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October 22 Book  Club Costume Contest

Book What Remember Lives by Phoenix LeFae

When it comes to enjoying life you have the opportunity to take the ride or stand by the side of the tracks. Several ladies who have joined our book club to read and also enjoy life showed up all decked out in a cheerful way last Thursday night on our book club zoom, myself included. This contest was not rigged with the favorites winning, In fact our president, who looked her best as a beautiful fairy, was my favorite character. Not every sister came in costume but everyone enjoyed our time together.

We discussed the areas of the book that were interesting and inspiring. We laughed and giggled and discussed our costume. This book addressed some deep issues around connecting to our ancestors and the society oppression of women who were spiritual or healers in long ago times. The mythology that this book brought forth in the Godds were fairy tale stories we were all familiar with. 

The winning costumes were posted on our facebook group. Rosie who was a Mardi Gras Diva, Maria who was a Dia de los muertos skeleton and Margie our Cleopatra witch. I wish to give special thanks to Heather our ethereal fairy. The meeting was cheerfully closed with a “walk in beauty” chant from yours truly. Cia the singer.

Let the season of harvest and celebration begin. 

Movies with Margie

Death Becomes Her

 

It is always a fun and enriching experience to share with Sacred Circle Sisterhood members and the Zoom gathering about “Death Becomes Her” was no exception. We all agreed that sharing and listening to each others thoughts and insights deepens our appreciation of the movies we’ve been seeing.

 

It was the general consensus that this is a “laugh out loud” movie that was both extremely funny and kind of ridiculous but also contained profound wisdom. Prior to the gathering, Margie asked us to contemplate and be ready to share about the following:

 

1.  Funniest scene

2.  Best one-liner 

3.  Moral to the story, your take away, what’s it all about Alfie

4.  Who wants to live FOREVER...

5.  Biggest AHA

 

Some considered this movie a spoof on Hollywood where one’s value, especially women’s, is so often determined, by being young and beautiful.  Actresses are known to go to great extremes to prolong youth to avoid the fear and pain of being replaced by a younger model. 

 

The moral take aways and aha’s included the following:

 

Watch out for going after what you think you want because later you might find yourself doing whatever it takes to get away from it.

 

Deciding to age gracefully is the moral road and there’s beauty in that.

There is an art to aging and dying gracefully.

 

We do live forever in Spirit.

 

Those who were at one time enemies, can become friends.

 

How many times have you suffered by letting others shine while putting yourself on the back burner?

 

Much of the color and richness of life comes from our ability to feel deeply and how drab it would be to live forever without being able to feel.

 

Leaving a positive legacy is a way we can live forever and it's important to live up to our own standards rather than compete to live up to someone else’s or societal standards.

 

So many women base their worth on how they look while their character is empty. It’s most important to be beautiful on the inside.

 

An important value of being part of the sisterhood is that we represent a variety of womanhood and we love and respect each other as who we are. It’s about love and support rather than appearance and competition and this is where our immortality lies.

 

The shared wisdom gleaned from the variety of insights derived from this movie is rich in raising consciousness and contributing to growing awareness and healing.

 

Sacred Circle Book Club

Things Will Get As Good As You Can Stand, Laura Doyle

11/5/20

 

The evening was Bonnie’s first time as facilitator of our book club meeting and she was a natural! Rather than reading the Sister’s shared synergy skills herself, she invited individuals present to tell the group what a particular skill means to them. These six skills include: Soul Self Care, Seeker of Higher Wisdom, Empower Your Sister, Share Our Community and Abundance, Sanctuary- safe place, Show Up for Your Sisters. It was refreshing to hear the various thoughts of wisdom on these areas that we seek to reflect in the world. 

 

Monica, our financial expert, opened the circle with a prayer from It's Not Your Money: How to Live Fully from Divine Abundance by Tosha Silver. It was perfect in that it is always good to remember that we can trust Source to fulfill all needs at all times in the perfect ways. 

 

The book discussion focus was on three questions. 1) What was your score from the Gracious Receiver quiz on page 11? 2) What is one area of your life you are willing to commit to change so you can become more open to receiving? 3) What are you going to do differently when you notice your negative self-talk?

 

The results of the quiz give an idea as to where one is in the ability to receive. A score of 25 or less means, “Life doesn’t have to be so hard”. 26-42 means “The good life is just around the corner.” And above 42 is “Congratulations, you relaxed, confident woman”.  Our results showed that for most of us, there is work to do but we are on our way as the scores ranged between 16 to 42. Two of us scored a 42!

 

In regard to the second question the most common response had to do with letting go of control by asking for help and accepting when gifts, compliments and support are offered with a whole hearted sense of gratitude and thanks. 

 

The group offered a variety of ways for transforming negative self talk which included meditation, yoga, breathwork, prayer,  journaling and the use of mantras and affirmations. “I am perfect, whole and complete just as I am” was a powerful affirmation that one sister uses whenever necessary.

 

Maria closed the meeting with a very centering and peaceful Tonglen style meditation where we breathed in anything that was bothering or challenging us and breathed out comfort, healing and goodness. The focus was definitely consistent with the evening which was all about self care and empowering our ability to receive.

 

Vision Board Workshop

 

On a comfortably warm, sunny afternoon, Sacred Circle members gathered under the verdant green of a canopy of trees in Bonnie’s lush, expansive, beautiful garden. The purpose was to create vision boards under the experienced guidance of our hostess. A vision board is a collage of images and words representing a person's wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation. 

 

The process Bonnie led us through, served to move our awareness away from the analytical, often judgmental, mind into being fully present in the moment and simply allowing the creative juices to flow. She did this to start by having us quickly list the answers to a series of questions. The idea was not to think but just allow the first thought that comes to mind. 

 

From there we moved into a place of silence while we ripped pages from magazines containing pictures and words that resonated with us. With an abundance of magazines to choose from, the instruction was to spend twenty minutes creating a pile of words and pictures that we just like without thinking too much or trying to plan ahead about what we were going to create. It was so much fun to have the freedom of not having to figure it all out ahead of time!

 

When it was time to create,  Bonnie had a variety of brightly colored poster boards to choose from. There were scissors, of course, glue sticks, glitter, paints and markers to enhance our artful expressions. The next couple of hours were spent joyfully choosing the elements of our unfolding artistic endeavors and piecing them together in a way that was a unique expression of each goddess present.  We were encouraged to let go of our critical, self judgement and let our creative energies flow. It was so much fun and each vision board was definitely a unique artistic work that reflected the woman who created it.
 

 

BLOG: Honoring our Ancestors Gathering
 

Phoenix LeFae author of What is Remembered Lives

October 29th Soul Seekers Sisterhood Exclusive Event

Phoenix LeFae presented.
 

She took us on a meditation journey to meet our ancestors. We were so excited to listen to her. She did not disappoint. She called her self a spiritual seeker who wants to learn everything about the spiritual realm. She has practiced several different alternative religions. Her saying “It is all good” applies to all spiritual practices and religions.

She discussed the important time of Halloween known as Samhain where cultures all over the world celebrate the mid point between the equinox and winter solstice. Ancestors world wide tracked the shift in the stars. The veil is thin this time of the season and it means our beloveds can and will leave their mark on us and the planet as well as come to us if they are asked.
 

We learned from Phoenix that ancestor veneration is not a religion and is done in many many cultures. Much of what we know about the very early ancestors is brought to us through folklore and mythology.
 

She went on to discuss the belief we all have several different ancestors in our lineage both good and very bad. There are three categories: the ancestors that go back to the early days when we crawled out of the mud, the beloved dead which are immediate relatives and pets, and the mighty dead spiritual masters, God’s and Gurus. The ancestors can can help us and teach us lessons to get through this life and make the world a better place with their wisdom.
 

Phoenix took us on a heartwarming ritual meditation to meet our ancestors. After a relaxing guided full body scan we closed our eyes and went on a dream journey to the isle of apples where we were invited to walk on a path and call up an ancestor and perhaps hear a message from them. It was a beautiful experience for everyone at this event. There was time for sharing at the close of this journey/meditation/ritual and many of the soul seekers sisterhood shared their amazing experiences of this evening. I feel we grew closer for having this experience and some of us didn’t want the evening to end.
 

Phoenix did an amazing job of presenting herself and her craft as a spiritual healer and good witch. She teaches classes and works with individuals. She was quite enthralling and made our special event very memorable.

 

Phoenix tenderly closed our meeting by saying: “We say thank you to all our ancestors.” We were each instructed to blow out the candle we lit at the beginning of the gathering. “And So Be It, Amen”

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October 22 Book  Club Costume Contest

Book What Remember Lives by Phoenix LeFae

 

When it comes to enjoying life you have the opportunity to take the ride or stand by the side of the tracks. Several ladies who have joined our book club to read and also enjoy life showed up all decked out in a cheerful way last Thursday night on our book club zoom, myself included. This contest was not rigged with the favorites winning, In fact our president, who looked her best as a beautiful fairy, was my favorite character. Not every sister came in costume but everyone enjoyed our time together.

We discussed the areas of the book that were interesting and inspiring. We laughed and giggled and discussed our costume. This book addressed some deep issues around connecting to our ancestors and the society oppression of women who were spiritual or healers in long ago times. The mythology that this book brought forth in the Godds were fairy tale stories we were all familiar with. 

The winning costumes were posted on our facebook group. Rosie who was a Mardi Gras Diva, Maria who was a Dia de los muertos skeleton and Margie our Cleopatra witch. I wish to give special thanks to Heather our ethereal fairy. The meeting was cheerfully closed with a “walk in beauty” chant from yours truly. Cia the singer.

Let the season of harvest and celebration begin. 

New Moon Ritual

 

It was reminiscent of ancient times when women gathered in circles to drum, sing and chant to celebrate life, the Goddess, the earth and the cycles of the moon. Sacred Circle members came together on a temperate summer’s evening on Bonnie Emerald Hawk’s sacred land to honor the new moon. This is a time of new beginnings, to plant a seed of what one wants to grow in life, to release what was and open to new possibilities and visions. 

 

In preparation for ritual, each woman was smudged with the smoke of sage for purification and blessing before sitting in a circle on a pillow or blanket. Strands of lights gently illumined the scene as darkness fell. A wreath of colorful, glittering fairy lights adorned each goddess’ head lending a sense of magic. Fortified with a little bag of nutritious, delicious treats and beverage of choice, everyone was prepared to embark on a sacred journey.

 

 Cricket opened the ceremony with the inspirational anthem, Sister’s Rise, which she lovingly created for the Soul Seekers Sisterhood. Everyone joined in with voices, drums and rattles.

 

Emerald Hawk guided the ritual with words of healing, inspiration and Truth as we opened to the mystery and power of the new moon. A powerful part of the process was writing intentions for the month to come for oneself and for the Sisterhood. These were written on dissolving paper. which wondrously disappeared in a bowl of water in the center of the circle as sisters in turn released her intentions trusting they were being propelled into manifestation.

 

Cricket closed with a heart felt song of gratitude as we concluded a magical, mystical, empowering evening of sharing, love and connection that was truly a blessing for everyone present. When we join in together in a consciousness of love and healing, that energy goes beyond time and space and contributes to healing ourselves, our ancestors and the mother Earth. Blessed be.

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Donned in a colorful array of hats, wigs and costumes, Soul Seekers Sisterhood Sacred Circle members gathered via Zoom on Monday night for an engaging and inspiring exploration of this month’s movie, Into the Woods. Goddesses were all dressed up as fairies, witches, a hippie, Little Red Ridinghood (6 month old, Ember), a stormtrooper and more. 

 

 A skillful musical interweaving of well known but somewhat altered fairytales, the movie offers a variety of themes that encourage insights into the challenges, successes, disappointments and many other aspects that are inherent in life as we step out and strive to grow, make changes and, perhaps, fulfill a bigger purpose or desire of the heart. Margie, who has seen the movie a half dozen or more times, skillfully laid the foundation for the discussion by sharing metaphors and realizations revealed to her through the movie. These included that we must each find our own way and that we are not yet out of the woods. Also, on the journey of life, everyone loses their way and goes off the path at some time or another and then must find their way back. Right or wrong doesn’t matter in the woods because there is so much going on, you might get away with whatever it is but, even if no one else knows, you do. And be careful of what you say because our words are powerful and “children are listening”.

 

A lively and rich discussion ensued as each woman shared her take away from her viewing. Themes were far reaching and included ancestral healing and forgiveness as reflected through the story of two main characters, a baker and his wife,  who set out into the woods to undo a witches’ curse that interfered with their dream of having a child. The curse was caused by a  long ago mistake of the father, thus “the sins of the father visited on the children” and the need for forgiveness to fully heal and undo the curse.

 

Overcoming the power of “the big bad wolf” in life was another discussed theme. Another that many could relate to was the Cinderella and Prince Charming syndrome. Looking for a Prince Charming to save us, most of us experienced at some time the disappointment, deep learning, and growth that come from finding that the prince was insincere and was really a frog. Elements of the story brought to light the truth that even though we are now in a time of isolation, we are not alone and as we tap into that knowing, we can face it with courage. 

 

Rapunzel, who was locked in a tower for so many years, represented the rebellious child of the controlling, overbearing and protective parent who triggers the desire to get away to become one’s own person.

 

There are many metaphors and jewels of wisdom in this movie that cause one to reflect on life and realize that all experiences are catalysts for growth and healing. Sharing our unique thoughts and perspectives as a group enriched our experience and the value we each took away. It was generally agreed that It is a movie that invites one to view possibly many times and each time come away with a treasured tidbit of awareness.