Friday, July 27, 2012

Mastery in the Sacred Feminine

Jeffrey and I spent today at the Louvre, and in the presence of so much masterful art, it is easy to feel humbled very quickly. In an age when we expect things to happen quickly, one can forget that true mastery comes with great dedication and long-term commitment.

Yesterday, we stood outside Notre Dame (meaning Our Lady), marveling at the architecture and sculptures that took 90 years to complete (1163-1250), and it is still standing in its glory in 2012, some 762 years later.

Ninety years of building represented two or three generations of craftsman building a church that would be a sacred space for thousands of people for generations of people they would never meet.

In our world of how quickly can we get it done and out the door, we can lose the gifts of mastery and legacy that our ancestors understood.

Consider the beauty of the Venus de Milo (believed to be a sculpture of Aphrodite, as Venus was called by the Greeks), sculpted by Melos during the Hellenistic period, 320’s BC – 140’s BC. This is one of the great works of art we viewed today at the Louvre.

Imagine creating a legacy, such as this, whose beauty has been witnessed by over 8 million people per year, over 2,000 years after it was created?

That is our opportunity right now as we awaken the world through our consciousness in the Sacred Feminine. The beautiful ceremonial bowl given to me for the continuation of ancient water ceremonies in the feminine is estimated to be over 1,000 years old.

The practices of the Creation Meditation, journey songs and ceremonies were perfected over time, as generation after generation of women and the pathway’s guardian gradually created their completed pathway for shedding the limited body to become the limitless self.

They were willing to reincarnate within the tribe, dedicating themselves for over 1,000 years, in order to create a pathway for women that would allow all of us to immerse into the womb of our own beings, and the primordial womb of all life, in order to re-emerge reborn and renewed as the women of our own choosing.

In October, I will be bringing this beautiful medicine bowl to Sedona, Arizona so that you can experience its life-force and the gifts of a Sacred Feminine pathway for women that has been created as a gift and legacy for all women.

This pathway teaches women how to reconnect to that limitless primordial womb from which we came and all life emerged. Once experienced, you may incorporate as much or as little from the tradition as feels appropriate for your own life.

And if you choose, it can become a doorway into your own mastery in the Sacred Feminine.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lay Your Burden Down

Some of us come into the world feeling that we are here to make some significant difference spiritually, but don’t know where or how to make that difference. That’s how it was for me when I met my first Native teacher.

She saw in me what I didn’t see in myself. She saw the healer in me that I was beginning to discover, and she saw the ceremonialist in me that I had not yet recognized. As I began studying in the medicine circle and she required me to fulfill certain responsibilities in ceremony, I discovered a part of me that I had not touched in many, many years.

As a young child, I used to put on my robes and play priest by holding a mass in the basement of our home for all the neighborhood kids. I always was a ceremonialist. I just had never found a way to live my true calling, so I abandoned it.

For many years, I looked for my purpose, mission, and service in the world. That search became a burden, especially as I refused to associate with any religion or spiritual path. Although in later years and prior to meeting my elder, I held ceremonies of my own creation and learned a great deal in doing so, what I didn’t realize I was missing was the strength of the ancestors that comes through any established path.

When I finally settled in on a path connected to my own Native roots, I could grow in the wisdom of those who had gone before me. I could rest a little bit in their wisdom as I developed my own inner knowing. I could become even more creative in my ceremonies as I learned to trust that my ancestors would help me attend to what had been learned through history that was most effective, and help me see the best ways to incorporate concepts that kept the ceremonies fresh and current.

I discovered depths of ceremonial experience that I had only read about or didn’t even know existed as my elder quested me under the watchful eyes of our ancestors on the other side of the veil.

Ceremonies that call upon the ancestors for their help and guidance have a way of helping us more effectively access the mysteries where we discover our true selves. In our world, most of us live in some stage of spiritual sleepiness and our task is to awaken. But the ancestors are often fully awake and so they beautifully hold space for our unfolding.

Over the next few weeks, you are going to have an opportunity to learn about our Keeper Apprenticeship for the Water Ceremonies in the Path of the Sacred Feminine, our elderhood initiations, a class on how to become a true ceremonialist, and to consider your own vision or song quest.

Why is it all happening now? The apprenticeship, initiations and quests require the better part of a year to prepare. So we begin our preparations in September for initiations and quests at SpiritQuest in June.

If you are thinking it is time to lay down the burden of your seeking, I’d like to offer you something for consideration. Such explorations are not for the faint of heart. Such explorations are not for dabbling. They are callings.

A calling means that something inside you knows you need this for your awakening, and that it requires dedication and commitment on your part. You might also find that your fears try to keep you from immersing yourself in your path of self-discovery.

Therefore, you must be ready to meet each of your fears, doubts, and judgments with love, as they arise throughout the process. You must be ready to meet all of who you are and willingly accept yourself with compassion.

I was blessed that my elder pulled me aside at a friend’s house and said, “I want you to study with me.” I had said a prayer asking to be taught in my Native tradition, and I knew she was my answer.

If you have wanted to go deeply into your own self-awareness and have been looking for a path through which to do it, and if what you have read here on this site speaks to your heart deeply, consider yourself called.  And consider yourself invited by me to explore with my and New Dream’s loving support. 

Here and now, if you choose, you can lay down the burden of seeking and enter into the depths of the mystery of your true nature.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gifts from SpiritQuest

SpiritQuest 2012 was brimming with gifts and insights. Each Quest has a way of showing us what it is truly about--a little before we arrive, more while we are there, and then even more when we arrive home.

Three circles of insight showed themselves to me as I meditated with Reverend Ariann at the Sacred Fire we still hold in our hearts. If SpiritQuest touched your heart, whether you were there in person or in Spirit, I invite you to join me in reflecting upon the experience of these circles in your own life.

 As creators of our own reality, and as observers of the ripples, waves and reflections we create, these circles of observation give us some beautiful places in which to bring our heartful attention.

Circle One--Within the Sacred Feminine, we experience tremendous ease and grace as we trust in the grand plan of creation, and the role of each being within it.

Circle Two--We experience peace, creativity and joy in the union of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine through the satisfying love that comes through brother-sister relationships.

Circle Three--The spirit of the child self within us leads us with loving abandon into the arms of the Divine.

These beautiful interlocking circles provide us with focus for the next 12 months as we unfold in the mysteries that this Quest offers and prepare for next year's ceremonies.  (Each year's ceremony is like a wave that builds energy for the next wave.)

Consider which of these three circles might be calling you the most right now. You might even want to take your reflection into the first step of the Creation Meditation as you hold its essence in your love.

It seems our collective conscious awakening is asking us to become ever more mindful that we influence life with our minds, hearts and action. What we see around us is the direct reflection of our own thoughts and choices.

I've noticed this theme emerging across the letters and postings on the web with a great frequency this week. Perhaps this supports us in our preparations for 2012. This post from Jeff Marziarek's Ponder Central e-mails calls us to consider our true potential for joy through personal responsibility:

Adopting the mindset that you do indeed cause/create all of the circumstances you experience in life, even if you don't recall doing so consciously, opens the door to the potential for greater joy by removing you from the backwards-focused paralysis of blame. It also transports you into the now moment of responsibility, where you can actually take action to resolve problems and issues.   

In that regard, I will never forget the following statement made during a presentation by a gifted motivational speaker named Brian Tracy: "Blame looks backward; responsibility is today." What a simple yet powerful concept! Either you accept responsibility, which is focused in the present moment where solutions can actually be identified and implemented, or you stay mired in the past by pointing the finger of blame at other people, at yourself, at God, etc.
    -- Jeff Maziarek, "Spirituality Simplified"

When the heart is truly open, there is no blame. When the heart leads the way, there are many opportunities for peace and joy. Let us explore the gifts of SpiritQuest and all this year has to offer with our hearts wide open to receive the wonders of creation!