By JoAnne Dodgson
mentor at the Wise Woman School
During my childhood, many summer days were spent at my grandpa's farm. Running around the fields chasing grasshoppers. Tentatively feeding horses handfuls of plucked weeds. Jumping into the swimming pool to find relief from the stifling humidity and soon shivering, teeth-chattering, from the water barely warmed by the sun. My brothers, sister and I loved to make waves in the swimming pool. Gripping the sides or sitting on the steps, we wiggled, splashed and kicked with unbridled passion to fill the waters with wild rippling waves.
Making waves. Looking back on these memories, I see now how we generated the waves with our intent, with the movement of our bodies, with our enchantment with the magic of creating change. We purposefully filled the pool with something of our own making – all the motion and diverse patterns rippling out from our bodies, the unexpected surprises in the ways the water moved, the playing together, the feeling of family, the peels of our laughter dancing around with the waters we were immersed in.
Making waves. Not just a childhood memory. We are all actually doing this every moment of our lives. Every thought we think, every word we say, every action we take sends waves into the world. The energies of these waves touch everything within us and ripple out, touching everything all around.
Very different things happen inside us when we feel or speak in anger than when we feel or speak with acceptance and the desire to learn and understand. Feelings of peace and delight, thoughts of competition and fear, send very different energies rippling out into the world, affecting everyone they touch nearby and far beyond. Like generating waves in the swimming pool, we live immersed in the world of our own making.
So is there something you want to change? In your life? Home? Community? World?
Make some waves. With purposeful intent. With unbridled passion. With your body, spirit and mind. With your actions and words and thoughts and emotions. Without a doubt about your power to create change.
by JoAnne Dodgson
mentor at the Wise Woman School
About JoAnne Dodgson
JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D, is a healer, teacher, medicine storyteller and weaver of webs of balance in ancient Peruvian medicine ways Ka Ta See, ‘living in balance from the heart.’ She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering transformational counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing, workshops and community outreach. She teaches at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.
WISE WOMAN UNIVERSITY ONLINE COURSES
Shaman's Circle: Earth Spirits and Guides
Learn ancient healing ways of the shaman to awaken and enrich your connection with the vast web of life.
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BOOKS by JoAnne Dodgson
Paperback with comb binding by Joanne Dodgson. Each copy of Moondance Journal is handmade, lovingly printed and bound by JoAnne Dodgson.
Walking the Spiral Path:
Awakening Power and Passion
Paperback with comb binding by Joane Dodgson. 113 pp. A collection of medicine stories.
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~ Triple Goddess Herbs
~ The Cervix: Gateway to Life
~ Healthy Bones The Wise Women Way
~ My Herbal Medicine Chest
~ Herbal Mouth Care The Wise Women Way
~ Magical Plants INTENSIVE
~ Chronic Problems the Wise Woman Way
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