Recorded on International Women's Day 8th March
Hello and welcome to Poetry Alchemy Infusions. We're celebrating International Women's Day today!
Hi, I'm Rionach Aiken, and I'm a Visibility Coach and Poetry Alchemist.
I'm delighted to be bringing you poems by women poets this week for women's day. Today is a very special poem that I want to share with you.
This is a poem that changed my life six years ago when I worked with it.
If you've been following these Infusions for a while, you'll know that there are some poems that I speak that are really deeply embodied in me, that I know really well. And others, that I read that I love, but I haven't embodied so much.
There's a process that I go through in embodying a poem. I work with it deeply over weeks or months, and it changes me. The poem I want to share with you today is one that really changed my life when I worked with it six years ago.
I've got a process of asking my intuition: 'What poem should I work with...
On this day 19 years ago, it was also a full moon in February.
I’ll never forget that day.
It was the day I married my beloved.
Being with Altazar always felt like coming home to me. To a deeper home than any I could have imagined. Soul-deep and eternal.
My unconventional heart had never dreamed of a white wedding – dress, church, flowers. Or any wedding, come to that.
But then I watched the movie Rob Roy.
When Mary McGregor said to her husband: ‘Do you know how fine you are to me, Robert McGregor?’ something changed inside.
Next day I said to Altazar ‘We could get married.’
He said yes. :-D
The vision came. Go to a sacred place in nature. Create our own ceremony. Declare ourselves married.
I quickly knew where and when.
Full moon. February. Hill of Tara (an ancient sacred site in Ireland).
Now the scary bit ...
It felt intensely vulnerable to share this vision with our families.
We thought about heading off somewhere with a couple of...
Hi, I'm Rionach Aiken, visibility mentor and poetry alchemist.
I help visionaries - practitioners, coaches, creatives, change-agents to bring their voices into the world and to show up, to grow their visibility so they can share their message.
The poem I want to share with you today, I've chosen because I've spoken to so many people - clients, community members – recently who've really struggled with visibility, in terms of having a sense that they've shown up and been visible in the past and it hasn't gone well.
They've encountered criticism, projection, judgment - painful experiences - and it's easy to hide away, to retreat, to put up a shield and to think it's not safe to become visible.
Sometimes we show up and shine and are visible and vulnerable, and we still don't get the results that we might be looking for in that particular context. People don't engage in the way that we would like them to. And that's painful as well.
So this poem is for you if...
Start Close In
Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
way of starting
Start close in,
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
This is a poem (a part of a poem) called Start Close In by David Whyte. I'm sharing this poem with you today because I want to talk to you about the strategies that you use to become visible, to become known, to get out there.
Hi, I'm Rionach Aiken, Visibility Mentor and Poetry Alchemist, and I'm here to support visionaries becoming visible. I work with coaches, practitioners, healers, change-agents, creatives, pioneers, leaders, to support you to become seen, known and valued, and overcome any visibility fears or...
How Did The Rose?
did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
otherwise we all remain too
Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
from Love Poems from God, Daniel Ladinsky
Hi, I’m Rionach Aiken, Visibility Mentor and Poetry Alchemist.
This is a poem by Hafiz and this poem really speaks to me about the support that many of us need to step into our true potential, and into visibility, into shining in the world.
I work with visionaries: with coaches, healers, practitioners, change-agents, pioneers, leaders. People who have a yearning and a calling to make a difference in the world.
And not just any difference, but a difference that is unique to them. They’re birthing something new. They have a sense of what the world needs.
But it can be a scary thing to do! To step out there with something new and become visible in the world. So...
Hello and welcome to Poetry Alchemy Infusions, infusing you with the magic of poetry alchemy to ignite the visionary within, and to support you to bring those visions into visibility in the world.
Hi, I’m Rionach Aiken, visibility mentor and founder of Poetry Alchemy. You can connect with me online at my website RionachAiken.com, or connect with me wherever you find, where you’re listening to this right now.
The poem I want to share with you today is one that’s a big inspiration for me and has been since I first came across it. It’s called 'I Will Not Die an Unlived Life' and it’s written by Dawna Markova. It’s from her book I Will Not Die an Unlived Life. I’ll share the poem and then I’ll speak some more about it.
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me...
Hello and welcome to Poetry Alchemy Infusions, igniting the visionary within using the magic of poetry alchemy and supporting you to bring your vision into visibility in the world.
Hi, I'm Rionach Aiken, visibility mentor and founder of Poetry Alchemy. You can find me online at RionachAiken.com
Today I want to share with you a poem that I wrote in 2015, at the beginning of 2015. It was like a New Year's poem for me.
It's a poem that's very much about listening to your inner wisdom, your inner voice and the commitment that is required to follow that through. Often a fierce commitment. It's quite a scary thing to do.
So I want to share this poem with you today to honour my commitment to bringing my vision into visibility in the world through this new Poetry Alchemy Infusions podcast.
So here's the poem. It's called Vow and it's by myself, Rionach Aiken.
What if all were changed now?
What if the world opened at the touch of my pen
and laid itself...
Hello and welcome to Poetry Alchemy Infusions, infusing you with the magic of poetry alchemy, to ignite the visionary within and to support you to bring your visions into visibility in the world.
Hi, I'm Rionach Aiken, founder of Poetry Alchemy and creator of Visionaries Becoming Visible. You can find me online at RionachAiken.com
So welcome, this is my very first Poetry Alchemy Infusions podcast, the first of many. I created this series of short poetry podcasts to share the power of spoken poems, which is something that I love to do. So to honor this new beginning the poem I want to share with you today is 'For A New Beginning' by John O'Donohue.
John O'Donohue is an Irish writer and philosophy, poet and priest. He's one of my Irish inspirations, and this is a poem that's very dear to my heart. It's one that I connected with in 2012 and it changed the course of my life. I came to it a time when I was really feeling off track and lost, and it reconnected me to my...
Have you ever felt so frozen with fear you couldn’t put yourself out there and just be yourself? Even though you had a deep longing to share, create, make a difference? It felt safer to stay in the shadows.
I get it.
Every woman has her own story of invisibility.
I was the little girl who disappeared behind the curtains when strangers visited.
I didn’t join groups as a child because I’d freeze with self-consciousness.
When I moved to a new, larger school for a year I was so shy I didn’t make any friends. I sat alone at break times with tears rolling down my cheeks.
Even when I grew up I avoided career moves that threatened to put me in the spotlight.
My first business failed because I was too scared to put myself out there and market my services.
I had a successful career in education, but chose management roles that were less scary than teaching.
Rather than step into leadership, I supported others. I had the ideas. They...