The Call of the Dragon

What is it to be in this place of torment, in the mind,
In suffering but the human way?
What is it to love with conditions and place the weight of the world on ones own shoulders, or perhaps another’s?
What is it to feel so much that emotions overlap, rise and fall with each other?
What is it to be here in this body- even if you make mistakes and fall down
Time and time again?
What is it but being human?- Choosing to learn, grow and turn up as authentically ourselves.
The balance of giving and receiving, pushing and flowing, being human and divine, being in love and grieving… all at once.
We owe it to ourselves, to those who came before us, and to those who are after us to LIVE…. live- open and feel.
It is a courageously open soul that dares to feel all, and forgive all of the imperfections within ourselves and others
And dive into the space of truth, to feel the core of the soul burning so bright
That nothing can dull the love and light within, despite what is happening in life at that moment.
Nurture that inner flame, become that fire and listen to the call to breathe life and potent connection back into the world.

Elise Heyward

Turning Around and Facing the Unknown (reflection)

I can remember holding space for a mystery school over in America a couple of years ago. There was a process where I was called to join in with the women. In the centre of the group was the group of people I was patterned to process with- slightly lower vibration, beautiful, but for me at this moment in time it was comfortable. I moved toward what I had always known and just like that, one of the women ran from behind me and took that place- like a door closing. I was in no where land. I wouldn’t turn around, but I could feel the pull to something I have never experienced. To that which scared me so much. But I had so yearned it at the same time- sacred union in process. I wouldn’t turn. The facilitator said multiple times, “There’s another process to take place here…” And still, I didn’t let myself move, forcing myself out of processing. I got in the way of the simple divine unravelling. Before long the session ended and I was left with a vital lesson that I am now applying to my life:-

When faced with a decision that excites me and scares me a little, it fills me with joy and challenges me- I will allow myself to turn and face it, surrender and let life flow through me and trust each moment to step, move or touch in whatever I am called to, in devotion of everything including my very life…. Or the other choice is to stay with my back turned to other possibilities my life has to offer and remain within the well worn tracks the spinning wheels make in my life staying with what is. For me, I feel I have travelled along the path enough to feel that going back to what has proven ‘comfortable’ to me is no longer available, the door is shut. And I know what way I am going to continue to choose to live every moment of my life from now on….

With love,
Elise

Image from Disnep

No more Resistance

I surrender, Oh I can no longer put up the walls before truth
Of love, of the ultimate connection
Of passionate embodiment, of laying alone,
Of being touched by that which cannot be explained
Of that which flows through my body,
Of that which I denied for lifetimes
Of that which no longer harbours denial.
No, take me beyond-
So far beyond that I am deeply, oh so deeply embedded within myself.
So that there is no separation
I gently,
quietly
humbly
surrender
Oh, use these hands to do your will,
Use my eyes to dwell upon what I must,
Use my heart as a doorway to you
Use my body for deep connection
Take me beyond the smallness
I may wish to keep or my own egotistical reasons
Take me beyond, far beyond.
Let my soul touch and be touched by you
Let me serve you within me and without me.
Let there be a sacred connection, a bond, a knowing
That can never be spoken, such is the truth.
Let me serve the unknown, rich and potent.
I am yours…..

Featured Art by Jeffrey Lohrius
Written by Elise Heyward

Burning with the Candle, Embodying Hope

I light a candle for those who feel as if they don’t belong…

I light a candle for those who are disconnected from nature….

I light a candle for the blame, the shame so many feel…

I light a candle for the past, for the present, for the future….

I light a candle in the darkness, with a prayer from my depths….

I light a candle quaking in the energy rippling through my body….

I light a candle for this place we live in now- for you, for me, for Us.

So tonight, I’m feeling it all with honour, with an open heart- connected and vulnerable.

I will sit with this candle, alight, burning- feel into if you will join me here.

All my love and hope,
Elise

 

Featured image by Arlissa Vaughn

Snake Goddess, Serpent Wisdom and a Time to Get rid of our Fear

This was initially recorded in my small Facebook group as a Live. In it I retell a story of my childhood with snakes. It goes into now is the time for serpent wisdom- and we can choose to open to it, or to remain as we are. It is unfortunate that our culture is in fear of snakes and teachings from it. They are symbolic of the mystical kundalini experience we can have. They are symbolic of the ancient feminine. They are symbolic of our senses beyond the 5 we typically use. Both ancient and mystical- they hold so much of the unknown within them. Perhaps a little more curiosity, rather than fear could be applied to these animals….

May this serve in some way…

Thank you so much for listening, my friends.

With love,

Elise

The image comes from the preserved ancient city of Pompeii