One Step At A Time

Is it a voice?writing-habits

A passage of words, a diary of keepsakes?

Is it designed to be a different kind of voice because it will be heard in a different way?

I guess that’s what I hope for as the stream of energy flows through me and onto every page. 

Sometimes I imagine those faces looking at me, observing the inner dance going on and finding ways to absorb the information.

A channel of light, I like to think.

And I know some of it will meet with resistance and even criticism, do I care? What business is it of mine anyway?

But do I care? Of course I do, could I be anything else but human on this journey. I know it is all good teaching though, I remind myself that it all helps me find ways to improve what I do.

My school teachers would be quite proud of me I kid myself, but there may be some truth in that.

The school report regularly updated “Caroline could do better” More effort was needed,

I’ll give them that – well effort was made in doing things the only way I knew how to.

But effort, for efforts sake is maybe not the best reason for doing anything.

My mother would not be happy, I am sure. I imagine her wondering why I didn’t just write a nice story, as I did as a child. And I would remind her that ‘I am a story and life IS a story and we all live in that play called living.’

Some of us a little closer to the edge, of course. My edge is a precipice close to the sea, where different beings are buried or lie sleeping. Yes, that was my dream last night – a recurring dream. Sometimes the graves are deeper and I have to work a little harder to uncover the sleeping being who lies there.

The dream ties in with the feeling of needing to hold back – as I walk through my life, this story; I begin to feel that pressure of stepping forward as if there is a shroud of energy, making the atmosphere around me heavy and difficult to pass through.

Still, one step at a time, as the aching in my bones and joints yell out, one breath at a time as tiredness trys to close my eyes to it all, I know I can bring myself to the other side and move beyond its engulfing control.

One step at a time.

The emotion, of course, may wish to show itself and that is part of the dance, the fear and resistance can have their say, but cannot be an excuse for stopping dead in these tracks.

Many times I would call to this fear to lessen its hold on me. It replies with its usual voice “ but I am one of your very best friends, without me there would be no journey to explore, nothing to learn from, nothing to move beyond.”

I agree reluctantly and thank my friend called Fear, for reminding me of this and having the good grace to speak out, rather than simply be an observer from the background and corners of darkened rooms.

Those areas that I call my ‘shadow’ that are always somewhere not so very far away.

Of course in the midst of this my strong and trusty ego flatters herself that she can take charge in those more vulnerable moments and do the work necessary in the world and of course she is right.

She loves that more soulful part of my psyche, the one that every now and again needs time to play in the shadows and drink from the deep pools of forgotten lakes.

But my ego knows that without the delivery of ‘her’ work, all would remain floating on the surface of some obscure little drama pretending that ‘nothing really matters’, all was as it was meant to be, providing no risks were taken and certainly any kind of ambition would be put firmly to bed.

This she cannot allow to happen.

So as I stir up all these ingredients that are my own stage of heart, body and a rather contemporary mind of more or less than normal function (depending on ones social class or opinion on these matters) it becomes very clear to me that I might just as well get on with it and rather than worry or drop into the possibility of feeling any level of shame – if one starts to be concerned about what others think then the only emotion to explore IS shame – I know it is better to make and leave my mark,

Leaving something behind after my death rather than just pretend that I feel nothing at all, even though all the time my own little dance knows better.

And that dance, though moving through its own heaviness now and again certainly gives this kind of voice a great way to channel its information

And without it, maybe not that much would really be brought to life and offered as a different kind of poetry for a similar kind of mind, as my own.

For sure the rumblings that emerge in these writings do often come from an un-still mind and the wanderings of a lonely heart, for this is the way of many melancholic minds who awaken quite frequently out of some of the deepest sadness’s and moments of grief, into the astoundingly beautiful life we live and simply wonder how the human race became so unbelievably ridiculous, themselves included, they retreat once more into the depths of the heart and soul to gather up the medicine ways of the mind, the poetry and the dances that are an outlet for those same hidden depths, seeking the truth of our own existence.

Caroline Carey from  ‘The Circle, The Fire & The Phoenix’  ©

About Caroline Carey

Caroline is an English Grandmother and an aspiring crone~elder, an author of four books, a speaker and innovative and creative teacher, offering her work via workshops and gatherings online as well as internationally. By adapting the religious education insisted on by her family, she was able to recognise her own innate connection to God/Spirit and has been on a spiritual path since childhood. She is a champion of music, dance and poetry as healing tools since she was four years old and developed an innate understanding of the soul’s journey, a connection to physical embodiment through movement, theatre and the creative arts. Her work is harmonious with nature. Her journey has manifested as her own personal training into eldership and crone-hood, carrying the wisdom needed for stability and balance in individuals, relationships, families and communities. Mothering her six, now adult, children, gave Caroline the art of play, creativity, story-telling and opened up the deep surrender and unconditional love that motherhood can bestow. Caroline has trained in many modalities of dance, therapeutic and spiritual teacher trainings since 1986. She is a writer who has published her autobiography and four other books about her spiritual work. Her latest book, 'Middle Earth Wisdom' will be published soon. She lives in UK with her husband Ben Cole, a film-maker, a director who works with men’s initiation groups. They often offer work together, incorporating dance, presentation and film. Caroline is: A mother and grandmother A writer and poet A dancer A spiritual life coach A catalyst for change She is available to you for guidance
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