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Ocean Stars


“I know what it’s like to have to carve my own path and learn lessons from bits and pieces of wisdom along the way. Since I was a young girl, I have always looked for others who might be willing to talk beside me, offer encouragement, and be someone I could learn from.”

“A long time ago, I was really a mermaid girl. I spent all my time with my invisible friend. Together we danced under the stars. There was only play, only laughing, only happiness, until life happened. Eventually, I found friends. Friends are your dolphin pod. You find a way to survive together.”

Whenever something happens in our lives that we don’t want, we instinctively push it away. The more we resist, the more stuck we become. What we refuse to feel never goes away. It takes courage, practice, and a willingness to be open. Ocean star is the author’s name for starfish. She was told a story by her father that stars that fall from the sky, fall into the ocean and become ocean stars. If they live, they make it back into the sky and shine forever. The sections of the starfish are used to represent the different parts of our lives:

  • Spiritual
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Relational
  • Physical

If there are pieces missing, the ocean star is not whole and cannot return to the sky. However, if the ocean star is allowed back to the ocean (back home), it can grow the missing piece and become whole again.

God says, “Make a wish – what do you want?”

Then God says “Surrender your wish – it is okay, I’m your right hand, you won’t be shaken. Do not be afraid. With awareness comes change. With change comes creation. Fix your eyes on me. It’s okay. You don’t have to run anymore.”

Principles for living:

  • Shine (be who you are)
  • Dream (what you want)
  • Believe (you can achieve your dreams)
  • Look up (fix your eyes on God)
  • Ride Your Wave (ride the waves you’ve been given)
  • Go the Distance (don’t quit, keep going)

Cite:  DiMari, C. (2006) Ocean Star: You’re Designed to Shine. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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