I have never before felt such a beauty as this light radiating from the center of my being. I spent years in wonder and confusion about the lack of true love and caring I received in a culture that taught me that I should have everything I want because I was beautiful. And I knew I was beautiful, but I felt ugly. Ashamed of the shadowy labyrinth within, I couldn't love myself.
Yes, the labyrinth was shadowy, and scary, and full of dark corners and dead ends but I found the courage to walk through it in prayer. With compassion for the broken pieces of myself I found strewn throughout, I gathered them into my arms and loved them into my heart, piecing myself back together. Accepting the imperfections and ugliness along the path, understanding their roles and forgiving myself my past choices, I transmuted the labyrinth. The darkness dissipated as the light shone through, inspiring a rainbow of flowers to bloom, inviting bees and butterflies, alive with purpose and perching birds who filled my ears with their glorious song. Approaching the center, my tensions melted and my senses became alive as the past and future fell away and my spirit shone through the present moment, imbuing my being with deep appreciation and contentment. As I reached my destination, I fell to my knees in complete reverence of the indescribable beauty shining from the crystalline, rainbow core. My essence. My center. Me.