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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
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August 24, 2015
Love is a force of nature. In The Unholy
, love is at risk. To love and suffer loss can mean never wanting to risk loving ever again.
This isn't about sentimentality. Sentimental feelings are false. They seem like love but are not. They are saccharine sweet, superficial and have no lasting character. Love, on the other hand, sees into the relationship. It can detect what can be built on and what must be left. Love is a force of nature.
dramatically sets love at center stage. To lose it, to struggle, to dare to find it again is the task. Love is a force that binds. Without it, we unravel. The Unholy energizes action, determination and follow through regarding nature's greatest force-love.
August 19, 2015
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There's no way any of us wants trouble. If we do, there's something seriously off kilter in our head. We crave stability, wellness, wholeness; but, then comes the catch. It's often in the troubles, the fires of life, that we're made.
The making of a life, our life, means going through troubles. Claire, in The Unholy
, undergoes incredible suffering. The gruesome death of her mother while Claire was a child plagues her waking moments as an adult. She suffers terribly and has to reckon with her past.
In The Unholy
, Claire wants to give up, push things away, go into permanent denial. Dreams and nightmares haunt her. They strain to bring her out of denial and into a reality that must be faced. Your dreams and nightmares, mine, happen as inner fires helping us out of denial and into reality, to face things, go into the fire of daily life, deal with it. There are no guarantees save the reality that fires make the soul and therefore make the person.
August 14, 2015
This morning Kate (my wife) and I were having breakfast. She commented on how she is moving back to her original inspiration in art. "Before graduate school, everything was perfect! Then, I learned to be critical. Pain came in. It's only now making its way out. Everything is perfect. Joy is back. What a relief!"
Rough experiences, crises, lead us to pull back on life. They dampen our capacity for wonder and joy. When we live and create, the ability to see things as perfect is soulful, fill us with contentment.
When I completed The Unholy
, it felt complete, perfect. There was no more I could say. Critics came, awards given, negative and positive reviews. I remember the original feeling of it being perfect. There is no more to say. It has been said. It is being read.
draws, speaks to souls, open to spiritual exploration, not because things are bad but because life is always in process, perfecting itself, us, making us whole.
August 9, 2015
In The Unholy
, we discover the culture of the medicine woman. We are reminded of earth, healing, body, and spirituality. All things stem from and are born from the earth as mother.
In working with my patients, they dream of a new spirituality emerging. Old religions fade, new encounters with the transcendent come to take their place. As humans, we crave the mystic. It nourishes and sustains us.
A patient related, "I dreamt of the Great Mother rising from the earth. She was dark and yet luminescent. I looked at her but couldn't really see her because my sightedness was limited. But, she saw me, knew me, and that was all that mattered."
The Return of the Divine Feminine (fb 8.9.15), echoing the message of The Unholy
, posted, "My Spirit has wandered throughout several lifetimes, all in a different disguise, and I have realized that the world has become a song of forgotten love, and it is the melody of the Great Mother that has returned to awaken the collective heart from eternal slumber. It is not the end of time, but it is rather the beginning of a New Era, where the Gnosis of Love shall emerge within All. Fear will transform into a story of endless hope and faith and sorrow will melt into the embrace of Divinity."
August 5, 2015
In The Unholy
inner damage is up front and real. When you witness trauma as a child there is pain. That pain lasts and lasts, the psyche bleeding, until it is tended to.
Psychic pain can cripple the human personality. Old ghosts abound and new ones show up on the scene. Claire, the young medicine woman in The Unholy
has to face the trauma of the past to even come close to considering the healing of present day pain and inner damage. She couldn't love for fear of the past repeating itself.
There's no way to run from the past. It bleeds out. It bleeds out most when we run fastest. Claire has to decide what to do and when to do it. She has to deal with The Unholy
or it will deal with her.
There's an innocence to Claire. She's honestly trying to find her way. But, to discover her path in life she must enter dark places where inner damage is exposed and the way through The Unholy
demands nothing less than full courage and determination.
August 1, 2015
details, "The landscape here was unlike anywhere else, the crisp light, the dry air, the turquoise sky so close it made you want to reach up and go into it. The horizon seemed to be both near and far, cerating a familiar sensation of being simultaneously close and at a distance. The mystic aspects of the land often altered perceptions so that things were not as they appeared..." (p.120).
Mystic experience alters perception. A friend told me, "I live in New Mexico (Aztlan in The Unholy
) because of the spirituality of the land. It feeds my soul. It's changed me."
Places change us. In the narrative of The Unholy
we enter into a new realm. Aztlan, its landscape and mysticism, appears in upcoming stories (Dark Goddess, Sunstone Press, 2016 release) as the realm of transformation where good and bad collide with magic set loose to forever alter the course of fate and personal destiny.
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."