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Dark Night of the Soul

An Update, and A Dark Night of the Soul Musing.

Greetings, my friends! I hope you're well. I've been more quiet in recent months where posting here at Sophia's Children is concerned, but I've not been absent. Far from it. Life's had me sharing gifts and presence a bit more... Continue Reading →

Waiting in the In-Between (and Finding the Clues Hidden There)

Once again (or as is often the case), I've heard from quite a few of you sharing that you're experiencing passages of 'standstill', 'stuckness', and/or 'in-betweens'. All of this despite it being a season of busyness and even anxious frenzy... Continue Reading →

Big Love and Hard Places, Redux

In recent weeks, I've heard from more than a couple of peeps and clients experiencing some really challenging times and energies, in various ways. One, a long-time reader and client, requested that I share this particular post anew. It seems... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Deep Wellsprings and Light Houses

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 →

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 →

The Feast and the New Greening (Freshly Re-Greened)

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... Continue Reading →

Depression and Spiritual Awakening – TED Talk, Lisa Miller

Thanks to Persephone Rose for sharing this on her Spirit Garden blog. Lisa Miller's story and message will resonate with many who've walked the challenging yet hallowed ground of initiation, graceful messages, and spiritual awakening that shifts perspective and our... Continue Reading →

Blog-Sister Refeature: The Handless Maiden (and the Dark Night Journey)

Blog sister, Jessica Davidson, has posted a beautiful musing on the powerful story of The Handless Maiden, emphasizing how potent and meaningful this story is just now. Jessica writes: "The Handless Maiden is a myth that speaks powerfully to our... Continue Reading →

Strong at the Broken Places

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway (This is an update and re-feature of a post I wrote in 2008, in my previous Engaged Spirituality, Mystic Activism blog. It seemed ripe for... Continue Reading →

Grace, Uncertainty and the Transformer’s ‘Reality’

Yesterday, given Mars' energy-tide shifting from low-ebb to returning tide, we had the Fire element. Today, in honor of all that Water juju working its wavy, tidal, dissolution-magic in our shared field, not to mention the waves of Galactic Center... 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 →

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 →

Music Medicine – Empty – #Blesstival-2016

Here’s a bit of music-medicine blessing on ya. ‘Blessing’ is mentioned, actually, though not in the way you might expect it. And the exquisite steel guitar accompanying Ray Lamontagne's fab guitar and singing may well combine into a blessing-wave in... Continue Reading →

The Astonishing Light – #Blesstival-2016

“I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light Of your own Being.” ~ Hafez (1326-1390) Wishing you a bounty of 'believing mirrors' that reflect to you, and stir alive within you, the... Continue Reading →

Snappy Comebacks – #Blesstival-2016

There are all types of blessings ... the lovely kind that stirs our heart and raises our energy quality, of course. But tw0 of my other favorite types of blessing include, (1) one that comes from a sharp wit, often... Continue Reading →

Janus – Looking Back, Looking Forward + a 10-Year Anniversary

January is named for the Roman deity Janus, who stands with one face looking back, one face looking forward, but planted solidly right where he is at the moment. So it makes sense that Janus would be associated with transitions,... Continue Reading →

Harvest Full Moon and Hissy Fit Alerts

The Harvest Full (Blood) Moon rises on the near-horizon -- September 27-28, 2015, depending on where in this amazing world you are. I mentioned it in my earlier post on "Catastrophobia* and Nattering Nabobs of Negativity," since the Blood Moon... Continue Reading →

Special Offerings and Programs for September

There's a lot of 'buzz' swirling about particularly intense energies and 'waves' and myriad other things for September 2015. This, of course, includes the usual yet unfortunate supply of 'catastrophe addiction' and 'drama, drama, conflama' type stuff stirring the ol'... Continue Reading →

Phoenixing Update: Jupiter and the Shapeshifting Wave

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." ~ Gospel of Thomas, Saying 70... Continue Reading →

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 →

Persephone’s Underworld Journey: Deep Feminine Initiation

Persephone, like Inanna, is such an important mythic and archetypal story about the epic Underworld Journey and initiation into our deep-Feminine wisdom. Some of us experience a real-deal Dark Night of the Soul, a true Underworld Journey, as we're shaken... Continue Reading →

The Black Madonna’s Calling – Celebrate the Goddess

These last two months or so, the Black Madonna started rising more prominently in my awareness again. Not that she's ever far away, but sometimes she rises to the surface and taps me on the shoulder with some synchronicities, and... Continue Reading →

Odyssey: A writer’s Ode to Inner Strength

Loved this from O and OM.

So very familiar, this Odyssean journey. (For fellow astro-mythology geeks, you’ll find  Odysseus (1143) riding the waves somewhere in your chart – mine’s at 17 Taurus.)

Enjoy (and big congrats to O and OM for nearing the big finish!).

Big Love,
Jamie

p.s. If you haven’t yet heard it, you might also enjoy the tale of Fatima the Spinner. You’ll find it here, in “If it’s Difficult, is it the Wrong Path?

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dearest odyssians,

odysseus quote gillian bradshaw via eyesofodysseus

hugs,

o and om

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The creative adventure of ‘uprooting from false ground’

Seems a fine time to fan the (metaphorical) flames of the Spirit of creative adventure, which helps us to more creatively navigate in-between times and transformation zones.

Or just get an inspiration boost when we need one.

Plus any time I can revisit and share a bit of John O’Donohue’s (or May Sarton’s) inspiring wisdom, well, that makes me happy.

Big Love,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

The first of the Voyage of Life paintings by my fellow Imbolc-born Aquarian  Thomas Cole (1801–1848) The first of the Voyage of Life paintings by my fellow Imbolc-born Aquarian Thomas Cole (1801–1848)

“As far as you can, hold your confidence.
Do not allow confusion to squander
This call which is loosening
Your roots in false ground,
That you might come free
From all you have outgrown.”

~  ‘For the Interim Time’ by John O’Donohue

There is an amazing freedom and possibility in the unknown — just as a marshy eco-tone is teeming with emerging Life yet is neither firm land nor water-body. It’s an in-between zone.

We don’t always see the places or times of in-between, with their great tension, transition, or life-altering shifts as an invitation to creative adventure or liberation, though, do we?

It can be a challenge when we’re caught up in the stress of change or that place of creative tension —standing at the precipice of the Unknown, or…

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The Black Madonna & the Mysteries of the Deep Feminine Series – a New Page at Sophia’s Children

One of the most popular series of posts, along with the Empaths & Sensitive Series, are my posts on the Black Madonna, Sophia, and the Mysteries of the deep, re-emerging Feminine. Many of the posts at Sophia's Children arise out... Continue Reading →

Chiron and A Shaman’s View of Sensitivity, ‘Mental Illness’, and Spirit-Gifts

“So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture." "What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted.” ~... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Dark/Light Mother – from Laura Bruno

I intended to reblog Laura Bruno's important and insightful (and thus highly recommended) review-post about the late Monica Sjöö's book, The Return of the Dark/Light Mother, but stationing Mercury apparently had something else in mind. So we go with the... Continue Reading →

Riches Drawn From Dark Night and Well of Grief

"In a dark time, the eye begins to see." ~ Theodore Roethke In the pitch-black nadir of my own journey through the Underworld -- the dark night, the forest I knew not -- 0ne of the many sparks of light... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: The Most Beautiful People

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths." "These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life... Continue Reading →

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 →

Reflecting on 2014 – A Year-End Blog Challenge

With gratitude and appreciation to Linda at LiteBeing for the invitation to participate in this 2014 end-of-year ritual. As part of this blog ritual, Linda invited us to reflect on our experiences during and the gifts of this past year... Continue Reading →

A Luminous Knowing and Wisdom from the Underworld

"The women who have reconnected with their instinctual power have gone beyond the limits of ordinary-world success, whether they have been taken there through loss and suffering into the depths of their being and reborn through touching into their creative... Continue Reading →

Artists Envisioning the Divine Feminine

"We are indeed at a critical juncture in human history. Our collective initiation from the love of power to the power of love is the motto of our time. In this time of global transformation, it is essential that we... Continue Reading →

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