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Elemental Fire

Posted on November 4, 2015 with 0 comments
When I completed taking, my classes on The Medicine Wheel, (a three year journey) Harriet, my teacher had a fire ceremony to honor me.  I will never forget how moving the ceremony was.  Part of what she asked me to do was to write down all my roles in life, every single one.  During the ceremony she asked me to bless the roles then throw the paper with them all written down into the flames.  It set me back some to think of literally giving up all of the framework of who I thought I was, or needed to be.  The hardest one to throw in was "I am a mother".  But, I trusted her and gave everything up to the fire.  It wasn't instantly, but over time I saw what a treasured experience it was to spend the time realizing all I believed about myself, life, others opinions of me.  I came to know myself better, and to be more fully who I wanted to be.  I wrote this poem today to commemorate that blessed event.
Elemental Fire
by Cerantha Corley
11/4/15
 
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June, 2015 Charleston

Posted on June 30, 2015 with 0 comments
Here in Charleston we were thrust into the national spotlight by events at the Mother Emanuel AME Church Downtown.  I am still very tender as I think of it all.  I attended that church for five years.  i became a part of things, and was welcomed with open arms.  The Gospel music is what first appealed to me.  Then I really enjoyed the services, and especially the people I met.  So, when I heard on the late news what happened, my heart was heavy.  I knew some of the regulars that attended prayer group.  It was hard to hear the names of the nine and see their beautiful pictures on the screen.
I played at the Unity Church Inter Faith Service.  It was a wonderful service.  Many of those who spoke helped me sort out some of my very sad feelings.  I went to the Sunday service at Mother Emanuel, and that felt good too. Just being there among so many people-inside and outside the church was uplifting. Believe me there was a feeling of Love [...]
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March 2015 Ups and Downs

Posted on March 30, 2015 with 0 comments
March started off with a delightful time at Springbank Retreat Center.  Three people took the class, and they were playing in the woods before I left.  I love to hear the flute music coming through the trees.  I really enjoyed meeting the new visitors who were on sabbaticals.  We had fun getting to know each other.  What a gift it is to myself to be in that rich environment of nature/spirit/friendship.
Little did I know how much I would depend on those three things before I left.  I heard from a dear friend that my beloved friend and shaman mentor Harriet Watson slipped away unexpectedly.  I was shocked, thrown off balance from the news.  Thank goodness I was there among the trees and loving friendships at Springbank.  I was able to catch my breath, and begin to cope with this loss of Harriet from the planet.  
In many ways I feel her presence very strongly.  We were connected at a deep level, and that connection still feels viable [...]
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Hello March 2015

Posted on March 1, 2015 with 0 comments
Goodbye February, it has been such a fleeting time.  Where did those 28 days go?  I had high hopes for so many projects, meetings and adventures, but the reality was I was mostly a bear in hibernation.  The weather was so unnaturally cold here, and the gray days have played a major part in my sluggishness, and painful days.  Fibromyalgia flares up when the barometer changes, and the cold tightens an already tight muscular system.  I never realized that a normal winter in Charleston is so much easier  because the sun shines brightly nearly ever day and takes the edge off the cold.  We are spoiled yes, and boy will I appreciate that sunshine and the lovely Carolina Blue Skies when they return.
 
I was blessed the last week of February to spend it entirely with Finn.  His whole family was away on business trips, even baby Lane went with Mom.  So Finn and I were two peas in a pod, except when he was at school.  What a joy!  It is hard [...]
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Medicine Wheel

Posted on November 10, 2014 with 0 comments
 
I had the honor of opening sacred space twice this weekend.  It is a practice that anoints the place where people are gathered for sacred purpose.  Although the directions are represented by different animals in the tradition I studied, the message presented below is the same.  
Traveling through the Medicine Wheel is a practice that takes time and deep inner work, but the rewards are simply amazing.  The tools of access to deep peace and great perspective have been worth the journey.  In the new year ahead I will be offering a class on the West direction.  If you think you might be interested let me know.

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Elder's Meditation of the Day 
"I believe that being a medicine man, more than anything else, is a state of mind, a way of looking at and understanding this earth, a sense of what it is all about."
-- Lame Deer, LAKOTA
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