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Longing for the Sea

  “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry   We need to reinvent our culture. No small task. And given the tremendous process of inner impoverishment that has unfolded over the last few hundred years, we no longer have ready access to the tools we need to do it. Most of all, we need a new story. One that is life-affirming and...

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Demeter’s Welcome

  The old story goes that the beloved daughter Persephone resurfaces today, having spent winter in the underworld. She emerges with new wisdom gained from her time in the shadows and is joyously greeted by her mother Demeter, the goddess of earthly abundance, manifestation, creativity. Yet the underworld is also fertile, if in a different sort of way. The seed quickens in the dark womb of the soil. I’ve been reflecting on my own lessons from the underworld, contemplating what is ready to...

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What We Are Losing: Imagination & Myth

  There’s a scene in this amazing film about Marion Woodman, the renowned Jungian analyst and author, which really landed with me. Quite profound. (Actually there are quite a few scenes in the film that moved me – I really recommend it highly.) But in the segment I want to mention here she speaks about the relentless “concretizing” of the world and how we are losing the ability to work intentionally with myth and metaphor, to participate in life’s mysteries through ritual. She links this...

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