The Hoops of Evolution – part 3

“The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.”  General Douglas MacArthur

In Native traditions, Hoop Dancers move to a drum beat, while keeping several hoops in motion all over their body – all at the same time. It’s an amazing sight: even though the hoops look separate, the dancer is connected to each one. As his heartbeat synchronizes with the drum, he picks up one hoop at a time. Each hoop he adds demands more focus, more awareness, and more skill. The hoops have to become a part of him, individually and collectively. If he loses control of one, the dance can probably continue. But if he loses more than one, the dance stops.

The Four Sacred Hoops are a lot like the Hoop Dance: as long as they are whole, we can keep evolving and growing as a species.

Many Mystery Schools (if not all!) speak about the importance of collective evolution – that humans, as individuals and groups, are meant to evolve and grow. This path uses the term “Sacred Hoops” to refer to this process of evolutionary excellence. These hoops bind us together and make it possible for us to grow – individually and collectively, like the hoops in a Hoop Dance – and are the key to peace and freedom for everyone.

The Sacred Hoops also talk about how we are programmed to respond to Life and each other, and so teach us about where in life we “jump through hoops to learn about ourselves and how we relate to Creation.

Because of this, these Hoops contain everything that humanity is, has been, and will be in its evolution, and thus they affect our genetic encoding (the triple helix of our DNA, RNA and ETA­ – our Evolutionary Transformative Agent, which we’ll get into in later teachings), that which makes us human and, at the same time, unique as individuals. Science has recently shown this to be true: our genetic encoding is altered and affected not only by our environment, but by our choices within that environment as well.

The Sacred Hoops represent the future of our species.

Tune in next week to learn more about the Hoops and what happens when we walk within them.

Learn more about the Sacred Hoops continue next week! If you don’t want to wait, feel free to check out the Course of Study, where they were originally published.

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Earth Lodge Event Reminder

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A celebration of community of personal growth that has lasted more than 20 years. It’s pretty amazing, and we’d love to have you join us.

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Earth Lodge is a big family in which we grow in beauty.

For 21 years, each summer, we meet to live together in Nature, to experience sharing, enjoyment, harmony.

The Earth Lodge is a place where we grow hope: all together we experiment with the possibility of living in a community model that promotes growth and personal and collective evolution.

The seeds of beauty that are planted during these day are a small treasure to bring back home and to see them sprouting up in our family, in relationships, at school, with friends, at work. It is a very strong experience of change in which we can awaken the memory of who we really are, remembering what our soul’s design is in order to actualize it.

The Earth Lodge is a “womb” where we find knowledge and learn how to make our own life a ceremony, every day, in our daily experience.

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Family Spirit Camp Event Reminder

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Ready for a spiritual experience that’s family-friendly? Then Spirit Camp is for you!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

Can you resist the call of your spirit? Spirit Camp welcomes families, parents, children, elders of all ages to reconnect to life, spirit and self through ceremony and sharing in community.  You will gain skills to guide you through the many passages of life’s journey.

Parents will:

  • Learn about key growth periods in your life and those of your family.
  • Understand life transitions and what your kid/s may be ‘teaching’ you now.
  • Find tools to support you and your family’s evolution, now and in the future.

As a Family You Will:

  • Participate in activities such as swimming, hiking, crafts, drumming, singing and campfires.
  • Participate in ceremony and family activities that make spirit your companion

Midsummer is a magical time to camp on our land near Bancroft, Ontario.  Each day is scheduled to give parents a chance to connect with each other, nature and have their own separate teachings from the children.  Imagine walking on the land and listening to the laughter of children, while they safely expand their boundaries and explore nature at its best.  Come and join us on this adventure and exploration of your soul’s journey.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: or telephone 416-603-4912 for more information.

Fire From Within Event Reminder

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A personalized, powerful week of ceremony and healing. Register while time remains!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

This week-long shamanic retreat is designed to provide adult seekers of all ages with spiritual tools, knowledge, purification ceremonies, and Rites of Passage from the lineage of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. The week builds up to your participation in a beautiful overnight vision quest ceremony that will help you to make Spirit your companion as you learn to navigate your life passages with grace and power.

The teachings and ceremonies that you receive will be personalized so that the knowledge is directly relevant to YOU, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.

You will:

  • Develop a deeper connection to Grandmother Earth and all of nature
  • Learn how to heal your heart, body, mind, spirit, and soul
  • Learn about critical learning periods in your life (both now and in the future)
  • Understand your current life stage and what life is communicating
  • Discover practical ways to support your evolution in these changing times.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: or telephone 416 603-4912 for more information.

Hoops of Evolution – part 2

If you’ve seen thousands of people lumbering along with their faces buried in their phones, or walked through your neighborhood at night to see every window lit up by a blue glow, then you know there is a certain comfort in being a part of the Walking Dead.

But it’s not who we’re meant to be. There is inside every one of us an Eagle…a unique, creative, autonomous individual that is meant to fly free. We are meant to be alive, to experience Health, Hope, Happiness, Harmony and Humor in full measure – but we fear what that kind of life demands of us.

There is nothing to fear. Throughout human history – and even before – there have been streams of knowledge that exist to help us regain our connection to what is Sacred. These teachings are one of those streams.

There is more to being human than Netflix and Facebook. More than putting up with a soul-sucking job. More than being a good worker, parent, consumer, and whoever else you were told to be. When you were born, you came here with a purpose, a Sacred Dream, something only you could do.

The question is: will you do it? Will you stand up and take your rightful place on this planet?

Walk with us a while and journey into your own Spirit…and see who you were meant to be.

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” – Morpheus, The Matrix, 1999

There’s lots more to come on the teachings of the Sacred Hoops…if you don’t want to wait to learn more, feel free to check out the Course of Study, where they were originally published.

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Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Vision Quest Reminder

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Vision Quest

In Oregon for the Eagle Dance? Why not stay a bit longer to experience the power of a full week of ceremony?

August 4 – 8, 2015

Near Mt. Adams, Washington, USA

Your personal ceremony will be tailored to your needs and backed with teachings, a strong lineage and deep alchemy. These most pivotal times in which we live are demanding that we stretch beyond limitation and embrace our Mastery.

Ceremony is the pathway to get us there.

Are you ready to fully awaken your beauty and power? If so, we invite you to join us for ceremony this summer! There is still time if you want to jump into the unknown.

Contact: Mateo or Martha at 503-747-7330 or email:  for more information

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Eagle Dance Reminder

Hello all – just a quick reminder about this upcoming event…

August 1 – 3, 2015

Near Mt. Adams, Washington, USA

Ceremony allows us to discover and cultivate our Natural Self. When we commune with the Great Teachers of Life, the natural world and Spirit, we learn to live more consciously, see our vision more clearly and feel our passion more deeply.

Let the heartbeat of the Drum and Goddess Beauty, the Center Tree of Life, guide your prayers for the year.

Contact: Mateo or Martha at 503-747-7330 or email:  for more information

Arizona Red Lodge Ceremonial Week

September 21 – 27, 2015

Arizona, USA

Reconnect to your sacred self and to the natural world around you through ceremony designed to give you tools and experiences to help you develop your connection to the natural world, your personal health and balance, and your personal power – with the maturity to use it wisely!

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Sturgeon Animal Totem: Deep Diving

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Oh ancient, royal fishes … we didn’t forget about you! Happy birthday to the Sturgeon! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from July 23 to August 22 have the sturgeon as their birth animal totem.

We can learn so much about our Natural Selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to dinosaurs roaming the earth; hence, their thorny, prehistoric physical bodies, strength and ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.

As such, people born with sturgeon as their sitting place animal totem likewise tend to show an aggressive thorny exterior to hide their true feelings while being easily hurt on the inside from their soft, sensitive hearts. If in balance, they can spin this medicine in the light to easily feel what others are feeling without it affecting themselves. They know how to dance in the memories of water and be in clear, deep emotions.

What do you think? Where can you add a little sturgeon medicine to your life?

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Arizona Red Lodge Eagle Dance

Arizona Red Lodge Eagle Dance

September 21 – 23, 2015

Arizona, USA

This is a weekend event that allows all that are interested to come and dance in ceremony to set our intentions for the next year. Dance to create your life within your full potential!

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