I am the one who embraces the Everything that I am.
I am the one who respects the planet and seeks to show that respect more every day.
I am the one who remains amazed at the growth of plants and the gifts they bring. Since first reading the tales of Narnia, in which a bar of metal from a lamp post fell into the fertile soil and grew a lamp post, I have been aware of how equally magical (perhaps moreso) it is that we can take a tiny seed, cover it with dirt and add a little water and sunshine and within days we will see little green plants. Within weeks, it will produce something beautiful for us to look at or maybe even something yummy to eat! I am the one who is constantly finding this a new and exciting realization.
I am the one who still finds wonder in the knowledge that we live on a sphere out in space. I am the one who sometimes finds it difficult to see anything as mundane because it all seems magical and AWEsome.
I am the one who is happiest at home. I am the one who strives to take "home" with me when I go out into the world.
I am the one who is filled with different colors and patterns of growth.
Shadow work isn't easy. It's really no fun looking at the part of ourselves we don't like. But if we can learn that the shadow is trying to protect us, it can help us to be more gentle with ourselves.
It is also helpful to take a break from the shadow work and make a card about a neter that we really enjoy. Maybe you're a baker or you play the piano or maybe you're a really good hugger. Make a card for this part of you.
Put it somewhere visible so it can remind you of how spectacular you are and that, as Neale says, God loves you to pieces.
So do I.
On this day of your life, Lisa, I believe God wants you to know...
....that you should hope to see your shadow today. It
might be the best thing that ever happened to you.
It's Ground Hog Day for the soul. If you do not know
what Ground Hog Day is (if you live outside the U.S.
you may not), Google it. Or go to Wikipedia. Then
smile if you see your shadow today. For when the
shadow side of you is seen, embraced, and loved,
your healing has begun for sure.
Self-improvement begins with self-acceptance. All of
life, everything else, has led up to this. This is your
work now. It is the final step. Go for it.
You know exactly why you saw this message today.
I lead a workshop last night. It was absolutely wonderful. Each person there was amazing. I was so touched by the sharing. They made lots of cards and everyone was very open in sharing them.
I wanted to pass along a link. Debbie Ford does a lot of shadow work. She's written books and lectured about embracing our shadow sides. I subscribe to her blog and this morning I received this beautiful post. I think it speaks so well to why we make cards for those parts of ourselves that we really don't like. Here's the link. Enjoy!
It's been an amazing week of self-discovery for me.
I finally listened to the voice that has been trying to tell me what I want to do with my life.
It was startlingly clear.
I want to work with children, being a cheerleader for their creativity.
As I travel the amazing blogging community, I hear a similar phenomenon of people, particularly women, becoming aware of the full potential of their creative inner selves well into their thirties, forties and beyond.
This is a truth for me, as well.
I was 40 when I discovered my inner artist. She burst into my awareness and out through my paint and glue-covered fingertips.
I don't believe in regrets, but for a time I struggled with the "what-ifs." Such as, "what if I had discovered this muse and her power in my teens or even as a child." "what if I had discovered how powerful my inner selves are before so many outer voices influenced my life's path."
Here and now I want to help introduce children to their Neters and to encourage their participation in making choices throughout the rest of their lives.
This card, made as part of the Full Moon Dreamers project, reflects my immediate goals for January.
Details: Writing a mission statement.
Networking: Finding people and places that will connect me with those who will benefit most from this process of SoulCollage and my take on it through my Neters.
Get Started: Just Do It. Don't wait. Make it happen and let the Universe help me.
I hope you'll come with me on this journey.
I finally feel that I am on THE path, no longer walking in the bramble betwixt them afraid to go forward.
I look forward to your insights along this path.