Keep Reaching for your Dream!

I have always had a dream to be a writer. I think it was formed because my mother read to me every night. But, when I was six years old, I was having such a hard time learning to read myself. In first grade, the school I attended taught reading by vocabulary. About mid-year we moved and the new school taught phonics. I became completely lost and embarrassed reading in front of the class.

Eventually, it began to make sense, but I think the hurdles I had to climb just made me appreciate words and their meanings. Through my desperate desire to understand, I realized I loved to write – mostly poetry at that time.

As a young woman, in 1972, I found myself in Spain for 3 ½ years. Television was not available and the only entertainment I had was reading. I read at least two used paperback books a week. This taught me so very much about story, context, content and structure – and it led me to something I didn’t expect.

In 1987, I was taking a two-year course in children’s literature. It was very focused and concise, and I loved it! One of the assignments was to develop a children’s book – which I called, Crabtree. We were to create the initial structure and a storyline, writing about 100 pages. After I graduated, I packed all my writing into boxes, and with my husband and kids we moved to Bozeman, Montana.

Little did I know, I was stepping into a new purpose, a powerful calling that would soon make sense to my life. It was then that I began my research and initial storyline for what was to become, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher.

From that point on… what followed was purely an awakening, a journey that would take many, many twists and turns. It was hard, crazy, mystical, wonderful and completely life changing. What I began to realize was that this very journey was a vital step for me to be able to reach my writing dream. For I needed a deeper understanding of Spirit as it related to me and the world.

When COVID hit, many things were put on hold, even our movement with Sacajawea.  I had always wanted to finish that “Crabtree” book, and this would be the perfect opportunity. I had revisited it a few times over the years, but now I believed I was ready. With the basic story of 100 pages, I began to push and pull the words into finally realizing the message they needed to bring.

The story talks about change, about adjusting, about things we cannot explain and about the importance of writing our own chapters in our lives and not letting someone else write them… It is about walking toward the light even through the darkness. If you have a young person in your life (ages 7-12), I invite you to share Crabtree with them.

We are given dreams for a reason! One thing I’ve learned, “If you have a dream written on your heart, there’s already a way to reach it! Keep Walking! Keep exploring the possibilities! Keep reaching!”

I Love you,
Jane

Just published this month (it only took 33 years)! Illustrated by my daughter, Shawna N. Fitzpatrick, Crabtree is available on Amazon, and in the Spirit Wind Collection online store

Awakening!

Sometimes we just cannot see…. we can’t see an answer, we can’t see a purpose, we can’t see our dream, and we question and wonder why. So many times we over think and we don’t realize we just have to get out-of-the-way.

For two years, while trying to get Sacajawea produced in LA, I came to realize I was actually there for a different reason. It was painful and lonely… it was life-changing.

“Awakening” is a compilation of thoughts and wonderings. Some of these words came to me as I slept… usually I was awakened around 3 AM. There was always a Sacajawea script laying on my bed; I wrote the words on the backs of the pages. This happened night after night.

What I came to remember through it all, is that life is not what we think in our minds… and that we are reverently and wonderfully made. 💖🥰❤

“The essence and words of this book came from Nature, from walking a path, from listening, from the sun and moon, the wind and waves, the clouds and birds, the shifting sand and rocky soil – the light and the dark.”

This is the first in a book series called, Embrace the World with Love Words, and the World will be Changed. AWAKENING

And, the Blind shall See…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned on Sacajawea’s illuminating and sometimes crazy path, it’s that our greatest purpose may not be what we think. Many times, when I thought I knew something… it turned out in a completely different way. And, there was always something to be learned about my dream, about my Calling…

One day, about 7 years ago, the words of scripture suddenly became real to me. It was when I was reading 1 Corin 2:14. I had read it many times before in my life, but this one time it was like a bright light switched on in the Universe! It was so relevant to my heart’s longing. The words that were given that day were: “…Spiritual things cannot be discerned in the mind.”

This explained so very much to me about our world, about getting out-of-the-way, and about the journey I was walking. It explained the transparent, and mystical truth around belief and faith.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it here again – we do not know everything, but indeed, everything is known. We just have to keep walking in truth, belief and faith. Then, our every need, our every crossroad, our every question will be answered and made known to us through spirit.

It is a lifetime process, and no one achieves it all the time, but when we understand that our mind is not where we “SEE,” then we have acknowledged a higher power at work within us.

God is Spirit IN us.
In Spirit and in Truth.

Pictures of my quest from the shores of the Pacific Ocean, to the great mountains, the National Parks, and other magnificent locations – with some of the people who believe (and there are so many more!). Thank you, everyone, I cherish you.

Where is normal?

Early one morning, I woke up from a deep sleep. The thought on my heart was, “What is normal? Where is normal?”

I lay there for a moment thinking about these questions, wondering about the tears that seemed to come to my eyes during the day, for no reason. I realized something that morning, that’s what we do… We think about the question – we get hung up on it, all teary-eyed or angry, and we miss the answer.

As Spiritual Beings, our normal is “Goodness.” We want it, and the heart knows. But so many times our humanness is at odds with our spirit.

Let us remember our normal goodness. Peace. Grace. Love. Compassion. Oneness… Yes, it warms us to say the words but they become real only with action. This is the morning song and our intuition knows it.

Rest in it. Listen to it. Come back to the normal of our spiritual self. That is what will heal us.

#SpiritualBeingsHavingaHumanExperience

When will you hear your heart song?

In 2012, I wrote this blog on my website. It seems an eternity ago, and so much has happened in the interim. In 2012, it had been 9 years since I started writing the screenplay, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, from a manuscript I began in 1989…

Yes, 31 years ago, I sat on Fort Rock in Three Forks, MT, watching the eagles fly above me, knowing in my soul I was here to write Sacajawea’s story.

“April 3, 2012 — What makes us happy?  From childhood we’ve been aware of things that give us joy. Oh, the specifics change over the years, but one constant is the feeling we get when we do what we love.

Life isn’t easy. It holds many challenges and sometimes a lot of pain. At times, it’s easier to align ourselves with the sorrow, especially when it shows its face daily. Friends come and go, families get misunderstood and circumstances can be devastating. When we’re down and out, what will bring us home?  Home to the warm smiles, the big embraces, the cozy backdrop of a crackling fire…

‘It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.’ ~ Marcia Wieder

Wouldn’t it be amazing if every day our hearts could sing, despite what’s happening around us?

I will soon be stepping into the last third of my life. I have experienced motherhood, grand-motherhood and I was fortunate enough, even after great heartache, to find the love of my life. But, over the last nine years – oh, my, what a difficult nine years – I have been trying to achieve my “heart’s” desire.  Writing, creating, pitching, imagining, pitching, visioning, creating, writing, writing…

What is my heart’s song?  To be a writer – to share the stories of people from history, and capture the essence and purpose of their lives.

This blog is a place where my heart will sing.  It has not been easy getting here – in fact, it’s been down right hard. But, nevertheless, here I am writing you on this day, April 3, 2012. I am so excited about where this path will lead, and I know in my heart this is what I must do.”

Divine EnergyIn 1989 or even 2012, I had no idea this journey was going to be so completely transforming. In the beginning, I thought I was just writing a story of an Indigenous girl. And, what emerged was an awakening that has taken nearly half my life. I have been shown messages in the clouds, visions and wonders and words that were so deeply spiritual, I usually had to walk a little further to understand. And, I’m still walking.

I would never trade this path, nor wish it had been different, for what I’ve learned is that the heart’s song is already in me – I just have to work every day to embrace it. Every day I must do something that helps me listen.

What are we called to do in our lives? Certainly not what’s easy, not what’s obvious, not what makes sense… We are called to a spiritual melody just for us, and we have a lifetime (it may take that long) to learn to hear it.

ONWARD!
Jane

I remember my vision from when I was a young girl –

From Sacajawea, The Windcatcher – A Novel by Jane L. Fitzpatrick

Sacajawea shell

“I saw myself sitting on a narrow strip of land that seemed to never end, weaving along the edge of the sea. Water crashed and climbed over the sand, again and again, creeping up higher toward me.

A mist hung in the sky and there was no definition between it and the earth. It danced with foggy shades of blue, red and gold. The sound was like the rhythm of wind and rain pounding, crashing through a forest, yet, there were no trees. White birds cried with shrill voices, climbing and diving in freedom, transparent in their existence…

An Elder of my people was with me – though I had never seen him before. We sat together by a roaring fire. He took two diamond-shaped shells from his pouch and gave them to me.

I followed his caring eyes and I will never forget his words. He told me, ‘These shells were tossed back and forth for ages in the great sea. The sand and rolling waves made the edges smooth and easy to carve into these shapes. You are like the shell, young one. Remember this, for it is part of your journey.’

I believe in visions. I believe they can mirror our path, but I do not know how. I breathe deeply and my heart begins to pound. I lick the shell and taste the salt… a mystery. There is a remembering, like I know something in my soul, yes, something to come.”

The Novel – Sacajawea, The Windcatcher

book cover hardbackFor the first four weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine, I was feeling quite down – which is unusual for me. For over ten years, I had been devoting nearly my entire life to the pursuit of Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, an epic film project. Through incredible ups and downs, from hard situations to truly inspirational wonders, the journey has been life-changing.

And, just as the project was ramping up, moving closer to the next phase, a pandemic took over the world. Yes, a powerful set of brakes hit the road and absolutely everything stopped. Not only did it stop, there was also no game plan for when, where, how we would all continue… If there’s one thing I’ve learned along this path, Creation has its own timing about things, and that is one of the biggest lessons!

So, as I said, the first month was shocking and scary, and all I could do was try to protect those I care for and believe for a better world to come.

As those weeks went by, with so much time to think, I began to look at other ideas.  Last year, I had started the novel based on the Sacajawea screenplay but had not gotten very far, only a few pages. I was too busy trying to produce and get the funding for the film.

Desk from officeAs I read the script again, it seemed like now was the perfect time to pour myself into the story by writing the book. So, from my office on the second floor,  I began to get serious about this endeavor.

Now, writing a novel requires a very different writing technique than writing a screenplay. And, I had the idea of writing Sacajawea’s thoughts in present-tense, so we can understand her more deeply and experience who she was from her own heart. This decision has turned out to be quite difficult going back and forth in tenses, but I feel it will be compelling and moving.

I will be sharing with you some of the FIRST DRAFT of this book as I write. I am on page 25 at the moment with many pages to go. But, I am inspired and I believe this is the very next step on the journey to share Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, and her message of Love, Peace, Oneness and Respect for the Earth, with the world.

Here is the beginning of her story that I want to share with you.

 

Creation has a way of slowing us down, making us uncomfortable at times, and giving us an opportunity to awaken.

Love,

Jane

A Journey of OUR discovery…

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www.sacajaweathemovie.com

This journey to write and produce Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, the story of an icon of history, has taken me through twists and turns on a harrowing adventure. It has tested my patience and tenacity, and required a continual awakening, believing in something unseen. And, I have been a lesson-in-patience for Spirit, too, as I have made mistakes and needed to learn much about myself and this magical Calling.

This project is much more than I ever imagined. In the beginning, I was not able to see its magnitude, and quite possibly it may have scared me away if I had – for I was not yet looking for the miracles. I had to learn to get out-of-the-way, I had to believe the Words spoken, I had to watch for the Wonders, I had to be grateful.

When I started up this path, I didn’t know what to expect. I only knew, while sitting alone on Fort Rock, in Three Forks, Montana, May 20, 1989, I heard a voice in my ear that said, “I want you to write my story.”  It wasn’t a loud voice, more like a thought from somewhere else, but it was not to be ignored. Though initially, I made an attempt to write the story as a children’s book, I wasn’t yet spiritually ready to really begin. In fact, it wasn’t until 2003, when my daughter, Jerah, was heading to California to film school, and she prophetically suggested I write that Sacajawea story into a screenplay.

Jane at Bow River Calgary CA
Location Scout, Bow River near Calgary AB, Canada

It took me four years of what seemed like unending research and writing, and listening to a Spiritual voice I didn’t always understand. I had to capture the enormous Lewis & Clark journey and project it through Sacajawea’s eyes. I would come to learn, it was far bigger than even that. A miracle transpired, and eventually, the story became a reality in 2007, from a first-time screenwriter. After which, I had no idea what to do next, as I walked into the great unknown.

The journey has been long since then, with pitfalls at every turn, it seemed. It has required much personal sacrifice and unrelenting faith. Over the last two years, I have truly become aware of the depth and breadth of this project and its greater purpose.  It is so much more than a movie. When I look back over the path to get where we are, I marvel at the miracles, the synergies, the matrix, the enormous effort Spirit has made to wake us up, to show us something incredible, to communicate with us through nature and to be with us as we boldly walk ONWARD, no matter what.

I am overflowing with gratitude for our graphics and film professionals and those who are yet to come. As a team, we are committed to sharing Sacajawea’s message of Oneness, Unity, Peace and Love with the world – for she has gone to great lengths to bring it to us.

At the beginning of the film, from an eagle’s POV,  we soar across the big screen – we are flying high to incredible heights, passing the clouds, the sun and the stars!  And, the Light from this Warrior Woman Spirit is touching us all. We will never be the same, not us and not the world.

Watch for more very soon, as we move closer to production every day!  And, thank you for your devotion to following the path with us –  A journey of OUR discovery.

ONWARD!

Jane

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Teaser Reel shoot on the Oregon coast, Fort Stevens State Park.

See it, know it, BE the change in the world — What is Love?

20150505_124121.jpgJune 14, 2015 – Love is not “religious.” We can believe on these words for we know we are more than just a body, more than just a mind… we have Creator’s Spirit within us (spirit).

We also have the eternal thought of love that moves us (mind), and our eyes and ears are ready to see and hear, and make choices as we walk it out (body). Yes, as One we are part of the Holy vibration and Sacred energy of that which IS. True love is not bound, for it is transparent, pure and free.

Reach out to your Soul this day! Take a few minutes and step outside, become a watcher of your heart. Read these words, and on every breath, hold the phrase for a moment, asking yourself what it really means to your life, not as a religious or non-religious person, but as a Spiritual Being?

*1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

Even if I dole out all that I have to the poor [in providing food], and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

Love endures long and is patient and kind;

love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy,

is not boastful or vainglorious,

does not display itself haughtily.

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride);

it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking;

it is not touchy or fretful or resentful;

it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away;

as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect),

and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man/woman, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma],

but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face!

Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us],

Faith, Hope and Love — these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE.

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LOVE IS ONLY GIVEN — Live in Love THIS way, and you will see it, know it and BE the change we all seek in the world.

*1 Corinthians 13 Amplified Bible with helps