What a fantastic Spring Equinox Celebration we had at Spirit
of Nature Retreat. All I can say is this place was definitely
buzzing with energy. By 2 in the afternoon we had close
to 30 people in the Healing Sanctuary drumming and singing
from many native traditions. We had our ceremonial drum
in the center. Four people can play it simultaneously.
you ever been to a celebration or ceremony and nothing was
happening? I mean they are "doing" all the right
things. Whoever is facilitating it has on a lovely outfit.
The incense and candles are burning. There is a prayer invoking
the other realms whether it be God and angels in a church
or the four directions or ascended masters from some other
tradition. And you don't feel anything. There is no energy
moving. There is no life changing insight brought to your
conscious mind. You aren't uplifted by the experience.
I say, "What's the point?"
kind of my unwritten motto that if people don't have some
sort of "noteworthy experience," then why bother.
There are people that like the rituals and the superficial
things being done and don't really want to "feel"
something. That would mean they had to let go of something
or change in some way. But I want to know when its over
that something really powerful happened. I've sat in church
and had Shekinah - The Holy Spirit - come around and fill
me with wave upon wave of euphoric bliss. The glory of God.
you ever been to or seen a Native American PowWow? When
a group of singers (that's what they are called) gather
around and beat the big ceremonial drum and sing and chant,
it is sooo powerful. The energy is definitely moving. It
hits me right in the heart chakra. O.K. so I am very sensitive.
you get a group of people with intention hitting a drum
at exactly the same time, singing powerful songs, and see
if something doesn't happen for you. Well we had alot of
that happening here at the Spring Equinox Celebration as
we connected in with the 8000 drums for peace.
Raven began the teaching/sharing circle. O.K. so I'm going
to acknowledge Raven and his gifts now.
around the world people do purification and renewal ceremonies
that involve something similar to a Native American Sweat
Lodge. In those rituals people go into a darkened place,
sweat, and pray.
Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge is Raven's creation - based on many
traditions and his own internal guidance. The "lodge
experience" begins the moment a person arrives at Spirit
of Nature Retreat.
know if you are a person who leads groups, but the ability
to do it well is something that for some takes years of
practice and for others is simply an inate gift. Raven has
I was in the corporate world I specialized in team development.
How to take people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse
ideas, with diverse needs, and create a oneness between
them. I had to teach them to honor and respect each other's
insights and ideas - not a small task when they have never
been taught those skills and no-one in their life has ever
treated them that way. And those who research team development
have concluded that the best teams contain only 5 to 7 members.
Fewer than 5 and one person dominates everything. More than
7 or 8 and the shy people don't say a word - they are too
afraid of rejection.
takes a gifted individual to set up the space and hold that
safe and sacred space to allow large groups of people to
each take their turn in a circle and share the truth about
what is in their heart, their fears, their challenges, what
they are most thankful for right now. It happens consistenly
here. And this is among a group of people who have never
met each other before. I sometimes feel like that experience
alone is enough. Connecting with other humans, realizing
we are loved and cared about, discovering that other people
face similar challenges to the ones we face, it is very
of course there is the lodge. At the Spring Equinox Celebration,
we had so many people that the lodge was full and while
it was going on I lead a kind of workshop, ceremony, Golden
Water Activation meditation with the others present. We
had such a great time.
to share for the first time ever in a group setting one
of the exercises in Freeway to Freedom - removing ALL ILLUSIONs.
One of the participants told me afterwards that she knows
that particular exercise is why she felt guided to come
to our Equinox celebration.
Golden Water Activation was again a very powerful experience.
It is a global meditation I've been leading since 1998 each
Fall and Spring Equinox.
Ogilvie from Australia shared with me that David Adams told
her he could feel when our group joined in. This year I
was guided to include the platinum ray in the meditation.
I just love that energy. I'm so delighted that David has
introduced me to Kaye. She has agreed to do some artwork
for me - hopefully a book cover or two.
tell you much about the sweat lodge because I wasn't in
there. But I know what typically happens - people experience
huge insights and understandings, they see animals and other
visions, they feel things happening and shifting in their
physical body, they feel renewed, they feel clear, they
emerge with a new sense of purpose.
of course no celebration, at Spring Equinox or any other
time, is complete without feasting. And we had quite a feast.
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