Your Bow is Ready

“We must be fearless, as only love can make us fearless.” Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love

Since I’m always suggesting that the Universe will give you signs if you are willing to see them, I thought I would show you how this has played out personally for me in the past few days.

I want to show you the breadcrumbs that I’ve followed the past week, the magical stuff that can happen when you begin to ask the Universe for guidance, and are open to what you are shown.  And you’ll also get a glimpse of my reading list, as I am hopelessly addicted to books.

This past weekend my Handsome Sweetheart and I took a trip to Dallas, TX for a wedding (Congratulations, Katie and Andy!!).  It was a long drive (and a beautiful wedding!) As usual I brought along my enormous collection of “things-to-do-on-a-long-drive”.  This included books, knitting, my ipod, my journal, my ipad, the latest issue of House Beautiful, a sketchpad and my favorite ink pen.  I know, you’d think we were driving coast to coast.

One of my on-the-road-again activities was working in my journal, a bit of self-discovery. I was working on an exercise I learned from Maria Nemeth in her book The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment. (Which is fabulous, BTW.)

The exercise involves first making a list of people you admire.  The book provides a lot of prompts, starting with the obvious suggestions (parents, siblings, relatives) to the not so obvious – (teachers, janitors, historical figures, Sunday school teachers, religious leaders, sports icons, etc.)

My page was filling up quickly and then it was suddenly full, as I reached the last of the prompts – “fictional characters, historical figures, mythological figures.”

MYTHOLOGICAL figures.  Hmmmm.  I’ve always “admired” Artemis. My given name, Cynthia, is another name for Artemis, or Diana.  Diana being the Roman version of the Greek Goddess Artemis, both of them being born on Mount Cynthos – they are sometimes also known as “Cynthias”. So, the moon goddess Artemis is a sort of ‘namesake’ for me.

She is the Goddess of the Moon & Sun, Protector of Women, and Goddess of the Hunt (and she has a golden bow and arrow which legend says were crafted by moonlight – pretty much the awesome sauce).

All of those things sound sort of magical to me, so, “Cool”, I say to myself, “I should add her.” But I had run out of room on the page.  So, I think, “Meh, I’ve had enough of this for now, I’ll deal with the rest of the exercise later.”

I closed the book, and my journal, and stuffed them back into my bag of overflowing things-to-do-on-the-road. Just then my cell phone rings.  I don’t recognize the number, so I let it go to voicemail. Lately I’ve been getting more and more “junk mail calls” anyway.  Probably just some telemarketer, they never leave a message anyway.

A few moments pass and my Handsome Sweetheart pulls off the interstate and into a gas station.  I, of course, am now reorganizing all the junk that I’ve brought to keep me busy on the road, and I notice that I do indeed have a voicemail.  It is a call that was most likely meant for someone else, although I hesitate to label it a “wrong number”…because it says this:

“Hi, this is Kathleen calling from the archery shop, and I just wanted to let you know that your bow is ready.”

WHAT? (Even as I type this I can’t stop laughing).  Okay, so I guess I need to put Artemis on that list after all.

With Artemis added to the list, I begin the  second part of the exercise…listing the qualities of each person (or in this case Goddess) that I admire.  Next to Artemis I write “FEARLESS”.  I then realize this is a quality I’ve also written for half a dozen other people I admire.  It is also the one I clearly don’t recognize in myself.  The one that sort of scares me a little.

We enjoy the beautiful wedding and have great fun dancing the night away (OMG my Handsome Sweetheart can rock a suit let me tell you), and on the following day we make the long drive home.  On the way home we see this:

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It’s the first rainbow I’ve seen in a very long time, in spite of all the summer rains we get.  AND it is a DOUBLE rainbow.  (What does it meeeaaannn???)

We make it home from the beautiful wedding on Sunday.  On Monday I am taking a bit of time to relax, and read a book.  I’m reading Marianne Williamson’s book Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships.
It is not available on kindle, so I’m sitting down with a real, hardback book.  Snuggling down into my favorite chair with a cup of tea I suddenly realize that I don’t have a book mark. (It is funny to me now that it seemed so important that I find one immediately!) I lean over my chair and stretch out to open the bottom drawer in a cabinet full of art supplies where I know that most probably there are many little scraps of paper and there must be something I can grab to mark my place.

I open the drawer and this is what I see:

dianacard

I’ve collected card decks for years. This is one I bought to use in some collage art, and the rest of the deck was still packed in the original box, in another drawer.

Now, the Universe most definitely has my full attention.

The following morning I’m having a discussion with my son about all of this and what significance it might have, and I mention “getting my finger print book back out.”

You see, I subscribe to the idea that our life purpose is “written” in our finger prints.  I’ve read Richard Unger’s book Lifeprints: Deciphering Your Life Purpose from Your Fingerprints
to decipher my own finger prints and according to Unger’s work the message within my fingerprints shows that my school in this life is what Unger refers to as “The School of Peace”, and my life purpose has to do with community and family bonds.  This has always made perfect sense to me, since a big part of my gift is helping people find Peace, especially in relationships with other people.

The thing that I couldn’t remember this week was my life lesson according to this system. I was drawing a total blank. The life lesson is that thing that continually trips us up until we master it. And I couldn’t for the life of me remember what the book said about mine. I looked it up – there it was – Life Lesson: Powerlessness.

Ugh.  Really? is that REALLY my life lesson?

At this point I’m wanting someone to show me the easy fix for this. So of course I consult google.  I search for “finger prints life lesson powerlessness” and I find a very short blurb advertising a private call that has already taken place. The blurb is accompanied by this picture:

 womanarcher

Seriously.

So what does this all mean for me? What is the Universe saying?

That I already have the tools I need, they are already part of me.

That the moment that I feel powerless is the exact moment I have an opportunity to stand in my power.

When I tell my Handsome Sweetheart that I’m pretty sure I don’t qualify for the FEARLESS badge, he says to me, “You are very brave.”

At which point I remember the Game of Thrones scene when Ned Stark’s son Bran asks “Can a man still be brave if he is afraid?” Ned’s reply, “It’s the only time a man can be brave.”

When I feel afraid is the time to remember that Bravery is within my reach.

Fearlessness only has value when Fear shows up.

And in spite of google’s awesomeness, there is no quick fix for learning a life lesson. There doesn’t need to be, because the magic is in Being, and being (being brave, being honest, being authentic, being powerful, being fearless) happens in the moment. Moment by moment.

Love conquers every Fear, every time. And when I feel like I’m unsure of my direction, the Universe will never fail to show me the way, when I open my eyes and am ready to see.

I’m not sure what you’ll take away from this post.

But I do want to tell you that your bow is ready.  Be brave. 🙂

Love & Magic,

Cindie

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27 Responses to Your Bow is Ready

  1. The Universe gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it – always. It only requires that we pay attention (which of course can get tricky for us humans).

    Your radar was on full alert… and you heard the message – loud and clear.

    Brilliant post Cindie! Don’t you love it when you run into the real you? <3

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Stacey! I do love running into the real me (well, at least most of the time haha). Glad you enjoyed reading about it. I agree that Life hands us just what we need right when we need it. 🙂 xo

  2. Thanks for this post, Cindie.. yes it is very personal and what a FEARLESS thing to do!!

    I love the goddesses and it looks like They were really out to get your attention!

    I love the part you wrote about.. you can only be brave when you are afraid.. good point!

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Joy, I think that realizing the ever present opportunity (for bravery, fearlessness, empowerment) within the hard place was the hidden gem in the whole experience. Thank you so much for reading and for your comments. 🙂 xo

  3. Hi Candie! Such an interesting and useful post! thanks so much for sharing the exercises you’ve been through! I’ll write down my list right now!!

    lots of love xo

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Yiye 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading! The exercises in Maria Nemeth’s book are really great! Enjoy 🙂 xo

  4. Shana says:

    I love this: “That the moment that I feel powerless is the exact moment I have an opportunity to stand in my power.” And this: “Fearlessness only has value when Fear shows up.” And everything before, after, and in between. 🙂

    I figured out my fingerprints awhile back, now I want to go back and revisit it. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this Cindie!

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Shana! Our fingerprints are amazing. I find new insights every time I revisit mine. I’m glad you enjoyed my writing and found something meaningful here today. 🙂 xo

  5. terri beaucoudray says:

    You have done it again- changed blocked minds so they can move forward. Excellent article!

  6. Cassandra says:

    What a powerful story of synchronicity. And I love “your bow is ready.” There is so much fearlessness in that!

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Cassandra! I smile every time I think about that voicemail. Synchronicity is always such a powerful experience for me. I’m happy you enjoyed reading about it! 🙂 xo

  7. Saree says:

    Cindie, this is my favorite post! Thank you for being brave and sharing something so personal!
    Also for the book titles… I will read any book that has been on your list, they are always so special.

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Saree! I’m glad you enjoyed reading about my fun with the Universe. I believe you will enjoy the books too! 🙂 xo

  8. Inger says:

    Thank you for being real. Sometimes, in the ‘struggle’, we feel like we haven’t arrived and why are we still figuring things out. I appreciate that you share the reality of life, lessons, growth, and the universe on our path of being.

    • Cindie says:

      You’re welcome, Inger, and thank you for reading and for your kind words. Yes, those struggles along the path never feel comfortable! And yet it is easier when we remember to look at their flip side and recognize the opportunity. I’m glad to know this post spoke to you. 🙂 xo

  9. Tabitha Jester says:

    Awesome insight! I’m having a slew of those moments myself and love to see how it goes with others!

    • Cindie says:

      Glad to hear that you are experiencing the Magic of the Universe too, Tabitha. Thank you for reading, happy to know you enjoyed it! 🙂 xo

  10. Heather says:

    What a fabulous read, I love the way the universe works and as you say, we have to be listening and tuned into it – Great stuff x

  11. Nikki Holmes says:

    Hi Cindie

    I found you from the goddess blog tribe, I love your site and what you’re about. I started listening to the universe this year, still early on my journey but am so amazed at how magical this all is when you allow it 🙂

    Loved the post and look forward to seeing more, I was meant to find you and your words of wisdom 🙂

    Nikki

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Nikki, for your kind words! I’m very glad you found me (yay!!),and yes, the more aligned we become with The Universe, the more magic we see. I’m looking forward to hearing about your magical experiences too. xo 🙂

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  13. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for sharing your Magic , Cindie ! I loved reading about your “Messages” in perfect Timing !!! xoxo

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Suzanne 🙂 I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed reading about my Voicemail from the Universe. 🙂 xo

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  15. Linda Brennan says:

    I am so happy that my sister shared your pages with me. You are a terrific writer and I have enjoyed each of your topics. I’ve also taken something away from each of your articles. Thank you very much. It has been a joy reading your work.

    Sincerely,
    Linda

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