Rise of The Sacred Feminine – The Lodge of Everlasting Life


The Women’s Lodge – Photo by Leah Schroeder

One of the founders of The Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations received instruction through a dream three years ago, to build The Lodge of Everlasting Life. This was a gift from the ancestor whose remains were found and re-buried in the area near Seven Sisters Falls.  It was a gift for the women.  She was the same ancestor who guided the founders to bring together the women to this area.  One of the elders taught her this lodge was a very powerful ancient lodge that was used for ceremony and fasting. It was a lodge that wasn’t being used anymore.

Over this past year we talked about it often. It was important to build it for this year’s gathering.  When I learned more about this lodge in the weeks preceding the gathering, bringing it back became even more significant.

A month before this gathering, I fasted at our gathering site for a few days. During my time there I thought about this lodge. It felt like this was a task for the women to build together. It was something we were reclaiming.

A few days before the gathering, a small group of us were called together to build this lodge. I set out early in the morning with two other women to begin gathering saplings for this project. It seemed appropriate and powerful to have three women begin this process – a divine number.

When we arrived at the gathering site, we looked around for appropriate trees. We were looking for young Ash, Birch, or Tamarack. On the west side of the site is a large outcropping of granite rock. On the north side is a river. On the east side is a wooded area and to the south is a dried up marsh area with a narrow stream running through it that flows into the river. It was through this area we decided to go in search of the trees we needed. On the other side of this marshy area was another wooded area where we were guided to go.

We made our way through the marsh, jumped over the stream and headed into the woods. We found a grove of what we thought were Ash, but later found out were Alder. We were told they carried Unicorn Energy, which somehow felt fitting for reclaiming this ancient lodge that had been lost. An eagle circled over us as we arrived at this spot, letting us know this was where we needed to be. One of the women asked the young trees, which ones wanted to be part of our lodge. For each one that said yes, tobacco was offered and we began the work of chopping down these saplings.

We were told we would need about fifty-six saplings to form the lodge. In the first hour and a half, the three of us had fifteen ready. We cleaned off most of the branches to make it easier to haul them back to the gathering site. I carried five saplings, dragging them out of the woods, through the long, dried grass of the marsh, over the stream, through more marsh until I arrived back at the gathering site. As I dragged these saplings I was aware of the power and significance of what I was a part of. It felt like I was making a sacred pilgrimage.

As we arrived at the site with the first set of saplings, more help arrived. We sent them off to get the next batch of saplings. The person providing the teachings found some taller Ash in the wood area to the east of the gathering site, and was very quickly able to harvest enough to make up what was needed for the lodge.

More people arrived to help. After lunch we walked around the site to find the perfect spot to build the lodge and began the process of marking out the area, digging holes for the poles and assembling the lodge. The process was a beautiful ceremony. There were both women and men helping and supporting each other through this process.

We received some very basic teachings of the lodge as we built it. We were told this year was about learning to build it. Every year it will get bigger and we will learn more as we go. Once the frame of the lodge was complete, our work for the day was done. The energy inside this space was warm, comforting and strong. Some of the leaves were left on the tops of the trees that were used. The lodge frame was simple, but beautiful with the added greenery. It felt alive which acknowledged its connection with the Earth.

Two days later people began to arrive to set up for this year’s Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations. I was asked to lead a pipe and water ceremony on the first morning of the gathering, inside the Women’s Lodge, as we referred to it, to pray for blessing for this lodge and the gathering and open and prepare it for use during our time together. It was both humbling and an honour to be asked to take care of this task.

When I woke up that morning, mist rising from the river, the horizon just turning pink, I didn’t see anyone else stirring yet. I had no drum to call people together, so I entered the Women’s Lodge on my own. I prepared a smudge and walked with it around the outside of the lodge and then around the inside. I sat in the centre of the lodge and prayed the strongest prayers I have ever prayed and felt in my heart as I held my pipe. I prayed prayers of gratitude for this lodge and to Spirit for being there to guide and support us. I prayed for guidance and for deep healing for this gathering. I smoked my pipe and continued with praying for blessings and healing for the water. I was joined by one other woman during this time.

A few hours later I asked one woman to help me begin to dig a fire pit in the centre of the lodge. We worked together for a short while. Then one of the men helped me with digging it out the rest of the way. As we were working on this, another woman stood at the entrance of the lodge and began to play some spiritually guided music on her wooden flute. She played in the four directions, both inside and outside the lodge as we continued to work. This was another powerful, sacred moment.

Tarps were added around the outside of the lodge, with the centre open for the fire.

That evening, the lodge was filled with people as we shared in a powerful full moon ceremony. At one point, before it got dark, we were gifted with a rainbow that could be partially seen through the opening in the top of the lodge.

We sang and drummed and shared and let go of a lot of inner stuff that needed to be released and healed that night. We did that inside the protective, loving warmth of the Women’s Lodge, connected with our Mother Earth and receiving the loving energy of Grandmother Moon. It was a sacred experience completely guided by Spirit. It was beautiful. It was powerful.

This beautiful ancient lodge, a powerful symbol of the Sacred Feminine has been re birthed and reclaimed. May the loving energy of this action radiate out to empower women around the world to embrace the power of their own sacredness. This is where we start to heal and bring humanity back into balance with the Earth.

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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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For A New Beginning


I rediscovered this piece of poetry today. I have had it posted on my bulletin board for a long time now, but never pay attention to its presence there. It was a nice reminder.

For a New Beginning

In out of-the way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul sense the world that awaits you.

– Written by John O’Donohue, from “To Bless the Space Between Us

Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Leah Schroeder

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Divine Whispers


Whispers may come from within or may come from outside us. Everything that exists and that we see whispers to us. Whispers may also come through dreams, daydreams or imagination, sometimes your mind wanders around then suddenly a thought, a vision or a realization strikes! Meditation is the home for divine whispers.

Whispers come from what exists around us yet we may not notice. We need to see ‘all’. We need to widen our visions to include all the ‘seen’ in our surroundings and tune in to hear their whispers. Whispers are there to guide, heal, affirm or support.

A whisper sounds like no more than a ‘whisper’ but it is actually capable of shifting one’s life.

Each moment we’re living is a whole life, open up to whispers in your moments. What is it that you have right now at your very moment?

I am listening to the amazing inspiring Oliver Shanti’s music compositions, specifically the “Queen of the Blossoms” track. I’m writing this article the old way in my notebook yet still sitting at my desk with the pc on! I just realized I finished my mint tea and I would like to have another one!

Everything that I just mentioned is a blessing as well as what’s not been mentioned: the pen, blank pages, my desk, my health and sight, room temperature, the sun lighting up the room…etc.

God! It’s 11:11am I just saw that NOW!

11:11 whispers to me, “you are on the right path, you are supported… go ahead… everything will be alright… “

I whisper back, “I can’t be grateful enough… thank you… I love you… stay with me…”

Sometimes I see 11:11am or similar sequence of numbers in very touching moments and I instantly burst into tears of deep gratitude.

I am so grateful that I have followed the divine whispers that have connected me with the amazing sisters who started The Daily Sisterhood Blog.

Divine whispers can take you way beyond your imagination. Divine whispers are parts of our lives and are waiting for us to open up to them. You can also ask them to be revealed and they will just because you honestly asked.

Ellen Burns

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

Recovery 2.0


Recently I listened to a wonderful online seminar conference called Recovery 2.0. It was hosted by Tommy Rosen who is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. He is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery, which utilizes yoga and meditation to help people overcome addictions and build fulfilling lives. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tommy-rosen/

I am finding a beauty and deep learning in addressing my addiction to wine. This conference collected over 30 speakers from the world of self help, psychology, science, Guru, yoga, and more, in order to offer wisdom to those seeking help and freedom from their addictions. The following is a stream of my responses and reactions to some of the speakers and the ideas that really moved me. It is also worth noting that much of this teaching is relevant to any and everyone regardless of facing an addiction or being in recovery.

The breath and Kundalini yoga came up a lot. So much so that I am starting it next week in Belfast and I can’t wait.

Beverley Berg relationship and addiction counsellor talked about getting curious with your romantic partner, you can have a new relationship every day – let’s act like we don’t know each other….we can’t assume we know each other. Be in the present. Some of her ideas were:

  • If you’re with someone who you don’t think has your best interests in mind, you’re with the wrong person!
  • Do you mistrust everyone?
  • You can accept their feedback – not as criticism.
  • Give your partner the benefit of the doubt!
  • Where addiction is involved, betrayal follows
  • In a long term relationship attraction ebbs and flows…We may not be attracted to each other…but this feeling will pass!! It will come back
  • Community – The group is stronger than the addiction

The Addicted Brain: Insights From a Neuroscientist and Former Drug Addict with Dr. Marc Lewis

  • compare what you get with the substance compared to what you get WITHOUT it.
  • Switch one set of attractions for another!

Take Refuge: The Buddhist Path of Recovery
with Noah Levine

  • ALL humans have an unquenchable thirst – craving – especially addicts – the intensity and extremity different for the addict
  • HAVE A monastic experience

Meditations from The Mat and Along the Road of Recovery with Rolf Gates

  • he lost the ability to worry! Through meditation

Women in Recovery: The Graceful Path of Recovery with Sukhdev Jackson

  • nutrition
  • kundalini yoga
  • native American, chanting etc

 

  • Finding the True Path of Recovery: Moving from the Head to the Heart
    with Guru Prem
  • learning to sit and listen, sit bones – listen to the earth – moves its energy up through their to the heart….
  • Cigarette addiction – breathing problem – smoking kills patience – damages your ability to have patience and wait and receive – smoking blowing out smoke – some of your darkest parts – exhaled – witnessing your subconscious blowing smoke
  • “Consciousness is more caught that taught. Seek out places where healthier, happier, holier people congregate, they’re not going to come looking for you! Ask where can I be guided to go that I can get infected with better habits, with better behaviour” Guru Prem

 

  • Rainbeau Mars
  • Samael am iun the holy matrimony
  • Mantrack chia

 

  • Tantra Guru Singh He spoke of ‘The second Standing Up’. Thousands of years ago, the indiginous populations of Africa had over populated and there was no room and no food. The animals who had been four legged, were compelled to ‘stand up’ in order to seek out new territory and new food sources. We now need to evolve that dramatically. And it involves a spiritual and heart awakening.Consistency and adventure
  • Mastin kipp – “addiction is a search for God”

    The Sacred Chamber – Connecting with Your Highest Self with Jennifer McLean

    She brought me through a guided meditation I talk about in another blog – “Softness” but the process was something like this:

    • Feel  your feelings, feel angry, I am angry, I am tired, claim what you are!!! Let the feelings be there and move through them!!
    • Sacred chamber!! Soft and mossy, in the earth – warm, damp, deep, safe!!! Full of fire and light!
    • What is my next step? It came to me as SOFTNESS.
    • WOW! What is my next step?  What does softness look like?
    • How does it play out in my life? WOW
    • I need softness in my life, less hardness and harshness!!! AMAZING
    • Go to your scared chamber every day!!!!!!!
    • Hand on heart, below and behind your heart!

Apologies for the abstract and short hand version of notes on this topic. I hope it makes sense somehow!

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September Fasting Weekend – Awakening


During the weekend of fasting, I have written about in previous posts, there were periods of time I would sit out on the rocks with the other women I was with, singing and praying and talking.  The Ojibway woman guiding us, shared teachings about our connection to Creator and to all of Creation.  She shared stories from Creator about the huge changes that would happen on our planet in the next decade.

There was a deep concern that people weren’t waking up and needed to in order to survive the changes that would happen.  Within this person’s life experience and field of vision this may be true.  I have a very different perspective on this.

In my limited experience, through all the teleseminars I have listened to, books I have read, women and men I have connected with through various groups both on the internet and otherwise, I feel there is a huge shift happening.  There is a large undercurrent of change that is shifting the balance and healing the planet.  As when you have a physical wound, it might not seem like it on the surface, but healing is happening.

I do feel we have a lot to learn from indigenous cultures around the world.  These ancient cultures seem to have maintained a connection with Spirit, Creator, or God – whatever name you identify with, that many cultures have lost.  There is a deep respect for the balance between earth, water, wind, fire, the Sun, and the Moon.  This respect, this honouring of the connection between all of creation, between everything in the universe, is a gift that these cultures have brought forward through time.  It is the recognition that we are spiritual beings.  This is what the rest of humanity is beginning to wake up to.

I choose to avoid listening to the news so that I protect myself from getting caught up in the negative energy that is fueled by focusing on what’s wrong with our world.  I choose instead to get out of the city once in a while and connect with nature as I did this fasting week, to connect with Spirit, and to remind myself of my connection to the universe.  The more I do this, or even make time to meditate, the more I experience a feeling of love flow through my whole being.  This is the love of Creator, of Oneness, of Connection to All that is.  This is my experience of awakening.

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