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Katrina's Joy now on Reflections' Home Page!

I have included links to my blog, Katrina's Joy, on the Reflections web site. So for all of you who have not bothered to read it, it is now available in a new place. My last post was a summary of one of Sunday's messages.

Check it out!

Kelly or Mary - Black Jacket?

I think Mary or Kelly left a black jacket on Sunday.

Magic of Manifestation

Artist's EyeWith Angela Raincatcher
Sunday, September 27, 2009
From 9:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.

We are co-creators with the divine, and we can use our creative powers to manifest a meaningful and fulfilling life in the physical realm.

In this workshop, we will explore the theory and practice of manifesting what you need and desire in your life. We will discuss the principles and tools of magic, discover our individual symbol sets, playfully engage our Younger Self, and activate our creativity to craft a spell and ritual to manifest our intent in the world we live in.

Come with an open mind, a willing heart, and a playful sense of adventure. Manifestation is happening all around you, all the time.

Angela's website is Nine Ravens Studio.

Course Fee: $75

Register for this class.

Mission, Roles & Goals

1. What methods of time management do you use currently?

I have used all three methods Covey describes on pp 22-23. I used to keep lists of things to do from my late teens (early to mid 70's) to mid 80’s. Although I felt at the time that my life was full, I managed to keep up with most things so the lists worked. At some point, I realized I needed a calendar but it stayed at home. I created my list almost daily adding in elements from the calendar when I remembered. The one thing I did do in this period was the drafting of a ten-year plan. It kept me focused at some level. My system however became stressed when I returned to engineering school in 1979. But like most difficult periods in my life, I just soldiered through assuming I just wasn’t disciplined or focused or something enough if anything fell through the cracks.

By the time I joined the engineering department in 1986, it became increasingly clear that my system was not working. I modeled myself after my boss who kept a steno pad with a continuous list of things needing his attention. And like him, I frequently was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what was expected of me. At the same time, I had re-entered into political activism after a ten-year hiatus. And now the variety and quantity of to-do items swelled beyond human comprehension. At times, I had to-do lists of over 60 items in the activism sphere alone. Looking back over them I would note that I had over half checked as completed, however at the time I felt like a complete loser for having left so many things undone. The month-at-a-time calendars I carried became a blur of ink, so I changed to the week version. But they still did not help me to handle the seemingly infinite amount of interruptions, deadlines and emergencies inherent in my professional and activist landscape.

When I began using Franklin Planner at some point during this madness, it was a desperate attempt to tame the sense of urgency and stress. Just by clarifying my values and long-term goals, I was able to trim enough of the stress to begin having some free time for myself. And oh, did I mention I was still in engineering school on top of all of it. It was then that I began noticing that everything associated with my self-care, my dreams of artistic accomplishment, and personal restoratives were suffering. I had always taken vacations at retreat centers, enrolled in art/cultural classes, read books and attended concerts and recitals – but now even these small pleasures were being denied. I still have some of the planners from this stage, and they speak of stress without end and it could not continue unabated. So in 1993, I succumbed. I fell down with CFIDS or Chronic Fatigue Immunological Disorder Syndrome. I spiraled down into a whirlpool of pain, confusion, fatigue and a continuing cycle of illness such as bronchitis, flu and colds. At one point, I was so sick, I was unable to drive, get out of bed or even prepare my own meals. And to top if off, I was still managing to run political groups, church groups, activist campaigns, an R & D project, 15 employees and respond to personal, family and work emergencies – in other words, I was out of my mind and body but I tried mightily not to let anyone down. I was meeting the needs of everyone but myself.

I finally came upon Covey’s system after seeing many of my colleagues reading his “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. When the Franklin Planner Company merged with Covey, it got my attention. Reading “First Things First”, changed my life.

First thing I did was to drop all the goals and roles that I had not chosen for myself, and instead only adopted goals and roles that held meaning for me personally. The goals have morphed and changed over the years, but I can honestly say, that I am living the life I dreamed of all those years ago when I first read this book. I began weekly planning, insuring that I included each week, items that fed me mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally – sound familiar. I also adopted an annual calendar of reviewing my goals quarterly and my overall vision annually. With a renewed focus and having shed the urgency that impeded my focus on my priorities, my life changed dramatically. I hired a personal coach, began receiving appropriate medical care, and eventually retired at 47 years old. I can breathe, think and act with so much clarity now, something unheard of only a decade ago.

Since then I have adopted a system more adapted to my current lifestyle without sacrificing the principles I learned from this book so many years ago.

And that is why this book is assigned as the first book study for Reflections. I notice over the last year that more than a few of you are facing many of the same difficulties I have faced over the years. I am hoping that if we all reexamine our lives through this lens, maybe we can all benefit. My plan is to go through the book with you, as part and parcel of checking in on my own progress, yes. But also because this process can help me to deepen and broaden my attempts at making sense of my life in the here and now.

Taken from my notes to my students in November 2005

Myth, Masks & Magick: A Mask Making Intensive

With Helena Dominic
Oct 19, 2008
From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Mask Making is one of the oldest arts known to humanity. Through masking, we are able to take on other personas and even interact with the spirits. In Africa, maskers perform for initiations, other rites of passage, funerals, and seasonal festivals. Maskers take on the identities of the spirits they perform, becoming something other than human, often acting as diviners, or dispensers of advice and social control, or even as Deity.

In this workshop, we will journey to see which spirits are needed to speak to us. We will then create masks to reflect those spirits, and then share the spirits and their messages in ceremony.

Mask creation is messy business! Either wear something you don’t mind getting creative in, or bring a t-shirt or smock to cover your clothes. We will be using rigid wrap, which is plaster embedded gauze. Bring rubber gloves if you have skin allergies or sensitivities – there is lyme in plaster. If you wear contacts, consider either wearing your glasses, or bring protective goggles.

New Faculty Member

Please join us in welcoming Ivo Dominguez, Jr as our newest faculty member!

We are honored to have Ivo on our team as we blaze new trails in the way intermediate to advanced spiritual and magickal training is offered to the greater neo-pagan community.

Opening The Inner Senses

Ivo Dominguez, Jr.Ivowith Ivo Domínguez, Jr
January 13, 2008 - 10 am - 5 pm
At Dragonstead, Seelie Court
near Georgetown Delaware

This workshop will be a fast paced intensive equally split between theory and practice. The goal of this workshop is for the participants to gain greater access to their psychic abilities for use in magick, divinatory work, and healing.

Come to this workshop well rested and well fed as you will be challenged and pushed to bring out your gifts. There will be a 1 hour lunch break and I suggest you bring a bag lunch so that we can stay together as a group for the day.

The class size is limited to 27 so if you do not preregister you may not be able to attend. The fee for this class is $55.00.

Register: panpipe@seeliecourt.net

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Parental Consent

Our public classes are normally available to all comers over the age of 18. We are now accepting students from 14 to 17 into our public classes with verifiable parental consent.

Register normally and send in a signed letter from your parents with your payment. If paying by PayPal, mail the signed letter to the PO Box listed on your registration reciept. The letter should include your name, registration code, age and a day time phone number for your parent.

Polishing the Jewel: Building a Personal Spiritual Practice

With Katrina Messenger
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
From 9:30 to 5:30

The world is changing. It is undergoing tremendous change, upheaval, growth, chaos, evolution and decay. It is a time of transformation. How does one cope during times like these? How do we make the time, find the space and achieve the focus so needed when the very ground we stand on seems to shift daily?

In this class, we will review various techniques, tools and resources that can be used toward building a healing and transformative spiritual practice.

Qabala for Pagans

Reflections is offering all three classes in the Qabala series!

The series begins with Qabala 1 on Sunday, January 20th. The next classes in the series are weekly classes with Qabala 2, beginning Tuesday, January 29th. And Qabala 3, beginning Tuesday, March 4th.

Each class costs $75, but with our special offer you can enroll in all three classes for $200!

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