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Emma-Jayne Saanen

[reverb10] One Word

I am participating in Reverb10. http://www.reverb10.com/

01/12/10 Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

For me, the one word that describes my 2010 experience is “illluminating”.

I have learned a lot about who I can trust to do the right thing. The Scottish SPCA cannot be trusted to help animals as they failed to help my Dougal and the wild crow I entrusted into their care. But Animal Concern can be trusted. Without them, Dougal would have died and I would not have had the strength to challenge the Scottish SPCA.

Thanks to research, personal experience and great colleagues / friends, I have learned a lot about “shamanism”, and I think I am on the right path. Even if I cannot do work for others, I have uncovered many things about myself and have been able to grow as a person.

My personal work with cognitive behavioural therapy has also aided my growth. It is still very early days, but already I can recognise my negative thought patterns and take action. Now my downward spirals last minutes or hours, not days or weeks.

For 2011, I hope my year is “inspirational”.

This is partially due to vanity. I would love to be an inspiration to others. I look up to a lot of people, and I wonder if I could do the same. Mostly though, I would like to keep learning about myself, and remain open to new experiences. I want to be open to any potential inspiration, be it in my art, my writing, my day-to-day life or my spirituality.

1 Comment

  1. You are an inspiration. I remember when you first joined the Tuatha group I was like “oh wow another Animal person after all these years!”. For all the time I’ve been around the Pagan scene it was the one thing I was never able to talk about – best I could do was try and cloak some of my ideas and experienes in an ‘established’ context – for reasons that were certainly misguided, possibly even bordering on arrogant. As soon as I saw another person talking so openly about it I just opened right up too and have never looked back :)

    Other than that I see you as someone who has alot to offer – more than I do anyway (not that I don’t have anything to offer – it’s just expression thats my problem). Of the list of people that I look up to I can definitely say you are on it. (does this sound patronising yet? I’m really good at that you know :p )

    Anyway – go and give yourself a pat on the head. You’ve earned it :)

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