Dancing with the Divine

An earthly journey of awakening
by Katy Locke
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In her intimate spiritual memoir, Dancing with the Divine, Katy Locke enchants readers with the inexplicable story of her “earthly journey of awakening.” As a young woman suffering from low self-esteem, marginal health, and a confused sense of identity, Katy is catapulted again and again into unlikely encounters in the backwoods of Vermont. Katy’s vivid prose conveys her gradual emergence from confusion and cluelessness to wonder and awe as she is invited to dance with trees, is serenaded by wild turkeys, blessed by apples, heralded by the moon, greeted by beavers, called again and again to bare herself completely to chilly rains and streams.

These encounters contrast with Katy’s conscious identity and the unyielding demands of her daily life as breadwinner, waitress and apprentice woodworker, and homesteader; and only years later with the onset of acute illness, does she begin to appreciate them as an awakening of Spirit, portals of interconnected oneness, reflecting back to her something she was not yet ready to see -- her divinity. Her personal story offers global implications for humanity: how humans can unleash untapped potential for resilience and renewal in their deeply embodied yet supremely divine dance upon the Earth. 

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Mystery School Press
Katy Locke
I published my first book, Dancing with the Divine: an earthly journey of awakening, in May of 2021 through the Mystery School Press. My inspiration for writing it springs from a desire to show how my life experiences have been guiding me to see and understand what's true and what's possible quite differently from how I had been taught. I know I am not alone in this. I believe we each carry an important piece of a universal puzzle of possibility, and as we express ourselves, we awaken new perspectives, new potentials and step into new paradigms. I am inspired especially by the book, Harold and his Purple Crayon, as I now step into realities of my own creation by way of my first young adult fantasy series. I hope to inspire readers of all generations to inhabit the mystery of the Gaian community of life with creativity, whimsy and tender interrelationship. For guidance in this endeavor, I walk in the woods, pray in my labyrinth, listen to the wisdom of green beings, and chat with my mystical cat, Luna. Ever curious, I love to read and write about waking-up, paradigm shifting, and expanding Western notions of just about anything. I make my home in south-central New Hampshire, with its dramatic seasonal cycles and abundant natural wonders. Each day begins with an early morning meditation, a time for my consciousness to rest in silence and birdsong. This is typically followed by an hour of free-writing by hand, which may bring forth anything from yesterday’s triumphs and tribulations, to shopping lists and To Do’s, to unprecedented illuminations about what it means to be alive and bearing witness to our conscious, evolving universe.