On Being Afraid to Take in the Harvest

Over many years I have noticed a pattern. I am very good at planting seeds as ideas and plans, not so good at waiting for

Amulet hand seeds

them to grow. And sometimes really bad about knowing when it is time to harvest and actually bring those grown ideas and plans into use.

Fear plays a big part here. And also uncertainty. Am I ready to bring that idea into being? Do I want to take it out for the world to see? Is is safer (though not ultimately better) to let the idea sit unharvested on the vine. Another plan left to rot.

I sit here today with ideas and plans about my spiritual practice, and my healing work. Some of those plans are still growing, but others seem to be ripening and becoming ready to be harvested.

The seeds I have planted and have been nurturing for some time are the seeds of finding my voice, and claiming my own power. And over time, these seeds have been fed from a number of sources which have helped them to grow. But at the same time, I have become aware of the poisons which I had used to feed these seeds in the past.

And each of these poisons has been created from fear.

Fear of standing out. Fear of being laughed at. Fear of being “found out” as not being good enough. Fear of the unknown. Some fears so small, but numerous, they can’t even be identified.

Some months ago, I underwent a shamanic journey to meet with and talk the fear which was keeping me from claiming my own power. In this journey I was taken into an old haunted mansion and led into a dark, damp room. Suddenly, from every corner, wall, window, doorway came hundreds or thousands of tiny spiders. They came together in the center of the room to form a humanoid creature standing in front of me. Thousands of tiny fears, tiny and insignificant when alone but when they came together they created a monster.

And by facing this monster, I have been given the gift of seeing it for what it is. A construct. I don’t have to tackle the monster all at once, I can tackle the individual fears.

I’m not doing this work on my own. I have had the help of many loving people and have been using shamanic journeying, personal meditation and reflection. In addition I have received Reiki Drum and have been doing a lot of talking with a trusted therapist. This work I am doing, I have come to undertand, cannot be looked at from a single angle but must be approached from many different sides.

I’ve started by looking at my attitudes towards power. What does claiming power mean to me? Through Reiki Drum, Goddess Warrior Training work and reflections I made a startling discovery – In my mind, claiming power means using anger to control others. Powerful people are angry people.

Yikes! No wonder I kept rejecting the idea of claiming my own power.

Then I looked at the messages which are passed around the healing community, messages which I have internalised emotionally even as I try to reject them mentally. Messages like: You cannot claim a title of healer for yourself, it must be given to you by your community. It is wrong to charge money for your services.

By bringing these messages into the open, I am decreasing their hold over me and claiming back my own power for myself.

So here I sit with my many seedlings of personal power growing about me, but how do I know when they are ripe? How do I know when it is time to harvest them? Too soon, and I won’t have the full benefit of this internal power. But too late and they may wither on the vine.

This is where trust comes in. And paying attention to the messages that are sent my way. I actually received 2 messages the other day. Two people contacting me hours apart with 2 different requests.

The first was requesting my service as a healer. The second my services as an oracle reader. But the bigger difference was in their expectations as the latter person approached me with the expectation that I would give the reading for free. As I do withย  most situations these days, I sat on the requests and thought about them over night.

I see these two messages as two different plants that have grown in my garden.

The first plant – I say I want to grow my work as a healer. Am I willing to accept the chance to see a new client? Yes. On my

Amulet - sprouting seed - new beginnings

terms. I am taking a few weeks off from healing work while my children are out of school.so after confirmation from the person that our appointment can wait a few weeks, I have arranged to contact this person after school resumes in September.

The second plant – Does my service as an oracle reader and a healer have worth? Do I value the work I do? Yes, it does and I do. This person received a response pointing towards my oracle page with a list of what type readings I can do, and the charge for each.

Two plants growing, one that I want to keep and one that I don’t. By removing the latter, the former has more room to grow and thrive.

My issues around claiming power are still around, but they are getting smaller. I am finding it easier to claim my worth, and am more willing to do so. I’m more willing to stand up for what I believe in. But also more willing to walk away from fights I don’t really want to get in the middle of. I don’t have to prove my power or my truth in order to stand in it. These are the ideas worth harvesting.

My services:

I am an Energy Healer combining Reiki and Shamanic healing methods.

I do oracle readings using Amulets of the Goddess

This was written for The Pagan Experience

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3 thoughts on “On Being Afraid to Take in the Harvest

  1. We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed this post! At this point in the cycle of the year there are a wealth of posts dealing with with the history, images and symbols of Lammas, and there’s nothing wrong with that, we’ve produced such posts ourselves. But the way you approached this from another perspective, looked at a different aspect of the ‘Harvest’ process and detailed your own personal relationship with this neglected facet (the fear) was both refreshing and very, very thought provoking. Thank you!

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