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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
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."
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