The Way of the Circle Newsletter: The Gift of Now

Tom Thomson Autumn s Garland

The Gift of Now

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Blanding s Turtle

Blanding’s Turtle

The Art of Just Enough

By Kevin Alexander (CCSS Collective Member)

I was driving home a few weeks ago when I happened upon a turtle trying to cross a busy road. I instantly turned the car around, hearing a clear calling to help in that turtles journey across the road. I got out of the car and found that I was too late. This lovely little girl had been hit and its shell was broken in three places, its life was obviously drained from her eyes.

I felt like crying, but instead grabbed a plastic bag and put the turtle in it, leaving some tobacco to wish its ascendants a safe journey in their lives. I was being called to bring home the shell and glue it back together for a potential ceremonial piece.

The next day, I went out into the shed to start to clean the animal. I got my smudge and my tobacco and my tools all ready. I opened the bag and found a head poking out, fully alive and looking deep into my soul.

It took me a few minutes to get back my breath and accept what I just saw. I expected a dead life of a creature and got a lively soul looker.

I got her into some water, cleaned her off, did some research on how to treat it and sang and prayed with her. I gave her a name, Britney, connected to a dream I had the night before about saving Britney Spears.

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Home Practice

As we prepare for Fall Equinox, we are invited to create space and time to be with the cosmic light of the sun and stars; the source of light and life in our universe. Through this connection we are mirrored our light of Spirit within, nature guiding us inward where we can deeply tend to our heart flame.

This is also a time of celebration! Celebrating through gratitude and appreciation of the living fire of the sun and stars that lights our world, that has nourished the growth of all that has come into harvest.

What would it be like to be fully present with the sun and stars? Perhaps to even watch the sunrise or sunset, be still in quietness, prayer, reflection, and ask:
* Is there some area(s) of your life you feel worried or overwhelmed about?
Acknowledge your feelings. Breathe full breaths to give these feelings a safe space to be held in. Then go into your heart, and gift yourself the present guiding questions and answers: What am I grateful for? What do I appreciate right now?

▪ Is there someone your heart pains in missing or wanting to be physically near? Perhaps someone that has passed, or a friend that lives far away. Acknowledge your feelings. Breathe full breaths to give these feelings a safe space to be held in. Then go into your heart, and gift yourself and the one you miss with the present guiding questions and answers: What do I love and appreciate about this person?

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The Artist is Present

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The Artist Is Present

How deep can a present moment take us?

In this touching video, artists Marina Abramovic and former partner Ulay reunite after 22 years apart. In 1976, Abramović met Ulay, a West German artist who would become her lover and collaborator for the next twelve years. By 1988, their romance had run its course; in typically atypical fashion, the pair decided to part by walking from opposing ends of the Great Wall of China until they met in the middle, and then said goodbye.

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New & Upcoming

Explorer s Edge Package

Fall Special!

Register for any OctoberEdge retreat or CCSS program by September 31st, 2014 and get a free $50 gas card and $50 worth of coupons from Explorer’s Edge Fuel and Fun package!

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Owl by Emily Lucier

Photo by Emily Lucier

Heart Wisdom of Shamanism Training

October 3-5, 2014

What truth are you seeking?

Gather the tools, experiences, and community support system that enable you to live in empowered change and growth.

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Book Now

Register:

▪ Follow link to “Book it now” or, call 1-888-383-8320

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Yoga retreat

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Restore & Renew Yoga Retreat

November 14-17, 2014

Yoga teacher and owner of Life Yoga Studios in Kingston, Carly Stong, guides a journey of restoring body and soul. Access infinite resources of rest and relaxation that we all possess. All experience levels welcome.

CCSS members, Gwenith Kikkawaand Vicki Arsenault, assist in the unfolding of this retreat in the way of the circle.

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Book Now

Register:

▪ EARLYBIRD: Register by October 1st & save $100 with code FOC100!
▪ Follow link to “Book it now” or, call 1-888-383-8320

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Fiery Dance by Vladimir Kush

Heart Flame of Shamanism Training

January 16-18, 2015

In the dark and quiet night of winter we gather around the shaman’s flame to spark creativity, restoring the soul and emerging anew.

Connect with:
* Your helping spirits
* Power of Nature
* Ancestral wisdom
* Your indigenous soul
* Teacher within

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Book Now

Register:

▪ Follow link to “Book it now” or, call 1-888-383-8320

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Believe in Yourself by Alex Grey

Believe in Yourself by Alex Grey

NEW Soul Pathways of Shamanism Training

One Year Program

Are you feeling the call to come home?

Program Intending:
Opening to the rainbow, we free ancient wisdom, and nourish our indigenous soul connections as we activate our gifts, purpose, and power.

Program Dates:
* Fri. Feb. 20 – Sun. Feb. 22, 2015
* Fri. May 22 – Sun. May 24, 2015
* Fri. Aug. 21 – Sun. Aug. 23, 2015
* Fri. Nov. 20 – Sun. Nov. 22, 2015

Prerequisites:
* Existing shamanic practice with an ability to journey and connect with spirit guides
* Experience of a CCSS training program (Heart Foundation Training, Two Year Training Program, or Basic Shamanism Training)
* or, Equivalent shamanic experience

Registration details soon to be announced!

If you are interested, contact CCSS Coordinator Gwenith Kikkawa:[email protected]@gmail.com, 888-383-8320 ext. 4

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Brighid

Celtic Goddess Brighid

NEW Celtic Shamanism Training

Two Year Program

With Andrew Steed

Training will explore:
* The Wild Hunt
* Celtic Gods & Goddesses
* Brighid medicine
* The 4 Gateways and the Centre
* Tuatha De Dannan
* Working with the 3 strands of poetry: sorrow, joy, and peace
* Journeying into the strands of life, death, and rebirth
* The way of the Bard
* Celtic story telling and reclaiming
* Rhiannon and Celtic aspects of Sovereignty
* Amrum & the sacred breath of the Dragons, weaving dragon lines within us
And beyond……..!

Program dates:
* Wed. Oct. 28 – Sun. Nov. 1, 2015
* Wed. Apr. 20 – Sun. Apr. 24, 2016
* Wed. Oct. 12 – Sun. Oct. 16, 2016
* Wed. Apr. 5 – Sun. Apr. 9, 2017

Registration details soon to be announced!

If you are interested, contact CCSS Coordinator Gwenith Kikkawa:[email protected]@gmail.com, 888-383-8320 ext. 4

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CCSS Affinity Program

Seeking Financial Assistance?

CCSS Affinity Program
* Earn credits for your attendance of a CCSS program
* Earn referral revenue for your personal income, community or business

Sign up for one-year subscription plan
* Attend all four seasonal Heart Foundation of Shamanism trainings at discounted price

Sign up with friends or family members
* Each save 10% with referral code: 2ormore

Co-create a personalized payment plan just for you!

Contact CCSS Coordinator Gwenith Kikkawa: [email protected], 888-3838320 x4

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Peace villages

Have you seen what is happening on Peace Villages?

▪ Strengthen and deepen your connections
▪ Empower each other
▪ Plan & share events or gatherings
▪ Keep communications alive
▪ Advertise on marketplace
▪ Step into your power
▪ Exercise your peace skills and ability to respond to any need
▪ Connect with other global communities

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