Catching Stars in your Cloak

Catching the stars in your cloak ..... Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)

Catching the stars in your cloak ….. Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)

One day I’d like to invite someone in for tea, herbal tea and cookies. Something made from lavender, or rose.

I’ll have crystals and flowers in my window sills, and we’ll sit for a moment of silence, watching white light or rain fall on glass, hear the sweet sound of chimes in the wind.

Then they’ll talk, and I’ll listen, and see a flame trapped inside. I’ll show them their light, their beauty, what they can bring to the world, and to themselves. Maybe I’ll speak of the Goddess, if I feel they want to know her, – the true healer of hearts, and I’ll let them talk, and cry, until the river is spent, and the sky clears, if only for a moment.

I want to create a place of healing for them, with fragrances, incense, sacred oils. A place beyond time, to rest, to recover, to remember the spirit, and dreams of the heart.

I feel this place inside of me, in a house of white walls, and I wish for it to be created, some day, when everything is ready. When I’m ready. Perhaps one day we’ll all bless ourselves and others, touching the world with our dreams.

It was the farmer’s market that brought this back to me, and the woman at her stall, surrounded by lavender. I bought herbs from her, and she gave me apple mint tea, and I wanted to linger for a while, because the sweetness of that place felt like something I needed.

I feel we can bring so much healing to others, by sharing of ourselves, our gifts.


I felt it was a day of dreams, and spirit speaking. I bought a book on sale, that I had wanted to read again. It sat alone outside the shop, waiting for me, a book about daring to live our dreams. Dare your life, it said.

I did share a little of myself that day. I went to the hairdresser, and felt shy, as I always do when I feel I’m expected to talk, to somehow entertain others. What I really wanted was to read or close my eyes, but that felt a little rude, so I politely responding to his questions as best I could.

Then I felt more comfortable asking him questions, about his life, his dreams even, as I had shared that I wanted to write a book.

And he told me many things, interesting things, that you would never know from just looking at someone. And he said he too wanted to write, but he didn’t think he had the time, didn’t think he could do it. And yet, he seemed inspired, and that uplifted me, and I hoped he would honor his desire to create something, to share stories from his life.

I told him I actually had written a book, a very short one, and I gave him the name of it. He looked it up and said he would check it out, and seemed sincere. Again felt very shy, but grateful, happy even. I was glad that I had written that little book, and didn’t feel so much like tearing it apart like I often want with things I create. I felt grateful that I had tried, that I had written something from the heart, from a place deep within and put it out there. Because I wanted to, hoping it could bring a bit of light to someone.

What do you dream of? 

I’m sharing a video in Norwegian, but with English subtitles. It’s an interview with the author of Dare Your Life.

8 Comments on Catching Stars in your Cloak

  1. Ella
    August 13, 2015 at 9:09 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a beautiful place to be, a place we all need.

    • Anne Linn
      August 13, 2015 at 9:16 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, thank you Ella 🙂

  2. Jodi Sky
    August 13, 2015 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

    Your dream is beautiful dear Anne! Thanks for reminding me of my own. I dream of creating healing gardens where jaded souls, wounded women and tired mothers can go to find peace and restoration. Your book is just so precious. I hope that many more people get to read your story.
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    • Anne Linn
      August 14, 2015 at 7:05 am (4 years ago)

      Oh Jodi, I hope you get to create your garden, it sounds absolutely amazing. We need more healing places in the world.

  3. Laura
    August 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to come to that place, sounds very healing 🙂 I really hope you will get to be where you can make that a reality.

    It’s lovely how you were able to connect with the hairdresser and help him to open up about himself. I bet he doesn’t often get clients like that 🙂

    It’s nice you have been writing more recently. When I read your blog I feel like life could actually be beautiful, soft, hopeful.

    • Anne Linn
      August 14, 2015 at 7:06 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you for saying those things Laura 🙂

  4. sarah
    August 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the titles you have for your posts, they are like pieces of poetry. And I love the message in this post. The most inspiring people I know are those who are truly themselves, who live their dreams – or are moving towards their dreams with a quiet steadfastedness. It’s like you can see their soul in their eyes.
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    • Anne Linn
      August 14, 2015 at 7:07 am (4 years ago)

      I like what you said, seeing their soul in their eyes. Some people seem to really shine. And sarah, I’m learning so much from reading your blog, like how to write poetically. I read it every day.


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