Michelle Simonsonis creating written materials, photos, videos and a World Changing Game!
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In my immense gratitude to you for supporting me, not only will you be my new BFFs, but I will put your name on a list on my altar and will send you daily love. You also have the option to make a request (via email) for something you want in your life and I will deliver it to a labyrinth or spiral within two weeks. Photo available by request.
I will send you my popular Full Moon Blog (now exclusive to Patreon supporters) on every full moon. Excellent content for your inner Trickster and for navigating tricky times! Will also send out a howl for you on the every full moon!
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Like Mary Poppins (my lifelong mentor and someone to whom I am frequently compared) I am an excellent companion to have with you on your inner and outer adventures.
I began creating versions of Sparks & Leaps in 2010, and began writing regular bimonthly blogs in June of 2014. The creative directions I have taken with Sparks & Leaps have morphed several times, but my current venture (which is what all of the others were leading up to) is turning Sparks & Leaps into a game.
I have spent a small fortune on coaches and on research and development of Sparks & Leaps. I have learned so much! And now I am beyond thrilled and honored to share it in this surprising new way.
The object of the game is to practice shifting from reacting to life's ever changing challenges with unconscious old survival conditioning/ cultural conditioning/ ancestral patterns (which typically triggers amygdala/ "reptile brain" generated stress hormones and fight/ flight/ freeze) to a seemingly counter intuitive new response.
Rather than working hard to "fix" (as in repair or get an addictive fix) "problems", playing Sparks & Leaps activates curiosity as to how EVERYTHING that Life presents can be of benefit --especially what seems to be the worst possible traumas. Reframing old stories and old patterns into a game that we are choosing to play changes everything.
In the process of setting up the game, players are connected to their own personal supportive allies and creating adventures crafted specifically for them to assist with navigating that time (individually and collectively) in between when an old way of life is ending and the new one is still a mystery*.
I have a ridiculous amount of material and have figured out a way to organize it so that new players who are are overwhelmed with their current life circumstances can easily begin to play it and highly skilled players can play it indefinitely. It is not a game to be won and ended, but there are endless wins to celebrate throughout the game.
It is my heartfelt wish that what I learned from a very full life filled of challenges (and privileges) as well as studying the stories of how so many others had similar experiences following their perfect storms in life will support and inspire you during those dark times in your life.
And I know that the benefits you will receive will ripple outward to those in your immediate circle and farther out into the world. This matters to me even more than whether or not the game becomes a financial success for me.
I am phasing out my old stories of scarcity and replacing them with new ones that are truer and better, and have experienced some jaw-dropping synchronicities and miracles that have reinforced my new stories.
That being said, caring for children is not a highly paid profession. I have felt repelled to "monetizing" my blog, and none of the other attempts at creating a livelihood with my rather quirky skill set (including leading outdoor adventures etc.) is supporting me -- much less the sustainable livelihood I would like as I head into my 60s.
Creating this game, with all of the many challenges, is exactly what I have needed. It is how I have been practicing playing the game. But I have mostly been playing it alone. One of the central tenets of the game is connecting with allies --I need you to play with me!
Getting this Game ready will require more financial resources than I currently have available. So I am hoping you (along with many other wonderful allies) will make it possible for me. I believe with all of my heart that this is my Life Mission and I am deeply grateful for however the miracles unfold for me to be able to offer this gift to you --and to the world through you.
I attended the Uiversity of MN. I have an Early Childhood Certificate and BA (Magna Cum Laude) in American Studies with minors in Child Psychology, Women's Studies and English. I have been a voracious researcher, reading countless books and articles, and taking classes ever since graduation. And if there were honors issued for experience in play and adventure, I would have at least a PHD or perhaps a Nobel Play Prize!
*Charles Eisenstein calls this "the space between stories". Joseph Campbell calls it "the special world of the heroes journey". SARK calls at The Marvelous Messy Middle. William Bridges calls it "The Neutral Zone". I call it "The Land of &" -- An inclusive place of connection and integration using the magical power hidden right smack in the middle of our greatest challenges.