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D R E A M T I M E   F O R   T H E   P I L G R I M A G E

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Through an experience of collective nourishment and care
I feel my authentic self
From that space of unique diversity
I am able to feel the hearth of the world
my pilgrimage

to the place I am from

 

I make a pilgrimage to the centre of my being

To the center of my hearth

To weave my unique self into the landscape a new

 

I am here at the threshold to my beginning

The gateway to experience

 

 

How to prepare for the journey 

Allow yourself to feel excited about the prospect of going somewhere just for you. You as the centre of everything. 

 

Taking with you only what you need to express this beginning of you and to ask the surroundings for support. 

 

Return to your nature companions and follow the warm feeling of your hand trustingly held by the hand of Yoruk as a confirmation of your path.

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Whenever we bring something into being we are allowing the universe to see us – when we allow our whole self to be seen the universe is able to better assist us on the path. This pilgrimage is a moment to explore these ideas of taking your whole self somewhere and seeing what magic opens up. 

 

As you prepare for this special occasion, feel into how the practical and symbolic preparation can exist as one and the same, with equal importance and aligned with what your inner landscape needs to meet the outer. 

 

 

A Threshold practice 

Explore the journeys you have made through the arc of the course

 

Notice the key threads that are emerging for you about the texture and nature of your hearth

 

You may like to transform your almanac in some way for this process or continue working with the materials that are calling you at this time. 

 

We would like you to think about this process as a birth of yourself at this new beginning. Ask yourself

What are you wearing on your skin 

What would you like to take with you 

What colors do you have with you 

What ritual or ceremony do you do when you get there, and before you travel

 Hearth guidance objects and navigators

When crafting the objects to bring with you, feel into them as the following threads

pulse 

how we embody the life spark of existence – a connection to our centre

vessel 

how we sculpt our authentic creativity, attuning our bodies as channels of wisdom between finite and infinite realms

spindle 

how our beings meet the multiple threads of existence – a gathering of knowledge to serve the ecosystem of potential

cloth   

how we weave ourselves a new skin of sensuality to meet the world – crafting the cloak of our souls to offer back our potential

Journey book - your personal almanac

Using the cloths, images and textures you have made or drawn, make a selection into a personal journey book. Each part acting as guidance, rememberance and support for your pilgrimage. Leave space to write or draw what emerges during your pilgrimage.

 

Allow the place you travel to to find you 

We began to explore this playfully with the mapping activity.  You may like to work with something directly that came during this activity or you may like to use it to inspire another way of finding the place or allowing a process other than your mind to guide you to a place. 

 

When listening in to the place that is calling you, try to connect to the element that perhaps have until now lingered more in the shadows, and how this journey can become an opportunity to reconnect with that part of yourself. 

 

Experiment with exploring a landscape that wouldn’t normally be your first choice, or find a way to explore moving and pausing through the landscape as a way that enables you to receive it afresh. 

 

Remember you do not have to go far. We encourage you however to allow yourself a spacious enough time wherever you go. Also allow yourself to create a sacred and comforting holding space for this experience, considering where you might stay the night and how the space however it is, can become a sacred nest between the days. 

 

How you journey 

The journey begins at home, with your altar, with the hearth you have created,

Every moment of the preparation is as valid as the journey itself, the small actions, the moments of care. 

The practicals 

If you are going to go somewhere for the weekend see if you can travel there on the Friday 

 

We will tune in as a group together at 8pm on the Friday ( not online but collectively in a shared practice) 

 

We will gather as a group at 12 on Saturday as a shared practice (not online but collectively in a shared practice) 

 

On Sunday we will have a morning circle (online) together

 

 

To gather to take with you 

Candles 

Your journey book / personal almanac 

Anything you have made, prepared to bring with you 

And offering for the landscape/place you have arrived to 

 

 

Pilgrimage 

One day in the rest of our lives 

Not a final something

but a beginning of something 

A space of deep presence that expands out to meet the spiral of

cyclical knowing

in the depths of your being 

In connection with all realms of being

you are not alone

As i journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

 

I follow the track of the badger 

to arrive here 

to meet and welcome in my younger self 

quirky and valuable

in my secret place of shelter 

the self that always knew their place 

her green body merging with the forest 

through the lichen curtains 

her eyes as seeds

that germinate

and grow the new vision 

to guide the way 

soothed 

as I give value to the precious parts of me 

keeping them with me for the next part of my life

 

As i journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I ventured into the storm

to paint 

to dance 

to find my space and 

take up space

to dream bigger

as i move my body 

i realise that no one in the world dances like me

it is my unique movement

my unique creation 

my ability to soak up inspiration and to create from it

I realise that I Am 

and my art is like this dance 

abundant and courageous 

taking up space to create just as I want to 

bringing courage to create without judgement 

 

As i journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I trace my body and his as a skeletal foundation 

I create my inner mappings

of journeys and visions to the soul grounds

meeting the doorways that open to me 

where I project my voice, 

my tone, and my communication 

of things that matter to me

feeling for the first time that I have something to offer

It is all going somewhere 

to all the unexpected places 

I share with others things that are important to me 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I followed the call of the sea 

It came to me out of the blue

and I started moving 

it felt just right

It flowed out of me with pleasure

and the glow and flow returned to my being 

encompassing me in a grounded, safe and nurtured existence 

I am supported 

wrapped with a golden bow 

is my story

the textures of me that meet the sea of belonging 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I ponder the meaning of home

I remember the lamp that was always kept alit in our house as a temple 

I remember how the fire ceremonies would bring energy 

a house of rituals 

a house as a carrier of culture 

this house that sensitised me to the world

I reach out to other woman 

to explore how to carry culture 

and Here i shape a bowl of clay and earth 

to accompany me in my practice

I dip the white cloth into the ground

to soak it in the memory of earth 

and here

I remember to live my life 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I reach into each situation 

just being 

without game or expectation

I fully acknowledge that what I am bringing is valuable

in this dreamscape 

I acknowledge my sensitivities to draw the dream 

and just be 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I begin to unfold instead of plan 

I become aware of who is on my journey 

and what comes into my consciousness 

I am joined by a monkey 

who invited me to share perspective 

to share with community 

and let the river 

over take me 

so that I can collude in the loving 

dance of the crocodile 

a kiss that calls me to the depths of my being 

Moving my body 

and sounding

a ritual of remembering love

that nothing is pushed down and buried forever 

only dispersed and given new light 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I step into my spiritual self

where i honour my lightness 

and sense of energy 

a belonging that is not conditional 

I can bring myself to feel soft and at peace

I dare to open so that things can be bigger

I am fearless 

i dream 

I see abundance 

I open to signs and encounters

through my feather practice

I connect with a spiritual gift 

that I shamanic 

bringing lightness around confrontation 

connecting with the sun and the moon 

in a deep knowing that it is safe to feel light 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

A white pole 

clear 

and wobbly 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I tap into a higher spiritual awakening 

I am held by the warmth of fire under blankets

and from the doorway in my foot 

beautiful and overwhelming

the oracle emerged

I meet myself in intimacy  

I come to know 

that I am a messenger

I reach between worlds and souls 

between lightness and dark

I find protection strength and courage   

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I cultivate a wholeness that is larger than life 

I notice that I am able to contain all experiences within myself

I move with ease and a

sure footedness 

within the waterfall that is pooling 

I enter into it 

with no hesitation 

So that I can swim into the darkness 

I land 

larger than life

where I can pass through easily 

I move into a beingness 

that is bigger, confident 

and full with dark earthiness 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I meet the wholeness of me 

Endlessly simple 

limitless 

and utterly profound 

 

As I journey to the pilgrimage 

of my authentic self 

I meet the wholeness of me 

Endlessly simple 

limitless 

and utterly profound 

 

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