Visionary Dreams…A Wise-Dame Myth

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.


Once Upon a MidLife there lived many women and many men asking The Hard Questions for an Authentic LifeAccepting 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 WisdomListening 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 RadicalsThey 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.

Composition Notes:

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.

Title “Sources”:

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

About Katharine Weinmann

living and leading with courage, clarity, compassion and creativity
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2 Responses to Visionary Dreams…A Wise-Dame Myth

  1. M says:

    I read this and it spoke to me of Metamorphosis. You might find to be of interest.

    • Ahhhhh… this is a motif that has been re-occurring since I wrote about my cocooning experience at the women’s retreat. Thanks for the link, it will help me compose my next piece.

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