Empty Cups Are Empty

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They say that you can’t pour from an empty cup, meaning you can’t help someone else if you have nothing in you to give. Well, I think it depends on how you look at it. This demonstrates the importance of balancing giving with receiving when a person has been metaphorically drained dry. However I would like to take a different angle.

Ever look at an empty cup? In the case of this photo it is a lovey interplay of light and reflection. It makes me think this empty cup is not a representation of lack. It is empty but not because it has lost something. It is empty on purpose, it is vacant in order to facilitate the opportunity of possibility, curiosity, invention and creativity. When I look at this cup I think about how many ways are available for me to fill it. I can put anything I want in this cup of mine and that is an empowering thought.

This cup is mine to pour into, it is a representation of the opportunity for me to fill myself to the brim. This is perfect because I like to say that you must create a space and time for something before it is allowed in. That is to say it is your responsibility to prepare to receive, before actually receiving something from others or yourself. A Priestess I knew called this empty presence and it stuck with me. It reminds me that I can intentionally empty myself in order to make space for something positive, something healing, something sacred, something magic.

Try this: Write a list of the things you have often wanted to do for yourself, take an online drawing class, write a song, start a meditation practice, have a really amazing bath with candles and bubbles and music. Whatever you want to do lay the groundwork for it to happen and it is far more likely for it to actually happen. Whatever you do remember make space for opportunity and then you will really know what it is like to pour from a cup that is filled!

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