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Council Card To The Rescue

There’s no way around the law. I have to start from scratch to get my driver’s licence. Even though I have twenty years driving experience from California and New Mexico, here in Ireland none of that experience counts. I’m considered a Learner and have to take the written test, attend a driving school and pass the driving test. Yet it stands to reason since… Read More

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Image and Selective Seeing

As creator/artists we’re walking museums of the imagination. Each of us a living memory-museum stocked with imaginary images painted and chiseled from past lives and years of earthly experience. Everyone existing as a museum without walls. Regarding how and what we wish to see hanging on our fluid walls depends on the things we have attached ourselves to. No two people see alike, which… Read More

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Blue Is What Happens

Once your relationship to your SoulCollage® cards deepens, they become a source you can turn to for help and wisdom. Your sincere wish to receive an answer will connect you to the Source. One thing I aim to do is incorporate and integrate the SoulCollage® process into my daily life and discover the potential it has to balance and harmonize the senses and energies… Read More

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Spiritual Practice and SoulCollage®

I don’t know about you, but I need reminders. Since I’m visually oriented I tend to remember images more than the written word or sounds. Ask me to remember a landmark and I’ll get you there every time. Because of my visual tendencies I’m making a deck of SoulCollage® cards dedicated to my spiritual practice. Cards that remind me visually that compassion rules, that… Read More

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SoulCollage® and an Evening of Samhain

Samhain (sow-in), a Gaelic tradition and Celtic name, celebrates summer’s end and the end of the season’s harvest. Samhain commemorates the commencement of the death cycle. It is the time of year when the advancing darker winter months cause the earth to withdraw her bloom. All her siblings introvert. Nature shuts her doors. All visible forms of plant life collapse unto themselves. There is… Read More

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Tempest Ophelia

The “I” of the Storm When a tempest strikes the moment is all that matters. The mind stands still, and a shallow thin breath is all the body tolerates in preparation for the worst. Fear of loss of my life strikes at the heart of reality. All I can do is remain alert, aware, and surrendered in prayerful meditation for the wellbeing and safety… Read More

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Paris, What There Is To Love

Through your mind’s-eye take a walk with me. Put on a pair of comfy runners and let your eyes feast on the streets of Paris. This visual palette just might tempt you (if you’ve never been to France) to imagine yourself there, to make a French treat, or to remind you of what you miss and love about Paris. Several years ago, my sudden… Read More

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Contemplative Photography

In mid-April, I started Christine Valters Paintner’s Eyes of the Heart, a six week online retreat that considers photography as a contemplative practice. The practice involves a form of meditation, using images as a basis of acknowledging and recognizing divine presence. Through photographs we witness the reality of this energetic force that vibrates in the ordinary and the everyday things we fail to see… Read More

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Spring into Easter

Spring Into Easter It started with the creation of the world. God raised his hand and blessed everything that entered his imagination: everything He thought and sensed humankind would need and love. I’ve heard it said that the word Easter originated from the time when Eostre, the pagan goddess of spring was said to rule over fertility, abundance, the renewal and rebirth of all… Read More

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Reflections of A Golden I : Lent

  Lent: Make It Relevant This is a time of year when our Inner Monk cries out for attention. It is the season of hibernation, of contemplation and reflection. A time to consider retreat and rest from the activities of the world. We give ourselves space from the desert we’ve been living, so we can turn and find nourishment in the cell of our… Read More

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