Michael Mead on Friendship and Angels

I love this idea. Michael is a fascinating teacher, elder and wisdom seeker. I hope you enjoy his ideas. Let me know what you think.

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Stepping into Sacred Space in North Texas

 

November 20 -22, 2015

 


The inspiration you seek is already within. Be still and listen. Rumi

Our first visit to North Texas!

This transformational gathering invites you into a new worldview.By stepping into sacred space you touch dreams, dialogues, oracles, and intuition—Wisdom’s whispers 

Space is very limited. Pre registration is required

An Evening with Isaiah: You are more than you can see

Friday November 20, 7-9 PM
Isaiah, a well-loved Invisible Presence, is a mentor and guide. Jo and Isaiah met in the late 1970’s. They invite you to join them for an evening of joy and laughter.  People report breakthroughs and insights—the result of Isaiah’s simple wisdom.
While this idea may seem strange to modern, scientifically trained minds, it is supported by experiences older than time. Spending time with Isaiah, invites you into transformational experiences.

Stepping into Sacred Space—Create Healing Alliances

Saturday November 21-22, 10 AM – 5 PM & Sunday 10 AM – 1PM
This time together encourages you to re-view your world and your place in it.
Welcome intuition and knowledge, seen and unseen as you
expand your relationship with Wisdom.
You are stepping into a sacred healing space,
learning new ways of listening.

Begin to realize that you know more than you know you know.

You are inviting healing alliances within your Self and with others. They change your experience of the world, and the world’s experience of you.

Details:
Pre-registration is necessary Space is limited to the first 15 people who register

For questions or to register contact Crow at <sacredtreeusa@yahoo.com>

 Jo Todd, PhD’s unique work blends spirituality, depth psychology, ceremony, and recovery. Drawing on more than 4 decades of experience she acts as a teacher, mentor and guide. This blended process is therapeutic and healing. It helps you deepen, expand, and enriches you: as you collect lost pieces of yourself. Some describe her as a spiritual mid-wife, birthing soul into the world one person at a time. In addition to being the founding director for The Healing Alliance in 1983, she is President of Jung Society of Austin and a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. For more information about her current work see wwwjotoddphd.com
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Wisdom Circles

Excerpted From Isaiah’s New Year Message:
Will you risk, this year, being seen, heard, and valued?
That, of course, is the challenge you have been backing up from for years.
Not who should you be, how should you be, or even what should you be.

Musings:
In 2005 I was gifted a 3rd phase of the my “work”. It is a network of circles–Wisdom Circles. Negar Kidman created a fabulous page for it.  Alas, it is still blank.
Is this part of the Partnership? I am passionate about the idea of social as well as personal alchemy. We need forums, incubation places of new solutions. Wisdom Circles create a living practice–birthing the unexpected. They host alchemy, inviting a different world view.

Wisdom Circles

Wisdom Circles

I am reminded of an Oracle familiar many of us. It was the Oracle of Delphi who said, ” To Thine Own Self be True”. As so often happens with Oracles, there are layers of meaning. It was years before I realized it was asking me to be true to my Self, and the way I could do that was to have my daily self be in service to that higher Self.

Maybe this year is a kairos, a perfect moment, welcoming breakthrough.

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Why care about Soul’s realm?

 

Soul’s realm is found by listening, seeing, and knowing differently

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What is Soul’s realm? How to find it? Why do we care?What is it?

What is it?
Soul’s realm is hard to talk about.
It is invisible, mysterious, and often dismissed as unreal.
It is outside the limitations of time and space.
It is invisible, precious, and sometimes terrifying because it is unknown.
It is not measurable, or scientifically definable

Learning soul’s language invites an adventure,
a journey led by inspiration, dreams, and synchronicities.
Connection with it guides us to unimagined possibilities

Soul’s realm awaits everyone.
Experiencing it ignites a longing for more.

How do we find it?
Following whispers from soul’s realm soften either/or certainty, offering new points of view.
Paying attention to synchronicities discloses important clues about who we are.
Paying attention to symptoms reveals what has been too painful to remember
but too important to forget.
Listening to Oracles invites reflection and flashes of  insight.

This mysterious, invisible realm urges us to slow down,
experience Eros and Wisdom.
Soul’s realm offers a different sensibility, rich with feelings,
saturated with images, and poetic illusions.

Why do we care?
Connecting with Soul’s realm,
invites a different experience of life–
more complex beauty,
liberation of imagination, and embodied knowing.
We experience a more intimate awareness of nature and wildness.

Stepping into this kind of knowing,
crossing the threshold into soul’s unknown, shadowy realm,
offers us access to missing pieces.
Those discarded pieces that did not seem to fit, yet contribute to who we are.
Reclaiming these lost parts of ourselves offers new freedom.
A freedom to step out of the shadows and choose more life, and more love.

Stepping into Soul’s realm invites wonder and vibrant energy.
It encourages each of us to celebrate our unique gifts.
It invites us to take our unique place within the web of life

 

Walking the Spiral

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

I love this poem. I used it for the end of my dissertation, and for so many other times and places of return.  The idea that we will arrive where we started, and know the place for the firs time. Initially this idea was very distressing.

I used to say, “Well I guess I just have to keep doing it over till I get it right.” It was a statement about falling short. I graded it as a failure at the game of life.One day, a few months after my return to Texas, I once again found myself doing the same old thing. I was disappointed in myself. Here I was again.

Then, I felt my invisible teacher, Isaiah, smiling.What is it, I asked. “Do you not yet see,” he said, “Step back for a moment and look differently. Ask yourself, is this exactly what you have done before? Have you not yet realized that you bring all of the information, all of the experiences, and a somewhat different perspective to this now. Your journey is not an endless circle, rather, you are walking on a spiral. You continue to change and grow bit by bit, step by step, because of your willingness to look, see, and hold your Self more consciously.  Awakening may come with a blinding flash of insight, or gradually as you come to more of your self. Whichever it is you still need to continue. Taking small steps forward, listening for guidance, building bridges and weaving Wisdom into the spiral dance of life.”

With all this in mind, please read it again.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

It is pure alchemy isn’t it?  Your thoughts?

Walking Soul’s Spiral Retreat Series: What inspires you?

Stepping into Sacred Space: Welcoming Inspiration

A weekend retreat inviting you to pause and listen deeply.

What inspires you, gives you the fire to take action?
What stops you?
What is required so your dreams and longing
find form and are fulfilled?
What happens if you set aside time excavate buried dreams and dream new ones?
Can you see what keeps getting in the way?

Do you dare take the next steps
to live into the unique space belonging only to you,
listen for whispered secrets, and unlock forbidden passages?

Come, lets ask these and other questions together.
We can meet in sacred space, honor wisdom by listening, as you
respond to imagination’s call.

Welcoming Inspiration is the first 2012 Walking Soul’s Spiral Retreat Series
Spring
Friday April 20  7:00 – 9:00
Saturday April 21 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday April 22 10:00 – 3:00 ish
 

Each retreat is self contained but is ideally experienced as a part of a year-long practice-series. The retreats are designed to be intimate, in-depth experiences.
Each Quarter a retreat re-focuses and encourages small steps and unexpected leaps.
Summer– Celebrating Creation – July
Fall– Embracing Reflections-October
Winter -Honoring Completions- January
Facilitator: Jo Todd PhD

Registration:
Each retreat $225.00
4 retreat package includes a 10% discount $810.00
We accept paypal, credit cards, checks
Retreat sessions will be at The Healing Alliance, Austin, TX
To reserve for place or for more information please contact jotoddphd@gmail.com or  call 512-680-1540