What lies behind the eyes shines with an unearthly gleam and sparkle, a treasure chest of magic if you will. Gathering the letters, words, and images hidden deep within the soul’s retinal landscape becomes an act of worship, kneeling before the altar of inspiration.
As my fingers dance across the keys of my computer, I watch in fascination while sentences and paragraphs take shape – as if under a witch’s spell. Guided by an invisible muse, my unconscious discovers the magic cord that unravels the stories while my conscious mind stays riveted to the page and keyboard, recording every word, every whisper, every thought and gossamer strand of imagination. Prayers to the Goddess of Insight and Revelation.
Soon page after page of words and incantations, a writer’s holy scripture, aligns itself on the tabernacle before which I extend my sacred offering. Seated in my chair, head bowed, I hold my breath and pray that the oblation of authorship will be received, honored and accepted. Treasure hunting on the transcendental field of poetic illumination and wordsmanship is an awe inspiring and humbling experience for me, akin to that which churchgoers seek. Having been granted access to this fertile field of sacred soil, I feel incredibly blessed. Whether it will continue, I do not know. I only know that such treasure always persists, longing to be found.
As I await the judgment call from my panel of inner editors, I savor the connection that arises from being plugged into this universal stream of consciousness. The after glow, much like a lover’s embrace, is exquisite and pronounced, prompting me to seek it out again and again.
Shifting back to the world of the mundane, I lower the volume of my psyche’s voice hoping not to offend her, hoping she will linger where I can easily reach her once again when I feel called to listen, to harvest the fruits of her creativity.
Written by Kathy Martone
Dr. Kathy Martone is currently a published author and artist living in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Before retiring and moving from CO to AR in 2015, Dr. Martone was a Jungian psychologist in private practice specializing in dream work, women’s spirituality and shamanic journeys. Prior to this, she was the director of a small mental health clinic and then, company psychologist for Southwestern Bell Telephone. She taught classes at Colorado Free University, The Jungian Ministries International, Naropa University, and Iliff School of Theology. For the past 35 years she has studied with Richmond K. Greene, past chair of the New York Jungian Institute.
The magical world of dreams has fascinated and intrigued Kathy for as long as she can remember. Inspired by a dream in 2005, she began making velvet tapestries imprinted with the image of one of her own dream figures and embellished with ribbons, rhinestones, feathers, glass beads, Swarovski crystals, antique jewelry and semi-precious stones. As a Jungian psychologist and shamanic practitioner, energy and depth of meaning are very important to her. So frequently she will accent the tapestries with symbolic objects, such as old pieces of jewelry, the lining from a purse that belonged to her grandmother, or a piece of ribbon she wore as a little girl. Layering these materials into a meaningful image evokes for her the multi-layered realms of dreams, myth and metaphor. Like the magical nets of ancient shamans, these colorful tapestries ensnare the features of her dream spirits as they stare back at her from their watery dimensions. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Denver, Colorado as well as in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
In 2006 Dr. Martone self published her first book titled, Sacred Wounds: A Love Story. In 2019, she published her second book – a fantasy that takes place in the Ozark Mountains – titled Victorian Songlight: The Birthings of Magic & Mystery (Dreaming Big Publications). A number of her essays and short stories have also been published in eMerge, the online literary magazine for The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, in Eureka Springs. Most recently, one of her essays was published in an anthology titled Not Dead Yet 2.