Lean in, my love, for there you will find the magic inside the suffering. Go all the way in and towards it. Run, if you can into the night. Vast hands will hold you even when you can't feel them through the cold hard surface of illusions of alone. What waits at the bottom is the more you’ve been seeking. Underworld wisdom is available to those with the courage to fall all the way down, to see what shadows are made of. Dive into the seeming abyss and find dark forests and obsidian seas full of ancestors and spirits and subtle shadows all eager for a friend. Sometimes pain is the only way in because we have to let go of something precious every time we grow. And sometimes Change hurts less than we imagine it will, because seeing what is and letting it wash over you is all Change ever wanted you to do. Sometimes awareness transforms us all on its own. So don’t close your eyes and brace against the night. Go with courage towards your fear and shame, and into the pain and find the keys to the Great Mystery hidden in plain sight. © 2023, Sheya Forest
What to Find at the Bottom
Acceptance, Adversity, Courage, Cycles, Endings, Fantasy, freeverse, Grief and Loss, growth, Intention, New Beginnings, Otherworld, Overcoming, Philosophy, Poetry, Self Acceptance, Self Help, Shadow Work, Solidarity, Spirit, surrender, Transformation, Transition, trauma, water
I wrote my first story when I was a wee girl of three, followed by my first poem when I was eight. I’ve been writing ever since as a way to cope with life. This practice evolved with learning in both structured settings and through the practice, itself. In my own healing crisis, I found a process I affectionately refer to as Poetic Alchemy. Now on the journey of getting my life back, I do this not only for myself but for you.