The Voice Of Empowerment
The cat has mastered the art of saying no. When a cat doesn't want to do something no amount of begging, pleading or even bribing can change it's mind. We can learn much from this symbolic energy of embracing your ability to quit pleasing others. Cats say "please yourself darling", and with the ability to just tune out anything or anyone that is getting on it's nerves, cats assist and and encourage us to do the same.
Cats know what they like and what they don't. They know what they want and when they want it. Cat's have been referred to as being finicky but actually it's all about refusing to accept or tolerate what doesn't fit or feel good in your life.
This is a very personal learning experience for me. I am a very vivid dreamer and cats often come to me in dreams. I have three as companions in the waking world as well, one who is pictured here. I am a person who highly values harmony in life. There are often misunderstandings that can be solved by keeping ones' temper in check and choosing to communicate instead, but there are also times to stand up for yourself, and times to simply walk away. It took me a long time to be able stand up for myself because I had a parent who put me down whenever I tried to stand up for what I wanted. I was often told that I was 'too big for my britches' and that I was demanding, and as a result I felt bad for wanting to please myself. Now I understand that it is healthy to know what you want and need, and to set boundaries in order to nurture yourself. It is perfectly ok to say no, to not 'fit in' with what others want, and to walk away from an unhealthy environment. The people that are meant to be in your life will understand and respect your boundaries, and those who wish to manipulate you will try to undermine your confidence. These are the people to walk away from as no amount of negotiation is going to change the situation. It is very possible to be kind, compassionate, and loving while maintaining healthy boundaries. Cats are very good at this. We can learn a lot from our fuzzy friends!
Model: Madison Rose
MUAH: Madison and I
Wardrobe made by me from salvaged materials
Assistant: Christy Cantwell
Special thanks to Annie Cat for her patience and cooperation.