I knew I had to emerge from the swamp I had created. The deadly sea voyage was the signal for me to embark on an intense spiritual journey. They were not my hands on the wheel. It took me a long time to realize that it was none other than Trailing Sky who saved my life at that instance – and on many other occasions.
It was no accident that on my return to Canada after the brutal sea voyage I first met White Eagle Woman at an elders gathering. She beckoned me over, looked me right in the eye and told me that she did not like me at all. Quite an introduction! She had been instructed by her ancestors to train me and it began straight away with an eight day vision quest. Her blunt introduction was a prelude to a thirty year period of training and healing under her guidance. She became a spiritual mentor and directed the shamanic process of my healing from childhood sexual abuse. This allowed the mosaic of the past to reveal itself. She also identified Trailing Sky for me and then taught me how to create a medicine wheel in my mind with a circle at the sacred centre. That was the location where I could dialog with Trailing Sky.
I also met a Rishi – a holy man from India who recognized me and insisted I go to India for spiritual training. I took leave from my university and spent two years as a yogi, where the spiritual treasures of India were opened to me. I also became seriously ill and knew there was a distinct possibility of death. I met this with calm and a total lack of fear. Huddled on a bed in an ashram in Mumbai, India – I opened my eyes to see one of my swami mentors. He said:
“We are so happy Ian that you have decided to die with us in India. And we will be most happy should you live.”
Lying there close to death, the lack of fear provided a sense of freedom. Trailing Sky was also there – constantly. She orchestrated all the energies to keep me alive. I later learned that she was there every time my life was at risk. That must have kept her very busy!! She brought me through to safety – time after time. Trailing Sky is not an illusion, a projection that I am attached to. She is the ultimate Muse, constituting all that is now crystal clear within me. I am deeply humbled and privileged to touch this deep wisdom of transformation.
She said to me, “You have transformed all that you brought in with you and suffered from, You changed course and now have freedom and alignment. The person who stumbled blindly through the first part of your life is not the Ian walking through the second part of life. In India, Arizona, France, the Canadian wilderness and around the world you went to extraordinary lengths to deal with karma. Had you not done so – I would have to wait for several more lifetimes to come through to you. There were so many severe experiences, but you responded by moving in this spiritual direction. You touched a universal thread and that allowed me to close the gap – so I could keep my promise from 1777.”
The rest of my life is still a work in progress
The book is available at http://www.ianprattis.com/TrailingSky.html for an author autograph. Also on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
I am writing you as a friend of the community. Last year Diana Martinez came to Ottawa for a weekend presentation on Family Constellations with Applied Mystical Principles. By popular demand we invited her back this year. This exceptional workshop helps us expand our understanding of the nature of transformation, access deeper healing and practice subtle competencies. We will also be able to experience the trans-generational effects of our parents and ancestors in our lives and how to heal patterns they generate, creating blockages in our lives. This modality is one of the most effective and profound ways that I know to help us heal physically and emotionally and to enhance our relationships with the world.
Diana studied closely with Bert Hellinger for over 10 years. Hellinger is a popular German psychotherapist who was able to develop a powerful technique to recover the order of love and our need to belong in ourselves and in our family and community.
This workshop will apply Mystical Principles with the main revelations of Bert Hellinger’s “Orders of Love” as a path of awakening into wholeness. Family Constellations help heal:
Conflicts (inner and outer)
Loneliness (need to belong)
Separation or divorce (self or family)
Sadness, unhappiness, lack of fulfillment
Historical events that have impacted you or your family
Loss of motivation
I hope to see many of you there on October 28th and 29th at St Paul University.
For more information and to register contact Maya at: Ottawafamilyconstellation@gmail.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Martinez is a psychotherapist with 14 years of experience working with individuals and groups. She has trained in multiple transformational disciplines including Gestalt group work, Family Constellations, studying directly with Bert Hellinger, Somatic body/mind work and Craniosacral & Body therapy based on the method developed by Francoise Mezieres. Diana holds a BA in International Relations, an MA in Humanities and a PhD in Philosophy and Ethics. She has studied Zen Meditation with Roshi Kiunan and Ana Maria Schlüter for the past 17 years and actively practices Zazen. For the past five years, Diana has been working with Thomas Hübl, a contemporary spiritual teacher. She has studied with Bert Hellinger for 10 years. Diana is a pioneer in the integration of Mystical Principles with Family Constellations as a means for deep personal and collective transformation.
by Amâeil (Melinda Urban RIHR)
Healing with Divine heart to awaken the deep truth within.
The healing journey requires self-responsible self-honesty. “Do I punish myself?” may not be an easy inquiry, but it can free us.
Self-punishment can be considered to be conscious intentional self-harm, but its driving force is in the subconscious ego personality – the emotional pain and mental body programs that cause us to act in unkind ways.
Self-punishment can be an active form of aggression such as cutting or hitting. It’s also expressed in the many ways that we can deny ourselves joy and inner peace, such as berating self-criticism, or avoiding self-supportive spiritual practices. Sometimes it’s carried over from experiences in other lives: we may have made a decision that caused many deaths, so we commit to ourselves to pay for our misdeeds.
There are essentially two core reasons that we punish ourselves; feeling guilty for something that we have done that we know we should not have, or shame for who we are. These can feed each other: guilt can lead to a core negative self-perception, and in turn, we are apt to act in ways that devalue ourselves.
Without healing the mental bondage memories from past traumas, we can attach to pain, suffering, disconnection, or victim consciousness. For example, one of my clients was forced to kill a person in a previous life, and while she too was a victim, her inability to forgive herself manifested as extensive physical pain in this incarnation. Then negative forces can continually enslave and parasitize our energy.
Keeping our pain is not required to learn from our experiences, it only contracts us. Placing restrictions on our joy now doesn’t balance the past, it tethers us to it. However, choosing to heal with self-forgiveness is the refusal to punish ourselves further. Only the loving God Within can free us.
For the full article and healing support, visit www.MelindaUrban.com 17 years experience, intuitively integrating multi-dimensional ascension clearing, energy psychotherapy, thetahealing®, & vocal healing. Specializing in clearing stubborn patterns. In person or by phone 613-253-2888.
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Have you ever had a pain in your neck or shoulder too painful to touch? Need a better way to handle stress and bring some relaxation back into your life? Look no further than your local Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT).
Reflexology is a holistic, natural, and non-invasive therapy for people of all ages. It is based on the principle that reflexes in a localized area can be mapped to other parts, glands, and organs of the body. Through the application of specific hand and thumb walking techniques on these reflexes, reflexology therapy can:
• relieve tension;
• improve circulation and;
• support the body’s efforts to function optimally providing one with a feeling of balance and a restored sense of well-being.
Reflexology helps to manage many common ailments such as:
• musculo-skeletal pain;
• stress; and
• hormonal and digestive issues to name a few.
Reflexology can help your body function at its best!
Unlike other therapies which manipulate bones or muscle tissues, Reflexology can provide much needed relief through working the body reflex that ails you on a part of the body that does not.
Not to mention that it is often more affordable that other more evasive treatments.
For optimal results, clients should visit a reflexology therapist regularly and integrate these treatments along with a balance diet and exercise into their health regime.
To have a treatment plan designed especially for you and your health goals, consult a RCRT in your local area.
The Reflexology Association of Canada has been training and certifying Reflexology Therapists since 1976. It’s important that patients are treated by a skilled, qualified practitioner.
The Ottawa Region of the Reflexology Association of Canada is proud to take part in the 2017 World Reflexology Week celebrations from September 18 – 24, 2017.
You may be eligible for $10 off your next treatment* if you live in the Ottawa area. Please find listed below participating local reflexology therapists. You may also visit our Ottawa and Area website at www.Ottawareflexology.ca
For more information on the (RCRT) designation and Standards of Practice for Reflexology Therapists in Canada, please visit the Reflexology Association of Canada website at www.reflexologycanada.org
*Full treatment session lasting approximately 45-60 mins
Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Canada)
Thursday September 21st, 2017, 12:00 – 1:15
Modern society is in the midst of a “Mindful Revolution,” a mainstreaming of mindfulness practices that is being powered scientific research illuminating the health and cognitive benefits of the most common form of mindfulness that is sitting meditation. Mindfulness is also a secular practice that transcends all global wisdom traditions and is accessible to everyone.
Mindfulness is about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement. The practice of mindfulness meditation helps us develop the skill of paying attention with intention and kindness. It empowers individuals to live their best lives by improving their physical health and cultivating the qualities of compassion and common humanity. But mindfulness is far from an individual exercise. When we meditate, we also cultivate the qualities of compassion, empathy, inner peace and love for others. We bring these qualities to our relationships, in our treatment of others, and in the values we pass down to future generations. This is how mindfulness creates a more compassionate and peaceful world. When we hit a critical mass of people practising mindfulness we can tilt the course of mankind and achieve world peace.
The rising popularity of mindfulness comes at a time of unprecedented global tensions and increasing separateness. Canada has stood firm in our commitment to diversity and inclusion but we are not immune to violent hatred and discrimination. There is no time like the present for Canadians to come together and show our commitment to an inclusive society and world that is built on our common humanity. We have the opportunity to do this on September 21st, 2017 when a Mass Mindfulness Meditation for Peace will take place on the lawns of Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital from 12:00-1:15pm.
September 21st is the UN’s International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) which falls under the theme Together for Peace to show support for refugees and migrants, and counter the global rise in xenophobia and discrimination. The guided meditation will centre on the themes inclusiveness, common humanity, and inner to outer peace. We are honoured that Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of modern mindfulness and world-renowned meditation teacher, writer and scientist, is making his first appearance in Ottawa as our very special guest at this timely gathering. You don’t need to be a meditator to participate and enjoy this historic gathering
This gathering marks the launch of Mindfulness on the Hill, mass meditations that will take place over spring to summer 2018. It is the intention of Innerspace to also host modern and fun mindfulness meditation events across landmark Ottawa locations.
For more information please visit:
Scheherzade van Aarle is the founder INNERSPACE MINDFULNESS and is dedicated to bringing mindfulness meditation to the masses with the goal of achieving world peace.
In recent months there has been a resurgence of and deepened interest in A Course in Miracles due to the publication of the Circle of Atonement’s Complete and Annotated Edition of the Course, edited by Circle founder Robert Perry.
The “CE,” which has been more than ten years in the making, is based on the original handwritten notes of Helen Schucman, restoring extensive material (around 45,000 words) edited out of earlier editions. This previously unpublished material immensely clarifies how we can actually apply the Course’s teachings in a very personal and practical way. It establishes A Course in Miracles as a course in miracle working.
The Complete and Annotated Edition includes helpful introductory material, extensive footnotes that clarify difficult passages, and cameo essays featuring guidance on how to apply the teachings in everyday life––how to learn to live a miraculous life and become a beacon of light and love in a dark world.
The CE is a milestone in the history of A Course in Miracles: It is an important starting point for newcomers; it deepens current Course students’ understanding and experience; it will be a truly valuable resource for Course students for generations to come. For more information, visit the CE website: http://www.acim.circleofa.org
Because of the overwhelming response to the Complete and Annotated Edition, the Circle of Atonement is establishing a new global online community called Course Companions, the goal of which will be to nurture a mature and practical approach to the study of A Course in Miracles for students around the world. Its focus will be to walk students through the Course itself, from beginning to end and provide valuable resources for the journey.
Students may enter Course Companions through Emily Bennington’s Facebook site: http://emilybennington.com/coursecompanions/ or become a member of the extended community and receive in-depth teaching from Robert Perry and senior Circle teachers by registering at:
www.coursecompanions.com . Using this code (LOVE150), will entitle registrants to a discount on their membership fee.
Robert will begin taking students through the Text of the Course in mid-September. He will offer daily commentaries supplemented by exercises, questions for reflection, and a daily practice suggestion. He will also teach a weekly class, in which he will review the readings of the week and answer questions. For those who would like a more personal group experience, there will also be the possibility of joining breakout groups led by Circle of Atonement-trained teachers. I will lead one of those groups here from Course Oasis for Ottawa and area students. I am greatly pleased to be part of this holy endeavour and look forward to building a greater sense of community here in the Ottawa area.
Mary Anne Buchowski is a Circle of Atonement senior teacher and founder of Course Oasis, an Ottawa-based registered charitable teaching organization devoted to A Course in Miracles. For more information or to order copies of the CE, please contact Mary Anne at email@example.com or call her at 613-726-0195.
On Sunday, July 2, 2017 the culmination of seven years of imagining a better world took place with the public launch of an extraordinary sculpture garden in an eastern corner of Ottawa, Canada. The Sanctuary, which was established by Dr. Ranjit Perera, a former Fulbright Scholar and retired senior civil servant who worked in international development, was visited by approximately 250 people. A steady stream of people from all walks of life wandered past the more than 60 sculptures lovingly placed throughout the beautiful nine acre ravine land on Old Montreal Road, in Cumberland, Ottawa.
A volunteer at the event was moved by the response of many of those visiting whom, she said, “expressed amazement that something like this exists in Ottawa”. A Board Member for Humanics Institute, the non-profit organization founded by Dr. Perera, reported that “people loved the innovativeness of the sculptures, the beautiful walking paths but mostly the message the Sanctuary communicates regarding the universalness of the human experience.” Sculptures of the Buddha meditating, Hindu Gods and Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, for example, can be found, along with sculptures depicting such human fundamentals as ‘childhood wonder’, ‘evolution’, ‘friendship’, ‘the single mother’ and ‘music’. The sculptures are impressive; they are designed to be permanent fixtures and are made from granite or metal. Their creators are artists from as far away as India, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The launch was a festive occasion marked with speeches and, including messages of congratulations to by the Canadian Prime Minister, Premier of Ontario, Member of the Ontario Parliament, and Mayor of Ottawa. An informal ‘dialogue on essential values’ attracted a number of the participants to the tent and chairs that were set up on the large field adjacent to the ravine.
The Board of Humanics Institute is continuing to develop its plans for the site, including building a conference centre and eventually a multi-faith temple aimed at bringing people together to explore themes of shared diversity and oneness. Dr. Perera, still hearty having already celebrated his 76th birthday, expressed his confidence that this unique facility will be visited by tens of thousands of Ottawans and tourists in the years to come. A teacher visiting the Garden was overheard to say that she would be bringing her classes there to “give them a unique experience to reflect on the meaning of life”.
Those interested in supporting the Sanctuary are invited to become involved by volunteering time, becoming a supporting member, or by sponsoring a sculpture. In particular partners and donors for additional sculptures, including ones representing themes from Islam, Sikhism and Aboriginal spirituality are being actively sought.
The Sanctuary and Sculpture Park is open Thursday to Monday 10:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is $5 for adults ($2.50 for students and seniors; children under 12 are free). Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their humans in exploring the park. More information can be found on the Humanics website at www.humanicsinstitute.org
Modern Yoga is often regarded as posture exercise. Traditional Yoga is a process of cultivating our body, mind and consciousness to understand and experience our inner spiritual nature, and let our Self resonate with the Divine for well-being and happiness. Through Yoga practice, skills and techniques can be mastered.
The roots of Yoga are the Vedas which means “true or sacred knowledge”. As a baby, a child, a youth and an elder will eat different kinds of food, a spiritual mentor will give different guidance to different learners. For the same question, the spiritual mentor might give different answers based on that person’s situation. Thus, a complex spiritual knowledge system appears to us. And some teachings can be totally opposite. We might be bewildered to study immense spiritual texts by ourselves. To attend a Yoga teacher training is a way to receive guidance from an experienced spiritual practitioner.
The Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher training program offered at Wishingtree Yoga focuses on the Yoga Tradition. The program includes:
The Roots of Yoga:
Introduces Yoga authoritative texts: Bhagavad-gita, Yoga Sutra and Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Asanas and Pranayamas practice
• Yoga anatomy and physiology
• Posture modification for seniors, pre-natal or people with physical concerns
• Teaching practice
Samkhya Yoga and meditation
• Consciousness and mind manifestation
• Meditation practice
Karma Yoga and Yoga life attitude: Lifestyle towards a wholesome holistic life
Bhakti Yoga and sound vibration: Discovering spirit in sound
Jñāna Yoga and spiritual master: Yoga philosophy study
Lead trainer Rupa (Ivy) has been practicing Yoga since 1996 in China. Her Chinese background and training gives her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way. Join Rupa for an unforgettable journey towards Self-realization. The experience will give an understanding of Yoga’s amazing scientific knowledge, and practical skills and techniques to use on and off the mat! It is all about your SELF.
For more information, visit www.wishingtreeyoga.ca
I confess. I have been a navel gazer for a long time. Think about it: the navel sits right there in the centre of the human body; an area full of vital organs needed to break down our food into vitamins and minerals that will nourish us on all levels. How amazing!
Yet hands-on care of the abdominals is almost never considered or requested in a regular massage treatment. How come? As it turns out, I went on a journey to find answers.
In 2002, during my three year training for a Registered Massage Therapy Diploma, I remember feeling like there was more to discover about hands-on abdominal care than I was taught. In our practical courses, we learned only very basic relaxation and breathing techniques; useful, but not quite enough to satisfy my curiosity.
In the program’s physiology courses we were taught that almost every blood cell, lymph fluid and spinal fluid system runs through the abdominal cavity. Congestion and tightness in the abdominal area can affect the flow and the ability for all of the internal organs and systems: the pulmonary system (breathing) digestive system (food digestions and elimination), the circulatory system (blood and lymphatics) and the reproductive system (uterus or the prostate).
When I went into my own practice in 2006, I received visits from plenty of clients with pain in the mid- and lower back muscles. I knew that treating the abdominals would support the massage I was doing on the back, but I was left looking for more techniques to help.
Then in 2010 I heard about The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy, taught in a one week intensive training program for Registered Massage Therapists in New Hampshire. Maybe this treatment to my massage therapy toolkit could address the missing pieces of my belly puzzling.
Founded by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, the Arvigo Institute teaches a series of gentle, non-invasive, visceral massage techniques that focus on the abdominal, back and hip areas of the body, useful for both men and women – finally, belly care for all! The techniques are based on repetition of light touch, not increasing physical pressure.
Once certified, I began exploring this new therapy with clients, adapting the techniques to meet the unique needs of each individual. Over time, the more treatment is received, the more their bodies had a chance to release the physical tension in the muscles and tissues surrounding the abdominal cavity and its’ internal organs, allowing them to function freely and maintain optimal health from within.
In addition, this training is based on the understanding that each person’s ability to know and lovingly support themselves is the foundation to true health, in mind, body and energy. My services include supporting clients to sense/feel and understand their own experiences as they undergo treatments – each person becomes their own expert and advocate.
These co-created sessions in turn allow me to continue to adjust treatments according to in-the-moment needs. For clients who are interested (the keeners!) I can also offer take home self-care tools that they can use in between treatments – what a positive way to get to know the language of your own body!
Maya Abdominal Therapy also compliments many other forms of alternative health care practices. I offer clients the option of working in cooperation with a Clinical Herbalist, as well as Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Naturopathic Doctors and/or other health care professionals they are already seeing. This creates a circle of holistic care on each person’s behalf, including guidance on lifestyle, exercise and diet.
This full circle brings us back to the navel. At this point, my original curiosity feels satisfied and my belly feels fully nourished, so it can in turn nourish me back. Professionally, as a Registered Massage Therapist and Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, I feel grateful to pay this nourishment forward as a healer who also continues to learn from my clients. And I am so fortunate to be a part of my clients’ offering their gifts to the world from a place of better health from within.
Now, I turn it back over to you. I invite you to gaze into your own navel and ask your abdominals: What support do you need from me right now?
Diana M Sheldrick, RMT
By Daniel Roy CD, BA, MA, CFP, EPC, CIM, FCSI, CIWM, RRC, CRC
I’ve written many articles over the past that touch on goal setting, taking action, overcoming fear and simply going for it. This seems to be a recurring theme that I discuss with clients while interacting with them. My message is simple: the only way to achieve your goals is to overcome inertia. Find out what’s preventing you from moving forward and then take the necessary steps to break free from it’s grip.
This past summer I was talking with one of my sisters and she started telling me about the “funk” that her son was in. Being a teenager, his objective in life was to sleep as long as he could, party as often as he could and work the least amount of time possible. Although his career choice was to become a welder, he had taken his eye of the target (his goal) and was engaging in unsupportive behaviors. Simply put, he had lost his Praxis. Praxis is defined as the alignment of your thoughts with your actions to achieve your goals.
After explaining to my sister how Praxis worked, I asked her to let me talk to my nephew which I did. Within three weeks of this discussion, he had found a welding job in another city, he had bought a car to move there and had found himself an apartment. I checked in on him a few weeks into his new job and he was overwhelmed by how fast all of this had come together for him. I smiled! Then I congratulated him on his willingness to take action and whished him well going forward. Have you overcome your own inertia?
Daniel Roy is the principal instructor of the Ottawa-based Praxis Wealth Institute. He is a Certified Retirement Coach, Certified Financial Planner as well as public speaker. He is the author of “The Essential Guide to Retirement Readiness”. He conducts workshops and courses on the subject of winning the game of wealth creation.
September is Focus on
OPENING to WELLNESS month
at Planet Botanix Wellness Clinic
Welcome to our healing space. Our holistic practitioners are ready to assist your journey to wellness.
Join us for a day of experiencing transformative healings towards reaching your well-being! Enjoy a mini session with one of our holistic practitioners ($20/20min cash only), Take Charge Tea tasting, healthy treats and more!
Owner of Planet Botanix and a Certified Aromatherapist, Heather has a passion for all things natural. The store is anchored by her own line of natural body care, and boasts over 100 varieties of therapeutic grade essential oils. Heather gives monthly aromatherapy workshops.
Passionate in teaching and guiding individuals and groups in numerous aspects of esotericism and the paranormal, for the purpose of increasing understanding, building skills, and healing. Helene specializes in Astrology, Tarot, Runes and other methods of Divination, and she offers coaching and workshops in the occult sciences and mystical arts. Please visit witchhollow.ca for more details.
Julie Larochelle certified Usui Reiki Master and Tarot card reader (bilingual)
Welcome autumn with a fresh start and experience a rejuvenating Reiki session. Reiki Master/instructor and Tarot card reader/clairvoyant. I provide ½ hour or 1 hour sessions. Available Friday nights from 6 till 9, please feel free to contact the store or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or walk-in.
Courtney Taylor – Intuitive Counsellor and Psychic Medium
Owner of Gratitude Secrets. With a background in Social Work & psychic abilities, Courtney provides a unique experience for clientele. Clearing the energy of every client worked with, she provides insight on love, career and life path. She has helped hundreds of clients world wide live a more meaningful life with gratitude.
Patty Chevalier Samm
Patty is a medical intuitive, ThetaHealing Instructor and Reiki Master. While looking at physical issues, limiting beliefs and thoughts, and blocks in the flow of life-force energy, Patty works intuitively with you to create change for the body, mind and spirit. Individual sessions and workshops are available. Visit www.keyahealth.com
Enrique Astorga RMT BA – Massage Therapy, Energy healing and Tarot readings
Healing and Restoration
An intuitive facilitator, Enrique integrates a wide variety of techniques into his treatments in order to trigger the body’s subtle energies and self-healing mechanisms into action. Each session is as unique as the person.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11- 6 pm
“Anastasia” – Colour, Sound and Transformational Healing, Reiki Master, Tarot and Angel Readings.
Own decisions? Make choices? Find your voice? Anastasia focuses intuitively, providing perceptions towards your holistic optimum potential, overcoming problems, blocks or impeding growth, health and overall wellbeing. Available for sessions at Planet Botanix on Saturdays from 10am-6pm. Visit:
www.anastasiape777.wixsite.com/angelhealings for information or book appointment.
by Rev. Roxanne Buckle, Unity Spiritual Centre Ottawa
No matter what is happening “out there” in our finances, our relationships, our jobs or our health—there is within us, an incredible, awesome and powerful Divine ability called faith. As spiritual beings having a human experience, we can choose to activate our indwelling power of faith instead of doubt and darkness, lack and limitation. This ability to choose to believe in principle, in spiritual law, instead of the facts of the manifest realm, is a powerful shift in thinking for most people.
Jesus walked on water to meet his disciples already departed in their boat. Peter wants to join him and also starts walking on water. Then he begins to doubt and starts sinking. Jesus says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” This gospel story is intended to metaphysically demonstrate to us what happens when we are in doubt instead of faith. Doubt is faith misdirected. When our beliefs are on what we don’t want, we are exercising our faith in this direction, and bring about more of what we don’t want.
All personal transformation, as well as social change, has happened because of our ability to apply faith when facing seemingly impossible conditions. We get to know spiritual law so that we can live more fully from our spiritual nature than our human nature.
We don’t wait for outer circumstances to change first in order to have faith. It works the other way around. We look at life through our spiritual nature versus our human nature. Then life starts shifting to the better, powered by our faith.
Beyond the impermanent and temporary experience of illness, financial difficulty, relationship challenges, shootings—lies the Divine ideas of health and wholeness, abundance, harmony and peace—spiritual principles that are permanent, unchanging and eternal. Only our human thinking directs our faith to the problems. Our higher, spiritual thinking directs our faith to the possibilities.
In any given situation that appears challenging, ask yourself this: how am I to show up in this moment? And then move from a place in consciousness of lack and despair to the higher vibrational place of trust, of knowing. That’s faith and that’s bold spiritual living.
(excerpted from a Sunday talk by Rev. Roxanne Buckle, Unity Spiritual Centre Ottawa. unityottawa.org)
Doctor and Best-Selling Author Eben Alexander Launches His New Book at The Ottawa International Writers Festival
(Ottawa, July 24, 2017) Millions were captivated by Dr. Eben Alexander’s first book, Proof of Heaven which retold his miraculous recovery from a coma and his journey beyond this world and an encounter with a super-physical existence. The book debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List where it remained in the Top 10 for more than a year.
The neurosurgeon followed up with a second book, The Map of Heaven which explored humankind’s spiritual history and the progression of modern science. Now, his third book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness examines how we can tap into our greater mind and the power of the heart to facilitate enhancement of healing, relationships, creativity and guidance.
The Ottawa International Writers Festival is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander will be in Ottawa on Saturday, October 21, at Christ Church Cathedral for the Canadian launch of Living in a Mindful Universe. The afternoon session will feature Dr. Alexander sharing his new book, a power point and sound presentation, an audience question-and-answer and a book signing with his partner Karen Newell..
‘’Karen Newell and I are honored that the Canadian launch of our new book will take place at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. We look forward to meeting everyone and sharing some of the revolutionary scientific revelations and experiential techniques described in the book. Personal experience is our greatest teacher, and pathways to greater knowing involve a journey into consciousness. Living in a Mindful Universe reveals details of my journey since my Near Death Experience, using each interaction as an opportunity to grow spiritually and to find new truth about the reality of the soul and the healing power of love’’ says Dr. Alexander
Dr. Alexander has spent more than 25 years as an academic neurosurgeon, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has personally dealt with patients suffering from severe alterations in their level of consciousness. Many patients were rendered comatose by trauma, brain tumors, ruptured aneurysms, infections or stroke. He thought he had a good idea of how the brain generates consciousness, mind and spirit.
But in 2008 he spent a week in a coma after he contracted a rare and mysterious bacterial meningo-encephalitis. He emerged later to tell his incredible story of his near-death experience and encounter with an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of existence.
U.S. Doctor and Best-Selling Author Dr. Eben Alexander Coming to Ottawa International Writers Festival
By Tony Lofaro
When I read Dr. Eben Alexander first book, Proof of Heaven I was struck by his incredible story of recovery after being in a seven-day coma. He wrote about his experience with an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super physical existence. He also believed that God and the soul are real. And so do I. I lost two uncles within the span of seven months in 2012 and his book gave me comfort that life does exist beyond here on earth. And when I lost my beloved wife Gina in June 2014 I re-read his book and it touched me again and helped me in my grief. It gave me hope that one day I will be reunited with my wife.
It is for those reasons and many others that I wanted to bring Dr. Alexander to Ottawa to hear his story and find out for myself if there is an after-life. I think we all want to know if God is real and whether there is a life beyond here. So, in conjunction with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, we are pleased to bring Dr. Alexander and his partner, Karen Newell to Ottawa Oct. 21 for the Canadian launch of his new book, Living in a Mindful Universe. Dr. Alexander will be speaking about his experiences and signing his new book. I hope people come to the event and also come with an open mind.
Tickets are available through the Ottawa International Writers Festival website www.writersfestival.org The fall edition of the festival runs from Oct. 19-24.
For Information please contact Neil Wilson at email@example.com or Tony Lofaro at 613-816-2718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several decades ago I became aware that I had a stalker. I would glance over my shoulder and feel a distinct presence. The presence was a woman from the 18th century. This was made known to me by a shaman mentor – White Eagle Woman – who made it clear that I was mistaken. This was no stalker. The female entity from the past was a medicine woman from the American Southwest. She was trying to bring powerful medicine gifts through to me in the 21st century, but I had not learned how to release my logical and intellectual mind, and certainly did not possess the wisdom to receive. She had a name – Trailing Sky Six Feathers.
Over time my stubborn resistance was no match for her determination. I ultimately surrendered to this Muse. I wrote a book about our journey – Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse. I learned that I had died in her arms in 1777 and she swore to find me in the future to complete my purpose. Through her insistence I learned how to reconfigure my understanding of time, place and consciousness. She refused to give up on how dense I was and through her insistence, karma was reversed, the internal battles ceased and I learned to navigate past and present life experiences over four centuries.
The medicine gifts received from Trailing Sky during dream visions and shamanic journeys required that I nurture skills within me to use them wisely. I eventually remembered a clear mosaic of experiences stretching back to 1777. Past life memories collide head on with the present. The relentless shadowing by this Muse brought understanding and purpose to overcome the darkness of my past.
How did this all come about?
Many years ago when I was a young professor at Carleton University, I split my time between Ottawa and the Hebrides in Scotland. I was trying to create an academic career and at the same time save a failing marriage. I was not doing a good job with either. I had a boat – a 26 foot clinker built vessel with an inboard engine to enter the dangerous surrounding sea with tourists on board. I must have been really insane or totally desperate – perhaps both! One disastrous journey sears my mind. It was from Eriskay, to the north, back to my home on the Island of Barra. An unanticipated storm and dense fog quickly blew up to gale force winds. Disaster loomed from every option that was available to my mind. I stood braced at the wheel of this small craft with four tourists huddled on board. Fear was no longer guiding me, as I muttered the 23rd Psalm – “I shall not want.” I remember a terrible chilling silence come over me along with utter helplessness. The boat navigated through a narrow gap in an offshore rock spur, and the wheel spinned to avoid the sharp spine of another rock ledge.
I did not have that knowledge. I did not have that skill. They were not my hands on the wheel – something else had taken over as the boat slowly limped into the sheltered harbour after dark. I disembarked and walked to my house. I sat on the steps, as the storm ceased its fury and a crescent moon came out from the clouds. My reflections on the day were savage, yielding ugly truths I had long buried. I could take no credit for bringing the boat home safely. I thought of the furious sea as a piercing dirty grey, the colour of dying – just waiting for me. I knew I had to put an end to my recklessness on the sea and in life. This was not where I was to be; either in this relationship I was trying to save or the location. The stressful drain on time and energy to travel back and forth between Canada and the Hebrides was debilitating. It left me with zero energy for my life purpose. Instead I was choosing the graceless oblivion that alcohol and depression permit.
This essay is about what I felt when writing the Trailing Sky Six Feathers book which is available for an author autograph at www.ianprattis.com/TrailingSky.html
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How to calculate your personal monthly number.
Add the day of your birth to the month of your birth. Then add the number 1 for the current month (yes, this is right). NOTE – If you’re final number adds up to double digits, add the two numbers together again until you get a single number. You will read about your number below. If you still have trouble, email me.
NOTE: This is a general Numerology forecast. You have many other numbers connected to your name and birthday that will give you a better understanding of what this year will bring you and so much more. Contact me for a 90 minute personal Numerology consultation if you are at a major crossroad in your life.
1. This could be a huge month for you, so use it well. You have to get serious now and ask yourself “what is it that I really want”. It is all about new beginnings and fresh starts for the month of September, so look for them. If you have not planted new seeds in all the different areas of your life yet, hurry up and do it, now. Then you will have to water the heck out of them, immediately and constantly. Finally, the past is behind you and you can advance, or perhaps you would rather repeat the last nine years of your life. It is up to you, so invest your your life, now. Take advantage of this critically important period. If it feels right to you, this would be an excellent time to have a session with me as you are in the first month of the next 9 years. This is the big fork in the road for you and I would love for you to take the path that is new and exciting and not just repeat history because you know how to do the dance.
2. Are you planning on watering the seeds that you planted last month? If this is your intention, then you will use this month well. Your patience will be required, as this is a slower influence, but very important for the growth of these seeds or new opportunities. I would recommend that you try to find a Zen state of mind early and stay there if you want to get through this month smoothly. If you are pushy or impatient it will back fire on you. Diplomacy and co-operation are the words to remember for the entire month. This is a “we” time and not a “me” time. All of your relationships will need to be nurtured and watered, also. Are there new relationships forming or perhaps, dissolving? It is normal to be extra sensitive or overly emotional under this influence, so don’t be surprised if you feel like a big ball of nerves. Find a health vent and you will be just fine.
3. Healing and creativity should be your main focus in September. You may even consider this a time of “rebirth of self” after more than your share of life challenges. The new you could be born this month, so do what you can to take care of the baby. Take a final lick of your wounds and once and for all let the pain of the last few years go. This period would also be ideal for selling, writing or promoting yourself, your product or your ideas. You could also just stop everything and have a bunch of fun, as this will aid in your healing journey and increase your inner vibrations and prepare you for the rebuilding cycle that is coming as of October. You will require more discipline and focus as of next month and into the coming year., so charge up your battery now.
4. I really hope that you had a bunch of fun in August, as September squeezes you into a period of heavy work and responsibility that requires much discipline, duty and dedication. You must put your nose to the grindstone and get serious. No slacking allowed. If you do this now you will receive a nice pay off later. This is a building cycle, so make sure that all of your foundations are rock solid. The most important foundation is your health, of course, so no neglect in this area. If there are cracks in your body or mind or you have neglected visiting your Doctor for regular appointments, be smart and do it now. This is a demanding year and your must be prepared.
5. Stay loose as you will experience a few twists and turns on your path in September. This month brings a highly charged energy and a deep desire for freedom and change. Does the idea of change and freedom appeal to you? Then you should love this influence. If not, you might find this month uncomfortable and unstable. Take advantage of new opportunities that come your way or better yet take the initiative and look for them. Nothing will stay the same in a 5 month, ever, so make friends with change. It is amplified as you are also in a 5 year. This is another perfect time for a session with me as you are being squeezed to make changes. Travel or moving works well under this influence.
6. Everyone needs a chunk of you in Sept. and you might feel that there is not enough “you” to go around. This is a month where home and family responsibilities take center stage. Pace yourself this month, as the many obligations could become overwhelming. Catch up on your house/garden work and renovations. Try to focus on any family issues that need to finally be resolved. Do what you can to clean up the home, family and relationship area of your life as I want you to have more time to take care of yourself in Oct. You will have a need to rest, and take care of your own needs next month, but will find it hard to do this in September.
7. What has been rolling around in your head this year? Whatever it is, you cannot ignore it, now. It is very normal according to the laws of numerology that your head be heavy with thoughts, doubts and worries. Try to remain calm and get professional help if you are on the line. Water the plant called “me”, hard and frequently and you will flow through this month. You would be wise to plan a solitary trip, retreat or take a course in September, as it will afford you some much needed rest and relaxation. I know that this has not been an easy year for you and you might feel that it is all coming to a head in September. Do not make major decisions at this time. This is a better month to gather information or conduct deep research and prepare to make major decisions as of October. Rest, recuperate and mend. Life picks up speed in next month. Prepare for this now.
8. Are you being tested and evaluated this month? The chance of recognition or advancement is emphasized, so watch your posture and be conscious of all you do and say. Career and money issues are in your face and should be your focus. Have you been thinking about a new career or promotion? This is the month to throw your hat in the ring and expect it to happen. The next 3 months are very positive for business or monetary advancement, so invest, now. Many will receive a new job in September but only official start it in November. This month’s energy is all about prosperity and moving forward in a dynamic and focused way. So get out there and make the most of it. Get ready to work hard and move ahead. Think harvest or rich, positive thoughts. The wheel of fortune is spinning. Where do you want it to stop?
9. Try to put a big effort into finishing your “to do” list and focus on clearing your path so that you can suck up a powerful new energy that is aimed in your direction in October. September should be used for finishing projects, excavating obstacles, and preparing your plan of attack for the immediate future.. The time is right for you to create an entirely different path so that you can transcend into a bigger, better and a more expanded world. What will your new world look like? It would be normal if there was an unexpected ending or perhaps a situation that caused you to panic. This will be short lived so try to stay as calm as possible and know that not everything can stay the same and move with you into your next 9 year cycle. It is truly the month to put the past behind you once and for all. Clear your path and let the past and pain go. Get ready and get excited!!!SEE TESTIMONIALS AND BENEFITS OF NUMEROLOGY
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Friends of Jung Ottawa (FOJ) is preparing a new season for 2017 – 2018. FOJ members meet monthly to learn and talk about Carl Jung and his successors in a friendly informal atmosphere.
This season focuses on Transformation of the Self, through a variety of Jungian and post-Jungian themes.
Meetings will take place on Friday evenings, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 avenue des Pères-Blancs. Suggested donation: $15.
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Alchemy of the Self
How does the ancient art of alchemy illuminate the changes we live through to become more fully ourselves? FOJ member Catherine Betz will lead the discussion using images and concepts from Jung and successors, such as Von Franz, Edinger, Grinnel, Harding and Hillman.
Friday, October 13, 2017
The Future of Identity
This talk asks: “Do we need new archetypes to guide and understand the transformation of self in a digital environment?” We are seeing unprecedented trends transforming both individual identity and our social fabric. FOJ member John Verdon will explore our past, present, and emerging future to provide insight into evolving archetypal challenges.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Holotropic Breathwork™, developed by Stan and Christina Grof, is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from consciousness research, anthropology, depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and other mystical traditions. Katherine Kimbell, an FOJ member and Holotropic Breathwork facilitation trainee, will present.
In December, there will be a Holiday wine and cheese gathering at a private home to explore the Gordon and Jessica Riddell library, with more than 400 books by Jung and Jungians. For members only, by pre-registration.
Upcoming for winter 2018: Astrology, the I Ching, and a talk by a local Jungian Analyst.
Tracy Montgomery CSB
When my kids were growing up, they would sing, “Four hugs a day, that’s the minimum, 4 hugs a day, not the maximum…*” I’m not sure about the number of hugs that are actually required, but there is plenty of research confirming that touch is fundamental to the human experience.
More than simple sensory input, touch is our first language. Positive, loving touch is vital to human development, bonding, and health, and recent studies show that non-sexual human touch promotes greater trust, decreased violence, stronger immune systems, greater learning engagement and overall wellbeing. A single touch can affect us profoundly in many ways, and the emotion and context that accompany the touch can change the actual physical experience.
Touch has a huge influence on our relationships. It impacts how we relate to others and how we feel about ourselves. Humans are communal creatures, and we feel closer and more connected to the people we share touch with – a hug from a friend, a pat on the back from a co-worker, holding hands with a lover.
Mindful, nurturing touch is vital for humans to thrive. If we are not getting enough touch, we can feel anxious, lonely, and depressed. With more and more social interactions happening online, it’s important to make sure we’re not missing out on opportunities to fill our touch quota. Here are some ways to ensure you’re getting your minimum dosage of vitamin ‘T’:
Ask for or offer a hug – but don’t limit yourself to your mother, your lover, or your kids. Chances are your best friend or your neighbour could use a hug too. Plus, whether you are asking to receive or to give, it’s a great opportunity for both of you to practice your boundary and communications skills.
Cuddle up with a furry friend. Not only do pets offer tactile stimulation and unconditional love, studies show that people with pets experience less stress. If you don’t have one, borrow the neighbour’s.
Stimulate your skin. Our need for touch is about pleasure and comfort. Use a loofah or facecloth in the shower. Pay attention to the texture of your clothes and choose the softest sheets and pillows. Give yourself a hand massage or walk barefoot in the grass. And when you self-pleasure, caress your whole body. Remember, your skin is your largest sex organ.
Get a massage. Massage practitioners love bodies, and the nurturing touch they provide relieves stress, encourages relaxation and promotes a feeling of wellbeing. Give yourself the gift of an hour of touch, just for you. If money is an issue, you can check out your local massage school. Senior students need bodies to practice on and their rates are low.
Join a group, sport or club where touch is part of the program. Dancing, especially salsa, tango, and circle dancing is a great way to build up your touch quota. Contact improv, partner yoga and Authentic Relating game nights offer opportunities for consensual touch, and don’t discount the camaraderie of the locker room- lots of back-slapping and partner stretching and high-fives to be had there.
Attend a Snuggle Salon. The Ottawa Snuggle Salon offers a relaxed space where you can experience nurturing, consensual, non-sexual touch with others in the way that feels right to you, moment to moment. People come to the Snuggle Salon to meet new people and enjoy amazing conversations, to touch and to be touched, to practice saying ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and of course, to snuggle. Typically, people enjoy foot-rubs, back rubs, spooning, nuzzling, and just generally snuggling up together. You never have to do anything you don’t want to do at a Snuggle Salon event- you can join a group snuggle or simply hang out in your jammies and chill. Learn more about the Ottawa Snuggle Salon at www.meetup.com/Ottawa-Snuggle-Salon
©2017 Tracy Montgomery is a somatic sex educator who offers erotic learning to those who want to expand their capacity for pleasure, love and joy, heal sexual dysfunction or the wounds of sexual abuse, and explore the intersection of sex and spirit. She works privately with individuals and couples, facilitates the Ottawa Snuggle Salon and offers interactive workshops on healthy sexuality. Visit her online at www.tracymontgomery.ca * ©Charlotte Diamond 1985
Rev. Sherry Harris, MSW, RSW, Psycho-spiritual counselor, coach, teacher, healer
Every one of us has parts of us that became wounded in childhood. No matter how wonderful the parenting we received was, it was not unconditional as the love we received in spirit before taking on this incarnation. We call these wounded parts our inner children and we can, from our adult self, present them with amazing healing. When this healing occurs the wounded parts of us mature into healthy, whole parts which then integrate back into our adult self giving us safety, trust, joy, awe, self love and confidence in ourselves.
The inner child work is simple. Basically you connect with your child inside around the age of 4-6 years. You create a relationship with that precious being inside and fill that child with love, acceptance, understanding and support. Our inner child is the emotional aspect of our self that has been hurt, repressed, and made to feel unlovable. When connection is made and this is not hard if you can trust your imagination), you can find out what kind of love and support your inner child needs and easily and consistently provide it.
I personally have been doing the inner child work on myself for 26 years. It has brought healing for me as no other therapy has. The clients I have taught it to who have embraced it seriously have discovered amazing healing in terms of self love and acceptance. They have learned through dialoguing with and supporting their inner child to release guilt, shame, anger, resentment, fear, anxiety and confusion. They have learned that their healed and healthy inner child (the one that came in initially) is full of love, enthusiasm and awe for life. This child is loving, confident, creative and full of joy at simply being.
If you would like to learn to heal your inner child we can do this in 5 sessions if you are committed. This will provide a life-long skill to heal your stuck emotions quickly and permanently.
Rev. Sherry Harris, MSW, RSW, OM 613-236-8852 firstname.lastname@example.org