There are just so many Earth-based and Soul-based opportunities, gatherings and circles that I am going to start keeping track of some of them here, as I just don’t know how to otherwise! I find these to be such important initiatives for our times. We all need access to these teachings.
What does it mean to hold council? For me, it means holding space for emergence. It is incredible what can happen when a few minds come together to sink into their hearts.
Holy listening – to “listen” another’s soul into life, into a condition of disclosure and discovery, may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another. ~Douglas Steere, author, teacher & Quaker Elder
Here is a lovely warm video about it.
Ways of Council has begun a list already, but there are so many others I want to add here. http://waysofcouncil.net/posts/circle-ways/
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that eve has.”
~ Margaret Mead
https://www.treesisters.org/ – “Embracing Life through the Forest and the Feminine”
https://www.pachamama.org/engage/awakening-the-dreamer – The Pachamama Aliiance offers several levels of training, including Awakening the Dreamer, “a transformative educational program that explores the challenges facing humanity at this critical moment in time and the opportunities we as a human family have to create a new future.” The intensive was an incredible primer for me to know what is really going on out there.
https://workthatreconnects.org/ – Joanna Macy is a role model for me.
The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. ~ Joanna Macy
https://www.contemplative.org/ – coming from a different perpsective, Cynthia Bourgeault had to be included here because she is my favourite author!
…things do not lose spirit simply because they inhabit form… the created world is infinitely precious and valuable in its own right ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three
https://ignatiusguelph.ca/ – A place where I like to retreat to in Ontario, the Ignatius Jesuit Centre is a truly peaceful place where everyone is made to feel welcome and where an earth spirituality is openly embraced, along with an Abrahamic tradition.
Let’s not underestimate the importance of transformational life festivals in this movement. Here are a couple I really want to go to!
- https://www.facebook.com/transilvaniacalling/ – My favourite country to visit 🙂
- https://celebrate-life.info/ – Plain awesomeness with Thomas Hubl. In Germany for 2019. Here is his project site, which I believe to be the most important work going on right now for 2019: https://pocketproject.org/
Why? Because right now, our whole global community and all the places we live in need healing from collective trauma, first for ourselves to then reach out to our communities, then to our landscapes, to finally contribute to a loving Earth community again, for She sustains our lives on this planet.
Not to say I enjoy healing circles, because I don’t, but I am fascinated by the emergent in well held council. It’s very intentional.
(The image above from the Animal Totem Tarot by Leeza Robertson)