How do we keep showing up in our lives and work in the midst of who we are BECOMING? 11 weeks ago, I invited @creatinglight.studio to capture me in front of her lens as I explored this very thing. And as I truly felt into that, something magical happened. I decided to show up as my whole self - light and shadow. I sat barefoot in the grass and began to tune into my inner voice. I breathed deeply and held @rebekaherev’s Moon Angel cards to my heart. I exhaled and pulled a card.
“PAIN.” I blinked. Well THAT’S not the word I wanted to see scrawled before me. I was hoping for something like Transformation. Renewal. Joy. The image was of a circle in the center of the card, with a series of lines, or cracks, running through the frame. Inside the circle was a human figure that seemed to have stepped out from two very different outlines. And then, I felt it, deep within my soul. One additional word to give context. .
“SHEDDING.” It’s the moulting that occurs before a butterfly forms a chrysalis. It’s the pain of shedding layers of an old identity to reveal a truer self. It is the shadow side of metamorphosis.
I began to cry. I was tempted to blink away my tears, but Amber remained present with me, honoring this sacred moment. And then she asked to photograph a few frames. A past version of myself would have said no. My self preservation instincts typically would have overruled vulnerability. But this moment was significant. It needed to be captured. I let the tears flow, felt into my inner wisdom, and said “yes.”
So, dear friend, how DO we keep showing up in the midst of who we are becoming, especially when evolution is messy and, at times, painful? How do we embody a shift that can feel so private but is significant to our expansion and what we are doing in the world? It’s a question that dips into many areas- personal development, spirituality, and branding. It’s an intersection I find myself at in my work a lot these days, a place with blurry lines. .
The truth is, there is no one “right” answer. It is different for me than it is for you. My core values, my lived experiences, the nudges of my intuition will not be the same as yours.
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