October 2010 Newsletter
Stepping Back in Time, Stepping Through our Personal Stories
During my last trip to Egypt I fulfilled a dream that I first had when I began writing my book Awakening Osiris. I had envisioned my decade-long studies of the Egyptian Book of the Dead as a kind of personal excavation through the process of my spiritual unfoldment. Through the Egyptian spiritual traditions I saw how the soul longed to merge with the divine through the beauty of the natural world. I could see then that I wanted to use what I had learned in my studies to lead others to see their lives as filled with spirit, as sacred story.
In 2009 Gloria Taylor Brown and I co-facillatated 18 daring souls through the process of writing spiritual autobiography using the temple and tomb texts as models. We became symbolic thinkers as we worked through the images of our own lives as if we were deciphering the hieroglyphs written upon our souls. We were tapping into the akashic records, delving into the deep layers of spirit.
Late one afternoon, we disembarked on Elephantine Island. After having passed through a flower garden, we began to climb along a series of winding stairs. Elephantine Island is in the process of an archaeological dig and what we witnessed were layers and layers of history, the mud of the river laid down over top of temples, and houses, and the city over thousands of years. It fascinated me to see the history of the island laid bare from the first inscription on a granite hump-backed rock made by emissaries of King Cheops during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom to the early dynasty temples built to the goddess of the flood, Satis. We walked through a village past the house of the nomarch, Heka-ib, past Jewish bakeries and houses built above, to the now toppled and still ancient, but more recent temple to Khnum built by Queen Hatshepsut. (continued…)
March 7 - 21, 2011
Please come with us for a journey of contemplative exploration in Egypt, to celebrate our ancient history on this planet, to visit the temples of our brothers and sisters in light, and to write and share our stories. This is the true unfolding flower of love that connects us all. Peace to you.
Get the full story and details on this amazing journey to Egypt with Normandi Ellis, poetess, writer and translator of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
October 22 - 24, IONS Retreat Center, Petaluma, California
The fourth annual Women's Visionary Congress will take place this year from October 22 - 24, 2010 at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) Earthrise Retreat Center, near Petaluma, California. This year the Women's Visionary Congress (WVC) will feature thirty visionary women healers, scholars, activists and artists who study consciousness and altered states. Presenters at the 2010 Women's Congress will include visionary artist Martina Hoffmann, Marsha Rosenbaum of the Drug Policy Alliance, ritualist Nicki Scully, researcher Alicia Danforth and psychedelic voyager Carolyn (Mountain Girl) Garcia.
The theme of the 2010 WVC is Sex and Psychedelics: Limbic Resonance and Deep Thrills. As we do each year, we will discuss insights gained through exploration of consciousness in heightened states of awareness. Accomplished women in our community and also some of our male allies will talk about how we align our passion, cognition, empathy and intimacy. The WVC supports the transfer of knowledge among women who apply the insights of their research and spiritual path. We will gather on beautiful land in Northern California to renew our community of adventurers and visionaries.
The Women's Visionary Congress is a benefit for our V Fund that makes grants to support the work of visionary women. Tickets are $325 which includes a $75 annual membership to the Women's Visionary Council, the nonprofit organization that organizes the annual WVC gathering. Ticket price covers all presentations, meals and comfortable lodging for three days and two nights. Scholarship tickets are available.
The WVC welcomes interested women and men to join us as we create a temporary community, talk, dance, eat delicious food and participate in a series of conversations with wise women. We look forward to seeing you there.
For ticket information please contact Natalie Engber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 489-8877. Tickets may also be purchased via PayPal through a link on the WVC registration page.