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A Winter Ritual

A Winter Ritual

This is my prayer arrow, made with the intention to bring the right opportunities to serve as an artist healer and embody the Deep Feminine. A prayer arrow can be planted in the earth or it can be released into flowing water. I chose to break some stagnation with the water option. As it often happens with rituals, Trickster was at play.

I went to the mouth of a river about an hour after high tide. I first attempted to release the arrow on the ocean side, which was wild and rollicking. I listened for my moment and threw it in, the surf soaking me mid-calf. The Pacific likes to bless me like this. The next wave brought the prayer arrow back, minus some parts of the leaves. When that happens, Trickster is asking: Are you sure? Is this what you really want?

I fished it out and immediately a ranger came speeding his truck my way. I felt the fear of having to defend my spiritual practice and maybe being yelled at by somebody in uniform. I casually walked over to the river side, relieved to see the ranger was just checking up on a lady who’d gotten nearly knocked down by a wave.

The river was swollen with recent rains, running full and swift. It was gentler there, and I tossed the prayer arrow in. It quickly made its way to the mouth, a curious sight to a nearby colony of seals.

The takeaway:

  • The gentler way is most efficient.
  • Let fear pass through the body into the earth for that energy to be recycled.
  • Life offers do-overs.
  • Go with the flow!

Rituals are ways we communicate with the seen and unseen beings. Right after making the prayer arrow, I got an invitation to write for an activist friend’s blog, Writing the Resistance and an old client contacted me to resume healing work. Rituals are a great way to shake up stagnant energy and rededicate yourself to important things in your life. Contact me if you are interested in creating a ritual together to further your intentions.

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Healing Quotes

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi