“Naming a force, creature, person or thing has several connotations. In cultures where names are chosen carefully for their magical or auspicious meanings, to know a person’s true name means to know the life path and the soul attributes of that person. And the reason the true name is often kept secret is to protect the owner of the name so that he or she might grow into the power of the name, to shelter it so that no one will either denigrate it or distract from it, and so that one’s spiritual authority can develop to its full proportions.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves
Wow. I love that: “…the reason the true name is often kept secret is to protect the owner of the name so that he or she might grow into the power of the name…” This reminds me that revealing or naming something before it’s fully developed can sometimes be a hindrance to that thing’s growth.
Have you ever had a feeling or idea, some numinous knowing or sensation arise inside of you, and then right alongside it, the sense that it’s just not the right time to say anything about it? That, somehow, this thing needs time to gestate and germinate so that it can become what it’s really meant to be? Perhaps it’s not even a conscious knowing, but there is a sense that if you tried to put words to the thing or bring it out from within yourself, then somehow that would change it in some crucial way?
Sometimes my job is to NOT speak what’s bubbling up inside of me. Rather, sometimes my job is simply to nurture these seedlings ~ these ideas/dreams/hunches/knowings/becomings ~ turning them this way and that, watering them and protecting them, until one day THEY are ready to emerge into the light of day.