"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." ~ Joseph Campbell, Mythologist and Author In reflection on this insight from Joseph Campbell, Jim Sher of The Sher Institute of Astrology & Metaphysics says, " ... think of this.... Continue Reading →
I hope you're all well and managing to keep your center amidst the Energy Waves of Now (and recently). In alignment with Crazy Wisdom and the Energies of Now, I've been more deliberate about communication, gestating the ideas and that... Continue Reading →
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 →
Happy Lùnastal and Full Moon lunar eclipse at the mid-Aquarius power gate. I've already written a bit about some of the Heartistry-inviting Energies (and themes) of Now, so I'll share a few things that surfaced intuitively this morning as I... Continue Reading →
"Creativity is conceived as a reproductive act with a tangible result -- a child, a book, a monument -- that has a physical life going beyond the life of its producer." "Creativity, however, can be intangible in the form of... Continue Reading →
“I used to think I wasn't compromising enough. Now I realize in making the leap from mainstream technologist and marketer to an artist, I've consistently compromised vision and inspiration to the point its power is diluted. Following inspiration isn't sissy... Continue Reading →
Early this morning, Bernard of Clairvaux popped into my awareness. It’s said that he would wake up each morning and, as he rose from his pallet, would ask, “Bernard, Bernard, why have you come here?”
In that spirit, it seemed a fine time to re-feature a Sophia’s Children musing that mentions Bernard: Discerning Vocation and Purpose.
This musing includes a couple of other ‘favorite inspiration sources’, too, so may it stir your inspiration and fortify your ‘authentic purpose’ vision-seeds.
Big Love (and happy Scorpio-All-Souls week),
“What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been. How often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own?
How much dissolving and shaking of ego we must endure before we discover our deep identity—the true self within every human being that is the seed of authentic vocation?
We arrive in this world with birthright gifts—then we spend the first half of our lives abandoning them or letting others disabuse us of them…
Then—if we are awake, aware, and able to admit our loss—we spend the second half trying to recover and reclaim the gift we once possessed.”
~ Parker Palmer, Now I Become Myself
This is one of the most frequently asked questions,whether directed to mentors, counselors, coaches, astrologers, psychics, our “believing mirrors,” and, in prayer, to the Divine: What is…
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“The arts are not a way of making a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s... Continue Reading →
"The wilds outside the gate ..." "The art of outrageous trust ..." These are powerful words and metaphors, intended to invite and invoke. Or do they stir something else for you? Both evocative musings came up recently; here's a snippet... Continue Reading →
The Legend of Bagger Vance is one of several films that are on my 'movie medicine' list for when I need just that bit of inspiration and perceptual-shift. With its inspiring depression-era 'Hero's Journey' story, a wise spirit ally who... Continue Reading →
Former Vice President, Spiro Agnew, called them "nattering nabobs of negativism." I've used the term "diminishing mirrors." But we all know what that is, and we know too well the effect it can have. This can apply to chronically discouraging... Continue Reading →
"But human beings are not trash. We are the civilizing force on the planet." ~ Chris Offutt, "Trash Food" I came across a couple of articles this morning that stirred the fire-pot ... you know, that liquid lava center that... Continue Reading →
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 →
Free your Wyrd. Or your Weird. Or your Freak Flag.
Let your genius loose.
Open the attic door and let the madwoman stomp down the stairs and make toast of the not-you.
Invite out your you-iest you. You know what I mean.
Here’s one reflection on genius and Wyrd from An Elegant Mystery.
(*According to Michael Meade, one of the meanings of the welsh Wyyrrdd is to have one foot in both worlds)
“The genius wants activity. It is connected to the stars. It is connected to a spark and it wants to burn and it wants to create and it has gifts to give. You have a name that is inside you and the stars know your name and even if you are lost in this world if you remember your connection to the stars, to the dance of this cosmos, you can find yourself.”
Michael Meade is attempting to reintroduce the idea of the ‘genius’ to our contemporary world. Through his organization, the Mozaic Multicultural Foundation, he has started the Genius Project.
Michael Meade –
“We’re in the time of tragic stories. The background for this consideration of genius is really the rattling of culture and the disruption of the…
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