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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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Goddess of Never Not Broken (seeing beauty in imperfection)

A while back, another SoulCollage Facilitator posted online about Akhilandeshvari, an ancient and relatively unknown Hindu goddess.   In Sanskrit, Ishvari means “female power,” or “goddess.”  And Akhilanda means essentially “never not broken.”

I was immediately struck by this and felt like this goddess has perhaps been watching over me at many critical moments in my life.  And so, of course… I felt led to make a card to honor her.

She showed up recently in a Daily Reading and here is what she said:

Who are you?

I am the one who is full of cracks.  I am the one who is not perfect. I am the one who has been broken apart and then put back together.  I am the one who has light streaming through my broken places.  I am the one who closes my eyes and knows that I am perfect exactly as I am, cracks and all. I am the one who accepts my imperfections.  I am the one who allows the light to shine out from the cracks in my body,. my my mind, my spirit.  I am the one who knows that even though I am broken, I am whole.

What is your message for me today?

My message for you today is this: sit in meditation a while today and focus on those parts of you that you are trying to force into healing, those parts of you that are imperfect that you are trying to change… and just be with them AS THEY ARE instead.

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Here are two different cards about the idea of Journeys.  I made the first one about 10 years ago. In the last few months, I made the second card and and was delighted to hear about this Neter’s different aspect of life journeying:

scjourneyerI am the Journeyer.  I am the one who is on a Journey through life.  No one can take your journey but YOU.  There are times on your journey when you are moving forward and times when you are sitting still and pausing.  There are sunny days and stormy days and also cold, lonely days.  No one can walk your journey but you.

My message for you today is this- be proud of YOUR journey.  It is uniquely ours and you are journeying well.



We are the ones who are journeying TOGETHER!  We are the ones who are each on our own individual quest, our own unique journey, but we have found that the journey is easier and more FUN when we hook arms and travel with others who are on similar journeys.

Our gift to you is the knowing that you don’t have to journey alone.  We give you camaraderie along the way.  We give you companionship.  We give you shoulders to lean on and partners for the long haul.

We need you to remember that even though YOU are the only one who can travel your journey, there is no need to shut yourself off from others.  Ask for help. Ask for others to share their journeys with you too.  There is much to gain from offering your hand to others as you journey onwards.

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Schermit_1 When I first made this card, I had no idea what she represented. I only knew that every placement of every item felt absolutely “right” to me.  It only became clear to me who she is after doing the interpretation that follows:

Who are you? I am the wild feathered one who dances in the forest alone.   I am the one who is at home in the woods.  The trees are my friends.  I am the one determined to remain alone in these woods, in my home in the trees.  I find light and mystery and surprise in my alone-ness.  I find my strength and passion in solitude.  Behind the doors of my soul is where all of the answers lie, and these doors are accessed through solitude only.  My freedom comes from being alone.  I am free here in the wilderness of my Self, to dance and sing and be exactly who I am, to discover who I am, to revel in the beautiful mystery of my Soul’s expression.

What do you have to give me? I give you a deep yearning for solitude.  I give you a wild imagination for soul-searching.  I give you freedom.

What do you want from me? I want you to never be ashamed of your need for solitude.  It is more than a passing need, it is an integral part of who you are.

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Scvulnerable When I first made this card a while ago, I thought it was a Committee card, for the part of me who can be as vulnerable as a child.

Then when I drew it in a daily reading and did some journaling/dialoguing with it, I discovered that it is a Council card, more like a Spirit Guide.  From what it “said” to me, it seemed to be bigger than just one of my inner parts.

I love surprises like this!  There is so much wisdom and strength emanating from this card.

Who are you? I am the one who is soft like a baby, soft as an innocent baby rabbit, who tiptoes joyfully into your heart and gladly gives flowers and gifts to anyone who wants to receive.  I am the one who was present at the beginning of the universe.  I am the one who knows it is okay to be vulnerable, open to the vastness of feelings that the universe offers.  I am the one who knows it is completely and utterly okay to give (everything), and to love (fully) with the innocence of a child.

What do you have to give me? I give you the gift of vulnerability, for it is indeed a gift to be open and pure in your feelings.  It is a gift to open yourself and reveal your innermost soul to the universe.  I give you the pure emotions of pain and heartache and grief, for sometimes these come as a result of loving so purely and so fiercely.  But I also give you the emotions of joy and tenderness and love, and I give you safety and acceptance too.  I also give you people you can be vulnerable with.

What do you want from me? I want you to let go of the safety rail and step out into the vast openness that comes to your soul when you choose to be vulnerable.  I want you to know that the only way to true safety and freedom is to take the risk to be truly vulnerable with others.

What are you saying to me right now, today, about my life? When you love someone or something deeply, you open yourself up to be in a soft, vulnerable place.  This is a GOOD thing.  It is a beautiful thing to be able to love like that.  Don’t hold back your love from others because you fear the pain that occurs when they are gone.  Never hold back your love.  Open to it.  Give it. Always.  No matter what.

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