Sophia's Children

Being the Heartful Change in an Age of Disconnect



BlogShare: Active Hope and the Spiral of Transformation

Jessica Davidson has an inspired and ever-timely post about Active Hope and the Spiral Transformation that I'm really happy to share with you. When I hear the word hope, I always think of the great writer, statesman, dissident, and transformative... Continue Reading →

Blog-Share: So Few Degrees of Separation – Finding Gifts in the Family Tree

Blog-sister Leigh Gaitskill, through her Not Just Sassy on the Inside blog, shares a wealth of discoveries from her Ancestry DNA test and subsequent sleuthing into her roots. As Leigh writes, she learned of family tree roots and branches that she'd... Continue Reading →

Finding Kinship and Beauty in Unexpected Places

"She felt that somehow, wandering through uncharted territory, we might stumble upon something that will, in an instant, seem to represent who we are at the core. That was very much her philosophy of life—to not be limited by fear... Continue Reading →

Seeking the Changeless in Changing Times

“All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people... 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 →

Energies of Now: The Golden Thread, Ikigai, and Raison d’etre

The symbol and metaphor of The Golden Thread resurfaces for me every once in awhile. It's a lovely image, and a beautiful reflection to work with. Though this is always a powerful and helpful metaphor when we need it, it's... Continue Reading →

Releasing the Dead Shells of Yesterday – #Blesstival

“May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed.” John O’Donohue,  “Beginnings,” from To Bless the Space Between Us (The... Continue Reading →

Making a Difference

Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate Christmas or honor the Spirit of the Season in other ways.

As we near the threshold of the passing of this past calendar year and the dawn of a fresh new one, many of us can appreciate that feeling of starting a new year with a blend of hope and intention, mixed in with healthy doses of anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even sadness or grief.

I have no doubt that I and several other of my blog-o-sphere sisters and brothers will continue sharing what ‘good medicine’ comes into and through us to encourage and inspire (as we navigate that same mix of inspiration and uncertainty!).

And yet each of those individual sharings contributes to the greater ‘wave’.

So I’m glad to share an inspired and timely blog article from The Druid’s Garden, along with Laura Bruno’s intro-musing to her own reblog of this post.

You’ll find Laura’s message, and then the link to the reblog of ‘Making a Difference’.

It’s a really important message as each of us does of the work of keeping (or re-gaining) our Sovereign Center, and continuing to add our big and small magic, our own contributions (small and large) to the cause of wellbeing, Agape (Perdita’s Gifts!), and a restoration of joy and Wisdom for all beings.

Thanks to Laura for reblogging this (I’d missed this post, so was glad for the reblog!), and to The Druid’s Garden for the initial musing.

Here’s to the great importance of a wealth of (seemingly) small contributions.

Big Love and Holy-Season Blessings,

From Laura Bruno’s reblog of “Making a Difference:”

“I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.”

And The Druid’s Garden original “Making a Difference” article ….

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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The Healers of the Family Tree

There are clues that spiral around again and again to validate, remind, or spark new (or renewed) awareness and dedication. These clues can make up the shiny breadcrumb clue trail we follow, if we know how to look. When I... Continue Reading →

Creativity, Vision, Renewal, and Deep-Yin Time

Wherever we are, whether we're moving into the season of shorter days and longer nights, or easing from daylight to the dark of night, we move into the Deep Yin cycle of Nature. Ancient wise ones -- and some of... Continue Reading →

Be(a)ware the Catastrophobia and Nattering Nabobs

In yesterday's "Current Special Offerings" musing, I referred to the latest swirl of 'buzz' related to the Energies of Now for the coming weeks. Yes, it's got it all, complete with the usual servings of catastrophobia and missives from the... Continue Reading →

The Wilds Outside the Gate: The Art of Outrageous Trust

"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 →

Energies of Now: Jinn and Tonic Full Moon

I smiled when I saw that the insightful women of Mooncircles had, at some point in the past, referred to this full moon as 'Jinn full moon'. 'Jinn full moon' is particularly fitting given the wild, chaotic surges of elements... Continue Reading →

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,

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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Monday Musing: Standing Quietly in the New Life?

One of my favorite medicine-poems: I have a feeling that my boat has struck, down there in the depths, against a great thing. And nothing happens! Nothing...Silence...Waves... -- Nothing happens? Or has everything happened, and are we standing now, quietly,... Continue Reading →

Getting Neptuned – When Life as You Know it Dissolves (or Melts Down)

There are some cycles, passages, or even life-purposes that fly (or flow) in direct opposition to the more Saturnine, Capricornian, structured, hierarchical, "Puritan work ethic" oriented norm that is  celebrated in much of Western culture, and certainly in the U.S.... Continue Reading →

There’s A New Story Being Born

Fog meets the Golden Gate, San Francisco. By Sandiegoguy30, generously shared via Creative Commons and WikiMedia.
Fog meets the Golden Gate, San Francisco. By Sandiegoguy30, generously shared via Creative Commons and WikiMedia.

Another world is not only possible, she’s on the way and, on a quiet day, if you listen very carefully you can hear her breathe.” ~ Arundhati Roy*

There’s something compelling about being reminded that a new story is trying to be born into being — and be born into the world through us.

Have you been feeling that … the uncertainty, the pressure, the pull of something trying to be born through you, to be midwifed into being by you and your fellow midwives?

It may be something you’ve been feeling, following, and stepping (or stumbling, or getting dragged kicking and screaming) into for quite awhile now.

A sense of purpose that sometimes you can see and feel clearly, and sometimes not, as if you’re moving forward step by step across a bridge between old — what’s passing, and new — what’s being born — in one of those thick San Francisco fogs, in which you can see maybe one step, one foot in front of you?

On the cusp between two worlds, two ways of being, with a bridge in between, as showed itself in a vision I saw in meditation some years ago.

Bridge in the Woods (1885-86), by Rafail Sergeevich-Levitsky (1847–1940). Image courtesy WikiCommons.
Bridge in the Woods (1885-86), by Rafail Sergeevich-Levitsky (1847–1940). Image courtesy WikiCommons.

I feel that way, a lot, as I know some of you do.

I love the places of clarity and certainty, of course; who doesn’t?

It often seems so much nicer than that seemingly perpetual uncertainty, doesn’t it? Yet uncertainty is what we’ve got, in boatloads.

So uncertainty becomes the mastery path, the invitation, the question to live into.

More often than not, it’s that step-by-step feeling and sensing my way over the bridge — with the uncertainty keeping me company all the way — through the thick fog, not wholly seeing what’s ahead, just knowing that’s just the direction to walk.

It pulls, even as the uncertainty of not seeing through the fog stirs anxiety. And then, pause, gather, center, tune into the inner seeing and the inner knowing, and another step forward.

Letting Life lead … letting the Spirit lead me, you, us, forward, into the new yet not yet seen and away from the old normal (and as Aunt Francis reminds us, “Normal is not a virtue, my dear!”).

It’s so different from what I was taught, and most of us are taught, in the ‘Western’ culture: to ‘make it happen’, to push, muscle it through, ‘conquer life’. Ha ha. What a bizarre and somewhat delusional control-freak fiction, and it does take quite a bit to be shaken loose of it!

But the new story will be born, bizarre, delusional fictions of cultural conditioning (and a rather big side-dish of pride!) aside.

A wee, green oasis in Death Valley, CA [Photo courtesy of PD Photo via Creative Commons]
A wee, green oasis in Death Valley, CA [Photo courtesy of PD Photo via Creative Commons]

As Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee shares, this is:

“… a new story, arising from deep within the psyche of humanity and the world soul at this moment in our and its evolution.”

“… the story of life evolving, recreating itself anew, but we are needed to midwife it into existence.”

A new story that requires us to remember and reclaim the ancient, ancestral wisdom, even as the new story that’s being born pulls us forward.

Thanks to Anna Lin from Healing Streams for sharing the following snippet from Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee today (continue on to see the excerpt, and a link to his full article).

I felt glad and deeply appreciative for the reminder of Llewellyn’s words … that something’s being born, and the birthing process isn’t without moments of discomfort.

No matter how long I’ve immersed in the Wisdom, or how long I’ve been step-by-stepping across that bridge in the fog, letting the new be born through me (and the old to be shucked off and die from me), I appreciate the reminders, always.

Can you feel the bit of that new story pulling you, nesting in you, drawing you forward through the fog?

Another world-story is possible … can you hear her breathing?

Big Love,


* Arundhati Roy’s quote is from a speech entitled Confronting Empire given at the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre, 28 January, 2003. (Source: WikiQuote – Arundhati Roy)

Healing Soul Streams

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“There is a new story waiting to be born, waiting to redeem the planet and nourish our souls. It is a story of a oneness that includes the diversity of creation in a self-sustaining whole, a story that can bring back the magic within nature that is needed to heal our damaged planet. It is a story of co-operation rather than competition or conflict. And it includes the mystery of life as well as the understanding that science can give us. It is also a new story, arising from deep within the psyche of humanity and the world soul at this moment in our and its evolution.

We are not the sole creators of this story, because it is the story of life evolving, recreating itself anew, but we are needed to midwife it into existence. As with all births it needs to come from the inner to the outer…

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Power Words: Benediction

“While our culture is all gloss and pace on the outside, within it is too often haunted and lost." "The commercial edge of so-called ‘progress’ has cut away a huge region of human tissue and webbing that held us in... Continue Reading →

O’Keeffe: Success is Irrelevant. Make the Unknown Known.

"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you." "You and I don’t know whether our vision is clear in relation to our time... 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 →

Living Right, Aiming True, and Courage.

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will do." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland If you do have a notion or yearning, even if it's only a whisper of a gist, then interesting things can unfold... Continue Reading →

On Vision: Our Soul-Deep Need for a Worthy Horizon

"Living without a horizon is one of the greatest distractions. It cramps the imagination; it stifles the soul's need for wildness, for adventure, or simply for free breathing." ~ Tom Cowan, in The Celtic Way It's true. Living without a worthy... Continue Reading →

Uncertainty, Courage, and Some Fear-Calming Practices

"In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty … in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field... Continue Reading →

Kundalini, Uncertainty, and a Guest Perspective on Ambivalence as a Spiritual Path

"Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity, is the only security." ~ John Allen Paulos   I've been hearing from a new wave of people in the throes of kundalini (Lifeforce) or spiritual... Continue Reading →

Holy Disorder and Not Knowing on the Way

As many of us know (whether we'd wish to or not!), holy disorder and not knowing are familiars on the mystica and shamanica Way (by whatever name we might call it). Even if we've been meandering the path for some... Continue Reading →

The creative adventure of ‘uprooting from false ground’

"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... Continue Reading →

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