'If I am to be a co-creator,
It's my job to know,
What to water, when and how,
to regulate the flow.'
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Mantra for the Week:
'If I am to be a co-creator,
It's my job to know,
What to water, when and how,
to regulate the flow.'
The day is beginning or ending, the sun is rising or setting somewhere on this spinning Earth, as our lives are framed in the returning circular patterns of day and night. Elders and the Wise Ones rise to greet the sunlight, to honour the return of life giving light. They give thanks for this spinning Earth upon which we all greet the same sun, moon and stars, upon which we breathe the same air, upon which we take our first steps, upon which we plant and harvest our dreams, our food and our lives.
One generation comes and goes as another follows in the great cycle of time. We have all greeted the day in one way or another and we have all witnessed the sun kissing the night goodbye, bringing in the dawn, greeting all with the benediction of light. We are all children of the same Earth and our lives are patterned by the Sacred Circle of life that ceremonially flow through the sun, moon and stars, the earth, the seasons and tides of the times.
We are all one in spirit and in body. This experience of oneness is the essence of the Sacred Circle and all traditions and paths of heart. We are one with the system of nature. The Sacred Circle is the way and the means of understanding our connection to all, and our part in the whole.
The Sacred Circle is a tool of self discovery, it can heal the duality of spirit and matter, it opens us up to our creativity, it is a returning to communion with the divinity within and behind all things. When people gather in a circle, they come into contact with a magical power that defies superficial boundries. The Sacred Circle is a powerful tool to deal with addictions, it is a perfect form for joining different groups of people, to bring peace between men and women, tribes and nations.
The Sacred Circle is a powerful shamanic tool for amplifying energy and unveiling the illusions that cloud our lives. It is an ancient tool for creation, giving birth to dreams and visions, birthing new paradigms, and making whatever is happening more conscious. It has at its depth the power to reach feelings that transcend the business at hand. It has been observed that sometimes people will begin to cry the first time they sit in circle, as it is able to awaken primal memory, soul hunger and those tears are usually the tears of gratitude.
Once you have been in a Sacred Circle with someone, a bond is created that will last even if you only see each other infrequently. However, if you circle with someone often, you will begin to feel a part of the same tribe or family.
Once a Scared Circle is formed and vital it is natural to reach out and join with other circles. Each circle can be thought of as a 'cell of the Goddess', when joined with others, it recreates the body of renewed humanity. This is what must happen if our human species is to awaken and be restored.
Before we can actualize the global healing power of the Sacred Circle, we must integrate circling into our daily lives. This is where the real challenge is and why we need to focus on practical ways of doing this, as well as to share stories of ways it has been successfully done. Every attempt to create Sacred Circles sets into motion a healing energy and creates a wave and momentum of positive effect.
Circling has such a positive, bonding effect that a community can be established even if members live hundreds of miles apart. We are a global community and it is central to our purpose that each of us feel a part of something larger. The Sacred Circle can help you to become empowered, to help others become empowered, it can be integrated into an already functioning group and it can also be used to assist you in building a sustainable culture.
Though we may bring knowledge from different traditions into a Sacred Circle, the circle itself will produce its own healing and power message that is exactly appropriate for this time and place. Authentic, vital Sacred Circles are in service to the personal, and responsive to the realities that affect all aspects of life.
An essential part of the Sacred Circle making process is to create a viable community and from the strength of it, begin to potently respond to the beauty as well as the distress of the world. Sacred Circles connect us with the energies of the Earth, knit the divine back into the living tree, draw inspiration into the temple of the body. To be successful in life, to have abundance to share with your family and friends, it is necessary to acknowledge the sacredness of the ground and the magic of all the transformations of life - from the sperm and egg into a living creature in the blisswaters of the womb; from seed to plant; from wounded one to healing one; from body to body and beyond into divinity.
Inspired by ' The Ceremonial Circle by Sedona Cahill & Joshua Halpern.
Blessings - Maria.
MANTRA FOR THE WEEK
'All I need do is love it all,
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
Whether the tide rises or falls,
All I need do is love it all.'
Who are the Celts - by analyzing Celtic legends and myths, backed by geographical and geological evidence, they can be traced back the areas of what is now Belgium and northern France, southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Celts are believed to descend from a group of people whose artifacts have been found in both places: the Urnfield People. They earned the unusual name Urnfield because they customarily cremated their dead and placed the ashes in pottery urns that were then buried in organized cemetery-like fields.
They were farmers living in small communities who developed the first organized farming methods in northern Europe. Evidence found in the burial sites shows that they were also skillful metalworkers, making bronze tools, utensils, weapons and jewelry. Their swords had very decorative hilts and their shields were metal-clad with artistic designs. They also developed rudimentary body armor to compliment the swords and shields. Their jewelry was made using an abstract curvilinear form.
The Celts expanded from the Danube valley across most of northern Europe. Twelve different nations now occupy areas where they established settlements: Austria, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Rumania, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. Researchers have also found trade settlements in northern Italy and western Persia, and a mercenary settlement in central Turkey.
Recent discoveries have shown ancient Celtic/Norse presence in New Foundland Canada, as well as Celtic presence in the panhandle of Oklahoma, near Tulsa in the United States. Examples of ‘Ogham,’ an old Celtic language have been discovered there in a cave that dates back to pre-Columbian America.
All of the classical Greek and Roman historians who encountered the Celts, described them as tall, with fair complexion and light hair, usually said to be blond or red.
The sweat house or ‘teach an alias’ * was once widespread in Ireland and is still in use as a heritage of Celtic healing techniques in various countries in Europe and Asia. It is a major belief among traditional peoples of the world that the ‘heating of the house’ brings healing rather than destruction, and placing those who are wounded, damaged and ill into an environment charged with a combination of fire, water and song or vibration would restore health. This environment is created within the sweat house. This tradition of the life-restoration vessel carried on into medieval times through the lore of the Holy Grail.
Traditionally the Sweat House was built in the form of beehive huts made of dry-stone walls covered in clay and turf, with seats within which were covered with straw or grassy sods upon which the subject sat or lay. It usually had a small opening in the roof and a low doorway, both were covered by flag-stones when the subjects were inside.
Sweat-houses were frequently situated near springs and rivers. Healing springs, wells and rivers were dedicated to the goddess Anu, the great Celtic Mother of the Danann gods, and the goddess Brighid. Anu is the ancient Mother Goddess associated with the womb of life who offers us insight into the nature of life, her name means delight, pleasure, agility, melody and she is the sparkle and vitality of life itself. The Goddess Brighid is patroness of healing and magical healing powers as well as smithcraft and poetry. Another ancient god Aengus mac Og, is the god of love and youth, and is considered the supreme healer of souls.
This account of a sweat is taken from ‘Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland’ – W.G. Wood-Martin (1902)
‘When men used it as many as six or eight stripped off and went in, when all openings were closed except what afforded a little ventilation. A person remained outside to attend to these matters. When they could suffer the heat no longer, the flag was removed, and they came out and plunged in a pool of water within a yard or two of the sweat-house, where they washed, got well-rubbed and put on their clothes. In case of women, they put on a bathing dress whilst using the bath, and generally omitted the plunge…The constructor was a cooper. He once came to me on crutches, having contracted rheumatism from lying on a damp bed. After four sweats he was quite well again and continued so until his death.’
The Sweat House was heated by a variety of means, by igniting a peat fire in the hut’s centre and clearing the ashes before entering. Another method was by heating bricks, which were carried into the house in a creel in which herbs had been placed, especially when inhalation was a part of the cure.
The prevalence of sweat-houses and their association with the Celts may be indicated by Professor H. Hennessy,s experience in Prague and Nuremburgh in 1879 where he encountered ‘Turkish Baths’ under the local name of ‘Romische-Irische Bader’ - Roman Irish Baths. *
Are the Sweat Lodges of the Native American cultures of North and South America related to the Sweat Houses of the Celts? In my personal opinion I believe that they are, when we take into consideration that there are ancient Ojibway birch bark documents that describe contact with the ancient Celtic Druid Mide, who crossed the ocean on a snake like boat with a lions' head (a Viking Ship). But that is my personal opinion based on the information that I have. It is also possible that at one point in time, humanity had one ancient unifying spirituality and we can find these similar threads all around the world.
*Source – Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom
The Wood Fairy - La Fée des Bois
MANTRA FOR THE WEEK:
'It can be hard to see that I have been wrong,
Be told to sing a different song,
I can get angry and go into victim,
Or open my heartmind and learn a new lesson.'