Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Hallowed Eve

Divine Healer - Soulcollage card by Hettienne

All Hallow's Eve
All Saints Day Eve
Dia de los Muertos

Many celebrations over the period of
31 October and 1 November every year.
When you Google these holy, hallowed, days, 
you find many discussions about
how they are related or not.

Either way, you cannot miss the fact
that in the Northern Hemisphere,
people are preparing for the end of Autumn
and the start of Winter;
a transition time honouring departed souls
and the lives of those who have gone before us,
be they saints, sages or ancestors.

Here, in the Southern Hemisphere,
we are into spring and on the wheel of the year
it is Beltane, halfway between the Spring Equinox
and the Summer Solstice.

Outside it is a lovely, chilly rainy day. 
My hawthorn is not flowering yet, so spring
has not officially arrived.

Any time of transitioning is fraught with thoughts of the unknown.

This is my offering to us as we transition from the one realm
to the other :  the Spirit of the Divine Healer within.
She transforms all fearful thoughts into beautiful
roses of love.

Om Shanty, Shalom, Peace, Hettienne

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blooming of the Heart

Blooming of the Heart
Soulcollage image by Hettienne - read in sidebar about 
Soulcollage images 

"The purpose of life is not to do as the majority do,
but to live according to the inner law 
which you understand in yourself"

Sunday, October 20, 2013

For the Unknown Self

Picture taken in my garden at my home (Sancta Maria)

For the Unknown Self

So much of what delights and troubles you
Happens on a surface
You take for ground.
Your mind thinks your life alone,
Your eyes consider air your nearest neighbor,
Yet it seems that a little below your heart
There houses in you an unknown self
Who prefers the patterns of the dark
And is not persuaded by the eye's affection
Or caught by the flash of thought.

It is a self that enjoys contemplative patience
With all your unfolding expression,
Is never drawn to break into light
Though you entangle yourself in unworthiness
And misjudge what you do and who you are.

It presides within like an evening freedom
That will often see you enchanted by twilight
Without ever recognizing the falling night,
It resembles the under-earth of your visible life:
All you do and say and think is fostered
Deep in its opaque and prevenient clay.

It dwells in a strange, yet rhythmic ease
That is not ruffled by disappointment;
It presides in a deeper current of time
Free from the force of cause and sequence
That otherwise shapes your life.

Were it to break forth into day,
Its dark light might quench your mind,
For it knows how your primeval heart
Sisters every cell of your life
To all your known mind would avoid,

Thus it knows to dwell in you gently,
Offering you only discrete glimpses
Of how you construct your life.

At times, it will lead you strangely,
Magnetized by some resonance
That ambushes your vigilance.

It works most resolutely at night
As the poet who draws your dreams,
Creating for you many secret doors,
Decorated with pictures of your hunger;

It has the dignity of the angelic
That knows you to your roots,
Always awaiting your deeper befriending
To take you beyond the threshold of want,
Where all your diverse strainings
Can come to wholesome ease.

-John O'Donohue (1956-2008)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Copyright of pictures

  Great was my surprise when I found this image of mine
on an Etsy shop for sale!!!
You can purchase my photograph in various sizes,
in a frame, without a frame
and as stationery!
The only problem is that the shop is not my shop,
but Bernadette's Cupboard
and I did not give permission for my photograph to be used
and definitely not sold.

When I contacted the shop owner she challenged me
as to how did I copyright the picture and how can I
prove that I am the photographer, despite the fact
that I pointed her to this blog post where I shared
the sacred process of creating this devotion

For those who are uncertain about copyright, I found the following on

Copyright attaches at the time of creation and there is no requirement to use the “circle c”. Image source: renjith krishnan /

Copyright is a federal law of the United States that protects original works of authorship. A work of authorship includes literary, written, dramatic, artistic, musical and certain other types of works.
Copyright attaches as soon as the original work is created, and applies to both published and unpublished works. As soon as you type words, click the shutter on your camera (or, for many of you, hit the home button on your iPhone), apply paint to canvas or paper or lay down tracks for your next hit, you’ve got a copyright (with some exceptions).
Copyright is an automatic right and does not require the author to file special paperwork, as is the case for trademark and patent. Registration is required to enforce the rights, but as a matter of right, an author is not required to register anything to get the right to use the “circle c,” showing the work is copyrighted.
One of the many terrific things about copyright is that it comes with a host of exclusive rights that allow the owner to do or authorize a number of things and exercise substantial control over his or her work. The copyright owner has the right to do four things (called exclusive rights):
1.            Reproduce the copyrighted work;
2.            Display the copyrighted work publicly;
3.            Prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work; and
4.            Distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale, rental or lending, and/or to display                the image.

I am more upset about my picture being named May Day!! and somewhere
else Mary in the Garden, than the fact
that someone else is making money from it.