In Sweet Company

In Sweet Company

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“… when we allow ourselves to be whole, we allow new visions to emerge in us and in our culture.” —  Lauren Artress,, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE

When my youngest daughter turned six, I took her out of school for the day. We ate chocolate ice cream for breakfast and lunch. We dangled our feet in the sun off the Santa Monica Pier. We didn’t brush our hair. Turning six was great fun for both of us.

We were living in Los Angeles then. When we finished our lunch, we drove over to the Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades. After several turns around the Lake, we played a game: She closed her eyes, I held her hand and led her around the grounds; she told me where we were on the path by what she sensed around her.


“Momma, we’re near the roses,” she said.

“We’re standing under the waterfall.”

“Now we’re on the big grass.”

We walked a while in silence as I searched for a spot that would stretch her command of the game. Thick, black little girl eyelashes buttoned up her baby blues to every next step, yet she moved forward in absolute trust. This was my first experience in trusting the unseen hand of the Great Mother.

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