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Timeless Wisdom for Living & Leading the Transformation.

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 →

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 →

A Beloved Community and Creative Nonconformists

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Turbulence & Center-Vision

We’re on the far-side, now, of the recent Solstice (21 December) - Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in the Southern - and the end-of-the-year holidays and ‘calendar New Year’. And that’s just the tip of that iceberg,... 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 →

From the Edges – The Boundary Keepers – Reblog

This recent musing on the "Walkers Between the Worlds," the "thresholders" and boundary-tenders of the in-between places, from the An Elegant Mystery blog: "I think that every culture worthy of the name recognizes the need for such folks. These persons... Continue Reading →

When the Soul Felt Its Worth

Wishing you all of the most beautiful spirit of the season. Big Love, Jamie

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 →

The Wise-Woman Way of Mary Magdalene

We're in the Season of Lights, celebrated in various ways in various traditions. In a few of those traditions, there is an inclusion of and reverence for Mother Mary, which is beautiful. For several kindred spirits, though, we've noticed another... Continue Reading →

The Healers of the Family Tree

A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.
A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.

With the Season of Lights Holy Days, holidays — and holiDAZE for many people — this previous musing on The Healers of the Family Tree came spiraling back up into my awareness.

I’ve updated the mid-December Special Offerings, too, adding a Spiritual Direction-focused offering to reflect this need based on an email convo with a reader.

(You’ll see the link to fresh specials below, too.)

Holidays & the Healers of the Family Tree.

If we’re blessed with stress-free family relations, get togethers, holiday times, and New year — a charmed life, with no stresses or challenges — then we are HUGELY blessed, indeed. Celebrate it!

For many, even with the joys and blessings, there are often nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas at this time of year.

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

For some others, the holidays and this time of year is super stressful, angst-stirring, and even depressing.

Some of those stresses — many of them, maybe — are very much connected to the cultural, familial, and ancestral ‘legacies’ that play out again and again.

Until they’re seen, soothed, shifted … and, just maybe, healed.

When there’s a heart-centered purpose, even the potentially nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas can be experienced differently.

In that Spirit …

Here’s a refreshed version of my previous Sophia’s Children post, The Healers of the Family Tree … as well as some new goodies for the mid-December Special Offers.

Big Love & a healing season!

Jamie

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Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci. Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci.

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 came across the following musing, in a book I came across quite serendipitously, it spoke to me very deeply.

I know that it’ll speak to some of you, too, as keepers of the ancestral lineage and healers of the family tree (as Malidoma Somé writes).

With holidays coming up and throughout the year, there are times when the family and ancestral strengths and gifts may be evident and on display.

For many, though, and in our cultural and ‘news headlines’ as well, the familial-ancestral traumas and…

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Dec. Specials Alert + The Black Madonna, Mother Mary

Before I delve into a recent visit with The Black Madonna and Mother Mary that arose spontaneously this past weekend ... There are just a couple more days left for the pre-holiday Sophiastrology + Intuitive Reading consultation in my December... Continue Reading →

Book Rec: The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez

I'm really happy to share word of a new kid's book from my friend and a truly wonderful soul, Burt Kempner. In addition to being the generous-hearted person he is, Burt is also an indie children's author, writer, and film... Continue Reading →

Be Your Light. Shine Your Light. I Can!

“The first steps toward the creation of wholehearted empowerment in our lives are to leave space for it and ask for it with sincerity. We can’t overlook the power of devotion to create the feeling of possibility in our lives.... 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

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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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Reader Q: What is Sophiastrology? As Above, So Below.

I received a fabulous email from a new reader who was drawn by the word-morph Sophiastology and wanted to know how I came up with it ... and how it differs from traditional astrology First ... I love hearing from... Continue Reading →

Early-December Specials: Calm+Confident. Purpose+PowerShifts.

More Ease. More Calm + Confidence. More Clarity & sense of purpose. 'Tis the season (again ... how did that happen so fast?). If you're super-eager to see the current early-December specials, hop right on over: Early-December Specials - Calm+Confident, Clarity+... Continue Reading →

Creative Vision and Renewal – Rx for Burnout + Malaise

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 moving... 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 →

Empaths, Malaise, and Downward Spirals: How to Shift the Energy Now

The Sower of the System, 1902, by George Frederic Watts.
The Sower of the System, 1902, by George Frederic Watts.

More than a few people have mentioned to me that they’ve been feeling symptoms that I’ve ended up calling “post-election hangover.”

To be sure, there’s been a whole lot of stirred-up stuff in the shared energy and psychic field (those M-fields I wrote about here not long ago).

Blog sister Laura Bruno has just posted a very good and timely “Energies of Now” and “Energy Hygiene” reminder — it’s an ongoing Mastery Path, and building that mastery does help.

Have a look …

Big Love,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

I can’t tell you how many sessions I’ve had with people this past week for whom the election and its aftermath — regardless of their politics or disinterest in politics — has triggered massive grief, anger, shock, disbelief, confusion, feelings of fear, cognitive dissonance, betrayal, and/or the desire to give up. Most of these clients are people “who know better” than to go down such spirals, but for whatever reason, they can’t seem to pull themselves out of the whirlpool.

In most cases, their usual coping tools aren’t working, because the things bothering them aren’t really “theirs” to fix.

I’ve had an unusually high volume of calls from Water Signs this past week, especially Pisces, well known for their fluid boundaries and subconscious empathing of surrounding emotions and energies. Even if you’re not a Pisces, if you feel less than optimal right now, please consider the possibility that you might…

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Two Grandmothers, Red and Blue

As I watched, with a heavy heart, the acute and often venomous polarization leading into,  through, and following the recent presidential election here in the U.S., I found myself thinking of my two grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Anabel, was what... Continue Reading →

Relationship Alchemy vs. Dreary Bickering

"The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life." ... "When relationships are determined by manipulation, by the need for control, they may... Continue Reading →

What Makes You Come Alive? And Other In-Between Musings …

"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." ~ Howard Thurman So advised Howard Thurman, the philosopher and... Continue Reading →

BlogShare: Who We Invite to Tea – From Janet at M+M blog

I appreciated the collection of musings and blog-shares that artist and fellow blog-sister Janet Chui shared in her blog post. Janet gathered up a few of her favorite web-finds and musings of recent days, and the selection includes an invocation... Continue Reading →

Discerning Vocation and Purpose

St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Stained glass at St. Louis R.C. in Buffalo, NY.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Stained glass at St. Louis R.C. in Buffalo, NY.

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),
Jamie

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Smoky Path from PDPhoto Smoky Path from PDPhoto

“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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All Hallow’s Week: Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

Happy All Hallow's week to you! 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.... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Liminal, the ‘Shamanic’, and the Phoenix

Any time that the Scorpio Mysteries are afoot -- as they are with this New Moon, as well as whenever the depths, the lengthening nights, or other deep-Mystery phases and cycles are more noticeable -- we are in the liminal... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Wisdom: Medusa, Metis, Mehda

First question: How is the ancient (and timeless) notion of 'Sovereign Feminine Wisdom' connected to the energy, archetype, and story of Medusa - the 'gorgon-headed' one of myth? Second question: Why is this both timeless and very relevant right now,... Continue Reading →

Music Medicine and Muse Food: Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder

Here's a lovely song with potent lyrics from PhoeniX-Generation's Eddie Vedder, from the film, Into the Wild. Speaking of Muses and Muse-food, here's another Muse-stirring piece from the Sophia's Children archives: Fresh Beginnings: Who's Your Muse? Enjoy. Big Love, Jamie... Continue Reading →

Chaos, Creativity and Pandora’s Real Box

"If everything is uncertain, then the future is open to human creativity, to possibility and therefore to a better world." ~ Immanuel Wallerstein We don't normally see chaos as an ally, because it seems so, well, chaotic. Uncertain. It feels... Continue Reading →

Sacred Sound Science and the Power of the Word

NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.
NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.

In the beginning was the Word …

The sound …

The vibration of the ultimate creativity.

If all is energy, and sound and vibration are creative, we become more and more aware of the power of the Word: thought, word, and all that shapes it within us.

My friend and kindred-collaborator Lee of the fantastically insightful and creative ShamaGaia blog has written a fine musing on the power of the Word, sound, and vibration for healing and creativity.

Have a look (and thanks, Leeby!).

Big Love, all.

Jamie

Shamagaia

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 Pythagoras of Samos ( 570 – 495 BC)

From prehistoric Shamans to the ancient civilisations of Summeria, Egypt, Greece, China, Tibet, India, South America and elsewhere, sound has been revered as a primary way of linking humans with their cosmology and for its ability to heal, transform and elevate, body mind and spirit. “The use of sound in such cultures was a highly developed sacred science.” (Goldman, 2012)

The Pythagorean schools of ancient Greece developed various kinds of sacred sound healing temples and practices from knowledge that they received in Egypt. Fundamental to such practices was a concept known as, “The Harmony of The Spheres,” or “Musica Universalis,” which determined that the ratios of heavenly bodies could be represented by the relationship between musical tones. While this development is widely acknowledged as one of the major roots of western science, it is important to note that Pythagoras, one of…

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Listening, Empathy and Shouted-Down Doubt

" ... it’s just a clear example of people not listening. They are just not listening. I want to say, “Read my lips. This is how I feel, and it is my experience. And it is my own, and it’s... Continue Reading →

Energy Weather: Buzz, Sensitivity, and Harmony … or Not.

The beautiful moon is waxing into fullness, and that full, ripe moon occurs just past midnight on Sunday morning (EDT). Using the language of astrology for the energy and archetype signatures: This full moon joins Uranus in Aries ... fire... Continue Reading →

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