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October 10-12, 2014

Anita Burns and Marisa Ryan present THE 2014 PURIFICATION and RENEWAL RETREAT in the beautiful and magical Joshua Tree, California.

inipi2The Sweat Lodge

In Lakota, the Sweat Lodge is called an Inipi, meaning Rodk Lodge. It is a purification ceremony and one of their Seven Sacred Rites.

Inipi is an ancient rite and ceremony that has passed down from generation to generation in the Lakota nation.

Lakotas and other Native American nations are sensitive to keeping their traditions pure. Because of that the full ceremony is never given to non-Lakotas. However, there has been such demand for access to Native American spiritual traditions that a close version is allowed to be given to non-Native Americans. The details of the Inipi can differ from Nation to Nation or even from one event to another. Much depends on who is leading the Sweat.

The "Lodge" is a sacred ceremony for purification of body, mind, and spirit through the heated stones, water (steam) and sacred space. The Lodge is a metaphor for Mother Earth's womb. She receives and gives unconditional love.
There is a firepit, altar, and the lodge itself. These are in a line to connect "The There," known as the Path of Spirit. The Fire Pit, where the stones are heated is male energy and outside the lodge.

As the fire is lit, you set your intention for the ceremony through prayers that honor and call upon the Great Spirit and the spirits of the four directions.

alancohen

August

While in Japan I met an American woman who had been living in that country for twenty years. I asked her how long it had taken her to learn the Japanese language. “A couple of years,” she answered. “But I still don’t understand everything. Just the things that interest me. For example, I can watch documentaries on television and understand every word. When the game shows come on I have no idea what they are talking about.”

Her selective learning demonstrated to me that we each have the capacity to tune our minds to things of value and to screen out everything irrelevant. The world is filled with all manner of subject matter and intention. You have the power to understand what is of value to you and screen out everything that doesn’t match your intention. A significant part of personal growth is finding the confidence to let in what belongs to you and release all else.

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August

On Tuesday, I had an audition for the television show American Horror Story. The casting director was looking for little people for an upcoming episode. The traffic was so congested on Hollywood Way in Burbank. I turned into the driveway to park, but the signs on the walls were posted and reserved. The sign read in bold, red letters, "If park your car here, it will be towed." I backed out and went down the alley.

Due to a cataract in my left eye as well as my petite 4’7" stature, I could not see a curb and drove right into it. Bump, bump, bump, grinding, crunch, and sensors beeping.

What did I do? What did I hit?

I continued driving—slowly until I could pull over and assess the damage. I was a bit rattled and shook up.

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I am often aware of how many of us spend our lives rushing around after other people. Laudable though it is to take care of others, we really should leave time for ourselves.
Loving oneself is not conceit or ego centric it is logic, if we do not love ourselves how can we expect others to? In the midst of a beautiful summer when we should be chilling out in the park eating an ice cream cone, many of us are getting jobs done whilst the sun shines. Washing bedding, painting the porch, believe me the sky will not fall in if the porch is left a while for its new paint job. The wonderful eccentric artist Quentin Crisp said he never dusted because he observed that when a layer of dust had settled everywhere in the house it never actually got any thicker so he might just as well leave it!

Matthew-douglasAugust

Take a walk with us down the beach of life. As your feet make imprints in the sand and you continue to walk forward, as you look back you will see that those are just moments and experiences in time. It does not dictate who you are and it does not dictate how far you can go. They are just moments and with those moments are choices in time. They can always be changed, modified, but never set in stone if you choose to move forward. If you choose the intention that things will change.

As you walk further along, down this beach of life, there are seashells scattered about. These are opportunities that most walk past, but do not acknowledge that they are there, or even pick them up to examine them. Curiosity through your life can make it special and exciting. Veer off the beaten path, walk where you are not supposed to walk because this is where the joys of life are found. By making your life something that even you can’t recognize because you are so happy. In those moments, you are so happy in each step.

Matthew-douglasWe have looked around this world from afar, obviously, but we look in your perspective that we experience through you. But, we can’t choose to listen for you, we can’t choose to feel for you, and we can’t choose to use your power. But, you are going through a life and you have the choice to do all these things. We see the different paths. We see the outcomes. We see your choices.

Some of your choices are good, some are better and some choices may be better next time; but we never judge and say, “do it again”, never think that you are not good enough, and never stop loving you because you unconditionally loved.

No matter what you do in life, no matter how many mistakes you make in life, you are who you are. You are still loved. Nothing has changed and nothing is different. You always can choose another path. You can always choose to do better in your life and in the lives of others.  

alancohenDo you know anyone who is so firmly fixed on what he or she wants to talk about that you don’t stand a chance to talk about anything else with that person? I know a CEO who is interested only in sales statistics.  If you want to talk to him, the conversation must be about spreadsheets, price points, and returns on investments. I know another fellow who is into yoga. If you want to discuss gurus, devotional ceremonies, and meditation techniques, he’s there. If not, there is nothing else to talk about. Another guy is a classic narcissist. All he cares to talk about is himself. If the conversation drifts to you, it will be back on him quickly. That’s his subject.

Caroly gervais Author of:  I Dreamed I Was Human (Awakening from the Illusion)
 
Many wonder how they can learn to still themselves and move into a state of peacefulness. Stilling the mind as a beginner can become very frustrating because it may seem as though your thoughts actually become busier the more you attempt to quiet them.  That mind jabber is the ego’s attempt to stay in control of what you do or not do. Because it feels so normal for the ego to have the control, many people do not yet realize that there is a higher, more peaceful aspect of mind that, when tapped into, will eventually tame the ego with its tutelage.
 
What gives the ego so much power to sabotage?   Fear.  Fear of everything and anything that threatens a person’s beliefs and perceptions.   Once we tire of being a puppet for the ego, we begin to question the validity of life and our self. Questions like: Which of my beliefs do I protect so much that I rise to anger when they are seemingly threatened; Do my desires cause me to be more giving or more selfish; What is my purpose in life?


Walking-homeA Pilgrimage from humbled to healed

Publisher's Description
     
Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. “You’re a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide,” people jeered. “How could you not have seen this coming?” Having intuitive abilities didn’t make her superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride—traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our spiritual path.

 

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To experience channeling, the mind must be quiet and still. You must open a part of yourself normally closed to direct communication with the invisible worlds. This allows thoughts, ideas, wisdom, and knowledge to pass from the realm of expanded consciousness to the channel.


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 Excerpt:

Our Hypnosis Personality
The way subjects enter into hypnosis and accept hypnotic suggestions is called suggestibility. Hypnotists communicate with a subject by utilizing the subject's personal suggestibility. A thorough understanding of suggestibility is essential for successful hypnosis.

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