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The Golden Rope

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By Shannon and Phillip Dames In Roots to Thrive there are some common phrases that have organically developed over time, capturing the essence of the program.  The ‘pilot light’ (a teaching of Elder Geraldine Mansion) represents inner connection: the essence of who we are, the light within us, and our connection to all that is. … Read more

  Pause.  I’m in shock.  How did I get here again?  Shit!  I’ve been swept away, like surfing on a tidal wave, feeling high and accomplished when on it but seeing the falsehood of this as the wave washes away and I am sitting in it’s path of destruction.  I’m sitting at the bottom of myself, in a … Read more

The Journey

By Kelsey Voysey. A personal account by a fellow traveler #1 WorkdaysThe alarm goes off. Morning. 6am. The routine is always the same. Either roll over and go back to sleep, the world of dreams more comfortable than my consciousness; or pick up my phone and scroll mindlessly. Numb. Anything to keep my mind occupied … Read more

What do I ‘Want’ OR What do I ‘Need?’

By: Crosbie Watler, MD, FRCPC On starting my day this morning, l reflected—as l often do—on the question:  “How do l want to feel today?”  Focus on how we want you feel, then make choices that might get us there.  At face value, this seems reasonable enough. This time and for reasons that are unclear, … Read more

The Treasure in The Cave of Wonders

A parable by Graham Walker, a treasure among us… One day, two brothers went out in search of The Cave of Wonders. They had been told by the village Elders that The Cave was a place of profound healing and wisdom, filled with magic and treasure.   After a long journey, the brothers found The Cave … Read more

Music as Medicine

Written by Phil and Shannon Dames Combined with intention and a secure set and setting, music is an excellent way to metabolize strong emotions and sensations. It promotes heartfulness and with intention and regulation practices, it can also expand your window of tolerance. This can be especially helpful for those who continue to be immersed in … Read more

Embracing the Liminal (in between) Space

A Personal Account by Margaret Huml, an inspired human who provides excellent company in liminal spaces~ I have crossed the threshold and even in moments when I think I want to go back I cannot. I am in a space between…. A waiting space. Here I sit in this waiting space – not the life … Read more

Recognizing Interconnectedness as we Cultivate Community

Written by Gail Peekeekoot RN, DMin, a living example a woman who cultivates community~ Nothing I say will be new to you… and it comes after years of consideration, longing, and lots of reading. The book that pulled it together most recently for me is by a writer called Charles Eisenstein.  It’s called “The More … Read more

Awakening to Our Highest Purpose

Written by Dr. Crosbie Watler What is our highest purpose? Is it our work? Our family? Or some other role, relationship, achievement in this waking dream of “my life”? Muscling through our lives, our choices are often programmed and unconscious. We choose on the basis fear, insecurity, greed. We reflect on “What do I want?” … Read more

What does it mean to know yourself?

Written by Dr. Crosbie Watler The question is, “which self are we coming to know?”  The DOing or the BEing?  Awareness of this duality of self is the most important awareness.  Bar none. The BEing self is our essential quality.  It was there at our birth:  The Silent Witness.  Presence…awareness consciousness…simply, “I AM.”  No condition.  … Read more