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Dana Reynolds

Sacred Imagination
A Letter of Good-bye

by Dana Reynolds

Dear Readers,

Thank you to all of you who have written to me with your prayers and good wishes during my recovery from surgery. There have been many moments of acute awareness these past weeks, when I have felt peace wash over me and healing taking place deep inside. I’m grateful and in awe of the power of love and grace.

I must share with you today that I will not be writing my monthly column any longer. I am being called to place all of my time and energy into the creation of a women’s spiritual/creative center, The Circle: A Gathering Place for Women, here on the Monterey Peninsula. I am starting this non-profit organization with three friends and it has quickly become a full-time job. We have had our first gathering and over fifty women attended. The response has been more than we could have ever imagined. There are countless details to tend to, much like caring for a newborn child. Sadly, this is requiring me to let go of certain pursuits and activities that I love. My column is one of these.

This has been a difficult decision to make. I have enjoyed being a part of the S.L. family for these past two years and one of the best things about writing for Soulful Living has been getting to know Valerie. Her creative vision will continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us who read this magazine. I hope to write an occasional article and in that way I will be dropping in to say hello from time to time. I’ll keep you posted on our women’s center. We are creating a model that we hope to see replicated around the country within the coming years.

These are challenging times we are living in. Gather close to those you love. Let them know how much you care. Practice forgiveness and simple gestures of loving-kindness. Pray for the leaders of the world that they will be guided to make decisions for the Highest good for all concerned. Make art. Dance. Sing. Find joy and inspiration and share it with others. Bring beauty into your daily life and spread it wherever you go. Hug your pet. Trust. Believe. Be well. Until another time, my friends…….may your sacred imagination bless you with a passionate and creative life!

Love and Blessings, Dana


Read Dana's Past "Sacred Imagination" Columns:

March 2002 - "A Message to My Readers"

February 2002 - "The Crafting of Relationship"

January 2002 - "Meditating with the Higher Self"

December 2001 - "The Prayer Cord"

November 2001 - "Explore, Express, Imagine"

October 2001 - "Seeking Sacred Alchemy"

September 2001 - "Invoking Your Muse"

August 2001 - "The Blessings of Daily Bread"

July 2001 - "Entertaining the Dream Visitor"

May 2001 - "Embracing the Whole: Choices for Conscious Living"

April 2001 "Nourishing the Souls of the Children"

March 2001 "Opening the Senses to Beauty"

February 2001 "The Eyes of Love"

January 2001 "Patterns of Authenticity"

December 2000 "Finding Peace in the Fields of Time"

November 2000 "Cultivating Gratitude: Heart-Hugs and Prayer Leaves"

October 2000 "Journey to the Center - The Sacred Mystery of the Labyrinth"

September 2000 "The Heart and Craft of Healing"

August 2000 "Transforming Life’s Challenges into Beauty and Story"

July 2000 "Sacred Spaces Invite the Muses of the Soul"

Read Dana's Soulful Living Feature Articles:

Visual Prayers

Intuition and the Sacred Imagination: The Dance of Co-creation

For ten years, Dana Reynolds has been facilitating women’s spiritual presentations and retreats nationwide. Her work as a Spiritual Midwife, one who assists women as they birth their creative gifts into the world, is the foundation of all her endeavors. Her background as a visual artist and writer enriches her Spiritual Midwifery: Birthing the Feminine Soul workshops.

As the creator of an art making process known as visual prayer, Dana teaches women how to combine ritual with sacred intention to create altars, collages, spirit dolls, and other touchstones. The creation of sacred spaces is also paramount to the Spiritual Midwifery experience. Her web-site http://www.sacredimagination.com offers samplings of her visual prayer collages, poetry, and a workshop catalogue.

Be An Angel

Dana is the author of the whimsical and colorfully illustrated book, Be An Angel, a co-creation with illustrator and graphic designer, Karen Blessen, (Simon & Schuster). Her essay, Visual Prayers is included in the anthology, Our Turn, Our Time: Women Coming of Age, edited by Cynthia Black, (Beyond Words Publishing).

Our Turn Our Time

A trained labyrinth facilitator, Dana incorporates the labyrinth and other spiritual wisdom into her retreats and workshops. She recently traveled to Chartres and Vezelay Cathedrals in France to gather information pertaining to ancient sacred mystical traditions. She currently lectures on such topics as spiritual midwifery, sacred journal keeping, feminine spiritual wisdom, and the early Christian women saints and mystics.

Dana’s life follows the spiral path from rim to center and back again. She looks for the sacred in forgotten places and openly embraces the great Mystery of life. Guiding women to the discovery of their creative inner gifts is the passion that fuels her soul.


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