One of the tasks that have been put to me this month is, to finally turn around and look into the mirror and SEE who I am. Not to look at my shadow but, at the entire truth of my Self. That may sound like a simple thing but, a lifetime of habit can be a difficult thing to overcome.
I am not only my shadow. I have only recently become accustomed to standing in the light. That is not the same as looking at myself in the bright light of day and seeing who I am. Glamours and veils not only hide who you are from those around you but, from yourself as well. So the time has come to see myself as I am, without the distractions, without the veils and glamours, without the comfort of shadows.
I am a very strong person. I am persistent and relentless and patient. I am the warrior who sits beside the river until the bodies of his enemies float past him. I am unyielding and adaptable and mutable like the river itself, constantly flowing along the path of least resistance, changing course but never relenting, finding every tiny crack and crevice to flow through, slowly and quietly eroding the earth that contains me but, always flowing to my destiny.
I have power and a need to communicate, a need to make an impact, to leave a mark upon the earth, upon my community, upon my world. Not the impact of a meteor, not a simple round hole, no matter how big, but a line, curving and wandering, to show where I have been and the path that I have taken so that others may follow it when I am gone and find where it has led me, and continue it beyond the places I have journeyed to.
I have a purpose and the power to accomplish that purpose. I have a path and a destiny. I have an enduring strength that will not be controlled or contained.
“The River she is flowing, flowing and growing,
the River she is flowing, down to the Sea.
Mother, carry me, your child I will always be,
Mother, carry me, down to the Sea.”