Transforming Questions

Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation…Questions are the keys that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

What questions have transformed you?

Earth speaks

The earth is always speaking, but over time, we lose the ability to listen. If we are lucky, we return again. If we make room inside of ourselves for childlikeness, we will make room for the ability to learn again, to be small, humble people who ask questions instead of making demands, to listen to the land instead of carving it into pieces for profit. ~ Kaitlin B. Curtice, Native

How do you listen for the sacredness of the earth?

Hope has holes

Hope has holes

in it’s pockets.

It leaves little crumb trail,

so that we,

when anxious,

can follow it.

Hope’s secret:

It doesn’t know

the destination —

it knows only

that all roads

begin with one

foot in front

of the other. ~ Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rocks and grass

Sometimes …”we have to crawl on hands and knees through the furrows of words, examining, brushing away dirt, not unlike a botanist examining growth patterns and evidence of the soil’s mineral content, water content and whether there is deep clay under the cracks in the soil from which the words emerge.” ~ from The Midrash of the Juanitos

What are you finding in the furrows?

River voices

I don’t know who God is exactly.
But I’ll tell you this.
I was sitting in the river named Clarion, on a water splashed stone
and all afternoon I listened to the voices of the river talking.~ Mary Oliver

What do the river voices say to you?

Sandhill cranes

These Sandhill cranes sometimes peck at the window as if they want to be invited in. I wonder what stories they could tell, carried through migration, fluctuating with the seasons and the tides, and across the threshold into God’s imagination.

What stories accompany you? What stories want to be invited in?