Wise Woman Ezine with Susun Weed
December 2005
Volume 5 Number 12
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The Goddess Speaks ...
Come Home for the Holidays
by JoAnne Dodgson

Come Home for the Holidays
by JoAnne Dodgson

author of Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.


Imagine what it'd be like if the only gift that you shared this holiday season was you. There'd be no shop-til-you-drop. No wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. No maxing-out credit cards or carefully counting loose change to determine how much you can afford to spend. What would it be like to simply share the gift of being you? And who is the you that you’d share?

It's so easy to leave ourselves behind in a frenzied holiday rush, trying to wrap our love up with ribbons, light our lives up with candles, and search for belonging in crowded events. We can end up overwhelmed and exhausted, wondering where all the magic went. As the new year rolls around, we make fervent vows to, once and for all, change our ways, only to realize that soon we’re caught up once again in the sameold same old. Blinded by the belief that happiness is somewhere out-there, we easily ignore what’s ready to be discovered if only we’d take a look inside.

Art by Aumrita CrystalSo come home for the holidays. The holidays are a beautiful time to unwrap the bindings and step out of the boxes which confine us. We can let go of the shoulds and supposed-to’s which weigh us down and keep us hidden and hiding. We can untangle ourselves from longstanding legacies, honoring what has been, and bring what it is deeply nourishes us into the here and now.

Setting aside our own and others’ expectations, we’re able to more clearly see our choices. Reaching beyond old wounds and past regrets, leaving behind the if-only’s and could-have-beens, we can explore the mysteries and magic of all the seasons of our lives as we walk our chosen path. There's boundless compassion and joy that live within each of us. There's unconditional love to be shared all around.

So come home for the holidays. Embrace the beauty and magic of your own soul. Awaken all that's waiting to be discovered, right there inside you. What do you love? Rediscover your passions. What do you really want? Reclaim your vast inner knowing. How do you choose to celebrate the holidays? What gatherings, rituals, foods and traditions are nourishing for your soul? Let your holiday celebrations authentically reflect who you are. Be creative. Enjoy the adventure. Remember to play. Create sacred space this holiday season. Share the spectacular gift of simply being you.

Copyright © 2005 by JoAnne Dodgson


JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D. is a healer, teacher and medicine storyteller in ancient Peruvian medicine ways, Ka Ta See. 

She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing and workshops.  JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.



JoAnne's writings include medicine stories and five books: Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.


Stories by JoAnne Dodgson



Online Courses by JOANNE DODGSON

new Shaman's Circle: Earth Spirits and Guides
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life. Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony. Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

Price: $49.95

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new Manifesting with the Moon
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams. 

Price: $49.95

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