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Archive for June, 2009

Journal Power!

You all know that the tarot has been a strong ally, friend, and therapeutic tool for me for many years.  So has my personal journal.  There’s no better listener than the page.  There’s no better creative workshop than pen and notebook.  There’s no better dreamwork session than the one on paper.  And when I combine tarot and journal, life blows open and there I am, unabashedly myself, for myself to witness.  Whether I’m ranting, rejoicing, planning, procrastinating, enthusiastic, apathetic, in high creative mode, or just need something to do, the journal is a place I can return to again and again.  It satisfies a human need for personal narrative.  It’s a repository of story.  And story is a powerful healing encounter.  To tell our story and not be judged is a revelation that says, “It’s okay to be who you are.  You’re perfect as you are, here and now, whether at your best or at your worst.  This is safe space, so open up and speak.”  I’ve witnessed this same energy in council circles when people have spoken things about their lives that would horrify or bore many people.  Yet the conditions of the circle include compassionate, curious presence with the story and the teller, so there are no unsavoury repercussions for the one who has told the tale.  To write, or draw, or colour in a journal is to hold council with self, to be in circle with soul, to encounter self-revelation with love. 

 

This Thursday, June 4, I begin my monthly journal writing circle for any and all who would like to join me in my space for such a purpose.  Through activities and helpful prompts, I’ll help you to start relating to self and world on the page.  Only $10 for an evening.

Let’s hear some interesting journalling stories.

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The Gift of People

This has been a weekend of connecting with people, some of whom I already knew and some who were new to me.  Friday’s strategising circle had a mix of both.  Yesterday’s wonderful group of ten folks was new to me and we had a good time talking about the tarot and doing some activities with the cards.  There were 11 of us at today’s reiki share and we had a lovely time meditating together, talking about the five precepts of reiki, and offering one another energy treatments.  Two out of the three events involved pot-luck meals — yummo!  People often ask me what the best thing about my work is.  I usually reply that it’s the people I meet.  Such a gift to get to know men and women who are walking Life’s mystery and figuring out their place in it.  Thank you to all of you!

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