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Winter Solstice Celebration

 The Return of the Light  

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Sweet Darkness, in your quiet wisdom you have offered us the soft space for rejuvenation – and – YES – Dreaming!
You are the space of ideas and visions where new life is seeded,

To be nurtured during the cold of winter
And emerge in Springs ripening arms.
Oh Darkness, we thank you for the depths you’ve call us to in this Autumn season of inward journeying.

We thank you for the pungent taste of freedom that we know when we travel unafraid upon the waves of your silky night.
Oh Darkness, you have served Life well – and now – your time is done.
The good work of regeneration complete for yet another season.
Ageless One, it is time to let go and pass the flame of creation that you have held so sacred err these autumn months.
Now, the Light returns.  

We welcome you to join us in this special time of year - the darkest day of the year and the turning of the season.  As we attune to Earth rhythms we too are being called to turn from the old and bring ourselves forward to receive what the winter season holds for us. 

Aligning with the heightened energy that's available to us all during this special Winter Solstice time of year there is an opportunity to create a wave of transformational  energy that can transform our personal life and our world. 

Join us and millions of people all over the world who will be sharing in prayer and song, dance and chanting, meditation and ritual as we celebrate the return of the Light.  

To gather together in the spirit of community with a shared vision, on the Winter Solstice creates - Magic!

THE CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE: 

  • Welcomemeditation
  • Closing the circle & creating ritual space
  • Honoring Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Spirit
  • Music, dance & poetry presentation to celebrate the turning of the season - Music offered by Snappy Homefry, Dance offered by Danielle Denichaud
  • Peace Meditation
  • Dreaming in 2018 & bringing in Our Sacred Intention
  • Empowerment & ‘Candle Lighting Ritual' 
  • Give-away Ceremony - please carefully read info about this ceremony below
  • Group Sharing  
  • Yummy desserts, refreshments and community camaraderie offered by The Living Centre

The ritual includes time for silence and interactive activities.

DONATIONS of $15 to $20 supports the Centre & desserts provided.

PLEASE READ - About the'Give-Away Ceremony'

This is an ceremony that has been practiced by many people throughout the centuries. It is heartful, fun and powerful. Think of something about yourself that you want to let go of. Something that you feel is blocking your growth, joy and capacity to 'Be Peace.'  Make this as specific as you can. For example: You wouldn’t say, ‘I am intending to let go of fear.’ It’s important to name the fear. Ex. - A fear of appearing different, or fear of not having enough of 'something' or....Something that disturbs your inner space of peace and joy.  Many of the fears we have cannot be figured out by simply thinking about them. This is why we bring them into ritual space, offer them to the Universe, and ask for help to let this part of oneself be cleansed and released. Doing this with others amplifies the healing process.

The Give-a-way gift will likely NOT be something that represents what you are giving away. Rather it is something that you already own  (please do not buy something) and that has meaning to you. Giving it away should not be easy. For example: people have given away rings, jewelry, medicine pouches, drawings, a crystal or stone, special gifts given to them, something they created that has meaning etc. It doesn’t have to have monetary value, more feeling value. Your willingness to give it away is saying to the Universe. I am THIS ready to let go of the part of me that keeps me trapped, and I’m showing how ready I am by giving away this that is precious to me. Again, this does not have to have monetary value – it's more personal value. When you give it away the person who receives it will become a support for you in your journey. We ask them to place this article someplace special for at least 3 months as you make the transition during this season. 
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TIME: Please arrive at 6:45. We will begin promptly at 7pm. and end at 10pm. 

PLACE:  Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.
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Winter Solstice Contemplations

The focus for our evening is to give thanks for the Elements that have given us, and call on their guidance during this time of transition. A transition, not only from one season to the next, but of our world as a whole. 

Transitions always have their challenges. We often see increased flus, colds and even people leaving this Earth plane, during the seasonal transition times. Because we are Nature in expression as humans, we go through these same transitions physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There is much preparation needed in Nature by every eco-system before autumn turns to winter, winter to spring and spring to summer. 

During the autumn months, in this part of the world, much has gone to sleep or died in order to prepare for the new that is coming. We may not have paid much attention these natural cycles, but we have lived through the cycles of death and re-birth all of our lives.  We are born out of these cycles. These are rhythms we know intimately – innately. 

We can draw on this innate knowing to help us navigate the death processes needed for the transition from a patriarchal, economy centered culture, to an Earth community centered in peace and respect for all Life. How we handle the necessary death of the old to make space for the new will determine the results. 

The Winter Solstice gives us an opportunity to embrace the darkness within a community of like-minded people. To let die the parts of ourselves, our habits, beliefs etc., that no longer serve us, or our kind Earth. These believes may have served us well in the past, but it’s a new world we live in now, with unprecedented changes, challenges and opportunities.  The Winter Solstice gives us an opportunity to bring to focus, in ritual space, all that we have been grateful for in this past season, and also, what is longing to pass away to create an inner landscape that’s fertile and ready to plant the new seeds of tomorrow, as we welcome the return of the light.   (Dec. 21st, 5:44am est.)

We draw on the power and wisdom of community, and the forces that give us Life – Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Spirit to be our guides and awaken our true nature and life the special gifts that each of us brings into this new year. 

We look forward to being in circle with all of you on this special day. 

In Peace,
Lorenna & Shantree

About the Winter Solstice

hands holding EarthWinter solstice is the shortest day of the year, because of the earth's tilt, as our hemisphere is leaning farthest away from the sun.

Solstice means...standing-still-sun

Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. We invite you to join us in taking time to reflect on this annual cycle, feel the power in knowing that each of us is a part of the sacred web of life. A sacred time to light the candles and bring more illumination by our intention, inner strength and trust.

"We are blessed to know that you continue to celebrate the quarterly meditations. You might be interested to know that the level of participation has risen for this to 3.5 million world-wide. The credit for this is entirely due to sincere people like yourselves who believe in this planet, and in the universe's plan for the human race." ~B & E, Trent River, ON.

The Quarterly Celebrations:
The 21st of March -- Spring Equinox
The 21st of June -- Summer Solstice
The 21st of Sept. -- Fall Equinox
The 21st of Dec -- Winter Solstice

The Blessing
The silent stirring of the new life in me
Fills me with an inner strength.
The strength is good;
And it comes from a place
Deep inside my being
That has been reached
In the depth of ego-death.
The power I trust;
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This is the power
Of love and compassion
The world cries out for.
The vein of illusion
Lifts slowly and reveals.
-Essene Book of Meditations and Blessings- Danaan Parry

We Create Peace by Being Peace 
 
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