Who Am I?
a rose by any other name...
my name is petra... i chose it for myself... it comes from the greek root for rock... 
it reminds me of the strength and wisdom i have at my command... 
petra is also the ancient capitol of jordan, a place of deep spiritual significance... 
many people ask why i don't capitalize my name... 
i usually tell them i am in my e.e.cummings phase... i believe it's more  than that... 
i also chose not to have a last name... for several reasons...  
after my last divorce, i looked at the list of last names i had to choose from...  
i realized that they all implied male ownership to me... 
i didn't belong to any of my ex's and i certainly didn't belong to my father any longer... 
so i decided to drop the last name..... 
i do not wish to imply membership to any family or clan other than the human family... 
my boyfriend calls me pet... i like that...

pet (pet) n. 1. any object of the affections  adj. 1. cherished and indulged, a favorite.

in chat i am known as criatura... it is an archetypal figure representing the wild feminine nature... Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves  tells us, "the word wild here is not used in its modern pejorative sense, meaning out of control, but in its original sense, which means to live a natural life, one in which the criatura, creature, has innate integrity and healthy boundaries.  These words, wild and woman, cause women to remember who they are and what they are about.....And this criatura is ..... both friend and mother to all those who have lost their way, all those who need a learning, all those who have a riddle to solve, all those out in the forest or the desert wandering and searching."

if you ask me what i do i will say i am a writer/activist,
this is always followed by the question "what does THAT mean?" 
and i answer "it is wonderful to have ideas, 
then  it requires someone to put them into action" 
i try not to just talk the talk... i like to walk the walk...

if you look at my business card, you will see that i am an experienced foole.... 
this is another archetypal figure perhaps most recognizable from tarot cards... 
if you look at the card for the foole, you will see that he seems to be on a great adventure... in fact, look closely... he is having so much fun, he doesn't notice he is fixing to step off a cliff into midair...  i've lived my life a little like that... stumbling into each new adventure with not a clue as to where it is leading...  that places me in alot of interesting situations, and makes me an experienced foole...

if you question me about my faith, i will tell you i am a mental scientist..... 
i have studied the Science of Mind for nearly 12 years now...
it is not my intention to convert anyone from their beliefs... 
in a nutshell, Science of Mind teaches that mind is the creative force in the universe.....
thoughts are indeed things....  i am also partial to the holographic model of the universe....

perhaps my most important title of all is that of grandmother rock... 
nearly two years ago, in a sweaty delivery room filled with dancing deadhead children, 
i witnessed the birth of my daughter's daughter...  i was honored to snip the umbilical cord, 
freeing another beautiful soul into this earth plane..... on that day, i accepted the matriarchy 
of my own clan, the Rock Clan.....  there is nothing that pleases me more 
than to see the people my three daughters are becoming..... 
i feel they have much to offer to the world community... 
all three are published writers, and you will be able to see their worldviews
on the link for the Rock Clan...

Who am I?   may be the toughest question we ever ask ourselves..... 
ask yourself again and again and see how your answers change.....
 
 write to petra at petraglyphs@reocities.com     increase the peace 

 
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