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.

Details:

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!

Jo

Living with Love: A Sunday Afternoon with Isaiah–September 28, 2014

Hi,

I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating afternoon with Isaiah. You may already know Isaiah, but just in case you don’t, He is an invisible teacher who seems to bring a “somewhat different point of view”. I think, actually, he touches some deeper part of the heart of us, inspiring, energizing and awakening us to an unknown realm of possibility in some cases In other places I think he reassures us of what we already know but are afraid to trust. You know the part that longs for more. In some ways he seems remarkably accessible, and yet after more than 30 year he continues to be part of The Mystery beyond my comprehension. I am grateful to get to share him and this sacred invisible place, an imaginal space, we enter together with you.

If you are interested in joining us the details are below. If you want the conference call information please let me know.

Jo: Isaiah could you tell us what you would like to talk about it, what is timely in our world?

Isaiah: Of course my dear, as you wish. There is no question the greatest challenge facing you all today is what we need to ponder together.

This Sunday’s Topic: Living with Love

Hello my dear ones,

Your dharma, your birthright is to live with Love

Oh,  I am not talking about that candy cotton sweet, sticky-stuff, although that is also fine as a special treat for children, beautiful, tasty, exciting — temporary

It melts in the heat you know. And life, by its very nature, creates that heat

I am speaking of something larger, more profound, and much more precious

It is the gold of life, your true wealth

Sometimes it is mistaken for false gold, the tawdry glitter of material things taking its place

It cannot you know, nothing can replace the numinosity of Love

The generative experience of being Love, giving Love, connecting with Love

Love is fierce, committed, and enormously huge.

Beyond simple description, it must be seen, felt, thought, and held in awareness

J: How do I know Love?

I: Why, you are it

First, look to yourself, for the best parts and the worst, all of you, embrace the enormity of the energy extending all around you

Consider ways to give away the wealth that is your birthright. 

Love is magnetic, drawing to it all that it needs, in order to give more freely.

Trust in Love, practice trusting, falling short, and trusting again.

Listen for it, look for it, expect to see it.

Watch carefully, and find others who want to practice with you.

God bless you and good day

Isaiah and Friends

J: Thank you

Details: Sunday September 28, 2014 1- 4 PM
RSVP for Conference call details
In Austin at The Healing Alliance
3939 Bee Caves Rd A -200, 78746
RSVP so I know which room please
Donations are appreciated

For questions or more information contact jo@thehealingalliance.com or 512-680-1540

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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Re-imagine

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“A traveller puts his head under the edge of the firmament in the original (1888) printing of the Flammarion engraving”

The Pilgrim reaching from one realm, through, into another.
Is this what we are also being called to do.
Can we look beyond our known world, witnessing an other realm?

Dare we re-vision our world?
Can we welcome both/and rather than either/or?

How might it change? How might we?

Wisdom Circles

Excerpted From Isaiah’s New Year Message:
Will you risk, this year, being seen, heard, and valued?
That, of course, is the challenge you have been backing up from for years.
Not who should you be, how should you be, or even what should you be.

Musings:
In 2005 I was gifted a 3rd phase of the my “work”. It is a network of circles–Wisdom Circles. Negar Kidman created a fabulous page for it.  Alas, it is still blank.
Is this part of the Partnership? I am passionate about the idea of social as well as personal alchemy. We need forums, incubation places of new solutions. Wisdom Circles create a living practice–birthing the unexpected. They host alchemy, inviting a different world view.

Wisdom Circles

Wisdom Circles

I am reminded of an Oracle familiar many of us. It was the Oracle of Delphi who said, ” To Thine Own Self be True”. As so often happens with Oracles, there are layers of meaning. It was years before I realized it was asking me to be true to my Self, and the way I could do that was to have my daily self be in service to that higher Self.

Maybe this year is a kairos, a perfect moment, welcoming breakthrough.

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Listening to the Oracle

Sitting in the early morning stillness I wonder what is this all about. What will it mean to accept yesterday’s suggestion, directions or challenge? What is the next step? So many questions chased by thousands of different thoughts.  Following a decades old practice, I turn to the Oracle, ask the question, and draw a Rune for another point of view.

 Partnership

Today’s Question: What is this all about?

Today’s answer:
Partnership – A gift