Saturday was the third day of the dark moon. The dark moon is a time of divination. Of illumination. Of healing. And this dark moon was no exception. She delivered quite the gift, and I’m pretty sure it’s as much for you as it is for me. Although we now live drenched in artificial light,…

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Stella Maris, Star of the Sea First light, Last light Guide us all safely home The 9 Mothers of Stella Maris   Can you pray too much? Never thought I’d ask such a question! I’m pretty sure the answer is no, but I did have a week so full of prayer that it seemed that a…

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“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl I prepare to write these Sunday Notes from the Field by spending Saturday reviewing all that happened in the last seven days in my deep soul writing journal. Even after 23 years, I am surprised by what surfaces. Bits and pieces that seem unrelated suddenly…

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In this strange strange year, we’ve spent a massive amount of time at home. For some, this has been a blessing of sorts. For most, it’s been a struggle. On all fronts. Every part of our lives has been altered. Work and what we used to consider to be important or valuable work has changed.…

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This has been a most extraordinary week. I know it seems I open every Notes from the Field with this sentence, but this has been a most extraordinary year, hasn’t it. And this past week felt like it encapsulated the whole wild story of 2020. On Tuesday, we held the first Mother Moon Yoga on…

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I am a Prayer Artist. Not because I decided I was. How could I? I’d never heard of such a thing. And neither had anyone else. I know this because when I googled prayer artist, nothing—I mean nothing—came up. But I clearly heard those two words whispered in my left ear in the wee hours…

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“Most men have never had to fear sticking out from the crowd far enough to elicit the heart-stopping accusation of ‘Witch!’ Ancient female wisdom–medical and otherwise–accumulated painstakingly over eons went up in flames along with the ‘witches.’ How to calculate and comprehend how much European civilization lost when its men nearly annihilated its wise women?”…

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“When I read the finished poem, I realized that I had never written anything like it before. The normal buffer between the inspiration for a poem and the poem itself was entirely absent. I wasn’t sure how it had happened, and I wasn’t sure I could do it again. Two days later, having failed to…

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This is a conversation like any other on Praying at the Speed of Love. Because the conversation isn’t really with Clark Strand. It’s with Ma Kali herself. And she’s quite the conversationalist!

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This has been and continues to be a most extraordinary year. And I don’t think we have even begun to understand what is afoot. We came into 2020 with a knowing that everything was about to change—every astrologer has been saying that. They’ve been beating the drum of change since 2015. Each year has had its…

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In last Sunday’s Notes from the Field, I shared a few radical truths that I received at the center of the labyrinth and promised to tell you what happened on Saturday, July 25 that explains the direct parallel between what patriarchy has done to women and what patriarchy has done to prayer. However, I’m going to…

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I was awakened in the wee hours last Sunday morning and clearly heard: “What was done to women is what was done to prayer.” I thought I understood—at least a little—what that meant. Because I’ve been studying what was done to women under patriarchy, and, as a prayer artist, exploring how gorgeous prayer was before…

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I had a lot of plans for today’s Notes from the Field. In fact, I had so many delicious topics related to the labyrinth that I was having trouble picking what to write about in this last newsletter before we open a new prayer intensive on Tuesday. I thought I might talk about the labyrinth…

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Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, The labyrinth has a voice. And I experienced it this morning. Here’s what happened. In the night, I saw myself stepping onto a labyrinth for my daily anointing practice. I didn’t write anything on the yellow pad that is always in bed with me, so I think I…

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Describing the first time she walked the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, Lauren Artress wrote: “I feel we had touched the Holy Spirit. Each of us had ventured to the center of our beings in the Chartres labyrinth that day. I received the embrace of Mary. I had, unknown to me at that time, ventured into…

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“The labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral is created out of 272 stones inlaid in the floor of the nave…each stone representing one day of human gestation in the mother’s womb.” Lauren Artress, The Sacred Path Companion   Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, There is so much bubbling up right now. And I’ve had to…

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“This is the most important week of the entire year.”  Emma Kupu Mitchell Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, This week has been extraordinary for everyone. Everywhere. And for many, it feels like too much. Too much unknown. Too much chaos. Too much betrayal. Too much exposed all at once. Too many dark truths…

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“I can’t breathe” George Floyd Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, Last Sunday I introduced the first Prayer Vigil with Kahu Lahela Johnson chanting Oli and leading us in Ho‛oponopono, the ancient Hawaiian prayer of forgiveness. I’ve written about how much I love this prayer for several years now. But, like all original ancient prayers that…

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“Hoʻoponopono cuts the negative cords that bind us to our past and energetically releases us from all wrongdoings, giving us a new sense of freedom to live our lives in a state of reverence for one another and for all of life, essentially reawakening the Divine Goddess within.” Kahu Lāhela Johnson Friends, soul writers, and…

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“Ho’oponopono is a spiritual-soul method of purification that cleanses us from fears and worries, destructive relationship patterns, and any religious dogmas and paradigms that oppose our personal and spiritual development.” Ho’oponopono, Ulrich E. Dupree Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, Ho‛oponopono is a miracle prayer. My son—and I—are living proof. In last Sunday’s Notes from…

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“What matters most on your journey is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are felt in your heart and soul.” Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, This has been a truly strange yet wildly magical week. Once upon a time, I had big…

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“Creation has been left incomplete, and human beings, that is all of us, are needed by creation–and the Creator–to do the ongoing work of completing it.” Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, The Receiving Friends, soul writers, and lovers of prayer, What makes an original prayer, original? There’s a question I never expected to ponder. It’s not a question…

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“In mystical terms, each of us is an entire world or garden unto ourselves. And just as there was a healing tree at the center of the Garden of Eden, so each of us has a healing tree at the center of our individual psyches.”  Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Fellow Carriers of the Original Starter, (keep…

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“It strikes me as ironic that the coronavirus was given the name COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. Strangely, COVID bears the same consonants as Cavod or Kavod, the ancient Hebrew word for glory, honor, or divine Presence.”  Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Fellow Pilgrims, And yes, I do believe we are all pilgrims now. In the past,…

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“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”    Arundhati Roy Greetings companions on the radical pilgrim road, On this pilgrimage that we are sharing—this radical pilgrimage, this radical alchemical pilgrimage that asks nothing less of us but total transformation—we can, if we…

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Note: (From Notes in the Field, published 4/12/2020) I think it’s not an accident that today is Easter, commemorating a sacred transformation of love from death to life. At the same time Passover is ending, honoring an incredibly difficult pilgrimage of an enslaved people walking in faith and trust toward freedom. And Ramadan is coming,…

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Greeting precious friends, Time is moving in such a strange paradoxical way. If we consider the outrageous flow of information, especially misinformation, and the constant breaking news, and the tsunami waves of panic and fear, then time appears to be moving at a whole new speed. And it doesn’t feel like the speed of love.…

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Robert Corman

Meander through a mystical forest hand-in-hand with a wise and warm guide. Guest Robert Corman introduces us to a few of those guides and leaves us hungry for more, much more.

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Greetings precious friends from my home to yours, Everything has changed, hasn’t it? In a blink. How many days has it been since your world was completely upended? Here in the United States, the governors of most states, including my own, are still unwilling to acknowledge the public health reality that we simply must separate…

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On December 5, 2016, I was ushered into a room in dimensional time—a room neither Lauralyn Bunn (the brilliant Akashic Record consultant) nor I had ever been in before. The room was lit only by the flicker of tall candelabras. In the hush, I was ushered forward to a chair surrounded by masters and teachers—beings…

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When Movement and Mystery Initiation Artist Keren Brown and I talked this week about the wild vortexes of fear swirling everywhere, she reminded me of the powerful healing wisdom of the Dark Moon ritual that women have used since the beginning of time. As I listened to Keren, I realized I want to share what…

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The rosary has a problem. A big problem. It’s the number one issue holding people back from picking up a rosary and trying it on for size. The problem is the opening prayer. You might know it as the “Our Father” or “The Lord’s Prayer.” If you were raised in any Christian church, it’s imprinted permanently…

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Whether you are conscious of it or not, we are now under the magical shadow of the Dark Moon. Saturday, was day 1 of the dark moon, the day we release our worries and fears into the ground to be received and transmuted by Mother Earth. Ever since I learned about the power of the…

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In this intimate conversation, Mark invites us to feel what he felt singing the Torah and experience his grandmother’s living presence in a dream. There is wonder in every moment of this sacred conversation.

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Mystical awareness comes in pieces. In the moment, you might think you understand what is happening, but in truth, you don’t. It may take years for an experience to unfold sufficiently for you to see the depth and breadth of what happened then, and is happening still. That’s why I track important dates. Year after…

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Two years ago this month, I was awakened in that precious 3-4 am “hour of god,” which I now call the “hour of the goddess.” I wasn’t concerned. I’m so accustomed to being awakened in the wee hours that I sleep with paper at hand. In the dark, I have heard and scribbled down newsletter…

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Today is such a fun day. It’s the numerology joke of the century. Actually, several centuries. Today is a palindrome. When you say “February second” you might miss the fun, but when you look at the date written out like a credit card expiration: 02-02-2020, you can’t miss it! Today’s date reads the same backward…

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When Meghan Don led us in our first meditation in the May intensive, Praying with and as Mary Magdalene, Meghan took us someplace. Someplace sacred and holy. Under the spell of Meghan’s gentle knowing voice, we dropped quickly into the mystical theta brainwave state, the veil between worlds opened, and Mary Magdalene walked in. The Magdalene…

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This has been, and continues to be, an astonishing Solstice, Eclipse, new year/new decade moment. And it’s all culminating today in a conjunct of Pluto and Saturn that hasn’t happened in 500 years. What!? Five hundred years ago we were birthing the Renaissance. So now it looks like Pluto—the underworld, the unknown, the unseen, and…

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Last week I shared what happened to me during the three days of the Dark Moon on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day—Dec 24,25,26. In that brief dot of time, I received a detailed description of a 9-book series about the return of the divine feminine in the form of MLV Dragon. MLV stands…

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As this intense solstice season draws to a very pregnant and sacred close, I find myself called to be even more still, more silent, more open to the wisdom of Our Mother of the Dark. And thank goodness, because boy has she been talking!

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Happy Solstice! Do you feel it? Although our modern world gives a lot of names to various winter celebrations, you are right now being bathed in the dark light of the first and most primal celebration, the Winter Solstice. And your body knows it. You are designed to live in a world of ebbing and…

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If you’ve read my books, you’ve probably noticed that my understanding of and relationship to asking has changed. Dramatically. ASKING A decade ago, I believed what all the books and teachers on the so-called law of attraction taught: get clear about what you want, focus on it, smell it, taste it, see it, and it…

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As you explore the creative beauty of your womb, releasing all the restrictions placed there by patriarchal attitudes about blood, menstruation, childbirth and menopause, you’re going to find your true center of gravity.

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“Consent draws down grace.” I am proof that it does, because with my one-word consent, the intensive itself comes to life. It starts to take over, and it leads me where I need to go. And lately, I have to run to keep up.

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Writers are creators. And all creators share the creative process. Whether you are a musician, author, speaker, actor, dancer, chef, singer, weaver, gardener…there’s no end to this list…you are called to enter into an intimate relationship with the divine creative energy that has chosen YOU to express it.

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After ten years of teaching soul writing, this is the first time I’ve offered it as a prayer intensive. And it is completely different from all my previous courses.

It has to be.

Because Prayer Artist changed everything. Including how I understand and teach deep soul writing.

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My body is more than a temple for the divine, my body is divine.
This is beyond an idea. This is a living sensation. A deep body knowing. You can’t learn that your body is holy, you feel it. And you feel it in your body. So how do you get there?

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What is prayer? Have you ever asked yourself this question?

I never did.

Prayer was simply what we did as a child.

No one sat me down and talked about what prayer is or who we’re praying to or why. It was just assumed. It was in the air.

And I didn’t question it.

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When I clearly heard “prayer artist” in the night 11 months ago, I had a choice. Even in the dark in the middle of the night, I knew I had a choice. But here’s the problem:
My body voted one way. My heart another.

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My first book, Writing Down Your Soul came out ten years ago on January 1, 2009. Eleven days later I gave my first public talk at Wings Bookstore in St Petersburg Florida. I had taught a live course on deep soul writer at First Unity in St Pete a few months prior, so I had quite a…

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Last Sunday I spoke about how sacred December is for me. Every year, December ushers something in, something I’m not expecting or requesting. It has happened so often that I am certain that Something else guides each of my new beginnings. Something Sacred. Something Wise. Something most Holy. My job is simply to prepare.Prepare and…

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You don’t have to strip your holidays down as radically as I do. To find what’s right for you, tune into your body. If you’lre not excited about something, turn to your gut and see if you really want to do it or if it’s more of an obligation.

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Things are moving so very quickly aren’t they? Everyone is talking about how things are changing in their lives and changing at a speed they’ve never encountered before. It does seem that the time ofconsidering change,contemplating change,incrementally moving in a new direction–that time has ended. Although no one knows exactly why or when. It just seems to have…

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This year is turning out to be full of mystical surprises, isn’t it. And with each surprise we find ourselves travelling roads in The Mystic we have not walked before. Roads most of us didn’t even know were there. That is certainly happening for me. And I love it, even though I don’t often understand…

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There is a current of love-energy that flows between Earth below and Sun above. The central channel of your spine is the riverbed. The streaming is as delicate and powerful as the tingling touch of lovers.The Radiance Sutras Dear deep soul explorer, Our bodies respond to the movements of the planets and stars whether we…

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Last week, I told you the story of how love found me lying on the floor in savasana in yoga. (If you haven’t read it, January 14 sets the stage for today’s Part 2. I have a feeling this is the opening chapter of a love epic.) There is one paragraph in that Notes from the Field…

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I drive two hours every Thursday to attend a devotional yoga practice that activates the divine feminine. Even I think it’s a crazy commitment, but Kali Natha Yoga is an essential element in my mystical life. Last Thursday, the beauty and wonder of this yoga opened me to a cosmic experience. I’d like to share…

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The mystical practices of soul writing and Intention Mandala were birthed in trauma. As I began Soul Vows, there was no trauma in sight. Would I finally get to write a book without pain?  Trauma, as you’ve probably discovered, can be a divine invitation. Not one you want, of course, but a divine invitation nonetheless. That’s…

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Thomas Merton said, “It is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God who chooses to awaken us.” In that case, our only option is to say yes. I confess, I’m getting pretty good at this game of yes!   When Writing Down Your Soul came out, I didn’t see any particular pattern. I was grateful to have…

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Welcome from Janet The owl on the cover of Writing Down Your Soul and My Soul Pages is not an accident. It is not an accident that it is an animal and an owl in particular. This owl is so much more than just an owl. This cover is a sweet divine mystery. Let me…

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