Imbolc is one of the four fire festivals of the Celtic world, dedicated to the Goddess Brighid. It is the time of renewal, the time of hope, the planting of the seeds of life that we wish to grow. Spring is also associated with the element of air.
The workshop will include learning about Imbolc, journey work, processing and integration of the information received, working with the element of air, sacred crafts traditional to Imbolc, and powerful Amazonian breath work. We... will end with a fire ritual.
Drums and rattles welcome. Please bring an eye mask or covering and something to write your experiences down on. This is important for reference. Devices will be turned off.
Please bring an offering for the sacred fire. Suggestions: incense, feathers, a written poem, something related to air that is combustible.
Cost ; $75 inclduing lunch
Please contact Siobhán (Shavonne) at 703-380-2961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Ways to heal our ancestral epigenetic inheritance includes the shamanic arts.
This beautiful poem by Jamie Jamie K. Reaser expresses beautifully what is in my heart today. Happy New Year to all.
To spend more time...
talking with trees;
To speak my Truth
and the Truth of those
who cannot speak
To let Nature set the
rhythm of my days
and the seasons of
my belonging to
To laugh with children
and some adults too;
To throw a wayward
into the ocean;
To dance to the music
that moves me;
To mend a broken wing,
or someone else’s;
To shine as light in the darkness
and become an ever-truer
friend to my shadows
To pick up my paint brushes again
and write songs that
I will never sing;
To learn the constellations
and share nights with friends
under starry skies;
To wear purple more often
and paint my toenails
and start contemplating
how I can become
one of those cool
old women when
the time arrives;
To make love,
honoring the sacred
and enjoying this embodiment;
To smile in pictures,
and smile when there
is no one around to notice
that I am smiling;
To find myself in awe of Life,
To hike in the rain more often,
splash in puddles,
and listen to streams;
To see gardening as co-creative process
and value the time shared
with the Mother;
To be fully present as I prepare my
meals and as I nourish my body,
savoring each bite;
To be of service in my Work
and to play;
To meditate on abundance
and express gratitude
at least as often as I
To forgive as an act of
duty to my soul,
a means of
expanding my heart,
and the laying of a
stepping stone on the
path to a better world;
To build community
and mirror beauty
back to all beings;
To be courageously vulnerable
and hang out with uncertainty
as if we were childhood
To simply be enough.
To love you,
because I can.
© 2011-2017/Jamie K. Reaser
Published in "Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life"
Photo: (c) Jamie K. Reaser
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Wonderful share from Hank Wesselman.
Words for our time: And a stirring quote for the next year:
"The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when ...you are dead.
To love, to be loved.
To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places.
To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch.
To try and understand.
To never look away.
And never, never to forget..."
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week there will be a livestream of the Winter Solstice at magical Newgrange in Ireland where the sun lights up the inner chamber at dawn. This marks the longest night of the year.
"Most of the fairy tales of Europe originate from the Celtic tradition. Now, there are lots of fairy hills in Ireland and one of the things about a fairy hill i...s that it’s invisible and nobody knows it’s there, and another remarkable thing about fairy hills is that you can walk in what you think is a straight line but you will have walked around a fairy hill—it is that inaccessible. Yet this fairy world is just one small dimension deeper than the visible world; it’s everywhere. The fairies are the inhabiting nature powers, and the reason they are so fascinating and enchanting is that their nature and your unconscious nature, your deep nature, are the same. The fairies are representatives of that permanent energy consciousness that underlies all the phenomenal forms of life. This is Mother Goddess stuff."
Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine
A wonderful article on the practice of keeping our iner and outer spacrs clean. ♥️
I love this poem. ♥️
Calling All Grandmothers - a poem by Alice Walker
We have to live
in the same
I call on all Grand Mothers
on the planet
and take your place
in the leadership
of the world.
of the kitchen
out of the
out of the beauty parlors
out of the television
to lead humanity
to health, happiness
I call on
and every person
the Grand Mother
of respect for
Joanna Macy shares the twelve centuries old Shambhala Warrior Prophecy from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which is said to come true in our time. She invites ...you to listen to it as if it were about you….
“There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. At that time great powers have arisen, barbarian powers, and although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common. Among the things these barbarians have in common are weapons of unfathomable devastation and death and technologies that lay wast to the world. And it is just at this point in our history, when the future of all beings seems to hang by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of shambhala emerges. Now, you can’t go there because it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the shambhala warriors….
“Now the time is coming when great courage is required of the shambhala warriors: moral courage and physical courage, and that’s because they are going to go right into the heart of the barbarian powers to dismantle their weapons. They are going to go into the pits and citadels where the weapons are made and deployed. They are going to go into the corridors of power where the decisions are made, to dismantle the weapons in every sense of the word. The shambahla warriors know that these weapons can be dismantled because they are made by the human mind. They can be unmade by the human mind. The dangers that face us are not brought upon us by some satanic deity, or some evil extraterrestial force or some unchangeable preordained fate. They arise out of our relationships and habits, out of our priorities. They are made by the human mind; they can be unmade by the human mind.
“Now is the time the shambhala warriors go into training. They train in the use of two implements. One is compassion and the other is insight into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. You need both. You need the compassion because that provides the fuel to move you out where you need to be to do what you need to do. That means not being afraid of the suffering of your world. When you’re not afraid to be with that pain, then nothing can stop you. You can be and do what you’re meant to.
“But by itself that implement is very hot – it can burn you out. So you need that other tool – you need the insight into the radical interconnectivity at the heart of existence, the web of live, our deep ecology. When you have that, then you know that this is not a battle between good guys and bad guys. You know that the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart. And you know that we are so interwoven in the web of life that even the smallest act, with clear intention, has repercussions through the whole web beyond your capacity to see. But that’s a little cool; maybe even a little abstract. You need the heat of the compassion – the interplay between compassion and wisdom.”
We will joourney into non ordinary reality to the beat of the drum in a light trance state. There we will meet inner allies who offer wisdom, heaing and guidance. This is a very simple process that most people find very easy and exciting as they learn how easily they can access their own guidance. Please bring a question for the group to ask about-it can be personal, global-anything at all that you like.
Please bring an eyemask or covering, a yoga mat if you have one, although some are available, and something to write on. Drums and rattles welcome.
Cost is $25. Tea and cookies will be served afterwards and mingling is encouraged ! This is a very friendly group.
Beginners are welcome. Please RVSP.
For further info contact Siobhan (shavonne) at 703-380-2961. If texting please indentify yourself. Thank you !
Important guidance and wisdom for the times in which we find ourselves.
Given the recent events in Charlottesville and Barcelona, this powerful message from Oneness seems as relevant as ever!
The Inevitability of the Showdown Between the Forces of Light and Darkness
In early 2003, in the final moments of a year-long spiritual pilgrimage to India, I found myself preparing to come home to a world hovering on the precipice of war. For a full year, I’d cloistered myself a world away from a day-to-day awareness of the details of a global chess game that was fast moving into position, threatening to put everything we hold dear into check.It seemed like the world had warped into another place in time, light years away from where I’d left it—was it only one year before?
There was an eerie sense of inevitability in the headlines that suddenly started screaming at me from the newsstands. Instinctively, I turned to Oneness (a Divine Source many people think of as “God”) for guidance, to help me understand what was really happening, in a higher sense. Oneness offered a perspective on the imminent outbreak of the war in Iraq that put that drama—and all it represented—into the realm of the timeless. Slowly, I began to see the Divine perfection in a set of circumstances, rapidly coming to a head, which defied all logic.
Here in these passages, is a powerful excerpt from the book, A Journey to Oneness that speaks directly to the dramas we are watching unfold, right now. It’s uncanny that these words of Divine wisdom were written in early 2003. They feel just as relevant to the state the world today as they did back then.
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An Excerpt from A Journey to Oneness by Rasha
Viewing the Threat of Mass Conflict Through the Eyes of Oneness
This is Oneness. This is the timeless state of Beingness of which you all are a part. Allow yourself to be fully within the embrace of this connection, in this Now moment. Let go of the trepidation and the fears that have been stimulated to the surface of your awareness. And know that all is unfolding according to plan.
Things unfold as they are meant to, according to a timetable that transcends the prodding of your logical mind. This drama has nothing whatsoever to do with logic. Its roots go far deeper than that.
A warning from Oneness
Your world is engaged in a struggle that was seeded eons ago, in another time and another place. Now it is time for destiny to play its hand. And the potential for the release of those energies has been brought to fruition by the accelerated momentum of change all around you—the force fueling the transformation of all that you recognize as your world.
Some recognize the prodding to bring these forces to a head and respond in ways where bravado collides head on with bravado. Egos become deadlocked in struggles rooted in the need to appear right in the eyes of posterity.
It truth, few will care to remember the names of those who now feel guided to act in the name of the conscience of the world. Their identities do not matter. For, their actions are on behalf of a collective they could not begin to fathom—a collective of consciousness so vast it defies the scope of linear comprehension.
The inevitability of the showdown between the forces of Light and Darkness
These spokesmen for the forces of Light and Darkness are acting out the roles, speaking the lines, and performing the posturing they do, because they have been programmed to do so. There may appear to be free will in this process. But, the fact is, the forces that are moving into position and are poised and ready to collide on this stage have little choice in the matter. They have been scripted to do precisely as they are doing, since time immemorial. They are playing their roles. Just as you are playing yours.
Regardless of the method, the energies that seek expression—the balance that yearns to come into play—will do so. What has yet to be determined is the form that release will take. There are those who have also been planted amongst the populace of your world with understandings and perceptions that defy the boundaries of your consensus reality.
There are possibilities still untapped that would take the nature of what needs to happen in your world vibrationally into other avenues of expression. Those options and their potential for altering the course of what appears to be human destiny are also very much part of the plan.
It is no secret to anyone in a position of power in these times that the details of the drama that is threatening to unfold are symbolic of a bigger picture. The conflict being represented here goes far beyond the issues that have presented themselves at face value. For, the common denominator in all of it is the Unity underlying the very essence of those issues—a Unity that defies the illusion that there are differences, where, in fact, there are none.
It is important to allow the symphony to play out. Let the discordant aspects of this music rasp as it will and grate on the sensibilities of those who watch passively. Let those who strive to bring harmony to these times come to understand that the world peace to which they pay much lip service is not attainable without a measure of compassion.
It is not simply a matter of peace by virtue of turning a blind eye to the desperation underlying the stance of the opposition and quenching the flames in rhetoric. These flames burn precariously close to the edge of control, fueled by the passions of hatred. All sides are having their forum. The din is not to be silenced. Not yet. For, this is as it was meant to be.
Ultimately, all will turn to the same Source for the resolution of the impasse that has presented itself in these times. Ultimately, it will become apparent that these differences cannot be overcome by demonstrations of might and self-righteousness.
These differences can only be overcome by the recognition that the fundamental Essence within each and every player on this stage is the same. These differences can only be transcended. And your world can only be healed by the recognition that within the heart of every man, woman, and child amongst you—is the same Sacred Essence.
Oneness will prevail here on earth. It cannot be any other way. What remains to be determined is to what ends those who are invested in remaining blind to that wholeness are willing to go.
There are those who are waiting in the wings of this showdown, poised and ready to yank your burning bridges out of the fire. They are armed with the timeless tools calculated to bring your world back into balance—an arsenal of prayer and reverence, targeted at unfathomable heights of Love.
Let their gift of hope not be deployed prematurely. For, it is only in the hour of darkest despair that the world will come together as One. You are hovering perilously close to that moment.”
From the book, A Journey to Oneness, by Rasha (c) 2013
Author of the spiritual classic, Oneness, Rasha has worked as Divine Messenger for over 25 years. In 1998, she began a profound dialogue with the universal Presence, “Oneness”—the Divinity we all share and many refer to as “God.” Word for word, she transcribed the principles that give us a new level of understanding of the mystery we call “life”—and empower us to transform our lives and our world. Her teachings are universal and focus on the personal experience of the Divinity within each of us. An incurable world traveler, Rasha now lives at the foot of the mystical mountain, Arunachala, in South India.
About A Journey to Oneness
In A Journey to Oneness—the long-awaited sequel to the spiritual classic, Oneness—Divine Messenger, Rasha, takes us along on a seven-year odyssey through the labyrinths of consciousness, as she shares the incredible story of her own spiritual journey. With theprofound wisdom of Oneness (the Divine Presence often referred to as “God”) to light the way, A Journey to Onenesstakes us for an authentic ride on the roller-coaster of spiritual transformation, and gives us the tools to radically change our lives—and transform our world.
This vivid, literary tapestry chronicles a mind's probing questions about what is actually happening as it slowly unravels and shifts into a higher octave of perception—documents the astounding answers as they emerge from within—and weaves it all seamlessly with the poetry and rapture of Divine Union. As Oneness helps Rasha circumnavigate the potholes along the road to “freedom,” the reader is given a vibrant new vision of the nature of humanness, and in-depth guide to discovering the Divinity within.
Love & Light,
Article about Hawaiian spiritual art of tattooing. This man comes from a long line of powerful kahunas- medicine people.