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Collective Pain and Ancestral Healing ~ Our Pain is Our Prize
Recent events in my country have brought me back to an important remembrance: Pain is a great motivator. Every time I've experienced intense pain I've awakened to important realizations. You may have heard that "Pain is a message", as a reference to being guided by pain to know what we need to heal.  I have an important question to ask you. How will you USE your pain? This question may surprise you in this pain-denying, death-defying culture.  There are lots of pop- "spiritual" do-gooders who say we shouldn't dwell in conversation about pain.  There are even some who say we shouldn't even allow ourselves to feel it!  We're trained to RUN from pain, to bury it, suppress it, pretend it isn't there.  Let's think positive and maybe it will all go away.... But wait....what if our pain is the key to who we truly are, at a SOUL and View Full Post
A Ghost Story
"A Ghost Story" originally published in the 811 Magazine as my column "Wise Words from the Valley Shamama", (c) Licia Berry 2007 Here we are at that time of year again!  The kiddies are getting ready for Halloween, the days are shortening, and the veils between the worlds are thinning so that we are more able to feel the presence of ghosts. G-G-G-ghosts???? Yep, ghosts. I grew up in an extended family that relished the existence of non-physical beings and the possibility that they were interacting with us physical beings on a regular basis. My maternal grandparents lived in a beautiful, old, and very dark civil war era home on several rolling, wooded acres in North Carolina, and it wasn’t unusual to feel the presence of the history of battle on that land or to sense the presence of something we couldn’t see with our eyes. With great frequency during View Full Post
The Journey of a Lifetime
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ~Isabelle Eberhardt I'm at the end of my second week of a five-week pilgrimage in southern France, and I can't believe how much I've changed.  Actually, how much I have remembered. With my marriage to my beloved and best friend, part of me went into hibernation.  When my two beautiful sons were born, more parts of me went into hiding.  Not that I am complaining, mind you...I am very blessed in my life to be around such wonderful people who love me. But I AM noticing now that I've been away from home and my relationships that the old spunky me has been showing up.  The one that revered adventure and took chances.  The one that went out into the View Full Post
  “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” -Anaïs Nin I've been in southern France now for almost one week, and have already seen terrorism in close proximity.  Nice, an idyllic seaside town and a major player on my travel itinerary, was targeted by an extremist group and 84 innocent people are no longer present on this Earth. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd be asked to go to France.  In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd be asked to go alone to a country where I don't even speak the language for 5 WEEKS.  In my wildest dreams, I never thought that the word "terrorism" would wind up View Full Post

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