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Lianne Raymond

Lianne Raymond is a personal development coach and psychology teacher who helps people love themselves and one another better. She recently scared herself by giving a talk dedicated to her dearly missed dad. It contains the essence of her mission and message and she is thrilled to share it with you in his honour: Love with Wild Abandon.


Visit her at her website LianneRaymond.com or connect with her on twitter @Lianne_R.

 


Lessons from the tangled cedars

 

Bear
Teach me about hibernation
How to feast unashamedly
How to peel back the bark
and find the sweet blood of the tree
How to curl up in the cave
Lay on the moon’s blanket
Chart a course for all pilgrims of rest
Until spring wakes you
With her salmon dreams

 

Salmon
Teach me the sweet alchemy of wild streams
How to listen for the quivering memory
of what I was born for
How to dive into secret pools of strength
And polish the river rocks with the dance of my body
Chart a course for all pilgrims of desire
Until they trust the current
And are ready to feed the bear

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Thank you, Samantha, for always introducing the best poets. Lianne’s voice is uniquely sensitive; I will seek out more of it!

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I am not an overly religious person but your poem reminds me of a quote from the Gnostic Gospels…”If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you.” The imagery is clear and strong. I feel a painting coming on.
Thank you.

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If you want to take my breath away, just compare me to Mary Oliver. Wow. I’m smiling and feeling a little shy as I read these comments – thank you all so much.

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simply beautiful. and true.
thank you for sharing.

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…dive into secret pools of strength and polish river rocks with the dance of my body…
It is all so rich, earthy and sensual!

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Thank you. I needed to see, hear and feel, right now, how the cycle actually nourishes the whole. From under the cedars you untangle the rhythms. As you always do. Thank you.

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And I MUST comment again now that I see you’ve linked to your video “Love With Wild Abandon.”

SO powerful. Many swirling pools of strength, Lianne, that you invite us into with passion and power. Mmmmmm.

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…diving into secret pools of strength…

May it be so. And somehow, when I read your words, I feel that it actually is.

Thank you, Lianne.

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With humility and gratitude you write beautifully Lianne. Thank you for reminding me of what it means to accept our true nature.

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I love how you talk about both the bear and the salmon, equally. I feel like even though you first start off with addressing them separately, because the bear will, of course, eventually eat the salmon, they become one together.

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beautiful! felt the connecting with the earth, nature…

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primal and earthy – wonderful. It connects to everything I believe in about going back to go forward.

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Lovely. Especially the image of diving into secret pools of strength. :)

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Inspiring and soul enriching. Thank you Lianne for your perceptive wonderment.

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I agree with, Heather… I felt Mary Oliver’s essence as I read it, yet with your own distinct voice. Beautiful, Lianne!

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It’s beautiful Lianne. It has the essence of Mary Oliver, but with your own voice. :)

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Ah, Lianne, this poem really inspires me to trust my true nature much more. And it’s given me a way to see how even the “dreadful” things that happen to us in life can be purposeful and a meaningful and important service to others. Thank you.

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