Upcoming Events with MICHAEL MEADE
Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Ave.
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We live in an ongoing crisis, in the midst of a struggle for truth and meaning in a world gone wrong. Not simply a clash of civilizations or collapse of culture, but a battle for the Soul of the World and a search for the underlying unity and hidden vitality of life. For, if there is no change at the level of soul, there can be no real change at the level of the common world. Soul is the light hidden in the darkness and the natural energy of connection that tries to awaken just as things fall apart.
Even as fears about the world accumulate and chaos stirs there can be an acceleration of 'calling' as the soul would have each of us find our genuine path and way to contribute to life.
No solitary idea or fixed belief can shift the weight of the world towards a meaningful future; but the accumulated vitality of many souls awakening with lived imagination can become a force for truth and healing in this troubled world. Healing is a revolutionary act and we are here to awaken to the true nature of our own souls and become active agents of ongoing creation.
Join us for an evening of surprising ideas, a soulful and mythological view of current affairs and a resounding collective call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion.
2017 Retreats with MICHAEL MEADE
The world is at a crossroads in time that includes the threat of severe climate change as well as the dangers of cultural upheaval. Amidst the expansion of human tragedy and the growth of collective fear and anxiety, it is easy to feel helpless and isolated. Yet, in the midst of trouble the radical root of the soul seeks to deepen our sense of meaning and activate our true purpose in life.
The great risk in life has always been the work of becoming one’s true self amidst the uncertainties of existence. Thus, each crisis can become a crucible in which we are pulled and stretched by an unseen force that was in us all along. At each turn in life we have another chance to hear the call, follow our calling and be emboldened by the roots of our souls.
The problem is not that there are no answers to life’s dilemmas; the difficulty is tuning in to the path our soul would have us take. We grow by letting go of who we thought we were in order to find the next part of the story trying to enfold from within. No matter how dark and troubling the world becomes, finding a life-long initiatory path allows us to both save ourselves and contribute to the healing of the world.
Join us on this path of discovery with a diverse faculty who will present ideas and elements of initiation from tribal traditions, spiritual practices and psychological perspectives. Through stories, poems and the compelling speech of the soul; through chanting and meditation; through the suddenness of ideas and the surprise of ritual; we will approach the borders of our knowing and seek to touch the edge of what our souls came to live and to learn. This event will benefit those involved in mentoring and community building, teaching and counseling, environmental activism and social justice.
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The great unrest throughout the world reflects a lack of soulful connections within collective life as well as a loss of the arc of imagination that can rise from the depths of the human soul. Increasing pressures and uncertainties in the outer world create inner tensions and anxieties that can only be relieved through a change of awareness coming from within. The medicines needed for healing the chaos and conflicts in the outer world can only be found in the depths of the individual soul.
Creation wishes to continue, yet can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. Despite and because of the chaos in the world, the soul longs to find the natural epiphanies through which the hidden gold and gradient line of each life can become revealed. Each alignment with the soul’s inner gradient offers a renewal of the natural dharma or innate law of one’s being. It involves an intensification of being which brings greater energy to one’s life, while also providing signs and symbols of the path our soul would have us take.
The inner arc of imagination involves the destiny of our soul and includes the uncovering and delivering of what was hidden in us all long. Responding to the pull of the inner gradient and finding life-long initiatory paths comprises the “real work” and genuine opus of our lives.
This retreat is about tuning in to the exact speech of the soul and to changes that the deep self would have us make in order to move further along the paths of healing and self-revelation. It is also about finding ways to be agents of healing and change in a world gone wrong.
Pilgrim Firs conference center is located on the Kitsap Peninsula of Western Washington. Nestled along Lake Flora, this quiet, forested location is just minutes form the town of Port Orchard and the Seattle ferries.
COST: $525 includes simple cabins, healthy food and all events. A deposit of $250 will hold your place. Final payment is due September 1, 2017. Proceeds from this retreat support Mosaic's work with at-risk youth and the Genius Project.
Cancellation Policy: If for some reason you have to cancel your registration, there will be a $30 administrative cancellation fee. After September 1st, the fee will be $60.
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