Medicine Wheel at Young Wood, Somerset
This Medicine Wheel comes to us as a gift from a Navajo (Dine) Grandfather, because he wanted to share this Beauty Way, and so his teachings have been handed down to people in this land. I bring this Wheel into the story of our lands, our Ancestors, into our cycles and seasons and offer this as a way of connecting with self, Earth and other, with ceremony and Spirit. I think we need to honour indigenous people of all lands who still know how to hear the land, ancestors and spirit - and that includes knowing how to say sorry for all that our white ancestors have taken, and continue to take. For me, the best way to honour is to find ways to hear the stories of our own lands, our lives and places... and then to share, to be kind, to pray and love all that life is.
I'm one of those people who has been a seeker all my life - from hearing ghosts and spirits as a child, coming into the Christian way - by choice- at 13, learning meditation at 16, studying psychology at degree level then becoming a 'new age' therapist. Then I rejected it all...
More than twelve years ago I became really ill, and called to whomever, to spirit for support. I was gifted four things in a fever, and from there a story began. Part of that led to me to a shamanic path, and the Beauty Way was offered by a friends friend. So I have now worked with this Way for more than twelve years, and it is part of who I am. What I offer is given with my whole being, and with the Ancestors and Guides who support me. It is not an easy path, so choose to come to this only if you feel really called.
Recently the fever came back into my life, and I know it's time to begin to weave a new thread.
So here is the first offering.
2019 Sunday December 14th. (rescheduled)
10.30- 4.30pm Gathering In £50
The leaves are falling, the land is softening and it feels like time to go in. On this day we will get ourselves ready for the winter dreaming time. What gifts have you gathered, or missed ? What horizons do you need to look towards? What is nature, the land or spirit asking of you at this time?
Our ancestors lived more closely with the land, the seasons and the 'others'. They had no choice. In these days where we live in boxes, often removed from a direct connection with nature, it is easy to forget that we are wholly reliant on all these lands, these waters and all this Earth offer to us. We have choices to make about how we live and about those that we listen to and honour as our guides. If you want to listen deeply to the land and the spirit(s) of the land, then there are many ways. Medicine Wheels are found in many cultures, and here in this Emerald Isle we have the Celtic Wheel of the year to help lead us into deeper relationship with our local places. The way offered here is the Beauty Way, a Wheel gifted to westerners to help us heal our rifts with nature, put right the wrongs of colonisation and take steps towards creating real Beauty through honouring the sacred.
This is an experiential way of working, of being, of living, with the Medicine Wheel as a guide. They are a Sacred Ceremony. This way gives you different perspectives as you look and feel things from each of the Eight Directions. It reframes how you are in the world. The more you experience life from the Wheel, the deeper your practice can become. Each day is a ceremony, where we honour the powers, our Guides, the Earth and all that is. We live deeply with them for the day, become more in touch with our senses and open to relationships with all. The Wheel of the directions is a map of life, for life, and helps to build a connected experience of cycles, patterns and all-that-is. It feeds the Sacred Earth and the Spirits.
These days are for you if...
- you want to hone your intent and visions for life
- being in relationship with other beings is important
- the Earth matters and you want to find ways to listen and act
- you are sensitive to energy, to Spirit or would like to sharpen your experience
- a day in the forest with like-minded people feels exciting, challenging or like coming home
- you want to listen and to be heard