Monday, August 13, 2018

Do you have spiritual intelligence?

Spiritual intelligence is not about religion--it is a way of experiencing that is close to the earth. As the creator of the Journey Oracle, a set of divination wisdom cards, I have often wondered why some people have an ability to access a larger, deeper wisdom--a spiritual intelligence.   Here are several qualities that I think characterize spiritual intelligence, illustrated by images from the oceans and mountains of the Olympic National Park.


Spiritual intelligence is a special seeing 
into patterns and connections.


For example, do you notice an immediate response from nature to a mental question or puzzlement?    If you were thinking about making time to meditate, does the Buddha appear?


Spiritual intelligence reveals a power beyond the self 
which will speak to you. 



Do you feel the presence of elder wisdom in its many guises?  Do you trust the answers that come from this "silent talking?"


Spiritual intelligence is attention to experience that is 
beyond the ordinary, 
yet within the ordinary. 


Does a moment of silent contact feel charged with kinship?


Spiritual intelligence is characterized by humility.


Do you recognize that you have earned a gift, rather than possessed a power, when a moment of shared connection happens?


Spiritual intelligence is revealed by feeling your own truth, 
and not by proving or measuring that truth 
according to what others do or say. 


Spiritual intelligence creates a radical questioning 
of one's world view.  
It is no longer possible to hold on to assumptions 
of common practice. 



There is deep value in this vulnerability, 
in giving up control
and walking on the edge between the worlds.  





Saturday, August 4, 2018

Support your local artists

Art is about vision.  About understanding our experiences in the world.  Art is about being human, and sometimes more-than-human.  Here is a tour of the artists who participated in the annual members show at the Old School House Gallery on Cortes Island, arranged with some of my favorite art quotes.

        

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say 
any other way--things I had no words for. 
Georgia O'Keefe

     

The purpose of art is mystery.
Rene Magritte

     


Art doesn't have to be pretty. 
 It has to be meaningful. 
Duane Hanson

     

    

Art is about paying attention.
Laurie Anderson

     

     

I like to make an image that is so simple
you can't avoid it,
and so complicated
you can't figure it out.
Alex Katz

     

     


True art lies in a reality that is felt.
Odilon Redon

     

     

I want to die painting. 
Paul Cezanne


Go to a community gallery.  
Support your local artists.  
Tell them the Journey Oracle sent you.


Friday, July 13, 2018

How can I release anger? A free Journey Oracle reading


Think of a situation happening now in which you want to release anger toward someone.  Perhaps this person has been unskillful in their words or actions and has hurt you or someone you care about.  You understand the importance of releasing your angry inner dialog with this person, as it is ultimately only yourself you are hurting, but still, the muttering mind keeps cycling back over the situation.

 

Your inner wisdom will lead you to a resolution when you follow the prompts of this four card oracle reading and meet the Journey Oracle.  The insights from the oracle reading will be even more powerful and long lasting if you print this post and then write out answers to the questions posed by each oracle card. This way you will have a record of your Journey Oracle reading for reflection.

    ORACLE CARD #1 

THE SITUATION
 
Describe your first impressions of this image using simple phrases.  Do not analyze, doubt or discard what your inner voice is saying.  When you feel inner quiet, go to the Oracle’s identity.

Identity of Oracle: Autumn Equinox   Qualities of this Oracle: Water, West, sacrificing
Time of year associated with this Oracle: September 20-21
Why this is the Oracle of your situation? 

Message from the Oracle about your situation: called to witness
Why are you receiving this message?

PRONOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ORACLE ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

An Oracle reveals the forces that are moving beneath your situation.    These sentences are not statements of logic or reason.  Allow your inner wisdom to speak briefly about each statement.  If a statement draws a blank from your unconscious, move on to the next sentence

THE  SITUATION


This situation began by being out of time.


The prevailing energy of this situation is a pushing pulling wind. 


The core energy pattern of this situation is veined in gold.


The Mother of this situation is plump with fruit.


The Father of this situation is wind driven.  
             


ALIGNMENT  TO  THE  SITUATION


Your relationship to the prevailing energy is soaring.

             
Your perception of the situation is visionary. 


The impact of your perception is textured. 


The connection between the core energy pattern and the situation is felt as as circles and turns.


The momentum of this situation is fed by being in no time.



ORACLE CARD #2

YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR SITUATION

 
Describe your first impressions of this image using simple phrases.  Do not analyze, doubt or discard what your inner voice is saying.  When you feel inner quiet, go to the Oracle’s identity.


Identity of Oracle: East  Qualities of this Oracle: the Air of mentality, analysis, clarity, exactitude
Time of year associated with this Oracle  all time, no time
Why this is the Oracle of your experience?


Question from the Oracle about your experience:  Doesn’t anyone else get to enjoy how they look?  What about Annie Feather and Michael Root?
Why are you receiving this question?


PRONOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ORACLE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE


 THE  EXPERIENCE  NAMED

MORE WISDOM
Why is this the name of your experience?


 THE  SITUATION  EXPERIENCED

struggle / simplicity
hardship leaks through, accountability, loyal companion

look deeper, irritation
beginning of new awareness, strengths vulnerabilities
my life is a mess

Which of the above phrases are you experiencing most directly right now?


Which phrases are you trying to avoid experiencing?


 Which phrases are you seeking to experience?


  If these phrases and spaces are a map of your experience--where are you on the map?



EXTERIOR  SUPPORT

An exterior or support system for the situation is whimsy.

What is the meaning of this for your situation?


The Journey Oracle’s answers change the way you see things. Your anxieties, fears and desires emerge to be recognized and resolved, and hidden transformative energies are released.


ORACLE CARD #3

THE CHANGE CALLING YOU

 
Describe your first impressions of this image using simple phrases.  Do not analyze, doubt or discard what your inner voice is saying.  When you feel inner quiet, go to the Oracle’s identity.


Identity of Oracle: Holly
Qualities of this Oracle: protection, warrior energy, valor, vitality  
Time of year associated with this Oracle:  July 8 – August 4
Why this is the Oracle of change?

Message from the Oracle about change:  negative energies
Why are you receiving this message?


 PRONOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ORACLE ABOUT CHANGE

These statements bring an in-depth recognition of the change you feel coming.  This change is an expression of the healing that is asking to happen.  Allow your inner wisdom to speak briefly about each statement.  If a statement draws a blank from your unconscious, move on to the next sentence.


 CHANGE

The power needed to shift this situation will be a sound of innocence.

Change will come by painting the snake.

Your relationship to the change in this situation is mud.

The moment of letting go into the change will smell of cooking.

The concern to be avoided within this change will taste of disappointment.


 DIVINE  WILL
                       
The wisdom of enduring will empower the transformation.

Completed transformation will be felt as a quality of upset


 DREAM  ON  THIS  QUESTION

 Where would you be without them?

 HOW  IS  THIS  AN  ANSWER?

Dust



ORACLE CARD #4

THE RESOLUTION OF YOUR SITUATION

Describe your first impressions of this image using simple phrases.  Do not analyze, doubt or discard what your inner voice is saying.  When you feel inner quiet, go to the Oracle’s identity.


Identity of Oracle: Snow 
Qualities of this Oracle: looks within self, renewal, moderation, freedom from control 
Time of year associated with this Oracle: December full moon
Why this is the Oracle of your resolution?

Question from the Oracle about your resolution:  Is this way of acting now unacceptable?
Why are you receiving this question?


A FAIRY TALE FROM THE ORACLE ABOUT THE RESOLUTION OF THE SITUATION 

The dense weave of meaning in a fairy tale provides insight into the hidden forces behind your situation, and points to the resolution sought by your unconscious wisdom.  In this fairy tale, your unconscious wisdom knows the names of all the characters, all the connections to your situation, and what is the happy ending. 

BREATHING  UNDER  WATER
A mottled grey green form moved through the pond water. Its surging pausing progress came to rest on a submerged twig protruding from a floating island. A woman sitting on the rim of the pond, with a mental chaos of many tasks to do, watched as the form resolved itself into a frog with the stump of its tadpole tail still visible. “The head could use a rest” she thought, and so she focused on the frog that had now extended its legs out into a resting position, as if it were a child holding onto the rim of a pool. “This is a child” the woman thought, “even though this face has many stories already.”
The frog gathered its angular legs and blunt toed feet beneath its body. It began to crawl slowly up an accidental ladder of twigs and sticks from the underside of the island to its top layer of mossy mud. The frog kept climbing until it clung to a green stem in the thin morning sunshine, blinking calmly into the enormity of its first breath of air.
         “Now there is also long life in this face,” the woman thought, “at the end of this particular journey underwater.” The woman thought of the news she had received: a call from far away saying her father had died. As she sat in the strengthening sun, watching the frog feel its radiance for the first time on its slowly drying body, she thought that maybe this is how it is for everyone. “Maybe this life on earth is the time we spend breathing under water, and then we discover the sun.”

Who are you in this story? 

What is the meaning of the story for your resolution?


 Based on your character in the story, now what are you now going to do to resolve your situation?


This Journey Oracle reading has resulted in a few strong impressions that are staying with you like the waking residue of a powerful dream.  These are the most important "takeaway"insights from your journey to the Oracle. Let this journey bring healing and peaceful release. 
  




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