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Creating a Personal Altar

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Creating a Personal Altar  


10:00am to 4:00pm   $75 

with Grandfather Rick McBride


A personal altar acts as a bridge, bringing together our emotional, psychological, and spiritual natures in a holistic approach, which can be for healing, to bring something into your life, or to deepen your spiritual understanding. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and use a personal altar, a tool widely used by Native Americans, as well as other traditions, for millennia. A well thought out altar has the ability to raise your emotional energy, in a good and controlled way, in order to access what and how you really feel about virtually anything you want to work on in your life. That could be relationship issues, past traumas, fears, and prejudices as much as drawing into your life some bit of materiality that you need.

You will learn how to use critical thinking to discover what you really think of, and how you really feel about an issue. You will learn the importance of forgiveness in effectively freeing yourself from people, events, or situations that have dogged you, sometimes for years. And in a way that is manageable and non-confrontational, but revealing and liberating. There is no word for “forgiveness” in indigenous languages (pre-Contact.) And it’s not because indigenous people hold grudges forever. To the contrary. It is because they perceive the actions of others much differently than mainstream people do. As you develop the ability to forgive, or to at least appreciate the gift inside difficult Life-events, you will begin to develop the same wisdom of the ancients that will shield you from reacting to Life-events the same old ways you were taught to long ago. You may bring any special “objects” you are working with that you think might be suitable for inclusion on your personal altar.

Grandfather Rick is a mixed blood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has been a life-long student of American Indian Lifeways, actively following the Red Roadand participating in Native American ceremony for over 30 years. He was formally taught advanced principles of the Medicine Wheel by Cheyenne Elder Hyemeyohsts Storm in 1994. He is a sundancer, traditionally trained and authorized to lead Native American Ceremony including Inipi (sweat lodge), Pipe Ceremony and Drum Healing. Grandfather Rick’s place is that of "translator" of the Native American Lifeways to help anybody sincerely interested in learning how to become a better human being, his hope being to help achieve a proper balance in human race consciousness. His Spirit name is Cante Lute in the Lakota language, meaning Red Heart; this name was passed in ceremony at Sundance. For further information, visit his website: 

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