New Video and eChapbook!

Dear Friends,

I am so thrilled to have created  the very first video in a series of videos that I will bring out this year in order to prepare the way for my forthcoming book Sophia’s Book of Healing Wisdom: 25 Illuminations for Living Soulfully. Making the video for the poem “Blessing for One About to Be Born” was a blessed experience and gift to me. Videographer extraordinaire Bob Keeton and I worked together fluidly and easily– In some ways it was as if the video  already existed and we were just “pulling it down” into being! I was also gifted to work with  the stunning photographs of Erin O’Neill and the angelic harp music of Peter Sterling in the project– which both added to the feeling of grace, beauty and completeness!

I had been envisioning a video like this for a long time, but I didn’t realize until it was coming together that I have wanted to bring poems to life in this way for many years. My dear friend and soul sister Kyce Bello, in her intuitive wise woman vision, was the one who suggested that I should make a video for this blessing poem. I had first shared the poem at her birth ceremony several years ago, and many of her mama- circle  friends have asked her for a copy of it since then. Thank you, Kyce! Your prompting was just the push needed to bring this into being.

Making this first video  has given me great inspiration to create more poem-videos– to share more poems  with the world in this exciting multi-sensory way.

Watch the video A Blessing for One About to Be Born on YouTube  here

Right now I am seeking a publisher for my new  book, Sophia’s Book of Healing Wisdom: 25 Illuminations for Living Soulfully— This book, that has been many years in the making,   is a small gem of work, distilling years of spiritual and creative explorations as a poet, artist and writer– years of longing and aching tenderness– a desire to give something useful to human beings, a “good water” for their thirst.  Toward this end, I am trying to share some samples of the book and get them out into the world, to create a momentum that will build and build– so that when the time is right,  the right publisher will come forth, and the work will travel far and wide, melting  hearts all over the world with the remembrance of beauty.  If you are moved by any of what you hear in the videos, and by what you read here, I ask for you support in building that momentum. Please share and pass along the video link to any who might appreciate it!

Another way that you can help is to purchase my new eChapbook of blessing poems:

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing .

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing

This beautiful little echapbook (15 pages total- pdf) features several of the blessing poems that are featured in my book Sophia Speaks. Some of these blessings are very special to me, and have been used in marriage ceremonies and other sacred rituals for which they were composed (this is the case with Blessing for Mother Earth, for example). Several of these I have never shared before, other than in ceremony or with the individual for whom the poem was originally written. Look to see some of these presented in video form by the end of this year!

Blessing for One About to Be Born
Blessing for One Who Sees
Blessing for Marriage
Blessing for a Lost Child Who Has Returned
Blessing for the End of a Relationship
Blessing for Mother Earth

Cost: $2

BUY HERE
(a download link will be sent to your email immediately)

Proceeds from the sale of this work will go toward the production of future videos that will bring more poems to life in a beautiful medium, reaching hearts all over the world. I am impassioned about making poetry sacred again, and bringing it to people who might otherwise never encounter it or be moved by it– finding it not only relevant to their lives, but utterly necessary! My deepest hope is that these blessing poems will give people words of depth and soulfulness with which honor to the passages and initiations of their lives. In the West, we are sorely lacking in this. As a poet, this is the most meaningful thing I can think of to give!

I thank you in advance for your support! And I hope you are moved by this new selection…

Jennifer

 

 



Full text of the poem “Blessing for One About to Be Born”

Blessing for One About to Be Born

What shall we call you,
one who comes across a vast distance
bearing secrets of the future,
your mother’s hidden wishing,
and the remembrance of beauty that hung diffusely in the air
all those long years without you?
We call you the awaited one,
the dreamt of one, the sung one,
for we sing to you now a symphony of welcomes,
and wish for your smooth passage to this world.
As if you were sweet basil, as if you were mountain rosemary,
as if you were the golden sweetness of the apple and the pear
at harvest time–
You sweeten your mother’s innermost heart
and ripen her for ever greater mystery–
For she has kissed the hem of the most Beloved
in calling you forth, sheltering a wild faith in life
in the darkness of her belly.
Like a rose folded inward, hiding great fragrance,
like a host watching over the sleep of the most cherished guest,
You are so tenderly awaited.
Little one, we sing to you now,
calling you joy, calling you promise fulfilled,
calling you sheer vastness and little drop of honey–
Join us here,
and your earthly journey
will be cloaked with songs and praises evermore.
Your mother’s vast heart, deepening as she awaits you;
Every tear she’s ever shed for joy gathering and intensifying–
For you, little drop of honey,
coming across great distances
just to see her face at last,
just to gaze upon the face of Love at last.

— Jennifer Ferraro

copyright Jennifer Ferraro, 2013. All rights reserved.

For more blessing poems, check out my new e-chapbook:

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing (pdf)

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing

Speak Beauty: Six Poems of Blessing

This beautiful little e-chapbook (15 pages total) features the following blessing poems:

Blessing for One About to Be Born
Blessing for One Who Sees
Blessing for a Marriage

Blessing for a Lost Child Who Has Returned
Blessing for the End of a Relationship
Blessing for Mother Earth

Proceeds from the sale of this work will go toward the production of future videos that will bring these poems to life in a beautiful medium, reaching hearts all over the world.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Cost $2.00

BUY HERE


If You Do Not Find a Way, Who Will?

Frodo and Galadriel

There is in a moment in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy when, at his wits end and deeply fatigued and disheartened, Frodo wishes to give up the quest.  At that moment the “white lady” – the wise Elf Queen- appears and says to him “This task was appointed to you—If you do not find a way, no one will.” I feel there is a profound parallel here that is useful in our lives, as we attempt to heal our unique wounds and undertake the sometimes painful journey to self-awareness and transformation.

For each of us, there is a pathless journey that must be undertaken. By pathless I mean that the way that others have charted bears no relation to the path that we must chart. The unique configuration that we are has never appeared on this earth in exactly this way. Therefore, the path we must tread must be found and walked by ourselves alone. There is a profound loneliness in this aspect of consciousness and existence. Whatever wounds you are given and whatever conditions and constraints determine your personality and soul’s texture—another cannot know. Only you yourself can create the path out of the suffering and confusion and life questions that are your soul’s dark gift and unique path of unfoldment: “If you do not find a way, no one will”.

Many possibilities await our choosing. We may want to sit down and weep at our misfortune; the heart may wring its hands at the obstacles and weight that has been laid upon it. But intention to find a way means everything.

Perhaps the Divine One whose eyes we are watches with excruciating interest and hopefulness that we will find a way. Perhaps the way is carved out for us long before we come to consciousness of it. We may not know how to heal the wounds of love, how to love others, how to love ourselves—how to manage the demands and limitations of material existence and the call of the soul home to the eternal. We must a find a way—and that way is different for each of us.

When we carve a path that has never existed in response to a particular set of conditions and potentials and predilections—we expand the cosmic being of the universe and open ways for others that may not have existed until we were. The wise and celestial Elf-Queen speaks to the weakened and disheartened creature in every human being that would give up the quest. There is not someone better, more equipped, or stronger who can undertake the task you have been given: and that is to realize the hidden beauty, the gifts of your own precious being—the divine in your own seemingly flawed and all-too-human heart.

 

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