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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Write Your Book of Kin

Several months ago, I set out to challenge readers to begin writing a Book of Kin. As a writer, a storyteller, I'm always reading and listening. Lately, I've become more aware that idle chit-chat is difficult to maintain for a sustained period of time and in fact drains me of energy. I crave story. Story engages me and draws into me a divine sustaining energy. I want more of this from people--actually I expect this now.

Story reveals the essence of our being and claims us as co-creators. Stories cannot be hurried. Shortened, yes, but not hurried. A story captures an event fixed in the element of time and preserves the essence. Since we entered the information age, where technology reigns, oral storytelling--the tradition of meeting face to face and sharing moments of awareness has waned. So if we want to preserve this element of human essence we must write. Some may begin by writing electronically or recording, but don't forget that there is an energetic behind pen and paper when others handle that paper in the future.

"What can help the [children]newcomers to the world determine where the truth and where the falsehood lies...the Book of Kin. In it a mother and a father will write for their son and daughter about what is the most important thing that needs to be created for happiness in life. The children will continue to record the Book of Kin. There will be no wiser and truer books for families anywhere on the Earth. All the knowledge of their pristine origins will be poured into it." (p.244, Book 6:The Book of Kin)

Think about it--what is the most important thing that needs to be created for happiness in life? I still get a quick catch in my throat when presented with this question. However, it doesn't take long for my mind to respond because I've created an image. A Space of Love. How the space is created is the story for your Book of Kin.

If you started a Kin Domain book, where would you start? Anastasia, the visionary of the Ringing Cedar Series and of Kin Domains, says to begin your Book of Kin with your own birth, your name, and then ask for what purpose and with what thoughts you take up the pen and start this important book. Next, write about what plan you have for the future and from there the rest will follow. It may come in fits and starts, but it will come and it will hold all the knowledge of your pristine origins.

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