Happy New Moon! We feel compelled to make a change in plans for gathering tonight with the heavy rains moving through! We hope you will read through this reflection and will take this opportunity to create a ceremony for yourself tonight.
i returned late last night from a two week trip to South Dakota to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday! I had the opportunity to read turning to one another, simple conversations to restore hope to the future by Margaret Wheatley. The book is full of poignant questions: What do i believe about others? Am i willing to reclaim time to think? When do I experience sacred? All of the questions providing the platform for the depth of release we explored in February and opening the window for the choices we will make in March!
** Please note all drum circles are now held at Horses Help located at 2601 E Rose Garden Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85050
This is a wonderful abstract, offering great insight regarding the programatic vision The FUSION Foundation is committed to in our communities.
***This work appears in published form as follows:
Pesek, T, Helton, L, Nair, M. (06/2006). Healing Across Cultures: Learning from Traditions,
EcoHealth, 3(2):114-118. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
The health and wellness of an individual are reliant on the integrated effects of mind, body, and spirit. This triad is precariously set within a backdrop of the environment, our earth. Western cultures often seem to disregard this holism, especially this fourth component, in its considerations of wellness as described by modern medicine. This practice is unlike that of many of the traditional cultures in the world. These cultures focus more on balance in the context of environmental respect. Varied cultures share remarkable similarities in their healing modalities, especially considering the relative isolation from one to another—evidence that there is much truth to the healing knowledge they possess. We are not disconnected from the natural world in terms of health, but dependent and interconnected within ourselves and to everything around us. Social change is required to assure that the practice of modern medicine evolves to incorporate this integral aspect of health and wellness, and this can be done through partnerships with traditional healers.
There is a growing demand for wellness and earthly responsibility. It is time to appropriately learn from age-old societies and their healing traditions for they do have answers we are seeking in sustainability and harmony, environmental stewardship and planetary respect, and holistic health. For thousands of years our ancestors have known the secrets of long life—this knowledge needs to be preserved through the
apprenticeship of future generations. We propose a collaboration that develops mutually beneficial learning partnerships combining modern medical knowledge with the wisdom of traditional healers around the world.
This is the weekend of Diwali - The Festival of Light and even though it's officially on Tuesday many people here in the US celebrate it over the weekend.
Diwali is the most important holiday in India and for millions of Indians around the world. It is also known as the "Festival of Lights". To learn more please click here.
The time of Diwali is a very colorful festive season with many candles in form of oil lamps made of clay, the so-called Diyas or Dipa Lights. These Diya lights (or Ghee Lamps) are placed in and around houses, in hallways, courtyards and in the streets, guiding the pathways to homes and houses for Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, prosperity and beauty. The religious worshiping of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi in form of Lakshmi Puja takes place in temples and homes. Also Hindu God Ganesh, easily recognized by his elephant head, is being worshiped during Diwali for a lucky new beginning in life and to overcome obstacles. Children are bursting firecrackers and fireworks illuminating the skies over many Indian cities.
Diwali is the best time of the year in the Indian culture, especially for children. There are a lot of sweets, a lot of food to be eaten and also little presents being exchanged. Diwali is a 5 day festival, starting 2 days before New Moon in the month Ashvin and ending 2 days after New Moon in the month Kartika on the Hindu lunar calendar. In the western calendar (Gregorian calendar) Diwali varies in date, usually between end of October and beginning of November. The 5 days of Diwali have different meanings and there are many historical legends in Hinduism associated with them. Learn more about the Days of Diwali here. Not only is Diwali being observed by Hindus, but also by Jains, Sikhs and even some Buddhists. It is the major event of the year, celebrated all over India, but also in Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka, as well as in other countries with a high population of people with Indian heritage. These countries include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, South-Africa, Mauritius, Trinidad, Fiji and many more.
I was in LA last Sunday and experienced a short version of the concert we are going to experience... it is going to have a lot of fire to it and very energetic percussion. The mandolin is a very percussive instrument and because it's 2 percussion instruments and one string instrument the percussive element will be strong. Lot's of energy, magical interaction between the musicians and a jam session with all drummers at the end. What a unique experience!
~ Daniel Hirtz
For many of us who walk planet earth today, we have become disconnected to mother earth, the cycles of the seasons and the rhythm of our natural world.
The FUSION Foundation is pleased to sponsor and announce at Shadow Rock Mountain Campus
7:00 - 8:30pm: DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE - Zikr
Led by Gaile Rahmana Sickel
Shadow Rock Mountain Campus - Kreider Hall below the Sanctuary
12861 N 8th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029 [map]
Suggested offering: $10
Please give what you can to help offset our expenses. In these difficult times, as always, no one will be turned away for lack of money.
The practice of Zikr is a heart-centered meditation in motion using simple phrases with easy movements to integrate body, mind and spirit through awareness of breath, sound, movement, and silence. Many say they find ease in freeing the mind, refreshing the spirit, and embodying gratitude and joy.
Zikr has a deeply spiritual basis, yet there is no sermon, no dogma, nothing to join, no human leader to submit to.
One of the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist
Priests will be visiting from the LA Temple (5 Temples in the World) to give the Evening Gongyo (about 30 minutes).
The practice will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. then approximately a 30 - 45 minute discussion about Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, then about 15 - 30 minutes for Q&A with the guests.
Peace, Love & Evolution - A Community Celebration under the brilliance of the super moon, great public art with great public artists - free to the public great family community
Peace Walker Society of the FUSION Foundation gathers on the new moon for a community drum. This is an opportunity to share experiences during the last lunar cycle and set forth clear intentions for the coming cycle.
All members of the community are invited to participate – no previous drumming experience is necessary!
Free Will Donation accepted – never required!
2013 Schedule for New and Full Moon Community Drum and Ceremony Gatherings
The FUSION Foundation Full Moon reflective is open to the community to share in the experience of the labyrinth, standing bells, and the peoples drum.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Shadow Rock Mountain Campus, located at 12861 North 8th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85029 (south of Thunderbird on 8th Ave).
All are invited to attend. Drums are available to use.
All members of the community are invited to participate - no previous experience is necessary!
Donation accepted - never required!
Out of the Blue - Blue Moon Drum Ceremony
Friday - August 31, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Shadow Rock Mountain Campus
12861 North 8th Ave, Phoenix, 85029
access 8th Ave - off Thunderbird
donation accepted never required!
Sponsored by Spirit Keepers of The FUSION foundation
The New Moon Community Drumming is an opportunity to focus your intentions for the new lunar cycle. All are invited - no previous drumming experience necessary. Join Spirit Keepers to keep up to date with all of our community events.
Sept. 27, 2011 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Shadow Rock UCC located at 12861 North 8th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85029
The New Moon Community Drumming is an opportunity to focus your intentions for the new lunar cycle. All are invited - no previous drumming experience Spirit Keepers marchnecessary. Join Spirit Keepers to keep up to date with all of our community events.
Monday - May 2nd, 2011 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Shadow Rock UCC located at 12861 North 8th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85029
Horses Help is a premier accredited therapeutic and recreational agency that serves the special needs population by providing activities to empower them to break through physical, cognitive and emotional barriers using a unique collaboration of horses and people within Arizona's "Valley of the Sun".
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