a journey to Ireland

The Fifth Secret

September 25, 2012

Tags: visions, dreams, cleansing

Now come the visits. You don’t know how to get out of the woods. You are getting along with water and fish and some foraging of berries. It’s not your usual diet. Therefore, it’s almost like a fast. Your body is cleaning itself out, and so is your mind. There may be some days when you feel sick and you can barely move about for your survival.

You are having unusual dreams, almost like visitations. You don’t know exactly what to make of them. But you happen to have a little notebook in your jacket pocket, and a pen, too. You write down the dreams and whatever meanings you think they might have. You begin to notice patterns that relate to your life, patterns that had not served you well.

You really want to get out of the woods, but you haven’t a clue how to do that. You decide, rather than trying to leave, you are better off near the stream and the fish and the hole in the tree. You have shelter and food and water. And the silence of nature.

Because of all the cleansing of your body and mind, you begin to experience visions, not unlike those of Anne Demaree in The Sophia Secrets. Only you, unlike Anne, don’t know how to get home, nor do you have the equivalent to the old woman in Anne’s story who seems to be guiding her.

Or do you? Are you receiving guidance in the dreams and visions?

You begin to gather objects in the woods and put them together into expressive creations.


“Truth is the appearance of the Supreme; Truth is the most excellent of all spiritual austerities; every act is rooted in truth.”
—adapted from the Tantra of the Great Liberation


The Fourth Secret

September 18, 2012

Tags: Survival

Put your ear to the ground and listen.

Lick your finger, hold it up high. What’s the direction of the wind?

Lift your head up to the wind and smell.

Climb a tree to get a view of the land.

Now you you’re pretty sure there is a nearby stream not far away. Go find it.

Create a fish-catching device.

Catch a fish.

Collect some tinder and some dry wood.

Spin a stick on a rock to create sparks.

Make a little fire and cook the fish.

Count your blessings.

Eat sacramentally. as Anne Demaree does inThe Sophia Secrets, in the fish-catching part of her story.


The Third Secret

September 11, 2012

Tags: lost in the woods, bread crumbs eaten by birds, vesica piscis, Sophia

Here you are, walking down the trail in the woods, a trail that is no longer a trail. No signs of it. The birds have eaten your bread crumbs. You are lost. The sun is going down. The sky is overcast with dark clouds.

You grope along through the wooded forest, thick with ferns, Spanish moss hanging down from the branches. An owl hoots. Yes, it’s an owl. You’re quite sure of that.

Tired and hungry you sit down and lean against a huge tree. You remember that you’d wrapped up your muffin from Starbucks after your morning coffee. In much the same way Anne Demaree does in The Sophia Secrets. Only this is your story. You reach into your fanny pack, hoping that’s where you’d stored the muffin. Yes. There it is. You pull it out, unwrap the napkin, and eat the yummy—albeit squashed—muffin, crumb by crumb.

You feel drops of rain. Searching around you discover your tree has a hollowed out space. You climb into it. While it does have an animal-mixed-with-wood smell, it seems to be yours for the night. At least you hope so.

A coyote howls. “Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my.” You remember the adventures of Dorothy and her three friends in the “Wizard of Oz.” But this is real. And you are alone. The hairs on your neck are standing on end.

You curl into a ball, pull your jacket closely around you, and try to sleep. Now many coyotes are yipping nearby. All at once you remember the vesica piscis on the gold chain that you bought when you visited the Tor, the site of the mystical and legendary Avalon.

You reach inside your shirt and pull the vesica piscis out, and begin to rub it with your fingers. You'd never given it much thought before now. However, now you remember what it means. “Bladder of a fish,” two circles overlapping, creating the shape of a fish or yoni, the symbol of the Divine Feminine, the symbol often used for Christianity. The Age of Pisces, and the birth of Christ. The symbol of Pisces is a fish. The ancient Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Christ all in one.

You rub the vesica piscis while holding it over your heart, and fall asleep.


The Second Secret

September 4, 2012

Tags: Launch, take action, follow your dream

Take action. Set sail. Embark. Break the bottle of champagne onto the hull of your boat. By land or by sea. Swing onto your horse and and off you go. Or maybe you fly. Whatever. Launch the beginning of your journey.

Enter the forest and follow the trail, visible or invisible. In The Sophia Secrets, protagonist Anne Demaree, takes off on a trip to India, to a Kali temple, to visit the very goddess who appeared in her dreams. Her trip is crucial for the next stages of her journey.

Taking action has many possibilities, though rarely does it have assurances. That’s the beauty of such a journey into the forest of your dreams. You don’t know what you will find there, but you know you must do it. And you feel certain you will uncover secrets, about yourself and about the world.

To launch your journey, you might be drawn to take a trip you’ve always wanted to take. The Appalacian Trail. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land. El Camino Santiago, from France to Spain. Biking across Canada. Traveling to a sacred place, such as Assisi, Italy, to feel the energy of St. Francis, to contemplate there for a long time.

Perhaps your dream has to do with going back to school, to study what you’ve always wanted to study, so that you can do what you always wanted to do, or what was waiting for you to do when the time was right. Or writing your first book, perhaps a memoir, or maybe a novel. Or beginning to paint with oils or watercolors.

Maybe you always wanted to enter a monastery or ashram, and so you leave for several months to live the monastic life of retreat, contemplation, and meditation.

When you embark on your journey, let your heart take it all in. Leave your analytical mind behind. Let go of all you think you know. Stay open for the unexpected and the unusual. Pray for guidance. Watch for signs and synchronicities.

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