The Creative Rainbow Mother

January 21st, 2014

16_10_2011 Sunday walk 9_9By Lucy H. Pearce

Lynn V. Andrews, celebrated author and shaman, introduced the idea of the Creative Rainbow Woman to Western women in her third book, Jaguar Woman, published in 1985 and elucidated the concept further in a 2005 article in The Meta Arts magazine.

Andrews, who identifies herself with the Creative Rainbow Woman archetype, refers to the two mothering archetypes as the “Ecstatic Rainbow Mother” and the “Nurturing Earth Mother”.

Each of these has her shadow side or opposite face, like a yin and yang. These are described as four energy hoops or archetypes, which can be imagined as two double-headed arrows overlapping to make a cross. Rainbow Mother’s dark side is “Crazy Woman” and Earth Mother’s is “Death Mother”.

The Rainbow Mother is often perceived, either in her own mind, or those of others, as a misfit. A dreamer and creatrix, she is always fluttering like a butterfly from one project to another, always trying new things. She regularly needs to descend into her creative depths, bringing visions between the physical world and the dream-time.

The ecstatic Rainbow Mother is the energy of the poet, the dancer, the weaver and the Seer. Artists are intimate with Rainbow Mother, for she is their muse. And she is completely misunderstood in our society, a world that does not support its artists, its writers and thinkers. She wants to dream and inspire people to health and wellbeing, and routine wilts her.Lynn Andrews, The Meta Arts magazine

A Creative Rainbow Mother’s home, despite her often being a real home-body, tends to reflect her abundant yet chaotic approach to life – with half-finished projects, creative materials and inspiration, and mess, all around her. She does not prioritize housework over soul work! Not for her the routines of the Earth Mother, nor the consistency which society tells her she must provide for her children in order to be a good mother.

Whilst the Nurturing Mother finds immense comfort, safety and satisfaction in marriage, domesticity, growing food and children, and enjoys order around her, the Creative Rainbow Mother regularly feels the need to fly free. And the truth is that she is a divided soul. Her home and family, despite her great love for them, usually come second in her heart. Her spirit follows a different calling, often her art, but sometimes another career, which is, if she is honest with herself, the most important thing in her life. But she needs her home, her partner and children to help her to ground her energy and keep her in this world – and so there is a constant tension built into her relationships.

Of course I hate labels and stereotypes as much as the next creative individual. I am sure that each woman has a degree of Earth and Rainbow mother in her, just as I am sure that there must be other mother ‘types’ omitted from this dichotomy. After all, none of us is a one-dimensional being. We all hold many archetypes, or energy patterns associated with different characters, within us: Mother, Lover, Virgin, Fool, Wise Woman, Student, Teacher, Artist…which can teach us more about the aspects of our personalities that we need insight and guidance in.

When we use archetypes as a tool in this way, often the patterns of our character and unconscious behavior which previously baffled us fall into relief. This is the gift of archetypes: to allow us momentary detachment from our individuality, in order to see ourselves more clearly.

Lucy H. Pearce lives and breathes the creative rainbow mother archetype in a little pink hourainbow way coverse on the south coast of Ireland. She is an established writer, editor, artist, women’s workshop facilitator and mother of three young children (aged 8, 5, and 3). The Rainbow Way is her fourth book. Her earlier titles (Moon Time; Reaching for the Moon and Moods of Motherhood) have been described as “life changing” by women around the world.

She is the contributing editor and columnist at JUNO magazine.

Her blog, Dreaming Aloud (www.dreamingaloud.net) (named after her JUNO column) was established late in 2010. Shortlisted for the Irish Blog Awards, it has developed a devoted following of creative mothers.

The Rainbow Way is published by Soul Rocks Books, December 2013.
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Ice and Light

January 15th, 2014

hrcover(1)By Eleanor O’Hanlon

While I was writing about the polar bear, one of my close relations was dying. I’d lived with her for a time as a child, when my parents had separated, and become close to her as an adult, and it was very hard to see her body waste and know that I had to let her go. The realization that her death was approaching also brought up deep-rooted feelings of loss and abandonment from the time when I had lived with her; these rose each time I went to see her and added to the grief I felt at losing her. At the same time I became aware that she was ready to leave her physical existence. I saw the essence that is deeper than the physical body stirring, ready to take flight and realized again what grace there is in dying. As she passed away, she released many of the constraints that had limited her in this life, and this helped me to release a layer of pain that I was still holding from the past and allow it to be dissolved by the grace of letting go.

“What is death?” the bear spirit asks the woman in the story. That question is also rising from the depths of the woman’s own being, under the intense pressure of her grief and feelings of powerlessness before physical death. She has come to the point where she must face the question with her whole being or be unable to continue living.

In the story, the pressure of grief leads the woman inwards, towards the light within her at the center, the radiant, undying essence that gives rise to, and sustains, physical form. She comes to know, with the unshakable truth of inner experience, that death is not the final extinction of what she loves but the portal to another dimension, the threshold between the worlds of Spirit and the flesh.

Birth and death are the most sacred of thresholds. You can only feel intense humility and reverence before the mystery of these transitions that transcend the ordinary personality and the mind. As mystery presses close, there is a profound opening to grace. You begin to realize the truth of what all the mystical traditions teach – death is not the loss of the physical body but the mind-made separation from the Spirit. The only death we ever know is to become unconscious of the true immensity of life.

As I have worked with the polar bear, I have come to regard it with reverent respect. Not simply as one of the most beautiful creatures of the Earth, but as a being with its own connection to the life that sustains physical form. Moving through the shifting and temporary icescape, which is always forming, cracking and dissolving, the bear has become for me a living meditation on the mystery of physical change and the impermanence of all forms. The bear incarnates the knowledge that there is nothing, ultimately, to grasp and hold. All separate forms rise and dissolve; essence remains, rooted in the stillness of Eternal Presence. And so there is nothing to fear in letting go: trust, release your hold and you drop into grace and the life that is beyond the pain of separation and all the forms of time.

Eleanor O’Hanlon is a writer and conservationist. She has worked as a field researcher for leading international conservation groups and her articles on wildlife and wilderness have appeared in magazines in Europe and the US.  She lives in France. Her website is: http://eyesofthewild.org

Eyes of the Wild is published by Earth Books. ISBN: 978-1-84694-957-9 (Paperback) £14.99 $24.95.  EISBN: 978-1-84694-958-6 (eBook) £6.99 $9.99

Do You Give to the Ones Who Are Drunk?

January 14th, 2014

Headshot colorBy Rivvy Neshama

From Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles by Rivvy Neshama (Divine Arts, November 2013).

 My son, Tony, who lives in Manhattan, keeps some change in his pocket when he goes out walking. That way, he has something to give to the people he passes who ask him for help.

“Do you give to the ones who are drunk, who may use it to buy more beer?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said. “It’s not for me to judge them or how they’ll use it. You give from compassion to people in need.”

So now, when I remember, I keep change in my pocket too. It helps me look forward to outstretched hands that I sometimes used to resent.

In Judaism, giving to the needy is considered by some sages to be the most important commandment of all. It’s called tzedakah — which often translates as “charity” but truly means “righteousness.” It’s simply doing what is right and just.

Maimonides, a medieval rabbi and philosopher, wrote that there are eight levels of tzedakah, and one of the highest is to “give to the poor without knowing to whom one gives and without the recipient knowing from whom he received.”

But something special happens when you’re face-to- face on the street. It’s a chance to really see each other and your shared humanity, and both giver and receiver end up feeling good. I feel especially good if I give with a smile and wish them good luck.

Maimonides also wrote, “Even a poor person who lives entirely on tzedakah must give tzedakah to another.” Which reminds me of our friend Julia Dean.

Julia teaches photography around the world, but this story happened when she was a struggling artist in New York. It was a snowy winter day with a biting wind. Julia still remembers it because she walked home forty blocks in the cold, not having enough money for a bus.

“I was ten blocks from my apartment,” she says, “when a man huddled in a doorway held out a can filled with change and said, ‘Lady, you got any money?’ It hit me that I didn’t, I didn’t have any money, and I started to cry. He looked at me and then held out the can again and said, ‘Lady, you need some money?’”13-0123 Recipes For A Sacred Life

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Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles offers short,true tales that invite us to experience the sacred – in unexpected places and everyday life. This is one of the 75 stories from the book that Redbook chose as its book-club pick for January 2014, and that Publishers Weekly praises for its “exquisite storytelling…. uplifting, witty, and wise.”

Rivvy Neshama is a writer whose spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, Sufis and shamans, and her mom. Her stories have appeared in Ms., Glamour, and The New York
Times. Recipes for a Sacred Life is available wherever books are sold and on amazon.com. For more information, see www.rivvyneshama.com.

Psychic Healing: The Basics

January 13th, 2014

imagesPsychic healing methods have been around for thousands of years. Historically, they have been shunned by the medical establishment as unfounded in fact and practiced by those who are unqualified and unscrupulous. Whatever you believe, it’s apparent that psychic healing methods are moving into the mainstream and becoming more accepted.

What is Psychic Healing?

Psychic healing allows the biochemical pathways in the body to be cleansed. These pathways are needed for our bodies to function at a cellular level and this healing will balance the chakras and allow energy to move unimpeded between cells and organs. Psychic healing has been credited for easing the symptoms of cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and heart disease and treating back pain, fatigue, joint inflammation and general malaise. Psychic healers will also focus on the emotional health of their client. Current health problems are often exacerbated by emotional and mental elements that a patient may not be aware of at all. Psychic healing seeks to identify these issues and make a positive impact on challenging situations that may be present in the life of the client.

What Should I Do Next?

If you are interested in the benefits of psychic healing, it is best to consult your GP first. If you are satisfied that your GP has done all they can for you, you can ask to be referred to a holistic practitioner who will specialise in alternative medicine. Most GPs are willing to refer you, regardless of their personal opinion of psychic healing or alternative medicine.

Choosing a Psychic Healer

When choosing a psychic healer, it is helpful to follow some basic guidelines. Ask every potential practitioner what certification they have and where they trained. Untrained healers will not be forthcoming with this information and although it’s unlikely that a healer will have a medical school qualification, they should be able to tell you where they learned their skills. It’s also important to find out how long they have been involved in alternative medicine and whether or not they can clearly explain what they do and how it will work for you. Vague descriptions of the benefits of psychic healing are not enough for the savvy client. A good psychic healer should be able to offer you enough information about the process to make you feel comfortable and well-looked after.

Some people find out quickly that alternative medicine is not for them, so beware of practitioners who demand large payments up front. Why not look for a healer who provides a free taster session. If you’re interested in learning more about psychic healing, try  Kooma for more information.

Criticism vs. Love

January 9th, 2014

8123320By Jeanne Jess

Yesterday I had a conversation with a woman who told me she struggles so badly with her colleague at work that she ends up with stomach pains and other symptoms. These two ladies are one example of many of
what happens when people start to judge, to valuate and to criticize each other and project their personal issues on each other: emotional dramas.

These emotional dramas, we see them everywhere: in private life, in families, in situations with neighbors, or at work – wherever they should share daily life together: Once people start to judge, to valuate, to criticize each other, it is the beginning of ego-games, power struggles and dramas. And the inner peace is gone.

Later, I wondered: What are the motivations to criticize others? Why can we not simply accept others the way they are and let them be who they are? ? ?  That permanent need to criticize everything and everybody – what is really behind it, where does it come from? Is it a lack of self-love, a lack of self-esteem, a feeling of insecurity that needs to be calmed… ?

Finally, every judgement, every kind of valuation, each word of criticism about another person will unconsciously create an energy that will manifest in our own lifes and that we do NOT want: the feeling of separation.  To judge, to valuate, to criticize, to evaluate… it all only creates more of the illusions that end up in emotional suffering. When we criticize others, we always criticize ourselves as well.

Out there, we see a world that was created through judgements – and so, we all can do something to change that world. Imagine what this world would look like, if we all would stop the habit of criticism and seriously practice loving acceptance. Otherwise, that criticism is what keeps us away from experiencing the love that we desire….

Criticism is the opposite of acceptance. Acceptance is love. True Love is the absence of judgement.

In our own life and our own world, the more we judge and criticize, the more we create what we do not want: illusions, separation, drama. Through our judgement, valuation and criticism, we are qualifying the energies in our own world with human limitations – and so in every moment we criticize, these divine energies change their quality into a less higher quality. That’s why it does not „feel good“ when one is criticizing, but why it feels very good when one is loving and accepting.

What some people forgot: Your Higher Divine Self is permanently pouring out its Light and Love to you and through you into your world – and so of course you do not want to deprive yourself any longer from that Light and Love. You will change the way you feel once you changed the habit of criticizing into acceptance.

Now you understand that the practice of loving acceptance is the answer, the solution and the key to  your own personal freedom  – and the freedom of ALL.

Blessings and Light to You All,
Jeanne Jess
For more information about Jeanne, please visit www.jeannejess.net

Your Heart’s Intelligence

January 8th, 2014

mweidlein_2011By Marianne Weidlein

Your heart is your sensing, feeling organ. Research proves your heart to be a vital part of a brilliantly integrated system of intelligence. Through its own system of neural pathways, it senses, learns, remembers, and processes vibrational information from your external environment and brain.

Coherent heart rhythms support your heart, nervous system, and brain function.

Emotions of genuine caring, understanding, forgiveness, unconditional love, compassion, gratitude, joy, etc. are powerful indeed! They increase the synchronization and coherence in your heart’s rhythmic patterns, and positively affect you and others.

Your activated heart power is essential for effective decision-making, self-management, relationships, endeavors, your quality of life, and the greater life. A basic understanding of your system of intelligence can aid you to perceive, think, choose, act, and feel as you navigate your life.

Your brain and heart have remarkable differences. The physical world, including your body, is comprised of electrical and magnetic energy fields. Your heartbeat is the strongest generator of these energy fields. I’ve read it to be 60,000-100,000 times electrically stronger than the cerebral cortex. Plus, the heart is 5,000 times magnetically stronger than the brain. All proves your heart to be a powerful generator, indeed!

As your body’s sensing, feeling organ, your heart decodes (interprets) the positive, neutral, and negative energy signals it receives. It sources your ingrained positive (expansive), neutral (impartial, equitable), and negative (limiting, adverse) frequencies, then with each heartbeat, transmits these impulses to your brain to interpret and act upon.

Physics shows that to change the atoms of physical matter, either your electrical field or magnetic field must be changed. Your heart generator is so strong that it can affect both! Whereas, the energetically weaker, data processing and storage center of your cerebral cortex cannot.

Some people are more cerebral as they relate with themselves, others, and all life. They are regarded as “disconnected” from their hearts; however, vital neural pathways that link their hearts and brains just aren’t connected, or are, but only minimally so. Consequently, their intellects function independent from the extraordinary power of their hearts.

When these neural pathways are not connected, you could proceed through life feeling separate, motivated by fear, insecurity, anxiety, limitation and so on. To survive and succeed, you could develop divisive strategies of control, defense, competition, manipulation, excessive attention or work, or even deception or fighting. You can never truly enjoy fulfilling relationships with yourself, others, and the life around you.

In conclusion, your heart energy influences your ability to effectively choose and attain what you need and want. Likewise, your thoughts influence your feelings and emotions. Understanding this can help you to magnetize and cultivate the quality of life you want for yourself, your family, your work, and mutually-fulfilling relationships.

For this, your heart and its wisdom must come alive… through caring for yourself… caring for others… caring for all life. An awakened heart inspires wisdom and all is cultivated and well-tended. It is the nurturer and protector.

Clearly, it is time for individuals and humanity to care, open our hearts, and more directly and significantly guide ourselves and future generations into a thriving future.

Marianne Weidlein, BSBA, CPC has 45 years of experience in business, spirituality, and personal transformation. As a 24-year optimal performance coach, she understands human consciousness and how to transform limitation into focused power that manifests extraordinary results. She guides clients to accelerate their transformation and develop the presence to perform at optimum levels. They become resourceful, intentional authors of their unique destinies. Learn more on http://www.marianneweidlein.com.

Copyright, 2011, Marianne Weidlein Reprint with permission only http://www.marianneweidlein.com.

For extensive information about heart intelligence, visit the HeartMath Institute at www.heartmath.org.

Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar 2014

January 4th, 2014

51c+s7Jj0bL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Are you looking for an inspirational calendar to keep track of your life in 2014? Then, check out the Inner Reflections 2014 Engagement Calendar for 2014.

Inner Reflections has gained a reputation as one of the most stunning and beautiful Inspirational Engagement Calendars available. Inspiring quotations from Paramahansa Yogananda are magically blended with images from the world’s top nature photographers.

With annual print runs of over 50,000, Inner Reflections continues year after year to be a best-selling engagement calendar. This exquisite calendar is as fulfilling to produce as it is to sell…each year they review over 20,000 of the world’s finest images, rejecting all but 53! It s no wonder that since 1990, Inner Reflections has won more gold medals in national and international calendar competitions than any other calendar.

Love lessons from Hollywood

December 19th, 2013

love-lessons-hollywood-journalBy Kate Neligan

The romantic film remains one of the most prominent and successful genres as evidenced by the many Disney princess movies and the dozens of highly successful rom-coms. One of the most romantic lines of all time is, “You complete me” from Jerry Maguire.

So what is the message Hollywood has sent to humanity about true love? Are we supposed to wait for our prince to come and save us or do we need someone to love us in order to feel whole?

In my opinion, those are fairy tales and real life is a bit more complicated. There have been a few breakout films lately that showcase more of an honest portrayal of the ups and downs in real relationships and what might be called genuine love.

In Before Midnight (recently released on DVD & VOD), the relationship between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters shows the strength of real love. There were scenes that were so authentic, raw and difficult to experience, yet they showed what many couples go through as they spend years together and deal with the challenges of moving, raising children, and working. The romance, chemistry, and strong connection between two very different individuals was still there, but it was refreshing to see a level of realism in their relationship brought to the silver screen.

I also loved Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning because it shows what can happen to a relationship when one person is preparing to die. Again, because it was not filled with the regular script formula, it was touching and beautiful in the portrayal of the hard truths about life and love. I was inspired by the unconditional love that was showcased between this courageous and deeply connected couple.

And possibly the best message we can gather about love is from an unexpected film called Adaptation. In one powerful scene, Nicolas Cage reminds us, “You are what you love, not what loves you.” Thus we aren’t defined by someone else loving us.

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Mastery of Love, says: “The whole world can love you, but that love will not make you happy. What will make you happy is to share all the love you have inside you. That is the love that will make a difference.”

This is the message about love that rings true for me. Even if Hollywood has often sent us a message that a knight on a white horse will come and rescue us, I believe that it starts with self-love. Movies have the power to heal and change the world for the better and, if done with authenticity, they can show us that we need to love ourselves in order to feel whole.

Instead of more co-dependent love stories, we need to create more mindful media with genuine messages about love, relationships, and romance. Then we can learn from the movies and begin to mirror the true love story for humanity in our own lives.

What are some of your favorite lessons about love that you have learned from film?

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Kate-Neligan_avatar_1385016390-90x90About Kate Neligan

Kate Neligan followed her dreams to become Founder of the mindful media company, Synergy TV, an online channel that uplifts humanity one story at a time. Kate’s passions and expertise fuel her calling to share transformational stories that matter while creating news synergies in entertainment. For mindful media movie reviews and to receive a weekly awe-inspiring video, join the movement at Synergy TV. Prior, Kate was Vice President of Digital Distribution & Marketing at Lionsgate. Follow Kate @MindfulMediaEnt, @SynergyTVNet, and www.facebook.com/SynergyTV.

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Producer Brad Pitt Explores Spirituality in New TV Drama “Resurrection”

December 17th, 2013

Having conquered the awards shows as an actor, Brad Pitt moved on to producing in 2006. This was a move Time credits as genius, in part because of Pitt’s dedication to pursuing supposedly “unfilmable” projects. Pitt has stuck to projects with a deeper meaning. IMDB lists 23 movies for which Pitt is credited as the producer, including such silver screen hits as “A Mighty Heart,” “Moneyball” and recent smash “World War Z.”

Not satisfied by the mere revolutionizing of Hollywood, Pitt is undergoing yet another transformation, this time to the role of television producer. Critics from Indiewire suspect that his latest project “Resurrection” will take the TV world by storm, just as Brad Pitt productions have in movie theaters.

When and Where to Watch “Resurrection”

The series premiere for “Resurrection” will air March 9, 2014, on ABC, which is available through most cable packages according to www.bundle.tv. Both the series premiere and following episodes are slated for Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST. ABC will also offer the opportunity to view previously aired episodes of “Resurrection” on their website. An entertainment package including both Internet and cable service should ensure your ability to enjoy “Resurrection” in whatever manner you see fit.

Adapting “The Returned” for Television

As with many of today’s best television series, “Resurrection” began as a highly-acclaimed novel “The Returned” by Jason Mott. Critics from The Boston Globe compare the novel’s revolutionary structure as “reinventing the wheel,” pointing to a suspense-filled plot that manages to retain poignant perspectives on issues related to death and spirituality. Now, the big question is whether Brad Pitt’s television version of “The Returned” will remain true to the intellectual core of the novel on which it is based — or whether television producers will abandon such depth in favor of the entertaining, but shallow plots now associated with mainstream network dramas.

Family Love Versus Moral Obligations: Central Themes in “Resurrection”

Based on ABC’s initial trailer, it appears the plot for the premiere of “Resurrection” will closely parallel the early narrative featured in “The Returned.” Landon Giminez plays Jacob Garland, an eight-year-old boy who has returned to his family, 32 years after his tragic death by drowning. Although thrilled to have their little boy back, parents Harold and Lucille Garland are deeply disturbed by the circumstances of his return. Is this the sign of a coming miracle, or a premonition of their demise? In a world where little boys such as Jacob can return from the dead, what does it really mean to be human? Is immortality a gift or a curse? These questions, and others, will be explored in the series premiere, which, assuming it follows in the footsteps of its novelized predecessor, should provide audiences with a very thought-provoking hour of eentertainment.

Q&A with Jim Conlon, author of Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices

December 10th, 2013

authorBelow is Q&A with Jim Conon, author of Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices

 Jim Conlon is the Director of the Sophia Center for Earth, Art and Spirit at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. He recently authored a book called Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices. The book is an exploration of writing poetry and prayers as spiritual practices, as well as other means of feeding and sustaining the soul.

 

1) Why did you write Sacred Butterflies?

 The answer to this question at first appears hidden and unclear.  I remember the words of Rilke as I ponder this question.  He wrote:  “Words are the last resort for what lies deep within.”

In a true sense, I didn’t set out to write a book of poetry, prayers and practices; it is perhaps more true to say that the Sacred Butterflies book wrote itself. As I ponder the questions that arise from reflecting on the new cosmology, I strive to, in the words of Thomas Berry, explore “other modes of understanding.  As I write in Sacred Butterflies I go beyond conscious thought and “allow the words to bubble up and speak for themselves.”  The best I can answer the question is that I wrote this book with the hope that I would be able to gain access to those revelatory moments that emerge from the psyche and provide access to the divine impulse that resides within.

 2) How is writing poetry a spiritual practice?cover

In my view, the poem can be understood as a revelatory process.  Just like I listen to and watch the news to see what God is up to today, I write poems to again access to my interiority to become sensitive to the impulses that I now understand as the voice of the divine that I strive to express and understand.

I understand that this the sacred impulse that arises from the psychic depths as having a revelatory quality; it can be named as a prompting of the spirit.  Thomas Berry often said one of the problems of our culture and religion is that we have too much transcendence.

To heal this tendency he invented the word “inscendence”; it is from this place that I believe poetry is born.

3) What are some spiritual practices you engage with regularly?

In Sacred Butterflies I recount a conversation that took place in Derry, New Hampshire during a Christmas break.  When asked how do you pray, I answered:

“I walk, I read, I write.  This in many ways is my primary spiritual practice.”

  • I walk to look around at the world, feel the sunshine, experience the breeze and see what is happening at this moment.
  • I read; I look for wisdom in authors I admire and trust; currently I am reading works by:
  • Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theologian
  • Thomas Berry, Cultural Historian
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Theologian
  • John O’Donahue, Poet and Philosopher
  • Brian Swimme, Evolutionary Philosopher
  • Charlene Spretnak, Feminist Writer
  • Ilia Delio, Scientist and Theologian
  • I write; I am currently engaged in a new writing project that is focused on a new global civilization.  As I walk and read I search to articulate this vision that is emerging from within and without.
  • Regular liturgical practice is also my spiritual practice.

4) How does this book fit in with your other recent work, especially Beauty, Wonder and Belonging as well as Invisible Excursions?

I see these three books – Sacred Butterflies, Invisible Excursions, and Beauty, Wonder and Belonging as something of a trilogy. They all focus on integrating all aspects of our lives together in a way that feeds and supports spiritual growth and what Thomas Berry would call our Great Work.

The book, Beauty, Wonder and Belonging:  A Book of Hours for the Monastery of the Cosmos, was designed to extrapolate the content for prayer from a physical space, like a church and chapel, to the wider universe itself.  Here I took the ancient monastic practice of the book of hours and focused on those liminal moments of dawn and dusk when we fell the experience of the sacred most accessible to us.

Invisible Excursions:  A Compass for the Journey is an attempt to name the evolution of culture and to articulate how our personal stories, and the story of seven cultural epochs name the evolution of culture and also our own lives. I also relate how the formation of the program at Holy Names University, we call the Sophia Center, involves a dynamic integration of three important people:

  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, who connected science to spirituality and in so doing re-sacralized the earth.
  • Thomas Berry integrated cultural history, evolutionary science, world religions and an understanding of indigenous wisdom into a new story of the universe.
  • Matthew Fox brought “creation center vision” into the conversation and focused the spirituality on the natural world and not just on the divine and other than human.