Have you experienced anything like this?
A couple of months ago, I attended an art opening. I wasn’t feeling great. Regardless, I wanted to attend this opening of two Native American artists, brothers. One is a painter, the other a sculptor of animals. I had been studying the mythologies of wise women archetypes, the energies that they represent. This evening, I asked myself how did I want to presence myself. I decided to stand taller than I felt. I envisioned embodying the archetypes of the guardian, the alchemist and the priestess.
When I entered the gallery, one of the brothers approached me immediately and said “Haven’t we met before?” I answered, “No, I don’t think so.” A little while later, his sister approached me and asked the same question, “Haven’t we met before?” Again, “No, I don’t think so.” I told her that her brother had asked the same thing…somehow, I seemed familiar to them. Then, a third woman came up to me and repeated the same exact words!
This experience caused me to wonder about how we occupy ourselves. I am timid. I didn’t feel good. Yet, when I called on the archetypes within, I was recognizable to others. It was interesting to observe this and powerful too. Yes, I did feel better by having invoked these archetypes which are within me…and you. And it was reflected back to me by the responses from others.
This art show was about caretaking the earth. The Native American culture has an ethic of earth preservation. This is illustrated in their art and stories. And in their ceremony, dance and song. The show was called “Reverence.” I had an interesting conversation with the sister of the artists. She collects rocks that reveal messages to her. One night she was instructed to go and find a stone. It was dark, mountain lions could be around. She followed the instructions, drove to a certain spot. Even with her flashlight, she couldn’t find anything. She got back in the car and was going to go home. She was instructed to get out of the car once again. She obeyed and realized she was standing on a stone that was partially embedded in the earth. She pulled it free and brought it home. The next morning, she discovered three images in the stone.
Her story makes me wonder how well I listen to the instructions that come to me.