(image from spiritualevolution1111.tumblr)
The news is in. The planets have shifted. The stars have aligned.
The old year is gone and a new one peeks cautiously
from under a blanket of national darkness.
A new era is coming and it will require much of us.
It will demand our full attention.
It is either a clarion call to our higher selves
or a siren song of hopeless despair.
It will ask us to either evolve
It’s up to us.
We need to be ready for its challenges and prepared for its setbacks.
It is time to assemble our tribe…(ask yourself who matters in your life? who has your back? who do you want to warrior and rest beside?)…
It is time to prepare our best tools…(we will need our wits and our wit, our strength and our softness, our wiles and our wisdom)…
It is time to reach into our deepest souls together
and divine new ways
to make our stand against hatred, ignorance, war, and death.
We must be up to the task. We must be
But, we must also be
funny and kind and full of love.
We have work to do.
Fences to mend.
Bridges to build.
People to feed.
Hearts in desperation to heal.
It is our calling, our sacred duty as wise women, to do this work,
to speak this truth,
to mend these wounds,
to stand for what is right,
to be the unrelenting voice of The Mother.
There is no shirking this.
No leaving it for someone else to do.
It will require everything we are made of.
Are you ready
for what will be fierce times to come?
I realize that in anticipation of the long, bumpy road ahead,
the intense journey on which we are about to embark,
I will need to hibernate for a few weeks…
I will take January off to prepare myself.
To rest myself.
To nurture myself.
To cultivate the strength I will need
for the work ahead.
I will take January off
to rebuild my strength,
to refine my focus,
to bolster my resolve
to be sure-footed on the perilous path ahead.
There will be no “official” classes at The Cottage
but I will offer several opportunities,
later in the month,
for us to gather at The Cottage,
to uplift each other,
to invent our personal survival strategies,
and to hold each other dear.
Meanwhile, I will be working on lots of new Cottage classes, workshops, artist dates, field trips, gatherings, and creative intentions for 2017.
I will be inventing new ways to deepen and intensify our practice at The Cottage
and I will be conjuring concrete ways we can make a positive difference in our broken world.
I will also be working to “release” (release is my word for the year!)
lots of “stuff”–
(possessions, responsibilities, expectations, worn-out old stories)
and, FINALLY, I hope to learn to gracefully accept your very kind offers of help.
Teresa has offered to help me build a website,
Marnie is inspiring me at clay class,
Anne is going to use her spatial skills to help me revamp my home studio,
Marilee will be taking over all the responsibilities of the Girlz,
Karen Z and I are sharing creative play days in Picture Rocks,
and many of you have offered to help with a big “spring cleaning” at the Cottage.
But, mostly, in this period of hibernation
I will be following doctor’s orders
by taking a tiny, necessary respite for my heart
to continue mending,
to rebuild my stamina,
and to strengthen the muscles
I will need for the challenges ahead.
In a few days I will have more details…
but I didn’t want another moment to go by
with you worrying “What’s up with KaitieBug?”
I’m doing okay,
but I really, really, really need this time off
to honor the doctors who brought me back to the living
and to spend time with my darlin’ Albert,
who deserves a healthy, happy, inspired partner
to be his loving sidekick on the journey ahead.
(image from P. J. Crook)
So, I’ll see ya’ll soon…
and please remember Kaitlin loves you
and counts on you to continue to be
the wild, wonderful, wise, renegade wimmin
of our blessed Creative Cottage tribe.
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