Daring to wear your crown

During lockdown, Clare wrote her first book 'Living Each Day the Fortune Cookie Way', an insightful and inspiring journey of spiritual growth, resulting from living the maxims contained in fortune cookie mottos, every single day for a year. This quirky and unique book is an honest and deeply personal, heartfelt description of weakness, which is transformed into strength and doubt which is transformed into faith.

‘Our crown has been bought and paid for.

All we have to do is put it on’

James Baldwin

 

What does it mean to put on my crown?

 

Putting on my crown is living my most authentic, whole hearted life. 

 

It means ripping off the super-heroes cape I put on because I didn’t believe I had the power without it; failing to realise that my true greatness lies in revealing my vulnerability. 

 

I wore my superheroes cape to cover my broken heart not realising that my broken heart was where my beauty was, because it showed I had loved.  

 

I wore my superheroes cape thinking it would give me a forcefield of protection, but to live authentically is to potentially experience not only great love, but also great hurt…and that is where beauty and also great strength lies. 

 

The Japanese practice of Kintsugi is using precious metals to mend  broken pottery, thereby adding to their value and beauty through their scars.  

 

That is what it means to live an authentic, whole hearted life and to wear my crown.

 

It means that when I am alone after the business of the day is over, I have nothing to take off and my being is illuminated like a stained glass window, each pane of glass representing my unique strengths and qualities.

 

We don’t need to fear taking off our cloak; Joseph didn’t lose his power when he lost his cloak of many colours.  

 

My crown will be like a beacon. When I wear it I am living in the fullness of authenticity and the beauty of it will make people ask – ‘where is my crown’?  

 

It is the crown that made Maya Angelou a ‘phenomenal woman’. 

 

The crown is bespoke. 

 

The crown is as unique as each one of our heads and it fits each of us perfectly. 

 

Do you dare to put on YOUR crown and live a whole hearted life with no masks? 

 

Do you believe that YOU were born a superhero and all you have to do is claim your crown through living authentically and bravely?

 

Claim your crown now.

Daring to wear your crown...a meditation on the wisdom of James Baldwin.

© 2020 all art work by Clare Langan

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