What My Soul Wants —

Looking back through old notebooks — five years ago I asked my soul what it wanted, and here is the answer: solitude, work, fulfillment, delivery into the world, freedom, acceptance, company, fluidity, enhancement, enchantment, renewal, completion, expression, to see itself in the world manifest, to be who it is, to not hide, to be more than 1/10 of who I am, to partake of my creativity, to connect with the All, to be fully whole and present in me, to infuse the physical world —

“Air Washed by Water,” Max Ernst, 1969


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Meditations on the Holy Cross published in book form and Ebook

Meditations on the Holy Cross
Meditations on...
By John Warren Oakes...

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heartWe want to hoard love, for we feel we never had enough or could ever have enough, but the more we give away, the more the gateway of the heart opens to receive. (Image from unknown source; passage from my work in progress, Writings from the Spiritual Imagination)

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Many times failure is just a different kind of success than we had in mind —

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“The Next Big Thing”

9781936138524_Leave_COVER copy(1)I was tagged by Donna Hilbert for the blog-o-sphere interview, “The Next Big Thing,” and I’m sharing my responses below –

What is the title or working title of your book?
Leave Here Knowing, published by Wind in February 2013.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
From wherever poems come from. It is my belief that if there is not at least one line in a poem that just comes into one’s mind, then the poem will not be any good.

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
LHK is a book of poems, but there are some characters in the poems. Kali could be played by Salma Hayek or Kim Kardashian (just kidding here), Lilith by Tilda Swindon, Sappho by Angelina Jolie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It is the record of the spiritual journey of who I am as an individual in this incarnation through time and space. (I know!)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is published by Wind Publications, editor Charlie Hughes.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Some poems are as recent as a year ago; some are from twenty years ago – most are within the last ten years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I hope all the poets I’ve loved, whose names are legion, show up here in some way.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are poems about mothers, poems written from the point of view of past lives, poems attempting to allegorize Bardo, and poems about being both a material and spiritual being and living at the intersection of these two worlds.

Donna’s most recent book of poems is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, and her blog is at http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3748273-the-next-big-thing



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One Thing/One Way/One Wish/One Dream
One thing to let go of – society’s idea of status and what is important
One thing to remember – that I came here with a mission
One thing to cherish – love given and received
One way to grow – by opening
One way to learn – with a zen mind of experience, good or bad, being the important thing
One thing to tell – something from my own true voice
One way to help open the world – to know that I don’t have to have experienced something or seen it for it to be true or to have happened
One way to love the world – to know it for its gifts and then to give them back
One thing to remember – love is the energy of the universe. Everything wants to live to experience it
One way to be transparent – to be unafraid of the dark places
One thing not necessary – regrets
One thing necessary – to look at the world with no pre-judging
One way to live forever – to live now
One way to live now – to forget about forever
One way to see the world as it is – unlearn everything
One way to heal the world – to remember that everything in it – animate or inanimate – is me. There are no boundaries
One wish – to know for sure what is
One dream – to be and not to be at the same time

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Cryptic Universe

The ego is not meant to be our GPS system.

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How The Angels Work

How the angels work: silently, endlessly, lovingly, sublimely, willingly, mysteriously, surprisingly, communally, secretly, individually, truly, diligently, unquestionably, unfathomably, unerringly, carefully, unselfishly, powerfully, profoundly, intensely, faithfully, gracefully, beautifully, purely, miraculously, creatively, secretly, quietly, voluntarily, anonymously, unexpectedly, gladly, . . .

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Guest Words

“Walking in the shoes of another is an impossible task. Walking in the shoes that fit your feet is an accomplishment!” Rev. Jackie Bumm

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Feast Day St. Teresa of Avila

10/10 is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila — here’s a quote: “All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.”

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