Archive for March, 2011

Event – Changing Planet, Changing Lives, Sept 2-5, 2011

March 28, 2011

 

We stand before a great storm.  When we embrace it with our whole selves, we journey to the heights of our own consciousness and act as a beacon for ourselves and others. How will we stand and meet our rapidly changing planet? How will we cope with deep shifts in our climate and major societal changes? What role will community play in our lives, as together we face the “creative stress” ahead?

 Come explore with us some powerful tools for “welcoming the uncertainty” of a future unknown. Join us for this powerful Labor day weekend journey of discovery on beautiful Beaver Island. Together we’ll touch deeply into our inner skills for personal and planetary resilience.

This is an experiential workshop that will help us awaken to our instinct, insight, and intuition.  It will help us sit within the fullness of our hearts during this time of great uncertainty, to call forth our own gifts and open to join with others on our journey.

  • Tap into personal and planetary wisdom and courage. 
  • Improve relationships with self, community, and the whole web of life. 
  • Find inner strength to open to the crisis on the planet
  • Listen to our core center and to the deeper wisdom that calls us from Earth herself.
  • Feel empowered and delighted to share personal gifts and medicine for this world.

 

Click here for registration details:  http://users.ameritech.net/jjkells/registration.htm

Meet the People for “Changing Planet, Changing Lives”:

DIANE OSBORNE – Visionary Activist, Social Healer, Bridge-Builder, and Seer – Diane Osborne adventures into the realm of healing and transformation, teaching new and ancient spirit-based wisdom to inspire authentic hope, trust, love, and connection with the sacredness among all life on the planet.  As a healing facilitator, experienced in many modalities (shamanism, nutrition, energy medicine, counseling, sustainability, deep ecology, peace-making, and ceremony) and having helped thousands of people, Diane has a unique capacity to mirror the poetry of our human experience.  Currently a PhD. Candidate with Wisdom University, she teaches tools that inspire us during this great time of change, fostering a sense of co-creatorship with all of life.  For more information please visit her website:  www.vibranttraditions.com

LISA FRANSEEN – Ecotherapist, bioneer, and scholar of deep ecology – Lisa’s deepest passion and life-calling is to help build more resilient communities by guiding us within. That inner guidance enables us to hear and respond to our deepest callings – and through our relationship with the natural world – to our home and our heart of compassion. Lisa is an activist for the Soul, as well as for environmental and social justice.  Her own daily practices help to reveal the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living things of the world.  Lisa earned her PhD in psychology in 1996 and provides counseling in her private practice to teens, adults, and couples, seven years in Colorado and the last seven in Traverse City, Michigan.  You can also find Lisa guiding silent retreats for the past five years, co- guiding wilderness vision quests, and offering workshops with an emphasis on experiential learning.  For more information please visit her website: www.lisafranseen.com

 

 SEAMUS NORGAARD – Peacemaker, life coach, professor, author, and activist. Seamus draws from a deep well of wisdom and kindness in his calling to nurture and uplift people, community and life. A deep ecologist by training, he is a passionate forest and peace advocate who blends people skills with a sacred earth-based native wisdom. Seamus is a strong carrier of the Celtic Spirit and lifeways. He has lived and studied with the native peoples of Ireland and the American West, and is the originator of the new shamanic movement meditations ‘Celtic Body Prayers.’ During the summers he hosts guest sojourners at his Tara’s Meadow Retreat Center on Beaver Island. During the winters he teaches innovative college courses and enjoys his quiet family wilderness home, the “School-on-the-Hill” near Wolverine Michigan. For more information please visit his website: www.CelticBodyPrayers.com

Event – Personal and Planetary Ecological Health – a Mystical Perspective

March 28, 2011

NORTHERN LIGHT SEEKERS  Proudly presents:

 Personal and Planetary Ecological Health – a Mystical Perspective  

 with Diane Osborne

Please join us for a special evening on Tuesday May 18, 2011 7-9pm at the Carnegie Building

How is our own life connected to the rest of the planet?  Is there a connection between our own health, other’s health and the health of the Earth? Is our rational mind enough to meet the global challenges we currently face? How can we live with so much uncertainty? This is an experiential workshop that will help us awaken to our instinct, insight, and intuition.  To help us sit within the fullness of our hearts during this time of great uncertainty.  To call forth our own gifts we have and to look around to see who is with us on this journey.  Drawing upon Diane’s own work as well as the work of Joanna Macy, Deborah Riverbend, Carolyn Myss, and others, this workshop is for those who want to:

  • Tap into personal and planetary wisdom and courage. 
  • Improve relationships with self, community, and the whole web of life. 
  • Find inner strength to open to the crisis on the planet
  • Feel empowered and delighted to share personal gifts and medicine for this world.

 

Diane Osborne is an adventurer into the realm of healing and transformation, exploring new and ancient spirit-based wisdom to inspire trust, love, and connection with the sacredness among all life on the planet.  As a healing facilitator, trained in many modalities (shamanism, nutrition, energy medicine, counseling, sustainability permaculture, deep ecology, plant spirit medicine, rites of passage, ceremony and facilitation) and having helped thousands of people, Diane has a unique capacity to mirror the poetry of our human experience.  Currently a PhD. Candidate with Wisdom University, she teaches tools that inspire us during this great time of change, fostering a sense of co-creatorship with all of life.  For more information please go to her website:  www.vibranttraditions.com

Tuesday May 18, 7-9pmCarnegie Building (Old Petoskey Library) 451 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey $10.00 Donation – Free Parking – All are welcome to attend – Bring a friend. For further information contact: Peggy- peggyt@chartermi.net 231-499-0224

Fear in Times of Upheaval

March 17, 2011

My visit to California is almost over at this time of earthquakes, tsunamis, and radioactive fallout.  My heart has deepened in the knowing of the power these events hold, to affect the lives of my beloved friends who live here.  Having prepared for this time of great upheaval, but accustomed to witnessing the devastation of distant lands, it is now finally hitting closer to home.

Fear is a funny thing – it can creep up on us or hit us like a wildfire raging out of control.  I have watched my friends and their varied reactions to the potential repercussions of the recent disasters. Some are packing and leaving California, some are stocking up on iodine and kelp, some are adamant they will stay, some are preparing earthquake kits, and some have given very little thought that they could be impacted at all.  I have watched within myself a creeping fear that can grow and subside like the tides or consume me like a tidal wave as I say my goodbyes to loved ones. I am witnessing how fear is contagious – the capacity we have to affect each other in our fear.  Today, I was told by a friend that I was “committing suicide” by staying here in California for two more days.  His sentiments hit me in the pit of my stomach; I sensed a shrinking in my heart as my body began spinning like a top off-center – this is what fear does.

The emotions we carry are intricately connected within the web of life.  I can feel inside my energy body when serious global events happen.  For instance with the Japanese tsunami, Egyptian revolution, and the Haiti Earthquake – I felt a definite shift in my energy field even before I knew consciously what was happening.  Our emotional power is further evidenced by satellites that were able to measure significant fluctuations in the Earth’s electro-magnetic field right at the moment the towers were hit on September 11th.  We are made of energy and our emotional selves have influence.

But how do we sit with our fears and face our rapidly changing planet? The insecurities we face are unprecedented: the magnetic poles are shifting, massive earthquakes are dramatically increasing in frequency, the arctic is melting, and our ecosystems are rapidly changing. As I was thinking of all of this on a walk today in the Berkeley hills, I became acutely aware of many overlaying realities. One, I have a part of me that deeply experiences grief, pain, anger, and fear.  Two, I have a pure still center where I feel fully alive.  Three, nature is beautiful perfection that supports me in finding myself and my connection to everything. There it is – the complete unpolluted truth of my whole self.  When I resource my full self in this way, I am centered, focused, and experiencing my complete capacity for aliveness.  And when I am solely identified with my fearful self, I become my own mini nuclear power plant in meltdown – radiating panic to the collective that we are all a part of.

One of the things I believe we are here to do as we journey through our lives is to help each other grow in our humanity and capacity to be better bearers of love in this world. When fear takes hold of us, it is a moment we are being called upon to engage our imagination in more positive creative ways.  All of life needs us now to stand as one collective – breathing, meditating, dancing, singing, praying, creating, visioning… Vision us now working together outside our national boundaries.  Vision our global community coming together to create a better world.  Do not invest your light in fear of a world that is changing – our world needs changing!  Allow, surrender, let go, find hope and peace within – like compost that nourishes planted seeds and flowers into abundant gardens.  We choose in each moment to create heaven on earth.  The authority we have – our true influence – is our mastery over this choice.

Anne, who is in Japan now, experiencing devastation all around her, reveals her own mastery.  “Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group. Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.”

Anne has not chosen fear, she has allowed herself to be broken open and therefore to experience magnificence. We are receiving this mirror from literally all parts of our globe: the Egyptians, Tunisians, Jordanians, Wisconsinites, Libyans, and now the Japanese. Do you see the strong spirit of these people?  Do you see the strong spirit of the land? We can draw upon this courage because it is officially no longer a secret – we are made of exactly the same substance!!!  The truth is out, the revolution has begun, and we can no longer hide from our capacity for magnificence. Choose to summon it from inside you – your light to share with the world. As we journey through this time of The Great Unraveling, The Great Turning, we unearth the truth within us – that we are BOTH wounded and unbreakable. And just like the trees of a forest whose roots descend downward into the force of gravity to establish strength, we too connect ourselves to the unseen forces and surrender towards our collective illuminated grace. As creative and adaptable beings, we may not survive to see our visions fully lived but we are here to bear witness to the dismantling of the old and laying the groundwork for the new garden – it may not be bearing fruit as we leave this earth, but it is germinating none the less – if only in our own hearts.