Weds, Dec. 20: Sacred New Moon Solstice Circle

new_moon_goddessI am so excited to lead this circle with my friend and colleague in light, Brigid Hopkins!

Connect with and harness the power of the New Moon and the Earth as we move into Winter. In this workshop, Brigid Hopkins and Liz Meacham will lead a new moon ceremony and meditation, followed by trance drumming and a shamanic journey. First we will explore our feelings, bodies, hopes, and intentions as we move into a new lunar cycle. Following this new moon ceremony, we will invite guidance and power symbols for the season ahead by connecting with our spirit helpers through trance drumming and shamanic journey work.

The cost for this circle is $30. Please email me if you need a reduced rate. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This group is limited to 12.
 
We will meet in a private home in Cleveland Heights. I will email you the address after you register. See you there for warmth, community, illumination, and healing!

 

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Earth Rights and the Problem of Ecofacism

I am enjoying immensely my break from thinking about environmental ethics over the past year and a half (since leaving my professor gig). It is psychologically overwhelming to teach about and contemplate such concerns on a regular basis. Now refreshed from my break, I’m back to thinking about what it would look like to grant “rights” to the Earth, including other species and ecosystems. This idea of Earth rights is circulating in the public sphere right now because it’s come up during the current climate talks as the basis of a solution to the climate crisis.  Continue reading

Women’s Shamanic Mentoring Group: Winter Session

 

Image credit: Jo Jayson ~ Artist/Teacher saved to Grandmother Spider Grandmother Spider - The Weaver - Original Painting and Prints in my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoJaysonGoddessArt
Image credit: Jo Jayson ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoJaysonGoddessArt

Welcome! The winter session is full. I will run two groups in the Spring: Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening. Send me an email if you would like to be on a waiting list for Spring: eemeacham @ gmail.com.

In this three-month experiential workshop series, participants will learn methods for shamanic journeying in a safe and supportive environment. We will explore a variety of journeying methods, as well as effective ways to prepare for shamanic journeying.

Embarking on a path of shamanic journey work offers many chances for profound healing, life shifts, and transformation. I know from personal experience that having one-on-one guidance from someone that has walked this path helps tremendously to actualize and learn to hold the expansion of consciousness that regular journey work invites (it’s up to us if we want to take these invitations). Continue reading

Why do we say Gaia?

gaiaAs the Earth rotates us toward a new season, re-aligning our relationship to the sun, I thought I would honor Earth by reflecting on an important name of our planetary home: Gaia.  Many people refer to Earth as Gaia for a variety of reasons, including spiritual, archetypal, and scientific, to name a few.  In Greek mythology, Gaia is Earth personified in the form of a goddess, the ancestral mother of all life on the planet.  James Lovelock, in his now famous Gaia Hypothesis, argues that the biosphere is a self-regulating organism that  organizes and perpetuates all planetary systems.  Continue reading

Blessings, blessings all around!

Chagrin River, Fall 2018
Chagrin River, Fall 2018

Well, friends. It’s been a busy, blessed, amazing summer of beauty and connection! I’ve had wonderful time with my children, family, and friends. My new project as of this year, Lake Erie Institute, has started to take off over the past few months. I feel overcome with gratitude that this dream is coming to fruition beyond my wildest expectations. I jumped off of the cliff, and the Divine Spirit of the Universe is giving me wings. For this post, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU: to my many friends in this and other realms, and to Great Spirit, for my many, many blessings. In a time of challenges, pain, and upheaval on the planet, I am grateful to work with and know so many people that are coming together to create a new world of healing, justice, and love.

The Art of Quiet

legacy of the heartLooking for a quotation to add to a section of my book in progress, I found this lovely passage by Wayne Muller, from his book Legacy of the Heart:

Brother David Steindle-Rast reminds us that the Chinese word for “busy” is composed of two characters: “heart” and “killing.” When we make ourselves so busy that we are always rushing around trying to get this or that “done,” or “over with,” we kill something vital in ourselves, and we smother the quiet wisdom of our heart. When we invest our work with judgment and impatience, always striving for speed and efficiency, we lose the capacity to appreciate the million quiet moment that may bring us peace, beauty, or joy. As we seek salvation through our frantic productivity and accomplishments, we squander the teaching that may be present in this very moment, in the richness of this particular breath.

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Sacred Path

Chögyam Trungpa, Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, 1984, p, 79.

Lately, I’m pulling books from my shelves that I’ve neglected for  years.  I am refreshing some of my roots. They are speaking to me in a new voice, on a deeper level…

“…letting go is more than just relaxation. It is relaxation based on being in tune with the environment, the world. One of the important principles of letting go is living in the challenge. But this does not mean living with a constant crisis. For the warrior, every moment is a challenge to be genuine, and each challenge is delightful. When you let go properly, you can relax and enjoy the challenge.”

Cultivating Community in Sacred Circles

IMG_20170516_201019204 Lately, I am blessed with many chances to share ceremonial, earth-honoring circles with many beautiful souls. Last night, through Lake Erie Institute, I had another chance to heal and grow through the kind of deep community that comes about in sacred circles.

There is so much in my heart right now that it’s hard to put it into words. At last night’s Sacred Earth Circle, Christopher Reynolds (urrealist.com) led a sacred fire circle honoring our pain in community, giving it to the fire and the Earth. Continue reading

A New Vision for the Earth

illuminationFor decades, I’ve wondered how to create a sustainable world. Before sustainability was a well-known word, I dedicated my life to environmental activism during my college years. I protested, partook in civil disobedience, and fought for environmental legislation. As a graduate student, and a teacher of environmental thought, I sought the ideas and practices that would show us the way to live in balance with the earth. In recent years, I find myself focusing more and more on hope, and less and less on tragedy. The explosion in global sustainability projects over the past decade help a lot. I try to focus my thoughts on the many actions taking place around the globe for social justice and for the earth.

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Earthdharma Daylong Retreat

IMG_20170326_181448 Yesterday, Bill Pfeiffer (Sky Otter), led an amazing Earthdharma retreat at Holden Arboretum: the first big event for Lake Erie Institute. I am still glowing from this incredible and amazing day! Thank you, Sky Otter, for facilitating a day of earth-loving, deep connection, and spiritual awakening. Thank you, Ohio souls, for bringing your profound wisdom and open hearts. I felt in awe of the collective wisdom of our circle. I was reminded that we already carry the vision that we require to heal our lives and our world. We need only come together to bring it forth from our hearts.

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