I have always been afraid that my words would be used against me. That my words would help convict me. That my words would be misconstrued and abused. And suddenly, that doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
And so what if they are? I will write more.
And so what if others do not like what I have to say? It is my time to speak up and share.
There are a million just like me, who talk like me and walk like me (thanks Eminem) - who can relate to what I have to say, who might find solace in my words, who might help release grief because of what I share.
And besides, my words are not my own. I am divinely inspired.
What gives me the right to cut off the source? What allows me to not trust my voice and share the gift of writing that I have been given? Is my ego so big that I cannot allow the divine flow to take over and just be an instrument without putting myself in the way?
I am the garden hose through which the Goddess nourishes her plants.
This word is so loaded. So many implications. It stirs up so many emotions. Most people can't say it or hear it.
I have chosen it to represent me. It is my spiritual name. My label, in a society that labels me patriarchally (my father's name, my husband's name). It is my way of re-MEMBER-ing who I am. It is my way of re-MIND-ing others of the choices available. It is my way of embracing my feminine, my YIN energy. It is me opening up to the essence of being a woman.
What is a GODDESS?
To me, it is the merging of my INNER CHILD with my FEMININE ESSENCE.
And what does that really mean? Well, applying the KISS Method - keeping it short and simple.
INNER CHILD: wise soul that inhabits your body
FEMININE: having qualities and/or attitudes traditionally associated with women. Well, that definition of FEMININE just answers it all for me - NOT!!!
ESSENCE: nature or quality of something
I am still trying to figure this out for myself as I navigate through what our society and environment (thank you 4th Estate a/k/a media) bombards us with as FEMININE.
By the age of seven, I was already deeply indoctrinated in the PRINCESS mythology (my gratitude to Walt Disney). Well, actually, let's give thanks to the Grimms Brothers and their fairy tales .... I am beginning to see a pattern.... and that gave me an image, a taste for what a girl was supposed to be when she grew up - and pictures paint a thousand words in solidifying meaning of a word.
My nieces are all indoctrinated Princesses (and they have so many "role models" to choose from - Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White).
Yet, they are GIRLs (Goddesses in Real Life) instead. I wonder where they will see this image so they can build healthy self-esteem and individuality instead of trying to be wannabe princesses.