Act On Your Caring OR Big Dog, Little Dog; When it Doesn't Go So Well

Act On Your Caring OR Big Dog, Little Dog; When it Doesn't Go So Well

I know I need you. I need to know I matter. But more importantly, I need to know I have something to give, something that in these moments makes a difference, in the everyday moments, when another needs something that only a human being can offer. I was fortunate to see that my instincts offered were graciously received and that in some small way the love I offered made a difference. This was the huge gift I was given. The love that came through me knew what was needed. I was the one, though, that had to act for it to do so. 

Will we act upon our caring when we don’t know how to but know we must?

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The Struggle for Freedom is a Creative, Communal Act

The Struggle for Freedom is a Creative, Communal Act

The struggle for freedom is a creative act — but an error many of us have made in the past is to believe the struggle is for our personal freedom, for our personal equality, for our personal world to be bettered. 

No longer can we afford to see freedom and creativity as such. Freedom and creativity have never been about the personal. Even when one is creating in solitude as an artist or a writer, what comes through that creative act is always something for the whole never just for the creator.

The idea that we are individuals first and foremost is and has always been wrong. Our individuality is born out of the wholeness of life. 

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Leadership & Lettuce — Learning to Trust in and Lead for the Process of Growth and Change

Leadership & Lettuce — Learning to Trust in and Lead for the Process of Growth and Change

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.

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Love in a Time of Personal Power

Love in a Time of Personal Power

But the feminine is not moving within all of us because we haven’t become conscious of how she is within us. And we become conscious of how she is within us when we come to see what is hidden within us, when we find the courage to face that which we haven’t wanted to see. When we do this, our hearts can break open. Our compassion can flow. And, our love can pour forth.

We can come to remember our wholeness.

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Choosing to Stay and Be Human

Choosing to Stay and Be Human

As I’ve contemplated this dance between Eros and Thanatos, I’ve wondered if I (and any one of us) can truly make a full choice to stay, can truly choose this once, or if it has to be chosen over and over and over again. And I’m not just saying this in the large sense of life or death, but in the small moments where it feels like you will die if you stay and can only survive if you run, or when it feels like you will die if you run and can only survive if you stay. Moments in relationship with others, with yourself, with your work, with a creative project.

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Liberating Ourselves from the Pervasive Bind of Being Reasonable and Logical

Liberating Ourselves from the Pervasive Bind of Being Reasonable and Logical

We are not logical creatures. We never have been. We are imaginal beings, sacred to the core, mystical beings appearing as real live people, here to awaken love, here to find delight and joy in living, here to not turn away from ourselves or each other when we forget what we are.

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Writing Directly Out of the Vast, Deep Mystery

Writing Directly Out of the Vast, Deep Mystery

We are so deeply interconnected through something much greater than any one of us. When you write what brings you joy or deeply moves you,  and you faithfully express it as you hear it, you move those who feel a similar way or need to hear it, or something else related. There is a connection. There is a correlation. We do meet our audience through our words but not in the way we 'think' we are supposed to.

Something greater than any one of us connects us through the deep place of love within each of us. It is this that drives creative expression. It is this that we honor when we write what we hear. And our writing becomes so much easier through this honoring.

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Transforming who we believe we are and what we know ourselves to be capable of.

Transforming who we believe we are and what we know ourselves to be capable of.

The creative process is a transformational process. By entering into the unknown space where true creativity can emerge we must let go of what we think we know, acknowledge that we do not know, and be open to receiving that which will both carry us across the creative unknown and transform who we know ourselves to be and what we know we are capable of. 

It is by facing the obstacles we meet, as well as being able to ask for and receive help along the way, that we become more aware of our essential capacities within that have been there, silently waiting for us to call upon them, all along.

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Dark, Ancient, & Deep: The Call to Return to Soul

Dark, Ancient, & Deep: The Call to Return to Soul

I learned to reject the dark, to reject the inner, to reject feelings and sensations, to reject intuition and instinct. I learned to reject an entire realm of my true existence.

I learned, as so many of us did when we were young and growing into young people, women and men, that darkness is associated with things we should avoid. Darkness was lumped together with what we believe to be bad. Yet the dark is rich soil where seeds sprout then steadily and sturdily push through to the light. Darkness brings life and light. Darkness nourishes. Darkness is where ancient things have been hidden until it is safe to return again to the world of light. Darkness is incredibly rich and beautiful.

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Insistence of Expression: What do you long to experience in 2018?

Insistence of Expression: What do you long to experience in 2018?

If you’re looking for a different way to envision what you see 2018 bringing to your life, consider what you’re longing to experience as a way to get in touch with what you desire for bring forth this new year.

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Stay Close to the Bone

Stay Close to the Bone

There’s an essence about oneself, a sense of ‘-just-is-ness’. Essence as in a closeness to — an intimacy with — a truth of oneself. I language this as staying ‘close to the bone’ of one’s true nature. It’s a kind of ‘solidity’ of self that isn’t solid at all, but finds and knows itself as seemingly solid in human form. But more than this, the bones are a metaphor for deep knowing and understanding — not of the mental variety but rather of a kind of wisdom and intelligence inherent in all things.

This feels real to me as it bridges our nature as consciousness, itself, alive in the cells of a human body. Awake and alive, close to the bone, is close to home.

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Women, the Earth, and Our Wild Nature

Women, the Earth, and Our Wild Nature

We want to know this relationship with life again, yet we fear it. It is the substance of experience our souls long for, yet our ego selves tell us so many stories about what will happen if we follow this deep longing in our bones to reconnect to a love we can’t quite remember but are so starved for. And so we turn away from the message when others offer it. We tell ourselves, that isn’t me.

Yet, to stand strong in these times, courageous in love, we must know three things:

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Sustaining the Web of Existence, Human & Otherwise

Sustaining the Web of Existence, Human & Otherwise

Every human being not only matters; their voice, creativity, and uniqueness are vital to the health of the whole, and to the strength of the fabric that holds us all together. And many who are not in positions of power or privilege have been silenced, traumatized, and denigrated terribly.

Moving forward, as leaders we must ensure inclusion and diversity, as well as provide the opportunity for everyone to rediscover what they truly are and that what they truly are matters to the whole of life. As leaders, our job is to midwife this essential creative nature and create a culture in which people are free to express it. We need everyone’s creative genius in order to move forward. We need everyone’s happiness from being connected to the whole. We need connection, period.

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Eros: The Missing Link

Eros: The Missing Link

A few years ago, I had a profound dream. Not only was the content profound , but the depth of feeling was as well. It was one of those dreams that stays with you and that continues to teach you because of its depth and clear symbology. It was so real that it felt like an experience rather than a dream.

I listened to what this dream was telling me, and over time it continues to tell me more and more. Just lately, I’ve been able to tie it to a calling I’ve felt for my own life and the work I do — that of awakening Eros in myself and in the women I work with.

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Women & the Earth: Awakening Eros

Women & the Earth: Awakening Eros

To bring the holy, the light, and love to all of life’s mundane moments and things that can frighten us so. To do our best and be in integrity. To realize where we are responsible to this world in a way that enlivens us and the world. To bring the wild Source of our nature into structure so the wild Source can come all the way into our lives…all the way down and into our world, our lives, and our creations.

Yes. This is it. The hot holy. The blinding breath. The cosmic presence. The delighted spontaneity. The impish bliss. The lightness of depth.

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A Leadership of Nurturance and Nourishment

A Leadership of Nurturance and Nourishment

I see leadership as a powerful force for change in this world because it can, if we become leaders who know how to do this, support the unfolding and evolution of humanity’s genius and potential. And what I know is that this true genius and potential are aligned with the genius and potential of life itself when it comes from within — not from the over-fretting and judgmental mind, but from the deeper aspects of each person. It’s where our creativity, which is simply our essential nature and genius — arises out of.

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