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The Secret Country of Yourself, by Jenya Beachy.
Discover the Powerful Magic of Your Endless Inner World.

Oh! Oh! Oh!  I feel like this book was written just for me!  For about 35 years now I have been spending time each week (sometimes every day) journeying inward in a realm I call my “Inner Sanctuary.”  There are many rooms to explore in this inner architecture that is my self, and much beautiful landscaping outside as well.  Up until now, I have never found another book with a similar experience, and I am just delighted to be diving into this masterpiece of inner exploration. The author is taking me deeper into my own inner world with her immense knowledge, background, and experience of journeying within. The activities and inner work that she suggests are organized into three sections: The Preparation, The Expedition, and Through the Gates of Magick.  This book is powerful medicine for anyone who wants to delve deeper into their own inner “secret country.” Highly recommend!

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I am the one who loves the holidays, who celebrates the holidays in ways that give me pleasure and joy.

I promise to honor Christmas in my heart
and try to keep it all the year.

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

This is my very favorite quote from one of my favorite stories of all time, A Christmas Carol.

Every year one of my holiday traditions is to see the North Shore Music Theatre musical production of A Christmas Carol. Sometimes  I go alone, sometimes with my husband or a friend, and sometimes I take one or more of our grandchildren.  For me, the story embodies the true meaning of Christmas which is all about loving  and giving. If I have to skip a year, I feel like something is missing from my holidays.

I made this SoulCollage® card several years ago as a way to give image to how I feel about “the holidays” and what I love about Christmas.

Do you have a favorite quote about whatever holiday you celebrate this winter?  Try making a card to express it.  And share with us on our KaleidoSoul SoulCollage yahoo group.

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Ageless Soul,
by Thomas Moore

Having just turned 61 this year, I’ve been looking for a book that would help/guide me through this sometimes scary terrain known as “aging.” This is just that book! I offer heartfelt thanks to the author for taking the time and energy to write this book because I now have a way to approach my own elderhood with grace and positive expectations. I especially enjoyed the section on “Imagining Aging Differently” and the chapter towards the end of the book called “The Angel of Old Age.” Highly recommend.

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Who are you? I am the one who is two halves contained in one.  I am the one who holds you as you give me the shape to be held.  I am the one who is held and who creates a shape for you to hold. 

I am the one who is one, complete, whole, black AND white, light AND shadow, all the many blended into one entity. I am the one who loves and is loved, who rests and is the rock against which you rest. 

I am the one of ages and eons past, of lunar AND solar energy.  I am the one who can truly rest and close my eyes in safety and peace because I know that I am whole and complete, just as I am.

What do you have to give me? I give you a sense of yourself as whole, complete, solid, joined,  integrated.  I give you union within yourself.

What do you want from me? I want you to stop looking outside yourself for wholeness, for a sense of completeness and safety.  It already exists inside of you!



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Scqueendenial I made this card intentionally, to express an inner part of me that had been stifling and complicating my journey for a looooong time now.

Who are you? I am the one who sees disaster right in front of me but I deny that it has anything to do with me.  I am the one who keeps my cool, who sits on my throne and surveys the damage from a distance.  I am the one who smiles my beatific smile and pretends that everything is okay when really it is anything but okay. I am the one who sees pirate ships nearby, and to protect you, I act like everything is all right. 

I am the one who denies disasters, problems, calamities and challenges.  I am the one who watches the TV news and says “Don’t worry about it, it has nothing to do with you,” when they are talking about global warming or environmental issues. I am the one who tells you not to worry about your weight problem, to go ahead and have another cookie because it doesn’t matter.  I am the one who is smiling on the outside, always, to hide the distress that is happening on my inside. I am the one who doesn’t want to get involved with the messiness of life, the ugliness of feelings.

What do you have to give me? I give you protection from difficult feelings and situations.  I give you a safe distance from the horrors and difficulties of life.  I give you an escape from dealing with the messiness of feelings like fear and pain and sorrow and rejection and anger and loss.

What do you want from me? I want you to be safe and happy.  I want you to be free from life’s trials and tribulations.  I want you to know that I have been working very, very hard to protect you from the hard painful work of dealing with difficult emotions.




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