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The Wild Imaginal World of Storytelling and Mirroring by Betsy Perluss 

It's a crisp September morning in the meadow above Baker Creek. All fifteen of us are huddled tightly in a circle; beach chairs and Crazy Creeks, the river nearby lined with gnarled cottonwoods and tangles of wild roses. This is the final day of the mirroring training, and we're ending with a punch! The stories have spun us together, mesmerized us into a unified whole. Images fly about like birds. How could such strange and remarkable words come out of the mouths of these people?
 

It is no wonder that at Lost Borders we talk so much about mirroring. What is this practice? Really? And more so, what is it not? We know that mirroring is deep listening and reflection. And we stress that mirroring is never about fixing or resolving. No, we claim, the aim of mirroring is always to empower and validate the gifts already present in the story. But even still, mirroring mystifies me. It is such a simple practice and yet something occurs that I just can't fully grasp. What is it that draws us down so deep? What loosens our tongues, allowing words to fly freely? What gives rise to such tears and ineffable joy? Indeed, part of what we experience remains hidden, like a coin in a magician's hand. 

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Don't go back to sleep - by Betsy Perluss

In his oft quoted poem, "Don't go back to sleep", Rumi writes, "The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep". For obvious reasons, this is a favorite poem amongst vision fast guides. The poem is a plea to stay awake for an entire night whilst crying for a vision, petitioning the unseen sun to please, please show up before madness sets in.

After the Election on Tuesday - by Pedro McMillian

After the election on Tuesday, like much of the world, we were in shock and disbelief. It felt like the ground beneath my feet was gone. Am I really such a stranger in this land? I felt suddenly like an alien.

The Dream Returns Again and Again - by Emerald North

Breaking Ground - A journey's first step

Trump’s children are stuck on top of the Jemez Mts.
They need my help.
I toss and turn as I try to figure out what they need
And how to make it.
Slowly I inch myself
Day by day

CA- Vision Fast for Women

Date: 
Nov 2nd, 2016 - Nov 13th, 2016
Location: 
Death Valley

“I see the Feminine defined as a reconnection to the Self, a commitment to the wildness within our instincts, our capacity to create and destroy; our hunger for connection as well as sovereignty, interdependence and independence, at once.”

 

– Terry Tempest Williams

CA Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Date: 
Feb 6th, 2017 - Feb 17th, 2017
Location: 
Death Valley

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for four days and nights. There you live with yourself, in perfect solitude. You surrender to the mirror of your wild environment, and to memory, the looks-within-place. You enter the mansions of nature’s soul.

The Four Shields of Human Nature: A Training for Guides, Therapists, and Human Beings

Date: 
Apr 19th, 2017 - Apr 23rd, 2017
Location: 
Cochiti Lake, NM

 “If there were a measure of “mental health,” it would involve the ability of individuals to grow into the fullness of each season--that is, the ability to fully become, or enact, the contents of each shield.”

Steven Foster, Meredith Little