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Peace Talk March / April 2010

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Ceremonial Shawl Making Workshop

Ceremonial Dance Shawl Making Workshop
 
Dance Shawl Registration
 
March 13-14 there will be a ceremonial dance-shawl making workshop convened by Jeanne Robinson at the Center for Peace. The workshop will be from 9am-4pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
 
Each participant will need to purchase their own shawl making materials. A list of supplies needed may be obtained by registering online at the CFP website. The list of supplies will be sent to you following your registration.
 
The cost for the two day workshop will be $45, which must be paid by March 10 in order to secure your place in the workshop. Each participant is asked to bring food for a shared lunch on both days, and a portable sewing machine if you have one.
Jeanne may be contacted at

For The One Dance March 19th-22nd

For The One Dance

“For The One Dance”
A Dance For Peace  
 
March 19-22, 2010
 Center for Peace, Seymour, Tennessee, USA
 With Dance Leaders: Sammye Jo Harvey & William Charles Patterson
 
Several Sammye Jo Harveyyears ago, Jeanne White Register NowEagle was given a vision of a “singing dance,” a dance whose purpose was to awaken the memory of who we are and where we come from... a dance to bring what has been separated, back together again. The name of the dance is “For the One.”
 
In a time of severe polarization on our planet, choices are being made that have the potential of creating mass divisiveness at many levels. It is time to remember who we are... that we, and all life, are connected as parts of a single consciousness; and as each of us interacts with our world on a daily basis, we either create further separation or we remember who we are and find the grace and strength to love what is in front of us in each passing moment.
William Charles Patterson
 
In this dance, as the drum carries the dancer to the sacred center, the dancer will sing spontaneously the sounds that will take her or him to the original vibration from which all creation comes. In this space, we experience ourselves as the hollow bone through which Spirit blows the breath of life...And it is here that we remember that there is no separation. The time of separation is over!

For more information about "For the One"

Where your Spirit is Fed

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Native Nurturing Overnight April 10th-11th

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Native Nurturing Weekend
 
Center for Peace Youth Program
 
Native Nurturing Weekend
Saturday April 10 3pm – Sunday April 11 3pm
Center for Peace Sound Chamber
 
    It’s time again for Native Nurturing Weekend.  It’s for children and their parents to experience together Native-based ceremony. There will be story telling, drumming, singing, feasting and fun activities.  On Sunday there will be a children’s Sweat Lodge.

    The focus for the workshop will be Understanding the Medicine Wheel.  As the world changes, it helps to know where we are in our lives, our culture, and our world.  What are we working on? We are in different stages on the Medicine Wheel as we develop into our true potential. 
 
These workshops are created to support the development of our children as they will be our future.  In life there is a seriousness in our need to work and grow.  The Native Nurturing Weekend creates a place for this growth.  This learning is provided in a place that is beautiful and with activities that are fun.  We have noticed that our parents are also having fun as they, too, learn the ancient teachings of the Old Way.
 
Led by: Nan Citty, Steve Citty, Wm. Charles Patterson, & Margarita Davita.  
 
Cost: Adult and one child $50
Adult and two children (or two adults and one child) $75
Family of four or more $100
 
Come and give your children an opportunity to learn the Medicine Wheel and honor Mother Earth.
 
Information:     Email Nan
or call her @   865-405-6809
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Register for Native Nurturing

"Messiah" Training

Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
 
"I lead a weekly seminar at the Center for Peace around the subject of 'Messiah' Training.  These are on a continuing basis [until they are not] and everyone is invited to participate.
 
"If you have read and liked such books as Richard Bach’s ILLUSIONS and/or are intrigued by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES and/or follow the visionary path taught by people like Joseph Rael, you already may have been studying up on this subject – already a 'messiah in training'. 
 
"Please do not let the language throw you!  These times together are very little about doctrine, demands, or nice ideas and much more about self discovery, personal power, and mutual support."
 
Perry Robinson

More Information on Messiah Training

Fire Ceremony

7th of each month, 7 pm
           ~ led by Katy Koontz

The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.

At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at  each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings. All are welcome. We suggest you arrive around 6:45 pm.

Donations are appreciated.

Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodgeA sweat lodge or "Purification Lodge", is an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the womb of Mother Earth (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness intensify prayers and personal introspection. The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
There are composting toilets in the meadow. You may change clothes in these toilets or at the Peace Sound Chamber. There is no nudity in our lodges.

Suggested Items to Bring:
• Two Towels
• Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
• Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress. (Something for inside the sweat that is modest and you don’t mind getting muddy.)
• Change of clothes (Preferably long sleeve and covers all of the legs to keep from getting the feast area dirty).
• Covered Dish for the Feast.
It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.

Cash donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge.  We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation would be appreciated.
 
There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.
 

Drumming Circle

Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José and Tamy

Drumming is a powerful, sometimes dramatic, way to break into other levels of our mind.  Sensitive instruments can measure the way that drumming affects the brain waves.  That’s the reason for tens of thousands of years the shaman has journeyed with the drum.

This drumming is not specifically for journeying; but you get to use it whatever way you wish – including having a good time doing it!
So, on Friday of each week, bring your drum, and come join us.
Donations are appreciated.

Perry's Ponderings

Perry Robinson According to Perry
 
By Perry Robinson
 
The one thing Jesus prohibited was judging other people.  “Oh well; so much for Jesus’ teaching!  He just didn’t understand the caliber of people I was going to run into!  Surely he would not be telling me not to judge THEM!”  So willy-nilly I bop along through life judging people.  Surely Creator Spirit is impressed with the fairness and clarity of my judgments!
 
One of my hardest spiritual lessons is to release my judgments about other people.  A COURSE IN MIRACLES teaches that it is not so much that I shouldn’t judge as that I really can’t; because I do not possess sufficient information in order to do so.  [In fact: sometimes I specifically shut off the flow of information, when it seems to be getting close to conflicting with a judgment I have already made.]
 
It was a big “Ah-hah!” recently, when I noticed the similarity between judgment and dogma or the dogmatic mindset.  It comes from the same energy.  Judgment emerges from the process of discernment – which is not only healthy but necessary.  When I get too serious about what I discern and start applying it to other people, it becomes judgment.  I have every right to discern, for instance, whom I need to associate with.  Discernment makes people neither bad nor good; it is about the stewardship of my time and energy.
 
Dogma is judgment of truth.  Dogma is teaching [doctrine] that takes itself too seriously.  In the same way as judgment and love cannot coexist, dogma and truth cannot coexist.  [Isn’t that an interesting idea, since dogma is an attempt at a specific definition of truth, formulated to protect others from erroneous belief!]  In the same way as judging closes my eyes to love, which is all-encompassing, dogma closes my mind to truth, which is too large to be contained in any one mind or system of doctrine.
 
Both judgment and dogma are based upon the same error:  that what is in the human mind has ultimate reality – my belief that my discernments about people and events are “what’s real” about them and that what I believe is true is really true.
 
Now:  Picture Creator Spirit being really impressed by the judgments that I have formulated out of my little human brain about other people or life forms!  Picture All Truth laughing at my feeble attempts to portray the real truth!  Picture Creator Spirit needing to study the Bible or some other book or a creed in order to discover Its True Self!
 
Picture Creator Spirit needing people to fight each other so that the “real truth” of Its Being will be preserved!  Is Creator Spirit a little safer, when those who do not believe in It are killed off?  And please tell me how we might be able to eject Creator Spirit out of our public schools – or any other time or place else in this world, for that matter!
 
Does Truth need our defense?  Does Spirit Of Life Which Moves In All Things need us to fight for It?  Will It lose its identity, if we call It by the wrong name or use Its name in the wrong sentence?  What does It think, when It notices the difference between my spoken prayers and the thoughts of my heart?
 
Who is this really, anyway?  If God is infinite, eternal, unchanging, all-powerful and all-knowing, wouldn’t it kind of make sense for me to allow It to be Itself, to define Itself, and for me to bend my will a little bit to Its Dream?  I think this is what A COURSE IN MIRACLES means when it suggests that I allow God to be God.
 
Part of that is to allow God to exercise Its judgment of all things without substituting my own.  Another part of that is to allow God to reveal Itself to me in Its own way.  Even though Creator Spirit usually does not “step out of the woodwork and declare Itself” in the same ways that human beings do, we are not, after all, left clueless!
 
If a person is an artist, a good way to get a handle on “what this person is about” is to study the art.  Da Vinci and Michelangelo – and all their friends – are long gone, but their art lives on; and, when I study it, I get a feel for who they were and what they were trying to say in their art.  The more I study the art, the more I know about the artist.
 
Spirit Of Life In All Things hasn’t “passed away”, It is still quite alive and well, kicking around in Its creations, waiting for us to notice and to take our part with It in what It is doing in the world today.  The more I pay attention to and study this world and all its citizens, the more I will know about God.  The more I pay attention to people, the more I know about myself and how Creator dreamed that we can be.
 
That’s part of the “gospel according to Perry”.
 
I, by the way, do not write these articles to impress Creator Spirit with my thoughts about It nor to tell you something that you “ought” to agree with.  I offer these words to you; because they have helped me to become more free to be who I need to be.  If they help you, that will be a good thing.

In This Issue

Ceremonial Shawl Making Workshop

For The One Dance

Where your Spirit is Fed

Native Nurturing Overnight April 10th-11th

"Messiah" Training

Fire Ceremony

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

Perry's Ponderings

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Calendar at a Glance
 
 
WEEKLY  
Tuesday, 7 pm
Messiah Training
 
Wednesday & Friday 10am
Yoga with Sandy Palmer
 
Friday, 7pm
Drumming Circle

MARCH
March 7, 6:45pm
 
Fire Ceremony
 
March 13, 9am-4pm
March 14, 10am-4pm
 
Ceremonial Dance Shawl Making Workshop
 
March 18, 6:30pm
Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
March 19-22
"for The One" Dance
 
March 28 4 pm
 
Monthly Council Meeting
 
 
 
 
APRIL
April 4
 
Easter Sweat Lodge
 
Fire starts @ 10am
 
April 7, 6:45pm
 
Fire Ceremony
 
April 10-11
Native Nurturing Weekend
 
 
 
April 15, 6:30pm
Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
April 16-18th
 
Center For Peace Gift Shop
 
At the Coptic Conference
 
April 24th
 
Saturday Sweat Lodge
 
Fire starts @ 10am
 
April 25- 4pm
Monthly Council Meeting
Work is Worship
“Work is Worship”
 
Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate our selves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.
Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, water and an open willing attitude. If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.
We provide lunch. (So kitchen help is also appreciated.)
Contact:
Perry 865-428-3070 or
Steve 865-300-4424
Chanting in the Chamber
The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled.
 
Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval.
Council Meeting
This is the gathering of the board of directors to discuss new ideas, future projects, and events.  Feel free to come with suggestions and comments.
 
December 13,  5 pm -  visitors welcome
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center
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Council Members
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.

Active Council Members of the Center for Peace:

Candy Barbee
Knoxville
865-933-9327
 
Tamy Brown
Seymour
865-453-0447
 
Nan Citty
Knoxville
865-405-6809

Steve Citty
Knoxville
865-300-4424

Margarita DiVita
Jefferson  City
865-475-3799

Al Fletcher
Norris
865-494-9950

Katy Koontz
Knoxville
865-693-9845

Cheryl Patterson
Seymour

Dona Polero
Sevierville
865-805-8372
 
Jim Phillips
Knoxville
865-971-1959
 
Jeanne Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Perry Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Marcus Weseman
Clinton
865-463-1002
Center For Peace • 880 Graves Delozier Road • Seymour • TN • 37865

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