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“Responding Creatively” as a Kind of Activism (and Coming Through Perfect Storms)

Ever wonder just what you can do, contribute, in the face of what often seems overwhelming odds, too much tragedy and suffering, and powerful pot-stirrers who seem to jones on and profit from the mess? I know I've mused and... Continue Reading →

There’s a Reason It’s Called ‘Golden’

Generally, when something's "golden" it's considered good, optimal, desirable, refined, auspicious. A golden opportunity. The Golden Rule. The Golden Mean. Someone who's able to turn straw into gold -- creating something valuable, that benefits others, from humble origins or 'raw... Continue Reading →

Retrospective: Free Your Heart. Be As You Are.

Happy Protomagia, as my Greek friend Marinela says, a.k.a. Beltane or May Day (a traditional "thank God we survived the long Winter" celebratory and abundance-appreciating reference before 'May Day' got co-opted for martial purposes! Also connected with Persephone and her... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Fire in the Head, and Other Water-to-Fire Musings

Have you noticed a bit of a change in (inner and outer) atmosphere in recent days? For several weeks, we enjoyed (or not) a concentration of those flowing (or snowing) Piscean energies in the macro-sphere, as Venus and Mercury joined... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Receive, Reflect, Restore … Love

In Dark-of-the-Moon-esque times, we rest into and align with the very Lunar, receptive, reflective energy of the coming New Moon in the very waters ruled by Luna. And then some. Tending, nurturing, slowing, receiving, rejuvenating, listening, dreaming, visioning, flowing, loving.... 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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“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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MuseWorthy Quotations: Callings, Purpose and Meaning

“The life I am living is not the same as the life that wants to live in me … Trying to live someone else’s life, or to live by an abstract norm, will invariably fail … True self, when violated,... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Our Gifts and the Golden Thread of Destiny

“Our destiny is the golden thread that holds together the hearts of humanity and the heart of the world. We carry the heart of the world within our own heart, and through living our destiny we nourish the heart of... Continue Reading →

Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, or just people trying to be decent and kind in a culture and world that seems too-often indecent and insane, transformation fatigue, apathy, and burnout are occupational hazards, ever... Continue Reading →

Effortless Creativity and Uncompetitive Purposefulness

It's no secret now that we're at a bit of a craggy crossroads, we humans? It seems that Life herself is more urgently stirring up the recollection, resurrection, and/or Phoenixing of whole areas of innate and indigenous-soul genius that were... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Insights: Decolonizing Imagination and Soul

I share the following from Alastair McIntosh's 2015 Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture (Canadian Quaker Learning Series #7), with Mr. McIntosh's permission. This reflection is also very much aligned with some of the archetypal macro-themes of the current Saturn-Neptune and Uranus-Pluto... Continue Reading →

Mars: Power, Purpose and Shadow-Stuff

I wrote recently about Mars coming out of its retrograde, cave time, and vision quest (June 29). With Mars in the archetypal Scorpion-or-Phoenix zone just the now, additional key shadow possibilities include the hoarding-witholding typical of the Taurus-Scorpio shadow. With... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Mars Forward, Energy Resurfaces

Mars, the planet and archetypal energy of raw life-force, brash Yang, passion, and momentum stationed direct after its retrograde vision-quest cave-time that started in mid-April. In mythology, the only time Mars did cave time was when he was with his... 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 →

Life-force Rising: Spring and the Re-Emerging Feminine

"Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle and is not afraid— the deep one, whose being I trust, for it breaks through the... Continue Reading →

Jung, Astrology and Synchronicity

“My evenings are taken up largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you. "I dare say... Continue Reading →

Leaning Into Your Strengths – Empaths and Sensitives Series

Here's the latest article in the Empaths & Sensitives Series here at Sophia's Children. This one takes a look at a couple of ways that Empath-Sensitives can "live into their strengths" and gain more mastery over the gifts, while being more aware and skillful in the face of the challenges of being an Empathic-Sensitive in a loud and often bully- and Narcipath-favoring culture.

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 Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... 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 →

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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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 →

QuoteWorthy: Pilgrim, Gypsy, Wanderer Soul

"In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. The purpose here is to call forth that spirit. What matters most on your journey is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are... 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,

Jamie

* 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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Quoteworthy: This is Your Time

“Many were born for a world that is just coming to be. If you have felt lost before and been frustrated in realizing your purpose here, this is your time.” ~ Steve Nelson, Gaiastrology, August 2014 It is a time... 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 →

The Power of Taking a Stand

"The power of taking a stand centers us in something larger than our own life starring us. We start to realize that we have been “given” life and that it’s a gift. When we use our life as an instrument... Continue Reading →

Discerning Vocation and Purpose

"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... 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 →

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 →

Living Lyrically and Remembering Your Song

"Nothing is more commendable than to live lyrically, to make our lives a continuous song of experience." ~ Charles "Tom" Brown, quoted in The Friends of Silence newsletter, April 2014. "I see dance being used as communication between body and soul... Continue Reading →

Out of the Water-Stable in the Year of the Horse

There is a concentrated energy of new beginnings at the moment, with the five-element theme making a big shift from water to fire. Regeneration is one of several key 'fire themes' of this coming year -- think 'Phoenix', the beautiful... 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 →

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