12 Dec What Light and Love Really Mean in the Holiday Season

I love the holiday lights festooning windows and yards and the Christmas trees shining from inside which can be seen as I drive along the  city roads and rural byways.  Indeed, this is my favorite time of the year because of the earth-based traditions now so long associated with Christianity.  In part, it is due to the fact that my mother and father created a magical time at Christmas for us kids. It wasn't just all about getting presents; it was about light, love, warmth, and comfort. And while my mom and dad were not strictly devout Christians, they attended the Episcopal Church until I was 10 years old.  So it was when I was a child that on Christmas Eve before bed, they read to us the hopeful story of the birth of a baby in a manger who was to bring light and hope to the world.

Now that I am adult, I know how hard it can be to get through the cold, short days and long nights of midwinter.  Even in Virginia here in the U.S., where the weather is more temperate and not so prolonged as in  locales further North on the American continent, we have to bundle up and, some days, our breath comes out as fog.  We even get snow. The lights and the beautiful tree in my living room help me stay out of the winter blues. I enjoy the yearly pleasure of sitting in the evening in the dark with a fire glowing in the woodstove and gazing at the sparkling ornaments. I feel peace and contentment. I recognize in this festival of lights, a common, perennial human desire to invoke in a time of darkness the love and spirit enlivening all things.  In the Jewish faith, during Hanukkah, the 9 lights of the menorah are meant to shine outward to the world as a reminder of the legend of the single oil lamp which, despite only being enough for one day, burned for 8 days after the Maccabeen Jews recovered their temple from its invasion and desecration by the Greek King of the Seleucid empire, Antiochus IV.   Injustice is responded to, sovereignty of belief and culture is restored.  Light endures.   

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25 Jul The 4 Sacred Keynotes of an Inspired and Courageous Life: Transform Violence into Love

Have you always dreamed of living in a world that is kind, caring and compassionate? Are you watching the violence, hatred, injustice, environmental destruction, and unkindness of all kinds to targeted groups of the human family with fear, uncertainty, sadness, and even anger? Have you heard great spiritual...

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10 Jul Is the Healer in You?

Is the healer in you?  This is an important question for some of you.    Do you feel healing energy in your hands? Do you feel called to be a healer?   Some further questions might clarify this for you: Have you always felt keenly the suffering of others and the world?  Do you consider yourself to be deeply empathic?  Do you feel the presence of spirits? Do they sometimes seem to come to you for help or to give you guidance? Do friends, family and even strangers often ask for your advice, or launch into telling you their deepest secrets and darkest struggles? Do you sometimes seem to have a wisdom that is beyond your years or experience? Are you sensitive to energy? Do you notice a kind of power within you that sometimes seems to impact events in the outer world around you?  Can you see into the soul of others and sense the lifetimes they have lived? Does healing energy flow through your hands when you lay them on someone with caring intention? How long have you noticed these capacities and gifts? Since childhood? Or more recently? Have you been hit by lightning, had a near-death experience, or some other profound event which seemed to have opened up intuitive gifts and capacities? Do you feel a strong calling to help others and the world? Any one of these qualities might indicate that there is a healer in you.
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30 Mar Your Heart is a Planet at the Center of the Wheel of Mother Life

"Did you know that your heart is a planet? It rests at the center of the Wheel of Mother Life--your life.  Dance in its medicine of oneness to the very center of your body, mind, soul and spirit.  When you do, you will  be amazed to find that you are interconnected with all beings, both seen and unseen, all the way up to the smallest star and down to the smallest grain of sand. Within that pulsing globe of love, all suffering dissolves.  All that remains is pure joy." This message came to me one morning I was dancing with my students in a beautiful Earth Wheel at Galleywinter Farm just outside Charlottesville, VA during the North Lodge.  We flowed in circles and back and forth from the outer ring of the Wheel to the center Grandmother and Grandfather stones.  As we moved, we connected with our own heart and, through sacred dance, song and drumming, activated the natural harmonic resonance of our collective heart. Then, as our bodies tingled and our heart centers hummed from the energy brought from Mother Earth and Father Sky by the dance, we sat down to do the Loving Heart Meditation.
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