Several years ago, while working in a large corporate office, one of my co-workers invited several executive assistants to a dinner with a theme. It was called ‘Girlfriends Night’, and we were each to bring a wrapped gift for a type of white elephant gift exchange. In other words, the gift would not be given to someone specific, but would be selected, randomly, by someone at the gathering.
I decided that I would not bring something that I thought someone else would love, but more importantly, to share something that I loved. The goal was to share a part of myself with the recipient… and I guess, it may have been about being seen and heard. After all, how often do we get to be our authentic selves in corporate America? When I read the letter that I had placed with the gift, it occurred to me that I was practicing vulnerability long before Brene Brown became a household name. Here’s what I wrote:
Symbolism plays a major role in my life. I find strength and wisdom in the ‘signs’ I interpret as the divine affecting my life. Artemis, a Greek Goddess, the archer, carries significant symbolism in her archetype. As a hunter, she actively seeks her desires, with her Bow, she stands firmly planted / grounded on the earth and with clarity of vision takes aim, with strength of will she pulls back her bow, and with faith in attainment she then sends her silver arrows flying swiftly toward her goals.
I wish for you to see your true path clearly illuminated. That you have a vision for what brings you bliss. That all of your arrows fly swiftly toward your goals.
This gift I have selected with purpose. I have spent many years of my life feeling inadequate. After years of self-loathing, I finally had my awakening just about two years ago. Now I realize that like all women, I too am a sensual being. This music touches my soul, and connects my being with that misplaced sensuality. I invite you to dim the lights, light some candles, and bathe or dance or receive/give a massage to this music. Let it remind you that everyday, you are a woman of great beauty, desire, grace, wisdom, healing, and sensuality. You are a goddess. I kneel before you in reverence.
So, now… I address this message to you, dear friends – female and male – regardless of spiritual path… may you recognize the divine that resides within you, and allow it to glow so brightly that it illuminates the path that surrounds you. May you find clarity in this present moment, and allow your inner voice to lead you to the important work of cultivating joy and happiness in your life. May all of your hopes and dreams be made manifest with grace and ease, and may all be well with your soul. You are stunningly beautiful to behold, exactly as you are… and I kneel before you in reverence and gratitude for sharing this sacred moment with me.