At the mid-point of my path through life, I found
Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way
Ahead was blotted out.– Dante, The Divine Comedy.
The lines sit boldly on my inner left arm, a silent two-fingers to the good girl of my mother’s making and her mothers mothers making. A conscious choosing and refusal of an ancestral blueprint, from past disempowered women who were groomed to keep the line.
Needled in black the horizontal fifth line is blue, a daily reminder to speak my truth. To show up as me, the good, the bad and the not so pretty. Scripted in ogham, it honours my bloodline. The nine lines read love. Because in the end that’s all that matters.
Its an indelible there-for-ever reminder to do the work I’m here to do in the life thats mine to live.
If you were doing your work and living your life how might you feel?
A tattoo of nine centimetres and nine lines represents a ninth numerological year. The one of sifting and sorting and teary endings and letting go. A beaconing your future self, an irresistible invitation to meet meet an emerging inner and exterior world. The one rising, from sifting and sorting and doing away with the done.
If you died right now, would you have lived a life you wanted and done work you loved?
This is the question I asked myself on an island so beautiful it could break your heart. Driving on a high speed road, an inattentive scant second bought me face to face with death. I was lucky, very lucky! Safe in a ditch, I opened the car door and as I did, a car came by, and stopped.
Full of gratitude I asked, ‘if I’d died would I have lived the life I’d wanted? Be doing the work I’d dream’t of? NO. NO. NO. Followed by, ‘and I’ve created all of this, second by second.’ And that’s how life is! That’s how powerful we are.
These are questions of awakening. Of letting go of living a life not your’s to live. Of seeing anew and sometimes the makings of rebellious indelible lifetime inkings!
You do not need near death experience to wake. To do the work and live the life you’re here to do. You could instead, extend a loving invitation to your higher inner-self to examine the areas of your life you inhabit, that are not your’s live in.
What false homes do you inhabit?
Pay attention to…
The places you mask your true self for fear of reprisal. The conversations you stay silent in, for fear of being ‘wrong’ or attracting conflict. The career opportunities you turn down for fear of failing. A lack of clarity and confidence at work. Being stuck and acting small and feeling like a big-fat-fraud waiting to be outed! And tiredness refusing the refuge of sleep.
When you inhabit what is yours to inhabit, there is flow and flourishing. And fear takes a back seat.
I’d love to talk with you about your work. T0 reacquaint you with your talents so you find and inhabit your right work. Totally free, our time together will help you clarify the work your here to do.
For your totally free 45 minute call, email or call Kate +61 (0)438 883 143.
‘We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ T.S Elliot – The Gidding.