Insights from the Elements for the coming year
Information that was Circulated – In many traditions it is believed working with the elements can support us in life and bring balance and healing.
For the first meeting of 2020 we will be asking the spirits for insights into what is important for us to pay attention to in 2020. Using different journeying techniques we will be asking the elements for the help we need with whatever may arise for us in the coming year.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of one of the elements Earth /Air / Fire / Water to ask what is it important for me to pay attention to in the coming year – Sitting or standing rattling Journey with drum callback. Can start standing then sit if needed.
2nd Journey – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of (one of the 3 remaining elements) to ask how it can support me with …….. (what you were shown in the previous journey, if you were shown lots choose one) in the coming year – Singing Journey, standing or sitting, can also rattle.
3rd Journey – I am going on a walking journey (in local area with or without rattling) to meet the spirit of (one of the 2 remaining elements) to ask how it can support me to maintain balance in the coming year
4th Journey – I am doing an acted out healing journey – to meet the spirit of (the final element) to ask for the healing I need at this time to support me in the coming year – healing journey – with partner, 1 person does the journey 1 person is the witness, then swap over
How the season of summer can support us in our lives
run by Shenoah and David
Information that was circulated – As we move towards the summer solstice we witness the fertility and abundance of nature as the spring growth blooms into a riot of green and colour. At this meeting we will explore the relationship between the spirits, natural abundance and ourselves and how we can draw on the upcoming season to support us in our lives. We will be doing some work in Vauxhall Park
Introduction to day – Summer is often seen as a time of abundance, greenery, colours in nature, warmer weather, holidays. By working with the themes of the seasons we can come into the rhythm of nature and receive the gifts each season has to offer
Astronomical summer – In the astronomical calendar the start and end dates of summer are based on the changing position of Earth in relation to the sun and the resulting solar events of equinoxes and solstices
Meteorological summer – Meteorologists, on the other hand, define seasons based on climatic conditions and the annual temperature cycle.
Summer Solstice – In terms of daylight, this day is 8 hours, 49 minutes longer than on December Solstice. Summer ends on Monday, September 23rd 2019
1st journey – Journey to meet my teacher / helper be shown how the spirits understand abundance
2nd Journey Walking Journey in Vauxhall Park
Intention: I’m going on a walking journey to meet a tree (I know) to ask for a teaching about the abundance of the summer season
3rd Journey – Connection Journey in Vauxhall Park – can use rattle
Intention: Sun is the source of all life – Connecting with the summer sun to ask how I can use its energy in my life
4th Journey – Walking journey in Vauxhal Park to find an object
Intention: walking journey to find a power object to help me connected to the abundance of the summer
4th Journey – back at the venue
Intention – Going on a journey to see the abundance in my life through my teachers eyes
5th Journey In pairs – do a blessing for your partner to ask they experience the abundance in their lives that they were shown today, share and swap
Exploring our own creation Myths
Run by Sally Ibbotson, inspired by the Medicine for the Earth book by Sandra Ingerman
Information that was circulated – Most traditional peoples have a Creation myth that unites and guide them and give them a sense of belonging. At this lodge meeting we will be asking spirit to show us our own personal creation myth. Central to this process is the dismemberment journey, a method that enables us to disconnect from this earthly story and allows us to more easily connect with our source.
Introduction to the day – Creation myths unites Societies and gives individuals a sense of belonging. It is seen as the Source so returning to it in thought or song or dance becomes a re-source. It could be a story or a central figure. The purpose of dismemberment is to more easily disconnect with this earthly story so we can experience our source or origin. Examples are being eaten, burnt, dissolved (elemental). Once dismbembered there is a rememberment. Need to work with a trusted spirit and trust the process.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to ask my Spirits, what is it important to know about dismemberment journeys?
Find out how will it happen and how you will be re-membered.?
2nd Journey – I’m going on a dismemberment journey so I can experience my creation myth.
This journey had prompts using the drumgs to do the following
ask your spirits for dismemberment
ask your Spirits to show you your creation story
ask you spirits to re-member you
3rd Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for an image of my creation myth
4th Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for the song of my creation myth. Sing it whilst connected to source. So it is a re-source.
5th Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for the dance of my creation myth. Dance it whilst connected to source.
Exploring what self expression means for us
run by Shenoah and David
Information that was circulated – Using journey work, images and ceremony we will explore what self expression means for us and ask the spirits to support us in expressing ourselves in the world today. Although we will be asking the spirits for images as part of our work no artistic ability is required.
Introduction to day – Self expression can be many things and can come in many different forms such as dance, song and art.. It can be used as medium for healing and support us to express our personality, feelings, or ideas. It can come as a one off inspiration or a form that is with you for a long time.
1st Journey – acted out journey
I am going on a journey to be shown / experience what self expression means for me
3rd Journey – partner work. Do a ratlle rattle healing for your partner for what stops them expressing themselves. Receiver shares, healer shares then swap over
3rd journey – I am going on a journey to ask my spirits for an image or symbol that will help me express myself in my life (to keep me connected to my self expression)
Go and get the image, see the colours, how it is created, the energy of it, when you have the image come part way back and the draw it, after 10 mins the drumming will slow down and continue until everyone has stopped. Put all the images in the centre around the altar
4th journey – Going on a journey to ask my spirits: What are my next steps to have more self expression in my life
End with a blessing song and rattling over the images in the centre.
Working in Vauxhall park with the healing energy of the spring
run by Shenoah & David
Information that was Circulated – Spring is a time when energy is bursting forth as new growth emerges from the earth, sap rises in the trees and the sun continues to bring warmer and longer days. At the March meeting we will explore how we can use natures power at this time of the year for healing ourselves and others.
1st Journey – going on a journey to ask my spirits what I should ask for healing for when in the park
2nd Journey – Walking Journey in the Park
Intention: I’m going on a walking journey to meet a tree (I know) to ask for a teaching about using the power of the spring for healing (myself and others)
3rd Journey – Connection Journey in the park – can use rattle
Intention: I am connecting with new growth to ask for a healing for ….(what was shown in the first journey)
4th Journey – Walking journey in the park
Intention: am going on a walking journey to find something that needs healing or a blessing in the park – may take the form of energy / hands on / rattle / sing
On returning to the venue we did a group healing for a member of the group calling upon the energies and powers we had connected with in the park
Way of Council with Pippa Bondy
Information Circulated – I am delighted to announce that Pippa Bondy will be offering an introduction to her work with Council. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience council and how it can support us in life and our shamanic practice. Council is a practice of speaking and listening from the heart.
Pippa is a very experienced facilitator and this meeting offers an opportunity to experience the integrity she brings to her work and depth of practice that council can inspire. Sitting in Council is always a new beginning, no matter how many Council circles we have sat in.
Pippa shared a number of different ways of working in council. If you are interested to find out more about the wonderful work that Pippa offers you can find more information here https://www.ancienthealingways.co.uk
How we can support the earth, ourselvers and each other in changing times
Run by Shenoah and David
Information circulated – Human connection to and interaction with nature our environment and communties has changed considerably over time. These changes have lead to what many believe has gone beyond the point of no return in some areas. In this meeting we will explore our own relationship to nature our environment and communities to ask how we can support ourselves, the earth and each other in these changing times. As part of our work we will be doing our popular Wassailing ceremony in Vauxhall park so please bring clothes appropriate for whatever the weather may offer.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to to ask my spirits for a vision of how I can support myself, the earth and others in changing times
may be shown one or more areas areas
2nd Journey – What resources does (insert name of partner) need to be able to manifest their vision
in pairs, 1st person tells their partner the vision they were shown. Their partner does a journey to their spirit to collect the resources from the spirit workd and delivers the resources by singing and rattling. Share and swap over
3rd Activity – Wassailing Ceremony in Vauxhall Park
You had to be there but there was singing, rattling, waking up and putting toast in trees and cider
4th Activity – Group Blessing – half the group sit in circle, other half stand on the outside and ask for and deliver blessings for the visions and resources of those sitting inside. Groups Swap over