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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
July 25, 2015
Depth psychology speaks of horror as initiation into consciousness. A scholar in the area writes, "...images arise...to be recognized as an expression of the need for initiation through horror." Patients who've suffered childhood trauma, have horrifying dreams. The images frighten them. They wake in the night screaming, often drenched in sweat. As healers we know the unconscious is surfacing to light, initiating the sufferer through horrifying images into potential for healing and consciousness.
In The Unholy
Claire finds herself caught in a nightmare of initiation: "Howls echoed in the canyon like wolves wailing at the moon. Dozens of warrior women with the imprint of the healer--a coiled snake branded on the outside of their right biceps--surrounded her. Red welts on her right bicep morphed into a coiled snake....The warrior-women screamed furiously as they formed a tunnel, their teeth bared menacingly, and whipped her legs with willow branches" (p.59).
Claire suffered badly as a young child. She was wounded by witnessing the violent death of her mother. Nightmares propelled her to search for healing. Life required she reckon with the horror of the past. The past cannot be outrun; if we try, symptoms, bodily and emotional, happen. We can become disabled.
Facing inner horror, horrifying images from memories, dreams, stories sets loose possibilities for release and insight. When we read, we experience. When we experience, there is emotional movement. In The Unholy
horrifying images speak to unconscious mind. They offer hope in startling, unexpected, and consciousness raising dramatic action.
As you read The Unholy
allow the images in each scene to come alive in your mind, touch your emotions, and awaken your soul .
July 22, 2015
Sometimes we think we hear something. We dismiss it. It's a far off whisper, someone calling our name. We listen, then it's gone. Maybe it wasn't there, we tell ourselves. But, we know that it was and that it had a message for us.
In The Unholy
we read, "When the winds stopped, Claire heard a sound like a woman in travail running toward the first human she'd seen for days in this desert of despair. Then she heard her own name riding the desert winds followed by a dirge sung in a ghostly tone, like a miserable departed being wailing from a tomb: 'Claire. Land of the forsaken, land of the lost, hear me now and bring her to me. Land... bring her to me...Claire.' " (p. 160).
I remember a number of years back, a therapist colleague calling my name in a dream. He was lost, going through a transition, and was disoriented. He needed my help. I responded to his call, reached out to him, and helped him make his transition. One day later I learned he had died on the night I had the dream. I hadn't known he was ill. He came, called my name, and I helped him to the best of my ability make his passage from this world to the next.
Claire in The Unholy
hears her friend call to her. Spirits call out our name. We can listen, follow through, do what we need to do when spirits call our name.
July 17, 2015
In The Unholy
we read, "...Claire took comfort in the fragrant hers festooned across the vigas in the bedroom. The herbs were Franscesca's stock-in-trade to ease pain, restore health, and save lives. There was the minty smell of yerba buena. Dangling beside it was berraza, a water parsnip reputedly as good a remedy as mint for stomach pains. Neatly laced in between was poleo, pennyroyal--a potent fever reducer. But, as Francesca always taught, the most importance healing agent was the presence of the medicine woman (p.141).
FB Contemporary Shamanism (7.15.15) notes, "When one is feeling lost or deeply challenged its important to remember to use what you have learned when you were feeling good. This is the time to pick up your tools and practice with your personal recipe of wellness. Mix a little ritual with your journey work and walk the talk of your spirit. Do it when you need it the most. You will be supported. "
Here we understand the importance of ritual and herbs in healing. But, as the medicine women of The Unholy
teach, it is personal presence, truth to self, that is the deepest source of healing and the ultimate recipe for wellness.
July 15, 2015
A post today (6.28.15) on FB Return of the Divine Feminine reminded me of inner dynamism. It's a force within us. When we are receptive it opens. As the medicine women in The Unholy
teach, things then happen in outer life in accord with how they are meant to be.
A person related how much they were in discord. Things were going wrong. They needed time to be alone, quiet. Once they took a number of days to reground themselves, their mind cleared. Life events started to unfold as naturally as summer rains after a parched day.
"The power and beauty of the divine feminine is rising in response to all suppression, all injustice, all acts of terrorism.
She is ever present within each and every one of us.
Breathe her in."
July 11, 2015
"Sensitive souls, she had stressed, could intuit not only the nature of a place but the type of people who had been there--good or bad, frightened, lonely, or desperate. Claire had learned how to interpret such energy..." ~ The Unholy
Psychic energy weaves its way through daily life and guide us if we stay attuned and responsive. Nuances of feeling speak to us about people and situations. When we listen and follow through it seems that the energy grows stronger; if we close out the vibe, then the energy dulls and can even cease. I find it's best to tap into nature's guidance, listen, and move forward with it. It saves unnecessary strain, heartache even, and definitely smooths out our path.
In The Unholy
, wisdom women hone their psychic sensitivities. Unplanned things happen. Breezes stir at auspicious times. Dreams and nightmares provide symbolism that illuminates darkened understandings. They pay attention and see through what seems to be into the reality behind the illusion.
July 8, 2015
Institutional religion raises its biased flag again in the arena of love and sexuality. WSJ (6.17.15) quoted, "...bishops reaffirmed the God-given value of “love which flows from the intimate union of a man and a woman in marriage,” as well as the “responsibility to treat one another, regardless of sexual orientation, with dignity and respect.”Men and women, the statement declares, share love within marriage....so what, all others need not apply! The Unholy
seeps through carefully constructed ecclesiastical verbiage. Love, a vital and real human dynamic, transcends church politics and hard-hearted laws. Reality checks require sorting through what's genuine and what simply falls into the category of the same old same old. The Unholy
speaks to authenticity and discovering love in the midst of oppressive social pressures.
July 7, 2015
In The Unholy
we read, "The waitress, the owner, and everyone else in the peculiar eatery reminded Claire of those a lecturer at the School for Natural Therapeutics had referred to as the 'functionally insane.' 'We have to consider,' the lecturer had stated, 'that it's not the ones locked up in the psychiatric hospitals who are necessarily the sickest or most dangerous but hose who look okay on the outside and are rotted on the inside.' " ~ The Unholy
It's so easy to get caught by negative people in negative relationships. There are people who feed on this. They seem to love emotional drama--misery! They do not feed our souls.
When faced with negative people we have to figure out if this is a passing thing or one that is here to stay. Everyone can have negative moments, but they leave, go on their way. We learn something and move on. In The Unholy
Claire is surrounded by people who appear good but stab each other and others in the back. They are the chronically negative ones and they are toxic.
Claire and the medicine women of The Unholy
have no room for negative toxic people. The medicine women of The Unholy
cultivate relationships with those who touch the heart and nourish the soul.
July 4, 2015
Shock ripples through memories of covert violence laced through Belfast Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. I watched a television documentary on Belfast done by a celebrated personage. He lightly covered the religious/political strife, then took off to a downtown trendy fine dining establishment and talked about culinary advances in Ireland. How speedily we move from what makes us uncomfortable and take refuge in superficial matters. This is the dark side of human nature, one that dismisses ongoing oppression because it is not obvious in the way it once used to be. We highlight the good (a thinly veneered lightness of being) rather than meditate on masked violence that diminishes human integrity, an evil perpetrated by each of us when we refuse consciousness regarding matters of human need for independence and freedom. The Unholy
rings true in contemporary society whenever thinly veiled good hides attitudes destructive of integrity to include individual and societal consciousness and well being.
July 1, 2015
I was recently in Ireland and visited what I thought wasn't a five-hundred-year old haunted Downtown Abbey style castle. Kate, my wife, asked if I thought it was haunted. I said the four-story stone mansion stood so decrepit that even the ghosts had fled. They didn't. Last night the haunting spirit of the place visited me in a dream (nightmare). She flickered through a warbled mirror then popped right before me. It shook me to the core. The phantom spoke of a people oppressed, then the mirror flickered again. Generations of suffering souls cried out. I remembered I'm in Ireland and visited what I thought wasn't a five-hundred-year old haunted Downtown Abbey style castle. Kate, my wife, asked if I thought it was haunted. I said the four-story stone mansion stood so decrepit that even the ghosts had fled. They didn't. Last night the haunting spirit of the place visited me in a dream (nightmare). She flickered through a warbled mirror then popped right before me. It shook me to the core. The phantom spoke of a people oppressed, then the mirror flickered again. Generations of suffering souls cried out. I remembered The Unholy
, Archbishop Anarch intoning incantations in the mirror, generations of suffering souls, and that hauntings appear to remind us of times past, haunted histories, and phantasmagoric messengers of the unseen behind the seen.
June 29, 2015
speaks to soul. We make our way through life freeing ourselves constantly. Anthony struggles to find a way to express love to one afraid to love again. Love, the deepest emotion of soul, is the process and endpoint of The Unholy
Soul speaks as the poet expresses, "Lying down on the grass, I spoke in my soul to the earth, the sun, the air, and the distant sea far beyond sight.
I thought of the earth's firmness I felt it bear me up ; through the grassy couch there came an influence as if I could feel the great earth speaking to me.
I thought of the wandering air, its pureness, which is its beauty; the air touched me and gave me something of itself.
I spoke to the sea: though so far, in my mind I saw it, green at the rim of the earth and blue in deeper ocean; I desired to have its strength, its mystery and glory.
Then I addressed the sun, desiring the soul equivalent of his light and brilliance, his endurance and unwearied race.
The rich blue of the unattainable flower of the sky drew my soul towards it, and there it rested, for pure colour is rest of heart.
By all these I prayed; I felt an emotion of the soul beyond all definition..."
—Richard Jefferies,The Story of My Heart
enters soul realms as dramatic fiction unfolds the courage of a man and a woman in their desire to find life and love.
Painting: Mujer Soñando / Dreaming Woman by Paula Nicho Cúmez, courtesy of MayaArte.com