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Forgiveness is more about your future than your past. So, what is it to forgive? Is it even possible to really do it on the deepest emotional level where it has to happen to do any good? Most approaches to forgiveness are actually confrontational in nature, requiring an almost inhuman will and god-like consciousness to accomplish. But is this realistic? More importantly, are there any real benefits in forgiving? Those clanging the forgiveness bell typically have one approach; the proverbial box. When it comes to something as beneficial as forgiving some person or event or situation, we need to see real results. If you're serious about getting free of some old emotional log chain, be prepared to face your monsters and to understand how they have infected your core beliefs. And how your core beliefs perpetuate whatever it is you're shackled with. Consider this: A) Way back when, something terrible happened. B) That something made you feel bad, angry, sad, helpless, vulnerable, alone, victimized, betrayed, all of the above and more. C) You developed painful feelings, which have sapped the vitality from your life. D) You adapted your beliefs and behavior to either compensate for or accommodate A-C. (messy) E) At some point in life, maybe years after the fact, you realized you've been robbed by all this F) Someone comes along and gleefully shouts "Forgiveness is the Way to Salvation!" G) You try to forgive but get nowhere because you've been taught that forgiveness is tough, confrontational, and takes years of therapy. H) Because you're still looking at A the same way you did while living in B-D, the term Mexican Standoff takes on new meaning. I) And so, the Endless Loop continues: Nothing changes. The premise of this non-religious but spiritual approach goes something like this: Look for and find the Gift inside A, consider the meaning of it, when you accept the meaning, the Mexican will blink and your view of A will move off center, all on its own. There is, of course, more to it than this and this is not the only technique you'll learn, but once you grab the common underlying principles you'll see what a simple process it is to forgive. Not necessarily easy, emotionally speaking, but uncomplicated. And you will be able to do these on your own. These are spiritual techniques, not psychotherapy. Register early. Because of the nature of this work, and because every participant will get the opportunity to work on a real issue, I must limit class size. Also, what happens in this workshop, stays in this workshop. Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (http://www.mixedblood.info/) Prepayment now required. PayPal on website: https://mixedblood.info/schedule.htm
Native American Hand Drumming Circle 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Grandfather Rick McBride "Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of honor" Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman, Mdewankton Lakota,[masked]) Please arrive promptly and please note this is an INDOOR drum circle. Drumming has long been understood as a prayer when we dedicate ourselves to it. Traditional preparation, songs in the Lakota language, and drums to loan. There is no charge for Ceremony, but donations are accepted to support the continuation of the circle. It is traditional for women to wear skirts or dresses to Native American Ceremony. Please arrive promptly; it is important for everyone to be present at the start of the Ceremony. Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He comleted his 14th sundance last year on the Cheyenne River Res. in South Dakota and is traditionally trained to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (https://mixedblood.info/index.htm) NOTE: Grandfather Rick builds drums. If you have interest in acquiring one of his drums, or you would like to build your own in a 1-on-1 workshop, follow this link to the DRUM PAGE (https://mixedblood.info/drum%20workshop.htm) on his website.
Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers Sunday 5 May 1:00pm to 3:00pm $25 NOTE: If you are participating in Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (two day workshop, May 19 & 25) you will receive a full credit for the tuition of this presentation when you sign up for the Wheel workshop. There exists a relationship between humans and nonhumans, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and on a spiritually profound level. Humans have for millenia assumed they are superior to non-humans. Indigenes have never assumed this. Western science is just now beginning to understand that non-humans have the same emotions as humans. Sometimes even more deeply. They also display the same caring and support as humans inside their own species, and many times beyond their species. Yet they lack the avarice of humans. Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers will acquaint you with ways to understand animal “medicine” without books. As you build on this understanding, you may find yourself caring more deeply about all animals, even those you might now find difficult to accept. When this happens, you will naturally extend your new awareness into all of nature. So, in a very real sense, understanding animals more completely and compassionately is a doorway into your deeper connection to the Earth Mother. We’ll expand on the word “medicine,” you will learn how to apply the medicine of an animal to your own life, we will touch briefly on differences in language, direct communication with animals, we’ll do a participatory exercise that will help you up accept all animals as valuable, intelligent, and sentient beings. And we will have fun doing it. I encourage you to leave your assumptions and expectations -- not only about animals but such other topics as science and religion -- at the door, and to open your mind to a point of view that helped so-called pre-history people thrive for over 20,000 years. "Thank you Grandfather Rick, for the EXCELLENT presentation that gave me a better understanding of the animal helpers and how to utilize them in my own life." L.K., WPB "Very informative, interesting and fun! I look forward to attending more classes and workshops. I found Grandfather Rick to be engaging, accessible and down to earth." C.A., Wellington Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some twelve years now.
How do you handle obstacles and setbacks in Life? Does a failure or undesirable outcome cause you to stop in your tracks, maybe even retreat a little? Go into a depression? Do you have a fixed mindset or growth mindset? Most people believe they are growth oriented and positive. One way to actually know this is to survey our reactions -- or responses -- to adversity. When met with difficulties, more people than not will give up, move on to something else, set off or give up entirely on their dreams. This talk will acquaint you with the kinds of self-talk and actions that are sure-fire indications of where you are on that sliding scale with pessimist on one end and optimist on the other. More importantly, it will teach you how to adjust your course such that you overcome obstacle and setback, with determination and dignity, and accomplish those things in life you thought were unattainable. Bring a pencil and notepad. There will be a questionnaire that will give you a clear idea of where you are on the questions of fixed/growth and pessimist/optimist mindsets.