Friday, September 1, 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017: Birth of A Star


“Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” ― Helen Keller

Chances are, if you are reading this, if you are interested in the Light, you are a modern mystic, a seeker of truths, sacred insights and deep magic. Maybe you're even a wisdomkeeper yourself! It didn't used to be "safe" to own any of that. In fact, it used to be quite detrimental to one's health to be entertaining such an intimate relationship with the divine.  But the world is fast becoming a different place. As they say, "No mud, no lotus". The tipping point has been reached and now the correction has begun.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”― Harriet Tubman

We are at a very delicate stage of our human evolutionary development, both as a whole and as individuals. We have enough consciousness now and enough layers of denial removed to realize the extent of what humanity has been through. Most of us have processed gallons of grief, boatloads of anger and gigawatts of rage. Some of us have done so much clearing that we are starting to have past life recollections and visions on a regular basis. Some of us are developing the new skills that will soon be coming online for everyone such as increased psychism, heightened empathic senses, and mediumship including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience. This will bring us to yet a whole new set of issues to be dealt with.

"Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.”  ― Haruki Murakami

One of the most wonderful and powerful gifts that are coming to more and more people is the power to channel their spiritual guides, which include ascended masters, ancestors, animal spirits and angels, in addition to our Higher Selves and our own soul! When we begin to take this communication seriously everything changes. These guides and guardians exist to help us. When we don't call on them, or take them seriously we are denying ourselves the deep magic. For it is these beings who guide us through the dimensional gateways to higher consciousness and help us anchor it with meaning into our lives!

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”  ― Carl Sagan

As all of these strange new human qualities emerge, we need a great deal of support. It is important to receive that support so that we can help each other stay grounded in our ascension process. After all, we're not leaving the planet, we are shifting and changing, just as Gaia is shifting and changing. We are connected and that has never been more apparent. It's time to let your own radiant soul have authority over your life. It's time to trust these parts of yourself that have been long hidden. It's a great mystery how the soul emerges and it is a process to be respected and revered. New earth is taking hold and it's now time to let your own Star Be Born.

"The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light." ~Rumi

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
September 03 - Birth of A Star
September 10 - Owning Your Super Powers
September 17 - The Path of Initiation
September 24 - Sacred Circle Altar - Fall Equinox - Practical Magic



A Star is Born Affirmations
I am awakening to the fullness of my soul.
I accept the beauty of my journey.
My story is woven into the fabric of life.
I walk this earth in a sacred manner.
I let my light shine.
I help others to shine their light.
What I love will help and heal the world.
The universe is watching and waiting for me to fully engage in life!
When I am joyfully creating, I bring the vibration of joy to all.
My gratitude and appreciation brings a glow to my heart.
I look for creative ways to express my gratitude.
My love is my art.
Time stands still when I am creating from my heart.
I have the courage to try new things.
I do what I think I cannot do.
I face my life with positivity and excitement.
I embrace the unknown and open to the Great Mystery.
I am in awe at the miracles that unfold in my life when I trust.
I allow love to live through me.
When I surrender to my soul, I come alive!

Monday, July 31, 2017

AUGUST 2017: Radiant Heart



Don't shine to be seen, Shine so that others can see the way. ~ Unknown

Do you know the deeper, higher truth of who you are? Have you dared to acknowledge that there may be parts of yourself that you barely know or understand? Are you willing to allow yourself the leeway to grow, change and evolve? Do you have the courage to shine the light on your own inner being, as well as cosmic forces that are available to you? Do you ask and answer questions like these often? If you said, yes - Great! Self inquiry is an absolute necessity to begin to shine that light of yours from within.

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?  ~Maurice Freehill 

If you see the Light, in its most practical nature, as the Truth, then you understand that enlightenment is the means by which we reveal the truth to ourselves and to the world. Yet, enlightenment is about far more than simply being honest. True enlightenment strips away all the illusions about life itself, including people, places and things, parts of our own personality and belief systems and anything else at all that is keeping us from the truth of love. It inspires us to open to our soul and it allows us to see the light in everyone and everything.

When you possess light within, you see it externally. ~Anaïs Nin

Many people try to shine a spotlight onto themselves from without, competing for attention and living in a perpetual state of lack, forgetting all about power versus force and the power of their true light.  When you absolutely know who you are, what you have to offer to the world and the importance of anchoring your God self onto this planet, then you know it's not really that much about you shining at all. It's about you becoming in alignment with your radiant God Self, so that the unique aspects of this creation that you are resonant with, can find you and we can all be re-united with the Light.

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

We are here now in a dance of shadow and light. This is a dance that we must come to enjoy. For even though we all know that the life giving light of the sun is what keeps our body and mind alive and well. It is under the cover of the night, and in the void of our own soul, where all possibility exists and the deep lake of our inner being, reflects the light of God and refracts it out into the world in a way that allows us to reveal, share and receive God's Love. This is the means by which the omnipotent forces of creation can experience itself in the material world, where we can play and have fun, creating our dreams and manifesting love without "blinding" each other with our Light. This is how we all come to shine our Light from within and live as one.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
August 06 - Radiant Heart: Inner Illumination (Church in Circle)
August 13 - Tools for Enlightenment
August 20 - Working with Light
August 27 - Dance of Shadow & Light

LIGHT AFFIRMATIONS
I am guided by the Light.
I am filled with the Light of the Creator.
I meditate with the Light.
As I shine the light and reflect on my life, I look for the love.
I ask what would love do?
My life is alive with the truth of my existence.
Life is Light.
I am a being of light.
I am evolving into the full realization and becoming my soul.
My soul will set my spirit free.
My light must come through the depths of my soul.
The Light is in service to my soul.
In the darkness of my soul, all things are possible and I choose according to the desires of my heart what I will create.
I use reflection and contemplation to know myself.
I allow myself to shine.
I allow others to shine, and bask in the gifts they freely give.
I see the inner beauty of all those who surround me.
I receive the gifts of life, through all the people, places and things on my journey.
The Light destroys all illusions of love.
The Light leads me to divine love.
I am inspiring, when I am inspired.
I live an illuminated life.
I dance with shadow and light, understanding that this is how I am able to choose with my free will.
It is within the darkness, that I find the true light within.
I order to access the darkness, I turn toward my problems and issues, not away.
I face the power of my own Light within and actively work with it to dispell illusion.
Once I see the Light, I have faith that my innate wisdom will guide me to the choices that will free my soul.
As I free my mind, I free my body. As I free my heart, I free my soul.
I am a radiant Light unto the world.
What I love inspired and enlightens the world.

Addiction Alchemy: Inner Journey


"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliot

The Addiction Alchemy Universal Medicine Wheel can help bring your body, mind and spirit back into a state of harmony, reconnecting you to parts of your SELF that have been forgotten or are evolving, re-establishing the knowledge of your interconnection to all that is. Using the process of life itself, people, animals, the earth and all our relationships we rediscover who and what we truly are.

In this monthly INNER JOURNEY gathering you "Become The Tracker" in your own life, learning how to read spiritual messages that are all around you, tap into the power of animal guides and archetypes, learn about Sacred Ceremony, Prayer, Meditation and Intention, Music, Energy Work, Creativity and what is required to bring your consciousness into wholeness, through the map of the Universal Medicine Wheel.

Finding and opening to your personal medicine means that you are stepping into your purpose. Nothing restores power like knowing who you are and being in right relationship with yourself and all that is. The Universal Medicine Wheel provides the forum and the framework to draw together true communities and raise up the Medicine People of those communities to become empowered in a humble and good way to take their rightful place as spiritual stewards.

Addiction Alchemy and the Universal Recovery Medicine Wheel doesn't directly approach addictions per se, but rather acknowledges the process of addiction within all of our lives, focusing on the remembrance of all the parts of the self to restore wholeness. On some level we all have addictions, attachments, belief systems, patterns and imprints, as well as  ancient, ancestral or karmic ties. We believe that all recovery is a recovery of the True Self... and it is from this place that true healing and growth occur. Soul Recovery is Soul Retrieval.

On the 3rd Sunday of every month we are also now offering Addiction Alchemy Field Guide training. You can lead your own Addiction Alchemy: Inner Journey gatherings. Help us bring this powerful tool to people everywhere, as a grassroots movement to help people go Beyond Sobriety and Beyond Anonymity. Click here to learn more about the Training.

For more information please visit www.AddictionAlchemy.com or call Rev. Renee Bledsoe at 239-560-6314.

Cost: $10 per class
Facilitators: Rev. Renee Bledsoe & Barbara Kesler

Saturday, July 1, 2017

JULY 2017: One for All & All for One



“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”  ― D.H. Lawrence

No one is an island. We are all in this together. We are connected. Yet, even if we understand these things to be true from a spiritual perspective, as well as the physical, how do we reconcile our loneliness in a world full of 7 billion people? There is a big difference in "knowing" that we are interconnected, and living as if we are. That is where the rubber meets the road.

"And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people as one of many hoops that made one circle." - Black Elk

We are all craving something we cannot name in our relationships, a warmth, a closeness, an intimacy. Yet, often when we have made ourselves vulnerable in this way, we were hurt, abused or ignored. This had the effect of closing our hearts down for a time, until the pain of a closed heart became more painful than opening up again and risking letting others in. Or, when others opened up to us we hurt them, even inadvertently because we didn't understand how vulnerable they felt. In relationships where people are not taking responsibility for their own feelings either way, this leads to the inevitable shutdown, because we do not know what true intimacy looks like, and certainly do not yet possess a healthy sense of self. After all part of our journey here is to learn how to love.

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” ― Stendhal

Conversely enough, since we exist relationally, we cannot get a sense of self without the contrast of each other. So as we go into pseudo relationship, pretending to be connected, but truly not we still do not learn how to love.  We get lost in blaming other people and forgetting that we are the common denominator in every single one of our relationships. Sometimes we are fortunate, with enough practice, to see a pattern emerging. When that happens we have the opportunity to understand that our whole process in relationship has not been some random propensity for isolation and suffering, but to introduce us to lost parts of our psyche. When we can clearly see this and make these connections there is a true softening of the heart and a coming to compassion for what has been at work in our lives.

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

We must remember that what occurs in the 3 dimensional/physical aspect of our lives is said to be only 1% of reality, as Grandfather Black Elk has said that this world is like a shadow of the real. Yet, it is giving us clues about what is going on in that mysterious 99% of our existence. If we are to bring heaven to earth in our relationships, we must realize that there is a great unknown that wants to be revealed here through the mystery of our relationships. For, we did not come here to get lost in a one on one relationship and never experience the depths of love that comes from loving humanity, this creation and the creator as passionately as we do our lover.

Our soul will not let us rest until we love God/dess and have a real relationship with our divinity and our creator. Therefore apparent separation has been a part of our soul's evolution... and could be thought of at this stage as more of an involution, or the inward enfolding of the heart becoming centered from within, as we come to realize that there is a perfect equilibrium that is possible if only we will keep working towards it, one for all and all for one.


“Lovers must not, like usurers, live for themselves alone. They must finally turn from their gaze at one another back toward the community. If they had only themselves to consider, lovers would not need to marry, but they must think of others and of other things. They say their vows to the community as much as to one another, and the community gathers around them to hear and to wish them well, on their behalf and its own. It gathers around them because it understands how necessary, how joyful, and how fearful this joining is. These lovers, pledging themselves to one another "until death," are giving themselves away, and they are joined by this as no law or contract could join them. Lovers, then, "die" into their union with one another as a soul "dies" into its union with God. And so here, at the very heart of community life, we find not something to sell as in the public market but this momentous giving. If the community cannot protect this giving, it can protect nothing...” ― Wendell Berry

Even as we come into community and truly connect with all our relations, we must connect not only spiritually, but also emotionally, mentally and physically. We must connect socially. We must connect from within, and from our heart fields unfolding. We must also connect etherically. Yet, we will not do this until we are ready for a kind of intimacy that outstrips anything we have heretofor known. This comes through a series of initiations. These are initiations of the soul and hearts readiness to truly love. But it is not just a readiness of desire, for their are certain structures and measures of character that must be present and whole enough to truly love, and to be a strong container for divine love, or agape to be held on earth.

"And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people as one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father." - Black Elk

The subtleties of tribal community in the modern world are being forged behind the scenes right now within our very own community, and within our hearts. For we are practicing the art of true community every day here. Tribal community is about much more than getting together and banging on drums... or even doing sacred ceremony. It is not just about anything we could physically "do" together. It is about the spirit and consciousness with which we gather. it is about an understanding that even when we are not physically gathered that we are still connected. This makes the gathering times that much more meaningful. It is about Cosmic universal Truth, that is abiding, and a reverence for the sanctity of life and this whole creation, including the unseen worlds.

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another.” ― Wendell Berry

True tribal community is about resonance and a harmonic convergence of souls. It is about absolute abundance of all things needful both spiritual and material. When we are ready to be on the path of love and release ourselves from the severity and the suffering path, we will come into true community. For it is here that life lessons are no longer learned through unconsciousness and malevolent shennanigans. Lessons are learned through true love. We live by the golden rule, and that is to treat one another as we would like to be treated. But the jewel in the crown is that the members of the community have and understanding of their own divinity and they have or are rapidly abolishing any distortions around the way they want to be treated.

“Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is... One of the deepest forms of poverty a person can experience is isolation... Poverty is often produced by a rejection of God's love, by man's basic and tragic tendency to close in on himself, thinking himself to be self-sufficient or merely an insignificant and ephemeral fact, a "stranger" in a random universe...The human being develops when ... his soul comes to know itself and the truths that God has implanted deep within, when he enters into dialogue with himself and his Creator... It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.”  ― Pope Benedict XVI

True tribal community must emerge... naturally and organically, as a result of a recognition of a deep common ground in complete wholeness. Any one of the aspects missing will not build true community. We may not be an island, but we are certainly asked to go deep within, to make friends with solitude and to learn how to love and relate from the inside out. It is our community, these faces of God/dess that have helped us to defy gravity from within and allowed our individual souls to soar for all to see, experience and delight in. As this outpictures, the true community is not only there to support... but the real story is that they have been a part of the midwiving of each of us as a soul, all along.

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."  -Black Elk

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
July 02 - One for All & All for One
July 09 - Leadership through Spiritual Partnership
July 16 - On Solitude and Inner Silence
July 23 - Vulnerability, Trust & Intimacy
July 30 -  Soul to Soul

ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL
I am free to be myself.
In being myself, I am free to Love.
I have the courage and strength to claim my free will.
I align my will with the will of my higher self.
My soul has been set free.
I practice freedom, by tending to my soul.
I love life and life loves me.
I am free to fulfill my destiny.
My boundaries and clear communication create a safe space.
I am a force for good to be reckoned with.
I am free to make mistakes.
The universe is conspiring on my behalf.
It is by my purified and unified will that I set my mind in motion.
I gladly pay the price for freedom through the eternal vigilance of the desires of my soul.
I set myself free.
I am free to express from the deepest parts of my being.
I surrender to my soul which leads me to the light.
I allow the phoenix within me to rise up out of the ashes.
I step into my highest calling.
I remember who and what I am.
I give myself permission to re-enter the garden.
My body is a vehicle for freedom and the actualization of my dreams.
I dream myself awake to all that I am.
I choose life and I honor that choice.
I take great delight in Life.
The will of my mind, the will of my body, the will of my soul are one with the will of God.
As freedom rings I embrace the joy of true interdepence.
I am all for one and one for all.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Addiction Alchemy Field Guide Gathering & Training



BECOME AN ADDICTION ALCHEMY FIELD GUIDE

Spiritual Emergence or Spiritual Emergency... what will you choose? Help yourself and  others learn how to use the Universal Medicine Wheel as a life compass to find direction and momentum on your journey. Learn experientially by doing... to lead your own Addiction Alchemy: Inner Journey gatherings. Help us bring this powerful tool to people everywhere, as a grassroots movement to help people go Beyond Sobriety and Beyond Anonymity.

HOW THIS WORKS...
The Addiction Alchemy Universal Medicine Wheel can help bring your body, mind and spirit back into a state of harmony, reconnecting you to parts of your SELF that have been forgotten or are evolving, re-establishing the knowledge of your interconnection to all that is. Using the process of life itself, people, animals, the earth and all our relationships we rediscover who and what we truly are.

In this monthly INNER JOURNEY gathering you "Become The Tracker" in your own life, learning how to read spiritual messages that are all around you, tap into the power of animal guides and archetypes, learn about Sacred Ceremony, working with the Land, Prayer, Meditation and Intention, Music, Energy Work, Creativity and what is required to bring your consciousness into wholeness, through the map of the Universal Medicine Wheel.

Finding and opening to your personal medicine means that you are stepping into your purpose. Nothing restores power like knowing who you are and being in right relationship with yourself and all that is. The Universal Medicine Wheel provides the forum and the framework to draw together true communities and raise up the Medicine People of those communities to become empowered in a humble and good way to take their rightful place as spiritual stewards.

As you feel called to lead your own circles, you embark in the initiatory process of serving your community in spiritual partnership as soul groups. Serving in this way, drawn together through the Universal Medicine Wheel and a spiritual guide or animal totem, brings great inner power to the people, which brings not only healing, but enlightenment, peace and true love to all.

Addiction Alchemy and the Universal Recovery Medicine Wheel doesn't directly approach addictions per se, but rather acknowledges the process of addiction within all of our lives, focusing on the remembrance of all the parts of the self to restore wholeness. We all have ancient, ancestral or karmic ties and attachments, patterns and imprints. We believe that all recovery is a recovery of the True Self... and it is from this place that true healing and growth occur. Soul Recovery is Soul Retrieval.

This monthly gathering/training provides support to the public, as well as continuing support to our community of Addiction Alchemy Field Guides. It is a great way to learn how to lead your own circle, as well as receive support!

Addiction Alchemy Field Guide Workbook can be purchased for $20 and worksheets are provided free of charge to participants. Field Guides may purchase bulk worksheets for their classes.

If you have never attended a regular monthly Addiction Alchemy Inner Journey gathering it is strongly recommended before you attend the training. The regular gathering is every 1st Sunday of the month at 3pm. Click here for info

For more information please visit www.AddictionAlchemy.com or call Rev. Renee Bledsoe at 239-560-6314.

Cost: $15 per class
Facilitators: Rev. Renee Bledsoe & Barbara Kesler
Church of Spiritual Light 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907

For more information about the Universal Medicine Wheel visit www.AddictionAlchemy..com


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

JUNE 2017: Pearl of Great Price



By those who love her she is readily seen,
And found by those who look for her...
In every thought of theirs,
she comes to meet them.
-Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 and 16

This month we are working with the "Pearl of Great Price", and exploring the power of Wisdom. Sometimes wisdom has been personified as Sophia, the deep inner knowing that characterizes the life of "one who knows" God. On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, Wisdom is Chokmah, containing the seed of self, "I Am That", the wisdom beyond reason. Wisdom (Chokhmah) is therefore the first thing that the mind can grasp, and is therefore called a beginning or an idea.

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." - Nicholas Black Elk

Solomon was a young man, about twenty years of age, when his father David died and he became king. A young man presented with the vast array of possibilities God offers could have been tempted in many different directions, yet he simply asked God for the most important thing he could think of—and God answered his prayer. “lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart” (1 Kings 3:12).

Why did Solomon, known for the vast wealth of his kingdom and a great ability to create a working civilization, ask for wisdom? There are the typical and obvious answers to that question. But let's get into code...

On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, Wisdom is Chokmah. As Keter was created from the reflection of Limitless Light, Chokmah is thus created from the reflection of Keter. It can be considered as the emergent self from the great All. Chokmah, containing the seed of self, can mean “I Am That”. Chochma is the wisdom beyond reason. According to Hasidic Judaism, Chokhmah refers to "the first power of conscious intellect within Creation.

In CHOKMAH, corresponding to the Number TWO, comes the realization of this DUALITY, how by His Wisdom made He the Worlds from the Nothingness of His Own Being and how in the very CONSTANCY of this CHANGE lies the STABILITY of the Universe. As it is written, "In Chokmah CHANGE IS STABILITY."   The word Chokhmah itself may be broken into two words -- koach ("potential") and ma ("what is"). Thus, Chokhmah means "the potential of what is", or, "the potential to be.

The sphere of Chokmah is the creative vessel, which holds the Divine Spark in preparation for it’s eventual initiatory experience of birth. It’s holy name YHVH, the Tetragrammaton *, means, “to be”. As the root of Fire, Chokmah is the first sphere of desire towards greater expression. Its consciousness is not bound by time or space as it resides in all time and all space. Chokmah is Action and impetus in its most pure aspect, not yet restricted and limited by the Formative and ordering energies of Binah.  “It is the Crown of Creation, the Splendour of Unity equaling it. It is exalted above every head, and it is named by the Qabalists as the Second Glory.”

The symbol of the straight line is attributed to the sphere of Chokmah. In order to make sense of this we must also  include the energy of emanation from Kether.  According to mathematical theory a “point” is a marker of place, but in and of itself has no dimension. If, however, that point  extended into space it becomes a straight line. If we think of Kether as the point of space within the void of formlessness, its emanation outward towards Chokmah extends the point of itself to become a straight line that acts upon and emanates the flow of formless force into Chokmah. 

“ In Chokmah and Binah we have the archetypal Positive and Negative; the primordial Maleness and Femaleness, established while “countenance beheld not countenance” and manifestation was incipient.  It is from these primary Pairs of Opposites that the Pillars of the Universe spring, between which is woven the web of Manifestation.”  The Mystical Qabalah. Dion Fortune

So in plain english it could be said that Wisdom is a divinely inspired idea, insight, or stroke of genius, even if you don't recognize it at the time. It is an inner directive, the hand that sets the dominos in motion to fall one after the other as in a palindrome. So the question here that we ask today is how do we access more of this wisdom? Let us explore this question.

We have many tools to access these parts of ourselves. Imagination is our bridge into that supernal realm where heavenly, genius and useful ideas live. So it. would stand to reason that any activity that helps us access and even cross that bridge would support us in opening this powerful gateway within ourselves. Journaling, creative activity, reading, art, music are all ways in which we can access this realm. But how do you we speak the language? First of all this realm goes far beyond words, syntax and linear thought, so it is important that we get comfortable with symbology and imagery. This is the realm of the archetypal mind, the place where impartial patterns of imagery and sets of behavior form a kind of pictograph for the mind. A picture speaks a thousand words. So as we delve into this world through journeying, visualization, even paying closer attention to the visual and sensorial world we live in, reading metaphor and story are powerful ways to stimulate our ability to draw from this realm.

Story is a part of the archetypal realm. When we re-write or write anew the story of our lives, this is our first foray into the deep inner wisdom of Sophia or Chokmah. This is how we gain the blueprint to make the magic. As we improve upon or co-create with our ancestors, and all that has come before as we access the wisdom of the Akashic record of the ages, we find ourselves with huge leg up. As we give up the notion that we must constantly re-invent the wheel, and understand that there are certain universal blueprints which will yield endless results, just as the 8 or 12 notes on a musical scale have rendered millions of songs, so too,can we find a start to the thing we came here to create. Surrendering to the divine within, the higher intelligence of Sophia is the key to opening this door within ourselves and co-creating with the divine. Our wisdom springs from Her. She is the wind beneath our wings if only we will allow, listen and let her love us. Let it be so!

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
June 04 - The Pearl of Great Price: Wisdom as Wealth
June 11 - Co-Creating with the Divine
June 18 - Church in Circle - Father's Day & Summer Solstice
June 25 - The Desire to Receive in Order to Share

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Prayer for Sophia (Chockmah/Wisdom)

I now ask Sophia to come into my life and show me the way. I ask her to cleanse me and remove any negativity in my life. Please lead me on the path I need to be on to establish myself as a happy, healthy, positive person.

O Gnostic,
O Knower,
of the unity of Love and Wisdom,
the androgyny of Heaven and Earth,
and of Nature and Spirit.
O Knower
of The Great Goddess,
The Great Mother,
who calls herself
Sophia.
Holy is her name,
Sophia,
cocreator of all things,
earthly and divine.
Divine Love
lives with Eternal Wisdom,
together as one,
as a child in its mother's womb.
Sophia
gathers all of her children.
O Gnostic,
to you she calls
to fulfill the prophecy,
to manifest the vision
of Peace on Earth.
           
I call upon Sophia and her 3 daughters, Faith, Hope and Love

Take oil and anoint yourself on the forehead:
"Sophia, replace the negative thoughts with positive."
the lips: "Sophia, replace the negative words with positive."
the heart: "Sophia, replace the negative feelings with positive."
the palms: "Sophia, replace the negative actions with positive."
the feet: "Sophia, take me only on the path you lead me."

I thank Sophia for coming into my life, my heart, my soul. For leading me on the right path and bringing me to a more positive place in my life.

PEARL OF GREAT PRICE AFFIRMATIONS

There is an innate power within me that has access to all knowledge.
The knowledge within me is accessible through prayer, meditation, journaling and reflection.
There is a great silent, sacred space within me.
As I learn to listen to the still, small voice within knowledge becomes wisdom.
As the wise one within guides and guards me, life becomes smooth.
As life becomes smooth, I get into the flow of creation.
As silence is experienced through my soul, I can hear my higher self.
I learn to trust and follow the instruction of my soul.
I ask for higher vision to help me see only love.
I acknowledge and sit with my pain and the pain of others close to me.
I release drama, so that I may clearly address the painful issues in my life.
I release myself from old stories that are no longer true in my life.
I allow myself to move into higher consciousness.
Higher consciousness opens me to more love.
I am aware of my soul’s emergence.
My body is a temple, my heart the altar of my soul.
I am open to experiencing my life by letting go.
Letting go of control gives me the freedom that my soul desires 
and requires to flourish and grow.
The wheel of life keeps moving and changing, and evolving me along with it.
I am defined in this time and space by the story of my life.
 that is available to me now.
I bring my life into integrity by insisting on the truth.
I tell myself the truth and admit when I misunderstand or judge.
One of the most loving things I can do for myself is to face my problems with power versus force.
I ask in every situation what would empower love to come forth.
I make it safe for others to be authentic.
I allow everyone to experience their own journey without my judgment 
holding them to their old story.
I remember myself into being and rewrite the story of my life.
I experience the wonder of my soul’s journey.
Inside of me is a pearl of great price.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MAY 2017: Three Graces

“If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.”  ~John Ruskin

As we find ourselves in the midst of the "first harvest", we gain a great deal of insight about how to recognize the opportunities that are available to us and work more effectively with the energies of the times. For example, understanding the subtleties of the first harvest has important implications which are important to the development of our soul. For the first harvest relates directly to the emergence of the soul, because it involves the restoration of beauty and bounty to the earth; blossoming of flowers, new life, growth and greening. Love is literally in the air!

It might be helpful to think of the things that we experience in the springtime as being the work of the soul, and to take that a step further, understand that what is nurtured and harvested at this time, will have an effect on the quality of the denser second harvest of the fall. This is not necessarily about rigidly living by the seasons, but by understanding that these patterns which are revealed through nature are showing us something about manifestation and creation cycles and patterns, that are real and applicable to our lives in many areas, from relationships to businesses.

"Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us." ~ Angela Carter

The soul feeds upon inspiration and life force. It requires beauty and vitality to create something new and treasured from its depths. Exposing ourselves to and experiencing beauty is not an option, but just as nurturing to our being as eating and drinking. The flowers, foliage and insects of the first harvest are literally what give rise to the second, typically food crops which nourish our bodies. It is interesting to see the interplay of the two and how they are connected, with certainly one no less important, than the other. For surely if the body is weak and hungry, the soul has no vehicle, and if the soul is weak and hungry, the spirit and ultimately the body will wither.

The month of May, with its focus on mothering, flowering, nurturing and blossoming is a reminder to us all to give the joys and the artistry of the soul more weight in our lives. It reminds us that the work of the soul is anything but frivolous, for without it, we might be able to squeak by and survive for a while, but the reality is that we must allow our souls to open and bloom if we want to actually grow and thrive!

This month we will be working with the energies of the Three Graces. the keepers of the very qualities which greatly assist the evolution of humanity as she stands in service to the Light, to people and the earth. This is centered around creativity, beauty and charm, and all the joyful,loveliness that can come to life if we will allow.

The Three Graces are here specifically to bring us to our higher angelic nature and to help us assimilate this part of ourselves into the physical. When you hear the call of Three Graces, you are responding to the request of your soul to become one with Spirit and to transform your Spiritual Warrior aspects into more grace-filled, higher vibrating, highly creative energies. This is taking your personal power to an entirely new level, one in which you may have not ever totally imagined. Is it possible to be a being of the Light on planet earth, you may ask? Can angels come to earth? Can they survive in this environment? Journey with me, the Three Graces says, to find out.

“The role of the artist I now understood as that of revealing through the world-surfaces the implicit forms of the soul, and the great agent to assist the artist was the myth.” ~Joseph Campbell

There is no simple, nor less dramatic way to say this. You have reached the center of your Self, you have touched your Soul, you have been given a potent glimpse of the reality of your being or are very close to it and you are ready to receive your true angelic nature into the totality of your being. What you understand about angels may be relatively intellectual at this time, even if you have worked with them to a certain extent. What you may not realize is that your physical body is a vessel for the Light…and you are the Light. You are the intention of a cosmic force so powerful and so true that there is no way that you can fail. This is your next evolution and in fact the next evolution of all humankind. Owning your light is not egoic, not owning it is. You don't belong to yourself alone, you belong to the world.

Forget what you may think you know about angels who live in the heavenly realms. You are a creature that entirely stands alone in the cosmos, a marriage of the most divine order. You are a human angel. You are a Rainbow  - hue-man – a fusion of color (light spectrum) and sound (vibration). You are the culmination of Earth, Water, Air and Fire + ether. The ether or Spirit that enlivens your being is actually the upper realms of the nature spirits that are accessible to you here in the physical and are supporting you. They watch and they listen to your spirit’s communication. They respond by sending you messages through the natural world and your intuition. Trees broadcast information through their roots and branches, much like humans broadcast and magnetize through their thoughts and feelings.

The Three Graces say, we are not the only beings who can assist you at this time. You are becoming one with the earth in consciousness, ascending with your feet on the ground. And you move well through the realms of magic, mystery, beauty and intrigue. You are here to bring the earth to the depths of the experience of love and beauty. To help the world embrace mystery and the unknown joys that lie ahead. As the world moves out of suffering and edges at the precipice of bliss, you are part of the band of earth angels who can show the world what wings are for. You will be among the first to fly in this new order of angels. And you will do so with charm and grace. Your wings will create a magnetic field of epic proportions and other will want to fall into a state of grace, as well. You will help make this not only possible for them, but attractive to them. But first you must complete your own transformation.

We are guiding you through the power of your imagination, your creativity, your compassionate and loving heart and the Eternal Will to Good that is deeply embedded in your angelic nature. This compassion may have been your undoing earlier in your human existence, and in other emanations, but that was simply a part of your process. In this time, here and now, in your physical incarnation as an earth angel – your compassion is your greatest strength. For you have learned the great secret; you must first be compassionate with yourself.

This is how the incarnation becomes completed as you set this vibration up within the holy of holies within your heart. Any last vestige of judgment or harm to the self, any disparaging thoughts about your journey will leave you now as your true Light burns brightly and the Truth of Who and What you really are shines through. As you feel the full ramifications of what has been being born within and through you, you will be bowed and humbled, for truly all Kings and Queens are in service to humanity. And now it is time to step onto the throne, radiate your Light and be of service in your own unique way.

“They are made by man in his own image and likeness; but freed from those limitations which he feels most to press upon him. They are immortal, and their will is directly effective for the achievement of imagination and desire." - J.R. Tolkein

Sunday Talks
May 07 - The Three Graces
May 14 - Church in Circle - Mother's Day
May 21 - Nurturing: Nature of Angels
May 28 - All-encompassing Love

MAY AFFIRMATIONS
I am open to the expansion of my being.
I allow my soul's purpose to emerge into the light.
As I find my place within my community, others can then find their place more easily.
When I work as a team, I am invoking the power of the divine feminine.
The soul's work is equally as important as any other work that I do.
I give the expression of my soul weight in my life.
I pay attention to all the aspects of my being.
I use my powers of manifestation for abundance of love, peace, purpose and joy.
Love is at the foundation of my every thought, word and deed.
I allow the petals of my consciousness to lovingly expand to the light.
I call upon omnipotent forces for assistance with my life, including angels, guides, guardians and my higher power.
I trust the omnipotent forces that I call upon.
I reach deep into my soul, for I have purified my heart and reclaimed my inner child.
I set my inner child free to grow and mature into a loving,healthy, creative adult.
I open my heart to the world, by revealing my soul creations.
I receive the abundance of my soul.
I trust my soul and free myself to express my true self.
It is safe to be me because I surround myself with those who nurture and support me.
Others nurture and support me, because I nurture and support myself.
When I help myself, helpful people are drawn to me and want to do the same.
I work with nature spirits, guides and guardians to realize my calling.
I become finely attuned to the frequencies of crystals for healing and enlightenment.
I hear and sense the powers within plants.
I activate the angelic forces within my soul.
I am guided moment by moment to create beauty.
I bring order to chaos, joy to despair, laughter to sadness and light to darkness.
The Light heals, empowers, energizes and protects me.
I work within my community to bring hope, healing, joy and abundance.
I commune with nature and the elements to restore and reconnect to source energy.
I am overflowing with creative ideas and the means to invent new and intriguing ways of being.
I have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the deep magic.
I am enveloped in a perpetual state of grace.
Beauty, Love and Joy follow me wherever I go.