One of the questions I get most these days is what is your sacred work in the world? There have been times in my life when I would have said I absolutely knew the answer to this question. Recently, though, as I move into the next chapter of my life, I have struggled with this idea with absolutely no clue as to the answer. One day out of the blue – as it frequently happens – words began to flow and the Mystery offered this gift.
Changes come in waves these days.
The tower crumbles ever more.
Footing is elusive.
Heartstrings are sore.
Have hope you say,
As tears fall again.
How I ask?
Where to begin?
Where to put the hope of years gone by?
Now unmet and left to die.
Focus on yourself She says.
Own your own precious self-worth.
Stop focusing on things outside yourself.
For YOU are your Sacred Work.
WHAT?!? I am my sacred work?? That can’t be right. I really struggled with this because I’d been taught – and embodied the idea – that what we do is our sacred work. This seemed too simple an idea to accept and, at the same time, the more I let it seep in it brought a deep resonance in that place of knowing I’d never felt before.
Though it didn’t come as part of the poem, the other knowing that came was this.
Once we make space for ourselves – allowing our Soul priority and authenticity – our medicine comes to us. Then and, only then, can we move out into the world to share this medicine. Movement before one is ready, is akin to a plant trying to bloom before the roots have deepened sufficiently to provide support, nourishment and a solid foundation.
We are our own sacred work. I am my sacred work. You are your sacred work.
How we walk in the world – what we do – is how we give concrete expression to our Soul’s fullest expression of being.
First, though, I must know myself well enough to know how my Soul’s fullest expression looks.
To do that I must enter that place of Woman Know Thyself.
I am my sacred work.
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~Artist, Elena Ray