Unfold Your Own Legend
A legend is composed of fact
and fiction and poetry.
And it is our business what
combination of the three
we choose to express.
We are not static. We are not a brand.
We are evolutionary beings,
cyclical, mutable, changeable
and relentless explorers of
the luminosity found in the inner
and the outer-ness of existence.
We have to explore ourselves
with searchlights to discover
the voice inside this vessel of clay
has called ‘me’
What are these jewels I find inside
no one ever told me existed?
And when is it my time to shine?
Here we have tools for excavation.
And while you are using them
for internal roadwork
you might look and feel more
like ‘one of us’ than you will later –
this is not because you are
being absorbed, this is because
we are sheltering you inside
of our legends and truths
while you find your own.
We invite you to uncover your own truth.
We will be here to notice
the sparkling parts of you emerging.
To help in the great adventure
of revealing, the more you~ there is,
we may hand you
a paintbrush, a writing pen, a drum
a fiddle, a magic wand,
a bar of chocolate,
some cowgirl boots
a jar of red glitter and
a ball of red thread.
The craft of inquiry…
That’s right –
the path of questions,
is a path each of us
must walk and keep
Creativity, curiosity and
inquiry into oneself is
the daily cup of tea, here
at Cosmic Cowgirls Cafe –
no guilt sandwiches
are ever served,
and the door to the heart
is always open.
~ Shiloh Sophia
For Carmen Baraka, Spirit Warrior
From my book Tea with the Midnight Muse
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Who Lives in Here?
I don’t know about you but things have been feeling really uncommon these days. I’m feeling different emotions and sensations that I’ve never experienced before. I asked on my personal FB page if things were feeling uncommonly strange and lots of people responded that things felt different.
We all agree that this last lunar eclipse was very impactful, and now in June there are 5 planets in retrograde. We are all impacted by everything happening in the cosmos. For me, it’s mostly about noticing how I’m feeling as cycles change and asking my body to adapt. I continue to ask myself what story am I really telling? What business am I really in? What and who am I really here to serve? I wonder what questions you’re asking these days… how are you feeling? Maybe get a piece of paper and let the pen flow…
My daily writing and painting practice are part of what keep me connected during uncertain times. I’ve also been thinking a lot about anticipatory fear as we move towards ‘fire season’ in California. My approach is to be as present as possible every single day and expand in my love.
One of my favorite quotes from my beloved teacher and mentor, Sue Hoya Sellars is ‘Who lives in here?’. Have you ever thought about ‘who’ really lives inside your body, or as Sue called it, your cosmic address?
The commitment for a woman to become herself and know who she is, isn’t easy. Why? Because that means saying no more often to others, and saying yes more often to YOU. It means the to-do-list will have to wait – leave the dirty dishes in the sink and hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign on your studio door so you can ‘commit art’. (another one of Sue’s quotes).
I believe creativity is the portal to peeling back the layers of who you really are outside the confines of stories, beliefs and values that have been imposed on you since birth. I’ve devoted myself to creative practice every day for the last 25 years and can say it has brought incredible revelations to my life about what makes me truly legendary so I can create my own mythic story I want to tell.
I’m so proud of what our team has planned these next few months in devotion to you being the cartographer of your own soul map so you can discover the juicy gems and treasure that await your Muse!
with fire red paint on my brush,
Every year I paint my Legend to see what new information is available through my canvas as I dance between the worlds of the known and unknown.
Join me and paint your own Legend? www.thelegendcourse.com
“You are a legend. Your self-invention matters. You are the artist of your own life.” ~ Lady Gaga