In my Poses, Pens + Inner Peace class that I teach (where we combine writing with mediation and yoga) we’ve been working through “Warrior Goddess Training” by Heatherash Amara. We finished it this past week with a writing exercise devoted to what she calls the big myth.
“Your big myth is the big picture for how and why your unique,precious Warrior Goddess light arrived own the planet…Pick a big myth that makes you glow. Forget sensible or practical or real. Make it big, magic medicine that you incarnated with.”
I loved this and wanted to share my big myth:
I come from the ancient stardust of comets taking flight across the universe. My tribe stand barefoot in a circle around a fire and watch the comet that is me meet the fire that is my life here on earth.
The stardust mingles with the flames and the earth and the voices of them chanting me into existence. Smoke swirls and rises as the women sway and dance around the fire until I stand fully formed in the sacred center of their circle, their skin glowing, hands clasped, eyes lighting up at my birth among them.
They each take a turn welcoming me into their sisterhood, their words like breadcrumbs on the path to rediscover my true self for once the circle is broken the knowledge of who I truly am and where I came from vanishes becoming a test for me to go out into the world and deep within myself to unearth that gift once again. Each barrier I encounter acting as a Guardian at the Gate, demanding to know how badly I want it.
I let their words seep into my skin, my breath, my bones, my heart…
Do not shrink to make others feel comfortable.
Take time for silence, time to be.
Listen more than you wait for your turn to speak.
Sing and dance and laugh and play. Never be afraid of looking foolish or silly. Embrace joy.
Guard your heart fiercely but hold it lightly.
Speak your truth to others and to yourself.
Keep the door open.
Tread lightly yet with purpose.
I cherish their words, knowing they are my compass home.