A Celebration of Lise’s Life will take place on
Saturday September 28
Unitarian Church – 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa.
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Katherine and the Ecowellness Centre staff who were fortunate to know you.
The Following Workshop Series was given by Lise Lillain Nickerson
Life in Transition ,July 23th Heart Circle with Lise Lillian July 23
Happy Summer everyone! Come and join us for our next Heart Circle for Mid Summer creativity. Mid Summer is the time of the maturing what is growing in our lives and the first harvest of showing what our inspired actions are manifesting. We will be decorating a stick that you have found or you can look on the property at Carp Ridge for one. Please bring items to decorate your stick. I will be supplying you with paint if you want and a few other items. Our power stick is symbolic of stepping into our more authentic selves and claiming this identity through the group ceremony in September. If you can’t come in July you can do this on your own and have it ready for the next session on August 27th. We will be also focusing on sustaining changes in our lives and deepening our Heart Circle community.
The Results of the Workshop are Noted in the Following Article
Life in Transition Heart Circle News
Our Heart Circle gathered on June 25th to celebrate the beginning of Summer. We are half way through this year’s journey and we are now reflecting on where we are in the adventure that we began in January of this year. The Life in Transition Heart Circle is set up in a way that anyone can join at any time because it is cyclical, meaning that the process is like life, it continues to circle around with each turn of the ‘Wheel of Life’. I invite people to join us whenever they are able.
It has been a wonderful journey together since January. We began with calling our gatherings Meditation Days as we use guided meditations as part of the process. We created an ‘Initiation Gate’ leading into the North towards the Yurt just outside the Learning Centre building. It was decorated with artwork, chimes and other things that made it a magical threshold to pass through along the path into the woods. I remember how it triggered emotions for us as we walked through with our intentions for this year. We shared the dreaming phase together to envision how our intentions were going to unfold. The circle is a safe sanctuary for us to explore together, in an amplified field of energy, that we generate together with compassion and encouragement for each other. We use music, movement , Yoga and art to help us to spark the creative juices and access our body wisdom. I shared the ‘Eastern Cherokee Sacred Dance to the Four Directions’ as a way to embody our experience, honouring the sacredness of all life in all directions. Our group sharing in circle is a very profound way to deepen our friendship and sense of community. Without this we can stay stuck in patterns that don’t serve us without any feedback or support to move forward. There is also the use of ceremony to heighten our experience and make it special by creating sacred space. We use songs, chants, smudging ceremonies and share stories to create this.
We continued to dream together through February and created our first mural that would be used for the Spring Gate. We were feeling our way through the gestation period of Winter. Our process was very gentle with slow movement and a nurturing environment. It was a preparation time to regenerate our energies and get ready to birth our dreams with the Spring. We were all moving through our own transitions, but felt our connection and the loving support of the group.
In March, I registered for a course in Accelerated Awakening through Heart Intelligence, with Christian Pankhurst. His work is based on Tej Steiner’s, Heart Circles. It is very much in alignment with the Earthwyse Journey vision to connect with the evolving consciousness shift that we are all going through at this time on the planet. We are moving away from reacting in fear, isolation and despair to responding with open heartedness, cooperation and community. We are moving into a new era on our planet in which we live in harmony with all of life. Heart Circles can support us through this transition and help us to survive and thrive together. They give us the tools to live our life purpose and create joy in every moment through the awareness practices. They give us a social safety net to receive what we need to continue this extraordinary shift.
Hence, Life in Transition Heart Circles were born with the Spring gathering. We all walked through the Spring Initiation Gate with what is was we were birthing. It was a magical sunny day and the Gate was in the East leading through some trees as a birthing canal. We were greeted by a Grandmother Tree by the spring. The spring was thawing and there was an opening letting us see the birthing waters. We sent our prayers for the new life emerging with the waters. Then we crossed the bridge to our new life and went to sit on the Mother Rock and were greeted by Earth Mother and Father Sun. What a glorious day.
In April and May we created another mural in preparation for the Summer Gate in June. We explored the natural protective defense strategies that come up whenever we start something new and doubts surface. It is a time to nurture our new endeavors like a newborn baby. By May we were moving towards accessing our inspired actions that would further our progress. It is like weeding and fertilizing our gardens and doing some spring cleaning. Everyone was doing so well to clear these blocks by shedding light on them and embracing the different parts of ourselves. Then we could use the contrasting energies of what we did not want(the weeds) to fuel(fertilize) our forward movement. By shifting our attention on the longing of what we do want, we spark the passion and imagination to create it in our lives. We symbolized this through planting some seeds in the garden. Next is to connect with our authentic essence to find the inspired actions needed that are not connected to our addictive patterns. Then those patterns will gently fade as we strengthen our true identity.
So now we have entered Summer and past through the Initiation Gate that we created at the threshold of the garden in the South. All of us decorated the gate with hanging discs that were painted in May and the two murals that we have done together. We affirmed our inspired actions as we past through to the most active, growing time of the year. Witnessing the growing things was reaffirming also.
For the July 23rd gathering we will be finding a special stick to decorate, which will be our power sticks. Everyone will be putting on meaningful items and maybe painting them and adding favorite colours, beads, feathers or whatever strikes their fancy. If someone is not able to attend this day, they can create their own at home. We will use these as part of the ceremony for the Autumn Equinox Gate in September. We being empowered by the process of the group and the sticks symbolize this. They will be a reminder of our community sharing.
Our gathering on August 27th will be a further preparation for the Autumn as we mature our projects and begin the harvest of our creativity. A big part of summer is that of filling up our energies with play and sunshine, so we will make sure that this is happening as well.