There is a story I want to remind you of...
It feels relevant to this moment.
Some say the story begins in July of 1976.
But when you listen for the story, you realize this couldn't possibly be true.
Two men who were about to become kidnappers-- lost a load of cash in a real-estate deal-- and decided to remedy the situation by hijacking a schoolbus filled with 26 children.
The plan: hold the kids (ages of 5-14) for randsom for 5 million dollars.
But this was before cell phones, and when all the phone lines jammed from hysterical parents, the kidnappers were stuck driving the children and their bus driver around for 11 hours.
They eventually transported their captives to a quarry.
The kidnappers loaded the children into a buried moving truck in the quarry, and covered the lid with 100’s of pounds of batteries.
The children were burried alive.
Linda Carrejo Labendeira remembered, 'There was no ventilation, just a battery fan that died. It was like a grave, dark.'
The children and the bus driver (they called him Ed) believed there was no way out.
Some did nothing.
Huddled together and waited for death to come for them.
But after 16 hours, the bus driver, Frank Edward "Ed" Ray, along with a few children, decided to attempt to escape despite that all of the obvious signs told them they couldn't.
They fought against the story that it was over…
...even when all logic said it was over.
And as the story goes, the bus driver, Ed, and a few of those kids, made a herculean accomplishment when they pushed through the top of the buried vehicle and escaped.
When Nine-year-old Brown was asked, "Why do you suppose they would do something like that?"
Brown said, "I don't know. They didn't have enough love."
The group has been researched time and time again about the lasting impacts of untreated trauma.
Many developed fears to things such as "cars, the dark, the wind, the kitchen, mice, dogs and hippies," Many of the children continued to report symptoms of trauma at least 25 years after the kidnapping, including substance abuse and depression, and a number have been imprisoned for "doing something controlling to somebody else."
My friend Amy told me this story…she heard it from her trauma therapist.
There is a key into this story that is often lost in the facts.
The children who
-- against all of the odds--
--against all reason--
--used their life force to keep fighting for life--
went on to live "well adjusted lives"
and did not suffer from the same level of trauma of their peers who did not make any attempts in the face of impending doom.
This is a story worthy of telling.
Here’s to meeting the moment you are in.
And engaging the most radical tool in our human arsenal
~ our imagination~
when the stories may appear to be leading us toward another conclusion.
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New York City, December 21st 8-10 pm
The Story of The Witch: An evening of reclaiming the myth with story, plant medicine and alchemy...
The Alchemist Kitchen: Limited Tickets
Kauai, January 27-28th, North Shore
Myth, Magic, and Medicine 2 Day Workshop
I'm joining forces with creatrix Kim Murriera to combine the creative process of writing with creating art. We will delight in meeting in her jungle studio on the North Shore of Kauia. We will combine writing /story/ and crafting in the arts studio. "There’s a chamber of creative expression in every human being that when set in motion awakens our infinite wellspring of inspiration, intuition and wisdom," says Kim.
Maui, February Feb 16th & 17th,
Change You Story...Change Your Life 1.5 Day Workshop
We'll gather to reweave an unfold the stories in our life, and try our hand at exploring new ways to work with old stories.
Boonville, California, Feb 24-28th
The Story of The Witch 5 Day Retreat
I am looking forward to joining forces with Riyana Rosa Sang to create this one of a kind retreat at the beautiful Bell Valley Retreat.
Join us for five-day long immersion where we will delve into the potent mythology of the witch while developing your storytelling skills and personal mythology, renewing your relationship to sacred practices, and crafting herbal remedies for the modern world.
In this deep dive, experiential retreat, we will reclaim what was lost during the Burning Times and throughout centuries of oppression, patriarchy, racism, and colonization, and rediscover for ourselves the knowledge and magic of our lineages, stories, bodies, and the earthbody of nature.
We will work with the archetype of the witch as it has been carried through time, incorporating herbal medicine, plant magic, and ritual to support an alchemical process of stepping into the power of a new story while weaving our healing practices, creative work, activism, and personal transformation into the magic of the Great Turning.
Truth be told, I wasn't planning on adding any more online courses until mid 2018. But this 4-week online course is back by popular demand.
Myth, Magic & Medicine:
Storytelling For A New Paradigm
January 10- 31st, 2017
Meets every Wed from 5-7pm PST / 8-10pm EST
- Join an online community that is committed to stepping into the stories they carry with intention to bring medicine to the times they are living in.
- Work in small groups and with a committed partner
Ignite your creativity while learning stories from around the world. Explore how the stories that surround you inform your wold view.
Reweave, rewrite, re-imagine how you can tell the stories you love, and the stories that come though you.
This is for the creator who has great self discipline but wants some guidance and structure. You will receive 4 audio classes to work with at your own pace. You will lead through writing exercises that give you the space to explore the myths that run your life, the medicine that is yours to give, and your capacity to shape the stories you live with.
And Now For Some
Life Enhancing Green Gift Ideas
This tradition started last year...feature great products, great people, great EXEPERIENCES as a way of providing you out of the box ideas for how to give during the holidays while also having a positive impact with your money. Please note: I receive ZERO benefit or financial returns by promoting these, I merely love sharing good things.
Your Sweet Treat
I saw K.D. Lang sing in a small house concert last month.
I may never be the same again.
WARNING: once you play this video once, you may be compelled to watch over and over.
"Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means 'Glory to the Lord.' The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It's a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion."
“The world is as beautiful
as it ever was. It is changing, but then it
always has been. This is a good time to
change, and remain beautiful, with it.”