Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute
Dear Viriditas Community,
How do you sense the Divine communicating with you?
God talked to me this week via a rainbow! As you know, I am currently in Switzerland. I am here for two weeks taking care of my mother, giving my father as well as my siblings and their families a two week break. My mother is 88 years old and has had five major surgeries these past two years. She currently requires around the clock care and is in constant physical pain. She is afraid and exhausted. I have been here a week now and am spending my days as cook, nurse and house keeper. I do feel the most important gift I can give though is to listen.
Last night, I was tired myself, after a day of doctors’ visits, grocery shopping and cooking. I could feel my own sadness welling up. I started talking to God, while putting away the groceries. “OK, please let me feel your love. Give me the strength to serve my family.” I felt this tug to turn around and look out the window. And there it was, the rainbow arching over the village down below. I knew in an instant that I was not alone. I felt the comfort of God’s love for me. I thought of Noah seeing the rainbow in the Old Testament. He knew God was telling him that the flood was behind him. He felt hope. I, too, felt hope filling my heart last night when I saw that rainbow.
How do we sustain this connection to Divine love? One tool that always helps me is gratitude. In the Chanting Wisdom course coming up in July at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality, our 3rd wisdom tradition will be Judaism. One of the chants David and I will be teaching is Modeh Ani. This gratitude chant is a prayer that is generally said by Jews when one first awakes, while still in bed.
Learn more about this beautiful chant in my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions: Judaism: Modeh Ani- The Blessing upon Waking
Doctor of the Soul events for 2018
I will be back in Boulder next week and will be offering private sessions during the rest of the summer. How is your spiritual life? Do you have a deep and constant connection with the Divine? Are you clear on what your soul’s purpose is? Do you have any challenges in your life that you can’t seem to face? Let me help you. Schedule a private session. Remember, I offer free 15 minute phone consultations so we can determine if I can help you. Give me a call: 720 308 6782. I will be available starting on June 20th.
How to Bring Life to your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras
Almost there! I am pouring through the final notes from the last editor. I decided to let David, my dear hubby, read the final draft. Not only did he find the last few typos, he also had some great questions. When my mother is napping, I have been looking at David’s questions and comments and making a few changes to the manuscript. Oooh, it feels like a sacred polishing and fine-tuning. God’s direction on how to proceed with this work keeps coming, and I trust it completely! You will be the first to know when the guidebook and accompanying audio recordings are available for purchase.
The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder
Great news to share! The FICS is extending the offer of professor recommended scholarships for $550. So, you pay $1200 instead of $1750 for an intensive. This is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the amazing summer offerings. If you are interested in a scholarship, contact me at 720 308 6782.
The FICS has an incredible line-up of summer intensives. Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences. Check out the details for Summer Intensives 1,2,3 and 4 here. Here is a little more information for session 5:
Summer Intensive 5:
The Spiritual Experience in Word and Sound
Monday Aug. 13 – Friday Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Modern Mystic Poets as Pathways to Spiritual Experience Seminar with Chuck Burack
I studied with Chuck Burack during my doctoral journey. He was hand’s down my favorite professor. He has a brilliant mind and a huge heart. Here is how he describes his upcoming class:
“In this seminar, we’ll study modern poetic masterpieces that depict the varieties of spiritual experience. We’ll explore such questions as: What makes an experience sacred? Are there stages to the spiritual life? How does personality shape the perception of spiritual experiences? What role do religious traditions play in defining, evoking and interpreting spiritual encounters? How do these supreme moments affect everyday life, self-transformation, social-political action? How can we invite them into our lives? How can we integrate diverse spiritual perspectives? What metaphors and literary devices have poets deployed to express the inexpressible? Poets include: Anna Akhmatova, Maya Angelou, Wendell Berry, Mahmoud Darwish, Alan Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Rainer Rilke, W.B. Yeats, and others. Daily meditations and writing exercises will help us connect with our own spiritual journeys.”
Sound and Spirit Art as Meditation with Gail Ransom
This Art as Meditation experience opens the seeker and the worship leader to the use of sound, especially chant to direct and deepen personal and communal spirituality. We will look at the use of chant and chant accompaniments in Hindu, Hebrew, Buddhist. Pagan, First Nations and Christian music, discerning the common traits that run through each musical tradition. We will also look at the science of sound and spirit, including the writings of Pythagoras and Rumi as well as the revelations of modern science, including research on the brain and the effects of chant on health and well-being.
Students will learn to compose and sing chants, create music for meditation, and assemble soundscapes for reflection. They will practice creating supportive, spiritually connective accompaniments on string instruments, shruti box, ting sha, flute, drum, shakers and singing bowls. Students will also learn and practice how to lead a community in chant and in sacred circle dancing. The course will culminate with students creating musical experiences to guide people through the four Paths of Creation Spirituality.
I will close with these words from David Hawkins from his book Healing and Recovery (my favorite of his countless books!) “The realization that we are the source of our happiness, and that we can create it at any second, gives us a sense of completion…What one does in the world has to be accompanied by the sense of completion in the doing of the thing itself. The payoff is not something that is an aside, something that is outside or separate from the doingness; it is the experience of it in this moment.”
May we all remember that we can create our happiness….moment by moment…
Blessings from Switzerland.