Posts by Emma Harley

The Medicine

The most powerful medicine is usually hard to swallow. In the shamanic traditions it is known that the medicine that will cure you is borne of the poison that ails you. The transmutation of one to the other is the process of healing which requires the inner courage and journey of the true Hero. Medicines…

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The Humble Truth

The Truth matters to all of us. Indeed it is very difficult, if not impossible, to consciously lie to ourselves. We all like to think that we aspire towards truth and that it guides our most important actions. That is true also of those people who might come to mind who seem to value anything…

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Peace that Defies Understanding

Last night I posted a brief comment on Facebook about today’s Palm Sunday rallies being held across the country (and no doubt across the world). I was suddenly moved with the truth of the need for action in the face yet more evidence that most of the hunger, displacement, and disease sweeping through our current…

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The Fertile Soil of Sharing

Today is International Womens’ Day and I’ve been reflecting on the many things that one could say about womanhood, or about men-and-women at this moment in history. There is so much to be said about the powerful feminine archetypes that are now working through our society (both light and shadow aspects). Yet I’m going to…

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Seeing Each Other Generously

A few recent events have made me want to write about loyalty, and in particular about loyal-heartedness. And given we have just clicked-over into the Chinese New Year of the Dog, I thought what an apt inspiration the dog and all it symbolises could be for us all throughout the year. I’m in the process…

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Nurturing Hope

All of our virtues, all of the things that keep us afloat, ebb and flow in this life. The tides move in and out, the seasons circle around, night looms, morning follows. Hope comes and goes as do the things that nourish it. The Buddhist teachings remind us that the shadow side of Hope, or…

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Holding Peace

Since my last post in January I’ve been practising ‘holding my peace’. There are many of you who probably don’t so much need to practice this at present – indeed for some of you, speaking out and expressing yourselves more might be a very good thing at a certain point in development. So this post…

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I Come Not in Peace

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the states, a day widely used to reflect on his example. So what did Martin Luther King Jr really preach? For even more than being an activist and a teacher, he was a Preacher. We identify him with race and with class, and with a struggle built on love and…

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I Have Come into this World to See This

I have stolen today’s title from Hafiz: I have come into this world to hear this: every song of stream and rock, every song of tool and lyre and flute… every song the earth should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself… Have you ever had a moment that pressed you against eternity, forever changed? A…

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Happy New Now

I know you’re all aware that the turning of a calendar year, the mere ticking over of a clock, doesn’t necessarily mean that our lives, or the happenings around us, are suddenly about to take on a different sheen or fundamentally change. Yes – it’s a good reminder, a great opportunity, to reflect on what has…

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