What is a homecoming? What does it mean to “come home”? It means returning to a place of belonging. A place of familiarity. For some, “home” means comfort and safety. For others, it is as wild as a forest in the depths of winter.
More than a year ago, I made the decision to leave my job to explore my creative pursuits. But, it was more than seeking a fulfilling career or finding my calling. My choice to leave was rooted in something even deeper. As confident as I was, I always felt quite lost. I was sure that the professional path I chose, backed with my identity, relationships and personal values, served as my compass.
But there was always this deep sense of uncertainty, a need to belong coupled with a need to pave my own path. But how? And when? And why?
These questions served as my guides on this long and complicated journey…a journey that would eventually lead me back to myself. A journey filled with guides along the way. It started on my daily walk home from work. A white front yard sign with a picture of a wild bird next to the words “forever wild.” Followed by a trip to Woodstock, where I was led to a small shelf at an indie book store. There lied Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the book that would serve as my spiritual text. A box of childhood journals discovered one evening later that spring; the content of my writings became the basis of my monologue “Breathe,” a piece on living with anxiety. These journals became portals of both trauma and healing.
Stories became my guides, as a storyteller and a lover of stories. From literature on myths, archetypes, energies, ritual, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and ancestral healing to workshops on breath work and connecting with one’s body, these tools expanded my imagination. I began to connect the dots and see depth, richness and possibility in these patterns. I would often share my truths, discoveries, thoughts and ideas inspired by my readings with my community, hoping they would heal others as they healed me.
Homecoming of the Human Spirit is a culmination of more than a year’s worth of learning on how to fully belong to one’s self. A curated collection of writings on, among others, philosophy, science, nature, literature, mindfulness, ideas, culture, mythology, psychology, art and spirituality, Homecoming is for those who believe in making a commitment to personal transformation, both individually and collectively. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a creative, in your thirties or in your sixties, spiritual or agnostic, if you are on a journey, this is for you.
In her book, Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown wrote, “Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness - an untamed, unpredictable place of solicitude and searching. It is as a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking…and it is the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”
For me, nothing is as sacred as Mother Nature. When I think of the wilderness, I think of a forest of leafless trees with wild branches. Each branch is holding onto a story we have about ourselves. So it made sense to launch Homecoming on Earth Day, to honor nature, the divine feminine and her cycles.
To Courtney: thank you for your beautiful art, which is filled with your heart and soul.
To my loved ones: thank you for being on this journey with me.
To the Wild Woman community: thank you for holding space for us wilds.
And to my readers: welcome home.