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Because still on the youthful wing
The scent of innocent beauty lies
That touched by a stranger scatters & dies -
This love must I tenderly sing.
Yet since you think it a dirty thing
Have dragged it through fear & infamy
And kept it under lock and key -
This love will I freely sing.
To love's persecuted my sing I bring
And to the outcasts of our time
Since happy or not this love is mine -
This love dare I loudly sing.
-John Henry Mackay, published in 1924 edition of Der Eigene (The Self-Owners)
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there's no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone's there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I'll give you strength,
I'll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.
May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace....
- Written during WW2, on the wall of a cellar, by a Jew in the Cologne concentration camp
Hineni, here am I, a survivor!
When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us 'What have you done?' there will be many answers. You will say, 'I became a jeweler.' Another will say "I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.' Another will say "I built houses.' But I will say 'I didn't forget you. -Simon Wiesenthal
To us, recollection is a holy act: we sanctify the present by remembering the past. To us Jews, the essence of faith is memory. To believe is to remember. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. Not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories. For the dead and the living we must bear witness. -Elie Wiesel
The adventure continues! I wrote an article for this newsletter but so many other things wanted to be included, I am now saving it for next month's edition.
It is the beginning of fall, my most favorite time of the year. The Jewish New Year occurs on Sep 16 and the Celtic New Year is Oct 31. So even though we might view autumn as a time of Nature progressing toward Death, it is also a time of harvest and of reaping. The beautiful colors can remind us that it is a time of celebration of transformation, recycling, and thus renewal.
I have formally set my retirement date to be the last day in December. I am very excited about devoting my energy to shamanic energy medicine work and book writing full time beginning January 1. I figure that it is no accident that my transition is concurrent with the transition into the next 26,000 year Mayan cycle. And so the big adventure begins!
My "Life Between Lives" Regression
For the past several months I have been studying death to learn about living. I have researched such subjects as Past Life Regression (PLR), Life Between Lives (LBL), and Near Death Experiences (NDE).
Several weeks ago I had one of the most, if not the most, profound spiritual experience of my life. I underwent a Life Between Life regression. The process involves working with a Past Life Regression therapist who hypnotizes you into the theta state of mind. This level is deeper than the usual level that journeys and meditation creates.
A normal LBL session lasts 3-4 hours and includes guided meditation to relax, regression back through your childhood, regression into your pre-birth womb, then passage into the most recent past life you have had. When you experience your “death” in that life you pass into the 5th dimension where souls reside when they are not incarnated. And there is a whole amazing world there!
My LBL lasted 8.5 hours of which over 5 were in hypnotic trance. I came to my appointment with a list of specific questions I wanted answers to. I was able to get answers to all of my questions and much more. I met the librarian at the Hall of Records, my soul guide, my soul group, and the Council of Elders. I was able to find out so many things about myself, I consider this experience to be a destiny retrieval.
I returned to this 3D world with clarity, purpose, and confidence in knowing my path and where I’m traveling to. The self-understanding I got from experiencing (and confirming my suspicions of) my recent past life provided a major healing for me and has already made significant impacts in my life.
Integration of my experience is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Little pieces of “aha!” moments keep falling into place, creating an even clearer picture of my life and my purpose. "Oh, that's why I do this. Oh, that's why I am like this. Oh! Oh! Oh!"
I am sharing my experience in the hope that LBL/PL regressions become more common so that mainstream Western culture can eventually benefit from these spiritually therapeutic experiences. I believe they are so powerful that they can transmute some issues that may never change through more traditional type therapies. I highly recommend this experience to anyone that is ready for it. I promise you it will rock your world.
I have illustrated what I saw during my LBL session. If you are interested in seeing these pictures, let me know and I am glad to share. In addition, I have a wonderful list of books on PLR, LBL, and NDE that I have read. If you would like a copy, please contact me.
A mystery school has been called a university for the soul, a school for the study of spiritual concepts from various sources. The teachings of a mystery school are derived from ancient shamanic wisdom. Many of the subjects taught in a mystery school are considered esoteric because they have not been shared in Western mainstream schooling. And the mystery schools were named as such because members were sworn to secrecy about the rites and inner teachings of the schools.
The term mystery derives from Latin mysterium, from Greek mysterion (plural, mysteria), meaning a secret rite or doctrine. An individual who followed a Mystery was a mystes, one who has been initiated, from myein to close, shut (closure of the eyes and mouth). The modern term mystic is a person who seeks a transcendental experience of the divine.
A mystery school is not a religion but a place of study and practice. Mystery school is not about dogma or central authority figures. Each student is encouraged to be self-referencing, i.e. sourcing from their higher self and their personal spirit guides.
One of mystery schools’ primary duties is to serve the Light and keep the ancient knowledge alive. Because of the massive shifts in energy occurring on Earth today and the critical need to raise the consciousness of the planets' inhabitants, mystery schools are releasing the ancient teachings for first time to the public.
The only thing you can take with you out of this lifetime is the knowledge that your soul acquires. Anyone who sets an intention to learn and takes the action to attract knowledge becomes a receiver of the mysteries of the universe. Mystery schools and medicine wheel programs are a journey of personal healing, powerful transformation, spiritual awakening.
MY MEDICINE WHEEL MYSTERY SCHOOL
I have restructured the curriculum of my Medicine Wheel training to encompass more subjects which makes it more like a Mystery school. My new curriculum draws from many sources such as core shamanism, Peruvian shamanism, Native American and Celtic beliefs, Hawaiian Huna, Paganism, Wicca, Hoodoo Rootwork, Transpersonal Psychology, Energy Medicine, Light Work, and other modern metaphysical subjects.
My program is really a smorgasbord of spiritual concepts where various flavors can be sampled. Each student can then pursue a deeper dive on the concepts that resonate with him/her. This program is ideal for any individual that is seeking a way to activate a daily spiritual practice. Spiritual awareness will be enhanced through learning enriching rituals and simple ceremonies that can be performed each day or for special occasions.
This program is also a journey of personal transformation that clears past wounds to create the world you always desired. It helps you to develop the gifts that are unique to you so that you can activate them at their fullest power.
What you see in the world is a mirror of how you see yourself. By increasing self-love & improving self-respect, your energetic vibration increases to a level that allows you to manifest your heart’s desires with ease.
In this series of 13 classes you will learn shamanic energy medicine techniques for healing and creating a luminous body from many different traditions. Subjects covered include: Energy Medicine ~ Medicine Wheel ~ Psychic Protection ~ Communication Styles ~ Ethics & Legal Issues ~ Soul Stages ~ Sacred Space ~ Shamanic Journeying ~ Breaking Vows of Poverty ~ Creating a Magick Name ~ Pendulums ~ Healing Chakras & Auras ~ Cutting Cords ~ Smudging ~ Ceremonial Crafts ~ Despacho Ceremony ~ Fire Ceremony ~ Spirit Relationships ~ Skeleton Dance ~ Structural Clearing ~ Meridian Tapping ~ Illuminations ~ Extractions ~ Soul Flight ~ Death Rites ~ Soul Retrieval ~ Mesa Divination ~ Inka Lineage Rites ~ Usui Reiki (optional)
Holocaust - Homocaust Memorial Ceremony
But Never Forget!
One of things that came out of my LBL regression was the validation that my last life was as a gay prisoner in the Nazi death camps during World War 2. As a way to help heal that past wound, I am creating a Holocaust - Homocaust Memorial Ceremony.
I believe that there are a lot of souls that have reincarnated into this time from the World War 2 period. I personally know a number of people who have memories of the Holocaust. My intention is that holding this memorial service will be a healing for both the victims then and the reincarnated victims now.
The details of where and when the ceremony will be held are not yet set but if you are interested in attending, please email me and I will insure you are on the invite list.
Traditional days to do a memorial service would be:
27 January is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2005. January 27, 1945 is the day that the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. Holocaust comes from the Greek word holókauston, meaning a whole (holos) burnt (kaustos) sacrificial offering to a god.
27 Nisan (on the moon-based Jewish calendar which is in April 8 in 2013 on the solar-based Western calendar) is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). It is Israel's national memorial day that was started in 1953. Shoah is the Hebrew word for “Calamity”. Originally Yom HaShoah was to be on the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (April 19, 1943) but it was in conflict with Passover so it was set to be 8 days before Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day).
9 November is the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Night of Shattered Glass) which occurred in 1938 and is regarded as the opening shot of the Holocaust. The Nazis began pogroms all over Germany. 267 synagogues were looted or burned, 7500 Jewish businesses were destroyed and 91 Jews lost their lives. Others were injured, cemeteries were vandalized, and over 25,000 Jews were arrested and re-located to concentration camps.
However, the ceremony can be on any day as the Holocaust happened 365 days a year.
The ceremony will include:
- The lighting of yahrzeit candles (candles of commemoration).
- Pinning on a triangle as a way of reclaiming, an act of returning the honor to the victims of the Holocaust/Homocaust.
- Sharing photos, stories, or poems.
- Creating a beautiful prayer bundle that will be burned in a ceremonial fire, where our prayers will ride the smoke to the Heavens. The ashes will eventually be put to rest on Mother Earth.
Identification of inmates in Nazi concentration camps was performed in 2 ways: by special badges and by identification numbers. You can tell from the list that the Nazi's got rid of anyone they didn't want. Color-coded triangles were sewed onto prison uniforms to quickly identify prisoners. The color system was:
- Red—political prisoners: liberals, communists, trade unionists, royalists, social democrats and socialists, Freemasons, anarchists.
- Green—professional criminals (convicts, often Kapos, serving in exchange for reduced sentences or parole).
- Blue—foreign forced laborers, emigrants.
- Pink—sexual offenders, mostly homosexual men but rarely rapists, zoophiles and paedophiles.
- Purple—Bible Students, a term taken from a name of, and primarily referring to, Jehovah's Witnesses, though a very small number of pacifists and members of other religious organizations were also imprisoned under this classification
- Black—people who were deemed asocial elements and work shy including: Roma (Gypsies), the mentally ill, alcoholics, vagrants and beggars, pacifists, conscription resisters, prostitutes, anarchists, drug addicts, lesbians
- Brown—Roma (Gypsies) (previously wore the black triangle).
- Uninverted red—an enemy POW, spy or a deserter.
- Two superimposed yellow triangles—a Jew
- Red triangle superimposed upon a yellow one—a Jewish political prisoner
- Green triangle upon a yellow one—a Jewish habitual criminal
- Purple triangle superimposed upon a yellow one—a Jehovah's Witness of Jewish descent
- Pink triangle superimposed upon a yellow one—a Jewish sexual offender
- Black triangle superimposed upon a yellow one—asocial and work shy Jews
- Voided black triangle superimposed over a yellow one—a Jew convicted of miscegenation and labeled as a race defiler
- Yellow triangle superimposed over a black one—an Aryan (woman) convicted of miscegenation and labeled as a race defiler
Inmates were initially identified by numbers sewn on the clothes. However it was too difficult to identify corpses, once clothes were removed. So when Soviet POWs started coming in 1941, they were tattooed with a special stamp on the upper left breast. Beginning in 1942, numbers were tattooed with a single needle on the left forearm. The Auschwitz Concentration Camp Complex was the only location in which prisoners were systematically tattooed.
15,000 Gay Men
11 to 17 Million Total
I am now taking names of people who are interested in taking Reiki Levels 1, 2, and/or 3. Please contact me if you would like to become attuned to this amazing energy.