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Welcome to 2020
We have arrived! 20 years into the new millenium. Having lived and grown by the teachings of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s I am faced with the wow factor in the reality of this New Year, new decade, new awareness. I hear the collective calling for change. An awakening to a greater consciousness. An illumination.
I am being called toward being illuminating as I myself am continually illumed. Speaking at a small island non- denominational church here in Maine; a “coming out” into a broader community for me; my message is how we all can be a light into someone’s darkness. Quoting Mark Nepo, “ Each person is born with an unencumbered spot, free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry; an umbilical spot of grace that issues peace….”
This unencumbered spot, our True Natures I will call it is the Source from where we may all shine. Polished by our trials and hardships we are all called to “come home” and let our love light shine. So I invite you all, in this beginning of all beginnings of whatever is to come; choose love. Choose to shine your little light no matter how dim it may feel- it is there beneath the rubble. Like the tiny green blade pushing up beneath the late winter’s frost. Push forth. Shine on all you crazy diamonds! The world needs you.
From Maiden to Wise Woman-The Sacred Right of Passage Honoring the Gifts of Arriving as a Women of Age
March 14, 2020 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Presented by Kathleen Blake and Jody Breton
GreenWoods Chiropractic Center 33 Levesque Drive, Eliot, Maine
Illustration by Glennie Kindred from her book Sacred Earth Celebrations www.glenniekindred.co.uk
“The spiral journey from Maiden to Wise Woman is a sacred passage; an inward journey of transformation revealing an outward expression of our wisdom, strength and beauty as a woman of years.” Jody Breton
Come join us for a day long exploration and celebration of becoming and arriving. We are the Matriarchs, the Grandmothers and the Wisdom Keepers!
Through guided meditation and ritual we will enliven our experience of aging.
As a circle we will:
Transform the stigma associated with being an older woman.
As summer transitions into Fall; the season of the earth’s rest and renewal in the Northern Hemisphere, I am aware of my own cycle of change and the felt sense of an inward calling.
With the waning daylight I find myself reflecting on this past years’ potential and what has been harvested as winter sets in. It has been a very busy and fruitful 11 months for which I am so very grateful.
Today I was going through my desk drawer and sorting out old notes, reminders and such that I no longer needed. I came across a thumb drive or travel drive as my file saving software called it. I plugged it into my USB port on my laptop to see what it contained as I had little memory of its contents. Up popped an extensive library of photos and music files from as far back as 1995.
Perusing the photos I came across a youthful and thinner version of myself which produced a mix of emotions from the pang of nostalgia of a 30 year old self and the memories of “the good ‘ol days” but then something else happened. Within those fond memories came the overwhelming relief that I had passed through the gauntlet of trials that also came during those years! I reveled in the wisdom and freedom that I am so grateful to be experiencing now in my 6th decade of life. Gone are the smooth, tight lines of youth and welcome to the lines of a life well lived and well loved; the roundness of the reflection that I see not only in the mirror but felt within. Full, rich, plush and comfortable in my skin and in whom I have grown into. The fullness of the state of Crone; the crowning glory of the Triple Crown of the Goddess archetype!
In and amongst all the images I had tucked away was a gem of wisdom that I must have known I would want to reflect on in my later years. I will share it here with you as some of you may appreciate it as I have.
The Facts of Life:
You will be given a body.
It is the only one you will ever get.
You will be given many opportunities to learn many lessons.
They will be repeated until you learn them.
The world is not fair.
Everybody has a boss somewhere.
Living involves hassles. This is given.
Nobody is entitled to anything.
True success is self respect. It must be earned it is not a gift.
Being loved is only voluntary to babies.
Everybody goofs up and goofs off at times.
Everyone does something laughable at times.
Staying happy involves work, work, work.
Expecting perfection is asking for trouble.
No one can make you feel anything.
The quality of your life is up to you.
Only you have the answers to questions of self.
You will forget all of the above at times.
You can remember it whenever you want.
And now I’d like to add a few facts of life I have accumulated along the way:
If the only prayer you say is “thank you”, it is enough.
Gratitude is a daily practice,
Forgiveness frees ourselves.
Love creates bridges.
As within so without.
What is the medicine? Listening.
What are you reflecting on as the shadows become longer and the air crisper?
I invite you to go within and harvest your triumphs and trials; offering gratitude, forgiveness and love to yourself and to others.
I am grateful to each and every one of you for enriching my life and I am looking forward to continuing to serve as I am called.
Watch for ongoing Sisters at the Table gatherings on our Facebook group page.
Check my website for upcoming workshops and classes on Core Shamanism coming in the Spring of 2020!
If you missed our From Maiden to Crone: The Sacred Right of Passage workshop held in October stay tuned! We will be offering another in 2020. It was a wonderful and sacred day and we are anxious to coronate our next group of amazing women!
There is one spot open in the Shamanic Mentoring program that will begin in January of 2020. For more information and to register please send me a message through my website or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bright Blessings for all of your days!
Welcome to the Summer edition of Conversations, my quarterly letter to share with you stories, insights and upcoming events & offerings from Maine Officiants and Essence of Spirit Ceremonies.
Memorial Day weekend marked the second year anniversary of my brother’s passing. I feel a great loss in my life despite my understanding that his spirit is at peace. While attending a memorial day parade I was engaging my inner child by clapping, whoop-whooping and waving my hands at all the colorful and decorated parade marchers. At the end of the parade I was stunned by an absolutely intentional message from Spirit that my brother was watching over me and sending his love. Remember now that my birth name is O’Farrell!
The Wedding Season has begun!
I’ll be traveling from Kennebunkport to Acadia National Park this season to officiate wedding ceremonies for couples from all around Maine and as far away as the UK. I feel especially blessed to be a part of these sacred testimonies of love and deep commitment.
Sisters at the Table
Some of you may have already read on social media about my vision of bringing women together to share conversation in a setting of open- hearted reception without judgement. Our first Table was held on May 31st and women of all ages attended. I will be posting the Table locations and dates on the closed FaceBook page Sisters at the Table. If you or someone you know would like to join us please send me a message.
Yoga & Crone Initiation Ceremony
“The definition of Crone is the power, passion, and purpose of ancient female wisdom. The crowning triple phase of the ancient Triple Goddess: Maiden/Mother/Crone. The Crone is joyous, outrageous, real and at ease, living from the inside out. The Crone’s title is related to the crown and she represents the power of the ancient tribal matriarch.”
Led by Donna Dyer, Yoga Instructor & Jody Breton, Shamanic Mentor
August 6, 2019 10 am – 2:30 pm
Event is limited to 10
I hope everyone will have a safe and spirit filled, FUN summer. Check back to my website for upcoming Fall events.