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Alleluia, and Good Morning

A lovely Easter musing …

Featured Image Credit: The First Easter, 1893-1896, by Arthur Hughes. PD via Wiki.

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Resurrection.jpgToday is, for many, a day without irony. It is a day one can see not just daylight through cracks in tomb doors, but can look back into what was their tomb from the satisfying light of a new dawn.

These patterns of light and dark, day and night, life and death happen so regularly that they’re almost not worth mentioning. Except, they are.

The ancients call it Paschal Mystery. A repeating pattern of living and dying and renewing that, through the eternal Christ, is everywhere present, everywhere accessible.

Faith is merely the God-given sight necessary to awaken to it. And Easter is the primal, archetypal key that opens that door.

Today is Easter. Resurrection. All that was dark, dead, hopeless, and not, is brought back into glorious harmony with God and the cosmos. Through Christ, today, we feel its warmth. Today, we know its hope.

Today is for all…

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Season of Lights: Let Your Spark Shine (and Updated Video Link From Bruce)

Yes, it is the Season of Lights celebrated over many generations in various cultural and spiritual traditions, with candles, lamps, and little (or big) sparklies shining from mini 'World Trees' (a.k.a. Christmas and Yule Trees), wreaths, and around doorways and... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Reflection: Distress That Becomes Grace.

"Only when distress turns to remembrance and blame of others is erased, is pride extracted from our egos, humbleness settles in our hearts, and the door of grace opens." ~ A paraphrase from Kabir Dede. A heart-centering reflection for the... 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 →

Tribe of Invisible Mothers: A Trio of Women Whose Caring Made (or Makes) a Difference – #notinvisibletome

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 →

Friday Pot Pourri: Holy Fools, Re-Worthing, Non-Existent Failure, and Hungry Students

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 →

Seeking the Divine in Unexpected Ways – Russell Brand

“There’s a famous quote: ‘Every man who knocks on a brothel door, he’s looking for God,’” he says. “Crack houses and these dens of suffering and illicit activity, they’re all people trying to feel good, trying to feel connected. People... Continue Reading →

A Holy Days, Seasons of Lights Message for you

“Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) It's always nice (and sometimes sanity saving!) to remember that, breathe more deeply, and gather back the energy that's overly dispersed through fear, anxiety,... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene: Sound Bath and Serendipity

There is a lot stirring, and stirred up, in the shared field in which we breathe, move, and have our being. My heart hurts for my friends and the First Responders in the fire zones in Ventura and Santa Barbara... Continue Reading →

Keeping Heart Amidst the Bully Pits and Transformation Fatigue

Just now, we have the Full Moon (in Gemini), Mercury stationing retrograde (in Saj, at the Galactic Center); the now-waning agida-spiking, flame-throwing opposition between Uranus and Mars; a lovely, "spacious mind" alliance between Jupiter and Neptune, and the heightened electric... Continue Reading →

Black (Madonna) Friday

  Ahhh, yes, the dreaded 'Black Friday', so called, that follows Thanksgiving Thursday in the U.S. For a couple of different reasons that likely share the same root, I can't quite get into the toxic-Friday spirit of the insane consume-o-brawl,... Continue Reading →

Vulnerability and Entering the Conversation

This morning, to start my day after a short sleep -- the Muses woke me in the wee hours --  I read some of the musings of poet-philosopher David Whyte, and listened to an inspiring, poetic and real conversation between Whyte... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

Ta’Nit and No Fear (+ two Grief and No Fear links)

What does one say in the face of the unspeakable, as Thomas Merton called it? I know that I'm not the only one who's been deeply reflecting on this in recent days and weeks, even in the midst of the... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: What We Seek – Updated

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” ~ Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder, Homeboy Industries Author, Tattoos... 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 →

Mary Magdalene: Remembering the ‘Heroine of the Faith’

July 22nd is designated as the 'feast day' for Mary Magdalene or Mariamene e Mara (which means Mariamne the Master) in various traditions that include feast days (and for those outside of those various traditions, too). The Wikipedia snapshot notes... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

QuoteWorthy: Encouraging What We Love

“Railing against the past will not heal us. History has happened. It's over and done with. All we can do is to change its course by encouraging what we love instead of destroying what we don't. There is a beauty... Continue Reading →

Practice Proves Itself. And Flow Like Water.

There's that old saying, "The proof is in the pudding." Riffing on that folk-wisdom saying, my own experience has shown me that "the proof is in the practice," as well. Anyone who has practiced anything for any period of time,... Continue Reading →

The Threat at My Door and Wild Grace Arising

It’s a record, I think, for me to have been away from Sophia’s Children (and, for the most part,  “radio silence” from the internet altogether) this long. There’s a reason for that -- threats at the door, literally, and super-quick... Continue Reading →

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 →

I Build a Lighted House and …

In the Spirit of the Season of Lights … stir the Light within you and shine brightly as a gift to all around you.

Big Love,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

Ariakerou at Imado - Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US. Ariakerou at Imado – Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US.

“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”**

This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things.

In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the archetype of the moon-ruled sign of Cancer, along with other powerfully insightful and inspiring observations  and reminders.

(Thank you, Phillip. Kindred-spirit readers, you’ll find the link to Phillip’s full article below — highly recommended inspiration!)

We’ve recently had this Cancerian wellspring stirred, as the Sun did its annual meander through Cancer, along with Mercury and Venus.

Beyond these few weeks, the invitations and deep wellsprings of this deeply feminine, Yin-Water archetype are vitally important for these turbulent times we’re living in.

The same could be said for the ‘greater angels’ of each of the archetypes, and may it be…

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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 →

Big Love and Hard Places

You’ve probably had those moments or passages — the ones where you feel like someone or something has suddenly put shrink-wrap or a straitjacket on your life (and in your mind), making it hard to breathe and offering what seemed... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: Sudden Chaos and Heart Power

“The whole art for the new humanity will consist in the secret of listening to the heart consciously, alertly, attentively. And follow it, go wherever it takes you. Yes, sometimes it will take you into dangers — but remember, those... Continue Reading →

Our Divine Gifts from Sophia, Wisdom.

Many of us wonder how we might not just face the challenges presenting us today, personally and collectively, but also envision and co-create a more heart-centered paradigm. In some sacred teachings and ancient wisdom traditions, we've heard that it takes both a change of mind and foremost, a change of heart. In the story of Sophia, Holy Wisdom, and interpretations of the teachings of some of the ancient Mystery Schools, human beings were endowed with certain Divine gifts through which we might unfold and express our Divine potential. [Continue reading to see the specific Sophia Gifts we're endowed with ...]

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 →

Take refuge in … #Blesstival-2016

“You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through.” ~ John O’Donohue, from A Blessing for One... Continue Reading →

A Waterfall of Blessings – Blesstival-2016

"Which part of your being is waiting to bathe in this waterfall of blessing?" ~ Neil Douglas-Klotz, in The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish May each of us -- human, animal, plant,... Continue Reading →

Perdita and Our Divine Gifts

This is such a beautiful and evocative painting from Sandys. I saw it when I was browsing images in my files and, though I wasn't aware at the time its connection with Winter and, in a way, the Spirit of... Continue Reading →

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