Let Your Light Shine


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Photo by Leah Schroeder

The longest night has passed and more light is coming in as we move towards the Full Moon which falls on Christmas Day this year. This has been a powerful year and the energy continues to build as we move towards its end.

Every Full Moon and New Moon this year have been powerful times of releasing old energy and those things which no longer serve us. This has been happening within each of us whether we are conscious of it or not. It has been happening on a larger global scale as well.

Reflecting on some recent past events, here in Canada we had a significant federal election a few months ago. There was a last “fight” to hold on by the strong masculine power base and a hugely profound energetic shift on Election Day as that old energy was released to make way for the divine feminine; an energy of connection and collaboration. This energetic shift was felt not only here in Canada, but rippled around the world. The light continues to flow in as actions are being taken to build relationships, particularly with indigenous people to create space for healing and to move forward in a new way.

Even more recently, we can reflect on the events that happened in Paris. Although there are still those that want to stir up fear and hate and the illusion of separateness, there was an outpouring of love and compassion. There was also recognition that this was not the only event that happened at that time and the love spread to other areas of the world where people lost their lives.

Some have stirred up fear of welcoming and embracing Syrian refugees, and felt we shouldn’t welcome them into our countries. Once again more have responded with love and compassion to look beyond ourselves and open our doors and our hearts to these people who so desperately need a safe place to live. As the first refugees arrived they were greeted with joy and open arms, welcoming them to their new home.

With some of these global events, there has been a backlash against Muslim people. They have feared for their safety, even here in North America. Again, people have come together in various ways to show love and compassion. Examples of this are stories of people offering to walk Muslim women and children to school to protect them from bullying, communities visiting local mosques to show solidarity, and I am sure there are many other examples.

I feel that more and more we are moving towards recognizing our connection to each other. We may have different beliefs, cultural practising, skin colour, but at our core we are all spiritual beings, connected to and a part of one source that goes by whatever name one chooses to call it. As we have different organs and systems that make up our physical body, we all have our place within the body of humanity. Humanity has its place along with the plant and animal life of the planet along with the living systems of the land and water, to make up the body of the Earth. The Earth, along with the other planets and the Sun make up the body of the solar system. The solar system is part of the body of the Galaxy, and the Galaxy along with other galaxies is part of the Universe. In turn, all aspects of ourselves and our place in the Universe are reflections of, or expressions of, God, Creator, Universal Consciousness, or Source Energy – whatever name you choose to identify with. So we all matter and are all connected.

As we look within and release the old energy, it is time for us to allow our inner light to shine and step fully into our divine calling. The Full Moon on Christmas with families coming together will likely be an intense and possibly challenging time for many. I believe there will also be a greater flow of light coming in to assist all of us with our shift in consciousness. It is the Christ Consciousness of love and peace.

Look within to the dark places and the shadows within yourself. Shine light on those places and surround them with love. See your entire being fill with love and peace. Allow love and peace to be what flows out from you to those around you, and create space to share your light with others. That light will ripple out and spread as you share it. It is time to shine.

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Welcoming The Light


Welcoming the Light - Photo by Leah Schroeder

Sunrise – Photo by Leah Schroeder

It is the beginning of the Winter Solstice and a new moon. Where I live, it is a grey day outside and fairly mild weather for this time of year.  I feel drawn to write today.  It has been an intense time these past few months with a lot of different things holding my attention, and it is the perfect day to be in a space of contemplation and solitude.

There is balance with the movement between day and night, light and dark, the sun and the moon, the masculine and the feminine.  With the shifting of the seasons, there is always balance or a movement towards balance of light and dark.  So, as we experience the longest night to mark the beginning of the Winter Solstice, we are moving towards the Spring Equinox where night and day will be equal.  It is good to honour both the light and the dark within ourselves as well.  Being too much in the dark or too much in the light throws us out of balance.  There is strength and power in the balance between the light and dark with all of creation as within.  Ego throws us out of balance and Spirit or Love always brings us back.

With this new moon being in alignment with the Winter Solstice, it is a good time to reflect on what in our lives no longer serves us.  What is it we need to release at this time; anger, resentments, pain, judgement?  It is a time to let go and invite in and open ourselves to receive the love and abundance of the universe and to know that we are one with the universe and with that abundance.

The message in the Advent service I attended this morning was about transformation.   There was an acknowledgement of the fear that sometimes holds us back from allowing that transformation to happen.  It reminded me to look back over the year I have had and recognize the great transformation that has happened in my life over this time.  I am deeply grateful for all the teachers that have showed up to assist me at this time.  I am aware of moments where I have held back from that transformation; from stepping into my own light – a fear of being seen.  I am grateful for the learning opportunities, the recognition that I was holding back and the trust to let go of that.

This has been a year of constant change and transformation.  I have done my best to live more in the moment, not planning more than a few months in advance.  There has been a lot of freedom in that, and I admit at times, uncertainty.  I have learned to trust in the abundance of the universe and trust that everything works out when I let go.  I am learning to observe what lessons need to be learned when I feel resistance.  I always seem to find my way back to the word “surrender”.

I am reminded of a Shamanic Journey I experienced a few months ago.  I was sitting beside a pond of water, and in my journey, entered into that water to see where it came from.  I found myself travelling with a flowing stream.  I became the water, flowing deep into the earth, coming up through a hole of light, down a waterfall, and through someone’s body as that water was consumed.  I remember hearing the words “Be like water”.  I was also told that water is the life force and blood of the earth.  It is the heartbeat of the earth.  So if I am like water I am also that life force, that blood of the earth.

To surrender for me, means to flow like water, trust and allow.  There is an ebb and flow to life as in the changing seasons and the flow of light and dark.  I remember this as I center myself today.  I have spent time in meditation and will continue to throughout the day.  I am taking a moment to write down what needs to be released from my life and will burn it with a smudge of sage, cedar and sweetgrass.  I allow Spirit to carry the ash of what is to be released away with the wind.

So today I acknowledge the darkness and invite in and welcome the light. I open myself to possibility and step into and embrace my light as I move into a new season and new phase of my life.

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We Are One


June 13th Full Moon - Photo by Leah Schroeder

June 13th Full Moon – Photo by Leah Schroeder

I have just come away from one of the most powerful experiences of my life.  I want to invite those of you reading this post into this circle of love that was created during the four days of the Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations event held June 12-15th, 2014.  I feel a huge sense of responsibility in the words I choose to express the significance of this experience.

In planning the gathering over the past few months, a group of us involved in organizing held an intention of oneness, love, connection and healing for this event.  We created a powerful bubble to support this experience.  We knew that whoever showed up to be a part of the gathering was there because they were meant to be there.  They were either of the same energetic vibration as we were holding, or they were ready to shift.  We knew those that were not ready or not meant to be there would not be.  We knew this experience was bigger than us as organizers and bigger than the women and men that would participate.  We knew this would be more powerful and further reaching than we could imagine.

This gathering, with maybe 200+ people that were there over the course of a few days, celebrated the sacredness of women.  We acknowledged that we all carry the stories of our past and that the only way for us to heal that is to come together in oneness, to lift each other up, empower each other, to love and honour ourselves and each other.

People came from all over, some not knowing why they were coming but felt compelled to be there.  Women and men came from the east and west.  They travelled across the country with people they had never met before and formed beautiful relationships as they journeyed to and from this sacred place.  One couple from India, who were staying in Toronto, heard about our gathering and took a thirty hour bus ride to be there for a few days before their return to India.  A young man, travelling from Montreal to Winnipeg or Regina to work, had all his belongings stolen and was hitchhiking home.  A group of women heading to the gathering, picked him up and brought him along.  He was given a place to sleep in our compassion tent and food to eat.  It was an incredibly moving experience for him.  I am in awe of the journeys taken to arrive at this gathering.

The first evening, as some of us were sitting around a fire, we witnessed some lights in the skies, in the four directions, that were not stars, satellites, or airplanes.  It is an area known for such sitings, so somehow I expected them to show themselves.  They were also there to join us in their own way.  I am sure I also saw spirit lights from time to time and felt the presence of the “Little People”, as did many other people.

As we prepared for this gathering, we asked for donations for food to feed all those that gathered and money to pay for different expenses associated with holding such an event.  At times we had no idea how everything would come together.  We forged ahead in faith that everything would be taken care of.  In the end all our expenses were paid for.  We had an over flowing abundance of food.  It seemed to keep coming as more and more people showed up. Everyone worked together to create an amazing experience.  Firekeepers  would stay up all night to keep the sacred fire burning throughout the night even through the pouring rain.  We became a community.

Pipe ceremonies would begin each day representing each nation (or roses as we called them – the red rose, black rose, yellow rose & white rose).  Each brought the gifts of their tradition along with the gifts that connect us all.  I was given the honour of leading the white rose pipe ceremony, as I have been asked to become a pipe carrier.  I don’t  know what this calling means yet, but I accept it with honour and deep respect.

I felt the weight of the responsibility to complete the circle for this gathering on the fourth day as we brought our gathering to a close.  I shared from my heart, my story and my vision.  I believe that when we learn to love and honour ourselves and each other, heal ourselves and lift each other up, the earth that is our mother and our home will be healed.  I shared about sounding my voice at the waterfall by the site a few weeks early and encouraged others to find their voice as I am finding mine.  The other women participating in this particular ceremony brought some beautiful songs to share with the group to close our gathering.  As we stood in front of the group, arm in arm, we sang the following words.  The rest of the group joined in singing this song.  It was repeated over and over again.

Love, love, love, love
People we are made for love
Love each other as ourselves
For we are one

I hold all these amazing, beautiful people in my heart with the deepest love and respect.  We have created something very special that is radiating out beyond the sacred space we held for those four days.  Lives have and will continue to be changed, including my own.  I am forever grateful.

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Celebrating Water


Meditation Fountain - by Leah Schroeder

Meditation Fountain – by Leah Schroeder

On the March Full Moon, I placed a jar of water on my window sill.  I somehow felt compelled to honour water this week.  I knew that it would sit there until the Spring Equinox and that in some way it would become part of a water blessing, even if I did a small ceremony on my own.

A few days later, I stumbled upon a video called “Unify”, calling people around the world to come together for a Synchronized Global Water Ceremony at 3pm on March 22nd.  I was scheduled to get together with a group of women that day to plan a gathering for June, so I asked if we could set aside some time for this.

I took the jar from my window sill to the meeting with these women.  The host had also placed a jar of water out on the full moon.  They were placed together in the center of the room where we were seated.  We spent a few hours celebrating water, celebrating women, singing, drumming, and sharing stories.  We passed the cup around and shared the water.

I remember a year and a half ago when I fasted for a weekend at the sacred Petroform site I have written about before.  I went 48 hours with no food or water.  I remember it being more challenging for me to go without water than it was to go without food.  I became aware of the desire for water to quench my thirst after the first 24 hours.  I was grateful when I was able to have my first drink.

We are largely made up of water.  We use water in every aspect of our life.  We drink it, cook with it, bath in it, do laundry with it, swim in it, and grow food with it.  We enjoy rain, streams and rivers, lakes, and oceans. We are all connected by water.   It is life sustaining and yet we have taken it for granted.

It is calling us.  The water of the Earth is in need of healing.  We are in need of healing.  As we heal ourselves, we heal the water. It is our love and healing energy that will heal the water, as the water heals each of us.

Take a moment to honour and bless the water for the gift of life it has given you.

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Four Women


Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Leah Schroeder

There were four women sitting around a kitchen table.  In the centre was a candle holder, made of either pottery or stone, of four women sitting together around a fire (the candle). Around this table we listened to each other, and shared teachings, ceremony, and acknowledged our connection to each other.  We broke bread together.  We shared a common vision to bring women together for connection and healing.  We all understand that this is vital to healing the planet – bringing our world back into balance.

My heart and soul are singing.  I am filled with joy and deep gratitude.  Although I only see a short piece of the road in front of me, I feel clear that I am on the path that is my soul’s calling.  Some of the processes I have been through in the past few weeks reignited my passion and showed me what my heart already knew.

This is what it feels like when you fully commit to embracing that voice inside, and the calling of your soul.  All it takes is putting one foot in front of the other.  Pay attention.  Listen to your heart.  Know that you are worthy of allowing that spirit to shine for the whole world to see.  Discover your unique voice and don’t be afraid to share it with the world.

I am still learning this.  I am taking steps forward.  In this moment I feel fully engaged in and connected to this process.  I hold myself in this space knowing that it is where I am in most alignment with my soul’s path.  I feel it on every level of my being.

From this place of recognizing my own spirit through the eyes of the women I sit with, I call out to women around the world to come join the circle.  Let go of the old stories you carry on your back, the ones that weigh down your wings and prevent you from soaring.  Let go of the pain of the past that you hold onto with the illusion that we are separate.  It is crushing your spirit, but there is still a light inside you.  It wants to fill you up, shine for all to see and to be shared.  I feel your pain, as a part of my own body and spirit that is showing itself and asking to be healed.  This pain is felt through every layer of the planet and is coming to the surface to be healed.

It is time for us to come together to create a new reality, to write a new story.  This is the voice that is calling out from the depths of my soul. I hold out my hand to you and open my heart, in the recognition that we are one. Namaste.

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I Know The Universe Supports Me


Image by Leah Schroeder

Image by Leah Schroeder

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A visit to Afghan refugees in Belgium


activistA church in the middle of Brussels, outside a few men are hanging around. It’s Sunday afternoon.
The signs outside the door inform that this church is used as a shelter by Afghan refugees.
After reading these signs me and two of my dear friends enter the church.
Before us a small path leading through the whole church. To the left and to the right all kinds of mattresses laying on the ground, one next to the other. No space left between them. A variety of blankets and sheets in all sizes and colors cover the mattresses. A few of them have a little camping tent above it. Little packages are laying next to the pillows at the back of the mattresses. I suppose they contain the ‘personal stuff’.
On some of the mattresses a few people sit together talking. Friendly they direct us to the end of the church to a young man who speaks French and English. He says he’s responsible at the moment. We explain that we came to bring some stuff to help, clothes, toys. No, they can’t accept the clothes, because when it doesn’t fit anyone or when it’s to old stuff they have to get rid of it and it creates a garbage problem. But blankets and shoes for men are welcome. No, no toys for children, there is no space in the church to create a corner for kids to play. Every inch is filled with mattresses.
I notice how tidy everything is, basic but clean and very tidy.
Of the 450 Afghan refugees out on the streets, 250 live here. I try to imagine how it must be to sleep on those mattresses with 250 men, woman and children in one big bedroom!
A photographer with camera at hand is talking with two men… I hope that his photographs and perhaps his article can achieve something to help these people.

A few stairs are leading to the platform where the altar should stand. I can’t figure out if it’s there because more tiny camping tents on the platform catch my eye and attention. The big sign in front of them says: here live the people who support the Afghan refugees with their hunger strike.
I look up and see the paintings of the saints look down on them from the walls… the space for offering has become a space for sacrifice, the sacrifice of the health and well being of the hunger strikers to appeal for justice for these Afghan people. In my imagination I see the priest at the altar during the offering. I hope that the sacrifice made by the hunger strikers opens the gates of heaven for all those refugees!

Just one street from here there is a big Christmas market with lights, food, a carousel for the children. The weather is fine and many came to visit the market. There’s hardly a parking spot left. The taverns are filled with people… but in the church was just us, and a photographer and the many mattresses, and a little boy trying to play on the small corridor between them.
It’s almost Christmastime. In two weeks we celebrate the birth of a little child in a stable. He and his parents were homeless also. In the comfort of our homes we will celebrate his birth and exchange gifts with our loved ones. But perhaps the people in this church are closer to this child than we ever will be.

I wonder if the policy makers who decide about the lives of these people that try to survive by leaving a country devastated by war, will celebrate Christmas with a peaceful mind.
I wonder if it would change something if our policy makers would spend those days together with these refugees on those mattresses. I wonder how happy they would be to celebrate the coming Christmas holidays in Afghanistan, a country where their lives would also be in danger, a country they think these refugees should return to.
I wonder how a modern so called civilized society can let these refugees – and many other homeless people – live their lives on the floor, in the streets, in poverty, with no papers, no opportunities, no perspectives for a dignified future.

What kind of strange disease must be consuming our hearts and minds to make us to afraid to share some space and resources with people who need a helping hand and some decent shelter? What makes us hold on to inhuman so called ‘laws’?
How can we really feel joy at Christmas knowing that these people are out there? How can we let them stay ‘invisible’ in our society?

The only way I can imagine a joyful Christmas is standing with hundreds, no tens of thousands of fellow human beings around that church with a symbolic Christmas light in our hand, and STAY there just as long as their human rights are not being respected by the people we have voted for.

On our way out of the church one of the men sitting on a mattress offers us a cookie. This gentle and kind man who has nearly nothing still has something he wants to share… I am glad that my friend accepted the cookie. I don’t have the stomach for it. I am to ashamed of being a Belgian citizen today.