Maybe it is me, or maybe it is true, but it seems such a complex time worldwide. Contradictions abound, polarization is rampant, economies tremble, the list is long. Yet, I continue to be surrounded by wonderful people wherever I travel to leave seeds for SoulCollage(R) and for SOTO. I meet people who look at difficulties and find within the strength to meet them. Who do not forget their friends and neighbors and continue to nurture community. They make couragous choices, they speak up when necessary, they do not give up. They celebrate their humanity, and they play.
Fall is almost here and Winter approaches. I hear the call of my soul for "inner time", the only way I know to really replenish myself and find the consistent courage and determination to stay balanced, to stay in touch, and to keep up the good work.
The following poem struck me. It is calling for what my soul craves at this time, maybe a little earlier than usual. I hope you will cherish it, and maybe use it to listen to what your soul wants as the season is about to turn. Maybe you will make a painting for it, or a few SoulCollage(R) cards. Or write your own poem.
I look forward to your comments and your sharing.
Warm regards and much love,
This year I do not want the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap of silent stillness,
its cloak of long lasting embrace.
Too much light has pulled me away
from the chamber
Let the dawns come late,
let the sunsets arrive early,
let the evenings extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.
Let me lie in the cave of my soul,
for too much light
steals the source
Let me seek solace in the empty places
of winter's passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.
Here are a few upcoming opportunities:
Ceremonies, Rituals and Personal Practices based on the 4 Elements
September 28-30, 2018
St. Brigid’s Villa
Guelph, ON, Canada
SoulCollage® Facilitator Training
October 11-14, 2018
San Jose, California, USA
Your New Narrative:
Create a Visual Biography Through SoulCollage®
2018 focus: Exploring the inner play of Feminine and Masculine
Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2018
Scotts Valley, California, USA
SoulCollage® Annual Winter Retreat: Prayer
Nov. 15-18, 2018
Santa Sabina Retreat Center
San Rafael, California, USA
Drums of Water
A workshop in School of The Origins
(by invitation only)
Drums of Fire
a workshop in School of The Origins
Details will be available soon
Facilitator Trainings 2019
San Juan Bautista, CA, February 2019
Taipei: March 21-24, 2019
Abano Terre, Italy: May 1-5, 2019