Janet Maika’i Rudolph from Feminism and Religion reviews To Sing with Bards and Angels
A Language of Angels
The moon has cast a path of light
Across the water straight and true
From shores of Wales to Somerset
In silver streams of peaceful dreams.
Taken from introductory poem to chapter 1, page 4, To Sing with Bards and Angels, Iona Jenkins, O-Books 2022
Step into the magic of a creative spiritual journey
As a child, playing on my maternal grandparents’ smallholding, or exploring woods and fields around my home, I felt comforted, and protected by a benign presence in nature. Today, as a writer, on the south coast of Wales, that presence still forms a conscious, integral part of my life and inspiration.
One full moon winter’s night, I lit a candle lantern by the door of my balcony, facing the sea and English shore. Soon, an otherworldly being formed in my mind’s eye, evoked by the landscape outside, and the moon painting a path of gold, that gradually widened to silver on the night rippling sea. I called this being an angel, my benign presence had assumed a form of light, in the magic of creativity.
Upon the luminous path, he appeared serene, tall as a tree, and pearly white with a halo of soft, colour flecked silver. I say he was male, though he exhibited a soft feminine quality, speaking through my heart, like a musical stream, flowing into words from my descriptive Bard’s voice, through pen on to paper.
“I am your Creative Wisdom,” the angel said, floating in a circle of candle glow, and pale rainbows. When wisdom is added to the ingredients of any potion of inspiration, be it great or small, so will that potion flow into projects that enhance life on this planet.”
The angel’s name was Astariel, and having accepted his offer, to step into the magic of a creative spiritual journey, my life became a poem, a song, a story, as his gentle wisdom lit up the pages of my book.
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Iona Jenkins, 73, publishes creative and spiritual book
Iona Jenkins is an author, creative writer, and poet with experience in guidance, counselling, hypnotherapy, and psychotherapy. Although originally from Yorkshire, she has lived in Penarth for a decade. Her first book to be published through a publishing company is set to hit the shelves from December 9.
Her passion for spiritual and personal growth is reflected in the book which is titled To Sing with Bards and Angels – A Journey into the Creative Heart.
“My book is an invitation to travel through landscapes evoked by beautiful language, into the heart of nature, imagination and the magic of a creative spiritual journey,” said Ms Jenkins.
“This is my first book with an actual publisher [as opposed to self-published] so the ninth of December is a big event in my life this year.
“Becoming a published author and regular blogger at the age of 73, feels like a real achievement and proof that creativity is open to all ages.
“I have included exercises in this book to help readers connect to the natural world and their own creativity.”
To Sing with Bards and AngelsTo Sing with Bards and Angels – A Journey into the Creative Heart is being published through O-Books which is a leading publisher of body, mind, and spirit books focusing on titles including:
Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, Eimear Burke, said:
"To Sing with Bards and Angels weaves together the fertile worlds of our spiritual and creative lives with the natural world and the realm of Spirit, illustrating with personal stories, poems and suggestions for practice, how the relationships between these worlds are intimate, inseparable and life-enriching.”
"Iona Jenkins' gentle wisdom illuminates the landscape of the heart and the song of the soul in each of us.”
To Sing with Bards and Angels will be available to order from Griffin Books in Penarth or online from December 9.
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