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Contents copyright 2020 by Valerie Harms

Comments from workshop participants

"Your expertise and wisdom was so impressive and helpful. I also loved your style of communication and teaching and found it valuable to write a letter and receive input."

'You and Rob presented a wonderful, educational workshop.'
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Children's Literature flyer

If you have been dreaming about a project or have one in developement, this should meet your needs.
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adult children

Do any of you have adult children who break your heart just as much as they did when they were growing up with you? I sure understand that once they are married and have their own families, their ties to their past can seem practically invisible. But I sure hate being neglected and sidelined. Every friend I have who has grown children faces such sad moments too. It is rarely written about or acknowledged.  Read More 
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Bunnies & books

An artist who has delighted me for decades is Sas Colby. Here are a couple of her bunny images--reading or listening to a book.
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Inner Lover talk on Valentine's Day

I was so happy with the women who came and the discussion we had. Love's all about imagination and creativity, regardless of pain or joy.
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Inner Lover

On the 14th I'll be discussing a favorite topic: how the flame of desire yields spiritual and creative gifts, a piece of wisdom known by Rumi. See announcement in Events page.
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Soul Writing

I love taking people through techniques that evoke unconscious insights, awarenesses, and images as I did this past Satuurday. As Jung said, most of us don't know all our thoughts or potentials. Our lives have their own timing as well. The more we can get to know how the different parts of our lives are moving, the more centered we'll be. We can be firm and solid as a tree trunk with many branches.  Read More 
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Healing Horses

It's been very meaningful to me to write an article about people who work on horses' injuries, sore muscles, etc. as well as how these people have been healed by horses too in dramatic ways. I am also very impressed with those who run horse sanctuaries and use techniques, such as the Parelli method, to get the abused and neglected horses ready for adoption. See the article on Distinctly Montana's site at Read More 
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Christopher Paolini

Chistopher Paolini (author of Eragon series) has been burning up the best seller list again. Here is my article about him.
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Symbols of renewal and rebirth

Major Spiritual Symbols
Here is a glossary of universal symbols that appear in dreams or stories about change and renewal, Knowing about them enlarges your frame of reference so that you can better interpret their meaning for you. My book contains more.

Vessel—The vessel is the womb, from which all birth proceeds. The female body is such a container. The uterus and the oven are both vessels. Pottery/vessels used for the gathering of food and water from early cultures had breasts. The funereal urn is also a vessel. Projected outward, it symbolizes the world, the cosmos.
In Christianity, the vessel became the baptismal font and the chalice of the Last Supper.

Belly—The darkness in which most transformation takes place. The belly is a holding place, where growth can safely occur. Synonyms include cauldron, nest, chrysalis, or cave.

Fire—used to create vessels and tools, to fry/broil/roast food; hence it is an instrument of transformation. Emotions and conflicts, religious and sensual desire, heat our temperature; containing them allows inner fires to work their changes. Read More 
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