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2023 Imbolc Newsletter
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Hanukkah 2022: When is Hanukkah and Why Is It Celebrated?
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Camelot
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Samhain Newsletter
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Fall Equinox Newsletter
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Spiritual Bypassing
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The 3 Stages of Life
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Flow
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How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners
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Meditation 102 – Meditation Is Not About Getting Rid of Thoughts

2023 Imbolc Newsletter

 

Embrace Hope my friends,

 

Imbolc is the time of hope for new life and the return of the light.

In the US, most people think of February 2nd as Groundhog Day, the portent of how many more weeks of winter are in store. However, for thousands of years, Imbolc, meaning “in the belly” was a sign of hope as there would be lambs born in the spring. In addition, the people saw the noticeable signs that the days were lengthening. 

 

 Hope is one of the most important emotions that allow us to feel alive and attract the possibilities that lead to feeling we have agency. When hope is purposely destroyed, we lose the will to live meaningful lives.

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Hanukkah 2022: When is Hanukkah and Why Is It Celebrated?

 

When Does Hanukkah Start and More Facts

When is Hanukkah? In 2022, this eight-day “festival of lights” begins on Sunday, December 18, at sundown. Learn all about Hanukkah dates, customs such as the nightly menorah lighting, and special foods.

What Is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev.

Because the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates of Jewish holidays according to the Gregorian calendar change from year to year. For this reason, the beginning of Hanukkah can range from late November to late December.

In short, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies.

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Camelot

Earth was designed to be a “Camelot” with Love, beauty, and peace. Unfortunately, many things have happened on Earth to cause the depravity that we see today. If you look around you will see our food, water, and air are polluted. However, the worst culprit is wireless technology. Thoth Hermes Trismegistus warned humans of the dangers of wireless technology over 5000 years ago but few paid any attention to him. The result was the Great Flood of approximately 3114 BC that many call the most catastrophic geological event that has ever taken place in human history.

Science proved 20+ years ago that there are 12 dimensions in our Universe. This is something the ancients knew and is written in the Vedas and referenced in the Old Testament.

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Samhain Newsletter

Samhain Greetings my friends,

 

The time period, between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd is one of the most widely celebrated ancient traditions honoring our ongoing connection with ancestors and loved ones who have passed. Samhain meaning ‘summer’s end’ heralds the thinning of the veil between the seen and unseen worlds. Most of us have heard of or participated in the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico or here in the US. Connecting with our ancestors and expressing love and gratitude has always been the theme of this time for thousands of years. Samhain was celebrated at our ancestors’ graves and other gathering sites, long before ‘trick or treating’ as goblins and ghouls became popular.

 

In 2019, I had the honor of experiencing Taita Juanito (a 5th generation Indigenous Shaman) leading several Ayahuasca ceremonies in Costa Rica.

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Fall Equinox Newsletter

 

Celebrate the Cycle of Life,

 

The Fall Equinox is the second of the three major harvest festivals. The Celtic name for it is Mabon: the season of storing food and preserving nature’s bounty for the coming winter months. This year it will be on September 22nd at 6:04 pm PDT just as the sun enters Libra, the sign of the balancing scales. The term Equinox refers to this balance of day and night. Fall is the time of plants shedding their seeds, going underground until new plants rise up in the Spring 

 

In ancient Greek and Roman traditions, during the Fall Equinox the Grain Goddess Demeter was honored. Originally, she was a triad: the Maiden (Kore or Persephone), Mother (Demeter), and Crone (Hecate) in the Pantheon that predated the Olympian myths. 

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Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassing

 

 

We tend to associate spirituality with transcendental, heightened states of being that are invariably related to the emotions of joy, happiness, contentment, and deep inner peace.

 

Spiritual growth and its journey can be life-changing.  It can make you happier, healthier, more connected to Source (God, Spirit, Zero-Point, whatever term works for you), feel safe and well taken care of, and finally give you the tools you need to live an authentic, fulfilling life.

 

The term ‘spiritual bypassing’ was originally coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984.  As he explained in an interview, “Spiritual bypassing is a term I coined to describe a process I saw happening in the Buddhist community I was in, and also in myself. 

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The 3 Stages of Life

There are 3 stages of life:

1. Survival
2. Personal Development
3. Student of Spiritual Truth

Stage 1: Survival

You begin Stage One and you’re experiencing life anew as a child. Because of the impact of certain things and events, you draw a map of reality. You decide who you are; you decide what the world is; and you decide what you need to do, or be, or stop doing, in order to survive, to be loved, et cetera. Now you have a world concept, a self-concept, and a belief of what it’s going to take to become the version of you that’s necessary to survive or even to thrive, within that world concept.

Most people spend many lifetimes in stage 1.

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Flow

One of the big misunderstandings of spiritual growth and personal development is the statement “go with the flow.” It is really a big bad myth. When most people just go with their flow, they are going to get pulled over a cliff and crash into the rocks below, or flow right into an eddy, get caught in a tree or rock, and get flipped upside down and drown. Or they will just drift aimlessly, wherever life takes them.

The idea of “go with the flow” is that you are in alignment with the Universe and things are easy. Sometimes this is true, and often it is not. Most of your life is the journey, not the destination. A lot of the journey is going to be challenging and growth producing.

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How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners

Each meditation practice typically requires a different mental skill. It is often extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or to have an “empty mind.” In general, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath (see concentration meditation above).

The following meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

  • Sit comfortably.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Do not attempt to control your breath in any way. Just breathe naturally.
  • Focus your attention on the breath. Observe how your body moves with each breath. Pay attention to the movement of your body as you breathe, especially your chest, rib cage, shoulders, and belly, as you inhale and exhale. Whenever your mind wanders, gently return your attention back to your breath.
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Meditation 102 – Meditation Is Not About Getting Rid of Thoughts

Probably the number one misunderstanding about meditation is that it means getting rid of all of your thoughts. Many beginning meditators feel that thoughts are bad, and that a good meditation is all about eliminating one’s thoughts. They imagine meditation as a blank state of mind, devoid of thought or emotion. In over twenty years as a meditation instructor, this is the single greatest source of frustration and discouragement. Common examples of things beginners say include: “I am a horrible meditator, I just cannot stop thinking.” “If only I could stop my thoughts, then I would be able to meditate.” “I knew I couldn’t meditate, I cannot control my mind.” We then try to spank our thoughts out of existence and end up spanking ourselves.

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