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Who Made Breaches of “Social Conscience” Uncool (and “Reformation of Manners” Cool?)

“Social conscience" obliges the individual to act. Today we call for action all the time, but mostly from government, which is another way of excusing us and allowing us to get on with the distractions of the day." ~ Mark... Continue Reading →

A Culture-Shifting Rebel Who Inspired A LOT of People (You May Have Heard About Him)

I appreciated and enjoyed reading Robert Alan Rife's InnerWoven post about a particular historical culture-shifter who: • defied hatred with love, • practiced inclusion and invitation rather than exclusion, • annoyed the Powers That Be (of his time) by opposing... Continue Reading →

BlogShare: Why the World Needs the Gifts of Celt-Gael Wisdom

I appreciated Robert Alan Rife's InnerWoven musing, Why the World Needs the Celts -- the always timely (and pretty inspired) gifts from the ancestral Celt-Gael wisdom and ways of being. As ever, the core ways and values find commonality with... 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 →

When the Soul Felt Its Worth

Wishing you all of the most beautiful spirit of the season. Big Love, Jamie

Shining Heart: The Morning Star Rises in My Heart

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 →

The Wise-Woman Way of Mary Magdalene

July 22 is the historical feast day of Mary Magdalene, so it's very fitting to share this updated post from the early days of Sophia's Children. Not that we need confine such celebrations and honorings to one day. After all,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Today I Begin Anew

Today I begin anew. Over the last week or so, I found that message - Begin Anew - arising within and around me more than once. First it simply arose in my awareness. Begin anew. Then, as I was walking,... Continue Reading →

Is it Better to Enlighten Than to Shine?

"...it is better to enlighten than merely to shine." ~ St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica,  II-II, q. 188, a. 6. That bit of wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas caught my attention a few days ago, when I came across... Continue Reading →

It is Risk, It is Real – the Dark Night of the Soul and Transformation.

“Transformation begins at the point where there is no hope.” ~ James Hillman, Suicide and the Soul “At the core of the spiritual journey, religious traditions recognize the inevitability of darkness. Transition from “one degree of glory to another,” as... Continue Reading →

InterSpiritual: Delving Into Sacred Wells to Stir the Heart Awake

Here's another lovely musing from fellow mystic-writer (etc.) Mirabai Starr. I recently shared a perspective from her on the Feminine Mystic. This one is how she describes her own experience of walking the InterSpiritual Way. Different from interspiritual or multi-faith,... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Mystic … and a Feminine Mystic?

What makes a "Feminine Mystic?" This is the question that writer Carl McColman asked Mirabai Starr, author, speaker, mystic, and translator of the mystics, in a Patheos interview. This is an excerpt from Starr's reply. "Mysticism is about a direct... Continue Reading →

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 →

Knowing the Ecstasy of the Infinite

"You ask, how can we know the Infinite? I answer, not by reason. It is the office of reason to distinguish and define. The Infinite, therefore, cannot be ranked among its objects. You can only apprehend the Infinite by a... Continue Reading →

Joy, Presence and the Power of Blessing – #Blesstival

Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons - use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.
Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons – use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.

Energy alchemy and Timeless, ‘Evergreen’ Wisdom — the alchemy of joy, presence and “reciprocal blessing.”

Happy Dark Moon and soon-to-be New Moon and Lunar New Year!

Big Love,
Jamie

The Blesstival Wave Continues to Build…

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The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA. The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA.

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 same time.

A strange and confusing paradox, that, but it seems to go with this particular unmapped territory.

This and other stressors can stir up a seemingly mighty riptide of angst or funk, a.k.a. depression. Add the holidays or similar high-expectation times, and shake.

And yet sometimes the medicine for being off-kilter isn’t so much out there — thankfully, as we often have little to no control over what’s out there (yes, I learned that lesson the hard way!) — but rather the medicine is right at hand, as close as our own breath.

Girl Blowing Dandelion Seeds, 1899, by Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933) oil on canvas 87.5x123.5 Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway Danish, out of copyright Girl…

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Imbolc – Reconnecting with Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

There is deep wisdom in aligning with the energy and spirit of the season ... of Nature's rhythms, with which are bodies are strongly evolved to orient towards (or suffer from the cultural dissociation with Natural rhythms!). There's also a wisdom and mythic quality associated with Imbolc, and other important archetypal energies and milestones as the wheel of the year turns. What inspiration and deep restoration awaits you at this time of the year ... or any time that Imbolc-Bhrigdhe wisdom might spark the fires of inspiration within you?

The Spirit of Radical Experimentalism – from Shamanic Christianity

“Being a Christian shaman involves a radically different way of participating in everyday life. It means that you will sacrifice rarely questioned cultural habits and understandings in favor of honoring innumerable unspoken mysteries.” ~ Brad Keeney, Shamanic Christianity My guess... Continue Reading →

A Fullness of Joy – #Blesstival-2016

"You are the Ground I have built on and the beauty that rejoices my heart. I give thanks to you at all times for lifting me from my confusion, for teaching me in the dark and showing me the path... Continue Reading →

Well-Fed Roots – #Blesstival Tidbit for Today

“All spiritual traditions, including Christianity, have shamanic roots. When the roots are fed, they sink deeper into sacred ground.” ~ Bradford Keeney, Shamanic Christianity Let’s have a blessing-bath with that last sentence for a minute … let the essence of... Continue Reading →

Happy Holy Days: We All Start Out Knowing Magic

The Nativity by the Danish Artist Carl Heindrich Bloch (1834-1890).
The Nativity by the Danish Artist Carl Heindrich Bloch (1834-1890).

As we near the gateway to these year-end Holy Days, I’m wishing you a magical and wondrous Solstice, Christmas, and holy days passage, however you celebrate them.

Remember, too: We’ve got a Christmas Day Full Moon adding both illumination and energetic-psychic voltage, so may we all go gently, easily tend (and manage to keep) our center, and be filled with the greater joy and blessing of this time of the year.

And just in case you need some ‘on the fly’ restoration and handy tips for keeping your center amidst the whirl and swirl?

You’ll find a generous supply in the Resources for Empaths & Sensitives series, and the new Chaos Surfer’s Medicine eBundle in the ‘Current Specials’.

Lots of love,
Jamie

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Il Barbagianni, The Owl, by 1862, Valentine Cameron Prinsep. Il Barbagianni, The Owl, by 1862, Valentine Cameron Prinsep.

“We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.

But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake.

And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”

~ Robert R. McCammon, American Novelist, Boy’s Life (1991)

Here’s to reclaiming the…

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Black Madonna Interview – Replay is Available

Greetings, all. Celebrate the Goddess convener, Kim Wilborn, and I overcame a few Trickster moments to have a wonderful conversation about my journey with the Black Madonna (and who the Black Madonna is). Update: While Kim re-featured the audios for... Continue Reading →

Magdalene’s Feast Day – The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene (redux)

July 22 is the historical feast day of Mary Magdalene, so it's very fitting to share this updated post from the early days of Sophia's Children. Not that we need confine such celebrations and honorings to one day. After all,... Continue Reading →

Magdalene’s Feast Day – The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene

Due to a wee bit of a Uranian or Mercury Trickster formatting issue with the original Mary Magdalene post, I've just created it anew. You'll find it here: Magdalene's Feast Day - The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene.

Being Present to Your Holy Self

I'm still listening to and gazing deeply at threads of integration that are weaving themselves together after the flurry of energy wildings, weirdings, and Eureka-moments of recent weeks. How about you? The waves of the intense energetics have continued to... Continue Reading →

InterSpiritual – It’s here, it’s happening, it’s on its way.

Thanks to a lovely synchronicity via the blog-o-sphere, I attended a gathering this past weekend, Friday into Sunday, on the topic of an emerging InterSpirituality. First the sweet magic last week of connecting with a fellow blogger and woman of... 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 →

Love, Spring, and the Golden Rule

"A compassionate or loving consciousness has ancient roots, but it is taking on a new importance as our world becomes integrated ecologically, economically, and culturally." "Because we now share one another’s fate, it is increasingly clear that promoting the well-being... Continue Reading →

Welcoming Hospitality

I wrote recently on the 'power word' benediction, and today it's blessing and welcoming hospitality that arise, deliciously, for reflection. In the February message from Friends of Silence, the reflection theme was friendship, but moreso a quality of blessing and... Continue Reading →

thin veils…

This is so lovely, and the perfect match to my earlier ‘Breath of Life‘ (reblog) post for this Big Love (and thin veils) day (and month ahead).

Thanks to Vondadrees for this one (and do click through to Vondadrees blog; you’ll see lots of other beautiful wisdom shared there!).

Love,
Jamie

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Music Medicine: Grace in Deep Waters

Pearl Girl shared this bit of Music Medicine (like movie medicine) - Oceans by Hillside United - in her INFJRamblings blog. It's a gem, whatever your tradition. A beautiful prayer set to music and song.   For more inspiration on... Continue Reading →

Shining Heart: The Morning Star Rises

Some traditions refer to the Divine Spark or Inner Light within us, which is hidden from us, then found, cultivated, and shared forth as 'medicine' or remedy for the world in these times. This awareness was part of the deeper,... Continue Reading →

Why Wasn’t Wisdom Taught, and Why is She Needed?

When we wander off the well-traveled path and begin to do a bit of deeper-digging, we realize pretty quickly that the foundational stories we've been taught and told are either incomplete -- key bits left out, you might say --... Continue Reading →

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