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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
November 25, 2015
speaks to soul and messages coming in big and small ways. The narrative reflects on life, intuition, and hard-won lessons. We read, "After walking more than a mile, Claire saw the harsh desert sun shining on something huge and primitive in the distance. Even in the light of day Claire recognized it as the place of her nightmare." (p.126)
Dreams and nightmares speak to us of what is and is to come. Claire was warned in a nightmare of what lay ahead during her waking hours. She paid attention and was readied for the horrors she needed to face so that what had to unfold would do so with as little encumbrance as possible. When we listen, things free up so that trying circumstances can be met in the most expeditious way possible.
"When I don't listen to my dreams, things go south," a person once told me. The look they had on their face was one of anxiety. "Anxiety tells me I haven't listened to my dreams, my deepest feeling. So, it kicks in and helps me reorient and regroup. Once I do this, I feel better, the anxiety stops." Dream messages, as dramatized in The Unholy
, speak to us so that things don't go south in our life. When we listen and learn, then dreams and nightmares become sources of guidance and transformation.
November 18, 2015
There are only meaningful coincidences. The Unholy
describes an incident with Claire, protagonist and medicine woman, in the story: "But then her arm brushed against a book Francesca had left on the counter, knocking it to the floor, the sound jarring her out of hypnotic spell. Trembling, she picked it up, and looked at the dog-eared, open page before her . . . ." (p.108). This was a frightening turning point for Claire.
A synchronous moment like this, a meaningful coincidence, can be a game changer. It calls out to us to pay attention. If we do, everything can be different, potentially better; if we don't listen, then it's also a game changer, but typically one loaded with grief.
In The Unholy
, Claire has to decide whether to listen or not. The spirit world has spoken. When the universe acts on our behalf, life opening up to guide us along the way, it behooves us to listen. Things will happen out of the blue, as they did for Claire, and we then have the chance to open our hearts and listen to the message.
November 11, 2015
We return to love because love sets us right. In The Unholy
we read, "Anthony's warm voice dispelled shadowy thoughts" (p.82) Claire, a young medicine woman, found herself in the midst of one problem after another. Shadowy thoughts and attitudes set in. Anthony, her intimate friend, helped to set things right. His warm voice, loving feelings embedded in words, loosened the grip of negativism and self doubt.
Without love we dry up. Emotions whither, problems loom larger than life, everything overwhelms us. Love is a balm for the hurting soul. It sees us through difficult times and nourishes us during times of joy. In all, we need love as the earth requires rain.
We return to what we need, love, because it balances us. Being out of balance generates unhappiness, an unnatural state for us as human beings. I treat patients in psychotherapy who seek to regain balance and inevitably discover that understanding what love is about is very much at the heart of well being. As Claire discovers in The Unholy
, love dispels shadowy thoughts and sets us right.
November 7, 2015
Denial hits hard in religious circles. People are committed to what they are committed to and often won't ask necessary questions. In matters concerning life, love and salvation church folk can turn blind eyes to critical truth.
In The Unholy
, cowed church people run rampant. Everyone's afraid to open their eyes to the religious use and abuse of power. Denial is a sickness, a sickness of soul, that can be overcome only by taking a deep breath, being willing to see, and act.
The message of The Unholy
is echoed in a New York Times article (11.4.15), The Catholic Church's Sins Are Our Own: "It’s about the damage done when we genuflect too readily before society’s temples, be they religious or governmental. It’s about the danger of faith that’s truly blind....If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one,” says a character in “Spotlight.” Indeed it does: a village too cowed, and a village too credulous."
November 4, 2015
In The Unholy
we read, "Before the moon ends its cycle, the forces of light will battle the forces of darkness. Do not interfere, or all that I have said will come to pass---before the moon ends its cycle." (p.158) Forces of light and darkness depict the struggle in the human psyche for life, death, and transformation. The battle leads us to something that affects us, our life, our relationships.
Struggles are real and cannot be avoided. If we try and interfere with them, pretend we can outrun them, then they come back our way and land us on our backside. It's best to go with what life brings and see how things play out as we remain conscious and willing to see what is what.
I treat patients in psychotherapy who have tried to avoid life's painful realities. They have ended up unhappy and then come in for consultation. Forces of light and darkness battle to get our attention, to draw us into problems that need to be solved for purposes of healing and growth. Claire, in The Unholy
tries to escape necessary life struggles. She finds that attempting to escape leads nowhere. Only be entering into the struggle can we discover how life plays out with twists and turns that leave us spellbound, awestruck, and all together different.
October 31, 2015
Intuition in The Unholy
guides seekers through treacherous relationships, emotional loss, and supernatural fright. There is an irreversible flow in life as witnessed in the lives of the medicine woman. Shadows, halloween, and the veil thinning between worlds calls us to look within and ponder.
Today I was drawn to one of my favorite inspirational essays regarding matters regarding this world and the next. The author, Junichiro Tanizaki in his book, In Praise of Shadows, writes " . . . the term wabi-sabi suggests such qualities as impermanence, humility, asymmetry, and imperfection. These underlying principles are diametrically opposed to those of their Western counterparts, whose values are rooted in the Hellenic worldview that values permanence, grandeur, symmetry, and perfection. ... Wabi-sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things." (pages 2 and 51)
speaks to imperfection, decay, and the development of a spiritual aesthetic sensibility that ultimately leads to a startling revelation. To lean into the imperfection of life, to see life in shadows, to feel the beauty in what we consider imperfection is at the heart of horror and at the center of The Unholy
October 28, 2015
In The Unholy
we find inspiration, a fine feeling of nature and greeting the day with happiness. There is a joy in being sensitive to nature's wonders. We live in a world of mystery that is filled with the potential for happiness and joy!
There is another side to life, of course. It is a dark one in which what is unexpected comes our way. It happens, often, when we least expect. Temporarily we lose our footing, doubt our abilities, and fall into moods that could set us a long way back in our life if we let them. Nature, its ways of touching and refreshing us, help to heal such dark moods.
When nature touches us we sense healing, a lightness of heart, renewed kindness toward self and others. In the midst of mounting problems and atrocities, Claire, the young medicine woman in The Unholy
discovers continual solace in nature. Nature's wonders heal our troubled heart. Nature's wonders lead us toward happiness. Nature's wonders touch us with kindness.
Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico (10.9.15) quoted one of my favorite poets: “Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
― Mary Oliver
October 21, 2015
In The Unholy
we read, "Quitters lose out on the battles that make the soul. Once the soul is made then it is time to move on to the next level." (p.142) Reading is a form of soul making. It takes us into realms where the soul is made, where decisions take place that alter fate, gives us hope when things seem bleakest.
I've been told that The Unholy
is a "rip roaring adventure...took me a while to settle down from...shook me up and changed my attitudes about a lot of things." Reading moves our intellectual and spiritual sensibilities to another level, once we're ready to let go of the old and make the transition to a different realm.
Moving on isn't for everybody. Certain folks find comfort in staying the same and decide to remain there. Changing is a choice. Reading "rip roaring" stories such as The Unholy
, is one way to assist in the process of soul making and transforming self and moving into the next level of intellectual and spiritual sensitivity.
October 14, 2015
In The Unholy
the young medicine woman learns to focus. It gives her what she needs. Distractions would take her away from the pressing problem that could spell the end of life and love.
We read that as she focused, meditated, "Energy went up from her lower spine to the center of her forehead. As she walked forward, her second sight opened" (p.162). With the opening of her mind, insight came. It didn't solve her problem, but it gave light for dark places.
Focusing our energy literally can be experienced as warmth flowing up the spine to the center of the forehead, between the brow point. It is there, wisdom literature notes, that the mystic third eye opens. This is intuition that guides our life as it did Claire Sanchez, medicine woman in The Unholy
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.