I Am

In Love with LIFE!  All of it!

I can say this out loud – not as a manic exclamation – but as a proclamation that, because I have taken the challenge to live deeply and explore the shadows (not always on purpose) and be awed by the rainbows, I can hold the duality of Life until it resolves itself in gratitude.

This site is the hub of one examined Life as I have applied my seeking to a world within, LightBeam; the world without, Exhilarated Life! and how that expresses in my vocation, Artemis Alliance, Inc.  Each site is a distinct discussion of how we bring integrity, innovation and purpose to our passions.

mh at the Temple of Aphaia on our island of Aegina

mh at the Temple of Aphaia on our island of Aegina

 

We are more often pushed off a cliff by Life rather than leap willingly

We are more often pushed off a cliff by Life rather than leap willingly and I am no exception.  It is only in mid-air with the cliff face whizzing by – like Wile E Coyote holding an anvil – that we choose to drop it and spread our wings.  I have been broken open by grief until I found I was never alone.  I have felt the lance of betrayal until I discovered I was holding the sword.  I have helplessly witnessed a body dying to know that Life is sacred.  I have known the desolation of depression until the day when every tiny bloom held rapture. I have been clutched by fear until  the illusion was dissolved.  I have failed repeatedly to meet my own standards only to find that my spirit has been enriched. I have been tangled in the complexities of the world until I rested in the underlying simplicity.

Double rainbow over Saronik Sea

Double rainbow over Saronik Sea

And in the midst of this duality, walking serenely down the centre, is a soul unfolding.

 

What does all the ‘this’ and then ‘that’ mean?  I have not suffered more or less than anyone else.  It just means that Life will always and inevitably swing from the light to the dark, the perplexing to the clear.  And in the midst of this duality, walking serenely down the centre, is a soul unfolding.  I am that.  And you are that.

Life in the Moment!

Life in the Moment!

The ancient Hellenes in their tragedies and comedies illustrated this worldly resolution.  For that brief golden arc, the whole culture lived centered in the dichotomy.  Through that inner harmony of mind, body and spirit a people rose to stellar heights, the like of which has never been reached again. It is no coincidence that my love for a Greek man has taken me to this land, nor does it surprise me that many years ago, I named my company Artemis.

Athanasius and me in Santorini.

Athanasius and me in Santorini.

Greece, or more appropriately, Hellas (ancient) or Hellada (modern), is known for its brilliant light.  I find myself here – looking forward – as I synthesize my experiences and offer my own humble perspective on how we can embrace the opposites, live in the moment and bring this ancient wisdom to prevail for a life of true abundance.

Me agapi, (with love)

Marilyn

In the book “Exhilarated Life – Happiness Ever After” I share this story. Check it out!

 

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