“…when the inner and outer are wedded, revelation occurs”
– Hildegard of Bingen
Poetry, like prayer, is a language of the soul. When we listen to it, it gives expression to our most intimate experiences, capturing a single moment with imagery, emotion and sensual remembering of what the poet gives voice to and how it reflects and resonates within us, as echoes of our own experiences.
Painting: Woman Reading a Book by Jean-Baptist Camille Corot, 1845
“One should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of one’s life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poetic Encounter is a monthly gathering where a small number of poems are savored, contemplated, and shared in a circle. We will sit with each poem as a meditation in silence. In that silence, we meet and greet the poem through a process of reflection and response. We greet the poem with the spoken word, listening aloud and expressing its heart through the sounds of our own voices. Our responses to the poem will include awareness and engagement with the aliveness of sensations moving in our body, soul and spirit. Exercises may include time together and time apart to greet the revelations of inner and outer encounters. Questions to explore the poem as an inquiry into our own experience may be offered to stimulate dialogue, journaling and/or other embodied, creative responses. After some spaciousness for personal engagement with the words of the poet and presence to the emergence of our inner responses, we come together again to share what we have gleaned with one another. We feast on the delightful nourishment of poet and of one another as sacred companions sharing the journey of our souls. We recognize how we are touched, tendered and transfigured by the encounter.
Reflections in the Dream Mirror
The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes
“Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamers.
Bring me all of your heart melodies
That I may wrap them in a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers of the world.”
Painting: partial image from Sleeping Beauty by Edward Frederick Brewtnall (1846-1902)
Dreams provide each of us with daily guidance, nourishment for our souls and wisdom for life. When we take time to recall our dreams, we invite a vulnerability and openness into our lives. We play with creative ways of engaging with the work of more fully coming to know and love ourselves as we learn to deepen our awareness of the archetypal revelations of our souls and recognize the presence of spiritual guidance for our paths.
A dreamwork session includes an introduction to a particular approach to dreams (this varies with each session), followed by sharing and exploration of individual or group participants’ dreams.
Dreamwork may be scheduled on an individual basis or shared together in one of the group sessions regularly scheduled. New group sessions may be organized upon request for groups with a minimum of three to five participants.
Coming to Our Senses
inner & outer ways of knowing body, soul & spirit
Awaken to your senses as nourishment for the content of your thoughts, stimulation for the sensations of your feelings and supportive ground for the power of your actions. Together we will come to recognize our twelve senses as “well-springs” serving human needs. Sense experience leads inwardly toward self and outwardly toward others. Being present to our senses invites the intentionality of attentiveness and the deepening of awareness that can transform how we relate to one another and contribute to the world. Suggested offering for this class is $20 per session.
Twelve monthly sessions will explore:
- Body Awareness through the Physical Senses
- Meeting the World through the Senses of the Soul
- Inner Knowing through the Spiritual Senses
- Consciousness & the Wisdom of the Senses
Painting: Gather ye Rosebuds by John William Waterhouse