Rio Abajo Rio

“Each woman has potential access to Rio Abajo Rio, this river beneath the river. She arrives there through deep meditation, dance, writing, painting, prayermaking, singing, drumming, active imagination, or any activity which requires an intense altered consciousness. A woman arrives in this world-between worlds through yearning and by seeking something she can see just out of the corner of her eye. She arrives there by deeply creative acts, through intentional solitude, and by practice of any of the arts. And even with these well-crafted practices, much of what occurs in this ineffable world remains forever mysterious to us, for it breaks physical laws and rational laws as we know them.” ~ Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes ~ Women Who Run With the Wolves


There is a current I am inside of these days.

It is running very quickly over sharp stones,

smoothing a way for the  journey. Ours.

Tonight I lift my brush to the river beneath

the river. I can smell it. See it. Feel its rush.

Do you?

This photo was taken many years ago at a Rites of Passage for teenage girls. Tonight at midnight the door closes for Applications on the 3rd Color of Woman Teacher Training for 2013. Somehow, it made me think of them – for so many years I have traveled this path. Many many arrival points.
Tonight is one of them. A sense of purpose fulfilled. A river of gratitude.

~Shiloh Sophia