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Sacred Body Modification

Since prehistory, humans have been decorating and modifying their physical bodies. We do this as a way to claim social status or allegiance to a group, to conform to current ideals of beauty, or to reflect our own spiritual journeys and feelings of sacred truth. Some practice body modification during specific rituals -- like an Indian bride's semi-permanent mehndi tattooing or the trance-inducing vertical chest suspension piercing done during the O-Kee-Pa. We recognize more permanent modification rituals widely here in America, like the Jewish bris or the Latin American practice of piercing the earlobes of newborn girls.

Some forms of body modification are so common (such as shaving our legs or coloring our hair), we've forgotten that these practices can reflect meaningful choices. In this circle, we'll be exploring the hidden meanings of modern body modification, how you can use the power of these ancient practices to help shape your life, and why reclaiming your skin as sacred is intrinsic in walking a shamanic path.

Come join us for a fascinating exploration! Our discussion will be followed by a shamanic drum journey to allow each woman to work on her own issues with her spirit guides.

Please dress comfortably, and feel free to bring drums, rattles or other instruments, along with a journal for recording any insights received on your journey. Doors open at 7:00 pm and close at 7:30 pm, and ends at 10:00 pm. Please RSVP to ensure your space. Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to cover the space rental. Come join us for this powerful exploration!

We will be meeting in the Serena Room at Casa de Luz. Some backjacks, folding chairs, pillows and yoga blankets will be available. If possible, you might want to bring your own pillow or blanket to help make sure that you're comfy during the circle, especially if you plan to journey lying down on the floor. You might also want to bring a light wrap or sweater in case the AC is acting up! :) Several of us will be having dinner at 6 PM in Casa's restaurant, so feel free to join us for dinner before the circle! [Note: Just a reminder that it is OK to park in the City of Austin lot across the street, even though "No Parking" signs are posted. The City & Casa have an agreement for now, so you won't get towed.]

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  • Jackie

    Yeah, I had to come back a few days after the fact to tell you just how empowering this circle was for me, not to mention fascinating. Thank you for a really excellent presentation, Eleigh.

    4 · March 3, 2013

    • Elspeth

      It was my pleasure! I'm so glad it was meaningful for you.

      2 · March 3, 2013

  • Izzy S.

    Thank you Eleigh. Great topic. Great presentation. Funny it keeps coming up for me since Friday. I think it was just what I needed. Thank you.

    3 · March 3, 2013

  • Pamela

    Very interesting subject and well presented, thank you Eleigh!!! You put a lot of time and energy into researching a very vast subject!

    3 · March 2, 2013

  • Donna

    Sacred history, art and community. Beautiful work, Eleigh. Thank you.

    3 · March 2, 2013

  • Elspeth

    I am so very honored to have facilitated this circle tonight. Lots of good energy and a great sense of community!

    4 · March 2, 2013

  • Bridget

    sorry.....I just now got out of work.....I am so exhausted from a very busy week.....I think I will stay home this evening...see you all next time.

    March 1, 2013

  • gisele

    i've had a headache on/off for 3 days :( so i will be staying home. sorry to miss it, eleigh. xo.

    March 1, 2013

  • Tea K.

    Between the being pregnant and nauseated and tired, and the onset of a headache that's getting worse and not better, I'll be missing the circle tonight. I think and early bedtime will have to accomplish what my permissible dose of acetaminophen is not. :-(

    March 1, 2013

  • Toni

    I am so incredibly disappointed to miss this, but I'm having a very bad allergic reaction to shampoo and am waiting for my doctor to get back to me. I will miss you all!!

    March 1, 2013

    • Elspeth

      Oh no! I certainly understand allergic reactions. I hope you feel better soon!

      1 · March 1, 2013

    • Toni

      Thank you, sweetie! Just got a call back from my doctor, so I'll be getting the help I need. I'll definitely be present in Spirit - I know it will be an awesome circle!!

      March 1, 2013

  • Tea K.

    Feeling inspired now to color my hair! ;D

    2 · January 17, 2013

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