Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018: The Art of Prayer


“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

The power of prayer and intention in our lives is all important to the realization of our free will and to the creation of a life of our choosing. Prayer is the voice that we give to our choices as we petition the higher powers that be for the love, support, protection and supply that are not only necessary to our physical survival, but also our spiritual evolution. For in the asking, we come to realize that all is given, especially when we embrace the shamanic nature of our being and become the tracker into our lives. As we open up our narrow view of prayer and intention, the act of choosing and communicating with the Universe can become far more beautiful in and of itself, as the very way that we commune becomes a sacred art.

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ― Kahlil Gibran

Prayer takes many shapes and forms, far beyond what comes to mind for many. There is much more to prayer to peoples around the world than to simply get down on your knees and speak out with your voice. Though this is quite beautiful and powerful in its own right, if we take a look at the way that others pray and make intention, we find that it is truly something of a divine art form. From the South American Despacho, to the Japanese Shinto, stone circles like Stonehenge or Newgrange, Dagara diviners, to the Kalachakra Mandala, Yantras and Mantras, Medicine Wheels of every culture and land, Christian sacraments, to Malas, Rosaries, Medicine Bags and Bundles, to Spirit Ties, and all the ceremonies, rites and rituals, the art of prayer is a deeply ingrained part of our world as we seek communion with something greater.

"It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” - Mahatma Gandhi

When we gather in community on the medicine wheel we have milestones and markers, which allow us to not only see the signs and experience the synchronicities, but to better interpret them, offering us a way to ground, anchor and integrate the knowledge, or to simply have more patience as we build our own faith in the process of unfolding. With these spiritual eyes on the shamanic path we can see the often subtle responses to our prayers that will better allow the omnipotent forces that we have invoked to do their magic. And we can also better hear the instructions of our soul which can guide our actions and decisions. Through the signs and symbols of our lives we can enter into a real conversation with the Great Mystery, and actually experience a two way dialogue as we engage in conscious contact.

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

We came here to create. We are creators, or more aptly put, co-creators. First through the protection of our ego we acted out our lives and created in unconscious ritual. As we learned more about who and what we truly are, we no longer act out only symbolically, but with reverence and respect as we create a new earth reality by taking these same rituals and framing and containing them in the story of our life under the protection of sacred ceremony... consciously and with positive intent.

“Let your intentions be good - embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words, and unselfish deeds - and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work and play and serve” - Grenville Kleiser

In our unawakened state we may have found ourselves relying a great deal on our own steam and forgetting to pray. Or we may have prayed, but only at times of sorrow, angst or fear. Most of us were plenty good at forming an intention, but painfully shy of releasing it to the Universe, which is actually what makes an intention, a prayer. Ultimately we want to integrate prayer and intention and weave a practice of ritual and ceremony into our lives that allows us to dance our prayers, sing our prayers, cook, clean and garden our prayers... create art, or sit in silence and be one with our intentions, certain of the soul's purpose and the desires of our heart, so that the very actions of our life take on new meaning under this high guidance.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”  - Douglas Adams

It's been a challenging journey, as we've experienced the knowledge of good and evil, duality and the polarizations of right and wrong doing. Now, unlike ever before, we have the opportunity to come to the center of our Self, the altar of our soul and pray in ways that make our whole life a sacred ceremony. When we pray we are speaking to the Divine, but when we wrap our prayers in ritual and ceremony, we are speaking directly and intimately to the divinity within our own being. We are speaking to our own soul and acknowledging that God comes through the people, the earth and that we are a great mystery. And as we leave room, the magic of the universe begins to respond back in spite of its mysterious nature, we can communicate meaningfully because we have framed and contained our desires in sacred space and surrendered them in complete faith.

“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”  ― Wayne W. Dyer

Make an intention to be listening with humility and awareness to the whispering of your soul. Then give a voice to it...spoken and written. Place it within the safe space of sacred ceremony, enlivened with symbology, imagery, music... dance, drum and sweat your prayers... Annointed with precious oils... Activated with spiritual guides and angels... Taken into the silence of the void of your being. Align the Wills, then surrender fully to your soul, and to the Great Mystery. Watch and wait with calm certainty that the circumstances, the synergy and the guidance for right action will come and ultimately create something through this kind of surrender that far exceeds any meager wish that we can come up with on our own. Engage the Art of Prayer, for this is the true power of awareness, intention and surrender to something greater.

“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
September 02 - The Art of Prayer
September  09 - Activating Prayer Code: Ceremony & Ritual
September 16 -  Let your Life be a Prayer - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
September 23 - Peace Day Celebration in the Universal Medicine Wheel (Alliance for the Arts)
September 30 - The Role of Heavenly and Earth Angels in the Fulfillment of Desire

Affirmations
I pray and intend my life with humility, awareness and surrender.
I claim my free will through the power of prayer.
I raise the quality of my prayers.
I pray for peace, love and joy for myself and others.
I create a sacred space for my prayers.
I seek to align with the divine will of my GodSelf.
I allow heavenly and earth angels to love and support me.
As an earth angel I am supportive of my fellow travelers and render aid in times of need.
I create a sacred life that inspires the world to wonder.
I invoke the higher powers of the universe to reveal and support my life purpose.
The more I recognize and acknowledge my life purpose, the more power and support comes to me.
I embrace the mystery of my life.
My intentions are for the highest good of all concerned.
I am open to this or something better and welcome the creativity of my higher power.
I pray for guidance in all aspects of my life.
I ask and it is given. I knock and the door is opened.
As I converse with the universe, elements of my own mysterious nature are revealed
In prayer I come to a better understanding of myself.
I inspire and infuse my prayers with sacred ceremony and ritual.
My prayers are made whole within the the sacred container of the medicine wheel.
I meditate, listen, journal and use divination to determine my heart's desires.
I want for nothing, and choose to create my bliss.
My joyful creations add to the beauty of the earth.
I allow myself to receive good into my life.
My entire life is a sacrament and a prayer.
I will to will thy will.
I embrace the art of prayer.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Chandelier Soul Star Fundraiser 2018

CoSL Chandelier Soul Star Project

We are so excited to announce that Church of Spiritual Light is getting lit up! We are approaching our 11th year and that makes it only fitting that we  have finally been given the green light to Let There Be Light.

This is no ordinary remodeling project. What we are experiencing is a true measure of something that we've been quietly and patiently working with for so many years... the illumination of our Collective Soul. For years we reached down in the depth of our being, into the void, the Great Mystery of our own souls, and found the light within. It's just that simple. And it's time to reveal this beautiful light for all to see.

So we have been guided to create and bring this beautiful chandelier, that you could say is a depiction of our Soul Star, the beautiful Blue Star that shines over our heads to life in our sanctuary at Church of  Spiritual Light. These are some renderings of the chandelier, which we have chosen that best represents where we are at this time.

It has also been given to us that this should be a community project and that our community should have their energy as a part of it. The labor to install the chandelier is being donated, however, we are doing a fundraiser to actually pay for the chandelier itself. As always, many hands make light work. So no donation is too small. We are seeking to raise approximately $500.

If you feel so called, please use the donate button below, or you may send a check made out to:
Church of Spiritual Light (marked Chandelier Fundraiser)
1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907

Please donate to our fund. Any amount is helpful and appreciated.



Below are some additional renderings of the chandelier.




Thursday, August 2, 2018

AUGUST 2018: Power & Light


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

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 05 - Power &  Light
August 12 - Boundaries & Free Will
August 19 - The Illuminated Heart
August 26 - Working with Spiritual Light (Rev. Maribel Figueroa)

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?
I am evolving into 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 illuminate my heart and soul.
As I illuminate my mind, I free my body. As I illuminate my heart, I free my soul.
I am a radiant Light unto the world.
What I love inspires and enlightens the world.
I shine my Light from within.
I am powered by spiritual light.

CODA Meetings: Co-Dependants Anonymous


“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart... 
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung

Beginning September 7th, 2018, we are pleased to announce a new CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous) Group is now forming. The group is hosted at Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr.#1 Fort Myers, Florida 33907.

The intention of this group is to help people to learn about and gain support in forming and maintaining healthy and loving relationships both with self and others. We will be exploring personal boundaries and patterns of behavior that are beneficial to create better relationships, using the 12 Steps as a guideline for recovery.

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. If you would like to learn more about codependency, click here to review.

Meets Every Friday 6pm
Suggested Donation (for the space): $5
Open Meeting - All are welcome!

Hosted at Church of Spiritual Light 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907


Friday, June 29, 2018

July 2018: Spiritual Emergence



"Those who choose their destiny will be the heroes, the pioneers, the midwives and the mothers of the future." - Alberto Villoldo

Spiritual emergence is  the process by which we are coming home to our true nature. Some of us can feel the new earth values coming alive in our hearts. Humanity as a whole stands at the brink of  the momentous realization that heaven on earth may be possible, even as we realize that we still have work to do. We are also coming to realize what that is and how it looks, not as innocent children, but as breathing, living, maturing human beings who understand the potential and power of this creation.

As that power is realized, and our esteem and knowledge of self grows, not only do we learn about ourselves, we learn about the of everyone and everything. We see and experience the interconnectedness of all that is, all the time. We read energy and we see the shape of all things in the spirit. And we know that we have the power in our own hands and hearts and minds to get back into the garden.

"The new myths, the stories that we will teach our children and endow them with the will to live epic lives, must be forged, lived and told by us."- Alberto Villoldo

Most of us have a sense, even if we have never truly experienced it or only in fleeting moments, the power of the potential of this creation and that a very intrinsic part of this is the re-unification of the Creator. We have a longing for true community, but we have forgotten how to be with our tribe. To many, getting along with others without a tremendous amount of negativity and hurtfulness being present has been something only wished for, but never fully realized. But that was before so many people had shifted into the return back to the garden. The garden is quite simply the consciousness that believes and can clearly hold the vision that paradise can be restored to the earth. And that means that the potential for everything on this planet to live and grow in harmony has never been more possible.

We have an inkling of what this earth can evolve into, if we will stop for a moment and truly assess the situation outside of our own wounds and the trauma and drama that most of us have endured on this journey to build the world into the state that it is now. Some who can only see, yet, in segments may have quite a different view and find it not so easy to be hopeful. But those of us who can see and who know the power of our own mind and intentions, and this is important... also know that this universe is unfolding according to a divine plan... and this is even more important... that the intelligence that created this universe is part of us and we are a part of it... then everything is by our own design... not as mere individuals, but as emerging souls who represent the body of God, who have come here to claim our free will to create paradise and come into the perfection of our wholeness.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  ― Steve Jobs

It is in our coming together and opening up to the magnetizing force of Love that we can cross the abyss of our own fears and realize that heaven on earth can begin to manifest for us right here and now. We flow between being of service to ourselves, being of service to others and then eventually when our soul stalkings bring us to the altar of our hearts and what we truly love in our unique expression, we find that what we love serves the world and our joy is the worlds joy and what heals us, heals each other. It is in this space that we come to understand the power of our individuality and our own soul.

Achieving universal higher-state frequency is greatly accelerated as one more easily recognizes and claims their universe citizenship. - Crystal Tones

It is important to approach ourselves holistically, and especially since time is compressing due to our ability to communicate. The energy of time is much denser and can now be used as the tool it was intended to be like never before. While it is true that clock time and the apparent limitations that it can impose seems limiting, time has given us the ability to determine what is truly precious and worthy of our focus, attention and devotion. So, it is here in this space that we stand with these new eyes, taking the gift of time to help us get clear on what we love... and it is through what we love that our soul emerges!

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

True tribal community is where paradise is found. The memory of paradise is kept under the guardianship of our Native American Grandfathers and Grandmothers, the wisdomkeepers, who remind us that when we each know who we are, and we find our joy, then we can take our true place of honor in the community and bring glory and honor to our family, our community and to this creation. Soul's purpose expressed in beauty and creativity and joy is how we are in service to the whole, and is how we meet in tribal community. The power of ritual and ceremony in communion with our geographical tribe is what gives us the ability to be strong enough within our own ranks to truly bless the world. No longer reacting and surviving, we create our lives out of love and honor.

It is time for change, time to allow our wings to spread and to allow our soul's expression to take flight. It is in the very act of flight, our reaching out for and our movement toward what we love that draws it to us. As above, so below... Let this be...Paradise found... created. It's time to GO LIVE!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
July 01 - Church in Circle - Spiritual Emergence
July 08 - Courage to Change - Rev. Maribel Figueroa
July 15 - Co-Creating in Community
July 22 - Second Sight - Second Listening
July 29 - The Power of Group Diversity


Spiritual Emergence Affirmation
My soul is emerging.
I am a growing, evolving, being of light.
I come into a more holistic understanding of my true nature.
As I care for my spirit and soul, I heal my energy and therefore my body.
I draw all my energy back into myself now, so that I choose how to spend it.
I collect up my power of choice and step even more fully into free will.
I take 100% responsibility for my own life.
I take 100% responsibility to do my part to bring heaven to earth.
I am gathering strength and courage daily to be my true self.
I am discovering my higher self and the true nature of being human.
Light is my medium and Love is the binding force for my creations.
I release addictions and attachment now in order to create the real thing.
I allow myself to experience and create true love in all aspects of my life.
My love is my Guide and Guardian.
Time helps me to prioritize and focus on bringing true love into my life.
As I bring true love into my life, I make heaven on earth.
My Joy brings Joy to the World.
My Peace brings Peace to the World.
My Love brings Love to the World.
My Light brings Light to the World
I am the change I wish to see in the world.
It is time for change.
I allow my soul to emerge into the light.
I continue to open to ever deeper levels of truth and light.
I am kind and gentle with myself and others as we grow together.
As I give my soul a voice, my spirit emergences in this world.


July ClanMother
LOVES ALL THINGS: The Mother of Unconditional Love and All Acts of Pleasure
The Keeper of Sexual Wisdom and Self-respect
The Sensual Lover/the Mother-Nurturer/the Warmth of the Feminine
The Guardian of the Needs of the Family

SHE TEACHES US: How to use respect,trust & intimacy in all relationships
How to love all aspects of our lives, lessons, sexuality,& physical beings
How to be a loving woman, nurturing mother, sensual lover, and trusted friend
How to forgive ourselves & others,developing acceptance & shunning criticalness
How to LOVE THE TRUTH

Sunday, June 3, 2018

JUNE 2018: Inner Sun Rising


"You are more than you know, greater than the sum of your parts. The power of love and light lie deep within you. You are more loving than you can ever imagine in a day, and more powerful than you can possibly realize in a lifetime. Your light has been cloaked only so that you can bring this to bear in a way that allows you to relate and share in a way that also honors this in each other." Rev. Renee Bledsoe

In the West on the medicine wheel we gain the courage, strength and confidence to enter the unknown element of soul. And though the West is the place of darkness, we find that it is here that we are often called out not just to face off on what we think is wicked within us, but most pointedly the great, potent powerful seed of eternal light that lives hidden deep within our heart and soul.

This place within us is the part of us where the field of pure potential resides. It holds, guards and keeps glimpses of the brilliance of our true nature until we are ready to wield such power. As we sit in this aspect of ourselves on the wheel, it is like a visionquest for every cell of our body. It is a brave call for something beyond our meager imagining to come forth, so that we can continue to change and grow as a human being, and to be in a new, old way.

"Buddha has actually called it the lion's roar. When a man reaches an absolutely silent state he roars like a lion. For the first time he knows what freedom is because now there is no fear of anybody's opinion. What people say does not matter. Whether they call you a saint or a sinner is immaterial; your whole and sole judge is God. And by 'God' a person is not meant at all, God simply means the whole universe." - Osho

Courage, strength and confidence are the stepping stones to our future selves. It is important to understand this process of growth and to realize the heirarchy of our spiritual evolution. For courage builds strength, and strength builds confidence. Often we forget that confidence must be built, even earned. Just as we might lift weights to build muscular strength, so too, must we exercise our options to build confidence. In other words, the more we courageously venture into the unknown, the stronger we become, the better prepared we are to take risks, the more confident we become.

Notice that confidence and comfort are not the same things. In many ways our confidence level is directly related to our perception of our ability to handle the unknown. So if miracles of manifestation lie outside of what is known to us, then how could we consider making this a routine part of our lives, and not just some leap of faith that we take every now and again as we muster the courage, or more likely life and our soul stalk us to move into the void?

"It is not a question of having to face a person; you have to face the trees, the rivers, the mountains, the stars -- the whole universe. And this is our universe, we are part of it. There is no need to be afraid of it, there is no need to hide anything from it. In fact, even if you try you cannot hide. The whole knows it already, the whole knows more about you than you know." - Osho

One of the best ways that I know of to teach ourselves about what we are really made of, to help us continously access the depths of our being, and to access great assistance in the realm of pure possibility is the medicine wheel. When you journey on the wheel, you first build faith in the presence of unseen forces of light through the courageous act of humility. One could say that the very first leap of faith of the fool to venture into the unknown is where courage begins on the wheel. As one becomes a seasoned traveler however, the awareness of the magician within, and a whole cast of characters, magical beings and divine helpers come to the fore, and we are strengthened for the journey by our deep awareness that we are not alone, in many senses of the word.

"The ground of fearlessness is fear. In order to become fearless you have to stand in the middle of your fear." - Osho


Much like the story of the Wizard of Oz, the hero's journey reveals the deep magic that lies within, and this begins to outpicture in our lives. People, places, situations and scenarios will play out to call into awareness what is within. Then something amazing happens, we start to be able to navigate in the dark, through the signs and symbology of the events of our life. And we are no longer the victim of circumstance, karma or fate. As soon as we get our shaman's eyes, and develop the ability to track our lives, to see the experiences of our lives through higher dimensions, it is as if an invisible light comes on and we can access greater information. It is in that moment that we truly realize that we are creating all of it.

"Never think in terms of being free from; always think in terms of being free for. And the difference is vast, tremendously vast. Don't think in terms of from -- think for. Be free for God, be free for truth, but don't think that you want to be free from the crowd, free from the church, free from this and that. You may be able to go far away one day, but you will never be free, never. It is going to be some sort of suppression." - Osho

Courage, strength and confidence come from within. But the process and experience of life is designed to give us what we need to pull what is within "out" into the world. The reason for this is that above all we are destined to create. Being fruitful and multiplying is not just about procreation of other human beings... it is an all encompassing command to be abundant, to improve your lot, to advance and grow... and ultimately to evolve right through the door of the unknown, the great mystery of our own soul... to become fully human.

If we can imagine something into existence one time, it can be done a hundred thousand times. The truth is, that we have already imagined a great many things into existence. The imaginal realm is very real. In meditation and journeywork sometimes people ask, how do I know that I am not imagining it? The answer is that you are! Yet there is a great question that must be asked. Why, out of all the things your could have imagined did you choose that? And "who" was it that chose that? Exploring these questions almost always bears fruit. These are most often treasures pulled up from the deep, clues about your unique individuality and purpose.

"The crowd is not the problem -- you are the problem. The crowd is not pulling you -- you are being pulled, not by somebody else but by your own unconscious conditioning. Always remember not to throw the responsibility somewhere on somebody else, because then you will never be free of it. Deep down it is your responsibility. Why should one be so much against the crowd? Poor crowd! Why should you be so much against it? Why do you carry such a wound?" - Osho

Sometimes we discover that the soul is tossing us clues through our dreams, imaginings and visions about what is hidden inside of us. It is even possible to tap into the visions and dreams of each other. It is also possible for each of us to have a similar dream, a memory, or a calling that is so strong, that even if we don't realize it, we magnetize ourselves to each other through this common dream. It is then that we truly begin to understand the reality of the realities within the unconscious, and the great hidden powers that are available to us, upon this discovery.

This realization is the ultimate courage bringer. For in this we begin to see our purpose and remember who we really are. And we begin to recognize each other, and much like in the Wizard of Oz, there is a homecoming, and a newfound ability to reunify with lost aspect of ourself, and a discovery of strength we didn't know we had. This in turn gives us the confidence to continue to build our dreams, to seek out a vision, to allow our soul group both within and without to come forth and move together as one. This oneness, this reunification is our heart of hearts. It is here, in this space that we can live inside the gap, the tao of our heart, regularly and routinely living in the fifth dimensional holy, whole sacred space of a life lived loving like God/dess loves.

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
June 03 - Inner Sun Rising
June 10 - Courage, Strength & Confidence
June 17 - Church in Circle - Summer Solstice - Father's Day (5th ClanMother: Storyteller)
June 24 - The Movement of Action - Rev. Maribel Figueroa

Affirmations: Inner Sun Rising

I build confidence by actively engaging in my inner and outer life.
I explore my inner world through contemplation and reflection.
My practice of contemplation involves writings from my soul.
I allow my soul to reveal my own depth to me through writing.
I contemplate my writing through reflection and divination.
Divination is a contemplative art that allows me to speak with my soul.
As I become more aware of my soul I am better able to communicate.
My soul is a great mysterious being, and I open to that mystery.
I offer myself up to the great mystery of my soul.
I allow my life to be an expression of my soul.
As I express my own soul, I relieve the world of it's soulessness.
I am connected to web of souls.
My I AM presence alights my soul.
I have the courage and strength to be myself.
I have the confidence to enter the unknown aspects of my self.
I allow my second sight and my spiritual perceptions to increase my faith.
As I see more, my faith becomes knowledge.
As I experience more of life, my knowledge becomes wisdom.
As I experience my life in wisdom, I am filled with understanding.
As I am filled with understanding, I am free from judgment.
As I am free from judgment, I allow the energy to flow.
When energy is flowing, There is room for miracles.
I have the courage to hold sacred space and entertain the void of the unknown.
I am reborn each time I face a fear.
The way out is through.
Outside of my comfort zone lie miracles and magic.
I work with the medicine wheel to help me navigate through the void.
The medicine wheel provides the mysterious platform on which to access the deep magic of life.
As I build my life on the platform of the medicine wheel, I lay the groundwork for my ascension.
As my consciousness ascends, I have a top down view and a higher perspective.
The medicine wheel helps me to maintain a view of all perspectives.
The medicine wheel helps me to assemble my dream team both within and without, as I honor all aspects of myself.
Courage, strength and confidence allow me to take even greater risks to open to even greater love.
I have the courage to love like God/dess loves.
My Inner Sun is Rising.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

MAY 2018: Humanity the New Messiah



“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

In the springtime we experience what can be thought of as the "first harvest", with the second often more widely recognized harvest in the fall. If we were to apply the cycles of the seasons to the cycles of our lives, we would 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!

“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

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!

We are also reminded that we are good alone, but better together. The soul longs to collaborate and co-create and in fact this is what brings us great joy and inspires us to ever greater levels of creativity and beauty. As humanity itself comes to recognize this more and more all the time, we come to understand that this is actually how we will create our world with New Earth and socially conscious values. This is how humanity becomes the New Messiah, for surely we are the ones we've been waiting for. This is the re-entering of the garden, together.


SUNDAY TALKS with Rev. Renee
May 06 - Humanity the New Messiah
May 13 - Mother's Day: Church-In-Circle (5th ClanMother: Listening Woman)
May 20 - Blooming & Blossoming  Rev. Maribel Figueroa
May 27 - Re-entering the Garden Together

MAY AFFIRMATIONS
I am guided moment by moment through the power of love.
I am moved by the beauty of the soul's expression.
The perfection of Mother Father God moves through me, guiding and protecting.
I recognize the power of the divine feminine within me.
I see the hidden beauty of the Goddess at work in the world.
The Divine Feminine is love and is the container for love.
I embrace my destiny and create my life in joy.
I see all through the eyes of my Higher Self.
I embrace the desire to receive in order to share.
My wealth is the world's wealth.
My empowerment is key to someone else's success.
I experience the divine in all things.
There is no separation of human and divine.
I remain eternally connected to source energy.
I go to the source for renewal and restoration.
I consciously bring Light into my being.
I meditate and energize my cells with the Light.
I magnetize the highest good into my life.
It is time to release myself from the karmic path of suffering.
I acknowledge the burdens of my ancestors and heal the past, present and future.
I surrender to my soul and to my higher self.
I clear the path for the complete realization of the perfection of my soul.
I have compassion and deep respect for myself and others.
I am filled with grace and gratitude for all creation.
God's love is overflowing within me.
Humanity as a whole is the new Messiah.
I am, because we are.

5th CLANMOTHER

LISTENING WOMAN: The Mother of Tiyoweh,the Stillness, & Inner Knowing
The Keeper of Discernment and Guardian of Introspection
The Interpreter of Messages from the Spirit World
The Counselor and Advisor/the Keeper of Hearing

SHE TEACHES US: How to enter the Stillness & hear our heart's small still voice within
How to find and understand the Inner Knowing we carry in our Spiritual Essences
How to listen to the viewpoints & opinions of others & the voices of the Ancestors
How to understand body language and unspoken thoughts/hearing with the heart
How to HEAR THE TRUTH