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Everything seemed to be going so well in my life...

...and yet, there was still this stubborn feeling that would not allow me to completely live the success I was creating for myself until, during a spiritual session with my mentor, when the word shame came up. 

It was as if the light bulb was turned on and I could see clearly how shame had become a part of my and my lineage's story. After much crying and releasing, I felt the urge to express what was going on inside and give voice to all the women in my lineage who have and had experienced the pain of shame. 
Photo by Julie de Waroquier

Unchained, Unbound, and Free

I felt the shame
Coursing through my veins
Poisoning my being
Contracting my heart
A shame which I did not understand
A shame that persecuted my freedom
Leaving me in pieces
The shame ran so deep
And fragmented my soul
Crumbling my possibilities
And burying my essence

I wondered how
This shame so deep
Could ravage my body
Corrupt my mind
Eat away at my heart
Like a locust
This shame that plagued

I had to find a way
To eradicate its root
From the soil of my soul
And free not only me
But the lineage
From which I was birthed

And so it began
The cracking open of my heart
Diving deep into its cave
Exploring each crevice
Bringing light into the darkness
Letting in the healing power of forgiveness
Serving as ointment for my soul
Healing each wound
Smoothing each scar
And as I looked up
I saw the clear, blue sky
Feeling the warmth of the sun
Reminding me of life
The life that I can now create and live
Unchained, unbound, FREE

Jackie VanCampen: I am a Wise Heart Writer, which means I write wisdoms of the heart. When I write I feel as if I’m connecting with the essence of who I am. That essence is named Kahlia. She helps me access my innermost feelings and give them expression. Letters to my Daughter: A Mother’s Journey of Healing and Transformation was one such book that was birthed by the Wise Heart Writer in me. And since then, I have birthed poems and other forms of writings that speak to the Divine Feminine Goddess in each woman who reads these Wise Heart writings. It’s my greatest passion to awaken women to their beauty, worth, and knowingness through the words that come from my heart. I have been on this journey for the last 16 years and have come to appreciate the ebb and flow of the heart and its expressions through the written word. I also host a radio program called The Writer's Divine Den on Positive Living Vibrations. You are welcome to visit mywebsite here, or connect with me on Facebook, or Twitter. 

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