“To discover who she is, a woman must descend into her own depths. She must leave the safe role of remaining a faithful daughter of the collectives around her and descend to her individual feeling values. It will be her task to experience her pain…the pain of her own unique feeling values calling to her, pressing to emerge. To discover who she is, a woman must trust the places of darkness where she can meet her own deepest nature and give it voice…weaving the threads of her life into a fabric to be named and given…sharing it with the women around her as she comes to a true and certain sense of herself.” ~ Judith Duerk,
Strung together like lights that lead us down into this darkness, these words speak to me. From these strands and strings of word-lights, I feel the pressing – the ‘pressing to emerge’.
Rich With Sacred Becoming
Like watery, primordial pools
where the emergent reveals itself,
at first without any known pattern or meaning,
shimmer with the barely known.
Like chthonic, fecund soil,
rich with sacred becoming,
reek of sacred humus,
ripe with nutrients of rebirth.
Like stardust still cooling from the star’s demise,
glow with decay.
Turning my attention inward,
to the pool,
the temple teeming with life,
I open to it,
allow it to fill me,
Little in the collective
honors my soul’s humus.
Everything I learned as a faithful daughter
chides my appetite to turn inward.
my appetite for the truth
is stronger than
my need for austere approval,
if I turn to the appetite,
The revelation comes on its own,
at its own pace,
if I honor the insistent
invitation of breath
to deliver my soul,
into my cells.
The birth comes,
on its own,
the child’s pulse
closely tied to the
heartbeat of earth,
if I inhale with expectancy
to be filled with
that same stardust,
the black water,
the dark humus of sacred becoming.
I invite you to journey with me into these sacred pools, this fecund soil, this still-too-hot-to-touch stardust.
In Writing Raw, we cross the threshold into this dark humus of becoming and write what we find ‘into a fabric to be named and given…sharing it with the women around her as she comes to a true and certain sense of herself.’
This is the beauty, and gift, of Writing Raw. It is a circle where you can share, with women around you, the opportunity to come to a more ‘true and certain sense of’ yourself.
I hope you will join me, if it feels right. It can feel right and feel frightening. It can feel right and we can feel shy and unsure. All of these can be true.
Find out more about Writing Raw, here. And, be sure to email me if you have questions that feel important to ask in order to honor this ‘pressing to emerge’.
Thank you to Judith Duerk for her ability to express something so important in words, so many years ago, so far ahead of the times.