Courage Gathered, I Name

I name you.

I call you out.

Once a feral focal point of my life.

The best of me:

Dominated.

Hidden.

Denied.

In doubt.

I ignored the truth of my pain.

For too long, this unnamed has squatted in my heart

and the cells of my violated places.

Forced upon me by those hims

limited by foggy minds cluttered by patriarchal privilege.

Banished to the safe road, I turned me off

and the honest beat of my heart nearly drowned.

Until tiny trickles of confidence built,

Until the rust of my unbroken heart flaked

revealing the dynamic truth of who I be.

Unpinned, free from oppressive thumbs,

I do not need control or guarantee,

only a willingness to speak.

I gather courage.

I name you.

I call you out.

f  e  a  r

And, now

I release you.

Restored within this newly acknowledged truth,

I name me as courageous and daring.

I name me as willing to claim truth and to claim me.

All of me:

My smarts, my strength,

the healing places no longer engulfed,

standing, powerfully, free.

In my naming,

I am whole, I am beautiful.

Me reverberates,

filling the vase of women everywhere.



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Cheryl Marlene, the world’s authority on the Akashic Records, is a mystic who is unafraid of the tough, the raw, and the real aspects of doing deep work. She conducts Akashic Record Readings and teaches students to access the Akashic Records through her signature Akashic Records Master Course. In the field of consciousness, she is known as a futurist, innovator, and master teacher who delivers life-changing lessons with warmth and humor. Her exploration takes her to the cutting edge: bringing the future to you today, to help prepare you for what you will need tomorrow.