Saturday December 12 Native American Prayer Circle and Giveaway Blanket 3:45pm to 5:30pm Donation Led by Grandfather Rick McBride At the start of the Prayer Circle, Grandfather Rick will call the Four Winds through song, putting us in Ceremony. The Talking Stick will then be passed for us to hold as we pray, either aloud or in the silence. The group energy will facilitate powerful prayers! The giveaway is what it sounds like: we give something of value to us. The giveaway expresses love, it is an act of trust, teaching us to be generous, helping us forgive. If you participate (it is voluntary) bring a gift that has meaning to you that you've had for a year. Monetary value is not the issue: your giveaway is something you made, or found, or something you really like; it has learned who you are and carries your energy. We lay the gift on the blanket. Someone is chosen, usually the eldest or youngest, and they are handed a talking stick. They go to the blanket and pick up one thing they are drawn to. Once you touch it, you have to take it, so let your eyes do the choosing. When the giveaway item is chosen, the person who offered it says why it is special to them, where it came from, how long they've had it. After the story is told, it is their turn to choose. And so it goes, until that last giveaway is taken up. If you bring something for the blanket, make it for the same gender as you, or neutral. Giveaway blankets are fun and help us get out of material thinking, giving us a more trusting, liberated sense of freedom. At the end of the afternoon, Grandfather Rick will pass the Pipe.