Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute
Dear Viriditas Community,
What a blessing to be Swiss! I am currently in Switzerland visiting my family for
two weeks. How I love this land. My soul is always nourished being back with my beloved Alps. Every weekend as a teenager in Switzerland, my parents would pack us four kids into the car and up to the Alps we would go. I remember being in the Alps and loving to be awake at sunrise or at sunset. What beauty in the colors where the sky and the Alps would meet… the oranges, pinks and reds… the sparkling greys and whites. My favorite time on the mountain on my skis was the last run of the day. I remember skiing all by myself back to the chalet where my family was staying. Yes, the final run was the most sacred time on the mountain as the sun was setting, I was alone on the mountain…just me, the mountain, the snow, the trees and the Divine. What solace. The lyrics of the Swiss National Anthem sum it up beautifully:
“When the morning skies grow red,
and over us their radiance shed
Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light
when the alps glow bright with splendor,
pray to God, to Him surrender
for you feel and understand
that He dwelleth in this land.
In the sunset Thou art night
and beyond the starry sky
Thou, O loving father, ever near,
when to Heaven we are departing
joy and bliss Thou’lt be imparting
for we feel and understand
that Thou dwellest in this land.
When dark clouds enshroud the hills
and grey mist the valley fills
yet Thou art not hidden from thy sons
pierce the gloom in which we cower
with Thy sunshine’s cleansing power
then we’ll feel and understand
that God dwelleth in this land”
Looking ahead, I want to keep filling you in about the Chanting Wisdom course coming up at the FICS in July. After Hinduism, our second adventure into chanting will be in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. We’ll chant Om Mani Padme Hum, a powerful mantra that is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions. It is believed that it contains the truth of the nature of suffering and how to remove its root cause. Take a look at my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Buddhism: Om Mani Padme Hum to learn more. If you missed last week’s blog, you can also still access Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Hinduism: The Gayatri Mantra here.
Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018
I’m offering private sessions this summer after I return from my trip to Switzerland. If you feel there’s a place in your life where you’re stuck and just need some guidance, I can assist you. I can support you in finding the next steps on your spiritual journey, so you can be the best you possible. Find out more here.
The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder
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 Intensive 1, 2 and 3 here. Here is a little more information for session 4:
SUMMER INTENSIVE 4: THE PRACTICE OF ECO-SPIRITUALITY
Mon. Aug. 6 – Fri. Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat: In the Temple of the Holy Earth with Geneen Marie Haugen
This Intensive integrates the Seminar and Art as Meditation classes as a whole.
This course is a highly experiential exploration of our relationship with Earth, particularly a participatory relationship with intelligent, ensouled, other-than-human beings. Part of our time together will be on the land, in sacred reciprocity with the creatures and presences of Earth. We will attend the changes in our awareness/consciousness that accompany enactments of pilgrimage, praise, wild ceremony, or conversation with the wilder Others – including stone, water, cloud. In addition, we will explore topics such as the interconnection between ecology and spirituality; human imagination and planetary ecology; and the effects of intentional participation on our consciousness.
Register for this intensive HERE.
How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras
My guidebook for all 7 chakras has one foot over the finish line. Almost there! The final editing is under way. For now, check out the cover! My step daughter Danea took the photograph of me. What a blessing to have such a gifted photographer in the family.
That’s it for now. More next week from the land of splendor!
PS I’d love to see you at the Chanting Wisdom course in July at the FICS. Register here.