Remembering to claim and "wear" our Power...

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Remembering to claim and "wear" our Power...
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 4:13pm

This particular Quality quote is in my We'Moon 2011 desk calendar and it jumped out of me this morning:

"In The Book of Qualities, J. Ruth Gendler tells the stories of 74 human attributes. This is the story of Power:

"Power made me a coat. For a long time I kept it in the back of my closet. I didn't like to wear it much but I always took good care of it. When I first started wearing it again, it smelled like mothballs. As I wore it more, it started fitting better, and stopped smelling like mothballs.

I was afraid if I wore the coat too much someone would want to take it or else I would accidentally leave it behind in the dojo dressing room. But it has my name on the label now and it doesn't really fit anyone else. When people ask me where I found such a becoming garment, I tell them about the tailor who knows how to make coats that you grow into. First, you have to find the courage to approach Power and request a coat. Then, you must find the patience inside yourself to wear the coat until it fits."

This book sounds like something I'd like to read. :) Will check my library... This quote really spoke to me, that if we don't claim our own personal Power to make choices and direct the path we walk, our courage as well as our inner power, gets hidden away while the world pushes and pulls us in the wrong direction. :\ Just recently I have visited the ER twice, thinking I might be having a heart attack. EEEEEK, right?! :O I am facing some surgeries and I had neglected my daily spiritual practice... After many heart tests and blood tests to check me out (I had heart surgery 1-1/2 years ago), the doctors came up with nothing, thinking it could be anxiety attacks, I have a lot on my plate to worry about. They prescribed Xanax, but that scared me even more. Then the Goddess nudged me to remind me that I was neglecting my spiritual practice and connection, so that the worry and stress and fear was taking over. And giving my body scary symptoms! :\ So, I shook myself off and instituted my daily thankfulness ritual, my prayer ritual in front of my altar, my daily sitting meditation and my T'ai Chi Chih practice. My daughter & I visited our local Pagan shop and got new blue healing candles. I burn mine for my meditation and T'ai Chi Chih practice. And the symptoms are just about *gone* now. :P So, reclaiming my power is what I needed to remember and to do. And I haven't used the Xanax Rx at all. ;)




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Registered: 03-25-2003
What a great quote!! thank you so much for sharing.

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Registered: 05-12-2003

Hi gypsywolfwoman,

Thank you for sharing that power quote... I really like how at first wearing the power is awkward (smell of mothballs), but it gets more comfortable over time.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
I absolutely love that quote. I am not worried about anyone taking it away from me. My worry is being shunned by others for it - it's already very hard to make friends for me.

I have an affirmation for empowerment:

It's safe for me to be powerful. It's my Universal power to be used in the service of love and light.