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An Exercise in Self-Discovery

I want to tell you a story. A story about self-discovery. Probably 15 years ago I met a woman who challenged me to be a better person in so many ways. For several years before she passed away she fulfilled the role of spiritual guru for me and I count my life blessed beyond measure to have known her. 

So many significant exchanges happened between us but the one I want to share happened when my close group of women friends first met her and we spent a girls weekend in a hotel room immersing ourselves in spiritual conversation.  Through the course of conversation, I’m not really even sure what brought it about but, lets call her grammie greywolf, decided I needed to own myself.

She asked me to stand in front of the group and say, “I Am Trina. I am strong, wise and powerful and I Am the best Trina I can be.” Sounds simple enough, right? Only I couldn’t do it. Sure I could stand there in front of those women I loved and who I knew loved me back but I simply couldn’t make those words come out of my mouth. 

There is so much power behind those words: I AM. She was asking me to make a statement of self-claiming. She was asking me to own up to my own power and to lay claim to being the best I could be. Not just once but as a whole- forever and I simply couldn’t do it. 

I stood there crying. Wanting to say the words and be done but my heart and mind were not in alignment with the physical act of speaking. We all knew I had to come into alignment with those words on every level first. She stood in front of me, he’s my eyes with her own, her hand resting over my heart and I felt her love for me as a human being, as a spiritual sister flow into me. 

In a whisper the words slowly came out. That wasn’t good enough. She had me repeat that statement over and over, louder and louder until there was power behind my words. Truth reverberating in the simple words for everyone present to hear. 

That moment set me on a personal journey to claim who I truly am. To walk in my personal power and to really try to be the best version of myself that I can be. It set me on a journey of self-discovery For which I have been forever grateful. 

Maybe you don’t have a grammie greywolf that can create a space for openness and healing and stand in front of you patiently until you reach your a-ha moment but you can do this for yourself. Stand in front of a mirror, look into your own eyes and make your own I Am statements. 

Don’t stop until you actually feel and hear the power in your words, until you see the shift of confidence come over your body. 

When you do this, every morning if necessary, you will find that you start to express that truth in the world. You start to learn how to be the best version of yourself and believe me, the world will be a better place for it. 

Try it. You can only grow from it. Aren’t you with it?

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Two little words

Random topic of the day for Friday, January 20, 2017 is “Words I want to share with others.” Hmmmm…is that not the entire exercise of writing a blog? I guess for some writing a blog has many different meanings or at least their intent behind writing them is different but as my tagline on my blog says, “Creative expression through the written word” is my focus for┬ámy blogging.

It’s about me writing because I love writing. Its about me finding a way to express the thoughts and opinions that roll around in my head that I pretty much keep to myself among family and friends. Its about me learning about myself and acknowledging the life lessons as they come in a verbal format.

Do I think I am some super wise person that has some incredible insight to share with the world? No. Do I think there is something special about my thought processes or my way of communicating? No. So, what words do I want others to know?

Here it is in a small nutshell: I AM.

I am no more than my fellow-man and I am no less than them either. I am the teacher and the student. The lover and the fighter. The friend and the foe. I am an individual but I am also part of the all. I am equal to the worst in humanity and the best in humanity. I AM. But here is my secret and I gladly share it with you…..I AM but so are you! I own my identity but I see you and I choose to embrace you as the ALL too.

I think that is the thing people forget. They have a choice on how they choose to see things. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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