Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage?
His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves himalone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not removethe blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is aMAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each ladmust come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he satstoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on thestump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out toHim. If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you took off yourblindfold before dawn.

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there.
'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

Turtle Dreamers Circle

About the Turtle Dreamers Circle of Northern Virginia

Indigenous Origin People indigenous to our land have held traditions about dreaming for a long time. They appreciate dreams as gifts of understanding and guidance for the tribe. People sharing dreams support and build community. Everyone dreams and it is easy to begin remembering dreams, if you are interested. Since dreams impart truth on many levels, both personal and social, sharing them helps us understand evolving situations and personal growth.

Welcome to visit
If you have recent dreams you would like to share please feel free to join any bi-monthly meeting in Sterling Virginia held on Tuesday nights twice each month.
We meet from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.
A potluck dinner happens beforehand at 7 PM for anyone who wants to share food and socialize. We ask people to let us know if they are coming.
Building Connection
As we meet and get to know each other well, we will consider what community projects we'd like to do and this too is a part of indigenous tradition. Linking dreams to community service is analogous to raising a windmill to the wind for power. If you have ever felt that change in society is something you want and can't have, this is the way to get it –with connection and trust.

This service will never be a burden –we'll each act on spiritual inspiration, including what our immediate neighbors ask us to do directly!
Linking to Other Circles
Another indigenous tradition we have access to is "prayer lodge" where people meet to detoxify, to pray, to connect, and to open their minds and hearts. Lodges at both Angel House in Leesburg, VA and also at Eden Valley in Dayton, MD are connected to this dreaming circle as is the spiritual teacher Lakota Hasie Frazier, who leads ceremonies of her own making, inspired by the ancients, her Grandmother and Grandfather ancestors. She first began the circles at home and later formed new ones elsewhere, so that this is available to anyone wishing to make peace

Sherry is on XM Radio - Mondays at 1 PM & 7 PM (ET)
On Broadminded - XM Channel 155 - Take 5
"It is not sufficient for religious people to be involved with prayer. Rather, they are morally obliged to contribute all they can to solving the world’s problems."-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Years Eve Party with Psychic Sherry Sherry

Join MIX 107.3 for a Holiday Tradition! New Year's Eve at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Featuring the Jack Diamond - Jim Steed Band!

What: MIX 107.3 New Year's Celebration
When: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Welcome Reception from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Doors Open to Ballroom at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 8:30 p.m.
Balloon Drop with Champagne Toast at 12:00 Midnight
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Entertainment: Jack Diamond/Jim Steed Band (Starting after Dinner in the Ballroom)MIX 107.3’s DJ Bob Aqua spinning dance tunes (12:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
Psychic Readings featuring Sherry Sherry
1st Course Chesapeake Chowder
2nd Course Red Wine Poached Pear SaladCrisp Field Greens, Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese Crumbles Cabernet Dressing
3rd Course Grilled Filet of Beef and Herb Rubbed Shrimp Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and French Beans with Wild Mushrooms
4th Course Chocolate Truffle Cake Vanilla Bean Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis
Attire: The suggested attire for New Year’s Eve is Semi-Formal Package
Cost: Room & Party Packages Only (Party Tickets NOT available Separately – No singles packages)
$399.00 per couple, plus 14.5% tax $430.00 per couple, plus 14.5% tax includes Breakfast Buffet for Two
• Special $107.30 rate fo r guests interested in staying on Tuesday, December 30 or for Thursday, January 1• Discounted valet parking will be available for New Year’s Eve guests staying Tuesday or Thursday night at the rate of $12 per night Suite Upgrades: Guests who book a suite will receive a special suite rates: + Add $100 for an Executive Suite + Add $175 for a Capitol Suite + Add $200 for a Regency Suite
Please contact Sherry Sherry with any questions
703-912-1938 (24 hour voicemail)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sweat Lodge and Other Events

Monday & Tuesday Dec 1 & 2
Rev. Lakota Hasie will be available for private sessions at Joanie's in Herndon.
To schedule your private session with Hasie, Please contact Joanie at 703-969-4365
(1/2 hour $75, 1 hour $125)

Turtle Dreamers meet at Joanie's in Herndon
Special Guest - Rev. Lakota Hasie
7:30 PM (shared food @ 7 PM)

Angel Hill HouseLeesburg, VA 20175
(129 Governors Drive)

12:00 - 12:30 Arrivals
12:30 (approx) Teachings & prayer ties with Rev. Lakota Hasie
1:30 (approx) Prayer Lodge with Rev. Lakota Hasie
followed by Shared Feast, Give Aways & Farewells
(approx 6 PM)

In case of ice, snow or sleet, the lodge will need to be rescheduledbecause we live on a very steep hill.
If there is inclement weather on Sunday, please call 703-771-7811 to verify the lodge is still scheduled.

What you will need to bring:
1 -2 towels
change of clothing (sweat pants and sweat shirts are a good option)
sweat clothes (bathing suit and long cotton dress, or long skirt and t-shirt for women and swim trunks and t-shirt for men
bandana (if needed)
covered dish for shared feast (see notes below)
bottle of water & bottle of fruit juice
allergy medicine if you are allergic to cats or dogs (we have 9)
prayer tie materials (see notes below)
give away for give away ceremony (see notes below)
your prayers and intentions
Requested donations: $35
$25 for the teaching
$10 for support of the lodge and land

Special Requests:-STONES- donation of stones for the lodge

FIRE WOOD - donation of firewood or financial donations towardsthe purchase of firewood (Joanie gets us a discount from one of her clients)


FIRE TENDERS - need 2 people to arrive 3 hours before the lodge and prepare the stones and fire, and tend the fire during the lodge. (Fire tenders will work with Hasie for preparation of the stones and the fire and the ceremony of the lodge) - Joanie & Altazar have volunteered to fire tend

need 1 person to help people register before the lodge - Still need a volunteer-

KITCHEN ANGELS - angels, need 3, at least 1 that will not be going in the lodge, to prepare the set up of the feast, and 2 (or more) others to help with set up, serving and clean up after the feast - Anne Devine has volunteered - still need at least 2 more volunteers-

CLEAN UP ANGELS- to clean up the lodge and surrounding area, store the supplies and make sure the fire is completely out. - Still need volunteers-

LODGE BLANKET CLEANERS-it would be terrific if several people could bring in fresh lodge blankets and others could launder some of the currentblankets. Let's find a way to get in the groove on this. Thanks to Joanie and others who have done bunches of the blankets in the past.

PHONE CALLERS -several people are not on our email list that it would be good to contact and personally invite. Let's be the welcoming heart.

SHARED FEAST- Thank you in advance to all the feast preparers! Covered dishes, casseroles, meat, vegetables, side dishes, breads, rolls, pasta dishes, salads, juices, desserts.

Children & Elders of the Standing Rock Reservation Donations of toys, warm clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, craft supplies, soaps, lotions, candy, sugar free candy, tea, coffee, hot cocoa, dried fruits, Walmart Gift Cards, shipping boxes & packing tape, donations towards shipping costs-GIVE AWAY LODGE-
This is a give away lodge, please do bring a cherished gift to share, not something you've gone to the store for, but something that speaks to your heart... Let your intuition guide you as to what to wrap up and bring as your give away. Prayer tie supplies: Tobacco, cotton fabric (red, yellow, black, white), string, sage, cedar
(we will also have some extra supplies available for you to use if you don't have all of your needed prayer tie supplies)

If there is snow, ice or sleet, the lodge will have to be postponed (not canceled) because we live on a very steep hill. (new date will be based on Hasie's availability and her intuition) In case of winter weather on Sunday, please call us at 703-771-7811 for a status update. (Leesburg can have snow when DC is having only rain)

Directions: Beltway/495 to the Dulles Greenway (rt. 267) Toll Road, all the way
WEST to Leesburg. (about 22 miles from beltway)
Take the last exit, Exit 1A for rt. 15 SOUTH towards Warrenton, go 1/2 mile and
take the exit marked for rt. 15 SOUTH towards Warrenton, (again). From the bottom of that exit, go to the second traffic light (about 2/10's of a mile) and TURN RIGHT onto Governors Drive. We are about the 15th house on the left (purple mail box). Plenty of on street parking is available.
The cats may go in and out, but please don't let the dogs out unless they are attached to their run at the back door.
Please take any needed allergy medicines before you arrive if you are allergic to cats or dogs (we have Alavert dissolvable allergy tablets on hand if you need some) We are looking forward to another warm and wonderful gathering with everyone

Sherry , Altazar, The Peace Chapel, Turtle Dreamers of Nova
Sherry is on XM Radio - Mondays at 1 PM & 7 PM (ET)On Broadminded - XM Channel 155 - Take 5
"It is not sufficient for religious people to be involved with prayer. Rather, they are morally obliged to contribute all they can to solving the world’s problems."-His Holiness the Dalai Lama "History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." - Dwight D. Eisenhower