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Peace Talk April 2013

Sweat Lodge Tonight

Lodge
 
 
Saturday Night Lodge
April 6th 7pm
led by José Gonzalez

This Week

Tuesday 7:30 - "Messiah" Training
 
Saturday April 6th - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
 
 
Sunday April 7th 10 am- Monthly Council Meeting
 
Friday 7:30 pm - Drumming Circle
 
Sunday April 7th 6:45 - Fire Ceremony
 
 
** THIS MONTH **
  
April 18th - Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
 
April 27th-28th - Native Nurturing Overnight

Calendar

Message from Joseph Rael

 
 
Joseph asks that you receive and share this message.
 
Grandfather invites you to join with him in activating a new level of awareness of our global community - and that together we find the harmony, peace, and resources within ourselves to light the rainbow bridge into the Sacred.
"Now we find ourselves here in this new world. We are always, and we will always be beginning new journeys. We start all over again because we are forever beings of eternity - we came out of eternity into the sunlight, and into the vibration of divineness.
This new world is emerging, in harmony and in peace. It's roots go deep into the earth, and it reaches far into Wa-ma-chi, the Vast Self. Harmony is sound. Sound is how Creator makes all things possible, so, we are a result of the vibration of the Creation essences that were made by Great Spirit.
On April 7 we light a fire for peace and for harmony, as we enter the new world that has always existed.
We are re-born seeds of peace. We are the manifesters. We are the presence of God. We are the reverence. We are the blessed ones. We are the sacred. We are the holy ones. We are harmony. We are being and vibration. We are everything.
This is where we can know that we belong, all of us together, for we are the people."
Joseph Rael - Beautiful Painted Arrow
 
 
Joseph is saying that the time has come for us to join with each other, to communicate and share our stories, our successes - what works, and what hasn't.
 
Our first step together is lighting the new world fire on April 7th. Let's invite our family, friends and community to join us in this prayer and blessing that Joseph offers us. And may each of us step into the place of co-creation that Joseph holds open for us.
 
Those of you who are caretakers of sound chambers, and leaders of dance and drum communities, this is the time and opportunity for us to come together.
 
Joseph suggests that we film our fire ceremonies, and make a "new world fire ceremony" film to share with each other. Please film whatever part of your fire ceremony you feel is appropriate, and we will gather the footage, create a film, and share it with our newly sprouted world community. Whatever level of technology you have available, from cell phone to video cameras, is fine.

April 7th Fire Ceremony

Fire
 
 
 
7th of each month, 7 pm
           ~ led by Katy Koontz
 

The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.
 
At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at  each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings.
 
All are welcome. We suggest you arrive around 6:45 pm.

Donations are appreciated.

Fire Ceremony Information

Native Nurturing

Native Nurturing Weekend
 
Center for Peace Youth Program
 
Native Nurturing Weekend
Saturday April 27 3pm – Sunday April 28 3pm
Center for Peace Sound Chamber
 
 
 
Planting Seeds 
 
Once again this year the focus of the Spring Overnight is on planting seeds. It is time to plant gourds which will grow in the energy of the dances held this summer in the meadow here at the Center For Peace. Then in the Fall the gourds will be gathered and cleaned to be ready for the Fall Native Nurturing where they will be made into personal rattles by the young people (and adults).
 
Grandfather Joseph, Beautiful Painted Arrow recently taught us about singing to the plants in honor of their lessons about life and growth and how Mother Earth sustains us. It is about understanding the balance of life and our own part in it.  There will also be plants for the children to take home to nurture.
 
The seeds we plant this weekend will mature in our childrens' lives as well in our families.
 
Come and share this special weekend with your family.
 
 
 
Activities
 
This workshop is created for children and their parents or guardians’ to experience together.
 
We will sleep in the Peace Sound Chamber where it will be warm and dry.
 
It is always fun and a good way to learn the excellent teachings of the Old Way and apply them to our lives. This weekend will be led by Elders from the Center for Peace who have spent many years learning these ceremonies.
 
Native Nurturing Weekends are created to give children and their parents a positive native-based learning experience. There will be drumming and singing, a children’s Sweat Lodgemaking prayer tiesdancing and story telling.
 
We consider children to be our sacred responsibility and honor them.  If you have interest in native-based experiences please consider sharing this with your children.  It is a beautiful way of viewing the world.  Hope to see you there.
 
 
Led by: Nan Citty & Steve Citty
 
Cost: Adult and one child $50
Adult and two children (or two adults and one child) $75
Family of four or more $100
 
Come and give your children an opportunity to learn, play and plant as we honor Mother Earth.
 
Information:     Email Nan
or call her @   865-405-6809

Women's Web of Life Dance

May 24th-26th, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
Led by Jeanne Robinson & Margarita DiVita, Dance Chiefs
 
Spider is the Grandmother of creation; an ancient symbol of mystery, power and growth. We receive our first lesson from Grandmother Spider by contemplating her web.
 
Just as the Spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. This serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. It is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making and ask ourselves:

            How are my choices affecting my life?
 
            How can my choices improve my life?
 
            How are my choices affecting others in my life?
 
When we see our decisions, choices and actions as far-reaching, effective tools in life, we can see how we weave a web that can either serve us or enslave us. Grandmother Spider beckons us to be mindful of our behaviors; be smart about the life we weave for ourselves.
 
The Women’s Web Of Life Dance is about looking down the threads of life, both forward and backward, and seeing all the possible consequences of our choices. It is about seeing, understanding, and ultimately taking responsibility for what we set in motion. It is about gaining understanding of how every single, little thing we do, affects the strands next to us, across from us and, indeed, the whole web of life.
 
We create and dance in an egg-shaped arbor with 13 poles and a central fire. Although the dancers and crew are women, men are invited to support by helping to prepare the dance area on Friday, serving in the kitchen during the dance and participating in the feast on Sunday.  
 
Donation for the dance is $295. This covers the expenses necessary to hold the dance. There is never a charge for ceremony.

 
For information contact us at Web.Dance@centerforpeace.us 
 
 
 
 
View or print our flyer

SunMoon Dance

2013 SunMoon Dance
 
July 19th-22nd
Center For Peace
Seymour, TN
 
Spaces are beginning to fill up. If you plan to come to the dance, register now. 
 
 

2013 Dance Schedule

2013 Dance Schedule at 
The Center For Peace
Seymour, TN
 
March 22-25
“For The One” Dance, Tennessee
Chiefs: Sammye Jo Harvey & Ole Bjørn Michel
 
May 24-26
Women’s Web of Life Dance
Chiefs: Jeanne Robinson & Margarita DiVita
 
July 19-22
Seymour Sun Moon Dance
Chiefs: Steve & Nan Citty
 
August 10th
 
August 23-25
Star Dance
Chiefs: John Pehrson & Margarita DiVita
 
August 30-Sep 2
Men’s Hollow Bone Dance
Chief: Steve Citty
 
September 27-29
Drum Dance
Chief: Candy Barbee
 
December 7-8
Long Dance
Chiefs: Colby McLemore & Katy Koontz

Committees

Committees have been created to address areas of need at the Center For Peace. 
 
Without your help, the committees will not function at the highest level possible. PLEASE look at the list below and find an area that interests you. Contact us by clicking on the "contact" links provided and tell us your ideas and how you are willing to help.
 
We may contact some people to help, BUT it will be FAR better if you volunteer to support the community. Your time and energy will be very much appreciated.
 
There is more information on the website.

Giftshop Committee

Chair: Sandy Palmer and Jeanne Robinson
contact
  • Purchasing
  • staffing
  • cleaning
  • display
  • outreach
  • special events

 

Workshop Committee

Chair: Sandy Palmer
contact
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Special Events

 

Property Committee

Chair: Dona Hodges
contact
  • Property maintenance
  • wood gathering
  • splitting
  • repairs
  • mowing

 

Youth Program Committee

Chair: Nan Citty
contact
  • Native Nurturing
  • Young People’s Dance

 

Communications Committee

Chair: Steve Citty
contact
  • newsletter
  • web site
  • Natural Awakenings
  • outreach
  • event registration

 

Ceremonial Mentoring Committee

Chair: Nan and Steve Citty
contact
  • firekeepers
  • moon mothers
  • sun fathers
  • lodge pourers
  • drummers
  • dog soldiers

 

Supplies Committee

Chair: José Gonzalez & Tamy Brown (treasurer)
contact 
 
  • sweat lodge
  • dances
  • house
  • property needs

"Messiah" Training

 
Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
 
"In September of 2009,  I began leading a weekly seminar at the Center for Peace around the subject of 'Messiah' Training.  These are on a continuing basis [until they are not] and everyone is invited to participate.
"If you have read and liked such books as Richard Bach’s ILLUSIONS and/or are intrigued by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES and/or follow the visionary path taught by people like Joseph Rael, you already may have been studying up on this subject – already a 'messiah in training'.  
"Please do not let the language throw you!  These times together are very little about doctrine, demands, or nice ideas and much more about self discovery, personal power, and mutual support."
 
Perry Robinson

More "Messiah" Training information

Sweat Lodge

Sweat lodge
Saturday Night Lodge
April 6th 7pm
led by José Gonzalez
 
Thursday Night Lodge
April 18th 7pm
led by Steve Citty
 
 
A sweat lodge or "Purification Lodge", is an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the womb of Mother Earth (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness intensify prayers and personal introspection. The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
There are composting toilets in the meadow. You may change clothes in these toilets or at the Peace Sound Chamber. There is no nudity in our lodges.

Suggested Items to Bring:
 
 
• Two Towels
• Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
• Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress. (Something for inside the sweat that is modest and you don’t mind getting muddy.)
• Change of clothes (Preferably long sleeve and covers all of the legs to keep from getting the feast area dirty).
• Covered Dish for the Feast.

It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
Cash donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge.  We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation would be appreciated. 

There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.
 

More information: What to bring

Drumming Circle

Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José Gonzalez and Tamy Brown
 

Drumming is a powerful, sometimes dramatic, way to break into other levels of our mind.  Sensitive instruments can measure the way that drumming affects the brain waves.  That’s the reason for tens of thousands of years the shaman has journeyed with the drum.
This drumming is not specifically for journeying; but you get to use it whatever way you wish – including having a good time doing it!
So, on Friday of each week, bring your drum, and come join us.
Donations are appreciated.

In This Issue

Sweat Lodge Tonight

This Week

Message from Joseph Rael

April 7th Fire Ceremony

Native Nurturing

Women's Web of Life Dance

SunMoon Dance

2013 Dance Schedule

Committees

"Messiah" Training

Sweat Lodge

Drumming Circle

Calendar at a Glance
 
APRIL 2013
 
April 6th 7pm
 
April 7th 10am
Monthly Council Meeting
 
April 7th 6:45pm
 
April 18th 7pm
 
April 27th-28th
 
MAY 2013
 
May 4th
 
May 7th 6:45pm
 
May 16th 7pm
 
May 24th-26th
Facebook Group
New Facebook Group
 
Facebook Group
 
We have started a new "Group" on Facebook. It seems this is a better way to stay in touch interactively than the page format. We will keep up the page, but invite you to join our new group as well.
 
Simply "click" on the Facebook button above.
Work is Worship
“Work is Worship”
 
Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate our selves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.
Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, water and an open willing attitude. If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.
We provide lunch. (So kitchen help is also appreciated.)
Contact:
Perry 865-428-3070 or
Steve 865-300-4424
Chanting in the Chamber
The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled.
 
Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval.
Council Meeting
 
This is the gathering of the board of directors to discuss new ideas, future projects, and events.  Feel free to come with suggestions and comments.
 
April 7th 10am 
 
-Visitors welcome Note new time.
 
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center
Directions


Council Members
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.

Active Council Members of the Center for Peace:
 
Nan Citty
Knoxville
865-405-6809

Steve Citty
Knoxville
865-300-4424
 
José Gonzalez
Seymour
865-300-3439
 
Dona Hodges
Sevierville
865-719-8447
 
Sandy Palmer
Seymour, TN
865-304-0765
 
Barbara Rector
Knoxville
865-789-9955
 
Jeanne Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Perry Robinson
Seymour
865-428-3070

Center For Peace • 880 Graves Delozier Road • Seymour • TN • 37865

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