I consider myself a word alchemist. I love the written word, and the power that it brings. So when I was told about The Awakenings Project, I thought it was the dopest thing that I could participate in. I was humbled to even be asked. I thought the premise was genius and in the cultural tempest that we are in, I thought it was needed. I had to add my magic to it.
My word: ORACLE.
To me, this word carried so much power. So much history, and so much weight. I adore words, so I had to look up what it is the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an ‘oracle’ as I found there were 7 definitions. The ones that I thought were most applicable to me are:
- a person who delivers authoritative, wise, or highly regarded and influential pronouncements.
- divine communication or revelation.
- any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.
Oracles in folklore are secret keepers, storytellers and always are presented with this degree of mystery and mystique.
They are these mystical, metaphysical creatures that touch natural and divine and there is something about them that is indescribable.
That ‘certain something’…that aire, or charm.
Being a writer, I believe that this word encompasses everything that I felt growing up and daydreaming; being able to ‘pull’ these imaginary, real people into paper and ink, conjure what is not to what is.
Being able to tie together nows and thens into the could be’s and futures yet. I think that word wraps up all that I am as an artist.
Since participating in the project, I have been more active in exercising my gifts and talents in my pursuit of being a writer. I have become more confident in my talent and gifts, and sharing that with people and venturing out in different arenas that those of my kind are found.
I have embraced that portion of myself, and honor it.
The Awakenings Project has helped me accept that of myself which I was unsure about, and was not confident in.
I’m an Oracle. And that is badass.
Subject: Jennifer Harris
Date of Session: 12/2016
*The Awakenings Project is the brainchild of a dear friend of mine, Marissa Southards. She asked me to be a part of this project (now known as Awakenings I or A1) in 2016 and I agreed. With the launch of her blog of the same name (The Awakenings Project), she asked those subjects to write a reflection of the involvement in that process. Any questions about the project can be answered there.
Y’all should hop over to her blog and follow her awesome.