Sunday, February 26, 2012

Postcard from Paradise

The Mother of Good Counsel

inspired by and extracts from Untie the Strong Woman
by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Healing is not for the pure who need no healing.
It is for those in need.
And healing is not a straight line, but rather, a zig zag.

A powerful prayer here,
a person who listens with holy love there,
a book over here,
a sudden inspirational thought over there,
a sudden realisation,
a ritual that has meaning to the spirit and the soul,
and all these held together in tenderness with oneself
and one's idea of the Holy.
extract from Untie the Strong Woman

my postcard from paradise this week
is ignited and sparked by the fiery passion
of Untie the Strong Woman.

 ,,,,,,,,,,, And so I create small shrines,
and offer this sacred space
 of healing and wholeness;
a mirror that speaks louder than the
clamouring voices of external authority
of  'those that declare that they know
better, or the truth or the right way'

a mirror that reminds me and you
of the words of the Memorare to Our Lady

Never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought they intercession,
was left unaided.

Visit Rebecca's Postcards from Paradise and become part of this circle of sharing and receiving.

Also, Please visit Her Grace by Devata my other blog, where I participated in IA's challenge of textures with my rendition of Untie the Strong Woman.  

Also have a look and consider joining in with my weekly SoulSongs, the SoulCollage art that is a direct mirror of the Sacred Heart within.



  1. This is a beautiful shrine and prayer. I love that these things are held together by tenderness with oneself. Also love your Soulsongs collage Hettienne.

  2. Lovely post. I am needing to find this book Untie the Strong Woman..... It really speaks to me - through you.

    Thank you, friend!

  3. Thank you for this post, what woman would not feel moved by words and images?

    Sue x

  4. thank you for soul stirring beauty and the wisdom of strong women.
    your shrine is a bright light of faith in a home of love.

  5. How I love your shrines, Hetienne. I have several small boxes that i ultimately intend to work with, but somehow or other, I can't seem to get beyond SoulCollage and art journals lately. Have a great week. By the way, I see my company is logged in to Google and I didn't realize, so it's not Lorna but Fran leaving you this message.

  6. Love the concept...Untie the Strong Woman. I have Clarissa Pinkola Estes by my bedside.


  7. She is so beautiful, Hettienne. Choked me up.


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