xenotopia (a strange place)

14 Responses

  1. you cannot know. you CAN NOT KNOW,

    how so so beyond Excellent and Wonder FULL this post is for me…
    you say….What do i rely on?
    What do i rely on.
    oh, CatherinE….thank you. THANK YOU

  2. Mo Crow says:

    thank you for your deep heart, powerful words and art in this strange new world

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks for your comment, Mo. The strange place becomes a little easier when familiar people are there.

  3. Thank you, Catherine, for this heart-felt post, for introducing me to the word Xenotopia, and for the link to Layli LongSoldier’s powerful piece. I just read a reflection by the mythologist Sharon Blackie https://sharonblackie.net/ in which she points out that, although we may think of many old stories as quests to find “the answer,” in many others (especially the Grail stories) the quest is to find The Right Question. You & Grace are helping me find Questions that offer me a solid place to stand in this current Xenotopia: What is Trust? What do I Trust? What do I rely on? Thank you

  4. jude says:

    no anger, simply screaming now, to clear the passage for flow.

  5. Marti says:

    To put down words that may not feel comfortable, to speak from the depth of yourself, is to transform, is to reach out and connect in such a heartfelt way. Thanks Catherine for putting yourself forth; for educating, for giving. In a moment of synchronicity, I quoted from Ursula LeGuin on a comment that I just made on grace’s blog.

    How do we go forward? Where is our path? What are our trail markets? For me, Trust is one sign post: We trust in each other and in ourselves, we hold or do not hold anger, fear, sadness…we stand and face and we hope that we will find a way back from what feels like exile…

    • Catherine says:

      Exile, right. I’ve been learning about Thich Nhat Hanh lately. One of his calligraphies says “I have arrived. I am home.” Trying to feel the sense of this.

  6. Nancy says:

    I am reminded of this book: The Three Questions

    “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?”

    So much is in the looking, asking, timing. Thank you for this post. You wrote it when you most needed to for you and we gratefully receive your words/voice.

    I too am considering ‘trust’, and have not written about it (except in emails to Grace)…but I also find it everywhere…like today at the dentist getting a crown fitted/made – sitting with my mouth wide open, eyes shut from the light & close faces…trusting all will go/be well.
    A word for Big ideas and small ones too.

    • Catherine says:

      You are so right, once we start looking for it, trust is everywhere. We’re noticing the interconnections. Then we get a disruption like a shortage of toilet paper and it really affects us.

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