At the beginning of the year I had a few things in mind that I wanted to accomplish and a few places that I wanted to visit to satisfy my wanderlust and yet be within driving distance. I went to New Orleans, Chicago, Michigan and Kentucky but I also wanted to go to the Virginias to photograph wild ponies and to Niagara Falls because...well, HUGE waterfall!!!
As the year has progressed I wasn't sure that I would make it to the east coast to photograph wild ponies and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to fit Niagara Falls in, either. Then the past few months, Toronto has been on my radar so I have spent some time looking at images from the city and at what there is to see/do and just wasn't feeling it, although I was feeling it. Get it?
Well, I think the Universe felt it was important to get this girl to Canada because I received a text from a friend inviting me to attend a Sekhmet workshop just 3 hours north of Toronto with her and Nicki Scully.
So, there it was...Toronto! And friends! And Sekhmet! And just when I was feeling an itch and a need for a getaway to big water to recharge. And you guessed it....Niagara Falls is an on-the-way location.
So....this week I will be wrapping up some loose ends, tidying things up and packing and getting ready for an adventure to Canada and Niagara Falls. Can you believe it?!!
The thing is, the Goddess Sekhmet....I just adore her. She has been such a powerful presence in my life and has helped to guide me into change and shifts and healing, all of which has been tough and heartbreaking and gut wrenching but I have survived. She has given me strength when I didn't think I had any left and taught me how to be patient and wait and stay focused when everything seemed so out of reach and scattered. She has taught me fierceness and compassion and breathed into me every time I have asked her to.
When I was in Egypt and had the opportunity to finally stand in front of her in her temple, it was one of the most powerfully touching experiences of my life. There she was, standing tall in front of me in a place that she had stood for 3000 years and I was in awe. I couldn't stand. My legs were weak and I felt such a sense of reverence. All I wanted to do was to wrap my arms around her and cry into her chest but we had been instructed NOT to touch the statue and I certainly did not want to anger this goddess in any way so I knelt down in front of her, hugging her in my mind. Tears streamed down my face and I prayed to her and then she said to me, clear as you and me talking, "You need to stand up now."
When Sekhmet asks you to do something, you just do it. I stood up and she didn't look at me but kept her gaze forward and focused. She told me that I needed to start standing in my power, that I was her daughter, that I was strong. "Stand up!"
These past few years I have fallen apart countless times and lost my Self, my sanity, my health, my confidence. I have called upon her to guide me, to give me strength and understanding, to breath her fire into me because mine had been extinguished by too many days and nights of tears. And now, in the wake of the eclipse that took place in her sign of Leo, the Lion, I need her again. Not because I am feeling lost but because I need her strength to understand, trust, and continue the path that she has shown me. I need her confidence as I embark upon deeper transformation and into deeper magic. It is not an easy task to tackle every day and the biggest thing I fight is loneliness, so I have been asking for help in navigating that empty feeling because my life is truly so blessed and rich.
Know that the more you trust and surrender and listen to your heart and how it beats in rhythm with the heart of the Universe, the more you will come into alignment with your path. And even if you feel that you are just always following breadcrumbs, remember that it's not the destination, it's the journey.
So, what is it that YOU want or need to happen in your life? What have YOU put out there in the Universe to manifest? How have YOU invited some of that transformational magic in?
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