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Posted in Authenticity, Community, Freedom, Wholeness

Play

From the moment my niece came into this world, she brought out play in me. One Christmas she gave me a rusty metal horse. It sits on a window sill, reminding me to play. Who, or what, encourages play in … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Discernment, Freedom, Transformation

Credentials

Credentials, knowledge, wisdom, discernment, giftedness… A woman turned to me and said one phrase, “Boy! I bet you feel like a loser!” Actually, I was feeling a bit proud of myself. I had remained focused. As person after person voiced … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Dark Night, Discernment, Wholeness

Owl Medicine

Many people connect Owl with knowledge and wisdom. Knowing satisfies us. In short, we are comfortable in the light. Owls; however, are active at night. Their vision is sharp and their hearing, extraordinary. According to Medicine Cards, by Sams and … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Joy, Transformation, Trust, Wholeness

Peacock

Peacock, “Are you proud or simply being true?” Peacocks are known for their color-saturated feathers. Still, if we take a closer look, we see dark and dull ones, too. Peacock invites us to wholeness. Imagine being swept away in Love’s … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Life, Paradoxes

Vaporize

I saw it in the other, because I noticed it in myself, and vice versa. Anything we substantiate, becomes a target. When we vaporize our identities; however, arrows can fly through us. On one side, I could have ignored the … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Living Creatures, Love, Trust, Wholeness

Jaguar

People often ask, “What happens in a spiritual direction session?” Rather than describing spiritual direction with all its uniquenesses, let’s engage in a group exercise. A friend recently shared, Missionary Eaten by a Jaguar, by artist Noé León, on social … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Dark Night, Life, Love, Shadow, Transformation

Panther

Twenty-six years ago, the dark night of my soul met me like a ferocious panther. There, I entered the unknown to face myself. Curiously, as I accepted all of me, the universe became more benevolent, as well. Traditions, communities, families, … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Labels, Life, Love

Wild Boar

Before moving west, I lived in America’s evangelical south. During our country’s recent upheaval, I have read prayers like, “Lord Jesus, come and rescue us.” If we’ve never done heart wrenching soul work, we are surprised when Life confronts us … Read More

Posted in Authenticity, Freedom, Life, Solitude, Trust

Pink Fairy Armadillo

The rarely seen Pink Fairy Armadillo shares a gift with us, how to keep our balance when outside forces are strong. While more common armadillos model setting boundaries, this little sand-swimmer shows us how to regulate our emotional temperature. A … Read More