147: Poem – You’re Fire and Water

I was born eight hours before the sun moved from Cancer into Leo. When I discovered this as a young girl, it brought me no surprise because I already knew that I had a pretty evenly split personality. The archetypes observers of the stars have whittled down into twelve astrological signs over the years only confirmed to me what I already knew from experience: that I have a sensitive, introspective, watery timid Veronica coexisting within me alongside an outgoing, social, fiery loud Veronica.

Truthfully, I think we are all microcosms of the cosmos meaning that everything outside of us can be found within; materials, processes and reactions we study outside our bodies occur within us physically and energetically. I’m sure you have felt moments of flow and moments of fiery passion in your life as well as sensed the feeling of a soaring heart or grounded stillness. These are archetypes — basic patterns recognizable across time and space — and they represent particular strengths which we can all call upon in moments of particular need.

Today I was reflecting on this duality and how it manifests directly in my life. After a few exercises in free writing and listing this poem came out. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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You are FIRE:

Everything fuels your transformative blaze.
You rush through obstacles,
defying gravity and leaving in your wake
offerings of destruction.
Your actions create by subtraction
the potential to begin anew.

Your power is a burst of simplification.
You care not for blockages and erase them,
shining enlightenment outwards where
it falls upon all those in your path.

You are the one who manifests change,
the one who initiates alchemical reactions
and generates newness and growth
by the nature and force of your will.

You are WATER:

Your patient and gentle persistance
transforms the most ancient of obstacles,
revealing what is long-hidden and
polishing imperfections with your eternal flow.

You are the bringer of life,
the kindest lover who nurtures indiscriminately,
integrating and assimilating
everything in your path.

Your power is passive,
deceptively receptive yet nothing can stop you.
All of life thirsts for your inspiration and
your life-giving substance gathers at the lowest points on Earth
where you gather as the one great body
which ebbs and pulses with the graceful union
of the womb from which life first sprang.

 

P.S. I tagged this “Yoga” because yoga means union and we can bring our selves to union by naming the parts that make up our whole. What parts create the sum that is your whole being? How do you manage your personalities? Ever found the mood swings a bit of a challenge? Tell us!

139: Loving Change (For The Weird People)

rom the "Humans of New York" project: "I have this theory. You ready? So we are on earth for a finite amount of time. And time is a manmade perception. And we perceive time passing through change-- seasons, aging, things like that. So to expand our time on earth, we must incite as much change in our lives as possible." "Interesting. I haven't heard that before." "That's because I made it up!"

From the “Humans of New York” project: “I have this theory. You ready? So we are on earth for a finite amount of time. And time is a manmade perception. And we perceive time passing through change– seasons, aging, things like that. So to expand our time on earth, we must incite as much change in our lives as possible.” “Interesting. I haven’t heard that before.” “That’s because I made it up!”

I am weird. Perhaps you observed this already but I bet you didn’t know how proud I am to be different and I bet you didn’t know that unlike most humans, I love change.

I don’t struggle with fearing change but that does not necessarily make my life any easier, I have a different struggle. This weirdness I love is a double edged sword. It makes me unique but also makes solving my issues more challenging because the advice to do so is not readily available and so I present a post to combat that imbalance. I hate imbalance. Let’s see what we can do for the weird people, shall we?

Whenever I see posts about change float across my inspiration feed (Facebook, blogs, books, etc.) they are almost exclusively about reminding people to accept change and go with the flow. Now I have realized, there is another side of change that ones of us prone to depression would be better advised to study. The masses are familiar with the idea that only constant is change but the reverse which we don’t discuss is the idea that whatever heaviness or pain you feel today, must eventually go away.

I have some injuries in my leg that have been a daily struggle for the last seven years. I find myself praying for change, my biggest fears are not at all related to the stuck-ness so many self-help gurus are speaking out against. Actually, what’s stuck is the idea that I’ll always be in pain, that at 16 my life ended and the new one built around pain began. I fear change will never come. Do you? I named this fear a week ago and since then, a whole new part of my being lit up and I felt energy flowing where I had never felt it before.

Here’s the thing: I don’t really know what to do about this fear other than naming it. It’s silly, I know change is constant and nothing lasts forever but fears are never logical. Actually, from past experience facing fears I know that this naming is half the battle but now that I’ve discovered the entrance to this deep well, I know there is a long way down left to climb. Using some of my favorite teachers’ advice, I’ve tried to identify the place in my physical body where I feel that fear. It’s in my stomach, the place identified as the third chakra. When I start to feel nauseous and unmotivated I look into this pain and ask it: what have you come to teach me? Since the third chakra is located at the solar plexus (the word solar=sun) where our power and fire is generated from, I have been reminding myself of my own ability to co-create change in my life with the help of energy from God/Nature/The Universe/Angels. Even the biggest clouds can be seen moving across the sky.

Here’s a mantra that just came to me from last week:

My energy is the energy of the universe.
My power is my own.

What do you love about change? What are you learning to love about change (i.e. things you might describe with that h-a-t-e word)? Was there a point in your life when change took on a new meaning for you? Share your experiences with change below!

134: A MUST WATCH With Russell Brand

The common theme is love…

I would also like to remark at how lovely it is to have 200 of you along for this 365 Day Creativity Challenge. I am continuing on my daily work of aligning with the flow of Universe’s energy through me as I come to experience and control my own creative power more adeptly with each passing moment. Thanks for being the silent (and sometimes vocal) encouragement that what I am doing has purpose. I hope you can feel the deep love I have for each and every person reading this and how it unites us all. NAMASTE