Circling Together: Using Spiral to Heal Self, Community and Earth is created and facilitated by Gretchen Pangilinan and Tekla Ayers, and is a healing community, using circle and ceremony, following the Celtic holidays, which honor the cycles of the Earth. We use the tool of Usui Reiki to build community and connect to Life Force Energy. The sacred, age old symbol of the Spiral is a bridge between these two traditions. During ceremony and circling together, we will explore the spiral symbol, the Celtic traditions, and the Hands on Healing practice of Usui Reiki. Melding these together in an easy, succinct, natural way to bring powerful healing to Ourselves, those who surround us and Mother Earth, in our EVERYDAY lives. We are sensing a craving all around for rooting and connecting, for sharing, celebrating and healing, in community. We are living in a time where people are expressing more and more disconnection even though we have everything we need in the palm of our handheld smartphone. Health and wellness come from being IN community – I-llness versus WE-llness – this is where Circling Together steps in!
Between February and September 2020, we are gathering in Circle, offering Celtic Ceremonies and Reiki I and II weekend workshops – register here. This will give an introduction to our teaching and a taste for the year-long program. Each class and workshop is available to anyone interested and is independent of one another and the year-long program.
Circling Together year-long program begins with Samhain, the Celtic New Year, the weekend of October 30-November 1st, with an introductory circle on Friday, October 16th, which will be a time of ceremony and getting to know the group who will be together for the year. The year-long program begins with Samhain, the Celtic New Year, & Reiki I Weekend (October 2020) and ends with a weekend retreat over the weekend of Mabon, the Autumn Equinox (September 2021), while learning Karuna Reiki. We will close with a final Reiki Share on October 21. We will traverse eight weekends celebrating Mother Earth in the Celtic tradition, learning how to bring this fully into our lives. Within five of these celebratory weekends, you will receive Reiki Attunements as a way to bring healing into your life as well as the world around you. We will also meet monthly with the full moon for 10 Reiki Shares, as a way to practice, master, and share this hands on healing technique and be IN community and celebration.
Why the Spiral?
The Spiral is probably the oldest known symbol of human spirituality. It has been in rock carvings for thousands of years old, on every continent in the world. The spiral is found on ancient tombs, and almost certainly has a celestial connection. The double spiral found in neolithic Celtic stone art also follows the path of the sun, describing the movements of the heavenly body over the course of a solar year. In Circling Together, we too will witness one another over the course of a solar year. The Spiral connects us together across time.