Wendy E. Slater has done it again! Like a surgeon with a scalpel, Wendy masterfully slices through the tough shell of the human experience, to discover what resides deep within. Piercing through tissue, muscle and bone, Wendy’s words get to the heart of the matter – where we feel everything the human experience has to offer: pain, humiliation, shame, sorrow, separation, ecstasy, intimacy, passion, wonder, love and joy. Pointed and raw, Wendy’s words force the reader to confront what is real. It is for this reason that I love Wendy’s work! Thank you Wendy for another masterpiece! As always, I look forward to your next release!
Wendy E. Slater is a mystical poet presently living in Vermont. She has three published volumes in her Traduka Wisdom Poetry Series of spiritually inspired poetry. Wendy embraces the clarity and awareness in her daily life that the spiritual is radian and evident even in the seemingly mundane. She lives her life in accordance with this wisdom and the understanding that the most complex concepts can be expressed succinctly with simplicity.
I don’t remember what initially caused our lives to intersect, but since coming to know Wendy E. Slater, I have found in her a soul-sister, fellow shit-disturber, priestess, goddess and healer. When I was flat on my back with a raging ear infection last fall, Wendy showed up with her Shamanic gifts and helped support my healing. For this, I will be ever, eternally grateful. Wendy’s poetry rocks me to the core and sings to my soul – songs of the feminine angst, sexual tension, the ecstasies and agonies of love and just plain REALNESS. More than anything, Wendy exposes the fullness of what it means to be human and what it means to be fully female in a masculine-dominated world. I love her work, but more than this, I love her Soul and the gifts she brings to humanity in its transition from ignorance into true seeing, fear into love. Thank you Wendy!
Of the Flame, Poems-Volume 15by Wendy E. Slater is the second in the series of her spiritual poetry or “vision quest poetry” to be published. The poetry continues to chronicle the inner journey of self-discovery and the Divine, awakening us to our own Truth as we travel the path, the personal journey, and awaken from the illusory separation of self and Divinity. Subsequently, self-forgiveness allows us to surrender to our wholeness without false perfection. When we cast blame and self-judgment aside, we transform, heal, and reawaken from “the mythos” of separation and become One.
“Wendy E. Slater’s new volume of poetry, Of the Flame, reads like a smoking bowl of hot chilis right off the griddle. Consider this, ‘Who is omniscient / Lies in wait / On the porch / To eat your ego alive,’ and further, ‘The unfolding / Is in the forest of my love, / Mysterious unchartered territory.’ Profound, gutsy, full of life and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of passion and flame, indeed. Highly recommended.”
—John A. Perks, author of The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant Ven. Seonaidh Perks, Celtic Buddhist Lineage
“Once again Wendy E. Slater turns her unique poetic talents, her gritty voice and her lyrical intensity to an exploration of the self, in contexts that demand a cunning navigation between the longing for companionship and the need for independence, between contemporary society’s false glitter with its plastic wrapped apparent perfection and the true beauty that the mind demands but also fears. Hers is a world of shopping malls and tigers, AstroTurf and mountains, mud puddles and flame, contrasts that fuse into a powerfully rewarding poetic whole.”
—Rosemary Lloyd, Litt.D (Cambridge), scholar and translator, and author of Baudelaire’s World
“Wendy E. Slater revels in all aspects of love. Love between people—love’s longings—the bittersweet aspects of loving—even the forgiving parts of love. Using short choppy lines in forceful poetics, she explains her feelings, her wishes and the boundaries of love. She describes the ‘Coral majesty of fishes / In ecstatic hues / Of tropical vibration’ and ‘A bouquet / Of spring flowers / All ways / Unfolding in the Breath’s / Sacred exhale’ in terms of life itself. Ms. Slater successfully writes with intelligence and knowledge about the feelings and interactions between people and their effects on one another. She reaches the core and uncovers the basis. Each reader will relate to her words based on their own lives. We will all benefit from her poems providing this insight. To sum up this latest book of poems, Wendy E. Slater writes about humanity with a ceaseless and challenging purpose.”
—D.R. Deutsch, Poet-In-Residence, Port Chester, Rye Brook Public Library
Wendy E. Slater:
My life experience continues to be a personal healing journey of self knowledge, gained by participating in and or observing all facets of my own life story. I seek the meaning of life by giving my own life meaning. Originally a liberal arts student in the 1980’s, I gravitated toward science (i.e., the genetics of small captive societies) during my years of academic study and increasingly became aware, and an advocate, of the interconnectedness of all living things.
This understanding was refined through the years with the help of a holistic medical doctor who introduced me to his world of alternative, nontraditional medicine, beginning with ortho molecular medicine and vitamin therapy, and culminating, among other things, with acupuncture, homeopathy, intuitive healing, radionics, psychic healing, shamanistic healing, herbs, essences, and Chi Gong.
Like Diogenes searching the world for an honest man, I searched traditional and nontraditional medicine for healing. My journey made me increasingly aware that all human societies, throughout the Ages, in each era or geographic location, recognize healers, regardless of the nature of the treatments offered, who communicate with life force energy, external to the individual but at the same time resident within the self.
My realization that balance between these forms of life force energies is key to well-being led me to study and gain experience in radionics, homeopathy, iridology, and meditation; as a Reiki Master Teacher, a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner and self-help instructor, and as a student of Tibetan Yoga teacher training; and in Chi Gong, the healing properties of herbs, flower and gem essences, healing crystals and gems, and quantum healing.
I love how chance (or perhaps it is fate) brings us exactly what we need exactly when we need it. This is how I came upon the heart-rendering poetry of Wendy E. Slater, in her latest release, Into the Hearth. “Heart-rendering” is exactly what happens when one feeds upon the words out of which I imagine Wendy’s own heart was reborn and made whole. At least that was my experience when feasting upon her words. Part confession, part soul-retrieval, one is laid bare through the gentle nuances of Wendy’s willingness to be naked, vulnerable and uncompromisingly honest about the midlife journey of “Everywoman” – born out of the pain of loss and out of the labor of the Soul’s excavation, exhuming the corpses of what has been to discover what will be. Thank you Wendy for baring your own Soul so that other women, like you, might be free in the true liberation that midlife brings.
I get it. Totally.
Like the full moon beaming
From my head,
I have failed as
A non-smoking, yoga, retreatee,
Crippling colored waters
That do me no good.
I know I belong with a beer,
An occasional smoke,
Freedom to choose
Who I love and what I love
When for me, I love
To leave and will in 5 days,
First class if I have to
As a celebration of my
Success of knowing
Where I belong and who I am.
If I dove up and
Through the arched and veined
Dome of ivy trellised
Over the crown
Would I reach through to you
And would I find
Myself at home
In the stars, of the ocean
And in the forest
Clasped as 2 hands
In a voyage
Of the unknown
And trust in the
Surrendering all the feminine
Into your masculine
Dowry of treasures unfolding
As sacred nectar
Cultivates and ripens
To flower in the always,
Wisdom to be
As we disrobe
Poems copyright 2015 Wendy E. Slater. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Wendy E. Slater lives in Vermont. After a 20 year hiatus from writing poetry, 20 volumes of spiritual poetry were written starting during a trip to Scotland in 2001. You can learn more about Wendy, her poetry and services at www.traduka.com.
During this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we explored the fruitful time we are now entering into….the time of the VOID. Void time arrives after all the work has been done and the seeds planted and all we can do is WAIT. The void is a time of both reward for work well done and preparation for the new life that is waiting to BURST FORTH…..interestingly….sometime around Easter this year (April 4-5). While the Superhero Report is usually only available by subscription (SUBSCRIBE HERE
and also receive the weekly Authentic Freedom Virtual Church video service and meditation newsletter), I thought this so critical to where we are moving as a species, that I chose to make it available to all! In celebration of the VOID time….I share with you two poems about entering into the VOID. Enjoy!
Sitting in the Void
Copyright 2015 Lauri Ann Lumby
Sitting in the void.
Quiet and Still.
Waiting for what has been to take root within…
Or quietly pass away.
Breathing. Sighing. Resting.
A seed in the soil
Where there is nothing else to do but
Listening in the silence
For a trickle of rain,
The rush of the wind,
The warmth of the sun penetrating the earth.
Here in the darkness, there is nothing to see –
Only a wall of dirt – as in a grave.
In a grave that is not a grave,
Something unimaginable –
Wholely and completely new and unknown
Is waiting to be born.
As all at once a seed becomes a tree – so shall it be for me.
Time Standing Still
Copyright 2015 Lauri Ann Lumby
What does one write when there are no poems to be written,
No words to be said,
No songs to be sung?
When all one can do is wait…
In this place where time is void.
When all that can be done has been done
And there’s nothing left to plan…
or figure out.
After the Universe exhales
And before She takes her next breath
Pressing pause –
Holding our breath
Almost afraid to breathe –
Not wanting to interrupt Universe’s creation
Knowing if a butterfly is removed too soon from its shell it will die –
Not desiring a similar fate for ourselves.
Joining with time where time is void and simply standing still.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration of my Celtic ancestry….and the Irish in all of us, I share with you two poems born out of my Celtic heart! (both to be included in my upcoming book, Happily Ever After – from co-dependency to the fulfillment of love) For the Celtic in all of us! Slainte!
Irish sensibility in a single phrase means, “all senses firing.”
A courageous openness and compelling urge to
move toward all things…
Daring to embody the full extent of feelings, sensations, ideas and experiences
Especially those which others might avoid –
Desolation, despair, disease, and death.
Irresistably drawn toward darkness, suffering and pain.
Curiosity for the macabre or raw, unbridled courage?
Perhaps they are one and the same.
Irishness comes with a certain measure of masochism
But not for the sake of one’s own misery,
But for the sake of understanding so that we may be present for another there.
Not as voyeurs, but in an overwhelming out pouring of unconditional support.
We’ve been there.
Defining Irish hospitality, not by our food, our damp climate, houses smelling of peat, or the aroma of drying wool, but by our ability to be with you in your pain, remaining there until every tear has been spilt, every rage unfurled, and every heartbreak repaired.
Thirteen of the Thirteen
Left foot first, sword in hand
13 of the 13 of the 13
The sword of truth
To think and dream and write
Her pen is her sword.
Of elfin ancestors.
Daughter of the Tuatha de Daanan and Pictish warriors.
The journey of the Soul, I have learned, comes in fits and starts. Sometimes seemingly stagnant, sometimes dead and lying in the grave, sometimes dancing naked in the streets – a journey that we want like heck to control, but one we must instead learn to surrender to. After taking a huge step forward yesterday by moving through one of my biggest fears (public speaking), I found myself writing poetry again. Who knew that this was what was waiting for me to get over myself? I’m sharing one of the fun poems that came out of yesterday’s creative burst. After playing with this poem, ask yourself, “What is lying in wait for me when I move through that next big fear?????” (PS Thank you Rob Zombie, Motley Crue and Disturbed for being today’s muse!)
Rock and Roll God
You may have your god in flowing white robes, hands in pious prayer, basking in his golden hue.
In anticipation of the upcoming release party for my latest book, Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself, I am sharing a poem written by Samantha Smith. Samantha Smith graduated from Lawrence University with a major in Gender Studies and minors in History and English. She is going on to pursue a degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago this fall, and after that will attend Dominican University for a degree in Library and Information Science. Aside from her career interests in archival science, she enjoys sharing food and conversation with friends, writing poetry and prose, and creating visual art pieces. Thank you Sam for sharing your beautiful poetry and even more beautiful self with my readers!
I collect pictures with pinchers,
Waiting on sentiment, a lonely friend.
Together brittle limbs carry weighted tragedy.
Sprains, inflammation, torn muscles ensue,
I try so hard to constantly carry you.
Your body dead and under,
I resurrect it in your dust-lined graves,
Sprinkled around the house, in every memory.
Forgiveness looms in the background,
I know a body’s there but I dare not turn around.
SOUL is the unique way you are creatively gifted to find meaning, purpose and connection. Soul, when engaged, leaves you feeling fulfilled, content and whole. My mission is to help you BIRTH YOUR SOUL. To schedule a one-on-one session or to learn more about how you might host a class, workshop or retreat, please contact me, Lauri Ann Lumby, at (920) 230-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Returning, A Woman’s Midlife Journey To Herself, Lauri Ann Lumby shares her journey of self-love and spiritual exploration, with startling honesty.
Lumby refers to the poems as unedited, saying “the last thing we need when writing to find ourselves is someone telling us our poetry is crap”. The poems are nonetheless fluid and flowing. Sometimes rhyming, sometimes not, they are always accessible and revealing– the outpouring of feelings and observations of a woman who is allowing herself to know how she feels about herself and her life.
Subjects include the progression of a love affair from first love till separation, and the writer’s relationship with her body– years of trying to starve herself through to being happy with being a larger clothes’ size. At times I felt both the joy and discomfort of eavesdropping on personal thoughts.
If you are fed up of self help authors who give the impression that having found self-love or God, their life is now endlessly easy, you will be glad of this very honest account of a woman who shares her journey and invites us to make our own.
If you run any kind of writing group in which women are willing to explore how they truly feel about themselves and their lives, the writing exercises– many for each of the seven chapters–will be useful tools in sparking the creative expression of your group. The book would be relevant to those teaching therapeutic writing for well being.
Read it for its honesty. You will know yourself better through reference to the open sharing of another.
Katherine T Owen
– Every problem is an invitation to reconnect with Love.
Katherine T Owen spent fourteen years of her life bedbound with CFS/ME with little movement and little speech. Now she walks and talks again.
Katherine’s primary spiritual practices are those of love and forgiveness. Through these, she remembers and celebrates our Oneness with God and with each other. She is author of It’s OK to Believe– A Journey with Faith and Reason. Spiritual poems and prose take the reader on a thought-provoking journey to reconcile the questioning mind with belief in a God of love.
Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself, lays bare the complexity and beauty of the midlife pursuit of authenticity. Through poetry and prose, Lauri Ann Lumby reveals how creative expression leads to understanding, wisdom and fulfillment. With writing, drawing and reflection exercises, Returning becomes more than a confession, inviting you to plumb the depths of your soul for the magnificent treasures held within.
Returning is for women between the ages of 30 and 70 who are no longer occupied with childbearing and are in the process of birthing themselves! The trick, however, is that sometimes we don’t know that is what is happening to us…all we feel is the flood of emotions that accompany this stage in a woman’s development: irritability, restlessness, impatience, sadness, anxiety, depression, physical aches and pains. What we often don’t know is that all of these emotions are there to WAKE US UP! It is time to stop being servant to others and start serving ourselves! Midlife (peri-menopause, menopause) is a time of profound transformation, change and empowerment….if we choose to allow this. It is also a time of retraining and renegotiating….retraining our partners and children to begin to take care of themselves and renegotiating agreements made in relationship. During midlife….our truest, most authentic, most creative, most empowered, most courageous, most fun and frivolous parts of ourselves are trying to be known.
Returning is a resource to help women along this journey. Through poetry and prose, along with CREATIVE exercises, you are empowered to WAKE UP, to let go of your illusions, to re-examine your relationship with love, longing and work….but most importantly, you are empowered to DREAM amazing dreams and to BECOME the most amazing version of yourself you can possibly imagine! AND…you don’t have to do it alone!
Returning; A Woman’s Midlife Journey to Herself lays bare the complexity and beauty of the feminine archetype. Author Lauri Lumby shares her own journey of naiveté, hope, disillusionment, longing, acceptance, wisdom, and empowerment with the courage and revelation only one who has been on this journey can muster. She dares readers to share in this fearless exploration with writing prompts that invite deep reflection and self-acknowledgment.
Phrases like, ”My heart wants peace 300 year old oak peace” sing to the soul a song so ancient, we are compelled to respond. Lauri leads us into the shadows and shows us the light that comes from within. It is a triumphant journey, and an endless one.
Pick up Returning, a box of crayons, and a big, blank journal, and create a mid-life retreat for yourself. You will laugh and cry and feel deep gratitude for the guide you hold in your hands, and the one who lives deep in your heart.
Prudence Tippins, co-author of Two of Us Make a World and author of Faces of the Goddess
Drumroll please…………Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself is LIVE and available for purchase NOW. Buy it HERE!More than a confession, Returning provides inspiration, support and comfort for women navigating the dangerous waters of midlife. For women between the ages of 30 and 70, who are looking for practical and FUN tools for inspiring your creativity as you are busy BIRTHING YOURSELF!!!!! It is a spiritual journey, an emotional journey and a physical journey. Poetry. Essays. Writing prompts. Creativity prompts. Bring your crayolas, an empty journal and a writing utensil. But more importantly….make room for YOURSELF! Forget menopause, perimenopause, this is time for your SACRED PAUSE!