Barbara (Barbe) Snow is a shamanic practitioner, teacher and writer. She has been named both Oracle and StoryMaker in sacred community. She carries the Inka lineage of healing traditions integrated with Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga, Buddhism, Native American and Ascension teachings. She is an hospice Chaplain who served at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, CA. She taught shamanism in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and since 2008 in the Denver, Colorado, area. She currently teaches Shamanism for Modern Life and Soul Retrieval for Wholeness at Colorado Free University and holds teaching circles, ceremonies, and healing sessions at her home in the mountains SW of Denver, CO.
Barbe is a writer and poet, author of the newly released Survivor: The Phoenix Spring, Previous works include The Sudden Caregiver: Surrendering to Enlightenment and Inside Out: The Songs and Sighs of a Healing Human as well as numerous essays, poems and stories that have appeared in Evolving Woman, The Beachwood Voice, InPosse Review, and Neworld Review. Her latest book of poetry, The Phoenix Spring, companion to The Sudden Caregiver, will be released Spring 2012.
As an Emergence Midwife, she regularly creates unique experiences to help you empower your authentic self. She is a gifted storyteller, speaker and performer. Barbe’s Bucket List Brigade Travel Club is a supportive structure for adventures to pull you out of your box into greater joy.
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Survivor: The Phoenix Spring
by Barbara Snow
These poetic cries of an agonized re-birthing are poignant poems that reveal the author’s soul as she courageously shares her highly personal account of the wounding & healing inherent in every tragedy. The devastating stroke of her bridegroom of only six weeks initiated a process of intense grief, letting go, allowing, accepting, confronting and eventual healing.
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Smashwords book reviews by Barbara Snow
- Poles Apart
on June 10, 2011
A good story shows us people struggling to change, to make life better. It makes us care about them enough to forget that we’re reading a story and inspires us to changes of our own. The characters in Poles Apart are lovable in their humanness and forgivable in their fears and confusion, particularly since the patterns with which they struggle result from some of the most horrendous experiences possible.
Chaim Schlessel spent nearly half of his formative teen years in Auschwitz and lost his family there. He committed to living his life fully and joyfully as the only way to make sure the oppressors failed in their attempt to destroy him and his people. Unfortunately his refusal to speak of the past created a void for his son David, who when confronted with the atrocities that obliterated his family, had no way to comprehend or integrate such history. This is a story about the damage to good people when truth is feared and fear deepens the darkness inside. It is a delightful snapshot into the dynamics of a modern Jewish family living in a typical mid-western city—Cleveland, OH. It is also a testament to the ability of loving family (whether it’s the one you were born into or one you chose) to heal the wounds of the past and support the freedom to be authentic.
While Poles Apart is a pleasurable read, it does not dodge the horrors that are part of our collective history. The memories of horrors that are meted out in tolerable measure still cause the stomach to clench and the body to shiver. Wyatt does an admirable job, particularly since she writes based on personal knowledge. It is appropriate and necessary to hold the human potential for destruction in consciousness. Americans are not exempt. The holocausts in this country began with the extermination of 19 million Native Americans and continued with blacks, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Japanese, and now threatens Hispanics and any others who become “demonized” by the perceived ruling class. Adolph Hitler actually stated that he used the model of the U.S. Government’s treatment of Native Americans in his design for the concentration camps.
This book does not try for the kind of distance that addresses the mass manipulation of citizens by their government. It is close to home and heart—close to the places where you and I live in modern cities with a relative sense of security. It reminds us of the ripple effect that violence and degradation have on people, families and communities. It is time that we acknowledge that like the adult children of alcoholics, the adult children of survivors of any violence also carry scars in their psyche. Ultimately, this story of the Schlessel family reminds us that we do not remain victims unless we choose to. Chaim Schlessel demonstrates profoundly that who we struggle to be and how we live is ultimately the place of victory.
- The Oneness Process: Appreciative Inquiry for Awakening Our Universal Wisdom
on July 04, 2013
Are you brave enough to do the Oneness Process?
The evolution – or actually, the remembering and reclaiming of spiritual technologies – as taught by such luminaries as Gregg Braden tells us that the feeling – the combination of thought and emotion IS THE PRAYER. This review is not about Braden’s work, (although I encourage everyone to view his teachings on www.youtube.com). The point is to imagine the world as you want it, to feel what it’s like to be there, and to invite the vibration to permeate your being.
Iris K. Barratt, author of The Oneness Process, has created a simple, enjoyable process to do this. Yes, there are other ways, such as collaging a vision board or meditation. The beauty of Barratt’s process is that it takes you into unexplored territory, where your imagination gets to play and your preconceived notions, while not judged, get a rest.
This is a process of appreciative inquiry. It’s all about YOU…the authentic you, not the “supposed to” you.
As Barratt writes about critical thinking:
“When thinking critically and analytically, we evaluate the evidence for the belief of knowledge claimed. We ask if there is evidence to support the claim. Keep in mind that evidence that is relevant depends on the type of belief or knowledge at state. Scientific method is concerned with empirical evidence that can be measured, weighed and observed. However, making an aesthetic or ethical claim usually involves non-empirical types of evidence, which for many is evaluating on the basis of direct experiences of the outcomes. It is desirable to balance the will to believe with the will to doubt; but for the critical thinker, the will to doubt and to question precedes the adoption of beliefs… The goal of critical thinking is not absolute certainty! It is to make the best decisions that you can, given your present circumstances.
Barratt’s "Process to Go" worksheet contains the basic twelve questions to get you started.
1. I wonder what I appreciate most about ___________________?
2. I wonder how many interesting ways I can imagine creating more _______________?
3. I wonder what fascinating experience or story illustrates _________________ for me?
4. I wonder what positive new activities feeling more ___________ might inspire me?
5. I wonder how I can appreciate the positive influences of ______________ in my life in a deeper way?
6. I wonder what I might benefit from releasing or letting go of to draw more __________ into my life?
7. I wonder what relationships could benefit most from my claiming and sharing _______?
8. I can clearly sense I am feeling ____________ when ___________________?
9. I wonder how many other positive qualities might inspire my experiences with ___________?
10. I wonder what matters most about _____________ to most people?
11. How might we know that _____________ is a universal quality?
12. If I found a wise voice to express the impact of ___________, what might it say?
Now, try working these questions with what Barratt calls Essences, Universal Values or Spiritual Qualities. This is where you get to stretch your imagination. She lists over 50, such things as Honesty, Honoring, Humor, Humility, Illumination, Innocence, Inspiration, Integration, Integrity, Inquiry, Intuition, Joy, Justice. Then she offers additional questions (48) and additional words (50+).
This is a process to be savored and explored, inspired by the work Barratt herself has done in answering the questions. She exposes her process with humble vulnerability and humor. The anecdotes she pulls from her own life are truly inspiring and clearly demonstrate how such a simple tool helps you create the unique richness your heart desires.
It’s a vibrational thing. David Hawkins, MD. PhD., in his paradigm-shifting book Power vs Force (Hay House 1995, 1998, 2002) documented the vibrational rate of different emotions and how true happiness lies in the higher vibrational emotions. Barratt’s process not only opens up new vistas, but it holds you in the energy of those dreams, which is what ultimately makes them real.
You can do bits and pieces on a commuter train or at a stop light or you can take yourself on retreat. Just be sure to note the synchronicities and small (or large) miracles as they accumulate while you use The Oneness Process to uncover the authentic you.
- Children's Celebrations & Ceremonies Workbook
on July 04, 2013
Much has been noted about the lack in American culture of celebrations of important milestones that help children recognize their growth into adulthood. Iris K. Barratt provides a workbook that stimulates your imagination and offers templates to help you provide that for the children (of all ages) in your life. Barratt's delightful sense of humor and insights into the value of co-creating ceremonies and celebrations will become your favorite tool for adding meaning and richness to your life and the lives of children you love.
- Ranting of a Psychic Grandmother
on July 04, 2013
Sometimes it's hard to be psychic and especially "interesting" when your depth of perception includes seeing what lies ahead for your grandchildren and future generations. Iris K. Barratt shares her experiences of being taught and comforted by spirit grandmothers who help her be a force for good. This book not only entertains but encourages all of us to trust the Universe and our perceptions and to support our collective offspring in simple but powerful ways. You will thoroughly enjoy Barratt's rantings and learn from them as well.
- The Joy of Synchronicity: Inspiring Short Stories
on July 04, 2013
Synchronicity, events and connections that appear so organically and effortlessly that we might miss how miraculously they help us, is our assurance that the Universe is listening and actually participating in our journeys. Iris K. Barrett writes with humor and humility as well as a cosmic view. This is a great book to grab any time you feel down or isolated or just want to remind yourself how much you are loved.