Sunday, June 21, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

It’s 10:15 pm and I really don't feel like writing but on Friday I made the declaration that I would post before the weekend was over. I was inspired (kicked in the a** is more like it) when I discovered that a wonderful woman the I met on Facebook, Lisa Ann Bonfiglio, was going through a major health challenge and decided to blog about the entire journey from beginning to end.

I’m sure, in part to express her Self, but equally (???) as important to be a guide and light for others who may be experiencing their own dark journey (my choice of words.) Truth be told, I did experience my own Dark Journey from mid' September 2008 through the end of January 2009. And that’s about the time I stopped blogging. At that time, I didn’t feel like I could share publicly the fear and the pain that I was experiencing.

Don’t you think it’s interesting how differently people can respond to similar stimuli. Anyway, reading Lisa’s blog the other day made me feel embarrassed and even guilty, maybe, that I hadn’t had the courage that she is demonstrating.

So here I am, better late than never I always say. I intend to continue my story (which has very recently taken some new and amazing turns - - but you’ll just have to stay tuned for that.

At least I kept my word - - to myself at the very least.

Let’s all send some loving, healing blessings to Lisa!!! Oh, and Happy Summer Solstice

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Creative Genius

It's been almost 3 months since I made my last blog post. I feel badly about that from the perspective of considering myself a "writer" and yet I haven't been writing. What kind of a writer is that?

From a different perspective, however, these past 3 months have been consumed with healing - - from surgery for the removal of a malignant lump followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments. To compound my situation, my sister has been dealing with a critical health challenge - - and that has the family in turmoil, which in turn impacts me.

Truth be told, I haven't felt the energy to do much more than the most basic necessities of life - - and even that has been an effort. I have done a lot of sleeping and curiously enough began to knit voraciously. It didn't dawn on me until just recently that knitting is commonly used as a means of comfort, relaxation and contemplative meditation.

I received an email today from my friend and former shamanic counselor, Michele Lessirard. It was her most recent New Moon Journal

As this is the Pisces New Moon and one of the things that Pisces represents is our Connection to the Muse, Michele provided a link to a presentation by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love entitled Humans and the Creative Mystery - - A Different Way to Think About Creative Genius.

One of the things she talks about is the radical idea that instead of considering those rare individuals who "were" geniuses, perhaps it would be more accurate to consider each and every one of us as "having" genius. And maybe that Genius, which we all possess, is really nothing more than the Divine seed that lies within us all.

Do yourself a favor and listen to her talk - - It inspired me to write my first blog post in 3 months!!!