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The Hidden Meaning Behind Neglect and Vandalism

We see (and hear, and feel) a lot of what many might call 'ugliness' and acting out these days. While that's far from a new phenomenon, there are also spikes, or "Monstah Muck Waves," of it. Here's an interesting way... Continue Reading →

Bird in Hand – #Blesstival-2016

"The Bird of Paradise lands on the hand that is not grasping.” (Thanks to Jack of JackSpotting for offering this reflection in a Blesstival post comment.) Big Love, Jamie See other Blesstival blessing posts AND participate in the Blessing Wave, too!... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Let All That Is Within Me Cry ‘Holy’

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

It’s a rich and wonderful contemplative and spiritual practice to invite a word or theme for reflection.

Each word has a frequency or a power or a ‘mood’ of its own, which is why certain words and themes are more helpful than others when we’re ‘cultivating’ through spiritual practice.

You can feel it, even, when you see or say them … holy, Beloved, grace, be still and Know  …

As we sit in reflection with a certain word or theme, we invite the essence of that word to arise within us, to envelope us, to inform us, to center and ground us, and to emanate from us.

I’ve been in reflection for keynote words and themes as guides for the coming year — and several have arisen into my awareness (I’ll likely be writing about each soon) — so when I came upon Anna Lin’s post about the word ‘Holy‘ I wanted to pass it along to you.

It reminded me of a bit of holy wisdom I’ve shared before here at Sophia’s Children:

“Take off your shoes,

for the place where you are

standing is holy ground.”
(Exodus 3:5)

Enjoy Anna Lin’s own reflection on this evocative word-reflection.

Big Love,
Jamie

Healing Soul Streams

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This morning I spent time in silence to see where my focus lies. My wandering mind tells me that I focus my energy on how to “fix” things — how to get to perfection. I was given the breath word HOLY for this day. It helps me to re-focus on all that is God, rather than on myself and my needs. This is a great help to prayer.

But I recognize this is also a great challenge to prayer. For within this awareness of the Holy, is the element of Holy Fear. Fear of this nature is fear of the unknown — fear of the mystery of God that is unknowable, that cannot be controlled or contained. I sense within me a fear of surrendering my power, my control. I sense a fear of unworthiness in the presence of the Holy One. Then I recall Luther’s explanation of the first…

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Desire Paths and Ancestral Byways

“Architects and planners use the term “desire paths” to describe the shortcuts taken by people for whom the laid-out pattern doesn’t fit their lives. But, in one sense, all paths are desire paths, the marks of human longing or need.”... Continue Reading →

Home and the Radar of Your Heart

We learn and hear a lot of cliches about home - what it means, where it is, how we find it, when do we feel at home and when do we feel displaced, unmoored; what we do if our sense... Continue Reading →

Thresholds and Magic Moments

"We that are here now are touched in some mysterious way with the ability to change and make the future. Those who wake to the wonder of this magic moment, who wake to the possibilities of this charged conjunction, are... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Water Teacher – Faith and Flow

"Let the stream follow its course, it will know the way among the mountains. Watch, and it will lead you to the ocean with gentle certainty -- unforced. Have faith in your direction." David M. Bell, Spirit of Nature: The... Continue Reading →

To see clearly, let the murk settle …

"We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." - Taoist Proverb I've always found calm, and sometimes clarity, too, in these very Taoist, natural-element bits of wisdom, especially water-related ones.... Continue Reading →

Out of Fear-Spin and Into the Heart, Illuminated

"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." ~ St. Benedict Who doesn't want to step out of the perpetual spin-cycle of fear, dread, and anxiety? Heart- and Spirit centering practices come in many shapes and sizes, and have... Continue Reading →

Holy Spirit

"Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, you are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep." ~ Hildegard... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection – Hope and Moxie in the Kingdom of Despair

"It follows that now is the time for yielding justice, for foolish forgiveness, for outrageous generosity, for elaborate hospitality. None of these acts can come from fear, anxiety, or despair. But they are all acts that evoke new futures that... Continue Reading →

“The Question Holds the Lantern”

"The question holds the lantern." This, from the late John O'Donohue, could in itself be a meditation, which I find to be the case with much of what he wrote. But here is a bit more from The Question Holds... Continue Reading →

Secret Gates and Hidden Paths

This lovely snippet arrived in my email box yesterday, thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien and Elaine at Blue Moon Astrology. Tolkien's musing is perfectly aligned with the watery essence of the Piscean-Neptunian new moon and other imaginative, dream-visiony, experimentation-friendly energies of now. "Still round the... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflections – Wisdom Grown in the Dark of Night (or Middle of Winter)

A perfect set of musings for the dark moon, dark of night, or dark of Winter (whether you're in seasonal Winter, as we are now here in New York, or in the Dark Night or winter passage of some life-cycle you're... Continue Reading →

‘Sacred Scrabble’ and Crazy, Holy Grace

Because it's always a fine time for Crazy, Holy Grace, here is a resurfaced gem from the Sophia's Children cave (aka archives): 'Sacred Scrabble' and Crazy, Holy Grace. Big Love, Jamie

Freyja Day Reflection: At the Threshold

"We are at the point of return from gross to subtle, from glamorous to gracious, from hedonism to healing, from conquest of the Earth to conservation of Nature, and from quantities of possessions to quality of life." ~ Satish Kumar,... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Making a Way in the Wilderness

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." -... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Honoring the Natural Flow

"When the going got really rough, I didn't stop. I didn't feel that I had the luxury of doing so. I was determined not to fail at the task of offering the world a woman of strength -- one who... Continue Reading →

Treasure in the Shadows

“If only the sun-drenched celebrities are being noticed and worshiped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing the value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers and scientists are keeping society together.” ~ Rita Dove, Poet,... Continue Reading →

A Time to Cultivate Epiphany Inspiration

e·piph·a·ny To reveal. Shine. Manifest Revelation. An Illuminating Realization or Discovery Resulting in Elation, Awe, Wonder. “So many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or... Continue Reading →

Holy Days. Holy Ground.

"Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5) Wishing You All Happy Holy Days; Crazy, Holy Grace; & An Illuminating Season of Lights, Jamie

Muse Food: John Lennon – What is peace, really?

"Peace isn't something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away." - John Lennon

If it’s difficult, is it the wrong path?

"A vocation is only possible under conditions that also block it or make it impossible." John Caputo in What Would Jesus Deconstruct That perspective flies straight in the face of the more contemporary notion that if you're experiencing obstacles on... Continue Reading →

Muse Food ~ What’s your song?

This is one of my favorite Muse Foods for my morning reflections, though it seems a lovely reflection for any time, doesn't it? "Let my song give blessing and insight to those who can’t see for themselves. And let your... Continue Reading →

Get Lost (in the Tao Magic of ‘Not Doing’)

Things have a way of arriving or arising in batches. Ask a genuine question, and watch (if you're observant) various answers or clues popping up in different ways as you go through a given day or week. That's Spirit's fascinating way... Continue Reading →

Doctor, you say there are no haloes?

This gem about seeing with our other eyes arrived in my email inbox this morning from Transfiguration Monastery, a contemplative Benedictine community not far from where I currently dwell. This poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Lisel Mueller (b. February 8, 1924),... Continue Reading →

Right where you stand …

"Live where you are, where you stand is your altar ... right where you are, all is sacred." ~ T. Thorn Coyle, Kissing the Limited Muse-a-liciously Yours, Jamie

‘Commitment Magic’ from Murray and Goethe

A quote often fully attributed to Goethe -- he of The Holy Longing *-- has its true origin in the writings of the Scottish mountaineer, William Hutchinson Murray, whose adventures would have no doubt required no shortage of both commitment... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: ‘Making Sacred’ at Lughnasa-Lammas

And here we are, once again in the season of Lughnasa-Lammas (or Imbolc, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere ... inspiration and links for both below). Technically, the ‘exact’ time for this ancestral ‘Festival of Light & Harvest’ is when... Continue Reading →

Imagination in Focus

Speaking of Imagination (in recent posts) ... "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ― Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Proceed as Way Opens

"As Way Opens" is a reference to the old Quaker saying that we should "proceed as way opens" after patient, prayerful waiting for Spirit to move in the world, and open or reveal the way forward." This saying popped up... Continue Reading →

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