Connection and Belonging at Imbolc

January 31st at sunset begins the feast day of Imbolc where we honour the strengthening sun and the fire in our hearts and bellies. Many practioners of the old ways tie a scarf outside at night during Imbolc to ask for blessings from Brighid for the coming year. I have been practicing this for over a decade and use the scarf for myself or clients when extra comfort and healing from the Goddess are needed. It is a beautiful yearly ritual and I invite all those who wish, to join me. Of course Brighid is with us all year long, but this time is particularly devoted to her. Imbolc is also a powerful time to make an offering of food, drink, and prayer to the land and waters for their healing and renewal. I think one could practice these rituals up until lunar astrological Imbolc on the 4th and still gather strength from these transformational cosmic forces.

In simple rituals such as these we remember and rekindle our connection and belonging to the earth and each other. A few nights ago I awoke from a dream, and in that liminal space felt the oneness of all beings. I felt I was part of one big being with earth, not one of billions of separate animals on earth. All animals are part of this one being with earth. This gifted presence lasted for hours, and although this is not a new experience it is always a reminder of a truth that can not be dismissed. And in simple daily ritual of honouring earth and the Divine, we remember more clearly this unity. In ritual we bless our lives that we are a part of this great magnificent force of life.

In these sacred days of unity leading to Imbolc, I was given the phrase “ I am connected with this, I belong here” to say throughout the day as kind of a mindfulness practice. I am connected with this life on earth in each and every moment, if I allow myself, and so are you. We all belong here. That is the sacred fire of Brighid, our belonging. She invites us back, not in a religious dogmatic sense but in the very aliveness and life force of earth. And if you like this phrase, you can use it too. What ever you do in your days, connect with it fully, and know that you belong here.

In response to these teachings which came to me through Spirit, I’ve made an essence blend from my Sedona and local flower and crystal essences. It is called Sacred Fire, and it ignites the forces of connection and belonging, healing the spaces in us which have forgotten this truth. The sacred fire is always here for us to come back to day after day no matter how lonely or off track we may have become. And for those with Celtic hearts, it is Brighid who tends the flame.

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Programs, Classes, and Workshops

Please check in periodically to see what is happening. If there is a class you are interested in, but do not see here, please contact me. It may be in the works, and I can also arrange private mentoring in shamanism, divination, and creative art making.

Please contact me to register for all events.

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*Energy Consultations in Halifax*

At Be Gorgeous on Saturday, March 2nd, I will be holding 30-minute energy readings focused on chakra imbalances and body self-care. You will learn accessible and healthy practices tailored to your personal needs so you can direct and protect your energy flow. Starflower Essence Remedies and SeaSprays that illuminate a fresh and sparkling YOU will be 25% off all day.

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Ancient Practices Workshops and Retreats

Halifax Workshop on March 09

Come for a half day of exploring the sacred feminine art of the Oracle. For millennia the Oracle has been channeled by women for advice, counsel and support. We will go through the traditional steps of Seidr (Norse oracular ceremony) and Beth will enact a traditional High Seat for those wishing to ask questions. There will be discussion on Women’s oracular history in Western Culture and time for rune casting, divination, and journaling. Refreshments provided.

Cost $55 ($45 for Ancient Practices students)

Please bring:
Journal and pen
Sketch book and colours for drawing
Runes, oracle decks or tarot
If you like you may also bring drum or rattle, and objects for the altar

Ancient Practices Programs coming for 2019:

Summer Solstice Retreat: Ancient Practices Level 2: Audumbla

Fall Equinox Retreat: Ancient Practices Level 1 : Mamatus

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Winter Shamanic Classs in PEI

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ENERGY HYGIENE

Spiritual and subtle body practices for personal empowerment

Spring 2019
$90
Early bird price $75
Pre-registration required

Energy Hygiene is an embodied method taught in 4 simple components:

Boundaries and Protection

Earthing and Centring

Clearing and Releasing

Creativity and Empowerment

In each component you will learn and experience practices to help you engage the body’s energy system and your own sense of empowerment. From the day, you will leave with tools to help you be in the world in a new way.

In every moment we have a choice to be constricted or to be open. In order to be open, we need to feel safe and contained, earthed and supported. We spend our lives building walls and defences in order to feel safe inside, we also create external structures of to do lists, obligations, and material possessions, just to feel like we can live without experiencing pain or harm.

Learning to live with an inner sense of balance and safety is a way forward out of the old patterns of business and defence.

Releasing other people’s energy and our old patterns from our bodies, minds, and spaces will give us the room we need to make changes happen. Changes which are grounded in our souls purpose on earth.

Slowing down and engaging our body’s power centres can ignite tremendous amounts of creative energy. The energy we need to create the life we want to live.

Learn to be truly earthed, safe, and clear, so that you can be open to receive the beauty of life that surrounds you.

Please bring:

-comfortable clothes
-slippers if you need them, as shoes will be left at the door.
-lunch (snacks and coffee or tea will be provided)
-journal and pen

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*INTRODUCTORY SHAMANIC JOURNEY WORKSHOP*


Spring 2019
$90
$early bird $75
Lunch included
Pre-registration necessary $20 deposit

-learn the basic structure of the core shamanic journey
-meet your power animal and tutelary spirit in the upper and lower worlds
-engage in powerful shamanic practices to ground and centre you and keep you safe

Shamanic journeying is an ancient technique allowing the seeker access to the realm of spirit in order to experience direct revelation. The methods are simple to learn but take time to master. This connection of direct spiritual communication for healing, wisdom, and protection is our birthright to practice openly and freely.

Please join us on this powerful day where you will learn:

-cross cultural stable methods of journeying to access your spirit helpers that already know you and love you.
-effective techniques to clear, ground, and centre yourself and keep your boundaries intact.
-ways to create a discerning no nonsense spiritual practice with YOUR spiritual helpers and ancestral lineage in order to activate and embody your soul’s purpose on earth.

Please bring:
yoga mat and cushion
Head pillow and blanket
Eye covering
Journal and pen
Drum or rattle if you have them -jar of beans if you don’t

This class gives you the qualifications to take advanced shamanic classes with me.

Psychotherapists and other registered health professionals. You may be eligible for CE credits within your certification system.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER

When you have registered
I will send you further info to prepare.

THANK YOU!

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Developing Your Shamanic Medicine

This can be “Day 2” of a weekend workshop, or more expierneiced practitioners can take this class on its own. We will be going deeper with journeying, embodiment, and relationship with your helping spirits. Relationship is EVERYTHING in a shamanic practice so you will be learning skills to develop deeper, lasting, reciprocal relaionships.
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Please bring all the regular tools listed for the beginner workshop. As well, bring a clear quartz crystal and another crystal or stone of your choosing. These stones must be deprogrammed and cleared in the way that you have been taught. Please have one of the stones be of local origin.

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Yoga and Sound for the Wheel of the Year

Join Sheila (Miss Bliss Yoga) and I as we facilitate powerful healing ceremonies for the four cross quarter days of the Celtic year. We gather during:

Imbolc (February 01),
Beltane (May 01)
Lughnasadh (August 01)
Samhain (November 01)

The yoga is for everyone no matter of body type or skill level, and combined with the sound will transport you into realms of healing, transmutation, and empowerment. Not to be missed!

Sheila at info@missblissyoga.ca

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