This video shares the message of a doll I made that feels relevant to these times. It's about how our rules and judgments can prevent us from experiencing a more colorful and creative life.
“Who feeds you? Is there an elder or ancestor who helps guide your life?” The queries were unexpected; my answer was not. I was having tea with my friend Amanda when she asked me these questions. As a gift, she planned to make me a shrine to honor that someone who positively impacted my life and whose teachings continued to guide me. Without hesitation, I answered, “Will Rockingbear.”
I’d arrived on Will’s doorstep through a series of synchronous events and seeking to have him help retrieve my soul. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with soul retrieval, but I was following my intuition, and it led me to Will.
After this work, I joined one of Will's circles. For six years I traveled weekly on Wednesdays—two hours round trip—to sit around the fire with other community members and with this generous and wise Cherokee medicine man.
Though Will has now passed, his teachings whisper to me daily. If I’m facing a challenge, I call on Will and ask him to share his wisdom. Will is not a man of many words, but those he shares are clear, potent, and memorable. He listens deeply in our conversations, has an uncanny ability to pinpoint core issues needing attention, and addresses issues with a question or statement that greatly simplifies whatever is seemingly difficult or painful.
We can all tap into such wise guidance. It’s as simple as getting quiet, remaining open, and beginning the conversation. Especially during these confusing and stressful times, it’s important to have someone we can call on to support us, to help guide our life, to feed us.
Who feeds you? I'd love to know.
I share more about Will in my book, A Fierce Belief in Miracles. (available here: https://tinyurl.com/yxjpaw7j)
(Amanda’s beautiful and heart-inspired matchbox shrines can be found here: www.firestartershrines.com)
You hold an innate power; it roots you in the knowing of who you are, of what you’re here for, and of what calls to you.
As you develop in our culture, you’re affected by many strong influences that either support your innate identity or override your inner compass. Over time, you may feel yourself molded into a fabricated version of you, shaping you to be someone you think you need to be rather than encouraging you to feel into the moment and your unique position within it. You may lose track of your authentic self, your unique voice and consequently, your power.
You’re invited to join with a small circle of women on a 7-step journey (via Zoom) as we explore and expand your inner knowing and gain comfort with trusting your authentic self.
We will gather for stimulating dialogue and reflection that connects you with your unique power. In this circle, we will focus on:
The Power in You Circle offers opportunity to:
This is a unique opportunity to gift yourself with a safe, sacred space and connection with your own powerful knowing and heart calling.
I ask for your commitment to be fully present for yourself and others when you come into community; the amount of attention and intention that you devote to Circle will determine what you gain from it.
Circle is intimate and space is limited. We will begin our next session on January 14. It will consist of seven 75-minute small group mentoring circles which will meet weekly on Thursdays (via Zoom) through February 25. Meeting time will be 11 am - 12:15 pm ET. There will be two one-hour Q&A/discussion sessions that will be interspersed with our weekly meetings. Timing of these to be announced.
If you're interested, reserve your space now by contacting me.
The launch of A Fierce Belief in Miracles took place on the evening of Sept. 22, 2020. I've uploaded the recording of that launch to youtube. I thought it was appropriate that I unknowingly recorded it in gallery view. Fifty people showed up to support the launch; others emailed, called, and sent flowers. I felt incredibly loved and supported seeing friends from all parts of my life and many different places. This journey has taken a village, and I'm grateful to all of you ~
I was interviewed by Diane Dewey, host of Dropping In to Find Our Common Threads on Voice America Internet Talk Radio. Diane is a skilled interviewer and had some thoughtful questions. I hope you'll take time to listen to our conversation.
A few of the valuable take-aways from this course were:
Feminine archetype leadership isn't measurable; it builds relationships.
All positions create opposition; it's time for us to move from positionality to vision. To gain vision, we must relinquish our points of view.
Vision will pull us forward; you don't need to know how.
We also had special speakers: Leymah Gbowee and Iyanla Vanzant. This from Iyanla:
"If you don't have a strong 'no,' you'll have a weak 'yes.' You gotta have forty-five ways to say 'no.'"
"Put yourself first. Psalms says 'my cup runneth over.' What's in that cup is yours. If the cup is running over, that's what other people can have. Make sure all aspects of yourself are fed."
And Lynne, who's had the privilege of working beside Mother Teresa shared this quote from her: "The unadulterated love of one person nullifies the hatred of millions."