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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
October 7, 2015
In The Unholy
fear drives the young medicine woman into states of anxiety and no love. Where there is fear, there is no love. She becomes depleted, despairing.
A friend shared, "Create your own safe place that you can turn to when times are challenging. Searching outside yourself will only drain you." (Contemporary Shamanism-Safe Practices 9.23.15 fb). The Unholy
resounds with both life challenges and hope for the future. But, in order to actualize hope there must be a sense that safety is in the offing. We can't live by fear ruling our waking moments. Creating a safe place, for the young medicine woman, means finding understanding. She discovers this in the wisdom on an old woman.
Our safety comes from being understood. We we have the love and understanding of another, we can can then dig deep and find courage. Without safety, the love and understanding of a significant other, we flounder. With understanding and love we find a safe place and from there we, like the young medicine woman in The Unholy
can deal with what awaits us.
September 30, 2015
In The Unholy
"Francesca concluded, 'Truth drives 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)
In deep therapy patients learn about secrets. Secrets often hide behind tragic suffering. Problems are repeated over and over, time and again, without being worked through until the secret underneath is uncovered.
A person related how they wanted to hide from life. They wanted to retreat into a very private existence that shielded them from growth potentiating challenges. Once they squared off with this inner sabateur, a vicious and undermining psychological dynamic interfered with living life fully, they felt free. "I never realized how keeping this secret, wanting to live a hidden life so that I wouldn't grow, was a very real evil. There's a weight, a big one, that's come off my shoulders. I want to experience life, all of it, in all the ways it comes to me."
Secrets diminish life force. In this sense, they are evil that requires facing and learning about so as to find relief and healing. In The Unholy
, the reverie of reading takes us into the reality of secrets kept, hidden, how they diminish life force and how healing depends on whether or not what is behind every evil is to light.
September 23, 2015
More than a few people have told me about the healing and transformation they experienced reading The Unholy
. This blog on Enchantment Learning & Living (fb 9.22.15) depicts the wonder of life, sweaters, and words. If you have a few moments, pause, read, and enjoy:
"You look at the sweater you are wearing now, the one you paused your writing for long enough to slides your arms into before returning to that next page. The open window brings in the cool lush air of the season; your writing cardigan (a sub-genre of the autumn sweater) and cup of chai tea echoing the heavy scents of autumn chase away the chill. You love this sweater perhaps most of all (though you say that about each one as you don it and feel the memories stitched into its fabric rub against your skin). This sweater is long and faded, the color of sage, with fat pockets for storing seeds or tea leaves or a few words. There are no buttons to this cardigan, so you must make peace with the fact that it must always be open, as you must be to your stories and experiences, wherever they may take you. This one is made for loosely wrapping around yourself just as you wrap your words around you for comfort and healing as you descend into the realm of stories."
September 16, 2015
catches us off guard when it comes to happiness and what it's all about. People think they are doing all right. They believe they are well and happy; but, all is not as it seems.
Science has finally caught up and shown us that living in the moment is the happiest way to be. EWAO.com noted (fb 9.5.15) "The results and analysis of the data collected resulted in a 2010 Science paper co-authored by Killingsworth and psychology professor Daniel Gilbert called “A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind.” According the study people were less happy across the board if they were mind wandering regardless of whether or not they reported enjoying the task at hand. In other words, even if their current task was an unenjoyable one according to them- such as an activity rated low in enjoyment like commuting to work, participants still reported being happier while focusing in the moment rather than mind wandering to other places. “As it turns out people are substantially less happy when their minds are wandering than when they’re not,” said Killingsworth in a presentation for TedxCambridge. The study also documented whether the things being pondered while mind-wandering were negative, neutral, or positive, and found that even when participants reported mind-wandering to pleasant ideas, they were still less happy than remaining present in the moment."
unfolds with peeks behind the scenes of everyday realities that people want to believe in. They stake their hearts and souls on how they want things to be. This is done so that all will be well in the sweet bye and bye.
People often live so that things will be better in the future even if they aren't well in the now. The Unholy
dramatizes that the now tells all. How things are going in life right now can tell us all we need to know. It gets us to the heart of the matter, a move into soul rather than living on the surface of pretense and what is supposed to be and should be because we really want it to be that way.
Science does teach us that living in the now can activate happiness far more than being stuck in the past or the way we want to believe things are or should be. Similarly, The Unholy
prompts a letting go of old beliefs and a moving into a now that sets loose unimagined potential!
September 9, 2015
sensitizes us to the world of dreams. From there the medicine women access ancient wisdom that guides them along often treacherous paths. They have learned to follow what they heard, seen, and experienced during their nightly slumber.
A recent article in metaphysics noted, "Dreaming was an extremely important part of the Native Culture. It was woven deep into their tradition and their spiritual practice. Children would be taught to remember their dreams from an early age so that they could decode them and extract guidance from them.
But where does the soul go when we dream? Does it remain in our body as our minds explore the dream world? Or does it come with us into the dream world and explore alongside the mind?
These questions imply that we only have one soul. But according to Native Americans, we have 3 souls. First is the ego-soul, which is embodied in the breath. The second is the body-soul, which gives the body energy and life force during the waking state. And the third is the free-soul which is the soul that leaves the body during dreams and trances."
- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/where-our-soul-goes-when-we-dream-according-to-native-americans/#sthash.cheXFKY2.dpuf
As we slip into the story of The Unholy
, dreaming can be affected. The unconscious mind responds to the images and symbols as they speak in their own unique ways to each reader. Letting the mind slip into trance while reading, a form of waking dreaming, can bring us into a transformative state that alters our day to day perspective and the quality of our life.
September 5, 2015
inspires us to yield to life's natural changes. So much unnecessary pain and sorrow result from resisting what is meant to be. Natural forces in life urge us onward toward growth into who we are meant to be.
Now, during the weekend, I'm resting, but thinking about writing and the psychotherapy patients I've treated during the week. To let reality be reality and move past denial helps people face what needs to be faced and begin a life long process of soul work and healing.
dramatizes the plight of one soul and, in many ways, the journey of our own soul played out in our unique way. To free ourselves from encumbrance, to face fears, to let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like is the journey of the soul into consciousness and into openness to spontaneous and natural changes.
September 2, 2015
In The Unholy
, the medicine women radiate intuition. They cultivate it and then it works for them. They read the signs in everyday life. Things speak to them.
People thought they were crazy for what they did and how they did it. Conventional folk didn't get them. But, things definitely popped when they were around.
Intuitive women (and there are men too) make things happen. They are the real deal-magic makers of society and the world. When it comes to battling everyday traumas and evil, it's good to have one by your side; or, even better to be one!
sparks with natural magic born of intuition lived out in the course of life's ups and downs. It's not crazy to listen to deep feelings and instincts. It's natural. And, when we listen, magic happens in society, culture, and in our everyday life.
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.