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Scared or Sacred?


Whether it be professional or personal I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been scared and the moments I felt so uncomfortable I could get physically sick. Feeling scared is going to be a part of life but I didn't realize on November 3rd I was about to get an important lesson on feeling scared.

There I was leading Creative Transformation: Enter into Silence workshop at Dominican Center and at the end of the experience I gave a reflection prompt sharing with the participants to pay attention to where your eye is drawn towards within the community piece and to reflect on it and what it is trying to say to you. As those participants were having their reflection I joined in.

My eye kept going towards the word "Nearness" sitting on top of a pinecone touching a branch and some pine needles. While I continued to look all around nearness I started to smile and thought Nearness would be laughing at me, I don't want to get close to nearness-now that's funny.

I then thought I better listen to Nearness and what it is trying to tell me.

Nearness had quite a bit to say we shared a conversation about how getting close can induce feeling scared because of hurt. As I read this in my mind my eyes played tricks on me and I read the word "sacred" and thought that didn't make sense. I re-read it and realized I wrote the word "scared" and had read it incorrectly earlier.

For the first time I noticed scared and sacred have the same exact letters in them, just in a different order from one another.