Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It is Official, I have a new name!!!!

The idea of changing my shop name is something that germinated many years ago. I'll tell you guys, it is not so easy to find a name you like that is not already taken.

                                                YeeLen SpiRiT

YeeLen means bright light in Bambara language. It was a movie made by a famous West African movie maker, Souleymane Cissé from Mali.
Is based on a legend told by the bambara people, a heroic quest narrative featuring magic and precognition. Niankoro, a young African man who possesses magical powers.

The beauty of the theme of movie and the landscapes are imprinted in my mind forever. It reminds me of my childhood in Africa.

During my childhood in my Grandma's village, the internet did not yet exist.   It was just the beginning of when there was a TV in every house.  Just like how people read books to their children before bedtime, my great Aunt would tell us stories every night.  She would tell us magical and mystic stories. Of course, as a child we were always afraid of the tales, but on the other hand we were fascinated to hear them again and again, night by night.. She was a very good storyteller.   I miss her so much.
So when it came to choosing a business name, what could be better than digging deep into my roots to find a name that really meant something to me? YeeLen, to make the light bright - this touches my soul.

Therefore after many years of cultivating this idea, I'm changing my shop name to YeeLen SpiRiT and make the light bright!

« Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us ; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. »

 Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech, attribute to Maryanne Williamson.

« Notre peur la plus profonde n'est pas que nous ne soyons pas à la hauteur,
Notre peur la plus profonde est que nous sommes puissants au-delà de toutes limites.
C'est notre propre lumière et non notre obscurité qui nous effraie le plus.
Nous nous posons la question... Qui suis-je, moi, pour être brillant, radieux, talentueux et merveilleux ?
En fait, qui êtes-vous pour ne pas l'être ? Vous êtes un enfant de Dieu.
Vous restreindre, vivre petit, ne rend pas service au monde.
L'illumination n'est pas de vous rétrécir pour éviter d'insécuriser les autres.
Nous sommes nés pour rendre manifeste la gloire de Dieu qui est en nous.
Elle ne se trouve pas seulement chez quelques élus, elle est en chacun de nous,
Et, au fur et à mesure que nous laissons briller notre propre lumière, nous donnons inconsciemment aux autres la permission de faire de même.
En nous libérant de notre propre peur, notre puissance libère automatiquement les autres. »


  1. Welcome back to blogging, Solange! So happy to see your unique work and read your beautiful words :) Whenever my introverted nature tries to keep me from sharing me gifts, I always think of this quote, particularly "Your playing small does not serve the world". So true! Is the French translation written by you, Solange? I would love to have it to share with my French-speaking friends :)

  2. what a beautiful and inspiring post! i have read those words by mandela before and i am so happy to read the full account here. we should all have to read this every morning. your work is a beautiful tribute to all you hold dear in your heart. thank you for shining, solange. you inspire me. xo