This past week a T-Shirt arrived in the mail that reminded me (yet again) how much influence our allies can have on us.
Whether fictional characters, people we admire but have never met, those in our day to day lives, trees, plants, stones or animals, our allies can support us, stand with us and help us access parts of ourselves we feel less confident in or connected to.
Any other Buffy fans out there?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer played an integral part in my 20’s. The allure of the supernatural, the power of a bad ass heroine and her own allies, the witty dialogue and the very human challenges addressed, this show had it all!
Buffy was a powerful ally for me as I navigated one of my more angsty decades, discovering who I was, finding my own power, navigating relationships, college, grad school, my spiritual path, my alcohol use (and abuse) and so much more.
The second I opened my new “Slay the Patriarchy” T-Shirt in Buffy font, I was reminded of this powerful character and all she brought to my life. I was reminded of just how powerful our allies can be. And just how necessary they are.
I was also reminded how a talisman (in this case my snazzy new tee), can help us stay connected to those energies.
After weeks of news that has been hard to stomach and having it all come to a head with the shooting in Texas I have been feeling pretty beaten down and honestly more hopeless than usual.
Yet that t-shirt sparked something inside of me and I wearing it brought me some extra strength and hope.
Sure it might just be a T-shirt, but it represents an ass kicking, world saving heroine and one of my favorite allies.
Simple Practice: Whoever your allies are, however they show up for you, take some time to ask yourself what you might use as talisman to connect you to what they offer. What can you carry with you to help you stay in relationship with these helpers?
Reminder: Sometimes our allies tell us and/or show us things we don’t want to see. (Shadow work anyone?). This does not mean they aren’t allies, it just means they might be able to help hold us as we navigate some of those less desirable aspects of self.
Summer Solstice Celebration!
I have shared with you all the Summer Solstice Free Planning pages.
But did you know we also have crafted a 40+ page Summer Solstice Celebration guidebook? You can learn more about it and sign up for it HERE.
Plus when you purchase the guidebook you have access to the Summer Solstice ritual I am co-hosting with Erin LaFaive of Full Circle Herbals.
Grab the book and craft up your own practices and rituals, then join Erin and I to celebrate in our community!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT