Poetry Medicine

In a poetry medicine session, we use poetry to explore and inquire into the voice of our own soul.  We choose a poem to work with, one that you already know or one we can choose together. We allow that poem to be a teacher and a vehicle of self-discovery, healing and transformation. I will be your ally as you dive into the medicine of your chosen poem, deeply listening and intuitively guiding you into a deeper discovery of your soul's longing through your chosen poem. I recommend a minimum of three sessions to delve deeply into this journey.

“When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs.” Hildegard von Bingen

 

Prayer

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones' just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
- Mary Oliver

 

A poetry session takes approximately one hour and costs €50 and can be in person or by Skype.

Contact me on 086 821 4512 to book. If you'd like to find out more Message me on Facebook

I also offer group poetry workshops and poetry dives - drop me an email if you are interested and keep an eye on when my next one is coming up here.

See here for the full list of treatments available.

Review

"I have always loved poetry. Or at least reading poems silently to myself. Working with Lucia on Poetry Medicine has opened a new world of poetry as a place to go to when thoughts and feelings need to be rearranged and a new personal truth can emerge. Lucia has a real gift to facilitate this emergence within a safe space. I highly recommend Lucia as a very knowledgeable and intuitive guide who walks the talk of poetry."
Martin O’ Connor
Clinical & Coaching Psychologist,
Chartered Psychologist (PSI).

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?" 

from The Summer's Day by Mary Oliver

My Poetry Journey


Annunciation - Marie Howe

Even if I don’t see it again — nor ever feel it
I know it is — and that if once it hailed me
it ever does –
and so it is myself I want to turn in that direction
not as toward a place, but it was a tilting
within myself,
as one turns a mirror to flash the light to where
it isn’t — I was blinded like that — and swam
in what shone at me
only able to endure it by being no one and so
specifically myself I thought I’d die
from being loved like that.

 

This is how poetry arrived to me. Lying on a floor while the words of Annunciation by Marie Howe were spoken aloud, and something inside of me melted. I asked afterwards, ‘what did you do, what were those words’ so profound the effect was on my entire being. I was called back to the place where I knew I was loved, and that place was and has always been inside me - the memory of it was inside me. The words of this poem showered over me that day changed everything and I remembered who I was, I could touch it, feel it, nothing could be the same again.

I continued to search out poems and began working with the wonderful teacher Kim Rosen. In her words, “Poetry is the language of the innermost self, where the grit of our humanness meets the grace of our vastness. Shamans, mystics, and healers always have known that the medicine of poetry literally can change brain chemistry and thus dissolve old patterns of thought, feeling, and physiology, aligning us with what is true, innocent, intimate, and holy within.”

Combined with music, movement, silence and magic, Poetry has the power of transformation. This work has changed my life profoundly and I invite you to experience it through my workshops, poetry dives and one to one sessions.

You do not need to be a lover of poetry, you simply have to be willing to open your heart to the possibility transformation through the magic of the spoken word through the prism of your soul calling.

Undressing - Rumi (tr Coleman Barks)

Learn the alchemy
true human beings know.
The moment you accept
what troubles you have been given,
the door opens.
Welcome difficulty,
as a familiar comrade.
Joke with torment,
sent by the Friend.
Sorrows are old rags of clothes
and jackets that serve to cover,
and then are taken off.
This is the undressing
and the naked body underneath
is the sweetness that comes
after grief.