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Peace Talk November/December 2010

Native Nurturing Overnight

NATIVE NURTURING FALL WEEKEND 2010
 
Saturday, November 6, 3 pm
Until
Sunday November 7, 1 pm
 
Workshop Leader:  Nan Citty LCSW
 
     On Saturday November 6th  Native Nurturing will host its fall overnight weekend retreat for young people and their parents.  It will begin at 3pm and will end on Sunday, November 7th  following a young people’s Sweat Lodge and Feast.  
Everyone will sleep in the Peace Sound Chamber.  The Center for Peace grounds are beautiful and the land speaks to our hearts.  
For many years now, teachings regarding how to honor our Mother Earth have be offered on this land. One of the lessons I’ve received from this is the blessing we receive in tending to our children.  This weekend workshop is created to offer to our children teachings based on native tradition blessed and given to us by Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow.  
These teachings will focus on: 
  • The Meaning of the Medicine Wheel 
  • Making of Prayer Ties
  • Drumming
  • Fire Tending 
  • Chanting
  • Dancing 
  • and Story Telling  
  • There will also be a fun craft activity.  
We are again focusing on learning our connection to our brother and sister animals: the four legged, and the winged.  
 
As we face turmoil in our news, we can remember that out of Chaos comes Truth and Awareness. It will be the young people who will be leading us; and helping them express their true visions is one of the many things we can do.
 
This is not to mention how much fun it is.  I’ve met some amazing story tellers during these weekends and their dreams become my dreams. I dream of a future of peace and the honoring of our Mother Earth and our children.Then we will be carried forward.
 
Please consider bringing your children to this event.  I look forward to seeing you there. 
Love,
Nan Citty
 
Suggested Donation: $50 per person, $100 for four or more in a family
 
*for more information contact Nan Citty

Annual Corporate Meeting

The Council of the Center For Peace announces the annual corporate meeting on Sunday November 7th at 4pm. This meeting is required by our charter. Anyone actively involved in the Center For Peace is invited to attend.
 
Items on the agenda will include the annual Council Retreat, overall review of the year, and election of new board (Council) members. Two members of the board have rotated off. If you are interested or have any suggestions for board members, please contact the Center at (865) 428-3070.

Long Dance

Long Dance ~ December 4th-5th
 
Are you tired of fighting with what seems to be your fate? Or maybe you have a vision and would like help manifesting it. The Long Dance is a powerful ceremony for focusing your intention to create your future and then dancing into it. This dance was the vision of Native American elder Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow, who chiefed this dance for many years before releasing it to new chiefs upon his retirement, assuring that his powerful gift would continue blessing the People.
 
The Long Dance takes place inside the Peace Sound Chamber at night, a fertile time to bring forth associations and receive guidance from the subconscious. The dancers begin by moving sunward in a circle around the chamber as the drummers drum in the sacred center, continuing to drum in one long, uninterrupted round throughout the dance. As the beat of the drum reverberates against the walls, the chamber itself becomes a drum, and the dancers feet the drumbeaters. As the dance continues into the night, the dancers go deeper and deeper into a meditative state, dancing their intentions for the future while reflecting on their past.
 
An integral part of the medicine of this dance is the dancers’ banners. Prior to the dance, each dancer creates a banner through prayer and meditation that reflects his or her past, present, and intentions for the future. Dancers will be given the opportunity to share their banners before the dance and then hang them around the inside walls of the chamber, where they will remain visible throughout the night. Because of the strong connection dancers feel to each other, they may throughout the dance hear the whisper of Spirit speaking in metaphors through fellow dancers’ banners as well as through their own.
 
After several hours comes a magic point in time when the chiefs stop the dancers in the present for a split of a split of a second before the dancers change directions. As they move moonward for the remainder of the dance, the dancers release their intentions further and further into the creative darkness of the future, allowing Spirit to grow those intentions beyond the dancers’ greatest imaginings.
 
As they dance their futures into being, dancers may well experience their perceptions of the past changing, as well. This balance between dancing the past and dancing the future allows the dancers to be carried beyond their initial intentions, which continue to evolve through Spirit’s grace even after the dance.
 
The sacred fire that continuously burns outside the chamber during the ceremony is energetically connected to the heart of each dancer. The fire not only transmutes whatever the dancers energetically discard that no longer serves them, but it also transmutes the present moment into the next moment, a split of a split of a split of a second at a time.
 
When the drum finally stops, the dancers prepare their spaces and sleep in the chamber until morning. This dreamtime is an important incubation period when the dancers will continue to work on manifesting their visions for the future as they sleep. In the morning, everyone shares a feast before the dance is officially ended. The feast is a time of celebration and fellowship, but it is also an important opportunity for the dancers to physically ground themselves in the medicine of the dance as they nourish their bodies after fasting all night.
 
While Joseph’s vision originally included the donation for the Long Dance being $150, the Center and the dance chiefs have in recent years begun offering this dance as a giveaway. This doesn’t mean that the dance is “free” (after all, the Center does incur costs for hosting the dance), but it does mean that each dancer is invited to donate whatever amount feels right to him or her, whether that amount is $150, considerably more that that, or considerably less. If you are not able to donate “green energy,” we invite you to discuss with us how you might donate your time or services to the Center as your energy exchange. No dancer is ever turned away for financial reasons.
 
Please see the dance information article for information on what to bring, how to prepare, etc.
 
Feel free to get in touch with the dance chiefs, Colby McLemore and Katy Koontz, for more information.
 
 
Colby can be reached at 865-924-1455.
Katy can be reached at 865-693-9845.
 
Please register online for the dance at the Center’s website, www.centerforpeace.us.
 
--Colby McLemore and Katy Koontz

 

Information and register for the Long Dance

Christmas Eve Candle Ceremony

We gather as a spiritual family, sing our favorite Christmas songs, and light our candle. It is our way of celebrating our part of the flow of Love, Wisdom, Grace, and Power, which the holidays signify.
 
Vicki Jones and Nan Citty will lead the singing. Please bring a favorite “finger food” or beverage to share afterward.
 
Also, please bring a gift, which has not been wrapped, for the give-away blanket. We do not wrap the gifts; because each person will be asked to take the gift from the blanket, which especially attracts his/her attention.

"Messiah" Training

Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
 
"In September of 2009,  I began leading 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

 
It Is Personal --
 
By Perry Robinson
 
 -- And there is no anonymity with Spirit.  I suspect that is one of the first major hurdles on the spiritual path!  How I would love it, if I could just avert my eyes, shift closer to a “guru” or a “preacher”, and sneak along with the flow that surrounds the “guru”.  I had an “eyeball to eyeball” session with Spirit in 1955 and said, “Yes.”  But that has not kept me from still trying to do the averted eyes dance.  “Who, me?”  “Why me?”  “I’m just . . . .”
 
Divine will/purpose is uniquely personal and specific.  The only way we differ from each other is the timing of that moment when the eye sees, the ear hears, and the heart responds to some aspect of life, which Spirit has been holding for us, waiting to be noticed.
 
We read the stories of those whom Jesus called, the Buddha touched, or Mohammed instructed and of the great medicine men.  The stories inspire us and enrich our lives and imaginations.  Not one of them, however, can answer the very specific and personal call of Spirit which has the name “James Perry Robinson”, for instance, on it.  If I do not answer that call it does not get answered; and something remains missing in the sea of life.  I didn’t show up and say “yes”.  There’s a call of Spirit with your name on it.  Shame on me if I try to push you and tell you what your part is and what it is “supposed to look like”!  But the secret is: you will not find happiness or fulfillment, until you answer it.
 
It would be silly if I were to go to a restaurant -- Puleo’s Grille, for example -- and just sit and study the menu, tell the waiter and surrounding feasters what a great menu it is and what a great guy Steve Puleo is and just go on and on and on praising Puleo’s Grille.  The restaurant is there to serve me a great meal.  The staff, the kitchen, the building – its only function is to offer me – and anyone else who shows up – a great meal.  Significant praise is when I order my favorite dish off the menu and enjoy it!  After I have done that, any words of praise, probably, would also be appreciated.  But, until I order and eat, I am just taking up space in the restaurant!
 
This world, this universe, is a really neat place.  The “menu” is truly infinite!  Sometimes we have incarnated here mainly to “hang out and have fun”.  [I think my last incarnational episode was like that.]  Sometimes we incarnate here in order to participate in a specific part of what I would call “divine will/purpose”.  And who, by the way, gets to decide that hanging out and having fun it not also divine will/purpose?  In either case it is personal and it is mine; AND no one else gets to decide which of these I am here to do!  That is strictly personal business with Creator!
 
However, I talk with a lot of people who sense a feeling of purpose or destiny in their unfolding life.  I have that feeling myself.  
 
This is not about feeling self-important or special.  It is about being aware of our function in life.  After all, when the Spirit Of Life In All Things is lovingly mindful even for the life of the sparrow, it is hard to conceive a status “more important” than to be part of the object of that Ultimate Love.  I can rebel, deny, “opt out”, and temporize forever, but I cannot change that Ultimate Love any more than the fish can change the sea in which it swims.
 
But I also know a part of me which must live out some things I have been shown.  I think a lot of you feel the same way; and maybe we have been drawn together to help and support each other to fulfill of our “divine will/purpose” – sometimes individually, sometimes as a group.
 
If it is a dance, a sweat lodge, a seminar, a ceremony, a “Messiah Training” gathering, or whatever may be happening, sometimes “things happen” here at the Center for Peace.  Suddenly and unexpectedly a participant has entered into a life changing experience; and the other participants have instinctively created a “safe container”, within which the person can explore that experience without interference.  It is in those moments, I think, that the Center for Peace – as a place and as an organization – is really doing its work.  Because everyone present at that time gets to see a part of Spirit’s Plan fall into place.  For each participant there was a part which “had his/her name one it”; and each one said “yes!”  Like the shift of the tectonic plates in an earthquake, things are a little bit different from that point on.
 
I cannot tell those stories about what really happened in those moments; because they are very personal to the ones who experienced them.  This is the reason we sometimes get almost tongue-tied, when people ask, “Specifically, what does the Center for Peace do?”  It also is partly the reason that it would seem to some that the Center for Peace is the “best kept secret” in East Tennessee!  The only stories I can tell are mine – and a lot of you have already heard most of them!  
 
Those who value this kind of personal experience support the Center for Peace financially and through their participation, whenever possible.  Perhaps another way you can consider supporting this work is to share your stories.  These stories are like the rest of our spiritual life:  very personal.  It is a good idea to try really hard to tell only your own stories and not to tell other people’s stories, unless you have specific permission to do so.
 
It is autumn.  The trees are dropping their leaves.  Soon the cold winds will urge us to warm ourselves by the fires of the winter, where we shall share our stories, visions, and experiences of the seasons of our lives.
 
What is your story?  Is it a story you need to tell; or is it one you need to hold and ponder in your heart?  It is personal; it is yours.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
 

 

Contact Perry

In This Issue

Native Nurturing Overnight

Annual Corporate Meeting

Long Dance

Christmas Eve Candle Ceremony

"Messiah" Training

Fire Ceremony

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

Perry's Ponderings

Calendar at a Glance
 
NOVEMBER
 
November 6th & 7th
Native Nurturing Overnight
 
November 7th, 4pm-6pm
Annual Corporate Meeting
 
November 7th, 6:45pm
Fire Ceremony
 
November 18th 6:30
Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
DECEMBER
 
December 4th & 5th
 
December 7th, 6:45pm
Fire Ceremony
 
December 16th 6:30
Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
December 24th
Christmas Eve Candle Ceremony
 
JANUARY
 
January 1st 
New Year's Day Sweat Lodge
Fire starts at 10 am
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.
 
November 7th 4pm -Annual Corporate Meeting visitors welcome
 
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center
Directions


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:

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

Dona Polero
Sevierville
865-805-8372
 
Jim Phillips
Knoxville
 
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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