These are wishes about gathering and about gathering wishes.
This is the 384th week of wishing. Nearly seven and a half years.
A lot is gathered here.
A lot of us have gathered here over the years.
We have gathered to wish wishes and seed seeds, we have gathered to think collectively about the process of wishing, and we have gathered to glow joy and support for each other, to say: oh wow what beautiful wishes…
Into the pot!
What am I adding today to my pot of wishes?
- Standing in my power.
- Doing what has meaning for me while I still can.
- Time to burn some sage.
- A new metaphor, please.
- Permission abounds.
- Boundaries, speaking of things that bound and abound, I need some.
- Ten Percent Fiercer!
- Extra luck.
- Purpose and Clarity.
- A small village in Italy? Possibly this is just a clue.
- What if [project] can happen so much faster than I think?
- A loving coven of fairy godmothers to blow kisses at my tiny sweet project, pretty sure coven is not the correct right collective noun, but it feels right, so I’m going with it.
What do I know about gathering?
Coming together and bringing together.
I want coming together in the form of companionship, like-minded people (or do I mean like-hearted people?), playmates.
I want bringing together in the form of collecting sparks, excitement, enthusiasm, support, shared passion, shared warmth.
How can we do this?
This week is American Thanksgiving, the loneliest day of the year (for some of us) and the most stressful day of the year (for others of us).
For everyone reading in other countries, I apologize for yet another post centered around what is happening here. I don’t know what to say about that other than that this is where the energy/focus is for me right now, and it is all very intense and overwhelming. Come gather with me/us too, and we will find our way (eventually) to talking about the bigger themes.
Anyway, here is what I am thinking. We need a gathering place. Can we become one?
For everyone who is alone on this day, we need a place to gather, some place away from the endless photos of food and other people’s gatherings.
For everyone who is reminded on this day of the painful history of this country and this holiday, the awful things we did to the native people of this country, and are still doing today in north dakota, everyone feeling the dangerous scary political climate, a place to gather and feel feelings and breathe.
For everyone who is with family at uncomfortable gatherings, anyone who finds themselves expected to politely sit at a table with people who used their vote and their privilege to bring into power the person who thinks it’s perfectly okay to assault women whenever you think you can get away with it, who doesn’t have an answer for how a muslim registry differs from the nazi registry of jews, who is appointing white supremacists to government positions…
I don’t even know what to say about that, I’m sorry that you are going through this, and I want to invite you to my table, my gathering.
You are invited to make use of our secret invisible blanket permission slip generator to invent any excuse to come hang out with us here, even if just for a few minutes when you can! Come by and say hi, drop off a wish, throw a superpower into the pot, take a few breaths, whatever helps…
Secret Invisible Blanket Permission Slips.
Our secret invisible blanket permission slip generator is busy churning out every possible reason for you to leave the table for a much-needed sanity
We have imaginary “work emergencies”, temporary ailments, friend’s cats that need to be urgently checked on. Whatever you need, we have it.
Come gather with us.
What is happening at our gathering?
We are throwing a gathering where we gather together and where we can gather comforting thoughts.
We are gathering wishes — leave as many as you like!
We are invoking superpowers, casting stones (yes, skipping them) and spells.
We can invent magical costumes and secret identities. We can play in any way we want.
These are the stones I am skipping:
- If a benevolent panther could give me a training in boundaries and how to restore them, what do I want to know and what does it want to tell me?
- What am I not seeing?
- How can I best take care of myself today?
The gathering knows.
How do we want to gather? What do we want to gather?
What do we want to illuminate?
What happens when we gather together?
Anything else about my wish?
I am noticing that this has been an exceptionally hard year, and the one about to come in is asking for me to be very clear about how I am going to use my powers and when I need to conserve them.
I am noticing that I am very, very tired.
I am noticing that right now with the massive swirling chaotic energy of the world right now (and specifically the internet), I am not highly functional, and I’m pretty sure there are notes about this in the Book of Me. Right. Yes. This does in fact happen every single year.
Adding permission and legitimacy to the pot. Adding spaciousness and rest.
Ah, I see. This is also a wish about gathering strength, gathering in spirit, gathering in retreat in order to respond with powerful conviction.
And it is a wish about progress that happens deep under the surface.
And it is a wish about sanctuary, which is what we do here. We make sanctuary. We change space and we change how we are in our space.
What is a gathering sanctuary?
Maybe that is what I want to investigate next.
I am trusting that this wish, like all the wishes we have wished here, will reveal treasure that I can’t even imagine yet, just through naming it.
Looking forward to discovering what is in here. Looking forward to playing with you.
Invitation: come play with me…
You are invited to share this post and to share many !!!!!! about what is here,
or share appreciation or anything sparked for you while reading…
Safe space for creative exploration asks us to let go of care-taking and advice-giving.
Wishes are never late because whenever you wish is the right time for wishing.
We remember that people vary and my wishes don’t have to be yours, each process is unique, and this is a good thing.
Here’s how we meet each other’s wishes: with great kindness and appreciation and awe, whispering (and sometimes shouting) oh, wow what beautiful wishes!