• charinsightdec22016

    For the good of All

    For the good of all? What is for the highest good of everyone? How can we in this moment…. this precious sacred moment, wonder About everything that brings us life? We were here Formed by air Moistened by water, made of loam. A most noble and humble beginning Like everyone, like everything. We are given so much, an entire wilderness of years called a lifetime. Even a moment is treasure. And yet we are given years, How do we want to spend those milliseconds, minutes, months and seasons? What we know is that we are walking with others, that we are not the only one on this road…. There are insects. Animals. Lichen. Moss. Trees. birds. Other human beings…. What is my awareness of these other beings? Am I listening to the world….? Am I taking care that I am healthy and well? Am I then supporting the health and wellness of what and who is in this precious world around me? What is my impact? How are my words…. my actions, my feet, landing? This is a time when lov...

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    Stay Together

    Stay Together  I love this line.  I was recently in New Hampshire giving a talk on Spirit in medicine. Different aspects of the soul and their expressions and different ways we can return the soul to medicine, medicine to the soul.  One way we can do this is to stay together, to speak to listen to maintain curiosity – I love his “one word” in this poem:  Stay together Learn the flowers Go light  How do we tend to the good of all? To our togetherness? As healers and visionaries many of us see beyond what is said, feel beyond what is shown, and know beyond what is consciously known.  There is a wisdom of the soul and the heart The heart being the center as the soul surrounds. The best way to bring our medicine into the world is to get ourselves together – the soul, the heart, the mind – and to build a relationship between the 3 that is caring, responsible compassionate, creative and joyful.  My unity within me, my caring fo...

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    Underneath Everything….

    How we follow the symbols How we make the symbols. We have always made them.   I have just returned from a journey with Patrick O’Neill, on pilgrimage to the sacred sites in France with a group of friends and colleagues.   We were taken on the most breathtaking journeys. To Lisieux, to Madeleine, to Sarlat. These places where people made life. Where they made home / ceremony / children / friends / a life for themselves and their community Mairie, our guide introduced us to these sacred places with such tenderness and wonder That we were transformed by each encounter as a community, as individuals, captivated in a journey of what is ancient, sacred and truly lasting With one another, with the mystery and the immense generosity of the people, the land, the harvest season. To see as we did at Cougnac Caves the tiny bat clinging to a slender crystalline stalactite was a befriending of what lives under the surface. I wonder what treasures, images and symbols are underneath t...

  • Leanna & Char Making Medicine

    Making and Taking Medicine

    What is my medicine?  We are always making medicine. Our words our thoughts and our actions. Angeles Arrien used to say, “I can be in the description or I can be in the prescription.” Where am I? What kind of medicine am I making? Would I want to take my medicine? The words and actions and thoughts that I’m putting into the world?  One of my favorite prescriptions is a gratitude practice. There’s almost nothing that cannot be shifted in some way by gratitude. It’s a simple, and complicated, thing. And that we must slow down, pause and maybe see that everything is OK after all. What am I grateful for? What needs tending or mending? It’s not an all or nothing world. Different things go well while I’m learning other things. Sometimes we learn Gracefully. Sometimes not. But it’s all part of this fantastic journey that we all share – how could we bring our medicine, our prescription, to our own lives, to our relationships, And ...

  • Ancestors & Allies with Patrick O’Neill

    Please join us at Seattle University for this powerful weekend on Hallow’s weekend in October. We are honored to sponsor Patrick O’Neill and his amazing teachings aligning with Angeles Arrien and the Four-Fold Way....

  • 2016 Newsletter

    Hello Every beautiful One…. It is with great pleasure and excitement for the work and transformation of this year that we are offering a new program in Port Townsend. It is four weekends on the work tending and mending of the soul and connecting with the spirit of what is most needed for self, other, and community at this time in the world. I am so honored to have been asked to provide this platform for exploring soul care in its personal and professional expressions. We also have the honor of sponsoring Patrick this year in his  Allies and Ancestors program which is All Hallows Weekend in October. He is a great blessing in my life as a mentor and his programs are life changing in ways that bless spiritually with positive and measurable outcome. Our Spiritual Identity program will begin Thursday evening, Sept. 22nd. at Bastyr University. I love this program; it is a delight to be immersed in the transformational work in this way! I love it! If this program interests you, it also...

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    Honesty / Create Peace

    The truth does not always hurt. Sometimes it is what we know, see and feel. What makes us crazy is when we know something, or feel something, and someone tells us it is not real or we don’t feel or see what we do feel or see It’s astonishing the lengths we will go through to hide from a truth that will save us from worry/sadness and wondering.  To gain clarity to have clear speech to live in the way of the heart that is connected to what is true, just and lasting not just for one, but for everyone.  This morning I saw a beaver in front of a line of trees in Gasworks Park Marina My heart stopped with joy. His small face reaching up to the smallest leaves The beaver is so beautiful. His shiny coat, the magical way in which he lives He is a master of creativity, constantly creating. Finding the best place to build a home and then transforming the entire landscape into an honest place that creates a hospitable environment for creatures of the water, earth and air. He ...

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    Soul Sounds

    I learned more from the spirit of the Stone than any human being I’ve ever known.   Perhaps it is because there is a myriad of ancestors in each one. It’s a remembering of the holy, the sacred territory of what we will become Sand, chalcedony, schist and perhaps peridot or diamonds and if we are very fortunate, perhaps a pearl  One of the first things my father did was have me talk to stones really, one stone. I chose a lava stone, then after a time, a dark smooth, river stone.  I wonder if someone will touch that sand, lava stone, and peridot or…. tiger’s eye and listen closely for the other voices – so subtle, so precious slow moving stone, gathering, making soil making new land.  To hear the stone the land, the plants, emerging as each other’s – long ago and today  Do I feel that everyone could benefit from sitting with a stone in the palm of their hand for however long they need to…? until they get in touch wi...