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Feature November 2009

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

Facing the Darkness and Finding the Light

Fears, what are they? We all have them. Where do they come from? Why do we have them? What is their purpose? How come some of us have them more than others? These are all questions that bring to our attention our own vulnerabilities. When we look at our fears and face the darkness and immerse ourselves in the darkness, we humble ourselves and honor the unknown. In doing so, no matter how emotionally frightening resting in the unknown is, we show to ourselves that it is our “beingness”, without the need for action, that supports us in our darkest hour.  So crucial to our “beingness”, this center that we can call home, the beginning of our truth, is our self-esteem.

Self-esteem, the fundamental source of our being, gauges our sense of self-worth (not to be confused with confidence which has more to do with how we socially express our ability in meeting challenges). Our self-esteem is paramount in helping us address our fears. Not only does a fortified sense of self provide the strength to face life’s challenges by tapping into the source to do so, it also gives us the ability to maintain our integrity when faced with choice. Knowing who you are and having a sense of worth is fundamental to honoring your truth as the gift of your life. Self-esteem and self-love can be learned. No matter where you begin and however much darkness you are in, you can find the light. That light is your own sense of worth, self-esteem and structure of your life. It is your purpose on Earth and when infused with emotion brightens the world.

The emotional component colors all your lessons and experiences. They are like internal signals reflecting options and the choices presented to you in order to guide you. The choices you make either confirm or disaffirm your growth in honoring who you know yourself to be. So it begins again with learning to know yourself. “Consciousness is like a mirror” states Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Let us find the mirror in understanding what it means to be a woman, our purpose and identity as differentiated from that of a man’s identity.

I was hoping to have this site set-up to offer The Passages of Womanhood by this November, however the funding has not come through to make a properly formatted presentation in the way that I would like it to be for you, so until that time, I would like to offer you exercises as I have done in the September and October Features. These exercises, as well as The Passages which will be in a formulated structure, are lanterns along the way shining the light to your own self-knowledge and to the offering of your gifts.

We are all different and our unique individual lights highlight the truth that we embody. For myself, hearing the Muse has allowed me to create a  practical structure defining the nature of womanhood. I have lived on the edge of darkness and sometimes in it to see the light of my quest and to understand mentally the nature of being woman. The more darkness the more lessons, the more potential for light and with that light comes a vision which potentially produces more light. What is light? The awakening of consciousness to the understanding and offering of one’s gifts that supports the wisdom of life. What is the wisdom of life? Honoring with integrity one’s intrinsic joy in contrast to fleeting pleasure. It all begins with knowing the self and the Inner Muse as your guide. My guide has taken me on a very long and unique journey which I look forward to sharing with you, empowering you in your own right, as well as in sharing the light of other women.

EXERCISE

The Muse looks into the darkness to find the spiritual light by making meaning and then transforms it into her strength and the dignity of her life. How is this begun? Firstly, the darkness must be found. Secondly, the darkness is replaced by light through the trans-formative powers of the mind and then aligning the emotions through the process of experience and time.

In the December Feature I will be introducing you to the emotional component through the work of a woman who in over 25 years of searching, study, and practice as a highly respected, international life coach and therapist, has never found a life-changing tool that even comes close to the work done through “emotional imagery”. I will be posting this Feature early December so that you may receive it as a gift of the holidays and offer it to others as well.


For now, let’s take a look at some THEME in your life. Themes appear when you take notice of blockages, reoccurring experiences, not feeling fulfilled in some way, things that work well for you, questions of uncertainty, your abilities, your desires, possible “negative” experiences you have had in the past, and what fills you with joy. Make a list of 20 of the memorable experiences.

Now that you have some of those experiences in mind, write in third Person, as in “She”, a two page story that incorporates 5 of the above experiences in which you have felt most confused, in the dark or particularly emotional about in a negative way such as in being angry, hurt, sad, depressed, vengeful, pessimistic, etc.

Once you have completed the two page story, look over it and answer as best you can the following questions:

1. What is your pain?

2. What is worth fighting for in your life?

3. How is joy and success fearful to you?

4. What don’t you know?

These questions bring up areas of darkness. Have you found an on-going theme in your answers to these questions?

If you have, write that down.

Now going over the story once again answer these questions:

1. Had it been different, what would you have liked the experience to be?

2. What knowledge would you have needed to have created that experience?

3. What do you still need to know?

4. How could you make this an empowering experience?

5. How can you separate yourself from others so to be accountable for your own life and recognize the choices that others make?

6. What can you do to nourish yourself and support your spirit in the present moment?

7. What do you love?

8. What meaning have you made from understanding your darkness?

Spiritual joy is the reward of living in your light, in the nature of your “beingness” and together women, strengthening light, can offer a lantern to the world as our spirit is that of the Muse, the trans-formative light in the world that guides all relationships.

Women as leaders of light, lead through relationships, whatever your world of relationship is and your relationships start with the relationship you have with yourself, your light, your self-esteem, your self-love.

If you would like more assistance in hearing your soul and in clarifying your themes, you can contact Lane@DavincisMuse.com on the link in the right column under the Menu or sign up for emails in the top left of the screen for nurturing an interest in a relationship we can create.

Also if anyone is interested in establishing a business relationship for funding purposes and creating a potential business vision together, please contact me as well. I have been considering the idea of a co-op venture in order to build this together as a means of supporting the lives of all of those who participate and contribute.

SLY

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