October 26, 2019
Good Morning All,
And a vibrant morning it is indeed!  As the temperatures fall the refreshing cool air lures us outside to celebrate the change of seasons. We begin the gradual descent into our inner life and the time of introspection that comes with the shorter days and longer nights.  For myself, this transition from the bright dazzling heat and long days of summer is often challenging.  As I harvest zinnias in there bold pink, orange, magenta, white, firey orange and sunshine yellow blooms, clearing away the heavy leggy stems, trimming them back, in hopes they will send up another batch of cheery babies I find a bee nestled deep in the petals drunk with pollen and slumber.  Alas, the zinnias' days are numbered. With only one straggling tomatoe plant left, and peppers ripe for the picking, the summer garden is ready to be tucked in.  The colors of autumn are replacing the pervasive green in the surrounding forest as pine needles and leaves flurry about, swirling to the ground, floating like feathers in the wind. I know that next week our manipulation of  the illusion we call time will occur; and we will find ourselves in the dark again. These vivacious colors of summer will be replaced by earthy speckled tones of orange, umber, burgundy and red, the scent of wood smoke will fill the air, the crackle of logs burning in the woodstove. The oppressive heat of too hot, dry, summer days will succumb to the welcome warmth of the wood stove. I am grateful for the rains that returned watering the parched earth. The creeks are beginning to flow again and the circle of life continues.
I have returned from my magical journey to Salt Spring Island where I was in retreat with 34 women from near and far, and far it was.  Part of the adventure was getting there by plane, car and two ferries. Arriving early at Stowell Lake Farm I felt I had entered into a fairytale before I met a single person.  The land and buildings are cared for with such love that I felt immediately coccooned in an embrace of bounty.  The inside spaces constructed with the finest craftsmanship so that even a door frame held beauty, each line and curve brought the eye to a place of serenity. The outside areas just brimming with plants that literally sing as you walk by them with birds bursting out in flocks to feed on the late season fruits. A grandmother weeping willow tree holds court by the Farm Stand with the presence of a cathedral and a vast inner sanctum where devas and faeries surely celebrate the seasons under the shelter of her fringe.  I offered my gratitude to the land for her succulent welcome there within this green temple. Shortly thereafter, others arrived and we gathered with Toko-Pa Turner (author of "Belonging"), who wove her mystical and earthy dreamspace with us for three days of community building.  Our theme was the Jungian concept of Sophia which Toko-Pa describes as "a numinous power that emerges from a coherent, divine source and knows which way to go. We can call this 'power from below' because it is elemental, and quite physical."  It is a power with, not a power over, a power that is encouraging of life, love, and  collaboration. The root of Sophia derives from ancient Greek meanly wisdom, and from philosophy which is essentially the love of wisdom. We nurtured our inner knowing, our personal manifestation of Sophia, via our dreams and the physical world of synchronicity which many traditions use as signposts, affirmations, or flags to help us to find our way, to navigate by, as Castaneda also taught. We learned to allow ourselves to be known by wisdom, to let wisdom know through us, to be the instrument guiding us. My teacher, Rockingbear, referred to this as "being the hollow bone for spirit" saying that it is not us, but moves through us. We were encouraged to ask ourselves, be it of our dreams, our lives, our loves and losses, "Which way does the energy want to move?"  Can we get out of our own way and let it move through us or can we choose it rather than resisting it?  And can we let go gracefully, passionately, fully when it is time to grieve a loss?
I have come back inspired to start a DREAM GROUP to explore our dreams more fully; and to learn how to harvest the deep nourishment they bring to us. If you are interested in being a part of this dreamwork group let me know. When we have a few people ready to begin we will find a time that is suitable to the group. Most likely we will begin in the New Year.
You are invited to come to the Anuual Day of The Dead Fire Ceremony here on Sunday November 3 at 4:30pm (see below for details).  We will join in community, sharing food, stories, laughter, tears, song while being with the alchemy of the elements as we heal our ancestral lines and witness each other.  We have an opportunity to do more work of healing the hurts and wounds of our ancestors who came before us while clearing the path for those who are following in our footsteps.  We can unburden our hearts and souls so that we can fly more freely into the dark nights that await us and deeper into the dreamtime of our soul's journey.  Be sure to RSVP by Oct 30 if you are planning on coming so we will be prepared to greet you. If it is raining we will gather around the woodstove. 
There has been a request for a Women's Sweat Lodge on December 7 and there is room for additional women if you are interested in that.  Not sure if the Autman will bring a Lodge before that but it could happen....  We will also have a Lodge to bring in the New Year, date TBA. May each of you find the perfect set of "right actions" to boost your evolution and the saving of our gorgeous planet. We are all needed to keep the momentum for positive change and healing, now more than ever. 
May the Fall Equinox usher in peace, equinimity, joy, renewal, depth of feeling and thought along with its cooler temps.  I look forward to seeing you soon.
With love and gratitude,
Fire Ceremonies 2019
Sunday Nov 3       4:30  potluck    Fire at 6:00     Day of the Dead    rsvp  by Wed Oct 30
Sunday Dec 22      4:30  potluck    Fire at  6:00   Winter Solstice      rsvp by  Wed Dec 18
Come bring your inspiration or find some here for yourself.  The fire is where we lay down our fears and excuses and take responsibility for what we are willing and able to do to make this world a better place right now!   Take strength, courage, love, light, growth, resilience, clarity, innocence, playfulness, and joy away with you.  You will have the opportunity to release beliefs, grief, feelings, thoughts, relationships or anything else that is hampering your ability to be fully and completely who you are by offering them to the fire. We will witness each other as we make new agreements with spirit and dream our lives into being. We will feed the holies and ask their assistance in co-creating ourselves, our thoughts and our lives as we wish them to be.  If your health and circumstance permit you to stay for the entire ceremony we appreciate that greatly and it is always ok to take care of yourself and your children so please plan accordingly. This is not about rules or permission, it is about respecting ourselves and others,witnessing and being witnessed in sacred community.  The choice is yours! Fire ceremonies are a community ceremony so rsvp's are requested by dates listed. If we do not know people are coming they are subject to cancellation.  During the cooler months, if the weather does not permit an outdoor fire the ceremony will be indoors, so rain or shine (unless the weather is unsafe for people to be on the road).  Call my cell phone for  last minute weather updates or info:  919 618-4919
Bring a chair, flashlight, drum, rattle, closed water bottle and dress for outdoors (if super cold or heavy rain we'll be indoors by the woodstove). Feel free to bring some healthy food to share if you are so moved. If you are drawn to be here please call or email Miriam at (919) 304-5754 or melieber@mebtel.net so I’ll know how many people to expect and give you directions if needed. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor conditions weather depending.   I invite all women to wear a skirt or sarong over pants to honor our sacred grandmothers and the circle of life.  There is never a fee for ceremony but Gifting is appropriate and appreciated to support the life and work of the elders who dedicate their lives to keeping the old ways available and for wood and supplies needed for ceremony and the upkeep of the land.
The Shamanic Teaching circle meets on a regular basis (bi-weekly) to deepen our relationship with our guides and helpers, to heal ourselves, to dream to the sacred beat of the drum, to share wisdom teachings and step out of the frenetic pace of life, to be authentic clear channels for spirit. I will be sharing teachings from the elders I have had the privilege to sit with, from my fifteen years of annual pilgrimage to vision quest in sacred community (as quester and supporter) and as one whose life purpose it is to serve and feed the people on this path with heart.  I invite you to bring your wisdom teachings, healing gifts and spirit of love. The drums are calling to be played and for their medicine to be shared in the service of humanity.
If you too feel this call, please let me know your intentions, needs, desires and willingness to commit to holding sacred space together. I can be reached at 919 304-5754 or 919 618-4919. 
A suggested donation for the holding of the space and facilitation of the circle: $20.00-25.00.
As always the amount of your gift is between you and spirit as we do not charge for ceremony itself.  
Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge
  ( Available by request unless specific dates are listed herein and/or in addtion to dates listed.)
Sweat Lodge Saturday December 7, 2019 This will be a women's lodge
 Workdays:  TBA later but always let me know if you have time to come help out.
  The lodge is poured by Miriam / Firebird  in the tradition passed down to me by my beloved Elder Sharon Mitchell.  This is a beautiful teaching lodge that has the strength and heat for those with experience and the gentleness and ease for those who will join us for the first time (which is how it came to be known as the Little Boys and Girls Lodge).  It is not a lodge specifically for children as some have asked, but supervised children are welcome to attend ceremonies here unless otherwise specified.  Please notify me if spirit is calling you to join us, so I can let you know how to prepare and know how many people are coming.  Please know that we need at least 8 people to pour a lodge due to all the preparations involved so let us know if you would like to join us in ceremony.  
People always ask me "how long does a sweat lodge take?" My first thought is how much we need these ceremonies to take us back to soul time where it is the experience, the prayers, the being together in community, the work as worship that really matter and not the construct of time that we are forced to run our lives by.  I have learned for myself to not schedule anything else on lodge days as I step outside of "time" to be present to what is, the stones, the fire, the people and their prayers, the feast and then basking in the richness afterwards.  Please take care of yourselves however you need to with "time". You are welcome to join us for the time you can be with us and if you need to leave due to other commitments that is yours to keep track of.  My wish for you is that you can be timeless with us and sink into the ceremony as it unfolds organically.  If for some reason you need to leave during the lodge please be sure to let me and/or the firekeeper know ahead of time.  
We usually light the fire around 9 am and close the ceremony with a feast in the afternoon after cleaning up the ceremonial grounds.  It is tradition to leave a place better than you found it.   Please bring a dish to share for the feast following the lodge.  
Workdays : I'm looking forward to hearing from those of you who want to build this community, be you newcomers, or those who have been here often to share in the love of lodge from beginning to end.   We can always use help with gathering or purchasing, and splitting and moving wood, raking, moving blankets, etc.  We are in need of  stone people if you can bring some stones that have not been in an active creek bed (cantalope size) If you have a truck and/or chain saw and want to help gather some wood between lodges please let me know so we can find times to work together, it is an ongoing need.  The preparations are part of the ceremony and are a labor of love and communion with the land, the tall standing ones, the stone people, mother earth, the water and help deepen one’s experience of the ceremony as we joyfully prepare the grounds together. 
Contact Miriam/Firebird at 919 304-5754 or melieber@mebtel.net  if you are called to attend.  Please RSVP  with contact info if you would like to join us.  I will let you know what to bring, how to find us and how to best prepare once I know you are coming.  Feel free to call with any questions as well.    Checking in the day before lodge to verify last minute information or changes due to weather, illness or attendance is strongly encouraged as we have to have a certain number of people to hold this particular ceremony.
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Thanks for reading!  Remember who you are, what you came here to do and have fun sharing your gifts with us all ! Shine your light brightly with love and gratitude.
Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
Miriam Lieberman
(919) 304-5754 or melieber@mebtel.net
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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