“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Click to Tweet

~Ralph Waldo Emerson? Henry David Thoreau? Henry Stanley Haskins?

ChiChiRiveraThumbThis quote has been attributed to many different people over the years and if you do a search for it, you will find conflict regarding the origins. I have a theory about this sort of situation, let me share this with you now. I believe in a collective consciousness.

in us copyI believe that ideas often come from a larger place outside of our minds, to which our spirit connects. Call this collective consciousness, a muse, angels, God, organized intelligence, call it anything you like. I would like to insinuate that there exists a larger energetic thought form than our individual brains. I would like to further hypothesize that somewhere out “there” are also particles and ideas that are simply genius, floating around, waiting to be tapped into. That being said, we can often tap into these genius thoughts by allowing them to touch us randomly, or by creating a serene platform inside that may allow them to be cast upon us in some heavenly inspired moment.

Perhaps like a broadcast from some genius radio station somewhere out “there”.  My hypothesis is that perhaps if we go within, we can create a space for the magical to alight within us.

Now, on to the quote. Ask yourself what worrying yourself about the past or the future can bring you in this moment? I would say; the inability to focus on the gift that this “present” moment has to offer. Did you ever ask yourself why we call this moment the “present”? I read somewhere it is called the present because it is A present. A gift that will never come again. If in every moment lies the great potential of a gift, are you open to receive it?? If the universe has a gift for you this moment, and you are so busy worrying about tomorrow, that you cannot receive the genius that may be buried within the “present”?

 I implore you, dear reader to cultivate an inner experience of serenity such that the mystical can alight within YOU. Meditation, even in minor increments would go so far to help you achieve that inner sense of serenity. If you need help, look for a meditation class, or join a meet-up group or use YouTube.

In Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain

www.Pittsburgh Medium.com

We had a wonderful group for October’s Psychic Development Circle! We explored psychometry and learned how to intuitively connect using personal objects. We also explored how psychometry can be used to delve into an objects past.

Due to the amazing success of the Sacred Feminine Circle, Mary Jane Brigger will be returning to Great Conjunction in 2019 with a new quarterly workshop celebrating feminine empowerment. Date to be announced soon.  From Mary Jane Brigger:

"Thank you to Great Conjunction Spiritual Center for hosting Sacred Empowerment Circle for Women  on Thursday, October 25th. We gathered together  in Circle as women have done for thousands of years to share our wisdom in supporting and empowering our sisters on the awakening of our Sacred Feminine Energy. Within this Sacred Circle, we meditated to meet our Authentic Self, learned to recognize the feminine power of our Intuition while also listening, comforting and guiding each other on our sacred paths. We are grateful to all the women who turned out for this sacred empowerment event and we look forward to returning in the Spring of 2019."

The lecture “Boost Your Immune System, For The Health of It!” with Jessica Sowers was not only educational but fun. Among the many topics discussed were the ways nutrition and good, healthy food can help prevent disease and inflammation. It was an easy discussions with a lot of laughs from a great presenter!

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Beth StraubhaarIn 2010 a man by the name of Jon Underwood decided to start a series of projects about death. He had read about the work of Bernard Crettaz and was inspired to start a discussion group with death as its subject, and so the Death Café was born. The first Death Café was held in Jon’s living room in Hackney, East London in September 2011. Lizzy Miles from Columbus Ohio was the first person to hold a Death Café outside of the UK. Since then there have been over 6914 Death Cafes held in 58 countries.

AlderferDeath Cafes are a group directed discussion about death with no agendas, themes, or objectives. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. They are held in an accessible, respectful, confidential space with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. The goal of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Attending a Death Café is a great way to explore ideas about death and dying and to share our thoughts about our own mortality. Because there is no agenda, each session is new and different. The discussion is group directed and free flowing with several topics usually being discussed in each session. Topics discussed in past sessions have included:

• Burial Practices around the World
• Advanced Directives
• Home Funerals
• Hospice and Palliative Care
• US medicine and end – of – life care
• Social media and what happens to it when we die
• Green Burials
• The Funeral Industry

So come have a cup of tea, a piece of cake and discuss all things death at the next Death Café.
(Great Conjunction Spiritual Center holds Death Cafes on a quarterly basis. See our schedule for the next Death Café) 

Beth Straubhaar
End – of – Life Care Consultant, Doula
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Annette Noyes Head Shot 2November 2018

This card is often called the "wish" card and is considered to be exceptionally fortuitous. Creativity abounds and the energies are stable for manifesting dreams. Just be careful of complacency or resting on your laurels as things go your way. Making your wishes come true still takes work.


Nine of CupsThe above mentioned fortune is lovely, but the more important aspect of this card is the gratifying emotional happiness indicated here. Once you take full responsibility for and control of your happiness, the sky is the limit! You can choose to be happy living in your car or in a mansion. You can choose to be happy dining on mac-n-cheese or caviar. When you become the master of your joy, then it becomes very easy to share that joy in random acts of kindness. And guess what? With every act of kindness, you feel more joy!

Big love to you all!
Annette Noyes
The Emerald Box Turtle

Recently I watched a short video on social media that really touched me. It was about a woman who makes wigs by hand for children with no hair. She does it for free. Her goal is to help those children be accepted by their peers and to feel loved. It’s an amazing thing to do.

GladsEach of us had received great gifts, or bounty, from the universe. Some of us have great wealth with cars and homes. Some people have the ability to make wonderful friends wherever they go. Some people and are funny and share laughter and joy. There are people who are wonderful gardeners and grow food. Other people may have very little from a worldly view, but at least they have their health. No matter what it is, we all know abundance on some level.

In our own way we need to give something back. Give back to the world, society, to the universe. It is not only a good way to show appreciation for what we have, but to “pay it forward”, as it were. Some of us give of our hearts, while others give of our time and energy. Still other people give monetarily. It doesn’t matter. It’s the act of giving, of loving and of sharing that matters.

The woman in the video I saw devotes not only her resources but also a great deal of her time in order to create realistic wigs. She is amazing. And so are you. We all have a great deal to contribute and to give back to the universe.

This year we, at Great Conjunction, have been working on my pet project. I’m sure you’ve already heard of this project. It’s still in the early stages, but we’ve almost completed the first phase and it’s well on its way. Each month we go to an assisted living facility and share guided meditation and Reiki with the residents and the staff.

TomatoesThe feedback we’ve received from one of the administrators at the facility, as well as from the participants themselves, has been outstanding. The impact such a simple program is making in the lives of these people is nothing short of phenomenal.

We have even been able to see some of the effects the meditation and Reiki has had on the residents. At the end of a session, you can even see it in their expressions. The level of relaxation, the release of anxiety and the joy they experience can be seen on their faces and in their bodies. They stand up a little straighter, with a little more ease.

I can’t truly explain the benefit I personally receive from this program. The joy of seeing these people’s faces makes my heart swell with love and gratitude for what we are able to share with them. And if we can help them in some small way, then that’s a huge thing!

Woman with ApplesWe are ready to expand this program. We plan to reach out to other facilities and other “at risk” populations and share guided meditation and Reiki. We would like to work with more assisted living facilities, with more seniors, people with psychological and physical issues and with veterans groups, to mention just a few. We would like to grow this program exponentially as well as train others in this program.

Woman ReadingThat’s where you can come into play. While the staff of Great Conjunction and a few wonderful and dedicated volunteers donate our time and energies, it’s going to take money and resources to keep this program alive and to grow it. We need to pay for insurance, meditation and Reiki training for volunteers and staff, materials and so forth. We are also providing residents, and soon staff, with guided meditation cds so they can work with meditation on their own.

Please, we need your help to expand. We need donations to pay the expenses involved in this program and to expand. We also need you! If you are an experienced Reiki Master we would love for you to join us. Please share of your bounty so that we may continue to help the more vulnerable members of our world.

Here’s a link you can use to make a one-time donation or even a continuing gift. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated. Donate Today!

I hope you enjoy the season of bountiful harvest.


Joe Thornton, Great Conjunction Co-Founder

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*Note, to protect the resident's privacy, images are from the Library of Congress archives.