How Can a Fantasy Story Help Heal the Culture of Toxic Masculinity?
“In creative work [we] are not trying to help the world go around, but forward.”
Our vacation on the Oregon coast was lovely, with perfect weather—but then we headed back to California. In Arcata, we discovered that the 2017 firestorm in Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino was between us and our home. Driving down Hwy 101 South through the thick smoke and burned areas is the closest I have yet... Read More
In my last post, we explored the power of expressive arts for opening to greater creativity and inner harmony, and in this post, I’ll share another highly effective method for accessing your inner wisdom and guidance: dreamwork.
With expressive arts, you allow yourself to freely express yourself through any form of art—without concern for the end-product, or for what others or your inner critic may say about your creation. This helps you come closer to your true self or soul... Read More
Expressive Arts: Good for Your Soul!
For many years, I admired fantasy and science fiction writers for their amazing creativity in making up whole new worlds with strange new creatures, while writing fascinating stories. I never imagined being that creative myself. But attending the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute’s training in Expressive Arts Therapy, developed by Natalie Rogers, changed that. I explored all the art forms: movement, writing, art, music, clay-work, collage—only for self-expression, with no concern for technique or end... Read More
Are You a Squid or Jellyfish?
Resistance and Surrender in Life and Creativity
“It’s only when there is complete surrender to the now, to what is, that liberation is possible. I do not believe that a (spiritual) practice will take you to complete surrender. (That) usually happens through living. Your very life is the ground where that happens. ……the willingness to let go is surrender. That remains the key. Without that, no amount of practice or even spiritual experiences will... Read More
Messages for Humanity from the Dreamtime
via Rahima Warren
Today—with Houston and many other places drowning, and much of the U.S. West burning; with unstable leaders in D.C. and North Korea; with sea level rising and mega-storms increasing along with hatred and injustice, wars and refugees—I feel scared and sad. In need of guidance and wisdom, I reread a powerful series of dreams with Hawk Spirit that came to me in the 1990s.
My way of working with dreams is... Read More
“An artist’s job is to risk everything
on the present moment.
To jump into the unknown
and bring back a record of the journey.
This is where all art begins.
Without this spirit there would be no art.”
~ Author Unknown even to Google ~
Jumping into the Unknown
Exactly! Every time I start a new painting, there I am facing the unknown in the form of a blank sheet of paper. Because I am an intuitive painter, I never... Read More
When looking for something to read, what does your soul long for?
Something juicy, freeing, or inspiring?
Something that leads you deeper into the mystery of life?
That opens your heart and thrills you with wondrous possibilities?
The best fantasy novels offer all this wrapped up in a fascinating story with strong characters and lyrical writing. At the least, they offer an escape into worlds of imagination where we can go on adventures beyond the confines of so-called reality.
In... Read More
A Path to Peace
Quietness, stillness at the core…
Still Point of the Center…
Remaining still within always,
Knowing outer flux as Maya
The Dance of Illusions
The Play of Matter
A Matter of Play,
Divine in all ways – and –
Always the Essence is Stillness.
From the Center, from the Core
spin the Universes,
Enjoy the Dance
the gossamer illusions
the delightful weavings
of form and story
the unceasing Fountain of
darkness and joy.... Read More
An Inquiry into Shame and Self-Forgiveness
Someone tells me that they didn’t like something I said to them. I apologize and we hug. But I am left with a yucky feeling inside. “I was a bad girl!” says the child in me. “You were a bad girl!” roars the inner critic. I cringe and try to hide out: watch TV, read a book, anything to get away from this horrid feeling. But of course, that doesn’t work. It’s... Read More
Writing from Darkness:
How The Star-Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy was Born
When I first began receiving and writing this story of wounding and healing, evil and redemption, suffering and forgiveness, I had no plan or purpose to write any such thing. But the story came through me in a dark, wild, creative rush, and I did not resist. It was a process of writing from darkness… from the unknown… from the fertile void.
Through my own inner work, I... Read More