Celebrating the Season

There are very few things in the world that I love more than sweater season. The moment I first get to crack open my fall/winter clothing storage box and pull out my favorite cardigan is practically its own holiday. Okay … I exaggerate a little bit. But, I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. And […]

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A Handful of Seeds from the Underworld

Last weekend, Expanding Inward offered our eighth(!) weekend intensive at the beautiful Toddhall Retreat Center just outside of St. Louis, MO. We worked with The Five Truths of the Underworld, a piece of philosophy and story that came from our mentor, Cynthea Jones of Diana’s Grove. The Five Truths emerged from the story of Persephone, […]

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The journey to the Underworld must be made alone.

At our September event at Toddhall just outside of St. Louis, we’ll be working with The Five Truths of the Underworld — a concept developed by our mentor and teacher, Cynthea Jones of the Diana’s Grove Mystery School. The Truths center around Persephone, the Queen of the realm, and we will be exploring them in […]

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The value of “welcome”

One thing that is ridiculously present for me right now, and which seems to be the only damned thing I can talk about these days (much to the chagrin of my friends, I’m sure): We are in the middle of a seemingly-endless home renovation project. Another relevant thing: It was 60 degrees and sunny last […]

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Stewardship

All five of us on the Expanding Inward facilitation team served on the staff of the Diana’s Grove Mystery School before the Grove closed a handful of years ago. Mystery School offered a good deal of really solid philosophy around community-building, leadership, and personal/spiritual growth – but, the most foundational piece that came out of […]

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Ecstatic Ritual – What It Is & Why We Do It

My old computer died an honorable death a couple of weeks ago. It was not unexpected. All rites were observed. It was a mostly trauma-free transition. There was one unpleasant surprise though. My calendar did not survive the Great Crossing Over. So my calendar did not prompt me that it was about to be New […]

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Changing Consciousness

Expanding Inward has a weekend intensive coming up in the next few weeks. (October 17–19 in Cedar Falls, IA, to be exact.) We’re exploring the ancient Greek myth of Pandora, which is a creation story that I have always found to be personally challenging. I have been struggling to find a foothold in this story that relates […]

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Presumed mastery, bad assumptions and the impostor’s syndrome

I just noticed something kind of fun: Expanding Inward is “officially” a year old now. The website and our Facebook group were both launched on August 1st, 2013. The anniversary sort of slipped by me, probably because I didn’t really look at that as when we really started. We had already put on a couple […]

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