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Carla Goddard, Shaman Medicine Woman and myself are collaborating this month by weaving different traditions in a unique, bi-coastal ceremony between the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As Carla travels to the West coast she will carry with her a sacred prayer stick inscribed with the names of all who have joined ceremony. She will offer this gift to the Pacific Ocean in a ceremony she will hold there. You may join and add your name on our event page on Facebook at ASCENSION TO JOY.

At the same time I will be traveling to Bimini for a wild dolphin retreat where I will create a despacho in sand that will be returned to the Atlantic Ocean through her ebbing tides. Prayers and intentions for calling in more joy to your life, as well as releasing what blocks the flow of joy will be held in a natural finger sponge I will carry with me to Bimini.

To add your prayers and intentions to the sponge and send them to the Atlantic follow the video here. You will need about 20 minutes of uninterrupted time, free from distraction. We open sacred space and create a sacred container for our hearts. You are guided on how to offer your prayers and intentions to carry them to Bimini where the medicine of dolphins awaits to hold us in unwavering JOY.

(Click on the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the video to watch on full screen.)

Follow What Happens When Two Medicine Woman Meet for Lunch? to learn more about the evolution of this ceremony.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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In the midst of intense ceremonial space, I am fortunate to walk along the majestic Atlantic today. Here in New York the beach season has come to a close. It is my favorite time to visit; long stretches of empty sand sprinkled with nothing but feathers, clam shells, seagulls and sandpipers. I run with smooth sand under bare feet. I am grateful for this time to be so alone and so at one. One of the very first things I see as I head towards the shore is a horseshoe crab. Immediately I smile. Spirit is with us my friends! Spirit is with us! (Not sure why a horseshoe crab would make me smile? See previous blog post Open for Ceremony)

Horseshoe crabs are littered everywhere along the shoreline. In my next few steps a strong and beautiful feather lies waiting. I know this will hold our forgotten prayers for our Cuti Despacho. We are gifted with not one, but dozens of feathers along the beach. I collect them all. Pure white ones to include in our Ayni Despacho. Some for a later time. For me, feathers are always a gift from Spirit. Spirit is with us my friends!

Chanting a ceremonial song I am cleansed by winds offshore. Sun peaks through clouds reminding me of my own light, always there, even when hidden behind clouds of darkness. We bring these dark clouds to our Cuti Despacho. Our dark clouds of not enough and poor me that get in the way of our own light. Our power is our light. Just as dark clouds of sky do not annihilate the sun, our own dark clouds are simply masks that obstruct the knowing of our own light. Recovery of our light is often a path through darkness.

Ceremony is a way through that darkness. Through ceremony we enter a portal. Through this portal we step into a space of timelessness and synchronisity. The veils that separate our Self from Spirit become thinner. It is easier for us to see with our Soul rather than our mind. This is why a horseshoe crab can bring a smile to my face. My Soul knows the presence of Spirit by the synchronistic appearance of a horseshoe crab on the beach as a horseshoe crab sits in our despacho.

As I ready to leave the beach a seagull flies overhead. This winged one is joined by another and another. As I look around, the sky is full of flocks of seagulls. At first they seem to fly alone but somehow they join together through an intuitive knowing of where to go. In a lifetime of coming to the beach I have never seen the sky full of so many birds. Hundreds of them fearlessly flying south west. My heart cracks open in AWE . This is exactly how I envisioned the Virtual Visionaries when we first me at the start of this journey. I had no idea if this thought of meeting at each New Moon had any merit or validity. Could ancient ceremony possibly happen through modern day modes of communicating?

The answer to me is a resounding YES! Each of us does fly alone. We each have our own path to discover, our own journeys to make. Yet we are woven together through an intuitive knowing of the call of our Soul. Through this call we somehow know where to go. It is the journey to our light we travel.

Spirit is with us my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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