Generally, when something's "golden" it's considered good, optimal, desirable, refined, auspicious. A golden opportunity. The Golden Rule. The Golden Mean. Someone who's able to turn straw into gold -- creating something valuable, that benefits others, from humble origins or 'raw... Continue Reading →
Mindful inquiry. Sacred inquiry. Transformative inquiry. Affirmative inquiry. All of these point to a particular way of working with questions that's a little different from the same old, same old. This was one of the topics (or themes, or skill... Continue Reading →
"An awakened heart is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be honored, protected, and expressed, with all of the fierceness of the regal Lioness and Lion." In these days and times, an awakened heart -- individually... Continue Reading →
Two years ago, I wrote a post called "I Build A Lighted House (and Therein I Dwell). The Energies of Now -- and current 'happenings' in culture -- make this a timely message once again. Here goes ... “I build... Continue Reading →
Here's an insight from Will Smith about how essential it is that we switch from a default mode of fault and blame to responsibility. Things like this add up to greater empowerment, agency, and a more skillful ability to relate... Continue Reading →
In my recent musing, Appreciation to the Tribe of Invisible Mothers, I promised to share a couple of examples that were in my mind and heart as I gestated and wrote that post. These are just a few of the... Continue Reading →
I originally wrote this musing in April 2016, when the Taurus Mysteries were rising on the wheel of the year. Then I revisited the Venus-Rising theme, when the Libra Mysteries -- the other zodiac archetype ruled by Venus - were... Continue Reading →
"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 →
Bobbie explores the 'outing' of yet another celebrity faux-guru, along with the greed-reveal of a miserly celebrity American bling-worshipping, integrity-challenged mega-church preacher, in her The Shift Has Hit the Fan blog post, "Another One Bites the Dust." This, along with... Continue Reading →
“Wholeness and integrity depend upon the place’s underlying, invisible ecology. Spirit-of-place is influenced by human thought and action: how places are used revered, un-valued or exploited affects them… Listening to a place’s past will tell us where it wants to... Continue Reading →
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia... Continue Reading →
“I don’t criticize ...That’s not my approach. I look for avenues of transformation, and I feed them. I’m always looking to generate something, as opposed to just taking something apart.” “The way I think of it is, every time we... Continue Reading →
There are musings, themes, writings, and offerings in the creative cauldron, bubbling away and readying for emergence in these curious times ... stay tuned. For now ... Fire & Honey 'Medicine'. First, the Fire bit. That'd be one key theme... Continue Reading →
"She felt that somehow, wandering through uncharted territory, we might stumble upon something that will, in an instant, seem to represent who we are at the core. That was very much her philosophy of life—to not be limited by fear... Continue Reading →
The heartful, soulful quest. The heart's yearning is its primary language. In her fresh musing, "Identity, Purpose and Destiny in Moana," Janet Chui writes, "The Sacred Feminine is strong in this movie. The female relationships are strong, supportive, and incredibly... Continue Reading →
“Those who stand in the fires of uncertainty, despair and fear with presence, awareness and discernment are spiritual warriors. And in an age of digital distraction, emotional shaming and bypassing, we need all the spiritual warriors we can get.” ~... Continue Reading →
I'd usually just reblog this one, but the reblog format is funky. So I'm just going to say this: Shahida Arabi, via her Self-Care Haven blog, recently posted an excellent summary of 20 often-used Bully and NarciPath tactics. I shared... Continue Reading →
There's a Fiery Phoenix (and Phoenixing update) musing brewing -- stay tuned. The recent and current 'energy weather' is fiery, and as we know (yawn), that always amps up the Hissy Fit, Tantrum Yoga & Psychic Spew potential. On a... Continue Reading →
The Theologian Walter Wink and others have spoken of The Third Way - a radical concept in our (too often) "either/or", win-lose culture. Some traditions refer to the Divine Spark or Inner Light within us, which is hidden from us,... Continue Reading →
With the Season of Lights Holy Days, holidays — and holiDAZE for many people — this previous musing on The Healers of the Family Tree came spiraling back up into my awareness.
I’ve updated the Current Special Offerings, too, and you can always request a more Spiritual Direction-focused option if that’s what works best for you.
(You’ll see the link to Current Featured Offerings below, too.)
Holidays & the Healers of the Family Tree.
If we’re blessed with stress-free family relations, get togethers, holiday times, and New year — a charmed life, with no stresses or challenges — then we are HUGELY blessed, indeed. Celebrate it!
For many, even with the joys and blessings, there are often nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas at this time of year.
For some others, the holidays and this time of year is super stressful, angst-stirring, and even depressing.
Some of those stresses — many of them, maybe — are very much connected to the cultural, familial, and ancestral ‘legacies’ that play out again and again.
Until they’re seen, soothed, shifted … and, just maybe, healed.
When there’s a heart-centered purpose, even the potentially nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas can be experienced differently.
In that Spirit …
Here’s a refreshed version of my previous Sophia’s Children post, The Healers of the Family Tree … as well as Current Featured Offerings.
Big Love & a healing season (no matter which season you’re currently in)!
Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci.
There are clues that spiral around again and again to validate, remind, or spark new (or renewed) awareness and dedication.
These clues can make up the shiny breadcrumb clue trail we follow, if we know how to look.
When I came across the following musing, in a book I came across quite serendipitously, it spoke to me very deeply.
I know that it’ll speak to some of you, too, as keepers of the ancestral lineage and healers of the family tree (as Malidoma Somé writes).
With holidays coming up and throughout the year, there are times when the family and ancestral strengths and gifts may be evident and on display.
For many, though, and in our cultural and ‘news headlines’ as well, the familial-ancestral traumas and…
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More Ease. More Calm + Confidence. More Clarity & sense of purpose. 'Tis the season (again ... how did that happen so fast?). If you're super-eager to see the current early-December specials, hop right on over: Early-December Specials - Calm+Confident, Clarity+... Continue Reading →
As I watched, with a heavy heart, the acute and often venomous polarization leading into, through, and following the recent presidential election here in the U.S., I found myself thinking of my two grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Anabel, was what... Continue Reading →
"The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life." ... "When relationships are determined by manipulation, by the need for control, they may... Continue Reading →