The Vulnerability of Self

We each have inside us a persona that we protect... not hide but keep safe.... not because we a secretive but because this is our core being... our soul....

Vulnerability is an act of courage and strength because you merge with your real self, instead of hiding behind a facade to please others.

“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.” — Brené Brown

“Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging,” Brené Brown .

But when we open ourselves to the world, trust it enough to show our core, show our true selves, we are allowing the world to see us as we see ourselves... this takes courage....this takes strength....for in our most vulnerable states we are at our strongest... this is how Humans have thrived... this is a super power. It was Rumi who said: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent. Mehndi has been used to adorn young women's bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age. Many statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE along the Mediterranean coastline have raised hands with markings consistent with henna designs. Mehndi spread from India to Africa to the Middle East have embraced the art of henna body decoration-for fashion and beauty, for personal expression, for social and religious occasions and for healing purposes.

This paint design by Kymberli Browne from Kymystique was a reflection on the simple but elaborate design of Mehndi. Just like us we have many varying patterns that may seem not to connect if it wasn't for the core being its connection. Like Mehndi art we are our frequencies, energies and patterns it starts with a core sparks of pattern and then grows, evolving and becoming richer as it projects across our being.

The doubting voices inside your are blockages preventing your magnificence being known. Trust your heart’s wisdom and its real essence, not the voices in your head.

It is only then you will appreciate how vulnerability is a commanding act of strength and courage.


Body Artist : Kymberli Browne / Kymystique

Photography : Brian William HAdwin / Ochre Imagery Studios

Photo Edit : Brian William HAdwin / Ochre Imagery Studios

Model : Chrystel Louise


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