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Energy Hygiene, and a BlogShare: Why I Quit My Dream Job – Brennalea

It's been a wild few weeks, on the macro and micro, and life's kept me busier than usual in the local, interpersonal, in-the-thick-of-it realm. Even so, quite a few Sophia's Children musings have been brewing and incubating, so stay tuned.... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: We Cannot Live in a …

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... 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." ~ Dr. Howard Thurman So advised Dr. Howard Thurman, the... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: On True Friendship and Being the Space

"A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts... Continue Reading →

The Believing Mirror Reflection

We’re born into this world already with just the blend of inherent traits, ancestral intelligence, and soul imperatives we need for this lifetime’s expedition. Some of this encoding is time-released, and some is latent until it’s activated by certain forces... 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 →

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 →

QuoteWorthy: Allowing Our ‘Authentic Swing’ to Find Us

The Legend of Bagger Vance is one of several films that are on my 'movie medicine' list for when I need just that bit of inspiration and perceptual-shift. With its inspiring depression-era 'Hero's Journey' story, a wise spirit ally who... 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,
Jamie

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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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Reclaiming Your Power from Unconstructive Criticism

When I saw this article from Rick Hanson, it took all of a nanosecond for me to recognize the pattern he's talking about. It's one that can make me wince just thinking about it, though it's common enough. In the... 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 →

The Greatest Need of Our Time

Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and Trappist monk

For this Freyja Day musing, here’s a generous helping of very timely wisdom from a fellow Aquarian and sojourner on the Way, Thomas Merton.

Follow the links below, to Br. Merton’s insight on the greatest need of our time, and see what inspires and resonates with you.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Nina, by Pedro Saenz Saenz (1863-1927) Nina, by Pedro Saenz Saenz (1863-1927)

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness.

Without this housecleaning, we cannot begin to see. Unless we see, we cannot think.”

~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and monk, in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

On the spiritual path (whatever you might call it), we often move through some pretty challenging passages that can serve to “polish the mirrors of our hearts” or “illuminate the eyes and ears of our hearts,” as well as sand away some of the mental and emotional rubbish, as the Aquarian monk, Br. Merton wrote.

Since Thomas Merton’s particular vibe of wise counsel is pretty in sync with these particular times, I’ve included several other wisdom-gems from him in a few previous Sophia’s Children…

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MLK on Creative Maladjustment and Transformed Nonconformists

Modern Art Wall Dripped Free-Form, by Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956). Public domain image graciously shared by Tomwsulcor via WikiMedia.
Modern Art Wall Dripped Free-Form, by the Creatively Maladjusted and Transformed Non-Conformist Aquarian Artist, Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956). Public domain image graciously shared by Tomwsulcor via WikiMedia.

Yesterday was the birth-anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and the day before my beautiful Capricorn Sun niece+God-daughter’s birthday!).

I wrote this post (see link below) awhile ago, but the wisdom is fresh no matter what the day, month or year.

And that’s no less so than right now (when a healthy dose of Aquarian-style creative maladjustment and transformed nonconformism would be good medicine as psychopaths run all willy-nilly, rough-shod rampant, leaving wreckage in their wakes).

The Rev. Dr. King inspired many during this lifetime — when he surely walked this talk! — and his courage, vision, and daring Wisdom has inspired many more since.

This particular bit of wisdom will resonate with any of us who have Aquarian-fibers running through our own unique tapestry (like moi!), and it’s a theme right now with the Uranus square, extra Aqua energy coming through (with the Sun soon to join that party and send Aqua-trons our way), and the two — read it, twoAquarius new moons coming up.

And this particular speech of the Rev. Dr. King is brilliant not just for what he’s saying, but who he’s speaking to (check it out).

Prepare to stir your Aqua Stuff (or get acquainted with it for the first time and do some experimenting) and beam it out into the world (how else will this Aquarian Age come into being?).

And if you need some believing mirror support, bolstering, light-sparking encouragement and spiritual direction — or help figuring out just which fabulous freak-flag is yours to fly — consider scheduling some Aqua-Authenticity-Sparking sessions with me, send me an email and have a look here.

Until then, enjoy this inspiration from the visionary Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wishing You Big Love and Lots of Quirky Courage,
Jamie

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive] The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive] Today is the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech.

In another of his powerfully challenging and inspiring speeches from 1967, he talked about when we might want to adopt a bit of creative maladjustment when what we would otherwise be ‘adjusting to’ (and thus empowering) is, well, pretty much normalized insanity.

Here’s a snippet of the Rev. Dr. King’s speech on creative maladjustment:

“I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a…

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Just. Be. You. What a Relief.

Julia at Painted Path writes this in her recent post, Falling Apart: “Imagine dropping, really setting down, who we think others want us to be, who we think we should be, and just being who we are. Who we already... 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 →

Grief is Alive, Wild and Untamed Life-Force

“Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an active protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small." "There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside of... Continue Reading →

We All Start Out Knowing Magic

"We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we... 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 →

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 →

Resources for Empaths and Sensitives Series

Ahhh, to be an actual, 'just wired that way' Empath -- One who is naturally made to be more sensitive to the energy currents (subtle and not-so-subtle), including the thoughts and  emotions wafting and swirling around us at any given moment.... Continue Reading →

Who are you? Merton On ‘Identity’ and the Way

"One of the characteristics of "mass society" is precisely that it tends to keep man from fully achieving his identity ..." "To have identity is not merely to have a face and a name, a recognizable physical presence." "Identity in... 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 →

Thoreau, Walking on Stormy Seas, and Divine Sophia Gifts

It's in the Air. Or maybe it's the Water. Or maybe it's the Air Sign Aquarius Water Bearer pouring forth the Waters of Spirit -- the 'be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind' Aqua-Elixir -- to quench the thirst... Continue Reading →

Surfing the Muse Wave

"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again." ~ Oscar Wilde It's taken me a long, long while to understand the... Continue Reading →

Calling Home Your Exiled Selves

I've been reflecting deeply on the topics and experiences of home and exile for several years now, and probably longer. Since I hear from so many who feel uprooted and unmoored in this 'plugged in' yet too often disconnected culture, I'll continue... Continue Reading →

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