Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Off!

Hi, All.

Sorry I've been so absent on this site the past few months! I've been busy writing and leading workshops and traveling. I plan to take the summer off to concentrate more fully on my book in progress. May your summer be bright and full of all good things.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Florence Scovel Shinn

March has proved to be an incredibly busy period; however, it has also been filled with tremendous blessings and abundance. In the course of my travels this month, I discovered Florence Scovel Shinn's The Game of Life and How to Play It. It was written in 1925 and very much reminded me of The Secret and Mike Dooley's TUT material.

Shinn's bottom line is: Nothing stands between man and his highest ideals and every desire of his heart, but doubt and fear. When man can "wish without worrying," every desire will be instantly fulfilled (p. 11)." She teaches that by changing your words, you can change the conditions of your life. Shinn tells us that our subconscious mind is always listening to what we tell ourselves, which is a pretty tremendous statement when you stop to consider its ramifications. 

The book reinforced many of the ways in which I think about life, and I was also delighted to hear old ideas put in a fresh way. Here are a few of my favorites:

"One should not visualize or force a mental picture. When he demands the Divine Design to come into his conscious mind, he will receive flashes of inspiration, and begin to see himself making some great accomplishment. This is the picture, or idea, he must hold without wavering. The thing man seeks is seeking him--the telephone was seeking Bell!" (p. 78). 

"In Divine Mind there is only completion, therefore, my demonstration is completed. My perfect work, my perfect home, my perfect health." Whatever he demands are perfect ideas registered in Divine Mind, and must manifest, "under grace in a perfect way." He gives thanks he has already received on the invisible, and makes active preparation for receiving on the visible." (p. 82). 

She also wrote some very powerful affirmations, many of which resonated with me:

"The decks are now cleared for Divine Action and my own comes to me under grace in a magical way."

"I now let go of worn-out conditions and worn-out things. Divine order is established in my mind, body, and affairs. Behold, I made all things new."

"My seeming impossible good now comes to pass, the unexpected now happens."

"I give thanks for my whirlwind success."

"I see clearly and act quickly and my greatest expectations come to pass in a miraculous way." 

"Unexpected doors fly open, unexpected channels are free, and endless avalanches of abundance are poured out upon me, under grace in perfect ways."

"I forgive everyone and everyone forgives me. The gates swing open for my good."

In other Shinn writings she talks about the instant help we can receive if we ask for some sort of lead before making a major life decision.

"Now it is necessary for you to make a decision, you face a fork in the road. Ask for a definite unmistakeable lead, and you will receive it...In Truth, we always ask for definite leads just what to do; you will always receive one if you ask for it. Sometimes it comes as intuition, sometimes from the external." (The Secret Door To Success)

I plan to practice these for a period of time and see what positive events and situations I can bring my way! Keep me posted if you choose to do the same.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Through Eyes of Love

There is something truly lovely about seeing yourself through the eyes of someone 
who loves you.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Poetry Party at Abbey of the Arts

Every month Christine at Abbey of the Arts throws a poetry party. The idea is to build a poem off of the image she provides. Above is what she provided for this month. Click here to join in the fun. Here was my offering:


is this what happens
when vision clears?

i drop into myself
heartbeat by heartbeat
and feel blue blush
whispers against
the curve of my ear.

i breathe them
and step
with an ecstatic scream 
into a new reality
where you wait.

(copyright 2012)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do we need to live a symbolic life?

I've been contemplating the importance of living a symbolic life the past few days, and I believe that it is important for us to feel like our life has meaning. Jung certainly would agree. 

During his life, he wrote many papers and delivered numerous lectures on this topic, arguing again and again that a purpose driven life is not only a happy one but it keeps our spirits uplifted. It soothes our souls to know we're here for a reason and are a part of something larger than ourselves. Here's an excerpt of a lecture he gave in 1939 to the Guild of Pastoral Psychology, London:

You see, man is in need of a symbolic life - badly in need. We only live banal, ordinary, rational, or irrational things . . . but we have no symbolic life. Where do we live symbolically? Nowhere except where we participate in the ritual of life. . . .

Have you got a corner somewhere in your house where you perform the rites, as you can see in India? Even the very simple houses there have at least a curtained corner where the members of the household can perform the symbolic life, where they can make their new vows or their meditation. We don't have it; we have no such corner. We have our own room, of course, - but there is a telephone that can ring us up at any time, and we always must be ready. We have no time, no place.

We have no symbolic life, and we are all badly in need of the symbolic life. Only the symbolic life can express the need of the soul - the daily need of the soul, mind you! And because people have no such thing, they can never step out of this mill - this awful, banal, grinding life in which they are "nothing but." . . . Everything is banal; everything is "nothing but," and that is the reason why people are neurotic. They are simply sick of the whole thing, sick of that banal life, and therefore they want sensation. They even want a war; they all want a war; they are all glad when there is a war; they say, "Thank heaven, now something is going to happen - something bigger than ourselves!"

These things go pretty deep, and no wonder people get neurotic. Life is too rational; there is no symbolic existence in which I am something else, in which I am fulfilling my role, my role as one of the actors in the divine drama of life.

I once had a talk with the master of ceremonies of a tribe of Pueblo Indians, and he told me something very interesting. He said, "Yes, we are a small tribe, and these Americans, they want to interfere with our religion. They should not do it," he said, "because we are the sons of the Father, the Sun. He who goes there" (pointing to the sun) -- "that is our Father. We must help him daily to rise over the horizon and to walk over heaven. And we don't do it for ourselves only; we do it for America; we do it for the whole world. And if these Americans interfere with our religion through their missions, they will see something. In ten years Father Sun won't rise anymore because we can't help him any more."

Now, you may say, that is just a sort of mild madness. Not at all! These people have no problems. They have their daily life, their symbolic life. They get up in the morning with a feeling of their great and divine responsibility; they are the sons of the Sun, the Father, and their daily duty is to help the Father over the horizon - not for themselves alone, but for the whole world. You should see these fellows; they have a natural fulfilled dignity. And I quite understand when he said to me, "Now look at these Americans; they are always seeking something. They are always full of unrest, always looking for something. What are they looking for? There is nothing to be looked for!" That's perfectly true. You can see them, these traveling tourists, always looking for something, always in thee vain hope of finding something. On my many travels I have found people who were on their third trip around the world - uninterruptedly. Just traveling, traveling; seeking, seeking. I met a woman in central Africa who had come up alone in a car from Cape Town and wanted to go to Cairo. "What for?" I asked. "What are you trying to do that for?" And I was amazed when I looked into her eyes -- the eyes of a hunted, a cornered animal -- seeking, seeking, always in the hope of something. I said, "What in the world are you seeking? What are you waiting for? What are you hunting after?" She is nearly possessed; she is possessed by so many devils that chase her around. And why is she possessed? Because she does not live the life that makes sense. Hers is a life utterly, grotesquely banal, utterly poor, meaningless, with no point in it at all. If she is killed today, nothing has happened, nothing has vanished - because she was nothing! But if she could say, "I am the daughter of the Moon. Every night I must help the moon, my Mother, over the horizon" - ah, that is something else! Then she lives; then her life makes sense, and makes sense in all continuity, and for the whole of humanity. That gives peace, when people feel that they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya compared with that one thing, that your life is meaningful.

Here then is the million dollar question: what gives us meaning in life? I believe we each know what we're here for deep within us. It sits like a small beacon continually pulsing its message to us, but we often miss it, either because our lives are too busy to hear it OR the message is not in harmony with the way we have chosen to live our lives. Still, it pulses. It wants to be known. 

One thing I know for sure is that if we miss it on our waking realities, it will show up again and again in our dreaming realities. What fascinates me about the dream life is that our waking life egos can't censor its message. A dream is a letter from home, according to Clarissa Pinkola Estes and many other Jungians. Jung wrote in Modern Man in Search of a Soul, "Dreams are the direct expression of unconscious psychic activity." "The dream gives a true picture of the subjective state, while the conscious mind denies that this state exists, or recognizes it only grudgingly."

 "Okay," you might be thinking. "This is all well and good but how the heck do you know what your dreams are telling you?"

The best thing you can do is to pick out a journal and start recording your dreams every morning. You will be amazed at what you discover!!!! The hardest thing about this is simply getting started, but it's very easy to do and great fun once you get started. 

In my next post, I'll give some tips about how to work with your journal. Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Workshops Available from Bridge Between Two Worlds

Hi, All.

I am excited to announce that I will be offering new workshops through Bridge Between Two Worlds! If you've ever wanted to develop your intuition or learn more about the Shamanic journey, these will be right up your alley! 

Best of all, they will be both playful and fun. Check them out!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marie-Louise von Franz

Back into Jungian material I delve. This month I find myself attracted to the works of Marie-Louise von Franz, and in my hands I hold her Creation Myths. Last night I read the following, which appealed to my training as a Medievalist and amateur astronomer:

"In the Middle Ages they drew all the constellations they knew, and outside them the cosmos was surrounded by the Zodiac snake, the snake on which were all the signs of the Zodiac; beyond that lay the unknown. There again the snake bites its own tail, the uroboros motif, comes up where man reaches the end of his conscious knowledge. In late antiquity, the beginnings of chemistry show that people also had certain knowledge of the elements and some technical knowledge, but when it came to the end of known facts, they again projected this archetypal image, the symbol of the uroboros, to characterize the mystery of unknown matter. In alchemy it was the symbol of the prima materia, of the original matter of the world." pp. 2-3

What appeals to me about the above is the use of symbol to fill in a blank in our consciousness. The snake seems to act as the placeholder for knowledge we have not yet attained. Like a code, some material has been deciphered and some is still encrypted. Having tracked my dreams for 13 years, I have repeatedly noticed the same symbols appearing again and again. Are these symbols mere placeholders or do they have life and breath of their own?And if they are placeholders, what is waiting for discovery and integration?