(Book Excerpt 3) New Love by Trista Hendren and Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

Recently, I had a period of sleepless nights where my head was spinning and my heart was racing. Finally, I began to recite Surah Al-Fatihah from the Quran in my head. I learned that if I did this a few times, I could change my thought patterns and finally fall back into sleep. I wondered if I could go further back into my Christian heritage and try this with passages of the Bible. I was curious if reciting Bible verses in English instead of the Quran in Arabic (which is not my native tongue or even a language I know well) would be equally effective. It was. My mind stopped spinning and I fell asleep. Continue reading

(Prose) Snowy: Tribute to a “Spirit Animal” by Sara Wright

Photo Credit: Sara Wright

Photo Credit: Sara Wright

(4/10/13 – 1/22/16)

What do I mean by the words Spirit Animal? Indigenous peoples take it for granted that each animal has an Elder Spirit who watches over that particular species. Most of the time this Elder Spirit stays in the other world as a discarnate being. But there are exceptions and sometimes these Spirit Animals cross over to our world. Some come as teachers, some come to warn of impending danger, some give their lives so other can live, some come to bless a child or to act as a protector, healer or personal guide, all embody Grace and love with a capital “L.”

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(Book Excerpt 2) New Love by Trista Hendren and Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

So now it’s confession time. When we began this project, I ordered some of Arna’s Colouring Pages. I have wanted to order colouring sheets for several years now but I never have. I was usually short on money as a long-time single mom. I always put my own desires off in favor of taking care of something for the kids. I also worried that I would never find time to colour them. But after debating it with myself for 3-4 weeks, I decided to order them!

I was thrilled to receive Arna’s package in the mail from Australia. I looked at the beautiful folder at least 10 times before I pulled the sheets out to Continue reading

(Book Excerpt 1) New Love by Trista Hendren and Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

Copyright Arna Baartz

Trista’s Introduction

If you feel stuck in your life as a female, this is not an accident. There is nothing “wrong with you” and nothing that needs to be fixed. Rather, there are systematic and overlapping oppressions that hamper women and girls worldwide.

This toolbox is a means to help you break free of those oppressions individually, facilitating the release of the collective female consciousness from the indoctrination of inferiority most of us were raised with. In doing so, we hope to Continue reading

(Essay 2) Refusing to be Shiva’s Shakti by Shekhina Weaver

 Photo by Ingrid Crawford www.ingridcrawford.co.uk

Photo by Ingrid Crawford www.ingridcrawford.co.uk

First, let us recall what myth and religious texts tell us about Shakti. The following will necessarily be a very brief introduction to Shakti. There are so many different myths, texts and traditions about her, so many nuances, and each of the nuances illuminates aspects of the patriarchal “power-over-Life-and-women-vision”. Continue reading

(Prose) Bear with Me by Deborah Jane Milton

“Bear with Me”, © Deborah Jane Milton

“Bear with Me”, © Deborah Jane Milton

Not a boulder, the dark lump on a tree stump moves. A napping baby bear stretches, oozes off the stump and slides upright on all fours. A hundred feet off to the left, a dark shape trembles the yellowing leaves on the forest understory. A mother bear materializes near our driveway as my two dogs, mother and son, and I watch from the safety of the house. Continue reading

(Essay Part 1) Healing Within Patriarchy or Healing From Patriarchy by Shekhina Weaver

Photo by Ingrid Crawford www.ingridcrawford.co.uk

Photo by Ingrid Crawford www.ingridcrawford.co.uk

Healing has been and is a central theme within the New Age Movement and within New Age philosophy. The essential message is that humanity heals emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically and materially when we move from an ego-based separative consciousness to a soul-identified Continue reading