Lion Medicine

I saw a lioness in my dream just before waking the other morning.

 

I was afraid of her. She kept following me, so I kept giving her food I happened to have on me so she wouldn’t eat me.

She was beautiful. And majestic. And strong.

It’s interesting to note that she was not trying to attack me. She was more like trying to hang out with me and be my friend.

In Native American tradition, the lion symbolizes strength, power, courage, and fearless communication.

 

That last one hits home for me as I’ve been doing so much work lately around speaking my truth, owning my power and asking for what I truly want. This work has also involved grieving some disempowering choices I have made in the past as a result of not speaking up, and taking action to transform my feelings around these situations so that I can learn my lesson and move forward from an empowered place.

Transformation is messy and painful. Let’s be honest, dealing with uncomfortable shit from the past sucks, but the liberation that comes from feeling it, working through it, and being freed from its grip is so worth it.

The lioness in my dream definitely represented me… fearing my own light. And I think she came to me, in the friendly way she did, to tell me that it’s ok. It’s ok to be strong, powerful, and courageous. It is ok to speak my truth and be fierce and gentle at the same time.

I’m going through a huge transformation right now. I can feel it in my bones, and this dream reminded me of a quote I have stuck to my fridge. I revisited it and thought I’d share it with you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others…”

-Marianne Williamson

 

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