I have a special place in my heart for people who speak in myth, symbolism, archetype, and metaphor; word nerds who love etymology, mystic poetry, and astrology; folks who build altars in the forests and beaches. I often fall into deep conversation with people who read or listen to Joanna Macy, Caroline Casey, Stephen Jenkinson, Charles Eisenstein, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Martin Shaw, and others who carry a torch of illumination.
I have a special place in my heart for those who love the old stories, who know the religious stories, who know three versions of the same myth (because I often don’t).
For those who hear a call careening through the ether in a language they do not yet understand, but really want to. For those who feel the itch—of a story, of a voice that is ready to speak and be heard—and really want to answer it.
For those who see living on the planet at this time as a full-contact sport and who are seriously wondering if it might not be about racing to save anything, but might involve something else— some kind of deep listening, some kind of slowing, some kind of restoring a few things that were lost along the way.
For those who have been struck by the lightning bolt of creativity, and the ideas and stories are coming from all directions, and they have no idea how to manage what has arrived at their doorstep.
And I have a special place in my heart for those who don’t know yet that the world of creativity is theirs for the taking, and the spigot can easily be turned on once you know how to access it.
I have a special place in my heart for those who don’t want to just witness the times we are living in; they want to live with consideration for the future descendants of this planet.
For those who want to use their voices, the words they choose, and the stories they tell to influence the world around them. To use the power of those voices to find another way of living into the world they most want to be a part of.
And I have a special place in my heart for those who read all of this and just begin to catch the scent of something they want to understand and get to know better.