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Peace Talk November 2011

November Message from Joseph Rael

 
Harvest of Divine KnowingFor November 2011, I send this "Harvest of Divine Knowing" to all the Peace Group people.
 
With loving blessings,
~Joseph Beautiful Painted Arrow

 
 

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This Week

Tuesday 7:30 pm - "Messiah" Training class
 
Friday 7:30 pm - Drum Circle
 
Saturday 10 am-4 pm Premier Shopping Days
 
Saturday 6:30 pm - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
 
Sunday 10 am - Monthly Council Meeting
 
Monday 6:45 pm - Fire Ceremony
 

TU-TAH* Chamber

 
 
 
CALL TO ACTION !!
 
 
January 1, 1994 construction on the Peace Sound Chamber at the Center for Peace began. Over the next several years many of us had the opportunity to come together in community and work long fruitful hours.
 
     "Adapting ancient building methods and design from the Southwestern Native People to Tennessee's unique environment, it shall provide space for singing, chanting, meditating, teaching, and other forms of celebrating the abundance of the Earth, the Grace of the Creator, and the unity of all People. 
    Inspired by the vision of Joseph Rael, 'Beautiful Painted Arrow', a Spiritual Teacher from the Picuris Pueblo [and Southern Ute] Native tradition, it will attract people form near and far to come to 'sing their song of Peace'."
 
~ Perry Robinson 1994
 
From the time the initial poles were placed to mark the future, celebrations and ceremonies have continued to contribute to the unique energy of the Peace Sound Chamber.
 
On November 12th our Native Nurturing Overnight will be held in the chamber. Creating, drumming, dancing, storytelling, laughing and sleeping will fill the chamber with the innocence of the children.
 
The Long Dance is held here in December.
 
And the Drumming Circle meets here every Friday night (sometimes Thursday).
 
Many of you have experienced the Beauty and the vibration of the Peace Sound Chamber. Some of you may have never been here in the physical realm.
 
A combination of age, weather, the storms and fallen tree limbs we have had this year have left our roof leaking with ensuing damage to the floor.
 
PAY FORWARD
 
Your help and support on this fund raising project will help guarantee that the Peace Sound Chamber will continue to provide a safe, warm, dry space for spiritual growth and to serve as an important link in the work of Beautiful Painted Arrow to awaken peace on Mother Earth.
 
This is an opportunity for you to help assure the ongoing work of the Peace Sound Chamber by contributing to the Chamber Repair and Maintenance Fund. Use the button below to make a PayPal contribution or mail a check to:
 
Center For Peace
880 Graves Delozier Rd
Seymour, TN 37865

(please write "Chamber Repair Fund" on your check)
 
PayPal link:
 
 
* "TU-TAH" - the center from which peace spreads, is the name that Joseph Rael Beautiful Painted Arrow gave for our chamber.

Premier Shopping Days

We would like to invite you to visit our shop during our two Premier Shopping Days---
Saturday, November 5th
and
Saturday, December 10th.
The hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm.
 
Each visitor will be given an index card (or more) for you to make your Wish List on, so bring your partner, friends and family for a day of leisurely browsing our shop. Each person will have an opportunity to shop for anyone that they choose to do so, while their relative, partner or friend enjoys a cup of tea or coffee and a cookie and a friendly conversation with other persons of like mind.
 

Premier Shopping Days

Native Nurturing November 12-13

Native Nurturing Weekend
Saturday November 12th 3pm
thru Sunday 2pm
 
Register Native Nurturing
 
Welcome to Fall and our annual Native Nurturing Weekend where we will spend the weekend learning the Old Way of appreciating nauture and ourselves. 
 
This event is for children and their parents.
Activities will include:
  • a Drumming Circle
  • singing
  • chanting
  • dancing
  • and story telling. 
There is always a creative active. 
 
On Sunday there will be a Children's Sweat Lodge where we continue to learn about the Medicine Wheel and the meaning of the Sacred Directions. 
 
Native Nurturing is a wonderful way of honoring your children and giving them this gift of family. 
 
Cost: $25 per participant $100 for family of four or more
Information: nan@centerforpeace.us
865-405-6809 (your may text you messages if you'd like)
 

More information and register for Native Nurturing

November 19th Women's Lodge

The next Women’s Sweat Lodge will be held at the Center For Peace on Saturday, November 19th. Please arrive by 10:00 AM when the Fire will be lit.
 
Since we are stepping into the Energies of the Holy-days, this is an appropriate time to acknowledge our gratitude for all that has been given and for all that is yet to come. As part of the gathering, we will create a circle and invite you to share your expressions of Gratitude as well as your intentions for the New Year.
 
Please bring a covered dish for the feast. So that we may continue to offer and support future women’s, and all, sweat lodges at the Center For Peace, a suggested Love Donation of $10.00 is requested.

Sweat Lodge Information

Long Dance

Long Dance ~ December 3rd-4th
 
 
 
Register Long Dance
 
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

Long Dance Info and Registration

"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

Fire7th 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.

Fire Ceremony Information

Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodge
Saturday Night Lodge - November 5th 6:30pm
Thursday Night Lodge - November 17th 6:30 pm 
Women's Sweat Lodge - Saturday November 19th 10am
 
 
 
A 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.
 

More sweat lodge information

Drumming Circle

Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José Gonzalez and Tamy Brown

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.

In This Issue

November Message from Joseph Rael

This Week

TU-TAH* Chamber

Premier Shopping Days

Native Nurturing November 12-13

November 19th Women's Lodge

Long Dance

"Messiah" Training

Fire Ceremony

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

Calendar at a Glance
 
NOVEMBER
 
November 5th, 10am-4pm
 
November 5th, 6:30pm
led by José Gonzalez
 
November 6th 10am
Monthly Council Meeting
NOTE TIME CHANGE
 
November 7th 6:45pm
led by Katy Koontz
 
November 12th
led by Nan Citty
 
November 17th 6:30pm
led by Steve Citty
 
November 19th 10:00am
led by Margarita DiVita
 
 
DECEMBER
 
December 3rd-4th
led by Colby McLemore & Katy Koontz
 
December 7th 6:45pm
led by Katy Koontz

December 10th, 10am-4pm
 
December 11th 10am
Monthly Council Meeting
NOTE TIME CHANGE
 
December 15th 6:30pm
led by Steve Citty
 
December 24th 7pm
Christmas Eve Candle Lighting
 
 
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:

 
Marti Ackerman
Belmont, NC
704-906-9464
 
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
 
Jose Gonzalez
Seymour
865-300-3439
 
Ed Hodges
Sevierville
865-951-8924
 
Katy Koontz
Knoxville
865-693-9845

Colby McLemore
Knoxville
865-924-1455
 
Sandy Palmer
Seymour, TN
865-304-0765
 
Dona Polero
Sevierville
865-805-8372
 
Barbara Rector
Knoxville
865-483-4510
 
Jeanne Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Perry Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Center For Peace • 880 Graves Delozier Road • Seymour • TN • 37865

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