a pilgrimage to self


The transformation process involves synchronicity, the numinous, and some coincidence or the unexplainable. It most often is signaled by an experience of expansion and upliftment and a deep peace and grounding. It’s a fire that mobilizes you to do something outside of yourself. It’s something that wants to alleviate suffering or create more happiness in the world in some way. I think of the transformational process, 80 percent of it, involves the unseen. There are a few catalytic figures in our lives that serve to honor the sacred covenant of mutual growth that helps deliver us into another phase; these may be mentors and teachers or loved ones or losses. If I’m not paying attention internally, there will always be an outer catalyst, whether it is a circumstance or person….Angeles Arrien

our first breath leads us through our sweet life, like the passage of light through the trees…..mystical, free, and sublime……may deep imagination catch your heart and bestow you with an initiation into your place in things…..

Feeling, imagining, sensing, and thinking: together, these four modalities make up what psychologist Eligio Stephen Gallegos calls the ‘four windows of knowing,’ the four human faculties through which we learn about self and world.’ Each of the four is of equal power and importance in the living of a full, balanced, and creative human life. Each is a distinct faculty not reducible to any other. Thinking allows us to know ourselves and the world in a certain way and to a certain extent, but feeling, imagination, and sensing each allow us to know in ways that thinking is not able to encompass. Gallegos explains that intuition is our ability to know things ‘beyond the present moment and circumstance and for which there is no immediate evidence.’ Intuition, he notes, can operate through any of the four windows, although for any given person it tends to operate primarily through one in particular. In other words, for some people intuitions arrive in the form of an image. Other people intuit by way of a thought ‘out of nowhere’ that enable them to understand more deeply something happening in the moment. Some people intuit by way of a feeling or emotion. A fourth group experiences intuition through sensory perception- say, the appearance of a certain bird, breeze, or blossom, which tells them that some specific event has just happened or is about to happen. Intuition is an essential human capacity………Bill Plotkin

our innocence is…..

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,

then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,

go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

Flare up like flame

and make shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.


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