Ever been in a situation where any and every choice you could make seems equally viable and equally terrifying? Its at these times that we can feel like children lost in a deep, dark wood. No wonder that's a theme that often pops up in folk and fairy tales!
How to get through the wood? Hansel & Gretel left a bread trail. Snow White had the help of animals and the dwarfs during her retreat into the forest. Vasilissa relied on the doll in her pocket. For each of them, the trip through the woods is a sort of initiation-- an exploration of their deeper consciousness. They rely on deeper instincts and their intuition--represented by the doll, magical creatures, and animals--to help them navigate the unmarked paths they find themselves on.
Yes and No form the basis of every decision we make. They are the fenceposts of our healthy boundaries. If you feel like you have to scream to be heard, it may have more to do with your own relationship to "No" than with others' behavior. If you're lacking energy to get through the day, or struggling with resentment, you may not be saying "Yes" to you and life as often as you need to.
If you haven't given yourself full permission to say "Yes" or "No", knowing what you need, let alone being able to ask for it clearly becomes stifled. Can you say "No" without explanation, rationalization, or justification? Can you clearly state your needs?
The first time I heard the story of Vasilissa, I was blown away by her first encounter with Baba Yaga. Vasilissa told Baba Yaga she'd been sent by her family for fire. "Why should I give it to you?" the Yaga roared. "Because I asked," Vasilissa replied. No explanation. No pity story. No justification.
"Because I asked." Full stop.
Would you like to be able to do that? Come find your Yes and No and practice using them until they're both free on Tuesday evening at Southwest Herb on Center in downtown Mesa. In this active workshop, we'll find our Yes and No on our own, then move into partner work to practice using Yes and No and unpack some of the things we've loaded into these small but essential words. Know a friend that could use this? Bring them along. The more folks we've got, the more practice we get.
When: Tuesday, March 31rst
7 - 9pm
Where: Southwest Herb
148 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
$15 if you register and pay online by Monday evening.
$20 at the door.