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Personal daily and ritual practices.

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Is the Sun conscious?

Categories: Individual Practice, Sacred Circumambulation, Tags: ,

Consciousness here is defined as a self-organizing system.

As we delve into the concepts of Creating a Sun for our circumambulation I want to share this video of Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance, where he talks about some of my deeper motivations for my Spiritual practice and the creating of Circle The Sun. My ultimate goal is to have a conversation directly with Universal Consciousness that is distinctly different than my conversation with Earth consciousness. But first I want to understand our Solar System and Galactic experience.

In part 1 of “Creating A Sun” I asked the question “What is at the center of your circle?” I don’t want to rush into creating something that is so important to the overall process of Circle The Sun and Cosmic Shamanism before sharing this video.

Towards the end of this video (43:35) Rupert asks the question if the Sun is conscious how do you interact with it, or as I say engage with it? It’s no different than saying that the Earth is conscious and you engage with it by going out into nature and experiencing it in the raw. And before long after doing that over and over again we find this conversation happening in our mind that we call Nature, or Gia, and the establishment of Earth-based religions and philosophies. 

Over 3 decades ago, after drawing down the Moon one night, I became what I refer to as a “Day-Walker” and went to work on drawing down the Sun. And now I am going after the entire Solar System as a self-organizing system as he mentions at 23:35 in the video. Give it watch as you contemplate creating your Sun.

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Creating a Sun (part 1)

Categories: Individual Practice, Sacred Circumambulation

What’s at the center of your circle?

In order to recreate the Solar System, we would first have to start with a Sun! It’s how it all started here for us some 4.5 billion of years ago. 
Imagine, if you will, what it must take to create a Sun like ours. Along the Orion Spur of the Milky Way Galaxy, a star was born as a Solar Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas collapsed. In the center of that formation matter condensed into a burning ball of gas.

Being able to hold within itself all eight planets 600 times, the Sun is clearly the largest object in our Solar System.  Along with a tremendous gravitational pull and extensive electromagnetic field the Sun, and it’s fiery nature, sit at the center of our great Cosmic Circle. Its size and mass give it the gravitational pull to not only hold itself together but also hold the entire Solar System intact because it contains 99.8% of our Solar Systems mass giving it a great pull on the fabric of space.

The Sun is the heart of our Solar System holding together a system of 8 planets, dozens of dwarf planets, approximately 170 moons, and countless comets and asteroids.  That is one powerful and truly Sacred center. The Sun is the inspiration for the center of all my Sacred circles and shrines.

That being said, there is no limit as to what one can create to circumambulate, but for us Cosmic Shamans it is clear what Sacred object is at the center of our Sacred circle and the intention behind every center altar we create is to re-create the Sun.

Embracing the 3-D altar experience.

Circumambulation is the act of walking around something, usually Sacred. What does that mean? Simply put, the something that is walked around was created with a specific intention in mind and the act of circumambulation is a way of exchanging energy with that something or other that you created with intention and with intention cultivate and develop a relationship with it.

One of the sweetest things about circumambulation as a Spiritual practice for me is that what I get to create in the round. I have always admired people who can sculpt and create three dimensional art. That’s what we are doing here, like the Sun we are creating round altars.

It’s not easy walking around an altar that is set up against the wall. At that point the whole building becomes a Sacred shrine and hopefully there is room to walk around that. These are serious concerns for the Circumambulator if we keep in mind that one of our goals, or desired experiences is to observe the world from every perspective possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking around buildings, temples, and churches but often in those situations it’s not possible to have a 3-D dynamic experience with what’s inside.

I grew up Catholic going to church every Sunday; I often wonder what it would be like if I grew up circumambulating the crucifix rather than just sitting and kneeling while staring at it from afar. What sort of relationship with that symbol of the Sun would I have today had my experience been more active and experiential? I might just have to give that a try someday.

The Sun is a work in progress.

Our Sun that sits at the middle of our Cosmic Circle did not form overnight. It has taken 4.5 billion years just for it to get to this point in it’s evolution and development. 

What is a representation of the Sun for one Circumambulator will not be the same for the other. These are extremely personal expressions and take time to develop. Some walk Sacred circles around Fire, some around water, and sometimes we walk circles around burnt out trees – Earth. 

I have spent nearly a year walking circles in contemplation of creating a Sun for my workshops and classes. Sometimes it’s easy, we burn a fire. Other times not so easy to burn that Fire so I had to come up with something else just as powerful for me. So that when I walked around it I could see in it the Fire and most of all, the Sun.

Coming up next in Creating a Sun part 2, I will talk about the concepts and processes that I went through while creating the center altar for the Circle The Sun! workshops and Sacred Circumambulation classes. In part 3, I will share with you a step by step guide for creating your own Sun for your personal Scared Circumambulation practice.


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Tending to Your Sacred Fire – Starting A Personal Daily Practice

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For many of us, Ritual Fire Circling is our Spiritual path. It’s how we pray, connect, and communicate with Spirit the best – and the Fire plays a major role in all that. Unlike most of the established Spiritual traditions, Fire Circling doesn’t have a set of established practices or rituals to take home for yourself after a three night event.

Speaking from experience, having some sort of personal spiritual practice in place for the process that follows the event can be a Soul saver. However, maintaining a personal relationship with Fire has it’s complications. Especially if you’re a purest and only burn wood and think it has to be outside, or some other dogma we might add.

As part of my personal practice I keep jar candles burning just to have at least a small Sacred Flame illuminating our home. I have also used candles for daily rituals in the past but having to extinguish a flame simply freaks me out. I can’t do it. That’s why I’m not a fire-fighter but a Ritual Fire Tender.

I need a fire that will start and end within an allotted frame of time. Something I can do everyday like a 20 minute meditation. Or shorter.

Remember, this is coming from nothing. There are no books with procedures that tells us what we need to do to have a daily Fire Circling Ritual experience. We’re making it up as we go along here. So I found the simplest way to safely “burn” every day just to get the ritual started and to stop telling myself it couldn’t be done.

My first desired outcome was to achieve a daily ritual, so every morning I burn one tablespoon of alcohol. It’s not a very long burn, only about 3 minutes in my container. But the desired goal is to perform a daily fire ritual, not about creating a 20 minute or more ceremonies. Right now, from start to finish, my daily ritual lasts all of about 5 minutes.


Here’s how I do it…

What you will need to burn: 

  1. Fuel source: 91% Isopropyl Alcohol – found in first aid supplies. It’s what I have in the house.
  2. Measuring device: 1 tbsp measuring spoon. You could even use the cap from the alcohol bottle. The goal here is to be consistent and intentional.
  3. Fire vessel: Small, shallow tin – I recommend 3″ across half inch deep. NOTE: The shape and depth of your fire vessel will determine the shape of the flame.
  4. Fire starters: Matches or other fire source. Often times I will use a palo santo stick to light the alcohol with.
  5. Fire safety equipment: Keep in mind, we are playing with fire here and safety comes first. Our homes should already have a fire extinguisher in them. responsible fire play!!

Setting up the Fire Vessel:

Place the fire vessel on a heat resistant and fire proof surface. Carefully measure out 1 tablespoon of alcohol and pour it into the tin. 

A fire vessel can be anything you want it to be as long as it doesn’t burn, of course, and won’t absorb the alcohol. I’ve considered using a cauldron but I like the shape of the flame I get from a flatter and shallower container like a tin lid.

Once the alcohol has been poured into the vessel, close it up and set it aside. Our next step is to light it. You can use a lighter, a match, or like I like to use – a palo santo stick. The alcohol will burn till it’s all gone.  (NOTE:If you have any issues at this point, it is best to smother out your fire and reassess.)

The Sacred Fire Shrine:

Assuming that everything went well during your inaugural burn, it’s time to create a Shrine around the fire vessel. Keep objects a safe distance from the heat; you might be surprised how much heat this little fire puts out.

What you choose as your Sacred Fire Shrine is strictly up to you. I hope to one day create a scaled replica of an actual fire circle, the ultimate in Fire Circle Shrines for the true devote.

This is just the first step in creating a personal spiritual practice that reflects the Fire Circle Ritual. It all starts at the center with the Fire Circle Shrine and honoring the Sacred Fire that is at the center of us all. If you have any personal practices that have been inspired by the Fire Circle Ritual and are willing to share them with Tribe, please contact me. I would love to facilitate making that happen.