Here are a few thoughts for the beginning of February and some events coming up.
Oh how I love having celebrated Imbolc/Candlemas on Saturday only to be housebound due to snow and ice three days later. It is so Pacific Northwest and though the thermometer here is inching upward very slowly, it is very obvious that the light half of the year has truly begun.
I was fortunate last month to be able to attend a gathering of the Circe of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Anyone who journeys to the worlds of the Shaman knows how much experience can be gained from a journey of 30 minutes or less. I felt my 9 or so hours in the company of 80+ shamanic practitioners in all the learning and workshop events we experienced was much longer, and the more time that goes by since we left, the more it seems I get out of it. It just keeps unpacking.
But there was one paradigm shifting moment for me, because of its elegant clarity. Duane Elgin, author of
Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich,pointed out that our biggest ecological problems stem from one simple polarity – whether you believe the Universe is dead or alive.
If you believe the Universe is dead, and only humans and perhaps animals have Spirit and soul, then of course you would see the resources of the earth as there for the taking and consuming. If you believe it’s alive, that Spirit and soul have been breathed into every rock and leaf and insect and bird and animal and person, you must see it all as sacred.
Elgin quoted Luther Standing Bear of the Lakota about how they saw living on the planet as just one of all the many species:
“Everything is alive and has a Spirit. There was no such thing as emptiness in the world”
And at this time of year, the sacredness of all things is evident in the beauty and grace of life awakening from its winter rest.
No matter what might be trending on Twitter, we can remember there is no such thing as emptiness in the world.
I will be at Stargazers in Bellevue, WA offering Reiki and Shamanic healing on most Fridays 11:00 - 6:00 PM.
Friday, February 8, I will be performing my original contemporary folk music atDancing Fish Winery in Freeland, WA, 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Come enjoy the wine and the music! Click here for their website.
February 9 - I will be at Stargazers Bookstore in Bellevue offering The World of Energy Healing from Noon to 3:00 PM. Cost is $30. More info is available on the calendar at:
February 10 - I will be at Vision Quest Bookshop and Wellness Center in Everett offering a two-hour workshop on Working with Your Totem Animals, 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Cost is 20$ More info is available at:
February 16 - I will be offering a three-hour workshop on Reclaiming Your Sacred Path at Llynya's - a Sanctuary for the Spirit, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Cost is $30. More information is available at http://llynyas.com/new2/
Friday, February 22 - I will be offering An Introduction to Shamanism at Stargazers Bookstore 6:30 - 8:30PM. Cost is $20 - More info at http://stargazersbooks.com
Sunday, March 3 - I will be performing my original contemporary folk music at Blooms Winery & Bistro in Freeland, WA, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Come enjoy the wine, great food, and the music! Click here for their website.
For more information or to pre-register, please visit the websites, above, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .