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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dagara Definition of Ritual

"You don't do a ritual just for the sake of doing a ritual. Every ritual must have a very specific purpose, a clearly stated intention. It must have something to resolve...What is a ritual? A ritual is a ceremony in which we call in spirit to come and be the driver, the overseer of our activities. The elements of ritual allow us to connect with the self, the community, and the natural forces around us. In ritual we call in spirit to show us obstacles that we cannot see because of the limitations of human beings. Rituals help us to remove blocks standing between us and our true spirit and other spirits." ~~Sobonfu Some, from The Spirit of Intimacy.

I ponder a radical ritual for our country. What would such a ritual look like? Or perhaps a ritual for all the people making decisions for our country, and for all the citizens living out those decisions. I open to the teachings of our wisdom keepers. I direct my ray of light at them that others might do likewise. In this action, I expand my own vision. In this action, I experience hope.

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