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MuseWorthy Quotation: “I hold the most archaic values on Earth …”

“As a poet," Snyder tells us, "I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: The Courage to Follow Inspiration

“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 →

QuoteWorthy: Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.
Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.

A timely musing and always-welcomed reminder spirals up from the Sophia’s Children inspiration-archives …

Big Love,

Jamie

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Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia. Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia.

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, transformation fatigue and burnout are occupational hazards.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and to become fatigued or heavy hearted at what seems a daunting task in the face of myriad epic challenges that roll in like waves from the ocean.

I’m pretty resilient, and devoted to The Work and the practices that allow and support it, but sometimes I — like all of us — feel the bone-weariness of transformation fatigue and other occupational hazards.

I’ve learned from experience that dipping often into the deep, rich wellsprings of inspiration from our kindred-spirit edge walkers and vision-seeders is vital … as are other disciplines and practices that help us to be as we are (and as we’re here on this planet…

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Without Vision …

"Without vision, the people perish." Most of us, maybe all of us, have experienced those times of vision-drought, times of vision-bounty, and those times of being in-between. Or those times of "vision shakeup" -- something that has happened recently for... Continue Reading →

Vision-Seed Fishing at Dark of the Moon

Are you aware of them yet? The Vision seeds and soul-and-heart yearnings that stir, beckon, and nudge you into new awareness and adventures, and towards new horizons? I write this on a Monday (the day named for the Moon), in... Continue Reading →

What Makes You Come Alive? #Blesstival-2016

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." So advised Howard Thurman, the philosopher and theologian who was... Continue Reading →

Music Medicine for Saturn-Neptune: The Way You Dream

Music, inspiration, vision, and dream -- and other domains of The Muses -- are very much in sync with the Neptune archetype. The discipline to put those inspirations into action syncs with Saturn. So it's fitting to share a bit... Continue Reading →

A Season of Focused Vision-Tending

Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games -- an exquisite and elegant moment!
Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games — an exquisite and elegant moment!

Ahhhh, yes, we enter anew into the Season of Vision-Tending and renewal.

It’s always a fine time to renew, revitalize, regenerate, and re-vision, of course.

But there are also times that are potent in their adding support to just that. This is just such a portal of time in the coming weeks and few months.

Plus, we all know how it feels to be anxious, frazzled, and ‘behind’ as we move through the often-stressful (for many) holidays and into the new year.

Tending these fires, strengthening our connection to what truly matters, and stirring vision and attending to renewal, eases the way considerably.

That makes visioning and renewal very, very practical.

So in the Spirit of the season, here’s an updated Season of Vision-Tending …

What Vision-Seeds and “new greenings” will grow in your garden in the coming weeks and months?

Big Love and Evocative Vision-Tending,
Jamie

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Lux in Tenebris, 1895, Evelyn Pickering De Morgan. Lux in Tenebris, 1895, Evelyn Pickering De Morgan.

It’s the perfect time for checking in with the deepest stirrings of heart-and-soul … a Season of Vision-Stirring, Vision-Seed Planting, and Vision-Tending.

I’ve got a Vision-Stirring feature-page on the Sophia’s Children work-table, but for right now, here’s some Vision-Season inspiration.

It’s prime visioning time.

Even the current astro-mythic and Seasonal energies support Vision-Tending:

We already know that the uber-transformative and “Are you being true-you?” Uranus is in Aries and Pluto in the “bring Wisdom to Earth” landscape of Capricorn, Neptune and Chiron travels through heartful, soulful, Divine-connected Pisces, and Saturn the master-magi-teacher is fresh into the sign of the Archer asking us this question:

Just what fiery arrows are we aiming, and at just what destinations … and in service to what (or whom)?

Venus has joined vision-expanding Jupiter and energizing Mars in fire-tending Virgo, before she moves onward, like Inanna or…

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

Given what constantly vies for our attention (or ‘steals’ the magic of our focus, and thus our energy along with it), it’s important to reconnect again and again with the ‘underground streams’ of authentic vision and true inspiration.

I was intuitively guided to track down this Sophia’s Children post, update it, and re-feature it today.

The Wise Ones of many traditions, ancient and now, say that the reality we’re living in is the result of a collective dream … or persistently and commonly held vision.

May we reconnect with the magic of heartful, Wisdom-inspired vision for our own, and our collectively held, ‘reality’ that honors and respects the dignity of all beings.

Our Soul-Deep Need for a Worthy Horizon

Big Love,
Jamie

Phoenix Rising. Image courtesy of All Day 2.

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Jamie

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“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 horizon, a new frontier of exploration and purpose, a stirring sense of mission, is more than just a distraction or something only privileged people have the ‘luxury’ of thinking about.

Far from it.

It’s more like being stuck in thick mud or quicksand that sucks the very life-force out of us, leaving us feeling apathetic, deflated, resigned; or angry and fundamentalist, acting out in ‘shadow’ ways.

There are times and circumstances that close in on us and distract us from the horizon by calling so much of our attention and energy to the mire that we, for a time, feel devoid of vision, and with it, purpose, and direction.

Sometimes…

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Your Odyssey and Neptune’s (and Pals) Magic

Odyssey noun od·ys·sey \ˈä-də-sē\ : a long journey full of adventures : a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone 1:  a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune 2:  an intellectual or... Continue Reading →

Mother of Many in Times of Challenge

Julian of Norwich, born in 1342, is considered to be one of the most important Christian (or any tradition) mystics and spiritual mothers. There's good reason for that. Read on. She was an anchoress at St. Julian of Le Mans,... Continue Reading →

Creativity, Vision, and the Deep Feminine

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 →

Reasserting Our Wildish Nature

“When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest... Continue Reading →

Visioning: Delve Into the Waters of Inspiration

"What do you yearn for? What vision stirs and beckons you from your inner depths?" At this point, it's no secret: Constant, frantic, frenzied 'busy' gets you more of the same, along with the stress and burnout that go with... Continue Reading →

Liminal Season: Stirring the Cauldron of Our Dreams

"We are descending into the dark time of the year, the juicy time of mystery of earth and psyche. This liminal time before Samhain calls us to cast off that which does not serve us and evoke the wild woman."... Continue Reading →

A Time for Courageous Dreaming

Here's a theme that's been growing in strength: the importance of reclaiming the power of our focus from the myriad bling-bling distractions, reclaiming the power of our dreaming, so that we can direct more and more of it towards desirable... Continue Reading →

A Season of Focused Vision-Tending

It's the perfect time for checking in with the deepest stirrings of heart-and-soul ... a Season of Vision-Stirring, Vision-Seed Planting, and Vision-Tending. I've got a Vision-Stirring feature-page on the Sophia's Children work-table, but for right now, here's some Vision-Season inspiration.... Continue Reading →

Believing Mirrors – If Two or More Believe

"One person alone can't do it. I've learned that. But two people? That's a done deal. If two people believe in the same thing, it's automatically real." ~ Bulahdeen, in Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen There's that age-old saying:... Continue Reading →

Tender Visions and Believing Mirrors

"When we are dealing with peoples' dreams -- their visions, really -- we are in the realm of the sacred." ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way That's the way it is, really, when it comes to the dreams and visions... 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 →

On Restoring the World’s Lost Heart

"In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, some portion of its lost heart." ~ Louise Bogan, American... Continue Reading →

May Day and Beltane: Clear, Cleanse, ‘Green’ and Aim

Happy May Day. Happy Beltane. We're mid-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and the theme of Now is fertility and emerging growth. With the arrival of Spring, we see, hear, and sense the spirit of greening (and thus fertile... Continue Reading →

Rothko: What is the Better Condition?

"When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money, yet it was a golden age for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is... Continue Reading →

Vision and Your Wild Divinity

"Your vision is your home, and your home should have many mansions to shelter your wild divinity." ~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara Vision, not to mention ways we cultivate and reclaim our precious 'wild divinity', are among our Sophia and Artemis... 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 →

The Time of Creative Vision, Renewal, and the Deep Feminine

ma-laise "A general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify. "a society afflicted by a deep cultural malaise"*   burnout "Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress."* Wherever we are, whether we're... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Let the Mermaid Lead You

"I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths, and a great fear of shallow living." ~ Anais Nin I've shared this quotation from Anais Nin's writings before. There's a truth to it, for some. And yet it's... Continue Reading →

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