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by | Jun 1, 2015 | Editorial

The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® process began as a daily meditative practice that I developed for myself. Every morning right after I would pray and recite Psalms, I would go into my study. I would light a candle, turn on

soft music, pick up my pen and go into a meditative state.

I would set my intention for what I wanted to work on: did I have a question, a dilemma, some unexplained physical ailment, some emotional difficulty I wanted to understand? Or did I simply want to wait for what might come to me as my wisdom for the day? And then I would pick up my pen and begin to draw a mandala and write an accompanying poem.  I was often amazed at the insights and answers that would come to me. I would find myself writing words that my conscious brain would not have thought of. These poems were coming from some deeper part of myself, and the awareness I gained  often led to healing.

It was my dear friend and calligraphy teacher, De Ann Singh of Designing Letters, who first suggested that I teach this process. It had not occurred to me that I could, or that others would want to do this too. But with her encouragement I set about systematizing what I had been doing for years so I could share it. I began teaching the process in workshops, where  my students have experienced amazing AHA moments , healing and profound insights. I am currently working on the book, The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, in order to bring it to a wider audience.

That said, I will be teaching a six- week class in The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, beginning in July at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, LA.

My class is open to all adults – no background in poetry or art is necessary. It will consist of a series of six workshops to be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm. The schedule is as follows: July 2nd, July 9th, July23rd, July30th, August 6th, and August 13th, with the possibility of August 20th in the event of a cancellation. The cost for all six workshops is $225.

soft music, pick up my pen and go into a meditative state.

I would set my intention for what I wanted to work on: did I have a question, a dilemma, some unexplained physical ailment, some emotional difficulty I wanted to understand? Or did I simply want to wait for what might come to me as my wisdom for the day? And then I would pick up my pen and begin to draw a mandala and write an accompanying poem.  I was often amazed at the insights and answers that would come to me. I would find myself writing words that my conscious brain would not have thought of. These poems were coming from some deeper part of myself, and the awareness I gained  often led to healing.

It was my dear friend and calligraphy teacher, De Ann Singh of Designing Letters, who first suggested that I teach this process. It had not occurred to me that I could, or that others would want to do this too. But with her encouragement I set about systematizing what I had been doing for years so I could share it. I began teaching the process in workshops, where  my students have experienced amazing AHA moments , healing and profound insights. I am currently working on the book, The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, in order to bring it to a wider audience.

That said, I will be teaching a six- week class in The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, beginning in July at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, LA.

My class is open to all adults – no background in poetry or art is necessary. It will consist of a series of six workshops to be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm. The schedule is as follows: July 2nd, July 9th, July23rd, July30th, August 6th, and August 13th, with the possibility of August 20th in the event of a cancellation. The cost for all six workshops is $225.

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