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Your Sweet Magic & The Importance Of Being Fulfilled.



“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Over the decades, I have removed more than a dozen masks. I’m surprised I still have a face.

But beauty is defined not in perfection but in the ability to see the validity of our imperfections. In a moment of clarity, when the rumble of my insecure demons are benign, I am able to step into and witness my distinctive authority; inner strength, resilience and beauty surpass the naked eye.

It’s not about control or harshness but a distinction of recognizing, I am capable. We all are.

When we open our heart valves, the same ones that have been squelched, we come out of this — whatever this is for us and into acceptance, balance and an ability to assimilate a cognitive discord.

Here, there is respect and consistency. Words and actions are congruent. The warfare of belittlement, estrangement, undermining and ambivalence is eradicated. There’s no longer a need to hide in a dark, tiny space — closets built into our mind.

The ambush of persistent negativity has turned the dial to complete a cycle. And in this monumental expansion we can clearly say:

We will rise above our false sense of self and discover we are wiser and stronger. Our souls will be drenched in love and no longer ashamed of who and what we are.

We will see the light in darkness and honor all the pieces of our self — especially the shadows and we will find our boundless strength and exquisiteness.

Although chaos, violence and deception have smashed us to our knees, insights will bend the waves of light. We will continue to proclaim our message of growth and unity.

We are a reflection in the refraction of a force field of infinity. A stream of consciousness is our sacred space of continued connectedness. We listen, feel and see the vibrations. It is an awareness of perpetual synchronicities.

“Change the focus of the eye. When you have done that, then the end of the world as you formerly knew it will have occurred, and you will experience the radiance of the divine presence everywhere, here and now.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Here, we summon each fear by name and hold them with tenderness and not with shame.

We tease out the knots from our exhausted souls and stretch our muscles into the rays of vulnerability. We see between the ravages of inexcusable hurt and strip away the pain and despair.

We stop penalizing our self-worth and instead, celebrate our incredible attributes, with the gifts of music, art, writing, poetry, teaching and dance. These expressions are the highest form of wisdom.

Our imagination is laced with creativity and intelligence. It is not necessarily a means to escape but can be channeled as a gift to be shared.

It is because of our mistakes that we grow and travel away from the pigeonholed demise of what we’ve been told. We acknowledge our sad and painful stories then step aside from defending, clinging and holding onto an endless swirl of reconciliation.

Somehow we know fully well there is a mystical ancient script carved into the cells of our soul. It speaks of who we are meant to be.

Recognizing this, we are ready to step into the pages of today.

It is here that we realize, we did our best as we have navigated the tundra, abandoned and betrayed by countless creatures, but in our knowing and pursuit of listening to what we need, we have found a well-spring of compassion, knowledge and inner truth.

We see the gains of our failures and the promises for better. We have and will continue to learn. It is what propels us to launch into the next breath.

It is a vision and ripple effect to connect universally.

Creativity is at the helm. Fluidity is the sail of our heartbeat. The next chapters are imploring our soul to witness and above all share our capabilities. As a result, we are rewiring the threads of our DNA.

We are diving inward and outward to the depths of our truest potential when we believe in our inner most intuitive source.

Our words and creativity will spill over the edges and into the updrafts to sail legions through coastal zones — a place between land and sea. We will no longer listen to the chiding, screaming of our overactive, internal critical voice.

The external masses of negativity will no longer deny our blissful right to just be who we are meant to be.

And it is here, in this vast silence, we breathe:

“There’s nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth.” ~ Joseph Campbell



Carolyn Riker
Carolyn Riker, M.A., LMHC, is a counselor, teacher, writer and poet. She currently writes for several online journals such as Women’s Spiritual Poetry blog and formerly Elephant Journal. A collection of her work is on her blog, Magic of Stardust and Words. Her poetry and prose have been featured in three books. Between sips of coffee and navigating life via the stars and moon, Carolyn leads journal-writing workshops and has a private counseling practice. Additionally, she’s in the process of completing her first collection of poetry and prose, available in the fall of 2016. Followed with a bit of magic, there's a children’s book too.
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