Book Two Complete! Proof Copies on the Way!

I thought The Miracle Teachings would take two months to update, format and edit. It took five. I guess we never know when we start a “journey” what that experience is really going to be. Obviously, it is for my own learning! Here are two excerpts from Mary Oliver’s insightful verse, “The Journey.”

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles…..

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones,
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn…..

The “voices” are inside, of course, shouting “Why bother?” Or, “It’s already been written.” Or, “So you think you have something to share?”
And the “fallen branches and stones” for me would be the life I’ve lived until now, messy and misguided as it might be, all of it leading to moments of inner stillness, all of it leading to a magnificent inner wonder and gratitude for the journey, and everything else.

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2 Responses to Book Two Complete! Proof Copies on the Way!

  1. Steve Collins says:

    Congratulations Pam! “Fallen branches and stones” remind me of a canoe trip a friend and I took down the Baraboo River a few years ago. We started at Baraboo but our way was littered by many tree dead-falls. Some we were able to pull or push the canoe over and through but some we had to actually portage around. About 4 or 5 hours latter we reached the way-side on highway 33 near the interstate where we pulled the canoe out of the water, loaded it on top of the van, and went home. The trip was strenuous, tiring but very rewarding and both of us look back on this experience as one of the best canoe excursions either of us had ever made! The point is hardships and difficulties never blurred our vision of the goal, and in fact made reaching the goal that much sweeter.

    Again congratulations! And remember writing the book was the primary goal; two months was important but secondary.


  2. Alastair Caine says:

    Congratulations, Pam, on reaching the first caravanserai, with the stars burning above it!
    Here’s a quote from Ursula le Guin:
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
    Continue to enjoy your journey, and all the blessings along the way.


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