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August 24, 2016
We can wonder why we spend time with words and stories. The Unholy
draws people into the mystery and the shock of it. Where there is a strong draw, there's something to say. People grow close to things that have affected their lives. Religion is one, the dark side of religion of specific dastardly influence.
If we stop and think about it, we know stories affect us. The Unholy
gets to the heart of the religious matter. It tells us what we didn't know about life and self and a specific religious practice. Perhaps we've wondered if religious events dramatized in The Unholy
actually take place. What we did know but weren't sure about happens on the pages of the story. It's refreshing to know that we can stop the hustle and bustle, we can read, ponder and be enlightened about religion, the dark side of religion and natural spirituality.
I came across the following quote that felt pertinent: "The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea within us”; Carl Sagan held them as “proof that humans are capable of working magic”; James Baldwin found in them a way to change one’s destiny; for Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, they stood as our ultimate frontier of freedom" (Brain Pickings 8.8.16).
takes us to a magical place, the imagination, and there we have the opportunity to glance toward our potential to break free from what holds us back religiously and grow toward ultimate spiritual freedom.
August 18, 2016
Books 4 a Better Life Radio Podcast
with Camden McInnis delved into the dark side of religion. He asked poignant questions about how to spot religious trauma and how it was dramatized in The Unholy
, a story of people losing self in the midst of religious enterprise.
As I was talking with Camden, what came to mind was how new the idea of religious trauma is to people. At one point he noted how he really had never considered that people are actually traumatized by religion. We talked about this and how trauma within a religious context (church, ashram, family, etc. ) is often masked by piety. People who espouse love and kindness and goodness inflict emotional and spiritual injury with power and control in the name of their religion.
This hour long interview moved quickly. The energy in it runs through the discussion of real life events, life-and-death matters within the story of The Unholy
, and how story can tune into human pain and suffering and the capacity to heal in a unique manner. I hope you get chance to click into the program and delve into the message of The Unholy
on Books 4 a Better Life Radio Podcast
August 10, 2016
Hot Off the Radio this second...just finished a sizzling interview on The Unholy with Pat Rullo of Speak Up Talk Radio. She interviews doctors in all sort of fields about their research, writing, and their books. What struck me, was how she got to heart of the dark side of religion and understood it. She talked about her own suffering as a child and how important it is for people to know that trauma happens within religion and that, as The Unholy
dramatically depicts, there is a way through it if timely decisions are made and follow through is there. We talked after the interview about the buzz we felt doing it.
really gets folks going about suffering from childhood that happened because of church and religion. It's a story that has deep roots in many hearts that have known the pain of not being understood, of religion being foisted on them and hurting them. When Pat and I talked after the show, it was obvious that she enjoyed it and took the topic to heart.
I hope you give the show a listen if you have the time. It's less than 30 min., and left us with a fine feeling that I hope it leaves with you too :) Here's the link: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/paul-deblassie/ Hot on Podcast Radio ~ The Unholy
August 3, 2016
If it's not a Trump, a wildly out of control and possessed man, it's an Archbishop Anarch in The Unholy
, a wildly out of control and possessed man. There's complete lunacy in it. Human need for authentic leadership collapses into a ravenous mouth where people create the political or spiritual leader they want. The unthinking masses simply want someone to think, to live, to do for them - to make all their hopes and dreams magically come true.
An article (Huffington Post 7.19.16 let Daddy Fix It) notes, "In announcing Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump said, “I’m doing a good job, but I’m only a messenger.” Teresa Oster, a retired Jungian analyst and screenwriter in Stuart, Florida says, “The collective and cultural unconscious communicates to Trump. It has possessed Trump. He reflects this message back to his audience. Unconsciously the audience has created him.” Oster sees Trump as the archetype or universal symbol of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger. But Hermes is also the Trickster. “He is the jokester, a thief, and the inventor of lying,” she says. “He is disruptive to Apollo and turns the tables on power. This is what Trump’s audience seems to feel about him, so they hear what they want to hear. His audience feels disenfranchised, left out of America’s promise of prosperity. Trump promises to give it back to then. They are not much concerned about Trump’s contradictions (another Hermes trait) or his lies or his ruthless style.”
You get ruthlessness in politics, religion and any sphere of life where power and control are major players. In The Unholy
, a reckoning is required. A young woman needs to think things through. What does thoughtfulness, integrity, and responsibility to self and others call us to do? What is a blind following of the hysterical masses? Ruthlessness or thoughtfulness - it's a critical choice that plays out in life-changing ways.
July 27, 2016
The imagination gets us to where we need to go. Without it, we'd be stuck in a purely rational world. That sounds utterly insane to me. Life simply doesn't always make sense. Often there's no logic behind what we go through.
Reading fiction takes us beyond logic. It goes into the real stuff of the unconscious mind where things that don't make sense pop out and affect our lives. As this article emphasizes, "...psychologist Bruno Bettelheim argued decades ago in his classic work, “The Uses of Enchantment,” children dwell in a mental world of fantasy, not rationality. It is only in their special realm of imagination that they can reach rational conclusions."
Dip into a good story, a read or a movie, that takes you somewhere you've never been. Let it happen. Watch how it changes something in you. Maybe you can't quite put your finger on it, but you been affected. You've been touched, in a sense, deceived and tricked into a totally different mind space. Innocence lost, old and perhaps immature ways of seeing things, changed by the world of the imagination! ~ The Unholy
July 20, 2016
There are those who are gifted empaths. Within the mestiza healing tradition written of in The Unholy
healers rely on empathy to help others. They use it as well for guidance in their own lives.
However, getting to the heart of things can be upsetting. We may not want to hear what that intuitive flash rolling into our mind has to say. We may shy away from insight provided by a caring other who has a sense of where we are and what we really are going through.
We can't dismiss, however, the power of empathy. It's a human instinct, an ability that we can refine by using it and trusting it. In the Native tradition written of in The Unholy
, empathy assists those in need to get to the heart of things - an emotional and spiritual mirror that reflects truth that can lead to change.
"A Native American term, Heyoka’s are living emotional mirrors for those around them. The term means ‘sacred clown’ or ‘fool’. They reveal our shortcomings and weaknesses. They show us our faults and add a way to develop these faults.
This disruption to our spiritual status quo should never be seen as a bad thing. They only mean to help those around them. If you leave a Heyoka feeling irritated and angry over a negative aspect of their personality (say their arrogance), realize that you are getting upset over them highlighting that formation in you." (EAWAO.com 7.12.16)
July 13, 2016
Evil, that sinister force that denigrates and destroys, depends on remaining hidden. Denial helps evil to fester and grow. In The Unholy
Francesca concluded, "Truth draws evil out of hiding. Behind every evil lurks a secret. Only when the secret is made known can the forces of light battle the forces of darkness. It is then that fate decides who lives and who dies" (p. 107).
As humans, we keep secrets that can hurt. They bundle us up with unconscious tension that erupts when we least expect it. We can't trick the psyche out of what's real and true. If we try, then, inevitably, we end up on our proverbial emotional behinds. Such stress translates into emotional and relational dysfunctional pain birthed out of secrets and denial. It serves no productive or redemptive purpose.
In The Unholy
Francesca guides us into deeper considerations of emotional and spiritual truthfulness. Destructiveness is brought to light, and secrets are taken to the open and dealt with, which position us to live life more authentically. We then stand a better chance of working through forces of light and darkness so that what lives and what dies can have meaning and purpose.
July 2, 2016
Sometimes we need a rip-roaring read. There's nothing like feeling a story make us tighten up, feel afraid, and then see that there's hope. Stories, including fantasy and horror, give us hope, speak to our conscious and unconscious mind. It says, "You're not the only one going through things. Things get scary, even horrifying. But, there's hope!
There's always hope. It defines the nature of my writing. Even when writing horror/urban fantasy, I spell it out. It's all about decisions. So keep in mind that where there's horror there's hope!
A colleague shared the following (and I included a link to the blog: How Fairy Tales Heal
). Check it out. It's worth the read . . ."Fairy tales are a rich storehouse of psychic patterns. They provide is with an inexhaustible supply of images that catalog emotional states and life experiences with endless subtlety."
~ The Unholy
June 28, 2016
Haunted realms can include buildings, homes, or churches. The holy can be desecrated by what is unholy. Bad experiences, traumatic emotions get locked into the very wood and stone of the place. Every inch feels creepy, empty and cold. This weekend I saw the movie Conjuring 2. It goes into haunting and how old ways of expelling the evil used religious means for as long as they worked; but then a person has to discover on the inside what they had looked for on the outside, in the old religion. It goes to say, that what is unholy can only be redeemed by becoming whole, attuned to oneself and one's vital powers as a simple but real human being.
It's the becoming real part that's the challenge. We hide behind fears. We develop a false self, but inside we're not true. There's a hollowness, a missing of vital essence. That's when there's trouble psychically. A person can become haunted, a haunted quality coming through vacant eyes, detachment and unrelating.
To exorcise a home, a person or even a church means getting to what's real. We find true feeling. Often it's rage that takes us into a substantial sense of self. Where there is wholeness, a whole sense of self and being in the moment, there is no evil. Evil leaves. There is room only for what is whole, holy and true. Thus, the best way to exorcise a haunting is to find what's real and true in yourself and stick by it. Then, there's no room for evil. ~ The Unholy
June 23, 2016
Dreams speak to us of important issues. They can rock our world, change our lives, or simply provided a little help. In the tradition of shamans and healers, they play a central role of providing inspiration from the deep mind and the spirit world.
The spirit world is bigger than our personal unconscious mind. It dips into layers of consciousness far beyond rational understanding and logic. Medicine women of the Southwest have long known to tune and listen to dreams so as to assist in the healing of their patients and in the living of their own lives.
There's much to be said for opening our mind to dreaming. People can pass them off as coming from what they ate that night or as a useless byproduct of the mind. Open up, consider that dreams can speak, guide, and help to heal as in the tradition of the medicine people of the Southwest. ~ The Unholy