Behind the scenes of writing my book and an excerpt………..
We just returned refreshed, renewed and more aware of ourselves on many levels of perception from our Winter Reflections Women's Weekend Retreat. This was an amazing group of women who came together in a small community to reflect, to do some deep inner work, and to enjoy the wilderness setting while being cozy in the off-grid yurt and rustic cabin.
We gathered in circle to share wisdom and to see ourselves more deeply..with the knowing that seeing what is uncomfortable and being witnessed in this process brings about deep healing and awareness. We began with clearing by working with our energy fields and to create boundaries and energetic space for us to work in over the weekend.
We viewed ourselves from the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of perception using archetypal energies of serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle to assist us in shifting those perceptions and seeing ourselves through those eyes. We used gazing and energy tracking exercises with actual mirrors to provide an actual reflection back to us, and also we saw ourselves in others in the circle.
We realized through these practices and techniques when we see ourselves in others, what we tend to notice first is the shadow pieces of ourselves. Those aspects of ourselves that we don't like and don't want to see. Those places of annoyance, anger, and frustration. And that it is those who are closest to us who provide those most difficult mirrors to us..our partners and family.
We practiced seeing those places and going into them and through them..by sharing these in circle they become seen and are easier to move through.
We practiced seeing the light in each other...because that too is a reflection of ourselves....
Maybe as we practice seeing the light in others, we will more easily see it in ourselves?
This was a fun weekend of deep work, reflection, letting go, and also of great laughs and fun in the snow. I'm looking forward to the next journey!
Join us for The Gila Wilderness Backpacking, Ancient Sites, and Natural Hot Springs in September 2016