Of the Flame, Poems - Volume 15

 To date, Wendy has composed 20 volumes of spiritual poetry. Of the Flame is the second in the series of her spiritual poetry or “vision quest poetry” to be published. The poetry continues to chronicle the inner journey of self-discovery and the Divine, awakening us to our own Truth as we travel the path, the personal journey, and awaken from the illusory separation of self and Divinity. Subsequently, self-forgiveness allows us to surrender to our wholeness without false perfection. When we cast blame and self-judgment aside, we transform, heal, and reawaken from “the mythos” of separation and become One.
From Wendy

My life experience continues to be a personal healing journey of
self knowledge, gained by participating in and or observing all 
facets of my own life story. I seek the meaning of life by giving 
my own life meaning. Originally a liberal arts student in the 1980's, 
I gravitated toward science (i.e., the genetics of small captive 
societies) during my years of academic study and increasingly 
became aware, and an advocate, of the interconnectedness of 
all living things. 

This understanding was refined through the years with the help of a holistic medical doctor who introduced me to his world of alternative, nontraditional medicine, beginning with ortho molecular medicine and vitamin therapy, and culminating, among other things, with acupuncture, homeopathy, intuitive healing, radionics, psychic healing, shamanistic healing, herbs, essences, and Chi Gong. 

Like Diogenes searching the world for an honest man, I searched traditional and nontraditional medicine for healing. My journey made me increasingly aware that all human societies, throughout the Ages, in each era or geographic location, recognize healers, regardless of the nature of the treatments offered, who communicate with life force energy, external to the individual but at the same time resident within the self. 

My realization that balance between these forms of life force energies is key to well-being led me to study and gain experience in radionics, homeopathy, iridology, and meditation; as a Reiki Master Teacher, a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner and self-help instructor, and as a student of Tibetan Yoga teacher training; and in Chi Gong, the healing properties of herbs, flower and gem essences, healing crystals and gems, and quantum healing.

About Wendy

After a 20 year hiatus from writing poetry, Wendy E. Slater has
 composed 20 volumes of spiritual poetry which began during a 
vision quest to Scotland in 2001. Much of Wendy E. Slater’s 
poetry was written during vision quests, spiritual awakenings, 
and the dark night of the soul, and this is why she refers to her 
poetry series as “vision quest poetry”, shamanic poetry, or 
spiritual poetry. Into the HearthPoems – Volume 14 preceded 
the release of her latest, Of the Flame, Poems – Volume 15
Wendy E. Slater lives in Vermont.
"Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." ~ Thomas Gray

Of the
Poems - Volume 15
Wendy E. Slater
“Wendy E. Slater's new volume of poetry, Of the Flame, reads like a smoking bowl of hot chilis right of the griddle. Consider this, 'Who is omniscient / Lies in wait / On the porch / To eat your ego alive,' and further, 'The unfolding / Is in the forest of my love, / Mysterious unchartered territory.' Profound, gutsy, full of life and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of passion and flame, indeed. Highly recommended." 
—JOHN A. PERKS, author of The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant Ven. Seonaidh Perks, Celtic Buddhist Lineage 

"Once again Wendy E. Slater turns her unique poetic talents, her gritty voice and her lyrical intensity to an exploration of the self, in contexts that demand a cunning navigation between the longing for companionship and the need for independence, between contemporary society's false glitter with its plastic wrapped apparent perfection and the true beauty that the mind demands but also fears. Hers is a world of shopping malls and tigers, AstroTurf and mountains, mud puddles and flame, contrasts that fuse into a powerfully rewarding poetic whole." 
—ROSEMARY LLOYD, Litt.D (Cambridge), scholar and translator, and author of Baudelaire's World 

"Wendy E. Slater revels in all aspects of love. Love between people—love's longings -- the bittersweet aspects of loving -- even the forgiving parts of love. Using short choppy lines in forceful poetics, she explains her feelings, her wishes and the boundaries of love. She describes the 'Coral majesty of fishes / In ecstatic hues / Of tropical vibration' and 'A bouquet / Of spring flowers / All ways / Unfolding in the Breath's / Sacred exhale' in terms of life itself. Ms. Slater successfully writes with intelligence and knowledge about the feelings and interactions between people and their effects on one another. She reaches the core and uncovers the basis. Each reader will relate to her words based on their own lives. We will all benefit from her poems providing this insight. To sum up this latest book of Poems, Wendy E. Slater writes about humanity with a ceaseless and challenging purpose." 
—D.R. DEUTSCH, Poet-In-Residence, Port Chester, Rye Brook Public Library 

"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." ~ Rita Dove