Do you feel like a misfit, misunderstood, out of time, from another era? Are your hopes and dreams falling apart? This is a period of great change and, for many, great change can be scary.
In the past, there’s always been lots of reality systems to choose from; peer groups to belong to, endless strings of romantic partners, philosophies to believe in, etc. . There was always someone who would take care of us when everything fell apart, from our parents to the government. We could endlessly entertain ourselves – movies, drugs, etc etc. But it’s all running down, breaking down, and it’s becoming obvious to everyone.
Using myth and archetype to develop your life story
Editor's Description: Why did your life turn out this way? Who are the most important people in your world? What would you do differently, if you had the chance?
Your life is a story. It is better than any book you have ever read. Your story defines who you are and what happens to you. Ever since you were a child, you have been writing your own life script. You use stories you have heard to weave your personal narrative. The parts in your script are played by the people around you.
Some of the oldest stories still seem relevant to us today. The characters in them are familiar: the princess, the hero, the good mother, the wise old man. These characters are based on universal figures called archetypes. LifeWorks introduces the twelve major archetypes, with examples from books and films. Each figure has a story, drawn from myths and legends around the world.
(Excerpted from Let Go and Live in the Now, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2004: 2600 words)
Just as a storm in the atmosphere of the earth is born of conflicting fronts of different temperatures colliding with one another, so too must there be conflicting forces within us in order to form a mental or emotional storm. Our task is to become conscious of these unseen forces that dwell in the unenlightened parts of us. As we grow to realize that no disturbance can remain within us without our granting it the force it needs to sustain its fury, we realize that we have at our disposal two great powers. We are empowered to dismiss storms when they appear in our psychic system and, with time and practice, we can learn to dismiss these disturbances before they begin!
What are these invisible conflicting forces at work within us that cause so much foul weather? We uncover the first of these unconscious forces by recognizing that the storms in our lives all share a common cause. Each storm, large or small, centers on something that happens to us that we don’t want to be happening for whatever reasons. A few quick examples prove this insight, but best success is assured if you will fill in the blanks from your own experience.
An Exploration of our Inner and Outer Identity
Journey Home is one of the most emotive words in any language. But it can mean different things to different people and, based on extensive interviews, Jennifer Kavanagh explores our outer and inner identities and asks: ‘What does home mean to you?’ Home is not just four walls or the country in which we were born.
It is not a locked door, an investment, a legal address, or a nation with rigid borders. Home is where the heart is: a yearning for a precious past, a dream of something that has never been, or a present reality. In relationship – with our families, in community, and with the whole of creation. In this compelling and immensely readable book, Kavanagh suggests that we will never be at home unless we are at home to ourselves. Home is where we all want to be.
Author: Rev. Dr. Richard E. Kuykendall--
Even Witches Have Names is a short fictional work based on facts. It tells the story of a Christian minister who was also a witch and the work that he and his wife did in building a bridge between witchcraft and Christianity. It tells the story of Gabriel Seminger’s life and work and in the process teaches the reader many of the rituals of witchcraft, or Wicca, as it is called today. This book is a good read and a good teaching aid as well.
About the Author:
The work that Gabriel and Ava did together did much to help others see witchcraft as a valid and positive spiritual path. More than this, they succeeded in removing the stigma attached to witchcraft and threw out the time-worn stereotypes that were born out of superstition and ignorance.
Gabriel is now dead, but he has left his legacy in the books that he has written that will continue his work and in the lives he has changed. And Ava also continues to teach and carry on the work that she had done with her husband. Though they are now separated by the veil that separates life from death, they are yet united in spirit. And for Ava, because of her belief in reincarnation, she knows they will work together again-it's only a matter of time.