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.

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Munay Ki 9 Rites


"The Munay-Ki is your invitation to dream an entire new world into being."  - Alberto Villoldo, Founder

The prophecies of the ancient Americas speak about a period of great transformation, and foretell of a new human appearing on the planet – persons of wisdom and power who live free of fear and abide in their eternal nature, Homo luminous.

The Rites of the Munay-Ki transform and upgrade your luminous energy field. They are energetic transmissions that heal the wounds of the past-the karmic & genetic programs and beliefs you inherited.  They re-inform your DNA, enabling you to grow a new body that ages, heals, and dies differently.

The Munay Ki Rite transmissions will begin on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 6:30
Each rite will be transmitted approximately every two weeks. Please check the online calendar for the schedule approximately every 2nd and 4th Thursday's. Click here for calendar
The charge for each rite is $30 (donated to space)
The cost of your Shamanic Pi Stone is $8.

Those of you that have traveled the medicine wheel journey's will find these rites extremely complimentary and compatible with the work that you have accomplished in your Addiction Alchemy Universal Medicine Wheel journeys.

The rites are given by Rev. Renee Bledsoe. Please RSVP via email to renee@weavestheweb.com or call 239-560-6314
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“We have been the keepers of rites that usher in who we are becoming as a people, as a planet. These processes are not only for the Indians, but for the entire world."    
                                        – Don Manuel Quispe to Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.


Rite One: Healer’s Rite
Connects you to a lineage of luminous healers from the past to assist you in your personal transformation, awakening the healing power so that everyone you touch is blessed. We access tremendous spiritual assistance; ancient healers who help heal the wounds of the past and of our ancestors.

Rite Two: Bands of Power
Five energy belts are woven into your luminous energy field (LEF) for protection. They act as filters, breaking down any negative energies that come toward you into one of the five elements, earth, air, fire, water and light, feeding your LEF instead of allowing those energies to make you sick.

Rite Three: Harmony Rite
A transmission of the 7 Archetypes into the Chakras. First you receive the archetypes of serpent, jaguar, hummingbird and eagle; next you receive three archangels: the Keeper of the Lower World (our unconscious), the Keeper of the Middle World (our waking world), and the Protector of the Upper World (our super-conscious).

Rite Four: Seer’s Rite
Pathways of light connect the visual cortex with the third eye and heart chakra. This awakens the inner seer and your ability to perceive the invisible world of energy and Spirit.

Rite Five: Daykeeper’s Rite
You connect to a lineage of master healers from ancient times. Daykeepers can call on ancient altars to heal and bring balance to the earth, and on the sun to rise each day, bringing us into harmony with mother Earth. This rite helps you begin to heal your inner feminine, step beyond fear, and practice peace.

Rite Six: Wisdomkeeper’s Rite
You connect to a lineage of luminous beings from the past and the future. This rite helps you to begin to heal your inner masculine, step outside of time, and taste infinity.

Rite Seven: Earthkeeper’s Rite
This rite connects you to the archangels that are guardians of our solar system, stewards of all life on Earth. It lifts you from your earth-bound existence and sets your spirit free to begin your journey to the stars -beginning with the sun, our local star- so you may dream your world into being.

Rite Eight: Starkeeper’s Rite
This rite helps your physical body to evolve into Homo Luminous; the aging process is slowed down, your DNA is re-informed, and you become more resistant to disease. You accept the seat around a holy fire at the center of the Sun, a place that has been held for you since the beginning of time.
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Rite Nine: Creator Rite
As it awakens the Creator-light within, this rite brings stewardship for all creation -from the smallest grain of sand to the largest cluster of galaxies. Once you discover that Spirit not only works through you but AS YOU, and all of creation is happening inside you, the stewardship then becomes natural.

As you work with the germination of these rites you’ll be touched and blessed by angels. You simply need to open yourself to the wisdom of the Earthkeepers, and all will be bestowed upon you.


Friday, March 31, 2017

APRIL 2017: Awakening to Love



“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” ― John O'Donohue

We hear much talk about gratitude and being grateful, especially during times devoted to thanksgiving, abundance and generosity. Yet, true gratitude cannot be demanded. One can logically understand when it is appropriate to feel grateful, especially if a gift is openly being given. However, it gets a bit trickier, when the gift is hidden in the silver lining of a storm cloud. Yet it is in those gifts that the seeds of our greatest gifts lie dormant. For all gratitude stems from one thing and one thing only; the potential for the reunification of God, to Love.

We are willing to experience anything to get back to God consciousness. This is our core drive, the need that fuels every single decision we make, know it or not. In fact, so badly do we seek this reunification, that we are willing to walk through a simulation, an illusion that thoroughly convinces us that we do not have free will, in order to claim that free will with consciousness, so that we can be together and free to love! We must come to the altar of every single thing we believe, lower levels of programming such as religious, family or cultural belief systems, upper level programming such as health, gender and even life and death itself, in order to fully claim our free will. No stone can be left unturned. For under any given rock lies an unchallenged belief system that holds our vibration down, and keeps you away from love.

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” ― John O'Donohue

We are so encoded to re-unify in the flesh and to take up form that we have endured billions of years of evolution to do so. That we stand on the brink of being able to make the final walk over the abyss of our lower levels of consciousness and step fully into free will brings us to the altar of a kind of gratitude that defies gravity. It is in this space that we defy gravity for in the defiance of gravity, we remember our god selves and never find it sweeter to be able to stand upon this holy, sacred ground.

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” ― John O'Donohue

To stand here on the shoulders of all that has come before and grab the golden ring requires us to take the great sacrifices of our ancestors and go for it. But we must never think that we do this just for ourselves alone. The truth be told, if we think that, then we are not totally in free will, yet. For free will understands that all that has come before is a part of us, as well as those who stand now who are not yet awake. For as we re-enter the garden as mature, free-willed, self-realized creator gods and goddesses, we are making the winning touchdown for the whole of creation.

Now entering the garden sounds fine and romantic. For sure it is, but not in the ways that the unawakened would appreciate. Most of all, what it represents is our ability to live with each other, with other creator gods who have gone all the way within their own spirit, feel the strength of their own sphere of influence, touched their own divinity, and forged the will to love and live in peace with their kin. It could be said that there is no greater bliss than to meet your true kin. Kindred Spirits are not just your family, but are the people, animals, and places that speak to your heart, in such a way as to help you remember all that you have been, all that you are... and hints at what is to come.

“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.” ― John O'Donohue

The soul group is the final stage to the reunification of God/dess in the flesh. This is not something that can be spoken of, nor understood in a logical way. For when you begin to come together with your soul group, you are moving out of the path of suffering and into deeper aspects of yourself, the parts of you that are longing for a higher vibration so that the anguish of the separated self can be relieved of it's cosmic loneliness. Yet, it is not just a mental loneliness, or even sheerly emotional. It is intuitive and knowing that exceeds the physical senses. It is complete empathy, synthesis and cooperation for the glory of God... the glory of the people and this creation. For the Gift of this Earthwalk, the Gift of God is our Free Will... and the Gift of Free Will gives us the one thing of the great work; the freedom to Love.

“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” ― John O'Donohue

Your only question here today is, Where am I not free to love? In a nation of gods in the making who were bound to experience the pillars of severity and mercy, science and art, yes's ad no's, right and wrong, good and bad, hot and cold, hard and soft, joy and sorrow.. will you come to understand your true nature, realize that you are at the top of the tree and that it is finally time to decide... Do you choose the middle path? Do you need the rod and the staff to prod you along? And if so, how hard do you want to be whacked with the stick? Or are you ready to listen to gentle voice of the beautiful mother within? Your own soul's whisperings that all beauty, joy, creativity, splendor and bliss is available to you here and now?

“Your noble friend will not accept pretension but will gently and very firmly confront you with your own blindness. Such friendship is creative and critical; it is willing to negotiate awkward and uneven territories of contradiction and woundedness.” ― John O'Donohue

The choice is not yours, until you say so. You are not wrong. Thy will be done. So it is up to you to decide your world's fate. How do you choose to be in the world? Don't choose love and then continue to suffer. Realize that you need to go to the root of the cause and get right with the choice to choose. If you believe in free will, then you can open the doors to a whole new world. If you do not, then knowing this is a point of power. These are not simple choices. Your entire life experience is designed to help you remember who you are. Keep listening, allow yourself to experience the proof of life. One day you will decide to choose another way. In that moment your gratitude will come into its fullest measure of abundance within you. That is the day when you are truly abundant, for that is the day that you are fully free to love.

"An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life, the golden ones and the course ones, and may you weaves them into a brilliant and beautiful life." - Chinese Proverb

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
April 02 - Awakening to Love
April 09 -  Evolution of a Community: Getting Used to Good
April 16 - Easter Sunday - Church in Circle
April 23 - Soul Elevation: Releasing the Victim
April 30 - How to Live in Love

Awakening to Love Affirmations

I honor my power of choice.
I fully claim my free will.
I notice where I am not free and open to more love.
I ask what would love see, what would love do?
Help me see through the eyes of love.
There is always a story behind the story.
Soul friends and beloveds are part of my god self.
As I move closer to my higher self, I reunite with my soul group.
My soul group is here for me in ways I cannot imagine.
Love is an action, resulting in more love.
Love moves my soul to greater creativity.
As I seek to express my soul, my communication improves.
As my communication improves, what I saw heals myself and others.
My words and creativity inspire other souls to express.
Love is the highest art form.
Light is my canvas, love is my paint.
I paint my life with love and make a masterpiece.
My kindreds are my chosen family.
I recognize the divinity of my kin, and my soul friends.
Through my kinship with my soul friends, I heal my relationships with my family.
My family is healed and restored to dignity and honor.
Any deep family wounds are brought to a place of at-one-ment within my being.
I honor the sacrifice of my family in our spiritual partnership, and elevate this relationship into a higher vibration.
My life is a response to the prayers of my ancestors.
God and Goddess now live within me.
I manifest the Mother and Father God force within me for the greater good of my kindred.
Humanity is the Living God.
I am connected to the Light of Creation.
I love myself and I love others.
I am awakened to love.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kid Council: Universal Medicine Wheel for Children


Universal Medicine Wheel for Children
Every 4th Saturday of the Month
10-11am

Kid Council is an interactive journey around the Universal Medicine Wheel for children and youths 6-12 years old. Sitting around the sacred hoop of the wheel, children and parents connect with each direction, and come together in community with fun and powerful activities such as active imagination meditation, discovering power animals, connecting with nature, crystals and plants, making sacred art, drumming, drawing, story, music and more! Kid Council will help children experience the calming, centering and grounding effects of the medicine wheel. Good Medicine for Kids (and parents, too!).

In the 13 years that we have been offering journey work, we have found that even just being in the medicine wheel can induce a state of calm awareness.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Class is $10 per child
$5 per parent
Facilitated by Rev. Renee Bledsoe

RSVP 239-560-6314 or info@churchofspirituallight.org

(Sponsored by the People Shine Project)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MARCH 2017: Radical Abundance

What does it mean to be in radical abundance? Are we all looking for the pot at the end of the rainbow? And well, what's in that pot? And for that matter, where is this rainbow? Is it truly money we want and need or are other forms of abundance important too? If money were no object what would you do? How would you choose to be in the world? These are all questions that can actually give us a greater understanding not only about our abundance, but about ourselves.

It is true that abundance comes to us in so many ways and it is important to be able to see the abundance already all around us. For if you do not have the eyes to see the abundance of this world, it will be very difficult to get and stay in the flow. It is important to understand the process of flow. It is why we say, "Let the circle be unbroken." For if we are aware of the flow and the power of the circle and how resources and money actually do circulate among us, then we understand how damaging it is to break the circle. The reality is that we do not have to pray for money or abundance of anything. Everything here that is necessary for us to grow and thrive is already energy in motion. Our role is to CHOOSE what we would like to co-create or manifest in our lives.

This can be a difficult notion for some of us to wrap our heads around, especially when we have been so unaware of the power of our own being and have spent a lifetime controlling and forcing our lives, or being controlled and manipulated by others. The jig is up, however, and more and more of us are coming out of the cocoon and growing up and into our creative abilities and our power of choice. Some of us are seeing and proving to ourselves that manifestation is a result.... of the Holy Trinity of our thoughts and feelings, which create our beliefs as we take them to our heart... and then become our life... and manifest and outpicture into the world for all to see and share.

The truth is that there is all abundance, all possibility, all the time, and the only thing that is blocking everything from manifesting at once is our power of choice. Have you ever been to a concert or a busy shopping mall and been overwhelmed by all the choices and the energy of the people and the place? This is a hint at what is pressing upon us all the time. Knowing this, do you see how important limitation and lack could be to the process of discovery of your own desires and preferences? It could be said that lean periods are times in our lives when we are sharpening or developing knowledge of what we will choose... a kind of lesson that creativity involves a letting go of what we do not want in order to lower the "noise" on the rest of it, so that we can bring forth into high relief what it is that we choose.

One of our main skills in life is to develop the eyes to see, to get into the stream of what we do want, especially  after we have found out what that is. Of course we want the intangibles such as peace, joy, creativity, belonging and love to be the baseline for our creations. But we do live in a manifested world. And so by and large what we take into our hearts, what we believe is what will be the result of how we experience our life and what is created into existence. This is great news after the initial shock when we find out we are responsible for our own experience of life... for this means that we have the power to make a different choice and create something else.

This brings us full circle to one of our opening questions that can help us determine and discern what is in our hearts. The door where there was once only a window may not become visible until we at least have a preliminary answer to these questions. For the answer is what causes the door to appear. Ultimately, even after we have seen the door, we must continue to exercise our own free will and power of choice to walk through it and engage in our life with intent.  If money were no object what would you do? How would you choose to be in the world? To answer these questions, to even get started on an answer has the power to bring us into radical abundance.


Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
March 05 - Abundant Being
March 12 - Act of Power
March 19 - Church In Circle - Spring Equinox Celebration
March 26 - Becoming & Belonging


Abundant Being Affirmations
I see the abundant nature of this creation.
I get into the stream of abundance by focusing on my desires and preferences.
I focus on what I want to create and experience in my life, not what I don’t want.
It is my focus and my intent which creates my life.
I journal, divine, pray, meditate and relate for self-discovery.
I seek to know myself so that to my own self I may be true.
When I understand my own nature, I can work joyously with others.
I find my place in this world.
I belong to the world.
The world is waiting for me to share my gifts.
Right now, a golden opportunity is hidden in plain view.
I become the tracker to see the abundance of my life.
I see with the eyes of love and re-interpret all the events of my life through the eyes of love.
I declare my intent and see the means to begin immediately.
If I want more love, I give more love.
If I want more friends, I first extend my friendship.
If I want more money, I invest in myself.
If I want more abundance on all levels, I tithe to the All.
As I am kind and loving toward myself, I put this energy in my field and radiate it to others.
Even as manifestation is a natural result of my intent,  I understand that I may be asked to perform an act of power to give birth to my dreams.
The universe is conspiring on my behalf.
I am a creator God in the making, awakening to Abundant Being.
I am in radical abundance.