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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
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."
April 27, 2016
There's nothing like magic to stir things up. In The Unholy
magic is of the natural variety. It's a force of nature that the medicine women know how to tap into. With it, they venture into frightening terrain and undertake heroic tasks.
In The Unholy
we read, "For a moment, cold rage and destructive hate burned through Claire like dry ice on skin. Feeling a new power, she knew that invoking the primal energies of earth, air, fire, and water could outdo the measly incantations of institutional religion. Foul spirits, older than the earth itself, would deposit Archbishop Anarch’s psychic carnage in their wake, his body left as feed for desert vultures. Shocked by her malevolent attitude, Claire realized that black magic would make her no better than Archbishop Anarch. Loss of soul wouldn’t be worth the short-lived thrill. Rather, wits, the natural magic, were her key to survival" (p.146)
Claire, young medicine woman, could misuse her powers. She could use hate rather than stand by the force of wits, its own kind of magic. When confronted with the worst, she makes a life-changing decision. When we learn, through the reading of The Unholy
, that nature provides us with the natural magic of wits, then we, like Claire are likely to do what we need to do with full assurance that it is our path and we are on our way!
April 13, 2016
We need to see past the way things appear to be. On the surface, everything can seem one way; but, with the eyes of the soul, we can get to the heart of the situation. This is necessary since what appears to be often is not.
In The Unholy
we read, "Her second-sight, as Francesca called it, was opening. "Never be afraid," Francesca had once told her. "Close your eyes and you will see past the world of appearances." (p.47). Francesca provided Claire with a ritual. Rituals needn't be complicated. The old medicine woman instructed her to simply close her eyes so that she would see. The best rituals, the most psychically charged and satisfying, are immediate and available.
Close your eyes. Or, if you can't, just quiet your mind and focus gently at the place of the third eye, between your brow point. What do you feel? What image comes to mind? Take this as the message you need. Remember when the psyche speaks, the message is positive (helps us to let go of what does not help us and to nourish what does), mystic (attunes us to life and its mysteries with a distinctively grounded feeling), and practical (it is something we can concretely do or an attitude that we can nourish).
As with Claire in The Unholy
, the simple ritual of a quieting moment, feelings and images arising in the mind, helps us to get to the heart of a situation.
March 30, 2016
People have energy. We can listen to it when in their presence. In The Unholy
, the old medicine woman looks, feels, then states what it is that she picks up. It's used to help others to heal.
We read in The Unholy
, "Once in the house, Francesca took the few steps down into the slightly lowered living area, her hand firmly clasping Claire’s, then turned and looked at Claire, her gaze steady but inquiring. Her eyes had many times seen through Claire’s darkest hidden places with compassion, and now they did so once again. “Why didn’t you come to me earlier?” asked Francesca. “What do you mean?” replied Claire, suddenly feeling exposed. . . Francesca continued, “I felt myself drained the moment I touched you. You are not well”
As we discover in The Unholy
, we can help ourselves and others to heal by picking up on energy states. Low energy, high energy, too much or too little, tells us something about the person. When we are sensitive to energy, we find an open door so we can knock, enter if allowed, and offer what it is that we pick up on.
March 26, 2016
Dark thoughts and bad times beset the hardiest of souls. A medicine woman in The Unholy
suffers from despair, disturbing images stretching forth to drag her down, into personal demise.
Without love, we experience hopelessness. Terror grips tightly in a horrid dark night of the soul.
In The Unholy
we read, "Her being felt empty and her head crowded with ghosts of intimidation and fear— rank odors from the soot-masked attacker, scowls from Wardene Black’s twisted face, and Archbishop Anarch screaming that she had no business coming against a force that even her mother could not defeat, that during two decades had grown even more powerful, that stood by their religious icons, inflicting pain and grief and death on anyone who dared oppose them. Then she heard a hostile voice say, “Alone and abandoned, those you love will die and you will die, Medicine Woman" (p.107).
Ancient teachings reveal that within the dark night of soul there is a spiritual death. It is not meaningless. As we see in The Unholy
, emotional and spiritual lights going out set loose a darkness that calls us into the womb of potential transformation if, and only if, we pay heed and learn what from the painful encounter that took us into the darkness of the ancient womb.
“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play.”
― John O'Donohue, from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
March 23, 2016
Opening a book randomly, letting it speak to you, can be a revelation. Books live, breathe, have messages for us. The Unholy
speaks to a terrible possibility, suicide front and center. A decision must be made. A book falls open and what it says guides the course of the story!
In The Unholy
, we read, "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 the hypnotic spell. Trembling, she picked it up, and looked at the dog-eared, open page before her . . . 'Speaking of suicides, the lecturer said that self-murder was no escape from the miseries of the present but only a preparation of greater sorrow for the future. Suicides, he declared, cannot shirk their responsibilities so easily. They must return to take up life exactly where they laid it so violently down, but with added pain and punishment for their weakness. Many of them wander the earth in unspeakable misery till they can be reborn in a new body— generally a lunatic or weak-minded person who cannot resist the hideous obsession ' " (p.108).
The message in The Unholy
makes all the difference. It matters when we are open to random events. They can touch us, guide us in times of need. Books in our home and place of work make a difference, fill us with soul.
March 16, 2016
Images float to mind during crisis. Often, when first meeting a person, I get a visual impression roll across the white screen of my mind. Images tell us about a situation or a person. They are a visual representation of what we encounter. They are psychic data.
In The Unholy
we read, “A visual impression of two black-garbed, hooded figures standing on either side of the door rushed through his mind. The longer he’d been around Francesca and Claire, the more he paid attention to psychic data” p. 155.
Anthony, the young medicine woman’s friend and lover in The Unholy
, needed to help Claire. He needed to find a way out of his predicament so he could do what he needed to do. He needed to pay attention to the image he saw in his mind.
Psychic data helps us to find our way through predicaments. They are visual messages from the unconscious mind. Patients in therapy learn to pay attention so they can heal their emotional pain. Anthony, in The Unholy
, paid attention to psychic data and discovered how to render aid to one he loved.
March 12, 2016
Interview with Uvi Poznansky
What inspired you to write The Unholy
The story comes out of over thirty years of treating patients in psychotherapy who are survivors of the dark side of religion. They’ve been used and abused and cast to the side. The Unholy is pure emotion, fear and rage and hope, that challenges us to stay up late at night to finish the story.
Where did your ideas to write The Unholy
Ideas for The Unholy
came from the unconscious mind. Dreams and nightmares hit front and center during the writing process. Mainly, it’s the nightmares that bode best for writing psychological thrillers and dark fantasy. The pages catch fire and everyone springs to life and things become disorderly, fraught with conflict, and danger looms.
Where’s is the evil in The Unholy
Archbishop William Anarch is a mean fellow who does dastardly things to innocent human beings. He preys on people, spots victims, and pounces. It’s religion gone bad and the struggle of a young woman Claire Sanchez, medicine woman, to go up against dark forces and resist the pull to give up.