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My 7 links – a new challenge

I was nominated by my writing friend Denise Ureña, to participate in My 7 Links and am so humbly grateful that she thought my writing is worth sharing. I am new to blogging, even though not to writing, and have only my posts from the Ralph Waldo Emerson writing challenge to choose from at this point. Different authors, bloggers and think leaders sent daily prompts every day for 30+ days to be answered and revolved around and honoured Ralph Waldo Emerson’s book Self-reliance. It was a month of deep self-reflection and a fantastic opportunity to connect with the writer-in-me and rely on my voice inside.

When I re-read what I have written, and the comments received, I fill up with gratitude with what we shared with each other. It’s naked and generous and in trust. Thank you, Denise for the nomination and thank you all for reading and commenting.

So the rules for the 7 links prompt is found here.

The categories are:

  • My most beautiful post
  • My most popular post
  • My most controversial post
  • My most helpful post
  • My post whose success surprised me
  • My post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
  • My post that I am most proud of

My most beautiful postAlive-est (day 28)

As the headline says it was a prompt about when I felt the most alive. It’s about my archery teacher’s lesson on how to become one with what is. One lesson was particular mystical and carried an answer – don’t hold on to the soul so tightly, it’s strong enough. It was a moment of revelation.

My most popular postFacing (and fearing) (day 19)

This one wanted me to explore trusting intuition and making difficult decisions and is a three-part question. I found that The Voice of Ego mostly speaks louder than The Voice of Intuition and that I am facing the challenge of becoming a congruent person.

My most controversial postCall to arms (day 26)

I wrote a manifesto two years ago, and it’s my answer to this prompt. I call it Manifesto of Self. I am proud of it and believe it deeply. I don’t know if it’s controversial, but feel free to share.

My most helpful postWholly strange and new (day 16)

This post is very personal and was helpful to me to write. It’s about the moment I thought I went insane and was thrown into a thick, confusing darkness. It’s nothing I wish for others to experience, but it was the moment when I began to walk in different set of shoes.

My most successful postIntuition (day 23)

I am a storyteller and with this very inviting post I didn’t have to worry about “Oh, I have to write really smart stuff” and went fiction with it instead. I find my intuition to be very beautiful, strong and sheer at the same time. But the comments I got thrown off guard.

My most invisible postOrdinary (day 24)

With this post I went into the trap of expectation. Based upon the responses from the day before (see above) I hoped for the same kind of reaction and comments. But honestly I have no clue if the ‘lack’ of responses equals that it didn’t get attention.

My most proud postYou know (day 21)

I often feel I don’t fit in. I have an askew self-image and carry the archetype of The Ugly Duckling. I am constantly connected to what I call The Grid and have sometimes difficulties to discern what feelings are others or my own. Life has many facets and I have learned that what I know is that I don’t know.

And my nominees to My 7 Links are:

  • Sam Davidson with his blog samdavidson.net. Sam is a speaker, writer, and dreamer who tells stories that need telling in order to motivate others to change the things that need changing. Well worth the read.
  • Beth Turner Taggard with her blog livingaquotablelife.blogspot.com. Beth is Texas born, Kenya raised, single mum and a global citizen. She tells stories about herself, her childhood in Africa and her children in Arkansas. She vents. Often she rants. Sometimes she even bitches. She’s fun to read.
  • Maya Zaido with her blog animalwisdom.com. Maya is a true nature child. She is an educator, writer, leader and a speaker and helps people to live life to the FULLest. Enjoy her way of noticing life.
  • Janet Oberholtzer with her blog janetober.com. She is a true champion, a survivor and an inspirational motivator. She almost lost her life and leg. Now she is a runner, writer and a speaker. Her motto is: “because I can.” I admire her.
  • Talyn Khanbabyan with her blog gypsylightmuse.tumblr.com. She inspires through her stumblings and random musings. Her tumblr is a great way to start the day together with coffee or tea.

Enjoy the reading – my posts and others – I know I have. It was valuable to revisit the posts and reflect on the words and the thoughts behind them.

In’Lakesh.

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courage to connect

The challenge of Day 23, by David Spinks: [Who is one person that you’ve been dying to connect with, but just haven’t had the courage to reach out to? First, reflect on why you want to get in touch with them. Then, reach out and set up a meeting.]

@Cindy A Pavlinac at Sacred Land Photography

Wow, I struggled a bit with this one. I’ve had many ’dreams’ about having a dinner party where I meet interesting people to talk with, meet personally and discuss life, universe and humanity. I would invite pioneers, healers, filmmakers, artists, politicians, children, teachers, scientist, inventors, activists and even dictators or fictitious characters, you name it. Imagine a conversation between Adolf Hitler and Nelson Mandela. Yeah, I know…a fantasy! But if I could put my loathe towards Hitler and admiration to Mandela aside, it would be a fantastic situation to have a close conversation. I am curious about people and their outlook on life. But there isn’t a person I would be ‘dying’ to meet. Then it hit me: There is one invitation I would like to send out and it isn’t impossible to make it happen.

I invite you, fellow adventurer to a ‘Marga’ meet-up, as a walk-about in Life.

Joseph Campbell wrote about ‘Marga’ in his book “The Hero’s Journey”; “Marga is from a root word ‘mrg’, which refers to the footprints left by an animal, and you follow that animal. The animal you are trying to follow is your own spiritual self. And the path is indicated by mythological images. Follow the tracks of the animal and you will be led to the animal’s home. Who is the animal? The animal is the human spirit. So, following the elementary ideas, you are led to your own deepest spiritual source.”

MARGA – a path of self-discovery and empowerment. Are you ready to experience a spiritual, emotional, and physical metamorphosis?

What? We create a self-reliant open-space meet-up where we explore the possibilities of our potential, help each other to tap into the human spirit that resides in us. An ‘Open-Space meeting’ is a format that allows the participants to formulate their own questions, get response from the others that attend too. So it would be as we write down our own prompts but have the extraordinary opportunity to get feedback and other perspectives in person. In between the sessions we could have seminars from some of the participants on their subjects, for instance I could talk about the archetypal language and symbolism in our lives and power, or marketing or leadership, someone could talk about healing or writing or mediation or Tai Chi or how to have a digital sabbatical, de-cluttering, healthy food and exercise…the possibilities are endless. 

Where? Hmm, yes, that needs some consideration; I would like to be at a place with sacred energy (I’m not talking from a religious perspective). There are many places that I think of; Black Hills, US or The Labyrinth in Chartres, France or Stonehenge, England …many places qualifies to emphasize serenity and wholeness. Any suggestions?   

When? Let’s meet year from now. 21 June 2012. (Next summer solstice) We would have a four-day (maybe longer?) interaction where we create the experience as a group. I would be happy to take the responsibility for the arrangements. If you know someone who would be interested, spread the love. If not, that’s fine too. I have no clue if this will take off but it sure would an exciting adventure, don’t you think?

Price? The factual cost I don’t know yet. But the experience would be priceless. That’s why the meet-up would be a year from now. I guess most of us would have to start saving to afford it. But I will look into it, if I get 10 or more people report their interest.

Are you interested and/or do you have suggestions to where the meet-up could be and/or some thoughts about what we could do please contact me and I will seriously work to make it happen:

Michi Lantz

Website / Facebook /  Twitter / Email: michiatfacebook@me.com

Ps. if this doesn’t resonate with you, it’s totally fine. I thought it would be great to invite you, as an act of gratefulness for being part of my somewhat shaky steps towards self-reliance.

In’Lakesh, Michi

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