I have been battling with the thought, “it is too late.” Many of you, who are in transition, dreaming about changing careers, or moving, or desiring love, creativity and/or going through any rite of passage, can relate to this discouraging belief.
My desire to write my memoirs, inspire and guide woman to write their story, in order to transform their lives, is a passionate calling for me. At times I struggle to find the words to express my hunger and desire. That is why it is so important to sit in mindful meditation to drop into my body and psyche to find the images and feelings that want to be born, as well as the experiences that need to be healed. My feelings and images write my authentic stories; my truth.
I want to reach out to you and gently hold your hand to write your stories. Digging deep in to find you emotional story, your ancestral story, your mythic story and guide you into your body to discover the story waiting for you to tell.
It is never too late. No matter how many disappointments, set-backs,hurts, anger, grief and fear. All of these emotions are the stories in your yellow brick road to creativity and aliveness. I need to remind myself every day that this is the truth, to feel, express and receive my voice is bold and real.
I am learning, with gentle, loving compassion and radical self acceptance to write the stories of madness, pain, love and joy.
The universe always brings to me the validation and guidance in the most timely ways. The other day I found this article and poem written by Jim Owens. Enjoy his wisdom and beauty.
I also want to share two images with you to meditate on. Sit, breathe and make time. Bring into your body, cells,psyche and into your soul one image at a time. First the infinity symbol. The weaving of eternal life. Let it guide you to find your heart, voice, soul and your deeper story: Your Telling. Ask where do you belong? what is sacred to you? How does your life weave a message? What key turning points in your life stand out and call to you?
It is never too late to heal, dream and create.
The second: Is the Tree of Life and its changing moons: Ask: What changes am I experiencing? How rooted am I to my life? How many moons of change have I lived through? Do I belong to my own experience? Is my voice sacred? Do you feel worthy of your gifts and talents?
Set a timer for 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Write, free associate, and allow to emerge through you writing what these images elicit and evoke in you.
Here is the article
Shunryū Suzuki, was a master of many things, not the least of which were meditation and calligraphy.
His teaching—sometimes simple, sometimes confusing, but always profound—has influenced me greatly. I have also admired the work of other remarkable men and women: the Nobel Peace Prize winning, Thich Nhất Hanh, the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and the Buddhist nun, Pema Chödron. In short, I walk in the shade of trees planted by those who came long before me. The trees planted by Suzuki have borne fruit in ways I could not have expected. None more so than the phrase, “Do not say too late.“ It’s said to have been his only work of calligraphy English which, somehow, makes it all the more important. It’s a remarkably simple phrase. But, it’s a phrase pregnant with hope, encouragement, and even comfort. As I approach the age of 60, I’ll confess to sometimes feeling like I’m running out of time to do some of the things I thought I would when I was a younger man. We all know there is a clock ticking in our lives, it’s just that the older one gets, the more one becomes aware of its sound. But, Suzuki’s admonition, spoken gently but firmly, or so I imagine, reminds me that whatever time I have left on this earth, it isn’t too late for me to learn new things, become more compassionate, reconcile with someone I have wounded or who might have wounded me. It isn’t too late for me to explore new places—both within me and without. It isn’t too late for me to write something meaningful—even if it’s just meaningful to a few people. It isn’t too late to craft some clumsy poem that might inspire others. Some time ago, as I was reflecting on Suzuki’s words, I found myself at my laptop attempting to do just that. Well, I wasn’t trying to write something clumsy, but I was trying to reduce to writing the feeling that was welling up inside me—that it really isn’t too late. So I managed to cobble together what follows:
Do not say, too late to heal from the deepest gash within your heart, nor to wash your anger with the cool grace of forgiveness, nor for laughter with an old friend; Do not say, too late to know the gentle touch of love, nor to find the way out of darkness, or help another find his way into the light; Do not say, too late to change this world or at least your small corner of it, nor to dance, or play or sing; Do not say, too late to leave disappointment and fear and pride behind and to walk in the peace of letting go; Do not say, too late to peer deep within your soul, tarnished though it may be, and see yourself completely and learn to cherish all that you are and will become; Do not say, too late, too late for hope, too late for adventure too late for comfort, nor too late for joy; Do not say, too late. ~
As I was wandering along my life’s journey in the past, I tended to measure “too late” in terms of achievements. You know—the “American Dream” kind of stuff so many of us have to unlearn. It isn’t that striving for excellence isn’t important. But, being important can often just be a kind of hungry striving. Sure, I’d love to write the “Great American Novel,” and be lauded like Melville or Hemingway. I’d love to write verse that is favorably compared to Dickinson, Hughes, or Angelou. But, letting go of the things that drive me, trying to become more compassionate, more generous, more playful and more forgiving, these, I think, are far more important measures of achievement. It isn’t too late for me to become more of those things. Nor is it too late for me to achieve some of those other more tangible things. And here’s the really good news—it’s not too late for you either. ~ Author: Jim Owens
I have studied with master teachers of depth and Jungian psychology, Kabbalah, mythology, and mysticism. I am a Next Level Practitioner as a member of NICABM, studying with experts in the field of trauma. I am certified as a Kaizen creative coach, Metaphysician through Lao Russell's Science of the Cosmos training, somatic body worker, emotional intuitive, breath worker, and intimacy trainer under the guidance of Doug and Naomi Moseley.
Maureen Murdock’s Heroine’s Journey, Linda Leonard’s Meeting the Madwoman, Clarissa Estes’ Women Who Run with the Wolves, Savina Teubal’s Sarah the Priestess and Lost Civilizations of the Matriarchs, and Charlotte Kasl’s Women, Sex and Addiction have had major influences on my work with women.
I am an expert in women’s issues, family issues, trauma, abuse, addiction, and recovery. As an artist, writer, and healer I advocate/pioneer work with feminine spiritual and creative processes to evoke women’s voices, visions, and healing. As a teacher, I taught children right hemispheric and creative processes to bring passion, heart, and soul into the learning process.
My signature process, Writing Like A Madwoman™, is a life changing, creative, and emotionally charged healing program. I use story, memoir, and truth telling as the container to evoke your voice, explore trauma and healing through deep, dark and daring writing.
I have written five books: The Calling, Heart of a Woman, Little Book of Consciousness, Conscious Companion, and Cry Kali, Voices From My Soul. I had two staged productions, Breathing Under Water in 2000 and Vows of Love in 2004. In addition, I produced a docudrama Primal Urgency. I've published articles on woman's issues and creativity. I am President and founder of Give Her A Voice, Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit producing multi-media plays called The Telling, showcasing woman’s gutty, gritty stories of recovery from abuse. www.giveheravoice.org Visit her website at www.writinglikeamadwoman.com.
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