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I Take Myself Too Seriously

I just got off the phone after talking with my spiritual mentor. We discussed the importance of creativity, but mostly other very heavy topics. It was challenging, though she's kind and gentle.

What made it terrifying was that, after facing some ways I defeat myself, I phoned her to discuss them with her. Though they're nothing shocking, it can be scary to disclose one's faults, no matter how humdrum and unremarkable the faults or how nice the person to whom one is speaking. 

 After that long, challenging phone call, I noticed my art studio door was open. Eek, I always keep it locked, because the cat likes to disrupt things in there. She can get the door open somehow, unless I lock it. Sure enough, she'd captured a wool felt gnome I'd carefully made for myself; she was gleefully ripping out its sheep's wool beard, which I'd painstakingly needle felted in. 

I had to laugh. I was able to repair the gnome, grinning and giggling the whole time at the contrast between my painstaking labor—with learning felt art, with my spiritual growth, and with my life in general—and the cat's wild abandon. I take myself way too seriously.

Taking myself too seriously can be painful. I am grateful my feline familiar reminded me to lighten up. I am grateful that I forgot to lock a door, so that a Divinely mischievous message could get through to me, and make my heart lighter.

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Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com


  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    That's okay, Francesca, I also take myself too seriously. It's just one of the silly traits that make me so lovable! And, like you, when the reality of my relative insignificance is thrust upon me, I derive great joy and giggling from the sheer ludicrousness of it all. The flip side of painful revelation is divine entertainment!

    Thanks for the post. Your spiritual mentor must be some awesome gal.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    Ted, I love your comment — both its contents and lovely language. Yes, my spiritual mentor is an awesome woman. What would surprise some people, lthough I don't think it will surprise YOU, is that I used to be her mentor. Sometimes roles have more to do with the function than the person. And we still switch hats sometimes. But I think it's important to have someone as a designated spiritual mentor that i check in with on a regular basis. It keeps me on track. I ever get too "spiritual" to have a spiritual mentor, I'm in trouble.

  • Bee Smith
    Bee Smith Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Our familiars are so clever! They always seem a bit ahead of the curve for what we need. Which is, truly, to not be quite so earnest. Tough for Scorpios, as I well know!

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 24 September 2015

    Oh, yes, we scorpios are deadly serious. Sometimes I think it can truly be deadly. Thank gods for my cat.

  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Sunday, 11 October 2015

    So what? We all take ourselves too seriously; that's the Cosmic Joke. Yes it is great that our furred and feathered friends can show us how silly we are. I hope that you are well and that Life smiles upon you! Love, Chicot le Fou;);)

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 11 October 2015

    Thomas, hi, I'd just been thinking about how long it's been since we've been in touch! It's lovely to hear from you! Thanks for reading my blog and your compassionate response. I hope you're doing well, my dear. Take good care of you. ❤️❤️❤️

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