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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.
Step into the magic of a creative spiritual journey
I am a storyteller, a dream maker
All my tales are a rich woven cloth
Of mystical thread I spin from gold
With dancing feet in the music of Earth
I will sing you her life song of passion
As my fingers draw down a web of stars
To light her chalice the sky reflecting
Deep cauldron of plenty overflowing
This potion of peace and magic growing
Bright flowers blooming colour scented.
"To begin my poetic journey, I connect to inspiration through my senses, from which I develop awareness of my place within my surroundings and the influence they have on me as a creative being.
Our early ancestors would have used their senses both fully and spontaneously like any other creature, because survival would have depended on their ability to do so. Today, however, in our modern technological world we can order goods and services in seconds on a mobile phone. We are now consumers instead of hunters and gatherers. We have many creature comforts, but alas, we are also a people with increasing mental health, environmental, and social problems.
So why are we not satisfied? Why does happiness elude so many? In losing our connection to the Sacred Feminine, we have gradually been losing connection to the planet which sustains us - our mother the Earth. We have come to believe that we are separate, more important, far above the rest of creation. In creating too many boundaries, we avoid the oneness of our reality, and we are lonely as a result. We could learn much from ethnic civilisations living in communities with powerful links to the natural world and a great respect for the land that nourishes them."
Iona Jenkins, poem and extract from p.58 and 59 To Sing with Bards and Angels, O-Books 2022
Embracing the Earth with respect, we can heal the fear that keeps us isolated, regaining our balance we can reach for the stars. It is then, we may also discover them shining within, illuminating all those deep space places, and singing soft in the language of angels.
May all beings find relaxation and connection in the warmth and light of summer.
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