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Energy Hygiene, and a BlogShare: Why I Quit My Dream Job – Brennalea

It's been a wild few weeks, on the macro and micro, and life's kept me busier than usual in the local, interpersonal, in-the-thick-of-it realm. Even so, quite a few Sophia's Children musings have been brewing and incubating, so stay tuned.... Continue Reading →

Seeking the Divine in Unexpected Ways – Russell Brand

“There’s a famous quote: ‘Every man who knocks on a brothel door, he’s looking for God,’” he says. “Crack houses and these dens of suffering and illicit activity, they’re all people trying to feel good, trying to feel connected. People... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: Awakening the Unique Potential ~ Michael Meade

In his State of the Soul podcast, author, mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade shares this Wise Elder wisdom: "The heart of the human drama concerns whether we are moving towards a greater life or moving away from it. Either we... Continue Reading →

BlogShare: Her Country Was Art – The Amazing Worlds and Life of Leonora Carrington

Elegant Mystery has shared several images of Leonora Carrington's surrealist artwork, and the short documentary film about this amazing woman's life. What a wonderful, inspired, and deeply moving story! Leonora Carrington's story gives one example of what happens when a... Continue Reading →

Imbolc-Candlemas ‘New Year’ and The Good You Have Done (and Are)

Happy Imbolc, and Candlemas (read more about this ancient seasonal festival in my recent Sophia's Children musing on it)! (And Happy Lughnasadh to friends where it's Summer!) How have you experienced these last few weeks, with the Full Moon/Super Moon... Continue Reading →

Candlemas-Imbolc Advent – Replenishing the Well With the February Mysteries

"There is mystery at the heart of what holds us together, expressed in shared symbols, stories and experiences." ~ Brigidine Sisters On the last eve of January, we enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Lá Fhéile Bhrìghde. As... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Power of Soul Force

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest... Continue Reading →

BlogShare: Active Hope and the Spiral of Transformation

Jessica Davidson has an inspired and ever-timely post about Active Hope and the Spiral Transformation that I'm really happy to share with you. When I hear the word hope, I always think of the great writer, statesman, dissident, and transformative... Continue Reading →

Epiphany and the Wonder of Your Own Presence

e·piph·a·ny To reveal. Shine. Manifest Revelation. An Illuminating Realization or Discovery Resulting in Elation, Awe, Wonder. It's Epiphany, or the first of eight days of Epiphany ... well, it's more than that. (Yes, you can take it literally and/or metaphorically,... Continue Reading →

The Three Illusions That Keep Us From Stepping More Fully Into Life

Here's a bit of timely inspiration as we stand in the gateway of a new calendar year, in the month of Janus (looking backward, looking forward, standing in the present). In an April 2017 TED Talk on the "lyrical bridge... Continue Reading →

Standing Together for Shared Values to Overcome Challenges

Happy New Year to you! In the previous post, I shared Pat McCabe's inspiring message about The Magic of Water (and Sacred Relationship). This is another musing about sacred relationship, water, and standing for the shared values that unite us.... Continue Reading →

The Wisdom of Water and Sacred Relationship

It's a fine time to sip from the deep well of inspiration and Wisdom, not just because we're in the Season of Lights and Twelve Days of Christmas, but also to re-inspire as we make the passage from one calendar... Continue Reading →

A Holy Days, Seasons of Lights Message for you

“Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) It's always nice (and sometimes sanity saving!) to remember that, breathe more deeply, and gather back the energy that's overly dispersed through fear, anxiety,... Continue Reading →

Phoenix Feminine: New Moon at the Galactic Center

The New Moon opens at the Galactic Center midpoint at 1:30 a.m. NY Time on Monday, 12/18 (or 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday night). The New Moon joins a conjunction party (snugged close) with Venus and Saturn in a friendly,... Continue Reading →

Messages From the Divine Feminine – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman With the Alabaster Jar amongst other books and shared wisdom, sent along a reminder that today -- 12/12 -- is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which marks a message of hope and... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene: Sound Bath and Serendipity

There is a lot stirring, and stirred up, in the shared field in which we breathe, move, and have our being. My heart hurts for my friends and the First Responders in the fire zones in Ventura and Santa Barbara... Continue Reading →

Tips for Highly Sensitive People at the Holidays – Reblog from Linda at LiteBeing

Linda shares some good reminders and tips for empathic and highly sensitive people -- always good tips for staying centered and empowered, but particularly for those times and seasons that are a bit more frenzied and extroverted. "I am sensing... Continue Reading →

Keeping Heart Amidst the Bully Pits and Transformation Fatigue

Just now, we have the Full Moon (in Gemini), Mercury stationing retrograde (in Saj, at the Galactic Center); the now-waning agida-spiking, flame-throwing opposition between Uranus and Mars; a lovely, "spacious mind" alliance between Jupiter and Neptune, and the heightened electric... Continue Reading →

The Magic of Gratitude, Revisited

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a... Continue Reading →

Black (Madonna) Friday

  Ahhh, yes, the dreaded 'Black Friday', so called, that follows Thanksgiving Thursday in the U.S. For a couple of different reasons that likely share the same root, I can't quite get into the toxic-Friday spirit of the insane consume-o-brawl,... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: The Story of Stuff (+ mindful gift-giving and renewal))

“Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale. Even the goods we might have expected to hold onto are soon... Continue Reading →

Galactic Center, Center Stage – Are You a G.C. Transmitter?

Once again, the Cosmic Symphony will feature some potent Galactic Center-empowered play as we move through this month and cross the threshold of the year-end Holy Days and into a fresh new calendar year. I've been receiving a flurry of... Continue Reading →

Dehumanizing Abuse of Power. And Rehumanizing …

“When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the... Continue Reading →

Vulnerability and Entering the Conversation

This morning, to start my day after a short sleep -- the Muses woke me in the wee hours --  I read some of the musings of poet-philosopher David Whyte, and listened to an inspiring, poetic and real conversation between Whyte... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

Savor the Moment, Deepen Intimacy

“You see, there is a tendency to talk about the moment, more than to savor the moment.” ~ Debra K. Fileta, The Effect of Social Media on Relationships, Relevant Magazine It's not just about technology, of course; "Smart Phones" and... Continue Reading →

Blog-Share: So Few Degrees of Separation – Finding Gifts in the Family Tree

Blog-sister Leigh Gaitskill, through her Not Just Sassy on the Inside blog, shares a wealth of discoveries from her Ancestry DNA test and subsequent sleuthing into her roots. As Leigh writes, she learned of family tree roots and branches that she'd... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Uncomfortable Truths and Generosity of Spirit Co-Arising

"If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way." ~ Emile Zola Pretty... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: Love Liberates ~ Maya Angelou

“I am grateful to have been loved and to love now. And to be able to love. Because love liberates. It doesn’t just hold. That’s ego. … Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says I love you. I love you... Continue Reading →

Ta’Nit and No Fear (+ two Grief and No Fear links)

What does one say in the face of the unspeakable, as Thomas Merton called it? I know that I'm not the only one who's been deeply reflecting on this in recent days and weeks, even in the midst of the... Continue Reading →

Might You Be an Uncommon Leader and Island of Sanity?

"I know it is possible for leaders to use their power and influence, their insight and compassion, to lead people back to an understanding of who we are as human beings, to create conditions for our basic human qualities of... Continue Reading →

In This Moment, I Begin Anew – Phoenixing from the Ashes

With all of the upheaval, inner and outer, in the U.S. and around the world, there are a lot of people standing in the rubble of what was, and facing the daunting prospect of starting over. In the 'rubbled lives'... Continue Reading →

Is It Better to Enlighten Than to Shine? (Redux)

The theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., in his Summa Theologica, wrote: “...it is better to enlighten than merely to shine.” Is it possible to do both: enlighten and shine? What did Aquinas have in mind and heart when he made... Continue Reading →

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