See, I don’t believe that stories have borders and boundaries. They fly, swim and walk wherever they need to go. Birds bring them to our doorsteps and sing them to us at dawn. Just listen.

Stories open doors, hearts and build bridges. They are like lighthouses guiding our ships to shore. They bring us home. Stories connect us and no matter where we live on this planet, they bring us together and teach us what we need to know in such a delicate manner.

Stories bring healing as stories are medicine. They give us such hope and since we are all storytelling creatures, they also give us permission to tell and write new stories that are in alignment with what we really believe. In our hearts.

Stories can also teach to us to live an enchanted life and to pay attention.

– Lene Frandsen –

I learned that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
– Brenda Ueland –

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
– Rumi –

Don’t always be appraising yourself, wondering if you are better or worse than other writers. “I will not reason and compare” said Blake, “my business is to create”. Besides, you are like no other being created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
– Brenda Ueland –

When we surrender, when we do not fight with life, when it calls upon us, we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us.
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
– Natalie Goldberg –

It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.
– Mary Oliver –

Although you may think that your sacred purpose is way ahead of you on the path, it’s actually just sleeping inside of you. It will appear now and then, like a butterfly floating behind your eyes, rehearting you of what lives inside of you. You may not see it often, but it always has you in its sights.
– Jeff Brown –

 “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”
– Mary Angelou –

Writing is like the headlights of a car at night.
You can only see as far as the light shines.
– E.L. Doctorow –

Your vision

will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
– Jung –

A book writes itself. You are just the hand that puts everything on paper.
– Bangambiki Habyarima –

Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.
– Lili St. Crow –

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be.
Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.
– Hilary Mantel –

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
– Anais Nin –

God never uses one approach to the get his job done in the world. Each soul has its own way of being reached. He has put inside of each of us a unique song that only another heart can hear clearly. To wish you were someone else robs another human being of the special blessings, talents and gifts God meant for you to share.”
― Shannon L. Alder –

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés –

When a flower doesn’t bloom
You fix the environment in which it grows
You do not fix the flower
– Alexander den Heijer –

Creativity is a combination of discipline and a childlike spirit
– Robert Greene –

“What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who you already are in your essential nature; gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present? How would this affect how you feel when you wake up in the morning?”
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

Techniques are directionless without grounding and connecting to Source,
they are a style without subtance.
– Loren Cruden –

An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
– Edwin Land –

Have some confidence, proceed with some certainty; you have been given a body, given breath, stop questioning your worthiness.
– Dyhani Ywahoo – Cherokee teacher

Life is sacred.You are alive, you are a sacred being. Connect with that sacredness. Look for it in every beating Heart, in every form life touches. Be alive in the sacred and let the sacred live through you.
– Loren Cruden –

And those who were seen dancing, were thought be to insane
by those, who could not hear the music
– Friedrich Nietzsche –

 As long as you’re dancing, you can
break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just
extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
– Mary Oliver –

We need to remain in rhytm with our inner clay voice and longing
Yet this voice is no longer audible in the modern world.
– John O’Donohue –

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
– Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
– John O’Donohue –

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,  to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~ Mary Oliver ~

Men have their own story-making and myth-telling, but in the old Gaelic traditions, women were bards and poets too. Still, today, the voices of women are quieter, and our stories are less often heard. The Wise Woman is a woman who has reclaimed her stories and has found the voice with which to tell them.

The Wise Woman is remaking the world.

– Sharon Blackie –

Words themselves can become acts of beauty that awaken and strengthen our commitment to living our soul’s desire.
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

Telling our stories, putting our experiences into words and poetic narrative is more than an act of artistic expression; it can be the transformative and the healing work of survival.
– Karen Hering –

“The wild woman carries the bundles for healing, she carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She carries the medicine for all things. She carries the stories and words and songs and signs and symbols. She is both the vehicle and the destination”.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés –

Honour the space between no longer and not yet.
– Nancy Levin –

What is it about my daily rituals? Why such pleasure in repetition?
Well, it occurs to me that I might just be practicing being me.
Those cherished creaks in the old floorboards.
The precise angle of the winter sun cheering my kitchen.
Assembling ingredients for a dish I’ve made hundreds of times.
A novel position my cats have adopted, lost in their midday dreams.
Each nuance resonates with a kind of timeless wisdom, and I realize that it is these humble putterings, nothing fancier, that have allowed me, finally, to know myself.
-David Jacoby –

Our soul’s voice reveals our deepest wisdom and our deepest wounds, which is why unleashing our soul’s voice is often our deepest desire and our deepest fear. We ache to be self-expressed, to be authentic, to totally let ‘er rip and yet we are terrified of being that vulnerable, that raw, that real. So we edit, shape or even shut up our unique soul’s voice in order to be accepted, successful, and even loved. But deep down in our bellies, where our power burns the brightest, we know we cannot be of service, we cannot be free, we cannot truly come alive if we aren’t sharing the truth of who we are.
– Sera Beak –

Something is happening in the power and practice of story: In the midst of overwhelming noise and distraction, the voice of story is calling us to remember our true selves.
– Christina Baldwin – 

It’s not only tears and laughter, impulses and memories, that link us to our authentic wildness. By nature we are creative. Creativity flows through us like the blood in our veins. In our natural state we are writers, dancers, singers, poets and makers of art.

There are intutive knowings that we sometimes forget, but just beneath the surface of our daily lives they reside and come alive in our nightdreams.

We may have forgotten how to express it or we might stutter when we try, but the deep song of our authentic voice still resonates within.
– Judy Reeves –

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara 

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable
– Mary Oliver –

 The best way out is always through.
– Robert Frost –

What is meant for you is always meant to find you.
– Lalleshwari –

I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.
– Charles de Lint –

Humans are storytelling creatures. We need story, we need deep mythic happenings, as much as we need food and sun: to set us in our place in the family of things, in a world that lives and breathes and throws us wild tests, to show us the wildernesses and the lakes, the transforming swans, of our own minds.
– Sylvia Lindsteadt –

Storytellers ought not to be too tame. They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise. If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys.
– Ben Okri –

It is story that heals us, that shapeshifts us, that saves us.
– Sylvia V. Linsteadt –

Vejen lærer os den bedste måde at nå frem på og den beriger os, mens vi vandrer ad den.
– Paulo Coelho, Pilgrimsrejsen –

”At få bedre jordforbindelse er virkelig et løbende arbejde. Der er helt sikkert nogen af os, især mange med anlæg for det kreative, der let kan fortabe sig i andre virkeligheder. Og spirituelle fællesskaber og selv yogahold kan undertiden være fyldt med folk, der længes efter at slippe for nuets trængsler og erstatte det med en euforisk tilstand af lyksalighed.

Men hvad nu, hvis det er ét og det samme? En falsk modsætning. Gud findes virkelig i detaljerne, alle de besværlige, jordiske detaljer.”
– Tosha Silver –

We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.”
– Catherine Ann Jones –

 I am a woman between stories.
On a threshold.
Listening and waiting for new stories to arrive.
Waiting to spring and yet dancing with the dreaming of the new.
Between stories.
– Lene Frandsen –

You can’t miss your boat. It’s yours.
It stays docked until you’re ready.”
– Glennon Melton –

“I used to feel guilty about spending morning hours working on a book; about fleeing to the brook in the afternoon. It took several summers of being totally frazzled by September to make me realize that this was a false guilt. I’m much more use to family and friends when I’m not physically and spiritually depleted than when I spend my energies as though they were unlimited. They are not. The time at the typewriter and the time at the brook refresh me and put me into a more workable perspective.”
— Madeleine L’Engle –

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert –

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in
are different from the things we do.”
– Freya Stark –

Intuition is the treasure of a woman’s psyche. It is like a diving instrument and like a crystal through which one can see with uncanny interior vision. It is like a wise old woman who is with you always, who tells you exactly what the matter is, tells you exactly whether you need to go left or right. It is a form of “The One Who Knows”.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés –

Think of writing as a harvest.
You till the ground.
Apple trees take years to bear fruit.
Then you have apple pie
– Keelie Breanna –

“True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary.

But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism.

True belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”

– Brené Brown –

Det, som i sidste ende forandrer os og kærligt skubber os ind på hjertets vej, er sjældent et kæmpe drama eller gennembrud. Det er vores eget skrivearbejde og de detaljer, vi kastede lys på undervejs.

Det er de små døre, vi åbnede med vores tårer og de mørke kældre, vi kravlede igennem. Latteren, som berusede os ved synet af morgenens første lys. Tågen, det blå lys og fuglene. Lyden af krageskrig og smagen af brombær. Kaffen, som vi drak ved bålet og flammerne som vi varmede os ved. Det er de ting, vi tager for givet og som kan synes ubetydelige, men som i virkeligheden er bærere af den største styrke.

Via fortællingens kraft ser vi de små ting i et nyt lys og får mod til at fortsætte. Det, vi tog for givet. Det, vi hastede forbi. Nu ser vi det.

– Lene Frandsen –

Ordinarily I go to the woods alone,
with not a single friend,
for they are all smilers and talkers
and therefore unsuitable.
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree.
I have my ways of praying,
as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone
I can become invisible.
I can sit on the top of a dune
as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned.
I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me,
I must love you very much.

– Mary Oliver –

The greatest act of courage is to be and own all of who you are –
without apology, without excuses, without masks
to cover the truth of who you are.
– Debbie Ford –

The world is full of magic things,
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
– W.B. Yeats –

Traveling women will inevitably encounter many gateways, portals or tennous partings in the shadowy fabric of worlds. To reach such a threshold is one thing, to work out a way through is another matter; requiring determination, daring and some personal act of magic.
– Carolyn Hillyer –

There is a vitality, a life force, that is translated through you in action and because there is only one of you, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good or how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
– Martha Graham –

“When you see your writing as more than a hobby, profession, or craft – as a profound expression of your self – you have no choice but to write with utter conviction and authenticity. The deepest sources of creativity within you will open.”
– Jill Jepson –

Ignoring the inner voice is not an option.
When we don’t heed the call when it comes, it slowly eats away at the fiber of our lives.
It plagues us emotionally, spiritually, physically …
And so I continue to ask myself: what is the song of heart’s deepest longing?
Each time I wake from a dream, I gain a word, a note, another phrase of a song.

And slowly, I am assembling.
Bringing the fragments of myself back together again.
Assembling the pieces of a song that is longing to be sung.
A life that is longing to become.
-Kristen Roderick –

The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence.
No, the spiritual life can only be real
when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.
– Henri Nouwen –

‘To live an enchanted life is to be comfortable in the company of mystery: to be willing to penetrate beyond the shadows; to take a walk in the dark. When we walk in the dark, our senses are heightened, our instincts are sharper – we feel not only more alert, but more alive. Bump up against people, knock a few things over – it’s all part of the journey. Sooner or later, we’ll emerge from the shadows to sit by the fire. Mystery relieves us of the fiction that we know where we’re going. It keeps us on our toes; it keeps our lives alive. The world, once again, declares itself to be a place of latent potentialities.’

– Sharon Blackie –

Women get more beautiful as they grow older. Not less.
Female youth is only prized in modern culture because it doesn’t represent as much of a threat spiritually to anyone who is frightened of divine feminine power.

As women grow and mature, they call in stronger forces of sacred feminine wisdom. They vibrate with the creative power of their stories.

They are more of a force to be reckoned with.
They see more, know more, feel more. They put up with a lot less bullshit.

When women are trained into thinking there is something fundamentally wrong with getting older, and are coerced into spending money, energy and power investing in ‘slowing the signs of ageing’, an enormous vault of divine love is lost.

Just think what would happen if all the women in the world started loving themselves even more with every year that passed.

Perhaps a total revolution would occur.

– Yogesh Kumar –

“It can be useful to think of writing as gardening. You plant the seeds, but each plant will take its own way and shape. The gardener’s in control, yes; but plants are living, willful things. Every story has to find its own way to the light. Your great tool as a gardener is your imagination.”

– Ursula K. Le Guin –

“I picked up the belief when I was small, to mistrust my instincts, to shut down my emotions, to not follow my truth.
To not listen to my heart and to swallow my voice.

So I slowly locked myself out of my own power, my own heart and my own medicine.
Shutting the door on my core; to fit in, to hide.
I would stand silently outside the door of who I was, the door leading to my medicine garden, not daring to unlock it, waiting quietly for permission.
I slowly realised that the only one with the key was me, the only voice that could give permission was mine.

I reached with shaking hand, tentatively turning the key.
Opening the creaking, rusting door with nervousness and fear.
But it was beautiful, I recognised that place, full of courage,
full of tender hopes, full of me.
I fell to my knees and cried.
No more will I be parted from the strength
of what lies there,
no more will I be locked away from who I am.”

 – Brigit Anna McNeill –

Step across the boundary and the trespass of story will begin. The forest takes a deep breath and through its whispering leaves an incipient adventure unfurls. The quest. In the lull – not the drowsy lull of a lullaby – but the sotto voce of a woodland clearing, scented with story as it is with wild garlic; this is the moment of beginning, the pause on the threshold before the journey. So many tales begin here, hard by a great forest …”

 -Jay Griffiths –

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”

– Erin Morgenstern –

‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.’
– Albert Einstein –

“You are still seeking outside, and you cannot get out of the seeking mode. Maybe the next workshop will have the answer, maybe that new technique. To you I would say: Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”

 – Tolle, Eckhart –


”I weigh the sea
I weigh the storm
I weigh a thousand stories long.
I weight my mother’s fortitude and my father’s eyes
I weigh the way they look at me
I weigh strength and fearless and the warrior in me.
I weigh all the pain and trauma that made me see
that I have more galaxies inside me than tragedies.
We all weigh joys and darkness and goodness and sin you see, we are infinite within this skin we are in.
So when they ask you what you weigh
you don’t need to look down at any scale.
Instead, simply tell them the truth,
tell them how you
weigh whole universes
and storms and scars and stories too.”

– Nikita Gill –

The first time I called myself a “Witch”
was the most magical moment of my life.
– Margot Adler –

In fairy tales, the tasks which must be undertaken are the stuff of which souls are forged. At the heart of them is transformation:
They help us to believe in the possibility of change. We come to see that there are other ways of imagining the world and our place in it – and of living more intensely, and more richly, in a world that is filled with challenge, and sorrow.
– Sharon Blackie –

“Women’s stories have not been told. And without stories there is no articulation of experience. Without stories a woman is lost when she comes to make the important decisions of her life. She does not learn to value her struggles, to celebrate her strengths, to comprehend her pain. Without stories she cannot understand herself. Without stories she is alienated from those deeper experiences of self and world that have been called spiritual or religious. She is closed in silence. The expression of women’s spiritual quest is integrally related to the telling of women’s stories. If women’s stories are not told, the depth of women’s souls will not be known.”
– Carol P. Christ –

“The Celts saw no great divide between humans and the rest of creation. In the Otherworld human souls and animal souls dwelt together with the gods. Because animals possessed spirit, or soul, permission had to be sought from the gods before they were killed, and ritual reparation made. The Celts believed in transmigration of souls, which meant that the next life might well be lived in animal form.

Celtic religion and magic seem to have been intimately bound up with the powers of animals. Some creatures were considered so Otherworldly that sorcerers were needed to herd them- Celtic swineherds were also powerful magicians. Animal powers were deliberately sought and used in a manner we might describe today as shamanic.”

– Anna Franklin –

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