Oct 4, 2009

Am I too Old?

Lately I've been wondering how old I am and how late in life I've decided to start writing and how late in my life I discovered poetry and the gift that it brings to me. And then, today, in a book store as I'm browsing through the poetry section I picked up a book on Pablo Neruda and opened to this. I am grateful how the universe presents exactly what is necessary at any moment.


And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
that fire
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
and open,
palpitating planetations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke free on the open sky.

Aug 9, 2009

The Poet's Alchemy

An inspiring talk about the alchemy of poetry. Laura Hope-Gill is the executive director of Asheville WordFest, a free poetry festival held once a year in Ashville, NC. For more information about Laura please visit her website at www.thehealingseed.com and WordFest at www.ashevillewordfest.org

May 31, 2009

Squire Summer Writing Residency

An affordable, intimate alternative to the large summer conferences, offered especially for North Carolina writers but open to writers nationwide. This year's Summer Writing Residency offers intensive workshops and great value, with exciting new faculty in diverse genres, evening readings, and the opportunity for local area residents to commute to their workshops at a reduced cost. Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information.

July 24 - 26, 2009
Warren Wilson College
701 Warren Wilson Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778

May 18, 2009

Magical Poetry

The breeze at dawn
has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth
Across the doors where the two worlds touch.
The door is round & open.
Don't go back to sleep.

May 6, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

A great talk about creativity and how we meet that relationship. If you haven't read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat Pray Love I highly recommend it.

Apr 30, 2009

Just Announced! Spring Session Date for the Sacred Writer's Retreat!

We are all Sacred Writers. We are all born with the gift of putting pen to paper, giving movement and structure to that which is held so dear. No matter the arrangement of words, phrases and punctuation, there is an inherent relationship with the divine that guides the pen across the paper. Cultivating that relationship simply requires space and attention.

The act of writing is a tool to connect to the sacred Self, touch one's Spirit and to hear the voice of the Heart. Writing can tap into the truth and illuminate the mystery that lies in each of us. It can reveal You, touching the deepest recesses of your being, and bring forward all the possibilities of who you can become. The truth at the heart of each one of us speaks in many ways and writing is one way to connect with that voice and let it flow.

This unique one-day retreat is packed with lots of things to stir and inspire the creative spirit. Bringing experiences from her own journey as a spiritual student and writer/poet, StarShield combines writing exercises, group interaction and creative play to open a dialog and remember the relationship with Self that is always available.

This retreat is for anyone who has the desire to:

* find and speak their truth.
* explore their own sense of the sacred through writing.
* get in touch with their personal story.
* connect with a community of open-hearted, like-minded souls.
* open up to the beauty living in the heart.

Requirements are minimal:

* The desire to connect with personal truth & knowing.
* The willingness to gently stretch into Self.
* The audacity to relax into your own unfolding.
* The commitment to maintain the space of the group as the day expands.
* The fearlessness to share with the group. (No one will be forced to share. Silent participants, those who listen and hold space, are just as important and essential as those who share all!)

I invite you to immerse yourself in You for an entire day finding rejuvenation and inspiration in the community supporting you.

Saturday June 6, 2009 - 10am-4pm
Cafe Bella Luna
Murphy, NC

Retreat Fee: $75 - $60 if paid in full by May 18, 2009
Pre-Registration is required.
Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent a detailed registration packet with all information including driving directions and what to bring.

Please click below to send your payment or contact StarShield directly at writingmedicine@yahoo.com or 615/594-9139

Fluid Movements Retreat

New year, new moment, new me...

Welcome to the new Writing Medicine blog. It has been a long and winding road over the last couple of years with my move to the mountains, loosing "everything" and rebuilding from a place of heart first. And I am grateful for those of you that continue to follow and check in with where ever I am along the way.

I started this blog about a year and a half ago and then in essence let it go because I couldn't see a way for it to serve me. Now, I know that this is a better place for me than maintaining my website and promoting a business. I can get back to the core of the love which is the writing itself and let go of making a business out of it, knowing that the teaching and the coaching are natural extensions of that love and will manifest in their own moment.

This format also allows me more freedom to express and share what is going on in the world, things of interest, moments in time. And like me, it will be an ever evolving thing, morphing and changing as the energy moves me.

Please enjoy your time here. If you have something you'd like to share please send it along and I'll post it. And in the mean time...

Happy Writing!

What is Sacred Writing?

Writing is an act of power that transcends the literal application of words on paper. It has the potential to open one up to the often hidden depths of ever-evolving beauty that is the core of each of us. It can wake you up, crack you open and guide you gracefully back to the center. The opportunities to know one's Self and connect with Source through the act of writing are endless.

Sacred Writing is the use of writing as a way to connect to the sacredness in one's self, to touch the Spirit and to hear the voice of the heart. Sacred Writing creates a road for the voice of the heart to travel, clarifying the way to create life with our Spirit leading. It can tap into the truth and illuminate the mystery that lies in each of us. It opens us to the subtle nuances of the movements of our own energy and allows for the development of relationship with Self and with the world.

Sacred Writing can also explore our sense of the sacred, especially in those dark places we often choose not to look at. It allows us to explore our quest for significance and purpose while providing a literal road for the application of our own personal experiences. It can reveal the greater You, touching the deepest recesses of your being, bringing forward all the possibilities of who you can become.

Sacred Writing is the expression of creative energy in literal form and incorporates things such as creative play, collage, color, physical movement, and group interaction to stir and inspire the creative spirit.

Creative energy is at the core of who we are. It is the driving force guiding every one of us to keep breathing, helping us to create the next moment. The expression of that creative force can take many forms and is as unique as each one of us. Allowing room to feel that creative energy flow through many outlets can deeply connect us to our own writing and in turn our writing improves. Honoring the way that creative energy chooses to express itself in any given moment is as important as staying committed to the work itself.

There are many ways of pursuing the path to personal freedom. Sacred Writing is one way to connect with the voice of the heart and let it flow. Whatever choices are made regarding creating a writing practice; daily time, monthly devotional, gardening journal, food diary, etc., there is power in words. How we choose to express the words and the power they represent is entirely up to the divine uniqueness that is each of us.