The late poetess, Mary Oliver, was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a truly remarkable woman and had Natural Energy 7. She wrote over thirty five works both poetic and non-fiction, including Dog Songs, Why I Wake Early, and A Thousand Mornings. Even as a child, Oliver claimed that she “...Knew exactly what she wanted to do and how she wanted to live and would not be swayed from it.” Early in her life, Oliver suffered significant trauma and abuse. This lead her to seek refuge in nature, which became a main theme of her poetry.
The characteristics of Natural Energy 7 are more present in Oliver’s later works. In an interview for Oprah.com (read full interview here), she states that she came into herself rather late in life after her partner, Molly Malone Cook, passed away. Oliver’s poetry became much more personal, giving the feeling of intense vulnerability. She is excellent at laying bare whatever message she desires to communicate, often using direct, no-nonsense language. Those poems are not the easiest to receive, evoking strong emotions that can be confusing for reader.
Some of her most famous quotes embody the values of Freedom, Fun and Possibility that other Natural Energy 7s have listed. Oliver’s poetry is often packed with dry humor and she delivers her poems with amazing presence. Hear her read her own works here:
In these photos you can see examples of Mary Oliver's Natural Energy 7 physique - focus from the third eye, infinite quality in the eye, energy and prominence of the brow/glabella area..
The concept of Existential Crisis may also be seen in her poetry. Mary Oliver clearly experiences the vastness of the world and understands how many things are quite unimportant. Several of her poems regard small subjects such as insects, flowers and blades of grass, both as individual subjects and in the context of the Earth as a whole. She sometimes addresses how insignificant they are if observed as a part of the huge landscape. Yet, in the same poem, she expresses how one little thing can have so much depth and a joyous effect on the observer, regardless of its insignificance in the grand scheme. Her close relationship with nature and its dominance in her poetry reflects how she may have dealt with existential crisis, and how well she handled herself when faced with the meaning of things. Regarding reading, experiencing and responding to her poetry, she says this:
“So many of us live most of our lives seeking the answerable, and somehow demeaning or bypassing those things that can’t be answered and therefore deluding ones life of the acceptance of mystery, and the pleasure of mystery and willingness to live with mystery… Don’t forget the mystery. Love the mystery…” --Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks, 2001
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