By Dr. Jennifer Marie Lane HEART ALCHEMY

Do The Good Work — See Your Patterns & Be Courageous Enough To Break Them

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By Jennifer Marie Lane

Truly, to hope in this day and age is an act of rebellion.

The cultivation of hope is not always pretty and pink. The process can be quite bleak at times. But through all the despair and heartbreak, may we not lose hope. May we not ever fully give up.

So go ahead, dig into the dark soil made rich with years of death, decay and detritus. Collect dirt under chipped nails. Sweat. Curse. Praise.

Dig deeply into the terrain of Soul. Plant your seeds of hope and truth, power and love, destiny and purpose – your Soul seeds – into this good earth. Weed out that which does not serve, and let the sun and wind and earth soak up the life force of those weeds, nourishing new life, new dreams, new ways.

Reveal the unseen, underground, underworld of shadows of life, birth, and death in a more expansive, compassionate way.

Be willing to see your patterns, and be courageous enough to break them, even if it breaks your heart wide open. Cultivate hope.

In the process, you may find yourself completing relationships with people, places, work and aspects of yourself. These endings are the death and decay that richen the soil. They may not feel entirely “good” but trust that you are opening to a whole new expression of your soul, and you cannot let the fear of pain and heartbreak hold you back. Believe me. I’ve let that fear bind me, and it’s ultimately disheartening and counter to any hope of thriving.

However, consider the possibility that the negativities, the shadows, the lowest of low points, are portals for initiation, transformation, and new life, rather than dark holes of despairing self-negation. Can you willingly let yourself be taken Underneath? To undermine your limited mind? To find that which nourishes and sustains in the darkest places at the edge of giving up?

In this place, you may find a glimmer of hope, a spark of life, a remembrance of purpose. Find the strength to recommit time and time again to a soulful Life – to dig in and do the Good Work.

You are needed! You are beautiful! You are magical!

Trust that every seed, every blossom, every fruit, and every death is drawing us closer to the One Life, the One Vision, the One Heart, the One Dream. The Soul’s Sole Purpose.

For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be.

Sip a little more:

Call Into The Void: F*ck The Status Quo And Call In Possibility

Keep Your Heart Open In Hell & Practice Having A Bad Day Well

XVII (I do not love you...) I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. — Pablo Neruda

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Dr. Jennifer Marie Lane

Dr. Jennifer Marie Lane's service to the world is through her devotion to the interplay of Dreams and Embodied Life. She is a mystic, priestess, chiropractor and teacher of earth wisdom and sacred movement. She is also an author of a guidebook on dreaming: ODE: A Guide to Dreaming the World Awake. To be in her presence is to enter into a realm where body, heart, mind, soul and spirit(s) are invited to intermingle. Since 1997, Jennifer has immersed herself in the study and practice of yoga, bodywork/chiropractic, dreamwork, meditation, earth wisdom, (epi)genetics, and alchemy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and Anthropological Genetics at Stanford University, and doctorate of chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College West. She and her husband live in an RV with their two cats Pixie and Dewdrop the Dragon, teaching and inspiring Beauty, Love & Magic across the land.

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