May 142017
 
What is Story Alchemy?

Pillar Article:
What is Story Alchemy?
 

Story Alchemy™ is the process of using story and creativity to transmute the lead of lack, wounds and limitations into the gold of resourcefulness, personal power and possibilities.” Maria Mar

To the shaman the world is made of stories.
But a shaman knows that the story you are looking at is probably not the true story. There is a story beneath this story. This hidden story is old. It may not even be yours. Yet it spreads its yarn over your sight, making you see its old effects instead of seeing what is in front of your eyes. It may be obsolete, yet it interlaces its old threads with the new situation, turning it into a ghost from the past.
That is why no matter what solution you try, you end up with more of the same. You are solving the wrong problem! You are trying to solve a problem that is not really here. It is a non-existing problem overlaid over the new reality, like a fog that clouds your mind.
Whatever limitations you are bumping against right now, […]

May 052017
 
The Victim

Diary of Now
The Victim

The Victim stance

isolates you from
your Creation Partners,
creating the illusion
of a hostile world,
to which you respond
by abusing others
all the time believing
you are defending yourself.
——–
Diary of  Now, 2007
(c) Maria Mar

Author’s Note: I’ve been writing the Diary of Now after meditation or upon waking up for years. Now I’m sharing the poems/insights that come out in this blog.
What does this poem mean to you? Share in the comments below!

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Jan 162016
 
Are you Feeling Alone and Abandoned?

Story Alchemy
Are you Feeling Alone and Abandoned?
One of the complains that I have been hearing from your feedback is the feeling that you are alone and unsupported. There is a sense of isolation ~even when you are surrounded by people. This is debilitating and makes you feel abandoned just when you need more support than ever.

This feeling if often masked by the excitement of festivities, but just about now, as you come down from the Holiday high, it is making you feel tired, weighed-down and even more alone than ever.

I’ve been there. I know that it is of little consolation to know that you are not alone in your aloneness, but today I offer you something more than sympathy or empathy.

I invite you into a journey of Story Alchemy, a path of storytelling that empowers you to shift from that aloneness into alignment with your beautiful, radiant Sacred Self.

If you have not read about Story Alchemy before, here it is in a nutshell:

Humans explain our world and our role in that world through the creation of  story segments called Story […]

May 192015
 
Do you Need to Create a Chrysalis?

Do you Need to Create a Chrysalis?

I want to share with you the magic of my most recent shamanic performance that took place on Sunday, May 17th in New York.

I just emerged from my ceremonial chrysalis and did a magical Butterfly Dance.

This was an in-depth ceremony for me as well as a shamanic performance and journey for the women in the audience.

I first wrote a poem and then danced it. The poem was a shamanic journey through the process of creating my chrysalis, feeding on it to become my dream and finally emerging as my embodied potential.

“But what is this chrysalis?” you may ask.
In nature, the chrysalis is the new skin that the caterpillar builds in order to nurture and protect its transformation into butterfly.
The Sacred Feminine School of Wisdom teaches us that women also need to create a chrysalis to nurture and protect our transformation. Throughout time, there have been different ceremonies, rites or special places for women to do this, from the Moon Lodge to the Red Tent.
If you are right now undergoing a change —or even […]

May 032015
 
An author's post-partum

An author’s post-partum

I am completely hormonal. I cry at the slightest provocation. I burst into laughter for no reason at all. What is going on?

Talking to a woman who was buying my book at the bank, I realized that this began after my novel Angelina & the Law of Attraction came out in print… finally!
The reader was looking at the cover. She said: “It invites me to touch it.”
I gave a big sigh (similar to a woman after the baby comes out, now that I think about it), and confessed:
“I design it myself. I spent two years studying cover design because I wanted a cover that would do exactly that for a reader.”

And two more tears popped out. I was mortified! Here I was in a “serious” bank setting and I was crying all over the place!
“Give yourself a break, Maria!” the reader said as she fanned the 408 pages.
Then she looked at me with a smile and said: “This is not a small thing you’ve done. No, it’s huge!”
And the tiny tears turned into a rain pour.
“Yes, it […]

Feb 182015
 

 Inspiration:
Mother Earth Totem
Enjoy this exquisite wood carving by Veronica (Ronnie) Sexton. I see it as a totem calling us to the Healing of Gaea.
Here are the words of the artist.
“Mother Earth-Gaia, She who has given us every meal that we have eaten, the air that we breath the water that we drink. In ancient times we knew this and we worshipped and honoured Her. We knew Her rhythms and Her cycles. The leaves set in resin represent Autumn one of the four seasons. Just as there are days in the week, seasons in the year, we are now living in the age of Kali Yuga the last of the quarter of a larger cycle. We are living in a time of great change and destruction on this planet. The rocks that sit in drops are the tears of sadness for the rape and abuse caused to Mother Earth-Gaia almost to the point of Her complete destruction.
“The sculpture Mother Earth is carved as a reminder of the never ending love She has for us Her children. We have free will, so […]