Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Peaceful Warrior Men's Group


"Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Peaceful Warrior Men's Group was created to provide a safe and sacred atmosphere, where men can share their lives and be witnesses to each other's lives in brotherhood.  It is where stories are told and where men can find rest, support and kinship.  Becoming a part of a Men’s Group can help men receive the support that is unique to men at this time in history, and restore a sense of community that is necessary for personal and spiritual growth, not just as men, but as human beings.  This group is designed to take you and your brothers back to a seat at the ancient circle of men.

Open Group meets bi-monthly 2nd and 4th Thursdays
(This is a Men's Only group)
Facilitated by: Al Palumbo, Joseph Stulb and Tony Drouillard
For more info call: 239-464-8840
Donation to the space: $5
Location: Church of Spiritual Light 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907

A program of the People Shine Project

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Masters of Light Healing Sanctuary

 Come and experience this sacred healing sanctuary open house with your Healing Angels, Divine Healing Doctors, and Spirit Guides. Release all your burdens, worry, and negative energy and let the Healing Light flow to you, cleansing and purifying your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. You might also receive messages during your healing session. Please wear white or light color clothing. 

This event is open and free to the public. We are opening the doors of our healing sanctuary to all on this day. Church of Spiritual Light has been the curators and keepers of this sacred space since 2008. In that time we have fostered, welcomed and entertained a great deal of healing energies, Masters of Light, Angelic beings, metaphysical healers both seen and unseen, and energy workers.

All has been tended with the deepest devotion to bringing in a focused and powerfully charged way, extra-ordinary opportunities for healing and enlightenment. All miracles come from within first... and then begin to spread outward. The miracle of Church of Spiritual Light is now overflowing to you!

We have joined forces, and are sanctioned and approved keepers of the John of God Crystal Healing Bed, which true to the Law of Attraction, has only served to augment and further galvanize the spiritual currents and healing beings that have always been available at CoSL.

During the Healing Sanctuary Open House mediums will be in service, holding space and allowing for an increase in the spiritual powers that are available in the space for the purposes of this special event. Just being in the space will present opportunities for healing, peace and renewal of the body-mind-spirit-soul connection. Throughout the meditation, one of our attendants may be guided to give an individual the instruction to receive a short session on the JOG Crystal Healing Bed. This will be done strictly as guided by Spirit and the healing entities , on an as needed basis (there is no charge on this day).

Some of the spiritual guides that we work with include:
Jesus, Isis, Buddha, Kwan Yin and Krishna, John of God, Sai Maa, Nicholas Black Elk, Dwjal Khul, Mikao Usui, Marcel Vogel, St. Ignatius, St. Rita, Mother Mary, Mary Magdelene, White Buffalo Calf Woman, St. Germain and Archangels Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel, Seraphim...among others.
Click here to learn more about the John of God Crystal Healing Bed.

This event is facilitated by Rev. Renee Bledsoe and Melissa Leblanc. 
  
In Perfect Peace,

 
Rev. Renee Bledsoe
Church of Spiritual Light
www.ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org 


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FAQ's
1) Do I need to RSVP and what is the cost?
No need to RSVP, and there is no charge for the event or for the JOG healing bed on that day.

2) Do I need to wear white and why?
It is important that you wear white comfortable clothing. The healing entities see our energy body, and this assists that process.

3) Do I have to stay the whole time?
No you do not need to stay the whole time, and can come in anytime from 3-7pm.

4) Will everyone get a session on the John of God bed?
Everyone will not receive a session on the bed during this event. The facilitators will be spiritually guided as to whom needs a session on the bed at that time.  It is our firm intention that you will receive exactly what you NEED on that day for your highest good.

5) What might I experience?
This type of healing process initiates a 50/50 partnership between the energetic forces of the healing entities, and the clients own individual personal spiritual work. Many people, however, report the following:
Feeling deep relaxation and connection to the earth and universe
Feeling a deeper spiritual understanding of themselves
Feeling more peace within themselves
Intuitively more clear on their life path;
Sudden and clear insight about how best to deal with their disease or problems
Greater mind, body, spirit connection.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

DECEMBER 2014: Love from Above


"In the century now dawning, spirituality, visionary consciousness, and the ability to build and mend human relationships will be more important for the fate and safety of this nation than our capacity to forcefully subdue an enemy. Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't want." - Marianne Williamson

Love from above, and the realization that there are higher forms and expressions of love than what we may be able to imagine or interpret is one of the main keys to opening the door to a relationship with our Higher Selves. So often we do not have the eyes to see higher love, and therefore we cannot experience our Higher Self. Because true love does not just entail rainbows and butterflies... and a non-stop stream of yesses. True love often will say no, just as easily as it will say yes. But Love from above always has a bigger yes... and that bigger yes is always in service to the greater work of connecting us with our own soul.

Love from above is multi-tierd. To over simplify right within our own energy field and metaphysical structure, to whatever extent we can hear them is what some might call Mother/Father God. We might also think of them as our divine parents... our own inner Divine Feminine and Masculine principle. One thing is for sure... just as surely as a parent might be in a position to draw limits, so too will the Mother/Father God within. One could say that our own parents or parental figures in general are outwardly appearing manifestations of this inner parental system. These "parents" show us what it looks like to impose limits on our behavior, not merely for the sake of saying no... but to foster in us the ability to listen to another voice... and ultimately allow us to connect with and listen to the Light of our own Soul or our Higher Self... so that we can get our bigger yes. This is what allows us to form our boundaries and individuated selves from a place of love.

As we integrate these two inner parents, a synergy happens... and a child is created, which is not just a simple combination or compromise of the two... but a unique individual that was synthesized from this mutual respect of these two divine lovers. For this is what allows us all to become more whole brained functioning, and able to synthesis information in a way that is more holistic, able to take into consideration the bigger picture... able to delay gratification... able to say no or yes... whatever is most appropriate at the time... able to connect with our Higher Self... and our own Soul. In other words, this is a heirarchy, and just as in real life... there is no child without parents... so too, is it impossible to connect and reveal the soul without establishing communication and a working relationship between the Mother/Father God within.

Quite simply this is the main thrust of the Christmas story. May your find your relationship with your inner divine feminine and masculine growing ever closer and clearer. May you learn to re-parent yourself. and allow yourself the ability to begin to develop the Light of your own soul... for that is the babe being born within you as you become that Love from Above.
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Quote Garden...
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. ~Kahlil Gibran

We must not tamper with the organic motion of the soul. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year? ~Horace

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. - Marianne Williamson

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
December 07 - Love from Above
December 14 - Heart to Heart Connection
December 21 - Church in Circle: Holiday Altar Ceremony
December 28 - Surrendering to the Highest Light

December Affirmations
I am open to receiving guidance and direction from my higher self.
I am a being of light expressing love in the manifested world.
I create a world of beauty.
I walk in beauty.
I give my soul expression.
I am always creating through the loving intentions of my higher wisdom.
I deepen and strengthen my connection with the indwelling Spirit.
My love is my light.
I experience love in new ways.
I see the perfection of my path.
I am guided to my highest good through the process of life itself.
I am the intention of a loving creationary force for good.
I am the fulfillment of the desire for life.
I work with the cardinal directions for protection and creation.
I plant the seeds of realization for my highest good within my heart.
I awaken to my bliss.
I follow the pull of my grandest desires.
I trust that my joy will bring joy to the world.
I am a portal of light and I enlighten the world.
I call upon beings of light and angelic forces to guide and guard me.
I am created in the image of the Master of Light.
I shine my light on this earth, so that others may find their True North.
I merge with my higher self.
I am the light of the world.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast & Giveaway Ceremony 2014



Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day - 3-7pm
Feast begins at 3pm
Giveaway Ceremony begins at 5pm

Church of Spiritual Light presents the 2014 Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Feast and Giveaway Ceremony. Please bring your favorite holiday dish to share, as well as a small gift which will be given away to honor a very special sacred ancient ritual to show gratitude for our blessings. The gift can be anything that has meaning to you, including feathers, stones, figurines or sacred objects. In order to honor the energy it should be something that you love and not a cast off item.

The potlatch is a festival or ceremony practiced among Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest most prominently. At these gatherings a family or leader hosts guests in their family's house and hold a feast for their guests. The main purpose of the potlatch is the re-distribution and reciprocity of wealth. The word potlatch comes from the Chinook jargon, meaning "to give away" or "a gift".

Help us coordinate our feast and call Rev. Renee at 239-560-6314 or facebook message. Everyone is welcome!

Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014: If Not You... then Who?


"It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” ~ Vaclav Havel

Every person who is able to bring in the light of their soul is a portal of power to the earth, to each other, and to the cosmos. Yet, in the course of a spiritual journey there can be quite an extended period of going within. The soul is like a butterfly, as it goes through the various stages of evolution... from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis to full grown butterfly. Some say that the butterfly looks nothing like it began. But that's not entirely true. A butterfly still has a tubular body... but it becomes streamlined.... and has legs... and antenna... and most especially WINGS!

"Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again." Og Mandino

So what does that mean to a soul. Well, quite clearly it's a teaching... the soul's emergence heralds a streamlined and drastically changed alchemized body, at the cellular level. The imaginal cells in the body evolve us through a deeply internal, and therefore unseen to the external world, process. But change is certainly occurring. That is why it is so very helpful and even critical to be in true community and spiritual partnership. 

"The best-known cure for the fear of failure is action – that's right, action. The aspect of taking action helps to quiet nerves and can lead to even minor accomplishments." Byron Pulsifer

Yet, it is during our most transformative stages that we must gather all of our energy to ourselves. This may appear selfish. And sometimes you, and you alone know your own heart and your motivations. It can be during this time that you are "earning" your wings. For true service is not just do-gooding, not just random activity... not even just only random acts of kindness. Those things should, would, could be ordinary everyday ways of being in Shambala... or heaven on earth. But your true service is the expression of your soul in the physical. and is unique to you... but cannot be activated in isolation. It is what will ultimately balance the masculine and feminine energies in your life!

"You're a doer, because you're prepared to make the necessary effort to translate your dream into action." Paul McCabe 

The perfect action of your being, expressing as the soul, the light of the soul shining outward the mind of God and the love of the Goddess This is pure abundance of all things.

“I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
November 02nd - Little Ego, Big Ego... Just Right
November 09th - On Perceiving the LIght of Your Soul
November 16th - The Flow of Gratitude in Action
November 23rd - Church in Circle: THANKS & GIVING
November 30th - Revealing Purpose


THANKS & GIVING AFFIRMATIONS
I am grateful for life.
I magnetize good into my life.
I am a unique manifestation of the divine.
I appreciate the bounty of this planet.
I am abundant in friendships and community.
I embody abundance by consciously receiving good into my life.
I am open to receive, so that I may share my good fortune with others.
My wealth is the world's wealth.
When I treat myself well, I magnetize the same to me.
I open further to my powers of manifestation.
It is safe for me to create and expand.
It is my birthright to be abundant.
I am free to choose life.
I cultivate prosperity consciousness.
I see a prosperous world, filled with people who love life.
I create my own destiny.
I freely give to others that which I value in life.
I allow my desires to be driven by my values.
I create my intentions according to my values.
I take full responsibility for my own health, wealth and wisdom.
I heal myself with love, so that I can more fully love others.
I am peaceful, so that I can bring peace to the world.
I attune with my higher self.
I am open to initiations into the higher dimensions.
I see beyond the illusions of lack and receive the light.
I work with the ebb and flow of life.
I manage my energy in consciousness.
My energy and my money are showing me how I work with Spirit.
I do energy work to keep my energetic body healthy.
I build wealth from the inside out.
My true wealth comes from within and flows out of me.
I am abundant.
I live in grace and gratitude.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Physician Heal Thyself


There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man. ~ Novalis

More and more people are coming to understand that what we can interpret with our physical senses and our conscious intelligence is not the only intelligences and energies at work in the universe. But as we fast lose our death grip on this 3D reality, we need to continue to develop our intuitive abilities and our spiritual senses to better interpret the energies around and within us. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to get very clear emotionally, so that we can interpret our experiences with purity and not through the darkened lens of a fear of  the unseen, unknown or unusual.

 If we do not allow ourselves to learn how to read energy in a non-judgmental way we will find ourselves lost in a world of fear, superstition and misinformation. We do not want to burn the witch within. For certainly within each of us there is a master magician and physician, who will benefit greatly by understanding how to better work with and manage energy. Not additionally, but perhaps more importantly it is important to develop our intuition so that we can connect with our soul and our body. Psychism isn't just for foretelling the future... the depth of second listening and second sight can reveal spiritual messages and clues, and subtle cues from the body that can make all the difference in healing, creativity and empowerment.

During the month of October we will be increasing our understanding of energy. We will be raising and resetting our vibration, discovering areas that need vibrational re-attunements, learning about how to read and shift the energies surrounding people, places and things, including ourselves and opening to new levels of manifestation. Everything is energy and as such, we invoke the power of change right from within.


Rev. Renee Bledsoe
October 5th -  Your Body is a Temple
October 12th - The 3 E's: Energy, Emotions and Empathy
October 19th - Sustainable Energy: The Unfolding of the Energetic Heart
October 26th - Physician Heal Thyself

Energy Affirmations

That which is like unto itself is drawn.
I am a multi-dimensional being of light, color and sound frequencies.
I re-attune my body through energy healing and balancing activities.
I magnetize my clear intentions into my life.
I receive divine inspiration through the channel of my higher self.
I clear my energy field through prayer, ritual and visualization.
I invoke the Light for healing and enlightenment.
I access the wisdom of the ages through study of ancient mystery teachings.
I see and experience the divinity of all that is.
I am a vessel for the Light.
I am integrating Light into my physical body.
I am on the path of ascension to higher consciousness, opening new pathways for all mankind.
My consciousness lifts me into ever higher realms of love and light.
I am filled with well-being and high intentions for the greater good of all mankind.
My joy will heal and delight the world.
The “I am” presence within me is at peace in my being.
I acknowledge my emotions so that I can be in the present moment.
I give the gift of my attention to someone who needs to be seen.
I experience the power of love, compassion and forgiveness in my life.
I unconditionally release judgment of myself and others.
I observe with  awareness the hidden meanings of my experiences.
I call to my power animal to enrich my life and call upon new programs for empowerment and healing.
If I wish to experience more love, I will love myself more, by caring for my physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
 If I wish for others to treat me with kindness, care and respect, I will do those same things for myself.
If I wish to be more abundant, I will invest in myself. If I wish that others will utilize my services, I will utilize the services of others.
The universe is conspiring on my behalf.
The moment I register a desire, focus on that desire and turn that desire into an intention I begin to resonate with that desire and it with me.
 What I truly want, wants me.
I am, that I am.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 2014: Let Love Live


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe

September  07 - Let Love Live Through You
September  14 - Loving Yourself
September  21 - The Open Heart
September  28 - False Ego Death through the Cosmic Fire


SEPTEMBER AFFIRMATIONS

I am love.
I am loving.
l allow love to live through me.
Love is an energy, a substance from which I am created.
The aspects of my being are in harmony with life.
My body and soul is the sacred altar of my life.
The languages of light and love move and guide me.
I speak the language of love. And open to greater awareness of love in my life.
I go to the next level with my love.
I love myself as I love all.
I release any blocks to love.
I receive the Light of Truth that is all around me and in so doing I receive more Love.
There is only love. Whether I choose to block or allow it is my choice.
I am the intention of love. Loving is what makes me feel alive.
When I withhold love from others, I am withholding love from myself.
I open to Divine Light within and activate my High Heart.
What I love, loves me. I am passionate about life.
I am imagining a woman in love with herself.
My love can heal and empower others.
I am committed to true love and devoted to learning how to love better.
It is safe to unconditionally love others, because first I unconditionally love myself.
I see my relationships, most especially the challenging ones, as messengers reminding me to love myself.
When someone doesn't love me, I know their soul's purpose in that moment is to remind me to love myself.
I send lovingkindness to all those who feel unloved or unloveable.
The divine template for Mother/Father God lives within me.
The Lovers within me are devoted to wholeness and the perfection of this creation.
I trust in my ability to love from a place a wholeness.
I am aware of my need for love, and I acknowledge that love is as prevalent as air.
My heart is broken open only to let down my guard to receive more love.
I am guided and protected by my love.
Being human is the fruit of the marriage of divine love.
Love is revealed in the human journey. I have many stories of love to tell.
I am awakened by love.
My purpose is to love and be loved.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mystical Bible Study Group


The Holy Bible was written by mystics. How fitting to Explore and discover the Bible through the eyes of the mystics with Rev. Maribel Figueroa.

Come experience new depths of spiritual awareness, insight and understanding, as The Bible comes alive when the mysteries of the scripture is explored from the I AM perspective.  God using Jesus as the example for us to restore wholeness and perfection through conscious choice as we become illuminated and purified in the Light of the Soul.

Open to everyone. Please come as you are no matter what your religious preference.
Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month 7pm
Cost: $5 (Donated to space)

Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907 (map)

Bhagavad-Gita Study & Kirtan


Come experience the beauty and the mystery of the Bhagavad-Gita. The study group will also include Kirtan. Facilitated by: Sabina Shah & Adela Lozano

Open to everyone. Please come as you are no matter what your religious preference.
Meets  4th Tuesday of each month.
Cost: $5 (Donated to space)

Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 2014: Care & Feeding of the Soul


Care & Feeding of the Soul

I seek to know and accept myself.
My perceived shortcomings are also my greatest strength.
My reason for being is divine.
I open myself to right livelihood.
I am a multi-dimensional being and can access ever high realms of consciousness.
I break with all illusion about the power of being human.
I set my soul free and reveal the grandest version of myself.
I take guided action to realize my dreams.
I visualize and write down my perfect day, week, month and year.
I mentor and help others to realize their dreams.
I am a walking inspiration.
I perform anonymous and random acts of kindness consistently.
I am open to making new friends.
I am a teacher, leader and healer of humanity and the earth.
I breathe life into my dreams.
I recognize the need for rest, relaxation and play.
I treat my soul luxuriously.
I am kind, loving and generous to myself.
I get into the flow of abundant living.
I accept all good things into my life and freely give to others the same.
I tend my own vibration with consciousness and care.
I observe my relationships and surroundings for clues about hidden messages from my subconscious.
I allow the wild, creative energy of my soul to come forward.
I trust that my body and mind are loving containers for my soul.
I give my heart's desires a forum for expression.
I invoke the Empress and Emperor within to empower my life with grace.
I live to love.
I experience the infusion of my soul into my being.
I am the light of my soul.
My soul is alive.

I am free to love the world just by being me.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 2014: Soul Transformation

Soul Transformation

I see the undeviating justice of my life.
I am learning how to love.
I am transforming all pain in my body and in my life nto love.
I reclaim all the lost parts of my soul.
I retrieve my soul sparks.
I assist others with soul retrieval.
As my soul gathers power, I become that which I am destined to be.
I take 100% responsibility for my life.
I do my part to bring light to the earth and to humanity.
I allow myself to change.
I allow myself to be supported so that I may Grow.
I grow up and into greater levels of love and responsiveness.
I have the ability to respond to the pain of others.
I have the ability to respond to my own pain.
I see good in all.
I trust the Great Spirit will give me the experiences I need to release hidden trauma.
I am humbled by the fact that I do not know, what I do not know.
I ask for ease and grace in my challenges.
I ask for graceful closure on chapters of my life that are over.
I am free to love.
I am free to choose life.
As I am identified with my divinity, I release all lower level attachments.
I allow my spiritual vibration to increase.
As my vibration increases, addiction and attachments ask for clearing.
The clearing of addictions and attachments is the process by which I claim my free will.
As I stand and face my fears, the hunted becomes the hunter.
I am a benevolent force to be reckoned with in my own right.
I ask others to take responsibility for their actions.
I say what I need to say with love and non-judgement.
I hold sacred space within my heart for the healing of the world.
I enter into right relationship with life.
As a being of life and God's Love I claim my right to exist.
I am the Light of My Soul.

I am beautiful, I am.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

JUNE 2014: Courage, Strength & Confidence


JUNE 2014: Courage, Strength & Confidence
“The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom." - Osho

In the West on the medicine wheel we gain the courage, strength and confidence to enter the unknown element of soul. This place within us is the part of us where the field of pure potential resides. 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 01 - Courage, Strength & Confidence
June 08 - On Allowing & Being Free
June 15 - The Movement of Action - Father's Day
June 22 - Church in Circle - Summer Solstice
June 29 - Guest Speaker

Affirmations
Courage, Strength & Confidence

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 to be myself.
I have the strength to be me.
I have the confidence to enter the unknown aspects of my self.
As I entertain my soul, I bring joy to the world.
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.
I travel this life with courage, strength and confidence.
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.

Friday, May 2, 2014

MAY 2014: True Abundance


MAY 2014: True Abundance
“You are truly wealthy when you have something that money cannot buy." - Unknown

I think few would disagree that the first abundance is love. But what do most of us really know of the true nature of love. Most of us have spent a lifetime learning what love is not. Now the challenge is on to really take ourselves individually, and as a whole to the next levels of love. Our poverty will not uplift, enrich, support or create life. But our poverty observed has the potential to enlighten and teach us, and destroy belief systems surrounding lack and limitation, and allow ourselves to receive and create a life of true abundance, filled with love and blessings.

“Life in abundance comes only through great love.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Throughout our lives love takes many forms, assumes many faces, and takes us places both inwardly and outwardly that stretch and grow us. Always opening us to experience the unloveable, to allow us to create the space for true love and true abundance to enter our hearts, and infuse our lives.When we realize and truly open to the absolute abundance of love, it has no choice but to outpicture in our lives. As we fill our daily existence with more expressions and opportunities to show love the universe responds. Lack is released and old belief systems about love, spirituality and religion, divinity, sexuality, partnership, friendship and prosperity start to shift and move, quake beneath our feet.

"Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

When we realize and truly open to the absolute abundance of love, it has no choice but to outpicture in our lives. As we fill our daily existence with more expressions and opportunities to show love the universe responds. Lack is released and old belief systems about love, spirituality and religion, divinity, sexuality, partnership, friendship and prosperity start to shift and move, quake beneath our feet.

"Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into." - Wayne Dyer

As we come to the realization that we are love, by practicing the art of love, new ideas and needs come into play that support the desire to release limiting beliefs, most especially about money. Money seems to be the paper equivalent of dynamite. If we hold and handle it correctly, with consciousness, care and respect, it can be utilized to great effect... but one false move... and boom.... total devastation. As with all things of great power this is true. Yet, if we kill the messenger, we never get the message. So what is the message of money?

“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

As we heal our relationship with money, and understand the energetics behind the paper and metal, we realize that we have been practicing with real world playthings that allow us to see how we are handling our dynamite... before it could blow us to bits. And some of us do get blown to bits, and in the process are released from the stranglehold of the little ego and the cosmic belief systems that have come to be attached to the money wound.

"Abundance doesn't follow giving until giving becomes its own reward." -Jan Denise

Money, like all things of great potential  tempts and calls us out like nothing else, with the exception of sex. Yet, we cannot blame the temptor. For if we do, we fall prey to the perpetuation of the old belief systems that say that money is bad, sex is bad and as Neale Donald Walsch says.... having alot of anything is bad. Inherently this is both true and false. It is a paradox. For we are really handing it to ourselves, testing ourselves and working with our ability to release our selfish separate selves that are driven by lack.

"The universe operates through dynamic exchange… giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives." ~Deepak Chopra

Our soul's are stalking us. The different aspects of ourselves are weighing in, counterbalancing and allowing us to attenuate the expression of our soul in the physical. So the truth is that while you are lost in lack and fear, you may well stay there... or by sheer force of will manhandle your way to apparent wealth. But the underlying energies of lack will remain no matter what has outpictures. For we do have the ability to work our will through the distortion of whatever belief system we are running it through.

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” ~ Ben Sweetland

As we continue to learn our lessons about proper energy management, and continue to open up to the glory of our own soul, we will ultimately begin to find our place, amongst our people, the world, and the entire cosmos. When we open up to the limitlessness of our souls, we find that the soul and the spirit are not bound up in lack. Yes, the soul may throw limitation your way, but it is largely for purposes of exploration and learning. When the soul's expression comes to meet the desire to receive in order to share, a very big portal and vortex of power begins to open within the mind, body, heart and soul connection to Spirit. And suddenly one day through this new, high and vital energy our perception shifts, and we realize that the Light, God or Higher Powers, Love and Money are all connected.

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” ~ Buddha

As the realization unfolds and we actually perceive this not only inwardly, but outwardly, as well,our earthly possessions of all forms, including our money, our talents, our work, our energy, our light and our love go back from whence they came, and our absolute desire is to use the great gifts we've been given, in service to the Light and to bring even more love, joy, abundance and peace, creativity to the planet.  Furthermore, we come to the realization that our abundance was always there, and that all we have done is released the belief systems of lack and limitation, not because we've been wrong... but because we are ready to do more, take on more response-ability to bring love, and to allow ourselves to belong to the world.

This is true love... and that is true abundance. We do not attract what we want, we attract what we are. The power that is within us is beyond our conscious grasp, early in our human development. But when it is time to fly and we find our compassion and love for life has given our heart wings.

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
May 04 - True Abundance
May 11 - Church in Circle - Mother's Day
May 18 - Prosperity Consciousness
May 25 - Soul Power

Affirmations
I see all the blessings that are bestowed upon me.
When I can see my blessings, I am grateful.
I do the work to see the light in my life.
It is my hearts desire to connect with the light of my soul.
The light of my soul guides me to my true calling.
My true calling knows no lack or limitation.
I no longer see limitation as lack.
I fill my heart with love and peace.
As I create with my hands my life is infused with creativity.
My creativity allows for positive expression.
I send blessings for the abundance of the world.
I am happy for others who are abundant.
I feel abundant in the Spirit.
I allow the abundance of Spirit to enter my heart.
As the abundance of Spirit enters my heart I am overflowing with love.
I open to more creative and responsible ways to express my soul and serve the world.
I am a New World Server who brings the Light and the Love of Creator to the earth.
As we formulate, invent, and create new energy becomes available to us all.
Our creations are connected.
When I am creative, I silently give others permission to create.
I am abundant in all things needful, both spiritual and material.
I am open to receiving what is necessary to continue in my life's mission.
My life mission and my purpose are important to us all.
As I step into my life purpose, I am instantly abundant.
I give to others that which I value in my life.
I activate the desire to receive in order to share.
I turn my physical bounty into spiritual gold.
As my purpose is realized I become responsive to the needs of my mission.
Generosity of Spirit and Gratitude for life is my True Abundance.
My abundance is backed in spiritual gold.
I am filled with True Abundance.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 2014: All My Relations

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

No one is an island. We are all in this together. We are connected. 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.  For we are very busy blaming other people for our relationships 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 1% or 3 dimensional/ physical aspect of our lives is giving us clues about what is going on in the 99% or unseen aspects. 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 come from loving humanity and this creation 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.

“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.

“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

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
April 06 - Tribal Community: All My Relations
April 13 - Spiritual Partnership - Celebrating 6 Year Anniversary!
               Potluck Immediately following service
April 20 - The Web of Life - Easter Service Church in Circle
April 28 - Heirarchy of Light

Affirmations

I am an integral part of my spiritual community.
I have something unique and precious to bring to my people and the world.
I allow myself to risk for love by being love.
If loving is my aim, then the very act of risk is the accomplishment.
I dare to love with my whole heart.
My love is my protection.
Divine love is my guide and my glory.
When I am truly loving, it is easy to allow others to be free.
My true community comes together on all levels of being.
My true community provides a safety net and a support structure so that each of us can flourish and evolve.
As I evolve, the love of my people slows me down and helps guide my choices for the highest good of all.
I trust in the light of my soul to guide us all to our greater good.
I am the light of my soul.
Spiritual partnership brings me onto the path of love.
I step fully onto the path of love and learn my life lesson through love and creativity.
I desire to receive in order to share God's love.
True community brings absolute abundance in all things.
There is always someone in my community who is willing to lend a hand.
I am of service to my community, as my soul's work is revealed.
I learn about how to be of proper service in true community.
I take my own council first through writing and meditation.
After I take my own council, I am open to receiving the wisdom of my community.
The small medicine wheel gives me the forum to receive the council of my community in a safe and sacred manner.
The small medicine wheel allows a holistic, synergistic message to emerge through the power of our kindred spirits.
I am victorious in love.
I am learning how to love like God/dess loves.
I am listening to my soul, even as it slowly and silently emerges.
The divine I AM presence within me comes forth more easily, as the oversoul of my spiritual community is revealed and strengthened.
I see my place in this world and am willing to take this rightful place.
I die the little ego deaths everyday if necessary to come into oneness with my tribe.
We are all connected by the creators love.
I see that love is the great connective force of this creation.
I am a loving, harmonizing force for good in the world.

I am connected soul to soul with all life.
All are my relations.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

EFT Tapping and Releasing Technique


EFT Tapping and Releasing Technique 10:00 – 11:30am, 2nd and 4th Monday, every month with Jenny Li Ciccone Joyful Journey – Mind Coaching Mind Coach - EFT Tapping and Releasing Technique Career/Life transition 

Discover/Unblock/Shift/Move Forward into a lighter and happier place – for meaning, purpose, joyfulness. Through my own life transformation, I receive and follow my call, to assist people for their career/life transition through mindset shift. I use self help tools - EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Release Technique, to help people discover their unaware negative mind patterns and hidden inner blockages; to release negative mind/emotion energy, and to shift and move forward into a lighter and happier place, with meaning, purpose, and joyfulness. jenny.ciccone@joyfuljourneycoaching.net www.joyfuljourneycoaching.net Phone: 239 851-5415

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Goddess Shines Circle

"And for those who seek for me, know that seeking and yearning shall avail you not unless you know the mystery; that if that which you seek you find not within,  you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire” ― Doreen Valiente

Join us as we celebrate a unique aspect of the Mother God energy each month. Come celebrate and explore the Divine Feminine within, that aspect of you that receives all the abundance and blessings that are at hand, that part of you that nurtures through complete acceptance of what is, and allows beauty to flow with passion and grace. Inside everyone, both man and woman is the Goddess in all her forms, the loving Mother, the pure Maiden and the wise Matriarch. This group is for women, and any man brave enough to venture in.

Meets the 4th Friday of the month.
Hosted at: Church of Spiritual Light, 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Cost: $10
Facilitate by: Rev. Renee Bledsoe

Introspective Art Workshop


March 29th, 2014 - Saturday 4pm
Join us for this powerful new monthly series, Introspective Art Workshop, facilitated by soul artist, Jeni Willing. This workshop is designed to help people utilize art and creativity to express and learn more about themselves, so they can reap the benefits of its healing power, and enhance their creativity in all aspects of life.

Not so much concerned with the end result, Jeni is more focused on the process of creating from the heart and soul. This helps us to get in touch with forgotten, lost or unclaimed parts of our own selves. Jeni has created special art projects that anyone can do, to help this process along. Everything is done in a safe and supported environment. All are welcome!

Next date: March 29th, 2014 - Saturday 4pm
Cost: $10
Facilitated by: Jeni Willing
Contact: Jeni 239-770-4736 or Rev. Renee 239-560-6314
Hosted by Church of Spiritual Light 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907
To benefit The People Shine Project

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About Jeni Willing
Jeni discovered her love and talent for art when she was in elementary school.  As adolescence and high school approached, she began to deepen her connection to art, as it provided comfort and even an escape from the trials and tribulations of teenage life.  She found herself using art as a tool for self expression, and a constructive way to release and deal with emotions.  Jeni was motivated by the feelings of her own creative power and began taking more and more art electives in high school.  The more she opened and exposed herself to the world of art and the many media options, the more solid her foundation became for her future in art.  

Jeni had always been a person who loved helping others so in college she majored in Art Therapy and minored in Psychology.  This seemed to be the perfect way to combine her passions.  She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art Therapy, continuing on to graduate school where she earned her Masters Degree in Agency and Community Counseling.  While going to graduate school she worked as an Activity Therapist on an inpatient mental health unit while continuing to create through painting, sketching and sculpting.

Jeni had her first real healing through art immediately after her grandfather passed away.  She was extremely close to her grandfather and was experiencing a tremendous amount of grief and sadness.  She wanted to honor him in a way she had never done before and was called to paint his portrait for his funeral.  The night before his funeral she began painting.  She had painted portraits before but she knew in her heart this one was going to be something far more powerful than she had created in the past.  The process was deeply and profoundly beautiful and healing.  She typically use acrylic paints and this time was no different.  She had a cup of water to use when blending and extending the wetness of the paint, and also for rinsing and cleaning the brushes.  Never did she use the cup of water for the purpose of painting, only for the rinsing.  As she began painting this angelic image of her grandfather appeared, the tears flowed from her eyes so perfectly that she was able to use her own tears as she would have that water.  For the first time in her creative life, Jeni's hands and creative actions were being directed by something far greater than her mere physicality and inherited talent.

No amount of art training or education could have prepared her for that spiritual and cathartic experience.  She was not the artist, She was merely the instrument for this amazing piece of art work.  She stood proudly the next day at her grandfather's funeral with his life essence present in that portrait she had just painted, and everyone who attended knew he was there.  Until a year ago, that was the last painting Jeni had completed.  The power of the process, clearly warranted a period a recovery, 11 years of recovery.  She slowly began to reopen her creative channels. Once she accepted and embraced the reality of her gift, and discovered that it is not only for her but also to share with others, the channels and her true purpose emerged.

Jeni wants to show people the healing power that this type of creation can provide.  It is her desire to teach people how to utilize art and the creative process to reach those aspects of their soul that need to be healed. She believes that the creation process is the most important part of the art.  The process itself evokes emotion, deeper understanding and allows the soul's truth to be spoken without words.   By creating art, the soul can be acknowledged seen and heard through a visible and tangible experience. The soul will find a way to be heard. To honor one's soul is to listen to its calling.  Jeni's soul stalked her for 11 years before she listened.   It is her hope that she may be able to provide a key that will unlock the creative spark in those that desire a new and exciting adventure in healing.

Learning How to Love Recovery Group


Join us for this twice monthly meeting (2nd and 4th Friday's) as we provide education, inspiration and support in learning how to love in a healthy way. We address codependency patterns, love addiction, relationship addiction, self-care, self-love, boundaries, assertiveness, anger/passive aggression, honesty in relationships, energy and hidden hooks, guilt, shame, family of origin, betrayal bonds, personality disorders, anxiety, manipulation, empathy, intuition, marriage, friendship, partnership, career and work, finances, gender, sexuality, spirituality in recovery, esteem building, mindfulness, meditation, and personal growth. Each meeting we will focus on a specific topic.

This group is open to the public and all are welcome. Though this is not a 12 step group, we will employ some of the rules associated such as no cross-talk and sharing limits. This is  a positively focused group designed to uplift, educate and inspire. There are many other groups and forums for venting. It is our intention to hold space for people to come out of their old paradigms and into new ways of thinking and discovery about relationship, while coming into the present moment. We encourage thoughtful and intelligent sharing and input that is intended to reveal experience, strength and hope.

Facilitated by Rev. Renee Bledsoe
Cost: $5
When: 2nd & 4th Friday 6:30pm
Location: Church of Spiritual Light 1939 Park Meadows Dr. #1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907
to Benefit the People Shine Project

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 2014: Myth, Mystics & Creativity


MARCH 2014: Myth, Mystics & Creativity
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” ― Albert Einstein

If knowing thyself is the key to life, one of the most important bits of knowledge may very well be to know what inspires us to create. What moves our souls? Sparks our creativity? Gets the ideas flowing and the heart glowing? Even if we don't exactly know, the next most important question would be... is there a willingness to explore?

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  ― Walt Disney

All too often when on the spiritual path, especially as mystics who thrive on our connection to the mind of God, we sometimes don't focus on the heart of God. We forget about the Goddess. The Spirit, the lightning bolt of inspiration might fuel our visions, fill our senses and portend the ineffable, but in order to truly capture the essence of God in the physical senses we must have a sacred container to be able to connect where it counts... right here on earth! For the mystic there is truly only one logical conclusion to this conversation, as we go deeper and deeper into the divinity, we find that some form of art gives us the outlet that we need to express the inexpressable quality of the divine in the physical.

“Creativity takes courage.” ― Henri Matisse 

The role of myth and archetype, as well as angels and masters can become a tremendous influence for our creativity. These are fantastic jumping off points into the mystery void of creation, as they contain universal themes and also hold clues about ancient memories. Go with what tickles your fancy. Don't be afraid to allow whimsy and nonsense to tease out some serious art! The wonderful thing about art, contrary to popular opinion, is that you really can't do it wrong. For it is personal expression, and art does not live in time and space. Art is the language of the soul.

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

We are all artists. We may not have fully discovered our art, but that doesn't mean that it isn't in there. And if we have discovered something of it, that does not mean that it won't change or evolve. The artists touch  is something to apply to every single aspect of life. Art is not only beautiful, touching and inspiring, it is also deeply healing. In many ways artists are healers, especially if they can get in touch with their own soul through their art. There is nothing like that moment when we see a work of art and feel the recognition of a kindred spirit resonating with us. This is true joy as our own soul is reflected back to us in a way that articulates somestimes something lost in ourselves. We are so grateful when our deepest, innermost soulful notions can find expression. there is a soul satisfaction in this, an understanding of the kindred spirits, that might well be an art form unto itself. The art of Kin.

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”  ― Pablo Picasso

One of our biggest blocks to creativity is what we think about how we feel. All too often I have seen serene, happy people become critical, anxious, and self-effacing during the creative process. Some of that is an over-active inner critic, or triggers from childhood, but much of it is discomfort with long suppressed sexual energy, as the creative process is re-engaged and re-routed into the form of creating art. For sexual energy and creativity go hand in hand, and often the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater. As we have repressed and misunderstood sexuality, as we have been immersed in the world of control, we have metered and rationed the very energy that we need to create with.

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ― Pablo Picasso

Working with our artistry is crucial to ultimate healing, and our soul's emergence and evolution. No matter what we are creating, the very act of relaying that creative energy into a new channel sends a powerful message to the psyche. Even the smallest project could have big energy opening impact on other aspects of our life. Allowing the soul this expression pleases the Goddess within, and the muse will smile upon us, as one flash of inspiration gives way to a whole series of lightbulb ideas, and then another, and another, as we continue to give ourselves creative license.

“If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.”  ― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

As we develop the courage, the strength and the confidence to tap into our imagination and activate our imaginal cells, that part of us that looks like a question mark, we influence the power of our soul to come forth. They mystic within, the part of us that braves the mystery of our own selves is never happier when the fear of going into the void of creation is richly rewarded with synchronicity, divine conversation and inspirational wisdom. It is through this way of being that we can turn our entire lives into a masterpiece, especially if we allow ourselves to keep finding new avenues or going deeper with the artistry of our self-expression.

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”  ― Osho

It is through this trust in ourselves as creator gods in the making that we truly can come to know God, and actually find expression for divine love. As we allow the mind and the heart of the higher powers of the universe inspire and guide us, our creativity takes on new meaning even to ourselves, offering brilliant, out of the box solutions to long standing issues and concerns not only in our lives, but in the world, as we tap into the prodigy within. He or She is in there. We have only to keep exploring and allowing that one to emerge into the light of our soul, and fearlessly enter the unknown. As they say, keep on until you surprise yourself.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham

Sunday Talks with Rev. Renee Bledsoe
March 02 - Myth, Mystics & Creativity
March 09 - Unlocking the Soul
March 16 - Sacred Altar Church in Circle - Fae Realms
March 23 - Courage, Strength and Confidence
March 30 - Soulcoming

March Affirmations
As I go into the depths of my soul, I am inspired and restored.
My true creative powers come from the realizations of my God Self.
My soul is a Great Mystery to me.
I am comfortable with mystery and excited to learn more about who I am.
I am curious about the world and enjoy experiencing this creation.
I am willing to step out of the box with my creative endeavors.
My life become a masterpiece of my divinity.
I see beauty in everything.
As I look through God's eyes, I witness miracles of creation every moment.
I allow myself to be inspired by others and their art.
I inspire others with my art.
I bring the sacred into the artistry of my life.
I create with my hands something beautiful.
My hands are the extension of my heart.
I address the critic within by making art anyway.
I identify where the critic is coming from and send lovingkindness.
I listen to suggestions to improve and further develop my art.
I collaborate to create art.
I look for inspiration in unexpected places.
I stock my life with chances to be inspired by other creative people.
I soak in the beauty of life.
I am moved through my emotions to creative expression.
I allow my emotions to heal through my creativity.
Art infuses my life with creative solutions on every front.
Every day is an opportunity to create something beautiful.
I enjoy sharing my art with the world.
Art can heal my life by putting me in touch with my soul.
Art reveals the mystery of my soul.
My art and the art of othes helps me connect and communicate with my own great mystery.
I am a creator God in the making.
In truth I am creating all the time.
I am willing to look at what it truly is that I am creating.
Do I create joy and beauty, or do I create suffering?
The more I understand my powers of creation, the more I am inspired to be creative.
I am willing to become responsible for what I create.
I am a creative expression for the divine Will to Good.
My life is my art.