Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This time of year is luscious and joyful for all of Great Spirit’s creatures in the magical blue mountains of western North Carolina, be they the great standing tree people, the flowering and blooming ones, the flying ones, the swimming ones, four-leggeds, the crawlers, screechers, howlers, growlers and the two-legged human beings.
Everything is in joyful celebration of color and life force energy as the mountains turn into a hundred shades of green. In the mornings, the magnificent trees breathe out their moisture, creating wispy, white clouds that linger softly around the mountain tops before gradually drifting upward into the bluest of blue skies. When our grandsons, Aidan, Cian and Anthony come to visit they tell me, with impish smiles, that the mist comes from the dragon’s breath and that those giant sleeping lizards are still hiding in the forests and caves within these most ancient of mountains.
I feel the aliveness and magic this morning as I sit looking out at the Ancestor Mountains. The flowers and bird feeders outside our large windows are abuzz with the flurry of cheeky blue jays, regal cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, gold finches, wrens, elusive indigo buntings, mountain bluebirds, peaceful mourning doves, ruby-throated hummingbirds and tons of bees joyfully going about their sacred purpose. Perhaps we too can be as joyful this season in our own renewal, discovery and fulfillment of what is ours to do upon this sacred Earth. Peaceful inner knowing and a deep sense of well being within my physical and spiritual self settles over me as I check in with my soul’s voice this morning. I am filled to the brim with great gratitude for the return of spring, the promise of creativity, and all the abundance in my life today.
Yesterday, May Day, I turned in my manuscript, Shamanic Breathwork: Journeying beyond the Limits of the Self, to my editor, who in turn will send it to the copyeditor. This book has taken over thirteen years to evolve through all the experiences of my life and the lives of all those with whom I’ve shared the Shamanic Breathwork journeys at Venus Rising. The combination of purpose, excitement and peace I feel from having completed this part of my journey is really beyond words. I want to invite those of you who feel that breathwork has supported you in making transformational shifts in your life, to join me in the launching of my book so that many others will also discover the healing power of Shamanic Breathwork in the near future. We will be sending out more information about how you can help launch the book later on this summer. Please let Ruby Falconer at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are willing to assist by sending out emails to your friends and associates and by posting on your Facebook, My Space, Twitter, blogs and other on-line communication sources when the book is ready for the bookstores.
Speaking of Ruby, she and I are co-creating a book called Shamanic Egyptian Astrology: A Language of Wholeness, which will also be published by Inner Traditions International. Our book is scheduled to be out early next year, hopefully just in time for our sacred journey to Egypt when we enter more fully into the Blue Star Mysteries with Anubis as our guide. During the journey to the sacred temples and sites we will be offering Shamanic Breathwork and Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, as well as working with the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and the Anubis Oracle. As most of you know, Nicki Scully and I co-authored the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and the Anubis Oracle books. Our 2010 trip to Egypt is sponsored by Nicki’s company, Shamanic Journeys, and promises to be incredibly magical and transformative for all who feel called to take this journey with us. If you are feeling the call to go with us to Egypt, now is the time to sign up by emailing Nicki’s office at email@example.com. If you need some divinatory help in making your decision, then be sure to go to www.anubisoracle.com and receive a free Anubis Oracle reading to offer you guidance and put your mind at ease.
This summer Brad and I will be making several road trips offering a variety of workshops which will always include Shamanic Breathwork™ as the foundation for our time together. We will be in the San Francisco Bay Area, May 30, sponsored by Sacred Flame, in Nashville, June 19 – 21, at an event sponsored by Spirit Recovery, and in Minneapolis, June 27 & 28. In late August and September we will be in Portland, OR, and Kansas City, so be sure to watch for information on these two events.
Here at Isis Cove, we will be offering an Advanced Training workshop, “Love, Sex and Boundaries”, June 5 – 12, presented primarily by Linda Star Wolf. If you are planning on attending this workshop, please contact us immediately to register and pay your deposit as we do expect this workshop to fill. Then September 11 – 18 we will offer the first workshop in what we consider to be our premiere program, the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process, fondly known by many as SHIP. It is definitely time to apply for SHIP now as we limit the number of participants for this incredibly healing process. Substance Abuse Counselors, Social Workers and some other professionals may receive CEUS for these workshop intensives.
Two other items of interest - a long-time dream of mine is coming to fruition this summer as Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts will launch the Venus Rising University during the summer solstice, June 21. Our University Board has been diligently working and preparing for this birth for the last year. We are almost ready for Venus, the energy of greater love and wisdom, to emerge in her newest form at Isis Cove. There is a catalogue in preparation and much more information to come explaining how you can acquire your B.A., M.A., Ph.D. as well as your Shamanic Minister’s ordination and other certification from VRU. If you have already completed programs at Venus Rising, such as SHIP, you may be eligible to receive a degree after completing some additional requirements.
The other item is the recent fourth annual Wise Wolf Women’s Council, and second annual Wise Wolf Men’s Council. The WWWC again had over 100 women attending and over 30 men attended the WWMC. Amazing ceremonies and rituals were offered and the visions that were received touched all who attended. The theme this year was “The New Earth” and it is our prayer that all that was offered blessed those who attended, their families, and communities, and will spread out around the planet, blessing Mother Gaia herself. This year was about becoming more “grounded with our visions” and creating foundations for even greater energies to come through our hopes, dreams, and visions into new expanded forms. Next year’s focus is on the “Fires of Creation and Transformation” and our Venus Rising Council of Wise Wolf Women have already begun working on creating the format that will support the fire rituals and celebrations for next year. Our Wise Wolf Councils will be held in May next year instead of April due to requests to meet when the weather is warmer. The new dates for WWWC and WWMC are May 13 – 16, 2010.
There are so many people to thank for all that we have been able to accomplish this past year with all of our creations and offerings from Venus Rising, so please forgive me if I fail to mention your name in this update but know we are tremendously grateful in our hearts. I must begin by thanking all of the staff at Venus Rising. You must be the most amazing staff on the planet and I love you BIG!
A special thank you to Judith, Amai, Charla, Anyaa, StarrFire, Bonnie, Ruby, Kathy, and Windraven for all your loving support and harmonious co-creations for this year’s Wise Wolf Women’s Council. Thank you to all the lovely wise wolf women who so freely gave of their time, talent and heart’s offerings to all of us.
Thank you to each of the Venus Rising University Board members (especially Marla) for bringing this baby to its imminent birth. We are almost ready!
Thank you to the most amazing editor on the face of this earth, Anne Dillon at ITI, for helping me craft my book on Shamanic Breathwork to share with a greater audience, and to my son Casey for your tireless support, feedback and energy in the early editing.
Thank you, Ruby, for finding a voice for Shamanic Egyptian Astrology and for our co-creation together, and for the million things you do each and every day to support me and Venus Rising. Thank you, Laura, for your stellar PR support with my books, blog, website, newsletter and as my assistant during WWWC - your light shines brightly! Thank you, StarrFire, for your heart and skill in keeping our newsletter flowing and for holding the sacred scrolls for WWWC. Thank you, Judy Red Hawk, for daring to believe and holding space for Transformation House (link), the birthing of the Shamanic Shakti Art Processes (SSAP) and envisioning a new community center in Dillsboro, all while moving through your own process of death and rebirth. Thank you, Lesley, for sharing the dream of the Community Center and also taking a lead in its co-creation. Thank you, Sara Claire and Terry, for following your hearts and holding the dream of the future with us for Dove Mountain. Thank you, Gary, for the beautiful Isis Cove Community and Retreat Center sign and Venus Rising Sanctuary mural and for joining our community with Anyaa. Thank you, Dennis, for your support in helping Brad with the Wise Wolf Men’s Council. Thank you, Karen, for helping keep Isis Cove Resident’s Association on track this year as our shamanic secretary. Sarah Jane, Kathy Sundance, and Windraven, you are the best shamanic support team and staff on all levels, both human and spiritual that a shamanic gal like me could ever hope to have - thank you from the bottom of my heart. Tirrell, thank you a hundred times over for being my “medicine woman”; my body is happy at a cellular level! To all my Blue Star Sisters, you know who you are, thank you for holding the grid wide open for me, for each other and for the new energies coming to Earth. Thank you Grandmother Twylah for your continued support from the “other side of the mountain” and to all the ones who have gone before. Thank you to my parents for “seeing me”, to my Dad for his daily prayers, and to my Mom for holding out for Oprah - ha!
Thank you to my beloved partner, Brad, who stands steadily by my side facing the world with the same heart while we co-create our visions for a brighter future for our grandchildren, those we love, and seven generations yet to come. And thank you to you, to all our faithful soul mates and kindred spirits, who continue to do breathwork in hopes of recreating yourselves and renewing your hearts and spirits, not only for yourselves but for the world. I bow to you in humble “namaste’” and offer gratitude.
In the Spirit of Gratitude, Creativity and Love,
Linda Star Wolf
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Star Wolf's Welcome
My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.
I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.
From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.
I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Feb 2nd 2009