A Time of Hopeful Challenges

Hello my dear one

Welcome to this most auspicious time

This is a time that asks, some would say requires,

you see what is most precious and valuable to you.

It is a time of practicing small, incremental steps in your awakening –

an endless journey toward wholeness.

Now you are more able to see,

as there is a lightening in the shadowy times just past.

Seeing what is valuable, precious, and significant

what is calling you awake.

You are unwilling to be led by dreadful stories of gloom and disaster, hopelessness and terror–even though it seems all around you.

I am not suggesting you don rose color glasses and deny the very serious conditions needing attention today.

Rather I am saying you have innate, hidden, powerful connections.

Connections meant to be harvested each day.

Connections that nourish you, inspire you, and lead you.

Connections that change you, the way you see the world,

and the contributions you make.

Together we can consider these connections,

practice and expand a more awakened response to yourself, family, and the world.

Small steps, filled with hopeful challenges, invite you to more fully embrace life and breathe hope into the world

God Bless you and good day,

Isaiah and Friends

Sunday Afternoon with Isaiah & Friends

This Month in Lyons CO

December 27  1-4 PM MST

More information jotoddphd@gmail.com.

Isaiah is an invisible presence and teacher dedicated to awakening and enlightening.


Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

We had a wonderful intimate gathering last night holding echoes of ancient times. I hope you enjoy this Deer Mother blog as much as I did!

Gather Victoria


In the ancient northern religions it was the female horned reindeer who drew the sleigh of the mother or sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten that it was the” Deer Mother” (stronger and larger than the buck) who lead the herds.

And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who flies through winter’s longest darkest night with life-giving light of the sun in her horns.

stag2 Image is from Art of Sekhmet

Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, the…

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Sunday Afternoon with Isaiah in Austin: December 20, 1-4 PM CST

Hello my dear friends,

Good day to you, good day
This is a most auspicious time of year, is it not?
A time of counting blessing, of great gratitude and love
A time meant to invite reflection, introspection and rebirth
A time of letting go of old worn out hates, fear and despair as well as past successes
It is a time for emptying out,
holding in more awareness,
what doesn’t work and what does.

A most magical time
filled with possibilities as you prepare to begin again.
Do not fear looking clearly at yourself
as you decide what to give away and what can stay.
You are preparing the way, welcoming a more holy, precious connection–more of you.
Rest in the Peace of each moment as you prepare to re-new.

God bless you and good day,

Isaiah & Friends

October Full Moon Gathering: Kinship Ceremonies

orb-spider-webMaking prayers for gratitude, honoring, and celebration during the Full Moon Gathering tonight, honoring the Rhythms of Life. We say farewell to those who have crossed to the other-side–Going Home–honoring their journeys with gratitude. Then we welcome to the newborn celebrating each breath and birth ! In Austin we will be lighting a fire around 5PM CDT, and begin around 7PM.

This is an invitation to everyone.  Hope you join us from wherever you are! We are creating a web of connections, learning from these teachers older than time. Some of them faithfully renew their web each day.

Can we also create a nourishing web in order to thrive — a different kind of nourishment– but a web none the less. Perhaps we can create a daily practice of connections? There are so many ways for connections – shared words, images, and actions.

Grandma Chips made ties everyday, she suggested we do that too. It was, she said, her insurance. Join us if you can from where ever you are.

We meet, held in a sacred center, sharing joy and laughter, sorrow and grieving, birthing mysterious connections that transcend time and space.

Your thoughts and experiences?

Stepping into Sacred Space Fayetteville, Arkansas

waterfall and bridge
November 12-14
There is a place where words are born of silence,
A place where the whispers of the heart arise.

These transformation gatherings invite you into a new worldview.
By stepping into sacred space you can explore
dreams, dialogues, oracles and intuition—Wisdom’s whispers
There will be 3 stand-alone events which can be experienced individually or together.

An Evening with Isaiah: You are more than you can see
Thursday November 12, 7-9 PM
Isaiah, a well-loved Invisible Presence, is a mentor and guide. Jo and Isaiah met in the late 1970’s. They invite you to join them for an evening of joy and laughter. People report breakthroughs and insights—the result of Isaiah’s simple wisdom.
While this idea may seem strange to modern, scientifically trained minds, it is supported by experiences older than time. Spending time with Isaiah, invites you into transformational experiences.

Stepping into Sacred Space
Friday November 13, 2015 7 – 9 PM
This gathering encourages you to re-view your world.
Welcome Wisdom and knowledge, seen and unseen.
expand your relationship with Wisdom that goes beyond your current ideas.
Bring a journal; the work is all about you.

Building Bridges—Creating Healing Alliances
Saturday August 14, 10AM – 4 PM
Step into a sacred healing space,
following your longing to know more.
Unveil hidden guidance, live into the wisdom of your heart,
as you listen to whispered longings.
Awaken an expanded experience
of your Self, the world and those around you.
You are inviting healing alliances.
These alliances within your Self and with others can change your experience the world.
Pre-registration is necessary
Early Registration before November 7

For questions or to register contact Jo at 512-680-1540 or jotoddphd@gmail.com
PayPal, Credit Card, Checks, or Cash

Individual Session with Jo & Isaiah –
Thursday, Friday, & Sunday
We are setting a limited number of individual sessions contact Libby
Pre registration is necessary for either an hour session ($125)
For questions or to schedule private session contact Jo at 512-680-1540

Jo Todd, PhD’s unique work blends spirituality, depth psychology, ceremony, and recovery. Drawing on more than 4 decades of experience she acts as a teacher, mentor and guide. This blended process is therapeutic and healing. It helps you deepen, expand, and enriches you: as you collect lost pieces of yourself. Some describe her as a spiritual mid-wife, birthing soul into the world one person at a time. In addition to being the founding director for The Healing Alliance in 1983, she is President of Jung Society of Austin and a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. For more information about her current work see wwwjotoddphd.com.

Coming Soon: North Texas in November!
2016 – New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia, New York, LA, San Francisco,

Sun Stands Still

Musings on Psyche and Nature

If you will contemplate your lack of fantasy, of inspiration and inner aliveness, which you feel as sheer stagnation and a barren wilderness, and impregnate it with the interest born of alarm at your inner death, then something can take shape in you, for your inner emptiness conceals just as great a fullness if only you will allow it to penetrate into you. If you prove receptive to this “call of the wild,” the longing for fulfillment will quicken the sterile wilderness of your soul as rain quickens the dry earth. – Jung (CW 14, par. 190)

Like frozen grass on an old prairie farm, winter withholds the promises of a long ago spring. And Earth, playing coy, it seems, turns away, as if she could care less that we are left standing here shivering, straddling between darkness and the thin light. How are we to be in this longest night? If emptiness…

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Another Day of Gratitude

Web of Life

As above so below

Reach beyond knowing – going into a realm of mystery and beauty.

Step beyond your known world inviting wisdom, joy, and sacred connections

Embrace each challenge as an opportunity to grow

Celebrate renewed gifts of gratitude

Another day of thanks giving

Join us

A Sunday Afternoon With Isaiah December 7, 1 – 4 PM

Please let me know if you have any questions.


This is an informal gathering. Please wear comfortable clothing. Chairs are limited, backjacks and seating pillows are welcome. People often take notes so you may want to bring a journal. We usually have a break and you are welcome to bring snacks to share. Donations appreciated

Happily anticipating seeing or hearing from you soon!


Letters from the Trail

One of the gifts of the internet is sharing stories. I had the opportunity to re-read Betsy’s “Letter from the Trail”. She is a friend who last summer journeyed 211 miles on a solo trek on the John Muir Trail ! I would call it a pilgrimage, a ceremony, an initiation, and more. You know that kind of “more” that has no words, and yet she finds them, describing parts of the journey in photo’s, simplicity and depth. It is remarkable and has, as she mentions in the beginning “shifted the hard machinery of my perspective”. Amazing

Musings on Psyche and Nature

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written in this blog, so rather than try and quickly whip something up, I thought I’d post a couple of letters I initially wrote for personal friends about my recent solo trek on the John Muir Trail. I received such encouraging responses from these letters, I thought they might merit sharing with a wider audience. In any case, it feels really good to post them here as a reminder to myself of just how much this hike shifted the hard machinery of my perspective. Things really look different coming off the trail. More precious, slower, indifferent to the chatter of newsreels and political gossip. The first letter was written before the hike, and the second was written shortly after the hike, but both were inspired by the hike and thus, the title, “Letters from the Trail”. Thanks for reading.

Letter #1, Sent July…

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I am so excited about The Healing Alliance’s new project: Voices. Val Inman is the first voice. Val’s life is a soul pursuit. She is an inspiration to me. Her courage, humor, and commitment to follow her heart teaches me. I look forward to sharing her poetry with you.

The Healing Alliance

The Healing Alliance Launches a New ProjectVoices with Val Inman, Poet, Wisewoman, and Elder

Val thinks of herself as a real person’s poet. She was mentored by her long-time friend, Albert Huffstickler or Huff as she always refers to him. When she talks about her writing she tells a story about him. One day he told her to write a poem and draw a picture. Then, when she said she could do neither, he responded, ” Then write a bad poem and paint a bad picture.” She has been writing ever since.

At first she concentrated on Journal writing, fascinated with dreams. But over time that changed and poetry became her first love. Sometimes she just gets the first sentence, eventually the rest comes. Val says she tells it like it is. She looks at the beauty and the horror, the light and the shadow, life and death…

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