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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

Be-YOU-ti-FULL

“Beautiful”— it’s not just a word; it is a human value. And whether we hang out on the synonym or antonym side of “beautiful” we have all been shamed at some point (for no reason or another) AND we who have evolved through that, need to raise our voice and our beauty up to be a clean mirror for the rest! 

Let’s stop hiding our beauty in the name of spirituality versus vanity, or as a comfort to our insecure sisters, or as proof that we have substance. Let’s stop chasing society’s ever changing standards and holding them against each other as if we didn’t know any better. We DO know better. The “ugly” duckling knows just as well as the swan that capital “B” Beauty is within.

Reclaim that mirror on the wall and give your beholder new eyes. Gaze upon the skin you’re in with honor. It is your sacred space, your temple, and one of the canvases that you, the artist, get to paint upon.

So have fun! Play dress up like you once did. Delight in your human form, no matter its form. Break the mold of “beautiful” by being be-YOU-ti-FULL and try on different versions of your beautiful— all the ways you said, “No, I could never pull that off.” Or “That’s too girly, or sexy, or flashy.” At the very least, appreciate those versions in others.

There is no “right” way to paint upon your canvas and the less you judge your own brush strokes, the less you judge theirs... until one day the whole world becomes this beautiful gallery of living artwork... or a garden of roses in rainbows of colors and shapes and sizes, each with their own unique and exquisite scent of life.

Those petals—though “mere matter” organized into form—are indeed an invitation to the bee—to life—to pollinate, yes, but really to merge with the essence of you— the capital “B” Beautiful that emanates from within.

So don’t overestimate the skin you’re in—your essence remains no matter your matter—but don’t underestimate it either. Love YOU, all of you, and let your bloom radiate!

Poem: Shameless Beauty
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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