Honouring My Sisters – Reflecting On Where I Am Five Years Later


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Photo by Leah Schroeder

Five years have flown by since this blog first began.  So many things have shifted over that time for each of us on a personal level and also for the collective.  There have been many times over the past five years when I felt I was in a birthing canal, with a new or more authentic version of myself emerging.

Once again I am in the space of birthing.  I am listening to my soul’s calling, diving deeper.  The last few months have been challenging and uncomfortable, and yet, I keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I am cocooning, distancing myself from what others want from me, slowly breaking the chains of old contracts and the old self, at times gasping for air and fighting for my freedom.  And then, I let go and allow myself to move in flow with the waves of intense energy flooding in.  I am learning to follow the song of my inner voice. I am shedding the old paradigm, sitting in the in-between space as the metamorphosis takes place until I am ready to emerge on the other side, completely transformed.

I have glimpses of what is coming and where I will go, but the picture is not fully formed yet.  I am okay with not knowing what that looks like.  I surrender to the river that is carrying me forward.  I trust this river to hold me, to support me, and to lead me closer to the essence of who I am and to the core of my divine calling.

I am blessed to have so many amazing women in my life.  There are those who have been in my life for many years.  There are a few that have come into my life in the last short while to assist me with this shift I am in the midst of,  and for us to support each other and share in work we are being called to do.  They are my soul sisters, my mothers, the midwives supporting me through this birthing process I am moving through, my teachers, and those I have had the gift of passing on what I have learned. I, in turn, have the opportunity to serve in the same way for them.

I send love and gratitude to you, for your presence here, and your place in my life, as we continue to lift each other up, and together raise the vibration of the planet and shift the consciousness of humanity. Blessings to you. Namaste.

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Holding Space with Love and Compassion


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This morning, shortly after this November Super-moon was at her fullest, I woke with my heart being flooded with grief.  The grief that flowed up from my heart was both personal and that of the collective consciousness.  This grief called me to bring forth all the love and compassion I can carry for myself, for those close to me who are grieving and struggling, and for all of humanity and the earth.

The last while has been a time for me to go inward.  Space has been created for me to use this time to recharge and store up my batteries for the work that lies ahead.  It has been a time to look at the parts of myself that still need healing; the parts where I have been in judgement of myself or those around me; the parts where I have failed to stand strongly in my light to empower myself and in turn those I interact with; where I have failed to fully and deeply love myself, and allow that love to flow out to those around me who need it the most.  Today, I love all of those parts of myself.

I spent some time in the woods yesterday.  It was an opportunity for some nature therapy and time to refuel.  As I was walking beside a small lake, a doe emerged out of the woods, grazing in the tall grass beside the path.  She was oblivious to my presence there.  My eyes were drawn to a point further along the path, where a large buck appeared and moved toward me.  As the doe walked towards the edge of the water to drink and continue grazing, the buck came closer, standing between the doe and the path.  He took a solid stance, strong and confident.  We watched each other for a few moments, neither of us moving.  When the buck heard someone coming from the other direction, the two of them bolted into the woods.  After the person passed me, the buck appeared to me again.  We moved parallel to each other for a short time until he crossed my path and disappeared into the woods on the other side of me.

There was a gift and a message for me in this brief encounter.  As I reflect on this and the energy that has been building over the past few months, again both personally and collectively, I look further into what their appearance might mean for me.

The doe exemplified the divine feminine, representing love, nourishment, surrender, connection.  The buck represented the divine masculine, demonstrating authority, protection and strength.  Together, they moved in harmony with each other and their surroundings.  I feel drawn to bring into balance both aspects within myself and my relationships.

This morning, as I was feeling the grief emerging, I allowed myself to sit with those feelings briefly and then moved into a time of meditation and ceremony.  The energy of this full moon is bringing in a new strength and resolve with in me.  The grief is replaced with a powerful, deep love and compassion.

I am being called at this time to hold space.  A definition of this, presented to me a couple of weeks ago, is as follows:  “It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control”.

As more light pours in and wells up inside us to bring our gifts out into the world, subconscious beliefs come to the surface to be healed.  Like a wound, sometimes it looks worse before it looks better.  Sometimes we repeat old patterns if we aren’t willing or ready to release those beliefs or karmic imprints and move through them.  This is happening both on individual and collective levels.  We are at a crossroads and have a choice as to how we move forward.

So in this moment I choose, filled with the love of the divine, completely surrounded and supported with the light of love, to act as a vessel, holding space both for those closest in my life and for all of humanity.  I send out prayers of love and compassion to the people in my life who are struggling.  I send out prayers of love to all those gathered at and supporting the people of Standing Rock, who are called there to protect the water and teach us to walk in harmony with the earth.  I send out prayers of love and gratitude to the water and to the earth.  I send out prayers and love to all parts of the world where there is conflict.  I send prayers and love to all those living in fear or pain.  I send out prayers and love to world leaders and the systems that have created imbalance in our world.  As the unraveling begins, I send out prayers and love to carry the whole as a new consciousness and way of walking on this earth emerges.  I dig deep within to draw upon all the strength and power of the sacred feminine, to fill myself up with as much love as my being is able to contain and pour out from me.

In meditation today, words of trust and patience were presented to me.  I surrender and trust that whatever happens from this point forward will be in the highest good for all.  I invite you to join me in holding space and sending out love and compassion.  The larger the vessel we create together, the stronger that love will ripple out to raise the vibration of the collective consciousness, to heal and shift humanity.

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Relationships In This Time Of Awakening


Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Leah Schroeder

Relationships at the best of times can have their challenges to navigate whether they are with family, friends or the more intimate relationship with one’s partner.

Maybe it’s just me, but it feels the closer I am with people, the more intense relationship dynamics are at this time. As more light flows in, and shadows are exposed, the more things come to the surface to be healed. Generally, people seem more sensitive, including myself, and sometimes that can create friction or resistance and some challenging circumstances to work through.

I have experienced on occasion, the use, or choice, of words being challenged or misunderstood. Everyone has a different understanding of the words or phrases we use. This can at times lead to misunderstanding. This is particularly true via social media. When we speak directly with each other, via phone or face to face, we hear the tone of voice or see into the others eyes and have a greater understanding of the heart, or intent behind the words used.

I am human. I have emotion. Sometimes things anger or frustrate me. Other times I feel great joy and passion for the beauty of life around me. Sometimes I feel pain and sadness. Other times I feel in a place of peace and calm. I often feel what others around me feel and sometimes get caught up in their energy. If I see a situation where it appears that someone is being treated unfairly or is misunderstood, I will often stand up for them. My truest nature is gentleness and kindness and I do my best to allow that to be what radiates out from me and what others see in me. More and more I am learning through all those different emotions, to feel love and gratitude for myself and allow that to fill me up and flow out from me.

The expression of these emotions is also part of my awakening. For most of my life I have suppressed my feelings. Having the courage to express myself, even if the person I am sharing my feelings with may not receive this well, is important. Their response or reaction may be a reflection of where they are at in their own process. I do my best to do this from a place of love. I am still figuring out who in my life it is safe to do that with and who it is not. It is most important that I speak my own truth. I strive to always live from my heart. My intentions are always good.

I believe the strongest relationships are those that will stand by you even when things get a little messy. They are the people that will be the most honest with you and will challenge you, and yet be there for you when you need it most, and love you no matter what. They are the people that you feel safest with to fully express all of who you are – your whole, messy, awakening self. That is the kind of person I strive to be. Those are the people I choose to surround myself with.

Some relationships will survive this wild ride we are on, and become deeper, richer and stronger. Some will need to be released to make way for others to come in. It is not for us to judge when that happens, just to trust the process and know that it is all for the highest and best.

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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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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.”