November turned out to be a month of finding connection and releasing the blocks in our lives.
Kathy Evans Palmisano lead us in an amazing Burning Bowl ceremony and invited us to set our intensions for the coming year and what we are ready to release, write them down and share. We then burned what we had written and released it to the Universe. It was amazing to hear people share their fears and hopes and then see the look on their faces as what they had written burned to ashes and light. Kathy will be continuing her ritual work with Great conjunction in 2019.
Sara Sachs shared messages and gallery readings in a Flower Séance in the Red Room. Sara is always fantastic and she did not disappoint! Laugher and tears filled the room as people received flowers and messages from loved ones who have passed. Anyone who did not receive a spirit message was given a short card reading at the end. Sara will be with us again next year!
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson? Henry David Thoreau? Henry Stanley Haskins?
This 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.
I 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
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!
In 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.
Death 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)
End – of – Life Care Consultant, Doula