Back in my Selkie Skin ?!
A visit to see my friend's Anne & Jorg turned into more than I bargained for yesterday! But game for a bit of excitement, and willing to shrug off my self imposed shivery Shetlander status, i wriggled into Anne's spare wetsuit in preparation for a swim in the cold Atlantic Sea :) Judging from our pre-dip photos though, I'm not sure who looks more nervous ... me or Pootle!
So after an amazing salty splash in the idyllic Crookhaven Harbour, shared in the company of my two wonderful friends (Pootle stayed in by the fire!) I emerged totally renewed, invigorated and squeaky clean.
This morning I awoke (still glowing) with some new clarity and I've been pondering on how paradoxical my experiences can seem at times.
Since my earliest memories, I've been fascinated by the Selkie stories, somehow identifying with the mystical seals who have the ability to shed their skins and walk unnoticed in the world of Humans. Providing the Selkies can remember where they've left their skins :/ .... they can slip them back on and return to their own watery worlds as and when they desire.
A few days ago, I posted a poem about shedding my skin ... my skin representing all the old outmoded conditioning that I adopted and used as crutches, believing I needed these in order to survive in this world.
So what does my Selkie Skin represent? I'm wondering if it could be all my 'useful' gifts and qualities which represent a truer version of mySelf? An amalgamation of all the skills I have gained moment to moment, Life time to Life time, that have shaped my experiences and have honed my own individual, unique perspective. To find and put on my Selkie skin is to be in Self empowerment, choosing to take guidance from my intuition, and invoking the Highest parts of my being to emerge within my physical earthly body.
Developing enough Self awareness to distinguish between the two .... so I will avoid clinging on to the flaky bits or attempt to destructively scratch off the deeper layers that still serve me well .... seems to be a worthwhile aspiration. Maybe i'll stay a bit warmer too ;)
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