Personal Autonomy in a Modern World
healing, brain, selfcare
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Shadow work is raw, real deep, divine walking self internal to light, through the darkest Soul nights. N’er take fright. I am the light in the darkness. I am my own truth in the casement of fear and old patterns, assume that I am shut down tight as a fist so I can then be open myself to whatever it is I am shut down to. Broken open. Show me my way internal shadows. Hallowed be thy name. God. I Eye Am Eternal Internal.~ Kali Sun Dragon ( Rebecca Cook)


“Healing something about ourselves – for the first time or yet again – is a part of every person’s never-ending story. Some wounds of the psyche and the soul have the power to transform into what Teresa of Avila called “reptiles” – nocturnal invaders that come alive under the protection of darkness…dark thoughts, dark emotions, dark memories, dark experiences. Wicked creatures, these reptiles – and oh so clever

It does not take much effort to wake a sleeping dragon or to put down your guard and let a new reptile slip into your castle. It can happen – just like that. The healer must figure out how to be a dragon-slayer, how to assist someone in either finally destroying her or his inner reptile or locking it down once again the dungeon of the inner shadow. The latter choice is not healing but often the path most taken. The sooner we stop the dragon from enflaming the mind, the better.

Dragon fires on the brain eventually contaminate one’s entire being. I can tell when a person is being consumed by a dragon fire. It’s unmistakable. Dragon slaying requires the help of the person who has the dragon. We all have dragons and perhaps that is why we love myths about these wild, flying, fire-breathing creatures that hide in the underworld. They do reside in our underworld – indeed they do. And when we make allies of our dragons, they can make us feel invincible. Ironically, when we spot another’s dragons, we see clearly the destruction dragons create and the high emotional and physical price a person pays for housing them. I’ve encountered a dragon recently – and it’s made me wonder yet again, should I teach people to spot dragons and be dragon-slayers? Should I bring this skill into a Reflections class? Or should I just speak about it as part of my life?

Dragons and reptiles are real – mythic names for archetypal sufferings. And we all have them. And we all have reasons that make our dragons come out and start fires in our minds. That is how we end up “burning” bridges and developing “hot” diseases. Today is a day for dragon-hunting, but not waking them up. Grant me the grace of clarity today. I ask to see clearly this one thing: What do I need to do for myself? Is there a dragon in me that I need to slay?” -Caroline Myss |


 The Dryad and the Dragon 

Hidden away from prying eyes and deep in a colourful forest,

these two magical beings are enjoying getting to know each other.

Resting in her roots the young dragon shows no fear of the Willow Dryad as she offers him an exotic fruit,

and in return the Dryad feels very safe with her scaly companion.

She hopes that they will become friends forever, and that he will visit her often with tales of the world outside of her forest realm.

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