↡Writings / ↡Books / ↡Poems
Throughout my life I have generally found writing difficult. But then, as I wrote the many required reflection papers during graduate school, something began to open and my ability to write began to improve. I believe this occurred because the reflective writing process allowed the development of deeper connections within myself, particularly with my heart, but also with my body and spirit.
Along the way, I have shared my art processes and reflections. I have also shared my art and my poetry. Now, I am in the process of creating books that are combinations of my art and my writing. Through these books, my hope is both to continue opening and exploring my connections to myself and to invoke feelings, reflections, inspirations, creativity, and greater openings and connections within the lives of others.
~ Jamie "Cedar" Rogers
The Meaning of Awakening Joy on My Shamanic Path [Master's Program Research Paper] -- File Size: 274 KB; Length: 22 pages; Date: August 31, 2011
While completing my master's in Art Therapy Counseling at Southwestern College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, I wrote a research paper entitled "What does it Mean to Awaken Joy with Regard to My Shamanic Path?" However, I think its running header of "The Meaning of Awakening Joy on My Shamanic Path" offers a better description. Within this paper, I methodically explored the experience, meaning, and awakening of joy, death in relation to joy, connections within the breath, heart, soul, mind, and body, and the use of shamanic and spiritual practices for awakening joy.
I'm currently offering this paper in its original unedited form. But, more information does exist, which I didn't have time to include. So, my intention is to incorporate this at some point and to also make revisions and edits within the current format.
Solstice to Solstice: Rebirthing of Divine Inner Light [Available as a PDF eBook - $4.44] -- File Size: 203 MB; Length: 361 pages; Publisher: Cedar Pathways, December 18, 2016
Solstice to Solstice: Rebirthing of Divine Inner Light is the book version of a project that existed as a Facebook event between the Winter and Summer solstices of 2015/2016. During that time, I invoked my own inner wisdom to provide daily inspirations for cultivating the inner wisdom, the inner light of ourselves into new becomings of who we are together and separately.
For 182 days, I reflected on the pathway of invoking inner light from the depths of Winter to the height of Summer. I compared my reflections to nature and to the cultivation, the becoming of a planted seed. These short refections also included daily imagery that served to enhance the reflection and the experience, many of which included my personal photographs and artwork.
Solstice to Solstice: Rebirthing of Divine Inner Light is a journey of deeper reflection, of deeper questioning in relating ourselves to the earth and to the nature of our collective evolution.
Solstice to Solstice: Allowing Death, Cultivating Heart [in progress}
Solstice to Solstice: Allowing Death, Cultivating Heart is a current 184 day journey from the Summer to Winter Solstices of 2017. This journey will be about ending the current dream of life and creating a new dream with heart. Join the Facebook group for daily excerpts.
My Rising Heart: A Path of Love and Intimacy [tentative title of work in progress]
My Rising Heart: A Path of Love and Intimacy will include poems written to invoke reflective heart openings and complementary artwork that invokes a greater depth of feeling and understanding.
Portals into Your Sacred Knowledge: A Journey of Deepening Awareness [tentative title of work in progress]
From June 14, 2015 to July 1, 2015, I embarked on a journey to several sacred sites within Ireland, England, and Scotland. While at these sites, I meditated, engaged with spirit, reflected, toned, and created drawings to express the vibrations of each site as they flowed through my body. Portals into Your Sacred Knowledge: A Journey of Deepening Awareness will include details of my journey, reflections, artwork, recordings, and insights into how to gain sacred knowledge and to deepen personal awareness.
June 8, 2015
|Within the Soft Beats of Our Heart ~~~ Our hearts beat beat, beat ~ beat, beat beat, beat ~ beat, beat all day long giving us life keeping us alive We almost never give it a second thought it beats constantly rhythmically pumping our blood enriching our body Within each beat our heart offers us existence But, what about that existence? Within those beats we may sense pounding tension relaxed subtlety and all that exists in between But can we sense can we listen to what lies underneath each beat Can we listen very quietly to every message coming in going out Can we sense the messages and accept them as sweet caresses that soften our soul that deepen our existence What will you allow into your life into your soul Will you listen to your heart softly Allow it to nurture you quietly As the beating of your heart persists throughout all of your existence until it beats no more ~ Cedar StarSpirit|
March 15, 2015
|Feeling Grief ~~~ I feel grief welling inside of me lolling around and waiting to erupt with the powerful force of a rolling river But this grief I feel does not feel like my own it has no cause within my life at least at this moment But I feel it coming Is this really mine I wonder Maybe I’m feeling the grief of another deep within them lolling and rolling waiting to burst forward Regardless my heart feels crushed my soul aching my body losing ambition losing creativity losing desire as another wave runs through me Feeling the turbulence now of the yearning of the sorrow And then ever so quietly I hear my heart calling desiring to be broken open just a little bit more to release and surrender just a bit more letting the grief out of my heart cleansing my soul and renewing my body I know not from where this comes only that it needs transforming And thus I sit with this grief allowing it to do its job of transforming me of releasing me and allowing me greater surrender greater openness and greater ease ~ Cedar StarSpirit|
March 3, 2015
|Taking Refuge ~~~ When did we stop feeling our own sacredness When did we stop offering sanctuary from within our hearts to everyone to everything When did we start to need to take refuge within the heart of another When did the world become so vile that we could not feel our own sanctuary but could only find it in another To find another so that we can find love find safety find forgiveness find rest find peace Why must we take refuge How can we find refuge within ourselves that can then be offered to all others Can we be love be safety be forgiveness be rest be peace If we can then perhaps we can take refuge in the world rather than away from it ~ Cedar StarSpirit|