P.O. Box 110998 Aurora, CO. 80042
Reaching out in joy and
sisterhood to keep us connected
as we circle together as women
President, Alpha Institute
Women’s Circle Facilitator
Rachel Lord RN, CMT, MH
Women’s Circle Facilitator
CREATING YOUR OWN
WHY HAVE A CIRCLE?
- A circle provides a natural way for women to gather and create a safe place where family and friends can congregate do ceremony, tradition, confidences and support. From ancient to modern times circles have been used by people to respond to the needs of the community.
- These are changing times, circles are more important than ever. They give answers and suggestions for how to proceed.
WHAT IT TAKES - PURPOSE & INTENTION
- Members need a desire to connect in a meaningful way and create community where all are part of the one - the circle.
- Members need a commitment to make the circle a priority in order for it to work.
WHAT IT DOES
- The circle reminds you of your sacred path by connecting everyday life to the divine.
- This occurs through ritual and ceremony.
- As a circle collects its unique tools and special objects, a sense of ritual and familiarity is developed.
WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR?
- Life passages – births, marriages, deaths, accomplishments
- Natural times such as new moons and full moons, solstices, holidays
- Problem solving, healing, connection
WHY IS IT UNIVERSAL?
- Circles cross all religions and belief systems
- Because it is flexible (there is no right or wrong way), the circle can be simple, such as lighting a single candle or can get as complex as you like.
- It is very forgiving and adapts easily to any occasion.
- Who will be coming?: Individual, Core group, Random group, Family, Friends, Mixed or same sex, similar ages or multi-generational. How many?
- When? Date, time, single event or at regular intervals. Examples are every full moon, Solstice, birthday or singly for a birth, marriage, menarche, etc.
- Where? Indoors, Outdoors, Sacred site
- Planning: Is ceremony decided by an individual in advance or when the group meets?
- Roles: Assigned ahead or spontaneous for that circle only. Who does what? Are roles rotated or set? Various roles could be leading in, welcoming directions, leading a meditation, drumming or song, chanting, saying blessing.
- Choosing Your Props or Tools: These are objects present at every circle which create the ritual setting. Examples: directional candles, sacred herbs, central light, totem animals
- Setting Up the Perimeter: Creating circle boundaries and sacred space such as drawing circle, sprinkling cornmeal or salt, lining up rocks, building outdoor permanent circle
- Creating the Entrance and Exit: A portal to enter and to leave circle and consideration of which direction to enter and exit from. This portal indicates passage into an altered reality. Examples are a bridge from the east, a path, two stones or crystal, candles.
- Seating: Arrange how and where you will sit. Where is your place? In what direction? Could line up by moon sign, astrological sign, age, etc.
PERFORMING YOUR CEREMONY
PREPARING TO ENTER
- Ground and Center: Shift your reality, change focus and breathe.
- Preparation Techniques and Tools: Use the senses. Smudge with sage or copal, drum or chant to form trance, ritually bathe and use water, oils to smell, music to listen to.
- Proceed In Clockwise: The planetary direction. This is to open your heart and go within. It follows the rhythm of the universe
- Methods to Enter: Go in silence, with drumming, chanting or singing, carrying candles or lighted sage or incense.
HOW TO BEGIN
Welcome in the Sacred: This could be the 4 directions, spirits, guides, angles, deities, source, God, ancestors, humanity.
- Give Thanks: Open with a blessing or prayer. Thank each spirit, deity, one another.
- State Intention: This is key. Must know why you have gathered, why you are here. It gives focus and a reason and organizational principle for what comes next.
- Light the Hearth: Gives central focus. Can be a candle or many or a light of some kind.
DOING THE WORK
- The Nitty Gritty: How are you going to cement your intention? This is about reinforcing intention in a ceremonial manner within the sacred space you have created. It takes imagination, courage and a bit of brainstorming.
- Use Symbols that Speak to You: Symbols hold power. Examples are various religious symbols, pentagrams, spirals, labyrinths, goddess statues.
- Choose Tools to Symbolize Your Intention: Examples are mirrors for reflection or seeing clearly, pendulums for intuitive work, card reading for guidance, water for cleansing, brooms to clear cobwebs in your mind, flowers for beauty, seeds for growth, animal totems for spirit guides, intention bundles. Let your imagination soar.
- Use Elemental Forces: Fire to burn what is no longer needed, Water for cleansing, feathers for Air to lighten up, Earth for grounding or connection to The Mother.
- Try Out Ways to Open Consciousness: This creates receptivity and lets your ego float away. It helps you change. Examples are guided meditations, drumming, chanting, shamanic journeying, spinning, singing.
CLOSING AND EXITING
- Always Give Thanks: Let your allies, helpers, higher forces know they are appreciated.
- Acknowledge One Another. Do a closing prayer or blessing. Affirm each other.
- Extinguish the Candles: Close up shop. Lights, fire, incense must be snuffed.
- Exit Counter-Clockwise: Reverse the direction that you used to enter. Symbolizes going without and returning to every-day reality. Tells your unconscious that the work is done.
Some of our References:
Calling The Circle, Christina Baldwin, 1994, Swan.Raven & Co. P.O.Box 190 Mill Spring, NC 28756
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN CIRCLE!
Sunday October 9, 2011
1 pm - 4:30 pm $20
Connect With Other Wise Women
Join In Ceremony with Drums and Rattles!
- We will experiment, play & try out techniques to tailor a circle that speaks to you
- In these uncertain times it is imperative that we empower ourselves & others
- The circle provides a sacred space to do this important work
- Circles create a ripple of peace in the universe
- Become part of the healing community with this gentle, ancient ceremony
- Circles have been a natural way for women to gather since the beginning
Let’s continue that tradition and spread the sisterhood
- BRING: A drum or rattle! If not, we have extras's.
- Please RSVP by phone or email below
Andrea Lord, Women’s Circle Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner
Rachel Lord, RN, CMT, Master Herbalist
Old Hampden Holistic Center
3501 S. Corona St., #1
Englewood, CO 80113
To Sign Up:
A Women’s Circle at 720-530-2834
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