Chaos calms when we listen to what wants to be heard

The year of the body–Week 36 in which we swirl in chaos until we find our footing in the threshold–and listen to what wants to be done Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, This past week has been over full with chaos, pain, and suffering. We watched in horror as the last plane left Afghanistan…

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Our hearts all want to know: what can I do?

The year of the body–Week 34 in which our hearts break for Afghanistan and we ask ourselves, what is mine to do?   Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Our hearts are breaking over what is unfolding in Afghanistan. Everyone I know is worried about women and girls losing the small freedoms and education…

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Deep soul writing just got more miraculous

The year of the body–Week 33 in which our creative capacity grows and grows some more–and something surprising emerges Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Since we spoke last Sunday, I’ve had a glorious week of deep soul writing discovering new events for 2022 in the Theatre of the Miraculous. Creating events that help…

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A radical proposal for Lion’s Gate

The year of the body–Week 32 in which we dance under the Lion’s Gate portal and a few things change around here! Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer If you are reading this on Sunday, August 8, you are reading under the conjunction of an ancient portal called “The Lion’s Gate” at 15⁰…

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What’s your natural rhythm of time? Ask your body.

The Year of the Body: Week 16 in which we take the first sip of the Bottle Labeled Drink Me…and notice something Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Welcome to a new lunar year with the rather startling Chandra: A bottle labeled drink me The force of events sweeps away who we thought we…

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A personal message from April McMurtry

The Year of the Body: Week 14 in which the body feels the urge to return once more to life and to love Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, I always ask the mystic who will be leading our next prayer intensive to write a message just for you, the readers of these Notes from…

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How does seeing time as circular alter your experience?

The Year of the Body: Week 13 in which the body notices the difference between linear and circular calendars Friends, soul writers, mystics, and lovers of prayer, Like all well-educated Western thinkers, I use a calendar. This was never a conscious choice. It just came with the territory of growing up in a linear left-brain…

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A message from Perdita Finn–and the Dead!

The Year of the Body: Week 5 in which we laugh again, sleep again, and discover the last thing the Dead want is to RIP Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, What is it with January? Typically, January is presented as little more than a commercial moment in which to purchase new diets and exercise…

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A radical Astrology forecast for 2021

Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, and everyone waiting with bated breath for the 2021 forecast, As I sit down to write this final Notes from the Field for 2020, my internal eye skims over the 50 letters I’ve written this year. In the stillness, I listen for a theme, a story, a song to…

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Is tonight the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

“Stop being so small. You have the whole universe within you.” Rumi Friends, soul writers, lovers of prayer, Tonight, Sunday, December 20 is the eve of a most auspicious Winter (Summer down under) Solstice. For the first time in 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn, the largest planets in our solar system, are coming so close that…

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Is yoga prayer? Is Mother Moon Yoga a prayer intensive?

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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The opposite of patriarchy isn’t matriarchy, it’s …

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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What will you hear when you stop, really stop?

“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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What Kabbalah can tell us about the meaning of Covid-19

“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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4 mystical practices for our pilgrimage of transformation

“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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the radical power of 16 leads the way on our pilgrimage

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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It’s not a quarantine; it’s a pilgrimage

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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Can a pandemic be a pilgrimage?

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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What chaos can teach us about HOME

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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Osprey died to deliver this message 20 years ago…

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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The Queen’s Love–a mystical prayer for a mystical day

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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Could Love be a brainwave?

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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The Divine Voice loves to speak in the Dark

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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The Astrology Forecast for 2020 is huge!

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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What if what you want isn’t what you want at all?

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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Love is loud and clear in her numbers

“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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How to break through creative resistance

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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The first ever Deep Soul Writing intensive!

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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A Winter Solstice Prayer

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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How are you going to come alive in 2018?

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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My son went to prison–and I learned to pray

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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Am I the Mikey of the mystical life? (Are you?)

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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