Thursday, May 28, 2009

Creativity and Truth: Inside the May Red Tent

Important Notice: The date of the June tent has been changed to the 28th so that we may all honor the fathers in our lives. See you then.

Creativity and Truth: Inside the May Red Tent

The day dawned cool and gray and was filled with the kind of mist that suggests that magic must be in the air and on this day the women gathered. Several arrived early and together we made reverent fun and joyful effort out of setting up the tent.

We eased into our open time with gentle conversation, checking in with each other. We then created pages for Manifestation Journals or Vision Boards, using collage clippings and color, pictures and words and, most importantly, our own creative energies to express our dreams. We shared wonderful feelings and insights on the subject of creativity as we relished the supportive environment the tent affords, where we can express ourselves in so many ways in a safe and nurturing place. As important and deep and spiritual as all this sounds, and is, we also had fun. And we were thankful to be reminded that there is fun in the Divine and Divine in the fun.

For our circle time, Lucy served as Priestess and led a powerful exercise called “The Circle of Truth.” It also uses a form of collage in tandem with written affirmations about truth and how we relate to it. For these collages, we used a different type of “clipping” – wildflowers and plants gathered by Lucy and Ananda right outside our tent and spices and herbs brought by Danna. We found there to be a special sort of energy that evolved as we paired each plant we chose with a different affirmation about truth. Now, almost a week later, I am still gaining insights into the truth that are popping up for me like the Johnny Jumpups.

When our Circles of Truth were completed, there was still time to pass the talking bowl and the sharing seemed extra blessed as a result of the wonderful energies we evoked as we created meaningful and very beautifully personal art.

And when it was over, we worked together to clean up and put away our wonderful Red Tent. Please know that, for those of you who were not able to join us, we saved sacred space for each of you and we hope that you will be there next month to fill it with your own creativity and truth.

So it was. So it is. And so it will be.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

RED TENT TEMPLE: May 24, 2009, plus an important announcement

Greetings Wonderful Women!

Most importantly, our next Red Tent Temple at Auer Farm will be taking place on Sunday, May 24.

For the complete details what our Red Tent Temple is, please read the March entry following this one.

Secondly, I am announcing to the community that effective immediately, I am looking for a replacement coordinator for our Spiral Traditions Red Tent Temple, in my stead.

There are many details in order to explain this undertaking, which will be written into a comprehensive document and available to anyone who requests it. I can say from my personal experience that it is deeply rewarding, transformational, and important.

I am not withdrawing from the Movement, but rather re-organizing my priorities to better serve my own needs and those of my families. The Red Tent is a huge passion of mine, yet one which needs more attention and nurturing than I can currently provide.

I, with the consult of my Temple Sisters, will be choosing who is best suited for this volunteer position based on commitment level, spiritual openness and vision, organizational skills, and Public Relations/computer savvy. Informal style applications will be in the form of email conversations. Those interested can email me. Please be prepared to be thorough and honest with your strengths and weaknesses.

The Woman who's calling this is and who takes my place, will have direct access to communication and coaching from me in order to facilitate an effective, smooth transition, as well as the backbone of 5 or 6 other members of our Temple who have the experience of the last year under their belts.

In Love and Light,

Ananda Wilson