2005 Eventz

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Songs of Awakening
November 5 and 12 ~~ 10am to 1pm
8801 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA
RSVP requested
contact: Ali @ 415.722.1840; 510.530.8907
earthmemory@yahoo.com
~~ $10 suggested


Part I ~~ Nov. 5, Saturday 10am - 1pm
What the Plants Teach I: the Human Flowering Response
The frequency:
Thru breath, visualization, toning, ‘soning’ (the liminal world between toning and singing), and singing, we will work with whole body breathing and voicing, tuned to the organizing intelligences of heaven and earth. Organic 'framesongs' of blessing, devotion, celebration, and appreciation will then be used to cultivate the plant within. Check out here for examples: http://www.tribesofcreation.com/newsite/pages/songs.html
The story: This expands upon the story told in the songs. The structural destiny of the body is to flower into complete and conscious identification with the Divine. Spiritual life can be understood to begin as the sprouting of the divine seed in our bellies, aka dan tien, or hara. There it is warmed, and drawn to root, rise, branch, and bloom beneath the radiance of our heart. How we fertilize the soil of our incarnation, tend the garden of our relations, and purify our heart, determines the extent to which this impulse awakens and matures in each of us. To cultivate oneself with the intention to flower defines a way of life, one previewed in sacred cultures of the past, and given new forms and urgency in modern life.

Part II ~~ Nov. 12, Saturday 10am - 1pm
What the Plants Teach I1: Our Birthright as a Singing Species
The frequency:
The will again take us thru a plant-inspired journey of voicework, this time with even more songs!
The story: Plant teachers can restore our awareness of many primary qualities of humanness, among them our innate disposition to sing. Here we explore the evolutionary dimensions of singing and languages of resonance. We will touch on a web of subjects including: singing as interspecies communication, using the voice to move and dissolve energy blocks as well as to surface intuitions, the intentional language of spells, organicizing our metaphors to enliven our reality, the importance of verbs, why new tribes need new songs and how Spirit provides, the perennial 'bard' tradition of oral teachings, and the creative potential of chanting worlds into (and out of) existence.

 

What the Plants Teach
Salt Spring Island talk with Morgan Brent
At The Salt Spring Center of Yoga (B.C., Canada)
Friday Sept 16, 7-9pm & Saturday Sept 17, 9:30am to 12

Part I - Friday 7 - 9
What the Plants Teach I: Indigenous Consciousness

We are inheritors of a culture of separation from Nature so severe that to be ‘normal’ is to act contrary to our own survival as a species. The primary guidance offered us by the original instructions encoded in our body, the ‘old language’ of spirit and its teachings, have been largely forgotten. The earth is calling us to re-member. Whispers awakening us from the trance of modernity are everywhere. This talk identifies and clarifies these whisperings, giving voice to a perennial indigenous consciousness. We will explore the Gaian metabolism, the ‘dharma’ (teachings) of its functioning, and the transmission of this dharma into mythic archetypes. These myths, have birthed lineages of ceremonial and transformative arts. Those are now alchemizing with the rational mind of modernity, cross-pollinating, and blowing as seeds across the planet. From these currents a world-wide neo-indigenous movement is shaping itself, sprouting out of the compost of predatory capitalism. Part II - Saturday 9:30 – 12
What the Plants Teach II: the Human Flowering Response

The frequency: The 1st hour will connect us to our birthright as a species of sound. Through breath, visualization, toning, ‘soning’ (the liminal world between toning and singing), we will cultivate whole body breathing and voicing, tuned to the organizing intelligences of heaven and earth. This will be used to cultivate the plant within.
The story: The 2nd hour expands upon the story told in the songs. The structural destiny of the body is to flower into complete and conscious identification with the Divine. Spiritual life can be understood to begin as the sprouting of the divine seed in our bellies, our dan tien, or hara. There it is warmed, and drawn to root, rise, branch, and bloom beneath the radiance of our heart. How we fertilize the soil of our incarnation, tend the garden of our relations, and purify our heart, determines the extent to which this impulse awakens and matures in each of us. To cultivate oneself with the intention to flower defines a way of life, one previewed in sacred cultures of the past, and given new forms and urgency in modern life
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Suggested Donation $15
Sliding Scale

  Evans Creek, Redmond, WA
Friday, Sept. 2, 7:00 pm {with overnight option}
Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:00 am

The Human Flowering Response - This class is as experiential journey into perennial teachings arising from the Mind of Nature. These upwell through any individual or community who seek deep communion with the divine through the bridges of the natural world. These include pilgrimages to sacred sites, and opening to the voice of the temple-body; communion with the devic realm, and meditations with the crystal kin-dom; ceremonial intimacy with medicinal plants, and peaceful interludes in gardens and forest glades;. Such experiences heal the wounds of separation between humans and the greater society of Nature, between ourselves and the ancestors. They serve to restore organicism to our spiritual life, to understand our instincts towards union, meaningfulness, purpose, expanded identity, prayer, and ceremony as natural acts of evolution. These draw upon our shared heritage with the tribes of creation, all essentialized in the human body. The human spirit is structurally destined to flower through the body that unfurls from it. Spiritual life can be understood to begin as the sprouting of the divine seed in our bellies, our dan tien, or hara. There it is warmed, and drawn to root, rise, branch, and bloom beneath the radiance of our heart. How we fertilize the soil of our incarnation, tend the garden of our relations, and purify the light of our heart, determines the extent to which this impulse awakens and matures in each of us. To cultivate oneself with the intention to flower defines a way of life, one previewed in various sacred cultures of the past. The great diversity of this inheritance has brought us sufi dances, tantric sexuality, yoga, Christ conscious service work, Tibetan sand paintings, digeridoos, African drumming, Native American sweat lodges, and a plethora of other ceremonial and transformative arts. These lineages are now alchemizing with the techno-rational mind of modernity, revivifying in new ways with new adherents, cross-pollinating, and blowing as seeds across the planet. From these currents a neo-indigenous movement is shaping itself, sprouting out of the compost of predatory capitalism as it globalizes its karmas into acts of self-destruction. Beneath the escalating crises we see in the news, another story is emerging, a cyclic story of death and rebirth. The perennial wisdom cultures attuned to the ever-evolving Gaian metabolism may have been colonized, Christianized, industrialized, and consumerized into the earth, and may have been bulldozed, burned at the stake, poisoned, and buried under concrete. But to the earth they have gone, and from the earth they arise. The earth is baring her belly before the onslaughts of deforestations, factory fishing, and strip mining; she is laboring beneath the cries of a civilization in its death throes, and the prayers for a peaceful world; she is giving birth, as so many prophecies have foretold, to a more conscious era of her life. The hue-man native to this era is maturing, like the earth herself, to the harmonic of flowering, to the songs of a culture come home to the family of creation. It is this, the frequency and the story, the song of awakening and the culture it describes, which we will explore in this class.

The frequency: This 1st hour is designed to get us in touch with our birthright as a singing species. Through breath, visualization, toning, ‘soning’ (the liminal world between toning and singing), we will cultivate a yoga of whole body breathing and voicing, tuned to the great organizing intelligences of heaven and earth. This will be used to cultivate the plant within, to flower our voice and ourselves in songs of devotion, blessing, gratitude, and celebration. See:
http://www.tribesofcreation.com/newsite/pages/songs.html
for a sampling of the songs.

The story: This 2nd hour expands upon the story told in the songs. It begins with a re-membrance of indigenous consciousness. From there we explore modernity, which like a great annual plant has flowered and is now dying, like so many civilizations before it, releasing the nutrients and toxins of its life into the womb of the earth, fertilizing and forming that which will follow it. How do we place ourselves in this cusp between the ages, one that threatens to exterminate humanity and much of the planet? We will create a space to discuss the teaching of the “Nature Channel” on this, giving much attention to how a planet-wide change in frequency urges itself through us in the impulses to purify and flower ourselves and our surroundings.Donation suggested
go to: www.communitythreads.net / events page for more information.
Call 253-677-7420 for registration and directions

 

10th Annual NorthWest Herbal Faire
http://www.nwherbalfaire.com
River Farm, outside Bellingham, Washington
August 19-21, 2005

What the Plants Teach I: Indigenous Consciousness
Plants are an elder life form to the human and have worked to keep us attuned with the society of Nature since our species began. They teach that to honor the body is to honor the earth, for it is thru the medium of the body that the land births spiritual traditions, ways that nourish our success as a species. We will explore indigeneity as a birthright of everyone, how to claim it, and what is to be claimed. We will cover our legacy of separation from Nature/Spirit, and the elements I feel are most useful in aiding our re-indigenization, including the Gaian dharma (teachings of the planet), archetypal myths of re-membrance, and eco-cosmologies of past and future.What the Plants Teach II: Cultural Evolution
This discussion begins with an exploration of the active constituent (AC or pharmaceutical) model of herbal efficacy and its application to culture, or, how things got to be the way they are. We use this metaphor to understand the authoritative God, the forces of monoculture, origins of the drug war, addictions and the culture of fear and alienation, and globalization and its discontents. We then turn to the whole plant (WP or ecological) model of herbal efficacy and apply it as a metaphor to understand the life cycle of cultural revitalization movements. These two models illuminate the modern cultural wars, and point towards their resolution in ‘bridge cultures’ sprouting thru communities of conscious evolution planet-wide.Singing Alive with the Tribes of Creation:
An opportunity to further and flower your voice thru breathwork, visualizations, toning, improvisations, prayer, and devotional singing. ~~ Every morning of the three day Faire at 7 a.m..

 

The 5th Annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress
http://www.fairycongress.com/
Riversong Forest Sanctuary - On the Hood River near
Mt. Hood, Oregon

Singing Alive with the Tribes of Creation:
An opportunity to further and flower your voice thru breathwork, visualizations, toning, improvisations, prayer, and devotional singing. ~~ Every morning of the three day congress at 7 a.m..The Human Flowering Response:
Within the plant is the potential of the human being, and within the human being is the underlying energy structure of the plant. This talk takes an anthroposophic understanding of the life cycle of a plant, and applies it to the development of human spiritual life and culture. This organic view of spirituality allows us to consciously participate with Nature's flowering impulse, and all the helpful attention this brings from the devic realm. ~~ Sunday, June 26th, 11:00 am