Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
October 2007
Volume 7 Number 10
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Grandmother Speaks...
Emily's Rain Dance

by JoAnne Dodgson

Emily's Rain Dance
by JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D.
mentor at the Wise Woman University

author of Walking the Spiral Path: Awakening Power and Passion

Many beautiful gifts come along in such seemingly simple, ordinary moments. And it's often the youngest among us who have something extraordinary to share. During a holiday gathering with my family in Michigan several years ago, we were gathered outside on the porch one evening when it unexpectedly began to rain. Instantly, all the adults backed up against the walls of the house, seeking shelter beneath the roof. My four-year-old niece, however, had other ideas. Without a moment's hesitation, Emily spread her arms wide-open and lifted her face toward the sky. Smiling and laughing, she skipped barefoot around the porch, singing and shouting with glee, “It's raining! It's raining! It's raining!”

For Emily, the rain was cause for sweet celebration, a time to relish her connection with the natural wonders of life. She understood there was nothing to fear. She had no inclination to hide. Emily's dance was a striking contrast with the adults who were backed up against the walls diligently avoiding contact with the gentle raindrops which fell from the sky.

Witnessing Emily's exuberance, I wondered why I was ducking for cover. What was I hiding from? What was it that I feared? What shoulds and supposed-to's were ruling my behavior, inhibiting my own spontaneous play?

It was clear that Emily was deeply connected to something much bigger than whatever it was that was holding me back. the art of kim saulEmily openly expressed who she was and how she felt. Joining hands with the vibrant energy of life, she embodied freedom, passion, and joy.

I've thought of this night many times over the years, particularly when I find that I'm separating myself from the fullness of life,when I'm holding myself back rather than allowing what is natural and loving to be felt and celebrated and shared. Emily invited me to lift my face to the sky, to welcome the nourishment and magic raining down all around. She reminded me to dance in rhythm with the earth, to splash around in the puddles and wiggle my toes in the mud.

Emily's rain dance reminded me to play. To feel my joy. To celebrate beauty. To thrive in authentic, creative expression. To reach out with love to all that is. To sing and dance with the rain. Emily's raindance invited me to remember what lives deep in the heart of my soul.

Copyright © 2006 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

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'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. 

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The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries is essential for Pagans, feminists, and women seeking to learn more about the spiritual path as it relates to the feminine and the Goddess aspects of witchcraft and Wicca.

Z Budapest is one of the founding mothers of modern women's witchcraft, beginning with the establishment of Susan B. Anthony Coven in Los Angeles in 1971. She catapulted herself into the media spotlight when she was tried as a witch and found guilty in 1975 after being arrested on Venice Beach for reading tarot cards. She fought the charges and after a nine year battle, won the right for every tarot reader to do so legally.

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