Wednesday, January 18, 2012

pagan art journaling {week 51}

This week's prompt: self portrait

When thinking about this prompt, I knew that I wanted to capture more than just a self-portrait. I wanted to capture the roles I play and the roles others expect of me, both in my muggle world and my spiritual world.

I've been told that I am many things in my life: temperamental, moody, opinionated, outgoing, funny, patient, smart, an old soul, etc. In my practice I've been told that I'm intuitive but need to control too much so I suffocate my own abilities, I've been told that I know more than I'm willing to acknowledge or let out, I've been told that I'm a High Priestess who just doesn't recognize it yet. 

For me, I tell myself that I am a shy person who has worked hard to break free of my shyness (successfully I might add since most can't believe it of me), I am loyal, a complainer with an optimistic heart, I am kind, and that despite many hardships in my life, I am incredibly blessed. In fact, being blessed is something that ties into my spiritual narrative because even though I have struggled with the divine, I have always had, in those deep quiet moments of the soul, known that I am watched over. As a magical practitioner, I am analytic, but willing to suspend my disbelief in order to be open to the possibility, I am earnest if not always diligent, I'm always looking to find the best in others, and when I trust it, quite intuitive about things and people. I have rarely been wrong in my first impressions, even though I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt.

As I keep working on my path, I am trying to find a way to bridge the divide and bring each realm into realization in every moment. It's like one of my yoga teacher's once said, you have to bring your practice off your mat and into your life. Remember the peace that you get during practice and try to manifest it in your everyday world, especially when it's hard.

What about all of you? What are the roles you play or are given, both in your muggle life and in your magical life?

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