Category Archives: Practical Task

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Pushing through solid rock

Photo by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash I’ve been circling my grief for a long time. I’ve spoken about it. I’ve written about it. I’ve shown up at grief rituals. I’ve wept and shouted and raged in woodland ceremonies, touched the edges of the losses I’ve experienced in my life and occasionally been brought to my … Continue reading Pushing through solid rock

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Joy to the World

Long has this blog been a space for introspection and, without wanting to sell myself short, much navel gazing at times. Well, there’s a new wind blowing from the East, and it’s blowing away some of the cobwebs from the parts of me that delight in simple pleasures, in lightness, colour, movement and the joy … Continue reading Joy to the World

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Don’t Go Back To Sleep

I’m kicking off a new music project inspired by my relationship with the Rumi poem Don’t Go Back To Sleep and my deep sense of it’s relevance to these times. I’m looking for contributions of recordings of people reading poems they love and that are inspiring them right now. I’d like the mix to have … Continue reading Don’t Go Back To Sleep

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Initiation

In the midst of this remarkable transitional phase of my life, as I slowly and carefully unwrap the layers of meaning that encapsulate the end of the most significant love relationship of my adult life, I find a vast panoply of thoughts, feelings and emotions which in some sense have been held static for a … Continue reading Initiation

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The Line Separating Good and Evil

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. … Continue reading The Line Separating Good and Evil

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The Children’s Fire

According to Mac Macartney – elder, storyteller and founder of Embercombe – The Children’s Fire was a small fire which was placed in the centre of the Native American council of Peace Chiefs to remind them of their pledge that any decision they made should not cause harm, directly or indirectly, to their children or the children … Continue reading The Children’s Fire

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A Band of Brothers

The purpose of my vision quest last September was to perform a ceremony whereby I would initiate myself into full adulthood. Rites of passage is a familiar concept for most people in our culture, but nonetheless we tend to underplay the importance of ceremonially marking life’s big transitions. We take for granted that at various … Continue reading A Band of Brothers

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All Souls Pass Into The West

On the rare occasions I have a conversation with someone about my vision quest last year I invariably begin by explaining that it’s not over, that in some sense I’m still in the ceremony. I experience strong, mixed feelings of excitement, fear and confusion whenever I think about this. During the two days I spent … Continue reading All Souls Pass Into The West

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The Crossroads

I’ve blogged before about my belief that a key aspect of my healing journey is the incorporation of an aspect of myself which is childlike. Sometimes it seems as though this journey has required me to go back and re-experience and renegotiate all of the natural development stages of childhood and adolescence, where parts of … Continue reading The Crossroads

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