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Temenos: Being a Wise and Healing Sanctuary

"The work of Temenos could not be more important. Its commitment to fostering a wider awareness of the great spiritual traditions we have inherited from the past ... which form the basis of mankind's most civilised values..." "In the great... Continue Reading →

The (Healed) Feminine – Medicine for Our Times

See how you respond, or react, to this quote, and then read on … it’s what this musing is about. “In fact, (Professor Miranda) Shaw learned that … women were to be worshipped, honored and revered as the bringers of... Continue Reading →

A Beloved Community and Creative Nonconformists

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom... Continue Reading →

The Healers of the Family Tree

A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.
A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.

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.

Ancient olive tree (photo from Medilico's Olive Facts)
Ancient olive tree (photo from Medilico’s Olive Facts)

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)!

Jamie

Sophia's Children

Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci. 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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Be Your Light. Shine Your Light. I Can!

“The first steps toward the creation of wholehearted empowerment in our lives are to leave space for it and ask for it with sincerity. We can’t overlook the power of devotion to create the feeling of possibility in our lives.... Continue Reading →

Reader Q: What is Sophiastrology? As Above, So Below.

I received a fabulous email from a new reader who was drawn by the word-morph Sophiastology and wanted to know how I came up with it ... and how it differs from traditional astrology First ... I love hearing from... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.
Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.

A timely musing and always-welcomed reminder spirals up from the Sophia’s Children inspiration-archives …

Big Love,

Jamie

Sophia's Children

Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia. Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia.

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, transformation fatigue and burnout are occupational hazards.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and to become fatigued or heavy hearted at what seems a daunting task in the face of myriad epic challenges that roll in like waves from the ocean.

I’m pretty resilient, and devoted to The Work and the practices that allow and support it, but sometimes I — like all of us — feel the bone-weariness of transformation fatigue and other occupational hazards.

I’ve learned from experience that dipping often into the deep, rich wellsprings of inspiration from our kindred-spirit edge walkers and vision-seeders is vital … as are other disciplines and practices that help us to be as we are (and as we’re here on this planet…

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Two Grandmothers, Red and Blue

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 →

Relationship Alchemy vs. Dreary Bickering

"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 →

Wildly Pronoiac Attitude Adjusters from the Babemba and Og

Both of these Attitude Adjusters brought to you by Rob Brezsny's Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I've been enjoying yet another (re)visit with this perception-shifting gem -- it's... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Love, Fear and Early Adopters.

"We are the early adopters of a revolution of values." ~ Pancho Ramos-Stierle, Occupy Love, in a YES! Magazine interview. In the Spirit of Cultivating, Being, Embodying, and Spreading the Big Love, Jamie

Rebel Kind. Rebel Still. Rebel Vulnerable.

“If you want to be a rebel, be kind.” – Pancho Ramos Stierle This isn't what I was going to write about today, but it's what stirred up from the depths, gathered out of the ethers, so here it is.... Continue Reading →

Peace to this house – #Blesstival-2016

“Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Shalama bayta:” Peace to this house and family — May it complete its purpose and tell its tale to the end. May it fulfill itself in surrender to the One.” ~... Continue Reading →

Making a Difference

Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate Christmas or honor the Spirit of the Season in other ways.

As we near the threshold of the passing of this past calendar year and the dawn of a fresh new one, many of us can appreciate that feeling of starting a new year with a blend of hope and intention, mixed in with healthy doses of anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even sadness or grief.

I have no doubt that I and several other of my blog-o-sphere sisters and brothers will continue sharing what ‘good medicine’ comes into and through us to encourage and inspire (as we navigate that same mix of inspiration and uncertainty!).

And yet each of those individual sharings contributes to the greater ‘wave’.

So I’m glad to share an inspired and timely blog article from The Druid’s Garden, along with Laura Bruno’s intro-musing to her own reblog of this post.

You’ll find Laura’s message, and then the link to the reblog of ‘Making a Difference’.

It’s a really important message as each of us does of the work of keeping (or re-gaining) our Sovereign Center, and continuing to add our big and small magic, our own contributions (small and large) to the cause of wellbeing, Agape (Perdita’s Gifts!), and a restoration of joy and Wisdom for all beings.

Thanks to Laura for reblogging this (I’d missed this post, so was glad for the reblog!), and to The Druid’s Garden for the initial musing.

Here’s to the great importance of a wealth of (seemingly) small contributions.

Big Love and Holy-Season Blessings,
Jamie

From Laura Bruno’s reblog of “Making a Difference:”

“I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.”

And The Druid’s Garden original “Making a Difference” article ….

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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May the Angels in Their Beauty…

"May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart To come alive to the eternal within you, To all the invitations that quietly surround you."... Continue Reading →

Blog Blesstival – A CoCreated Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

Thank you to all who joined me in an experiment: The Blesstival  ... sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook ... wherever you connect. Together, we stirred the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing... Continue Reading →

When We’re Still … The Gift of Presence

“There are times when our offering is not necessarily some tangible gift or helpful act, but rather simply a peaceful manner.  If we are clear and present, if we are quiet and centered, then others may be nourished simply by... Continue Reading →

Vision, Hope, and a Crisis of the Human Spirit – The Timely and Timeless Wisdom of Vaclav Havel

Real wisdom, the voice of the human spirit, is timeless, no matter the language or 'parlance of the times' it expresses in, or through whom it flows. And those who invoke it -- those who walk the Underworld or Hero's... Continue Reading →

The Truth of the Matter …

Anais Nin and the Mermaid Quote. Image courtesy of Creating Ecstasy.
Anais Nin and the Mermaid Quote. Image courtesy of Creating Ecstasy.

I deeply appreciate Laura’s perspectives shared here in her blog post.

As I jotted in her comments section, this post in itself (as are so many) is a portal or potential doorway into dialogue with “those who have ears to hear” and can actually have conversation on such things.

It made me think of a favorite Anais Nin quote (shared in the image) — a very “Scorpio-Pluto” notion with which I and transformation-catalyst kindreds resonate deeply.

And it makes me think of what the Black Madonna symbolizes — and resolutely and with fierce compassion, stands for — and what the Great She evokes in us and stirs into embodied remembrance.

It also makes me think of the Power of the Word and the actual, real magic of presence, intention, attention, imagination … the very things that have gotten burgled and co-opted, unless and until we wise up to that and claim them back.

And it brings to mind the straight-talking, provocative, and evocative phrases — and invitations — from the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King about Creative Maladjustment and Transformed Nonconformists.

That whole Gen-X (and Kindreds) Phoenixing thing I wrote about recently.

Yep, I’m an associative thinker like that, but I think you’ll see what I mean.

Have a look; see what Laura’s blog musing stirs for you.

Lots of love,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

…lies somewhere between this:

The United Nations 2030 Agenda decoded: It’s a blueprint for the global enslavement of humanity under the boot of corporate masters

by Mike Adams …
And this:

Yes, pun intended. Truth upon lies upon truth upon lies — a mise en abyme. Yes, I agree with Mike Adams (except his comment that only male energy can save us — imho, we need a return of the Sacred Masculine, as well as the Empowered Feminine.We’ve got plenty of patriarchal BS, thank you very little, but we need the Male Principle to get back in touch with the sacred, and we need women to become empowered in ways beyond putting on a pantsuit and out-aggressing all the men. We also need to recognize that masculine and feminine energies are bigger than sex or gender, and that we each have some masculine and some feminine begging for expression…

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The Necessity of Spirituality and ‘A Moral Question’ – Native American Elders William Commanda and Oren Lyons

"In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders,... Continue Reading →

Gary ‘Z’ McGee ~ Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems

Fierce and Fiery Wisdom -- 16th Street Goddess, Mission District, San Francisco. Photo by Jamie Walters (Use in accordance with Creative Commons - cite credit and link to this post. Merci.)
Fierce and Fiery Wisdom — 16th Street Goddess, Mission District, San Francisco. Photo by Jamie Walters (Use in accordance with Creative Commons – cite credit and link to this post. Merci.)

This is a powerful perspective from Gary ‘Z’ McGee, shared by Laura Bruno.

Gary Z’s article includes some of my own favorite themes and insights, like the fierce-and-fiery wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King when he spoke of creative nonconformists or rather creative maladjustment and transformed nonconformists to be specific.

These sorts of insights and inspirations are intimately linked with the Transformation-and-Phoenixing theme in my previous Sophia’s Children post — it’s always helpful to renew our remembrance of just why that whole ashes-to-Phoenix process might be purposeful if it births the fierce-and-fiery wisdom and transformed-nonconformity required of a ‘David’ (or a Davida, as it were!).

Here are a few bits from Gary’s article; read on and you’ll find more:

“The hope of a secure livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and spiritual freedom have always been nonconformists. It any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist.” ~ the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and …

“It takes courage to stand along, especially when standing against Goliath while also attempting to show others how they are not Goliath. Diane Grant said it best, “It’s better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.” But it’s even better to point others in the right direction as you go.”

Amen to that!

This would be the very discerning-yet-fierce Jupiter in Virgo ‘Service Thing’ I mentioned in the recent post.

More on this whole fierce-discerning-Phoenix topic coming up … it’s brewing up strong in the creative cauldron right now.

In the meanwhile, thanks for sharing this one, Laura. Perfect medicine for now.

Big Love,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

Another good one from Gary Z McGee! If you don’t know what Rope-A-Dope is, please click here for references and explanation.

Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Turning the Table on Unsustainable Systems is Like Playing Rope-A-Dope with Goliath. 

“Withdrawal in the face of moral complexity is no answer. Withdrawal in the face of atrocity is no answer. Two hundred species went extinct today. When faced with those committing atrocities, it is incumbent upon you to stop those atrocities using any means necessary. If you were being tortured to death in some basement, and I knew this, would you want me to walk away? Would you accept it if I said, “Oh, here’s an answer, I will walk away.” What would you call me if I did that? What would you call anyone else who did that?” –Derrick Jensen

In a…

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Connecting the Light-and-Frequency Bringers

I'm just revisiting Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's book, The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul, which I wrote about in 2010 when I first received and read it (find that post here). Whenever I'm guided to revisit it, as with... Continue Reading →

Meet Naoto Matsumura, The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

The power of kindness, wherever we are …

Thanks to FiestaEstrella for sharing this one. Beautiful.

Big Love,
Jamie

Kindness Blog

Naoto Matsumura is the only human who now lives in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile radiation exclusion zone in Japan.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

At first he fled the radation-riddle area, but he returned soon after to feed his animals.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

Matsumura then realized that there were thousands of other creatures that needed to be fed, as well. The 55-year-old says he knows the radiation levels are dangerous but refuses to worry about it.

Naoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s AnimalsNaoto Matsumura, Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals

“They told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less,” he said.

When he first returned, he saw that thousands of cows had died after being locked up in barns. He freed the creatures that had been left tied up by their owners and takes care of all of them.

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Today, most of the creatures rely on him for food, and he works entirely on the support of donations and…

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PLANETARY – the New Film With Beautiful Views of, and on, Earth

From the creators of the award-winning short film OVERVIEW comes this new feature-length documentary film PLANETARY, making its formal launch on April 22, 2015. The filmmakers share, "We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten... Continue Reading →

The Black Madonna Connection

Given what I've shared in recent (and previous) posts, it seems a fine time to have a nice pot of tea and a renewing, revitalizing visit with the Black Madonna. I've written a lot about the Black Madonna over the... Continue Reading →

Focus, Energy, and Shifting Stories

It's more challenging than it sounds, isn't it? This work of shifting dominant stories, whether personal or cultural stories (and for most of us it's both)? The shifting, the uprooting from false ground, has tested me mightily, I admit, and brought... Continue Reading →

Joy, Presence and the Power of Blessing – #Blesstival

In times of intense energy dynamics and epic shifts -- for many, that's pretty much right now -- we can feel both catapulted out of our comfort zones, uprooted and unmoored, and stuck, as in Way not opening. At the... Continue Reading →

Unlearn the Lesson of Obedience

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." ~ Malala Yousafzai 2013 Pakistani Educator Ziauddin Yousafzai speaks to a TED Talk audience about his daughter Malala, who was shot at point-blank range in September 2012 by a... Continue Reading →

The Power of Taking a Stand

"The power of taking a stand centers us in something larger than our own life starring us. We start to realize that we have been “given” life and that it’s a gift. When we use our life as an instrument... Continue Reading →

A Time for Courageous Dreaming

Here's a theme that's been growing in strength: the importance of reclaiming the power of our focus from the myriad bling-bling distractions, reclaiming the power of our dreaming, so that we can direct more and more of it towards desirable... Continue Reading →

On Restoring the World’s Lost Heart

"In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, some portion of its lost heart." ~ Louise Bogan, American... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Uncommon Skills

"As we accept what is, we become people who stand in contrast to what is, freed from the aggression, grasping, and confusion of this time. With that clarity, we can contribute things of eternal importance no matter what's going on... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Our ‘Word’ Power

  With the passing of each day, it seems more and more vital not to get caught up in the swirling vortex and mass-hallucination of what's gone -- and what is going -- horribly wrong. Recently I noticed what seemed... Continue Reading →

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