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POWER & Inspiration

‘You, At Your Most Powerful’

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I’ve added a few photo’s below of people ‘in their power’ from EG facebook page but check out some of the rest, and read their inspiring comments to her.

I love that this woman is all about empowerment.

SilverGirl x

Post by Elizabeth Gilbert – Writer

Dear Ones –

I want you to do me a favor today.

I want you to post a picture of yourself taken at a moment when you felt like you were at your most powerful.

Here is a photo of me, for instance, at my most powerful.

It’s not me at my prettiest, and definitely not me at my most glamorous. I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days, and I was wearing my rattiest old tank top. I wasn’t hanging out anywhere exciting — not meditating in India, not eating my way through Italy, not walking on a beach in Bali, not climbing a mountain, not watching a sunset, not receiving an award, not meeting a famous person.

When this photo was taken, I was at home. I was doing research for my novel THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. I was reading yet another scholarly treatise on 19th century botany, taking notes on some index cards that I’d purchased at Staples.

That’s what I did pretty much all that year — I just sat there, reading books, and studying 19th century botany, and taking notes, and dreaming of my novel.

When I look at this picture, I see a woman who is doing exactly what she wants to be doing with her life.

That’s what power means to me.

In fact, that’s the ONLY thing power means to me.

Power doesn’t have to be fierce. It doesn’t have to be aggressive or combative or cocky. It doesn’t have to tear anything down. It doesn’t have to be in your face. It doesn’t have to be a moment of fist-pumping victory. It doesn’t have to be expensive or monumental. It doesn’t have to make the world explode.

Generally speaking, the deepest kind of power doesn’t have much to do with anyone else at all. Nothing to do with status, nothing to do with reputation, nothing to do with winning.

Because you can achieve all that stuff (status, reputation, victory) and still feel lost as hell.

No, true power comes from standing in your own truth and walking on your own path.

That’s it.

When you are operating from that place (standing in your truth; walking on your path) you are the mightiest thing that has ever lived. Nothing can harm you.

And it usually doesn’t even feel exciting! In fact, the moments in my life where I have completely inhabited my own power have been incredibly relaxing — because there is nothing to fight, nothing to prove.

You just ARE, and you have no doubts about what you are, or where you are, or who you are.

Show me a moment when you felt that way.

I don’t care how long ago it was — let’s see those pictures!

Sometimes just looking at a picture of your most powerful self will remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing with your life, and how it’s supposed to feel.

Sometimes it will point you back toward your path, back toward your truth.

And if you haven’t felt powerful like this in a long time, maybe it’s time to start thinking about what it’s gonna take to get you back to that place, OK?

Because it’s still there. You can still access it.

Sometimes it’s a whole lot less complicated than you think.

ONWARD,
LG

In Their Power

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Empowering Women

Dalai Love

I am not a Buddhist but I love that the Dalai Lama is a feminist. I particularly like his viewpoint that it’s up to women to take back their power and create the healthy changes required for masculine/ feminine balance in our world.

Woman don’t need to be hard or to behave like men, they need to be strong, know their true worth, and be the beautiful, empowered and wise beings that they are.

To all the beautiful strong women out there … remember who you are..

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The Saboteur Archetype

(Everyone has this Archetype)

Light:

Highlights your fear of self-empowerment and the changes it would bring to your life.

Shadow:

Induces self-destructive behaviour or the desire to undermine others.

The Saboteur archetype is made up of the fears and issues related to low self-esteem that cause you to make choices in life that block your own empowerment and success.

As with the Victim and Prostitute, you need to face this powerful archetype that we all possess and make it an ally.

When you do, you will find that it calls your attention to situations in which you are in danger of being sabotaged, or of sabotaging yourself. Once you are comfortable with the Saboteur, you learn to hear and heed these warnings, saving yourself untold grief from making the same mistakes over and over.

Ignore it, and the shadow Saboteur will manifest in the form of self-destructive behavior or the desire to undermine others.

This may be the most difficult of all the archetypes to understand, because its name is associated with betrayal. Yet the purpose of this archetype is not to sabotage you, but to help you learn the many ways in which you undermine yourself.

How often do you set new plans in motion, only to end up standing in your own way because of the fears that undermine those optimistic plans. Or you begin a new relationship and then destroy it because you begin to imagine a painful outcome. You begin a working relationship with another person and find yourself once again in a power struggle that could be settled peacefully — but you fall into the same destructive pattern because you fear the other person.

To learn how to become aware of the action of the Saboteur within, ask yourself these questions:

  • What fears have the most authority over me? List three.
  • What happens when a fear overtakes me? Does it make me silent?
  • Do I allow people to speak for me?
  • Do I agree to some things out of fear that I otherwise would not agree to?
  • Have I let creative opportunities pass me by?
  • How conscious am I in the moment that I am sabotaging myself?
  • Am I able to recognize the Saboteur in others?
  • Would I be able to offer others advice about how to challenge one’s Saboteur? If so, what would it be?

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Movies Portraying ‘Saboteurs’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

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Trauma – Informed Care

Finding The Best Care

Finding a good doctor is essential, someone who listens, is compassionate and understanding.

Four years ago I was lucky enough to come across a medical doctor that I could work with. She has been safe, trust worthy, she gives clear information, provides options but ultimately she believes that I know what’s best for me.

She has never pushed me, she has allowed me ample time to recover and for that I am grateful.

Trust your instincts, and don’t settle for anyone when it comes to your physical and emotional well being. Choose wisely.

 

Trauma-Informed Care Infographic

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The Damsel Archetype

Damsel . Princess

Light:

Understanding the nature of healthy romance.

Ability to protect, provide and rely on yourself

Shadow:

Waiting for a Knight to provide for you.

Seduction by romantic illusion.

 The Damsel

The Damsel in Distress may be the oldest female archetype in all of popular literature and the movies.

She is always beautiful, vulnerable, and in need of rescue, specifically by a Knight and, once rescued, she is taken care of in lavish style.

The castles that Damsels are taken to have prisons, cold stone walls, drawbridges, and moats.

When disappointed, a Damsel must go through a process of empowerment and learn to take care of herself in the world.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow side of this archetype mistakenly teaches old patriarchal views that women are weak and teaches them to be helpless and in need of protection.

It leads a woman to expect to have someone else who will fight her battles for her while she remains devoted and physically attractive and concealed in the castle/ prison.

The Damsel’s fear of going it alone is holds the Damsel/Knight relationship together. It also often shatters the relationship when the Prince or Knight grows older and expects to have a perennially young, attractive Princess at his beck and call.

The Damsel/Princess must ultimately learn to fight her own battles and evolve into a Queen.

The Princess

The Princess is more often associated with romance rather than distress.

She awaits a Knight who is worthy of her beauty and rank and will take her not to his castle but to a palace.

Many women still expect to marry a man who will give them a castle and take of them. And some men are raised to expect to do this (see Prince and Knight).

The Princess inevitably grows older even if she remains helpless. Or she becomes more interested in the outside world, develops skills and competencies and is unable to maintain the same old dynamic of dependency.

Palaces are fantastically beautiful and charmed and are associated with ballrooms and elegance. The common (archetypal) expression, “Daddy’s little Princess” implies an adoring father who brings up his daughter surrounded by beauty and abundance. There is no “Daddy’s little Damsel in Distress.”

The Shadow Aspect

The Princess and the Damsel, however, both are taught to be helpless and do share a yearning for a Knight as a partner in life, the implication being that without a Knight, they are powerless in this world.

Either way, most Damsel/Prince relationships ultimately find that they change or fail.

The challenge inherent in these archetypal patterns, therefore, is to do for yourself what you expect the Knight to do for you–provide and protect yourself

Evaluation

Examine your young-girl fantasies and expectations for a mate. Were you waiting for the arrival of your Knight in Shining “Amour,” hoping to be rescued… and disappointed that your expectations weren’t met?

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Movies with ‘Damsels’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

SilverGirl