Artemis Reckons with Risk – March 2017

Gretchen was the consummate Artemis. Gutsy, supernaturally strong, adventurous and a champion of children and animals – throw her a challenge and she was off and running.

Working as an EMT in a rural New England area, Gretchen felt she’d found her calling. She was one of the unsung heroes of emergency response. Taking control in situations that involved angry, drunk, and violent people didn’t faze her.

Her supervisor and coworkers marveled at her alacrity. A few months into the job, Gretchen began training as a paramedic where she could give shots or start intravenous lifelines. She even thought of becoming a doctor.

One night while tearing through a winding, treacherous road piloting the ambulance at a speed that was too fast for even an EMT, a fawn leapt out in front of her and was killed instantly.

A crewmember who sat next to her in the ambulance reported Gretchen’s reckless driving to their boss. “ You’re a cowboy. grow up,” he fumed, placing her on suspension.

Crestfallen, Gretchen slunk home to Phyllis, her partner of six months. Practical, cautious and organized, Phyllis was the soul of support, taking a backseat in their relationship. But after hearing the story, she showed her disappointment and turned cold.

Finally Phyllis said: “This incident brings to light concerns I have about being with you. You see yourself as a heroine, talking about how you love children and want to have some. Yet you drive like a bat out of hell, even when you aren’t on the job. That fawn could have been a child. You are too busy playing Wonder Woman to understand the implications of your actions.”

  • Gretchen/Artemis gets stung – she knows there is a grain of truth in what Phyllis is saying. She values their relationship.
  • She takes a step back to think about other experiences she’s had – close calls under the guise of knowing what’s best for others.
  • She’s a ‘right-fighter’. Can she soften that aspect? Take on some humility and make amends?

Phew! For the next two weeks, Gretchen and Phyllis barely talked. Finally, as excruciatingly hard as it was for her, Gretchen sat down with Phyllis and said: “I’d like a do-over. I heard what you’ve said and agree. Wonder Woman will scale it back. I need you. You possess qualities I don’t have. You balance me. And I love you.”

Artemis – December 2016

Who Knows What Might Happen?

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” — May Sarton

It happened again yesterday. Not exactly the same as in the past, but the tone and resulting feeling left me anxious and I couldn’t return to sleep. The dream: I can’t seem to get out – there are too many nasty animals circling the house, snapping and snarling. The back-story: my introverted Self doesn’t like to hear from my editor that its time to start a blog. All I wanted to do was write a book and now she’s telling me I need to let people know about it! For this one who lives up in the woods, it’s like opening my door to chaos. Who knows what might happen?

Well, there it is. ‘Who knows what might happen?’ is the precursor to a spicy adventure. If the goddess Artemis, of Greek mythology fame, could travel with coyotes and wolves during predawn, why can’t I?

She’s taught me to fend off other intruders in my psyche who challenge me when I initiate a new project – they’re always lurking around trying to keep me in my place. But when I call on Artemis, I’m free to roam – she brings confidence and independence into my quiet life to juice it up. I’m never sure what might happen when her energy is prompting me – she’s stoked.

What skills, or mind-set, do you need to develop a kick-ass attitude? It may go something like this:

  • Who do they think they are?
  • I know what’s right for me.
  • I know exactly where I’m going with this.
  • This ain’t my first rodeo………..

When you think about moving out of your comfort zone, what aspects of yourself have you given up in order to gain approval from important others? When you were young, this was called surviving! If you aspired to be the ‘perfect daughter’, what are some patterns that need to be shucked – just like an ear of corn.

What are you afraid would happen if you followed your cosmic YES? What fears pop up?

  • How do you maintain these restricting fears?
  • What do you get from holding on to them?
  • There is always a payoff, so be honest with your self.

What attributes or characteristics from your past would be useful on your next adventure?

And what could be the glorious, exciting outcome if you followed that YES?

Spend time picturing yourself in the outcome. Sensualize it: see it, hear it, taste it, smell it. Take a deep breath and feel your guts relax. Focus on the quality of the experience you want to create. Use adjectives to describe your noun/verb goal. How do you feel in your fantasy?

Once you’re feeling it in your fantasy life, you can step into it in your real life: that’s manifesting! Hint: instead of saying you want to live in a big house feeling free and grand, you might say you want to live feeling free and grand. How can you accomplish that goal now? Go Ahead – I Dare Ya!