
Thank you for giving me the gift of the possible. You initiated me into the Toltec dream and therefore will always be remembered as the first one who helped me walk through the doorway into a completely different life (which has happened many times since).
Heather Ash Amara
Thank you for showing me the power of ritual and sacred space, the elements and chakras, the tarot and our masks.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of jealousy. The agony led to discovery of an inner source of strength and gifts all my own.
Thank you for giving me the gift of “holding space”. So much of my ability to hold space for both myself and others is a direct result of having spent time with you. Because of you, I do not fear my feelings or the feelings of others.
Thank you for showing me the power of I AM, for revealing so simply and directly the Truth of being, dispelling so many misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
Thank you for showing me the lesson of arrogance and the ways I hold myself as more important than others, my quest more urgent, my realizations “better”. May I always vibrate with humility.
Thank you for giving me the gift of self-inquiry which is the key to the door that opens out into everything and nothing. Your pointings have been with me for years now, day in, day out, even during sleep. I don’t know where I would be without you.
Thank you for showing me the power of sound. That first gong experience with Matri forever changed my DNA and set my course when I had none.
Thank you for teaching me the lesson of discipline. Chanting several hundred thousands of mantras day in and day out when at that same crossroads in my life propelled me forward effortlessly. That’s when discipline became effortless.
Thank you for giving me the gift of synchronicity. If it weren’t for you, I would never have received Ngondro, I wouldn’t have lived 10 years of my life in Asheville, and I wouldn’t even call myself Dielle.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
I only met you once, but I have learned so much from you due to your generous nature, in your books, in your Tibetan Sound Healing practices, and now in your Cyber Sangha. You are a gift that has simplified meditation into Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness.
Still Flowing Yoga
I consider myself so fortunate to have completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Still Flowing. I’ve no doubt had I done any other training, I would still be doing things with my body that would have eventually led to serious injury. Your slow, somatic approach has instead led to healing on the deepest possible levels.
In 2019, the gentle hand of Paramhansa Yogananda reached down for me. I was smart enough to take it! I pay homage to this great line of Masters of Kriya Yoga and give thanks daily for the love they share with all humanity. With you, I am learning the greatest gifts of all and the true meaning and power of delight, attunement, magnestism, being, devotion, intuition, humility, determination, and bliss. OM shanti shanti shanti!
I recently heard of the passing of this mysterious woman, who I worked with off and on for a couple of years whenever she visited Asheville. She used a little ‘clacker head’ toy to teach the most profound teachings. She opened my eyes to a trap at a time when I thought that I understood the mastery of awareness. Cheyenne helped me to realize that in fact, at the time, I didn’t have awareness, awareness had me. It was a mind-blowing moment of freedom. Thank you for that critical piece, Cheyenne, and thank you most especially for reaching out to me again after your passing with your love and letting me know that I will always be included in your circle of Light.
There were many other teachers too, with powers, lessons and gifts no more or less significant, but perhaps more so byproducts of working with those above. To you also, I say thank you. Some I worked with personally, receiving initiations and activations, and others I never met in person, but all have deeply and profoundly impacted me nonetheless by their writings and trainings: Zacciah Blackburn, Adyashanti, Rupert Spira, Alan Hardman, Oksana Yufa, Paulo Coelho, Richard Bach, Eckart Tolle, Lama Khemsar, Yogiraj Gurnath, Ravi Singh & Ana Brett, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Beautiful Painted Arrow, Irman Effendi, Dr. Sha, Panache Desai, Arlan Cage…I wish I could name you all.
Now, now may I more fully embody everything I received from each of you. May every moment of my life be a testament of everything you ever offered out of your love. And may I be so fortunate so as to guide anyone who crosses my path into their own powers, lessons and gifts.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.