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November 24, 2013 by Judith Liebaert

“All of us come into this life with unique gifts. We are beings who are self expressing from the time we enter into the room,”

~ Shilo Sophia, Artist and Visionary

I found Shilo Sophia’s beautiful images of the divine feminine spirit earlier this year, or I should say they found me; for I truly believe that what we most desire finds its way to us. The question is, are we ready to greet it with open arms and a loving heart?

We are all born with the desire to self express through intentional creativity. In its purest form, it is the desire to recreate in our own image, to give birth to children who will perpetuate some part of us. It also manifests in a myriad of other forms; in traditional artistic mediums such as art, writing, music and design. But what about planting – gardening and farming? What about building – infrastructure, or widgets, or building the business that builds the widgets? What about less solid form, visible activities? What about the energy that goes into the creation of ministering, healing, marketing and selling, teaching, serving.

I am here to tell you that everything we do, is a creation that begins as a thought and if nurtured, manifests as our own creation. It is all personal energy manifested to create, or at least to try to create, the life we desire.

I didn’t always get this. Before the MAD Goddess muse started whispering to me, I let others’ energy shape and define me. We all do – it’s the norm. We are taught to behave as civil human beings do. We are taught to fit into society. We are taught to conform.

Shilo’s wise words resurrected a poem I wrote many years ago. I had to search for it, though files of loose paper and scribbled words. I think it may well be the MAD Goddess’s first whisper to me.

my own small voice
what if –
only child
childless Woman
who am I then
just more names
fitting me to others’ frames
i have listened long to their words
fragmented by the messages heard
now one voice, though quiet and small
has the magic to silence them all

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Who are you?  Who do you want to be in your second half of life? What spark of creativity is hiding beneath layers of imposed fear, pain, anger – maybe even abuse?

You might think there is no spark, that whatever your story of suppression might be, your spark died out long ago, or was deliberately put out by somebody who hurt you.

Nothing is further from the truth. The spark lives, it lives now, inside of you, it lives outside of you in other of your tribe – women like yourself, women who have shared your experience even though you have never met them. I personally believe the spark lives on beyond this physical life in spirit, whether it’s reborn to the physical world again, or whether it survives in memory, lives on in your children and grandchildren for generations

The point is, no matter how far down into the shadows your spark has retreated, you can light it up again! Let it inflame and engulf your entire being – mind, body, soul and spirit! From the ashes will rise up the phoenix – you – stronger, better, brighter than ever, more loved and safe to explore your purpose, passion and personal pizzazz than you have ever imagined possible.

You know who you are, you know how beautiful and creative and loving and valuable you are. Stop listening to what others have told you. Start listening to your truth. Start living the second half of your life according to you.


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