Rise of the Sacred Feminine – The Sacred Pipe


Sunrise at Bannock Point, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Canada - Photo by Leah Schroeder

Sunrise at Bannock Point, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Canada – Photo by Leah Schroeder

In the next few blog posts, I intend to share a few experiences that celebrate reclaiming the Sacred Feminine.  My close friend, Diane, asked me to write about The Pipe.

Last October I was given a Sacred Pipe.  Since receiving it I have been learning about what it means to be a Pipe Carrier and exploring what this responsibility means for my life.

Firstly, I use the term Pipe Carrier, because I do not own this pipe.  It is a gift from Spirit.  It belongs to Spirit.  I carry it.  I care for it.  I protect and honour it.  I learn from it.  I bring it out for ceremony.  I pray with it and feel the love from it and share my love through it.  I share it with others.

One might question the idea of smoking a pipe in a day and age when we understand the negative effects of smoking tobacco.  Firstly, there is a significant difference between commercial tobacco and traditional tobacco used for ceremony.  Second, I choose to use kinnikinic (also known as bearberry, or uva-ursi) or on a rare occasion, traditional, organic tobacco.  Traditional tobacco & kinnikinic are sacred medicine.  Smoking this pipe or participating in a pipe and water ceremony is a spiritual practice that I do when I feel guided to.

Thousands of years ago all women carried what I have heard indigenous women refer to as sacred bundles.  The Pipe, the Drum, the Rattle, and Sacred Medicines were likely elements women carried in their bundles.  Through the colonization of women around the world, many cultures lost this practice as, in these same cultures, honouring the sacredness of women was also lost.

There are many different kinds of pipes, each with their own teachings and brought out for different purposes.  The pipe I carry is a Women’s Pipe.  The teaching I have received is that when I bring it out to smoke it in ceremony, I can pass it to other women to smoke from it as well.  Men are also allowed to share in it by touching the bowl to their heart instead of smoking from the pipe.

I was challenged recently to gain deeper understanding of this teaching and to learn more about the pipe I carry and the role it plays in my life.

For me, this pipe represents my sacredness as a woman.  It is a piece of that sacredness that I have reclaimed.  It is one way I acknowledge my connection to Spirit and to the Earth.  When I pass it to other women to smoke from it, it gives them an opportunity to acknowledge their own sacredness and express that connection to Spirit and to the Earth.  It is a gift and a bond we share as women.  When passed to a man to hold it to his heart it gives him the opportunity to honour the sacredness of women.  He also feels honoured by the opportunity to participate and receive the love from the women and the pipe as he holds it to his heart.  The spiritual connection is shared through that love.  It is a sacred dance, the balance of masculine and feminine.  Both men and women are empowered by participating in a way that honours each other.

I mentioned earlier the pipe and water ceremony.  Included with this spiritual practice is the blessing of the water.  It is an acknowledgement of women’s connection to water – the water of the Earth – our Mother, the water in which we carry life, the water that is part of our body.  It is my practice to send blessings and healing to the water of the seven directions, East, South, West, North, Above,, Below and Within.  I also receive blessings and healing from this water at the same time.

A cup or bowl of water, (traditionally a copper cup or bowl) is part of the ceremony.  After the blessing, I drink from the water and when with other people I share it with them.  The water is also shared with the Earth.  My practice at home, when I do the ceremony on my own, is to share it with all of my plants, add a bit to my water fountain and I share the remaining water with the Earth outside my home.  I usually do this at the time of the full moon, when the water has also been charged with the energy of the moon.

I am still learning.  I know that my work involves empowering women and carrying this pipe plays a part in how I do that.  When I hold this pipe, I feel the love in my heart.  Loving myself and allowing that love to radiate out from me to share with others is the gift this pipe has brought to me.  I carry it with deep reverence, respect, humility, strength and with an open heart.

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Time Tricks


Time tells what no one or language can tell. Time reveals people’s intentions when a thousand words can only prove otherwise.

When time calms down the tempest of our anger, we will see imagesand hear what we couldn’t.. and given more time we will see through and beyond what we normally do.

Seeing with clarity requires honesty and strength with oneself so that when you see something you know what it is and you can confront your tricky mind and prevent it from turning the situation for its benefits or any other reasons.

Seeing with clarity requires awareness that we have been inheriting knowledge and information most of which is invalid. And that we are still in the middle of an ongoing process of brainwashing, mind-shutting and heart-closing for the benefit of a huge plan that will be ruined if people are allowed to see clearly, move freely to reach their full potential.

Time has already revealed this plan to a lot of people but since time is relative and since individual paths vary, everyone is meant to be in a different position. We are not the same and we will never be and that is for our optimum benefit. Every person, everything and every being is a critical piece of a massive puzzle. We just forgot and we need to remember this fact which will lead us to develop ways to learn to deal with our differences and realize its preciousness rather than using it as a weapon.

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Briefly who I am:

Neveen El-Gamal, an Egyptian spiritual healer and writer, 41 years old.

I have a published poetry book in Arabic and another book in English titled “Keeping the State of Love” that is based on The Celestine and the Tenth Inisght books by J. Redfield.

I am very grateful to have met the lovely women in the sisterhood group and participate in The Daily Sisterhood blog.

Love More, Not Less Part 2


0526141924aPlease refer to Part 1 of this piece for the beginning of the story. . . .

When I came to the understanding that my son needed more of my direct attention, I had some previous obligations in place and offered to take him with me so he wouldn’t feel left behind, he declined, preferring to be sat by a family friend but he had to go to her house. The next morning before leaving for school he begged me to be able to take his tablet to the sitter. I told him he was in luck since he’d be going to school where they had a library so he could take out whatever books he wanted for his amusement. He’s always been an excellent reader, way above his age range. He said he really didn’t like reading very well any more. What a shame was my reply as he grudgingly headed off to school.

Once I got home that night we snuggled in and I offered to read to him like the good old days. On the bedside stand I had How I Made My First Ten Million or Happier Than God. He chose neither, so Happier Than God it was! I opened to a random chapter and it was about unexpected consequences and the Law of Opposites. I told him it was as if they wrote that chapter just for him. He didn’t want to listen so I told him if he turned over I’m sure the drone of my voice would help lull him right off to sleep. He grumbled as he rolled over and fell asleep.

I offered to walk him to the bus stop again in the morning but he declined. When he got home from school he asked if he could do the dishes! I was astounded and said, “Of course, I’ll be right out and help you!” He told me I didn’t need to but I told him I would welcome the time together and would be happy to because this was all about us having quality time! He shared about some awesome grades he’d gotten back that day and we had light conversation. I asked if he’d had a good night’s sleep and he said he had. “Oh, it must have been the book I read to you last night! We can read again tonight!” “Nooooo Mom!”

The next night, unexpectedly a life long friend of mine came to visit. He came through the door asking for my son. He went right to him saying, “Buddy, how are you? I came to see you! I heard you need more love!!” He chased him around the house playing and finally put him in a headlock and told him if he ever got in trouble again he’d move in just to prove how much loving support there was available for him. For the duration of the visit he made sure my son was feeling the full availability of love for him. I looked at my son over my glasses and said, “You weren’t expecting my entourage were you!?”

He was at his wits end and about to crawl out of his skin if he got any more loving attention. Giving him punishment or restriction would have given him a battle to be on the side of but when everyone around him was just giving him more loving attention there was nothing to oppose, no conflict to win or lose. I had realized that unconditional love is indefensible but hadn’t previously considered using it as a rearing tool per se. I felt like I’d found the jackpot!

Then I had to decide how to end it. I knew my son had had an effective dose of love and that my goal of the moment was accomplished so I told him after this had been going on for several days, that I had thought of a way for him to get his tablet back. Not the iPhone, that was going to take more time and building back of the trust in our relationship. I told him that he had shown me how proficient he had become at doing the dishes and that with doing the job I was sure he understood how much work it truly was for me to work all day, grocery shop, cook dinner and then clean. If he was willing to voluntarily take on the responsibility for dish washing it would show me that he was serious about helping out in our household and building our relationship on trust. He said he could do that.

Since he was willing to take it on with no further back talk I offered to let him go to the Super Bowl party the next day that he had asked permission for 3 weeks before so he could remember what it was like to have a life in which he’d earned privileges. He was so overjoyed he flew into my arms with a big thank you and couldn’t get the dishes done fast enough and he did them well.

There had been an incident when he was 6 that I wanted to nip in the bud. I wanted to impress upon him that choosing behavior he knew was wrong could result in not getting opportunities he didn’t know were coming. He wanted a Wii game system for years and his Dad and I had intended to get him one for Christmas that year. Because of his behavior I told him we could not in good conscience get him a Wii and that we wanted him to understand what his behavior had caused. At his tender age he was crushed and didn’t get a Wii for years. Before he got his tablet back I reminded him that he hadn’t suspected the consequences he’d received those years before and that he hadn’t expected all the love that was available for him from this latest incident. I was also sure he hadn’t suspected my entourage who showed him more unconditional love than he could deal with! I made it clear that he had underestimated me several times and that I could assure him there was even more love available for him if he showed me with his behavior that he needed it and that there were more creative things than losing his technology. What he’d experienced so far was but a peek into Pandora’s box should he underestimate me again. When I asked if we understood each other, his response was “Crystal!!”

There’s more to the story but that’s all for this time. I had managed to release us from the restriction and punishment that both parent and child go through when they are at odds. The entire time I was loving, upbeat, supportive, peaceful and able to be happy. No anger, yelling, arguments, frustration or doubt I had been through in the past with my elder son. I was able to love myself more in that and was able to thrive from the love I was giving to my son rather than looking for it to be shown to me by him. The story is ongoing. . .

Loving More, Not Less Part 1


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The societal norm these days is generally to put those we love and anyone else ahead of ourselves. This leaves each of us feeling like we’re holding an empty cup in this time of individual homes as opposed to community, tribes, clans which provide support and safety.

We’re taught that we are going to grow up to find someone to love us, as if we’ll live without love if we don’t. I’ve been listening to a new thought leader lately named Matt Kahn on YouTube who suggests that we can nourish ourselves from the love we give rather than looking to get it from someone else. I’ve recently discovered how effective this can be in the world of parenting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8SmlRDzIRM

I have two sons, one is now 32 and the other preparing to be 13. I was 21 starting my first voyage into parenting and had no idea that I would be starting over on the top side of forty but since it wasn’t my first rodeo I knew how important my investment in my child was.

The first time around was very challenging with the divorce of his parents when my son was 4 and there have been many consequences along the way and the ripple effect is still impacting his 32 yr old life. Things were much less tumultuous for my younger son but his parents did split when he was 10.

I’m basically earthy crunchy by most people’s standards and have been grooming my son to read labels since he could read. We do Reiki, essential oils and reflexology to support our well being and exclude as many toxins as we can. We don’t use cleaning chemicals or chemical personal care products and exclude “foods” that contain aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, MSG and any known genetic modifications. We choose a lifestyle that also excludes vaccinations, doctor’s office appointments other than emergency and virtually anything that is advertised on tv, most especially prescription or over the counter medication.

Recently my son has begun to stretch his boundaries and has been testing me and his newly established individuality regularly. The first evidence that showed itself was him using Axe body products. I knew that I have a hard time breathing in the presence of things like this but had just recently learned that Axe body spray is known to effect boy’s testicles and that it has been banned by many school systems because it causes what is called an “Axe Attack”, an allergy or asthma attack and that’s not even for the person wearing it but others around them. Once I started to share I heard from one girlfriend that her son, after its use was taken to the doctor for major skin eruptions and was told one testicle was enlarged and the other one was shriveling. Another friend whose son had used Old Spice body spray had just been told by his doctor that he had an enlarged testicle that required surgery, not a welcome revelation at any age, let alone 18. I took my son’s 3 products (shampoo, body wash and spray) and threw them in the trash.

He was outraged but considering our lifestyle I don’t know why he was surprised. Several weeks later the next evidence was that I found a charge for iTunes on my bank account that he had “found” his way into without my permission and specifically against 3 times I told him I would never attach my bank account to iTunes.

He had been given a friend’s old iPhone without my consent last summer but once he had it I figured as long as he didn’t have a phone account and could just use it for free apps and the camera, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Knowing the dangers of EMFs and how high powered iPhones are I would not allow him to have an account that would not only be cost prohibitive but would have him putting that powerful transmitter to his head. Of course many parents allow children who are younger and younger to use them, I don’t happen to be one of them. There’s more to the story but suffice to say that the iPhone has become a bone of contention since he misappropriated my account for its benefit.

I took the iPhone from him and illustrated all the correspondent issues and reasons for which he was receiving the consequences he was and thought he understood the situation at that point in time.

The next morning after he left for school, I got into the shower to find that there on the shelf, were Axe shampoo and body wash. I was dumbfounded and wondered if I’d had a stroke! After the events of the last evening I simply could not believe that I was finding products I had forbidden just a few weeks before! I was at a loss for how not to just flip my lid quite honestly. I had the day to think about it while he was in school and thoughts of my elder son’s life reeled through my head as they had the night before. Suffice to say I had ended up needing to protect myself against my elder son’s financial disrespect as he went into his teens and did not want to have the second coming of that with this son.

My thoughts went to what I had been learning from Matt Kahn and his offering that loving yourself more is always the answer so I was challenged with what that would look like in the real world. I expected since I found 2 products at home that the body spray would be in his locker at school so he could still use it and escape my notice. I had him called to the office in school before the final bell and walked him to his locker to see if the body spray was there. He said it wasn’t but we went to check. There was no body spray, as it turned out instead of purchasing replacements he had just gotten in the trash to retrieve the shower products but the body spray was messy so he didn’t get it. Instead I found his tablet in his locker and told him that would need a ride home because he wouldn’t be using it in school.

He was aggravated and embarrassed but only one person actually saw that his Mom was checking into his locker. I told him he had a sure way to never have it happen again. On the way out of the school I apologized to him. I told him that I must have neglected his needs for him to have acted out to this extent to get my attention. I told him that since technology was causing a distraction in our relationship it would have to be removed so we could spend more quality time together. I had obligations that evening but provided a jigsaw puzzle for him so he could be right in the next room and not bored. He chose to do his homework instead.

Once my obligation was complete I had him help me fix dinner instead of playing games while I did it all and told him afterward it was time for him to learn to wash the dishes in hot water without burning himself since he’d already been putting the dishes away for a couple of years. As we were elbow to elbow at the sink I told him that I didn’t think we’d been spending nearly enough time together and that I missed him so I was really appreciative of him creating this opportunity for us to have this quality time together.

I told him he would be able to snuggle into Mom’s bed (he loves my king sized pillow top and dual electric blanket in these NY below 0 temps) that night since he wouldn’t have the technology to use as an alarm clock, that I’d get up and make breakfast for him if he wanted (he’s in middle school and long since taking care of that himself) and I would even be sure to throw on a house coat over my night gown and slippers before I walked him to the bus stop because I wanted him and everyone else to know that I was there for him every minute! His response, “Oh my God Mom, shoot me in the head now!” I said, “Ohh, are you sad? Come here, I’ll give you a hug!” There’s so much more to the story but that will have to be Part 2, look for that in the near future.

A Call to Rise


White Buffalo Woman - picture by Sophia Rose

White Buffalo Woman – picture by Sophia Rose

The Daily Sisterhood Blog began out of a call for women to come together, to connect women around the world in a space of transformation and healing.  I have been processing a number of challenges this week that lead me to put out the call once again for women, for humanity, to rise.

I will clarify that I am only beginning to learn about some deeper systemic issues that are happening both here in Canada and around the world.  I am choosing to look at it from a spiritual standpoint and respond in a spiritual way.

I have, as written often before, been involved with organizing the Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations, which also brings women together in a space of love, oneness and healing.  I have also been collaborating over the past several months with my close friend and founder of this gathering, to bring together women for a series of Sacred Womyn Workshops.  Our intention is to teach about ancient indigenous traditions to reawaken the sacredness in all women and teach about bringing our world back into balance.  My role has been to talk about this from an energetic standpoint about the greater influence of the energy our thoughts and emotions carry.

I discovered a few articles this week on workingwithoneness.org that really struck a chord with me.  Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Anat Vaughan-Lee  write about the importance, or better, necessity of reclaiming the sacred feminine both for our own spirituality and to heal the earth and bring life back into balance.

Women have this connection within us.  The cycles of our bodies are linked to the cycles of the moon and to life.  It is through the woman that spirit is brought into the physical.  Whether we have given birth to a child or not, all women have that within.  It is the spiritual connection to all of life. Men also need to be brought into the circle of this connection to the sacred feminine.  It is the balance of the masculine and feminine that is the balance of all of life.

In the last few weeks the importance of empowering people and particularly women has been at the forefront of my thoughts.  A few weeks ago my close friend’s grandson was removed from her daughter and placed with a local First Nations Child and Family Services agency.  Her daughter needs support and healing.  My close friend has been working tirelessly to be granted custody of her grandson.  What the system preaches is that the best interests of the child are always the highest priority.  The truth is quite a different story.

In this particular case, which is only one in a large number of similar cases, no effort has been made to place the child with suitable family.  The choices made are from a place of fear, ego, control, and I believe have more to do with money than the well being of the children.  It has been suggested that it is a form of human trafficking.  The system is broken.

Please understand, there are many good people who work within these organizations that truly care about the people they are there to serve and want to make a positive difference.  This is a larger systemic issue.

In the case of my friend, many people have written letters to the agency in question, to support her in having her grandson placed into her care.  It looked like it would be a matter of days before he would be returned to her care, when the organization continued to stall.  A few days ago, she was told he would not be placed in her care.  Spirit told her something different.

Many indigenous families face these kinds of circumstances.  They feel defeated and powerless when their children are taken from them.  Not enough is being done to support them and provide them with the tools to prevent these situations.  My friend is an indigenous woman.  She is a strong, spiritual woman who lives her life according to Spiritual Law.  She is powerful and has a strong circle of women and supportive men surrounding her.  I saw in my mind an image of a large circle of women surrounding her and her grandson and lifting him up high.  He is a child destined for greatness. My friend and her grandson are not victims.

One could take the position of going to court to fight this.  However, as women – as sacred women, who teach other women about their sacredness and work to empower other women, we recognize a different response is required.  We recognize that the actions we take have to come from Spirit – from a place of love.

The organization in question, and others like them, has lost their connection to Spirit.  My friend was even told to leave her spirituality out of it, but it has everything to do with spirituality.  Acting from a place of love is acting from Spirit.

We understand that on a deeper level this situation is not different from many things people are experiencing on the earth at this time.  It is all part of the greater shift in consciousness.  How we choose to respond to this is significant to our part in raising the consciousness of humanity and healing the planet.

We are bringing together people to join us in ceremony and prayer.   My friend is preparing to undertake a Hunger Strike on behalf of all women and children around the world.  We are calling upon the strength and courage of women around the world to come together and reclaim the sacred essence of our being and bring humanity and the earth back into balance.  This is the time to rise!

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca .  “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 49 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services.  A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki ,  ThetaHealing®, and now IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

Boundaries


Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Leah Schroeder

A few conversations I have had in the last week or so challenged me to reflect on the whole idea of boundaries and how we view life happening around us.  We create boundaries to define property, or ownership.  This is mine and that’s yours.  This is my country, that’s your country; my yard, your yard, me, you.  It is an illusion of separation.

After a meditation recently, we talked about how when tragic events happen in the world, whether on a small or large scale, we have an opportunity to shift the energy of the experience by responding with love and compassion. Events in the world like 9/11 or major natural disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, are large scale examples where the response to these events have raised the energetic vibration of the entire planet.   I began to explore this concept on a more personal level.

Prior to this, a good friend expressed concern over a particular situation, and the potential for me to be hurt by another’s actions.  I am grateful for her care and the opportunity it gave me to reflect on this subject.  I know she will be reading this so I write this with the utmost love and respect.

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to participate in a few Sacred Womyn Workshops.  I talk about the energy of our words and the impact the energy we hold in our body affects us and the world around us.  I talk about learning to live from a place of love and peace and the power of that to heal ourselves and the earth.

When I consider what it means to truly live from a place of love, with love there are no boundaries.  There is no separation.  Everything is a reflection of something within me, including whatever dynamics I experience with another person.  So, I can choose to put up walls to protect myself from those dynamics or I can hold an energy of love and peace.  My partner and I often talk about how in any given moment we can choose to respond to life with fear or love.

This doesn’t mean I should or need to engage in a relationship with someone that has harmed me in some way.  I can choose not to.  If I am holding that energy of love, I will attract situations and people that resonate on the same vibration I am at.  If what I have attracted doesn’t appear to be on the same vibration, is it possible I have attracted it because it is a reflection of some aspect of myself?  If I look at it as a shadow side of myself, I can bring it into harmony with other aspects of my being by shedding light on it and bringing in an energy of love and compassion.

At the same time, if an opportunity presents itself where I can engage in dialogue with someone that may have “hurt” me in some way or treated me badly or has differing beliefs from myself, I can choose to connect with this person from a place of love.  This creates a possibility for transformation for both me and the other person.

I have done a lot of work to break down the walls around my heart.  I am still a work in progress.  Being love and living from that place, requires me to keep my heart open.  It requires me to be vulnerable.  It requires me to be awake to possibility, to risk and to have faith.

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A Circle of Love


Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Dwayne Lindstrom

 

Early one Sunday morning, late in October, I drove out to the Whiteshell to embark on another sacred journey to Tie Creek.  I had a long day of celebrating my brother’s wedding the day before and only had four hours sleep that night.  It didn’t seem to matter.

There were seven of us called to take this journey together.  There was something powerful about this trek that drew us together.  A divine number: seven.  There were four men and three women.  The two hour walk there was filled with inspired conversation and awareness of the beauty that surrounded us.  For me, this time was also an opportunity to meet and get to know a man that has found a special place in my life and my heart.

There is a noticeable shift in the energy when you reach the sounding stone and walk past it through the gateway.  It is almost a feeling of having been transported to another planet or back thousands of years.  One feels a strong sense of peace in this place.  The landscape is different.  We walk on some of the oldest rock on the planet.  It is an ancient, sacred place.

Once inside the fenced area around Tie Creek, we all spread out, exploring the area.  I always take my shoes off and walk barefoot on the rock.  I did this even though it was a cooler day.  I walked to a place I visit and spend time in meditation each time I am there.  I left an offering for the Little People in a spot where others have left shiny objects, coins or other offering items.  The Little People are elemental spirits of the forests.  I can feel them around and hear them moving through the brush when I am there.

We explored some of the petroforms in the area.  One of the main petroforms has three long lines of rock.  It almost looks like a runway.  From the top looking down, my friend Diane explained, the line on the left represented the spiritual path.  The line on the right, which was not a straight line, represented the material path.  The line in the middle, which was shorter, represented living life in between the spiritual and the material world.  There was a larger boulder halfway down on the side of the material path.  There were other lines of rocks expanding beyond this.  Diane and her partner felt this boulder represents a crossroads where one must choose which path they are going to follow.  They had never seen this petroform before but knew some of the teachings behind it.  It was really powerful to gain this new understanding.

After wandering around for a while we all spread out and found places to spend a bit of time in meditation.  I moved around to a few places.  In some areas I felt a strong connection with my heart.  I came to one spot where there was a bit of a dip in the rock and sat down there, in front of a tree.  As I sat there in meditation, I felt some hands on my head, first on the back of my head at the top of my spine and then on my crown.  I felt like I was receiving some sort of attunement.

After a while we came back together for a pipe ceremony.  Three of us smoked our pipes and one was shared with the rest of the group.  A few in the group received their spirit names.  It was a powerful experience for all of us.

We were guided to do a group meditation before departing.  We moved to higher ground.  For the first part of the meditation, we asked the men to stand in the four directions, surrounding the women.  As we began, I raised my arms to acknowledge that I am one with the divine universe and open to receive all the love and abundance of the universe.   The women in the center turned together in each of the four directions, carrying a silent prayer.  We felt so strong, powerful and supported.  The men felt so honored to hold that space for us.

Once we completed this portion, I invited the group to move into a circle.  We connected our energy to the earth and then out to the universe.  We brought the energy of love into our hearts and allowed that to flow through each person in the circle.  We brought that love into the center of the circle and created a wave of energy by moving into the center and out, back in and out until a powerful wave of energy was created.  We released that ball of love energy to be sent around the world and out into the universe.

As we walked away from the gated area, we came upon a flock of small birds.  They were in a circle.  As we approached, they flew up over top of us and spread out.  They were there to carry out that love energy on their wings.  It was a beautiful gift.

There were some powerful connections made that day.  We don’t know what that means for all of us, but we know we were all meant to be there.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca .  “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 48 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services.  A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki ,  ThetaHealing®, and now IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”