Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SpiritQuest—Living in Greater Ease

In just a couple of weeks, we'll be gathering at SpiritQuest for an annual Native Retreat. All of our ceremonies come from matriarchal tradition, or deepen our understanding of the Sacred Feminine and our most harmonious relationship to Mother Earth. And it has a powerful way of bringing life into focus so that we can discover how to live in greater ease.

Anything that is working well becomes apparent, as those blessings multiply exponentially. Whatever has not been working also becomes apparent and seeks to be brought into its proper alignment, right then and there, during ceremony.

For so much of my life, I ran away from myself, my gifts, my connection to the Mother, and my connection to the spiritual realms. Joy found me when I finally gave myself permission to see that I was running, and to plant my feet in the ground long enough to find peace with the nature of life itself.

It is difficult to know your true relationship with nature or notice your spiritual medicine gifts when you are moving so fast. It is difficult to hear your ancestors or notice the help you are receiving from the other realms when you are absorbed in your physical needs. Ceremony allows you to pause and focus on your spiritual self long enough to notice who you really are—to see your own divine nature within the great web of life.

In a world where, in minutes, we see and hear about devastation at the hands of Mother Earth occurring all around the globe, it can be easy to forget she is also our source of safety. She can also be our protector.

Years ago, an ice storm in the middle of the night cracked the branches of a tree under which I had parked my little trailer. Every branch broke and fell to the ground except the one directly over the trailer I was sleeping in. That branch stood strong, as if the tree had put all its energy into that single branch in order to protect me.

This kind of protection starting occurring when I chose to live in conscious relationship with her.  I blessed her with my medicine songs, did ceremony to honor her life force, and lived in nature with awareness and then she began to show me her greater nature. I heard her heart song, watched her animals bless our sacred spaces, and yes, saw how even the trees protect me.

We live so far removed from Mother Earth most of the time, that true relationship with her becomes obscured by buildings and roads. To experience our lives in their greatest harmony, we must consciously reconnect with her. She gently brings life into perspective, and lovingly holds space for each of us to adjust—to shift our consciousness just enough to enjoy her and live with greater ease.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Sacred Feminine at SpiritQuest

Sacred Feminine at SpiritQuestThough our ceremonies come from Native women’s traditions and matriarchal tribes, last year was the first year we dedicated SpiritQuest to the Sacred Feminine.  That dedication brought a sweetness to our time together that I could not have anticipated.

In one of our first ceremonies, a butterfly entered the sacred fire circle and landed on every single person in the circle at least once. That is how our week in the Sacred Feminine began.

As we approach the gateway of Winter Solstice 2012, we also approach a portal of consciousness that once again remembers and embraces the sacred state of the Divine Feminine (yin energy) that lives within each of us—men, women and children.

As the energy to this gateway builds some of us may find ourselves struggling to release our busy minds from their machinations. Others of us are seeking to find solace from the intensity of our emotions. And still others are longing to break through some unidentifiable barrier to our awakening.

There is rest in the arms of the Sacred Feminine, so that the mystery of our own true natures can be revealed to us—so that we can be fulfilled.

But it takes courage to accept her gifts.

The ancestors teach us it is too easy to become complacent, and sometimes we need to shake ourselves out of our familiar patterns and routines. We need to challenge ourselves to lovingly embrace our limitations and fears of the unknown so that we can ultimately experience our true freedom.

Sometimes our longing becomes so normal that we forget the purpose of life is to awaken and be satisfied. The longing itself becomes an addiction as we perpetuate the desire that someday we will know fulfillment if we just keep trying, yet keeping that fulfillment just out of arms reach.

What SpiritQuest creates for us is an opportunity to open to fulfillment—not someday—but now.

It takes courage to love and know yourself, other people and the creatures of the earth without judgment or fear. It takes great courage to fall in love with life as it is—just as the Sacred Feminine loves each of us, completely and without reservation.

If you come to SpiritQuest, you will not leave with all of your problems solved. But you will leave with a divine awareness of yourself, the people in your life and your unique relationship to Mother Earth.

You will discover more about your own sacred nature, your medicine gifts and how you as a divine agent can be the change you wish to see in the world.

Please accept this letter as your official invitation from my heart to yours to experience the sweet and powerful gifts of the Sacred Feminine at SpiritQuest.

June 16-22nd
Yreka, California

Thursday, May 03, 2012

10 Ways to Honor the Sacred Feminine on Mother’s Day

Whether you are doing something special for yourself, honoring your mother or partner, or acknowledging someone that has give you motherly love, the recognition is deep when we see the sacred in someone.

In addition to taking yourself or her out for a special meal and buying flowers, consider doing something that will touch deeply—maybe even for a lifetime.

Here are a few ideas to help you out. Most of these are suggestions for you to do for another, but if you are creative you can do them for yourself as well.
  1. Talk to her and tell her what you love most about her spirit.
  2. Invite her on a walk to a beautiful place to enjoy Mother Nature. Notice how she quickly finds her inner peace and inner glow as she connects to the earth. Women and the earth share a special bond in the Sacred Feminine.
  3. Take her to a creative event, such as a dance, theatre performance, or art gallery. The Sacred Feminine blossoms in creative expression. The more involved she gets to be the better.
  4. Write about the ways in which you are grateful for her presence in your life, especially the qualities you might take for granted.
  5. Create an experience that will delight her senses. In the Sacred Feminine, women love the subtleties of creation, and the senses open her to the wonders of life.
  6. Tell her what you have you learned from her that will last forever.
  7. Notice which of the sacred elements she loves the most. Is it earth, water, wind or fire that she gravitates toward when she seeks refuge? Create a special experience for her around that sacred element.
  8. Give her some time that is completely for herself. Relieve her of her responsibilities for a few hours or a day so that she can explore her inner silence or her creativity.
  9. Send her to SpiritQuest, or a similar sacred event, so that she can experience a whole week living in the Sacred Feminine with harmony with Mother Earth.
  10. Better yet, go with her so that she really knows you love and honor her precious and sacred nature.
Of course, most of all, let her know how much you love her as she is, with all of her frailties and strengths. For this is the greatest nature of the Sacred Feminine—to hold and love all in its suchness.