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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
June 15, 2016
Hermann Messe wrote, "If today the ability to read is everyone’s portion, still only a few notice what a powerful talisman has thus been put into their hands."
In the writing of The Unholy
, I encountered terrifying images and numinous energies. Readers have commented that their dreams changed, shifted in powerful ways. They acted to take the reader into another dimension of thought, feeling, and experience.
In The Unholy
, Claire, young medicine woman, opened up a book at random. She was in dire straits. Everything was bleak, the end in sight. At just that moment, a passage struck her eyes. Reading as talisman changed the course of everything.
Reading, such as many discovered in The Unholy
, is a wondrous talisman that chases away what no longer serves us and ushers us into a magical realm in which died off ways of living potentially yield to new ways of being.
May 18, 2016
In The Unholy
we read "Claire inched a little closer and said, “Elizabeth, I could help if you’d let me.” But the words seemed futile. “Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her. Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken" (pp. 22-23).
Facing what we have to face in life is no small thing. First of all, we have to figure out what it is that we need to come to terms with. Usually, we become symptomatic before that happens. Claire, in The Unholy
, suffered from nightmares. They were trying to get through to her. Symptoms try and get through to us, tell us what we have to face, the life business we need to tend to.
Claire fought the feelings. Nightmares gained force. Fears became stronger, pounded at her life for attention. No matter how much she ran, they were there. The Unholy
takes us into an imaginal world that shows us what we'd prefer not to see. We'd like to flee, not face what needs to be faced. But, the story unfolds and affects us, and we see and face old things with a new perspective.
May 7, 2016
Finding heart is a great life challenge. There is, it seems, always something at work against it. Hurts, anxieties, and fears stem the flow of heart and heartful living. We want to cringe and withdraw, flee from others, flee from love.
In The Unholy
, Claire, young medicine woman, struggles to find her heart. Her mother's death at an early age left her afraid to love, afraid to have heart. Throughout the story, we confront what it means to live, love, and to have heart.
As dramatized in The Unholy
, there is no easy answer when it comes to living, loving, and finding heart. We can simply try our best each way and, in my opinion, things come along to help. Treating patients in psychotherapy for decades, I've witnessed such healing and transformation when folks try and are sincere.
The one certainty, the element that matters most, is to move forward because we feel it, truly feel it. Something has captured our heart. In the words of one unknown author (fb Curanderismo, the Healing Heart of Mexico 5.4.16), "Certain things catch your eye. But pursue only those that capture your heart."
Painting, Melody in Your Heart by Paula Nicho Cumez (Maya)
May 1, 2016
A contemporary prophet, Daniel J. Berrigan, dies as one who proclaimed personal conscience as opposed to the ruling order of secular and ecclesiastic powers. He came up hard against contrived politics and religion, an inspired man who lived what he believed, taught, and wrote.
There's no question this reminds me of the suffering exposed in The Unholy
as people yield to bad religion imposed on vulnerable minds. People suffer when blind eyes are turned on horrid situations. In The Unholy
, horrid religion takes the stage and people make their choices.
Of Berrigan, the NYT (5.1.16) writes, "Among the more than 50 books were 15 volumes of poetry — the first of which, “Time Without Number,” won the prestigious Lamont Poetry Prize, given by the Academy of American Poets, in 1957 — as well as autobiography, social criticism, commentaries on the Old Testament prophets and indictments of the established order, both secular and ecclesiastic."