Late last fall, my friend and sister edge-rider and paradigm pioneer, Heather Plett, invited me to submit to her free e-book, Sophia Rises: Changing the World Through Feminine Wisdom. Below is my contribution to her remarkable book and how I went about composing it. I encourage you to accept Heather’s invitation for this free download. It’s beautiful and filled with feminine wisdom and creativity.
VISIONARY DREAMS…A WISE-DAME MYTH
Once Upon a MidLife there lived many women and many men asking The Hard Questions for an Authentic Life. Accepting The Invitation, they became Awake at Work and began to ponder:
“Where Do I Go From Here With My Life?”
“How do I find A Hidden Wholeness in these Second Acts on this New Earth?”
Being among The Rise of the Creative Class, they knew to Take a Deep Breath and to trust their Improv Wisdom. Listening Below the Noise they remembered they each had The Power To Make It Happen by making Elegant Choices, Healing Choices.
Managing Transitions using Power and Love, these women and men were on The Path of Least Resistance to re-writing Rules for Radicals. They were to become the authors of a Little Book of Practice for The Art of Being and Becoming in Conscious Business and Simple Living in a Complex World.
Attending to the Signs of Life and in Communion with God, each in their signature way…Medicine Woman and Reluctant Shaman…men and Women Who Run With the Wolves… are Turning to One Another, Calling the Circle and Finding Our Way to A Path with Heart.
With Earth Prayers, Angel Voices, and Perseverance they invoke The Art of Possibility to Imagine a Day and Imagine A Night, each becoming a Storycatcher for The Family of Woman and The Family of Man and The Family of Children.
The Happiness Project, The Intention Experiment has become The Way of Passion, The Way of Life.
In Search of Balance, these Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics, using The Poetics of Space, are Creating Love, Living in Joy and Dancing in the Light.
An aspect of feminine wisdom, wise-dame, sources and re-sources to create and compose. Sitting with what is, value becomes apparent, potential obvious, patterns emergent, beauty manifest. Honouring and sustaining, process mirrors principles. Think braided rug, stone soup, patchwork quilt.
From self-trust and patience emerged this variation on a favourite artform: collage. Using titles on my bookshelves, limited to what I could easily see, I composed this myth, similar to how I create a collage from found words and pictures. I call my picture collages “Dharma Perspectives” because simple truths emerge from what is, reconfigured in a new context, seen in a new light.
Once Upon a MidLife – Allan B. Chernin, M.D., 1992
The Hard Questions for an Authentic Life – Susan Piver, 2004
The Invitation – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, 2000
Awake at Work – Michael Carroll, 2006
Where Do I Go From Here With My Life? – John Crystal and Richard Bolles, 1974
A Hidden Wholeness – Parker J. Palmer, 2009
Second Acts – Stephan M. Pollan, 2004
New Earth – Eckhart Tolle, 2008
The Rise of the Creative Class – Richard Florida, 2003
Take a Deep Breath – Sylvia Forges-Ryan, 2003
Improv Wisdom – Patricia Ryan Madson, 2005
Listening Below the Noise – Anne D. LeClaire, 2009
The Power To Make It Happen – Donald R. Keating, 1975
Elegant Choices,Healing Choices – Marsha Sinetar, 1988
Managing Transitions – William Bridges, 1991
Power and Love – Adam Kahane, 2010
The Path of Least Resistance – Robert Fritz, 1989
Rules for Radicals – Saul Alinsky, 1972
Little Book of Practice – Susan Szpakowski, 2010
The Art of Being and Becoming – Hazrat Inayat Khan, 2005
Conscious Business – Fred Kofman, 2006
Simple Living in a Complex World – David Irvine, 2007
Signs of Life – Angeles Arrien, 1998
Communion with God – Neale Donald Walsh, 2002
Medicine Woman – Lynn V. Andrews, 1983
Reluctant Shaman – Kay Cordell Whitaker, 1991
Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 1992
Turning to One Another – Margaret J. Wheatley, 2002
Calling the Circle – Christina Baldwin, 1998
Finding Our Way – Margaret J. Wheatley, 2007
A Path with Heart – Jack Kornfield, 1993
Earth Prayers – Elizabeth Roberts, 1991
Angel Voices – Karen Goldman, 1993
Perseverance – Margaret J. Wheatley, 2010
The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone Zander, 2002
Imagine a Day – Rob Gonsalves and Sarah L. Thomson, 2005
Imagine A Night – Rob Gonsalves and Sarah L. Thomson, 2003
Storycatcher – Christina Baldwin, 2005
The Family of Woman – Jerry Mason, 1980
The Family of Man – Edward Steichen, 1955
The Family of Children – Jerry Mason, 1977
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin, 2010
The Intention Experiment – Lynne McTaggart, 2008
The Way of Passion – Andrew Harvey, 2000
The Way of Life – Lao Tzu, 1955 ed.
In Search of Balance – John Robbins and Ann Mortifee, 1991
Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics – Marsha Sinetar, 1986
The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard, 1994
Creating Love – John Bradshaw, 1994
Living in Joy – Sanaya Roman, 1986
Dancing in the Light – Shirley MacLaine, 1986