What Is Love?


Matrignosis: A Blog About Inner Wisdom

The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral

“There is no linear evolution;  there is only a circumambulation of the self.” ~Carl Jung

My last post concluded with the question, “And what about my prayer for love?  Did that work?”

For the past 35 years I’ve traveled a slow and circuitous route to unravel the mystery of love. First, I had to learn what love is not. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

Discovery #1.  Love is not a role we play or an act we perform.

In my early years I was largely unaware of my inner life and the fact that my behavior was dictated by a compulsion for safety and approval.  I just wanted to be good, and being good was easy for me….until it became harder.

“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”


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imperfect arabesque



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murmur laughter call-outs purled
and swirled her periphery…where
chromatic images blurred vision
field to fog…dry-grass apples night

the high wire spindled space
beneath the plexus of her feet
for transition of a plane
beyond compress-ed gravity

the lifting of her arms…was all
for palming of the air to balance
accounting  compass of her orient
without pretense net…without prop
of attitude for imperfect arabesque

Bonnie Marshall

Art by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

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Animal Spirits: The Monkey


Through the Peacock's Eyes

3monkeysThis past month I began working with a client, who’s been having unexplained dizziness. Cranio-Sacral and Myo-Fascial techniques have been helping considerably, but it has been the more subtle techniques, such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki, that have opened up the awareness for both me, as healing practitioner, and for my client as to the deeper causes of her dizzy spells. The most significant observation has been the buzzing and intense vibrations around her 6th Chakra, also known as the Third Eye Chakra, which assists healthy function of the brain, ears, intuition, imagination, peace of mind, and intellect and thoughts.

My client has been noticing changes and improvement from her sessions with me (as a healer, I am a facilitator of her own body and mind’s healing ability, since true healing comes from within), but it was a message from an animal spirit in a dream that she had that…

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