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While getting my MA in Consciousness Studies, I explored the process of transformation of consciousness as a long-term phenomenon. Part of that research involved my own exploration, including using different creative modalities to inquire into aspects of my experience. The story Ocean Rose emerged as one of these inquiries.

I began with the image of a character in my consciousness that plays the role of the “Judge,” a character that for me is masculine, though it could be either gender. From this beginning image, I let the story unfold with no planning or analysis on my part. While writing the latter half of the story, I was also taking a class entitled “Fairy Tales as Soul Making.” I used the completed tale for my final project for that class, looking at it in the context of other fairy tales and the imagery contained in them.

As I worked with the tale, I quickly realized it had a much broader scope than simply the initial image I had started with. Exploring through the tale how the “Judge” could gain a foothold in my mind turned into a look at how we are “sold out” by family and culture to a particular set of ideals that has little to do with the value of authentic beingness. I began to feel that the story spoke to the loss of feminine power through socialization and enculturation; when we are socialized into a culture that in many ways denigrates the feminine, many of us lose any sense of our feminine power long before we are old enough to realize we have lost something. Eventually, we might realize that something is wrong, and we then step on the path to reclaim and remember that power. This entire path—the losing and reclaiming of feminine power—is exactly the path of our heroine in Ocean Rose. My hope, if you experienced a similar loss, is that the path of remembrance and reclamation is also yours, and that this small tale might provide support as you walk it.

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