I am celebrating this as my 100th blog for Spirited Woman! And I'm writing you from my "confinement" at home, where I am recovering from major foot surgery. This period is teaching me so many things, and one of them is something about the topic of my forthcoming book. The working title is "True Sight: The Magical Power That Will Change Your World."
You see here the glorious view out my bedroom window. (I know, I am incredibly fortunate.) One thing lying in bed a lot with my foot elevated has reminded me to remember to look at the light. The light during the monsoon season here in Southern Arizona is always changing, shimmering over the mountains one minute, quilted by storm clouds the next, and turning greeny-gold before rain strikes. Slowing way down and remembering to really look makes me grateful for every day, even though I can't put any weight on my foot for a total of six weeks.
That peak with the rock face outside is a power place where ancient native people used to gather and do ceremony and vision quests, the evidence found in petroglyphs all around the area. For me this peak has been an ally in a number of healing journeys, this one being the latest. So I see it not just as a mountain, but as a living being, infused with the wisdom and the energy of the ancients. I also see it as a power point connected to the great web of sacred mountains I've gotten to know: several peaks in the Peruvian Andes, where the Apu mountain spirits live; Imbabura in Ecuador, where I received an initiation from a woman shaman; and Everest, goddess mother of the world to the Tibetans, in the Himalayas.
These sacred mountains connect us--through Mother Earth--to the powers of birthing and dying and to the living in between. They are stable forms in nature that teach us about the eternal, lending us a view of the part of creation that endures.
Now this is not just a view out the window, but a view into a truth about us: we too have great powers related to birthing and dying and living in between the two. We can not only rely on mountains at times of crisis and need, viewing them as touchstones for healing, but we can take in their power and call it our own. For we, like these mountains, are made of the life force. We are all the same energy.
if we can switch lenses to see the view outside as energy, and to see ourselves as energy as well, now we are experiencing ourselves not only as the particle energy that makes up solid objects, but as the wave energy, where everything is One. Now I'm talking about quantum physics. (Reading Dr. Joe Dispenza's "You are the Placebo" helped. He explains these things in clear English and demonstrates how seeing this way is the key to healing ourselves.
All my life I've been practicing seeing. For most of my life, that was with a camera, and I still am devoted to photography as a seeing practice. It led me to wonder why my passion for photography and other creative pursuits seemed to go with my efforts to heal myself and my neuroses. Seeing "through a different lens" was the simple answer. That pursuit led me into guided imagery, work with dream symbols and eventually into shamanic journeying, done with the active imagination. It led me into work with the lens of the heart, which then led me to seeing through the lens of Unity.
My ability to travel and learn from various indigenous teachers and healers has convinced me that if we want to change our world--our private one as well as the globe--we need to dream a new dream. Tell a new story. See a new vision. A true vision of what is real and of what is possible.
And so I celebrate this landmark of 100 blogs by sharing that I am working on a new book about expanding our visual sense. We can open our senses, open our minds, open our hearts and open our inner eye to what is true: and it is good news. And we, spirited women, are the ones who will model it and spread it around until it is the common vision. It is a way of seeing which seems magical now, but which will be for our descendants, the new world.