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Open Journeying Circles in January

January 8, 2013
Hi, All,
 
Just a little reminder that I’ll be “facilitating” two open journeying circles in the next couple weeks.  Hope to see you there.
 
Bless!
 
Neal
Fairport Harbor
Sunday, January 13
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Open Shamanic Journeying Circle
Shamanism has been called the first spiritual practice of humanity. The Shamanic Journey has been a powerful, enlightening, beneficial meditation practice for 50,000 years. Join a comfortable circle to experience different kinds of simple shamanic journeys from Native American, Celtic, South American, African or other shamanic traditions.

This circle, led by shamanic practitioner Neal Szpatura, is for participants who already have some experience with journeying and would like to broaden and deepen their personal shamanic practice.

Please dress comfortably in loose clothing and for the weather. Bring a drum or rattle if you have one and if you wish to (it is not necessary to have on to participate). Bring mats, wraps, eyeshades, etc. and be prepared to work on the floor if you can be comfortable doing so. (Chair work can be fine if necessary.) Please bring any snacks and drinks you may personally desire to help sustain you through the afternoon.

Fee: $20

 To sign up, please CONTACT BRANCHES OF WELLNESS at (440) 639-8181.
*****
Rocky River
Sunday, January 20
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Open Shamanic Journeying Circle
Shamanism has been called the first spiritual practice of humanity. The Shamanic Journey has been a powerful, enlightening, beneficial meditation practice for 50,000 years. Join a comfortable circle to experience different kinds of simple shamanic journeys from Native American, Celtic, South American, African or other shamanic traditions.

This circle, led by shamanic practitioner Neal Szpatura, is for participants who already have some experience with journeying and would like to broaden and deepen their personal shamanic practice.

Please dress comfortably in loose clothing and for the weather. Bring a drum or rattle if you have one and if you wish to (it is not necessary to have on to participate). Bring mats, wraps, eyeshades, etc. and be prepared to work on the floor if you can be comfortable doing so. (Chair work can be fine if necessary.) Please bring any snacks and drinks you may personally desire to help sustain you through the afternoon.

Fee: $20

To sign up, please CONTACT HEARTLIGHT CENTER at (440) 356-5991 or heartlightyoga@gmail.com

12-12-12 Healing Circle at Mandala Center

November 8, 2012
“There is a light in this world,
a healing spirit more powerful
than any darkness we may encounter.”
                                                                                                           ~ Mother Teresa
Many traditions and paths affirm the potential for humans, animal companions and all of creation itself to experience a healing return to our original nature of pure, loving, infinite and eternal light.
Please join Debbi Mayo and Neal Szpatura for a meditation/exploration of our truest, most hopeful and healed state of being.  This circle will promote personal transformation based on the

TRANSFIGURATION stories and
LIGHTWORK traditions of many spiritual and healing paths.
Bring some very special LIGHTto your winter holiday season.
Wednesday evening
December 12
7 – 8:30 pm
The Mandala Center
114 East Park Street
Chardon, Ohio
Love offerings gratefully accepted.  All proceeds will benefit the Lisa Bearden Healing Fund. [Details about the fund will be available at the Mandala Center web site.]
For reservations, please contact Debbi Mayo at 440-286-8866 or DMayo@MedicineBasket.net
Please register early; circle attendance will be limited.
BLESSINGS!

A Nealio’s EL CHEAPO PRESENTATION on Shamanism ~ Deadline Tuesday!

March 6, 2011

 

With a title like

EL CHEAPO PRESENTATION

 , how can you resist? 

 
And it’s for the benefit of Liberation United Church of Christ!
 
Bless all,
 
Neal
 

  

Shamanic Journey  (SHJ)

Join us for this introduction to what has been called the first spiritual practice of humanity.

The Shamanic Journey is a powerful meditative state. It takes us into a very special level of consciousness that helps us work more deeply with intuitive and spiritual guidance. Prolonged hypnotic drumming is used to promote relaxation and the experience of a trance-like visionary connection to the realm of Spirit.

Facilitator:  Neal Szpatura

 

Sunday, March 13;  12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (pizza served at 11:40)

 

Liberation Center for Spiritual Enrichment

13714 Madison Avenue,  Lakewood

Registration deadline:  March 8

A Free-Willing Offering [for the church and its programming] will be received

To register, call 216-521-5556 or print registration form from the website

www.liberationucc.org  click on the ENRICHMENT CENTER

Course code is SHF


Newsletter from a Brilliant Teacher

October 30, 2010

Hi, All,
 
I’m forwarding this little e-newsletter from Myron Eshowky, one of my most treasured teachers and a truly amazing person.
 
I can’t say strongly enough how much I wish that each of you will have the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from him.
 
Blessings and light,
 
Neal  
 
[PS I’ve highlighted a few things.]
 


From: myron@myroneshowsky.com
To: Nealdragon@aol.com
Sent: 10/30/2010 2:33:05 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Newsletter
 

NEWS AND EVENTS FOR MYRON ESHOWSKY

Dear Circle,

It has been an exciting few months which I want to share a bit with you as well as update you on topics of interest to many of you. I just returned from the U.S. premiere of the feature documentary film, Jane’s Journey, at the Hampton International Film Festival. It is a beautiful,spiritually moving and uplifting film about the life and work of Jane Goodall. Jane’s work as a peacemaker is an inspiration to us all and many of you may be interested in the work of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots and Shoots. I was honored to have an in depth personal meeting with Jane at the film festival and consider that meeting one of the highlights of my life. I encourage all of you to see this inspirational film when it comes to your community.

Next year,I will be teaching/working on a number of international peace projects in Israel and Palestinian territories as well as a number of international conflict resolution conferences. Additionally, I will be offering an intensive training in advanced shamanic practice for psychotherapists/helping professionals. Additional workshops will be listed in the website,http://www.myroneshowsky.com,and I recommend checking the site from time to time. People wishing to contact me for personal healing, consultation or mediation may do so  through the website.

Let me highlight a few things for your interest.

1. A number of previously published articles have now been added to the website,www.myroneshowsky.com, and
may be printed/shared with others. A new article on Healing Despair/Restoring Hope will be posted soon so keep your eyes out for the new blog posting.

2. Peace with Cancer:Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Cancer continues to sell well and has turned a profit. A Kindle version of the book will be available soon via Amazon.com. A number of libraries throughout the country have bought copies of the book and may be available for lending in your community. [Lots of wisdom in this book! ~ Neal]

3. A year long training in Advanced Shamanic Practice for Psychotherapists/Helping Professionals will begin in February 2011.
The training offers a new format from similar previous trainings. Client specific topics will be explored as context for learning healing methods. Examples of these topics includes but is not limited to:

a.Spiritual delusion and madness: tools for understanding delusion and methods for bringing certain clients out of states of disorganization.
b.An exploration of the range of traumatic experiences people encounter and the possibilities and limitations of soul retrieval work. Soul retrieval will be taught as part of a 3 day focus on this topic.
c.Peace work as a model for treating grief,despair,illness (physical,mental,emotional).
d.Use of ceremonies/rituals as treatment for collective community mental health issues.
e.Spiritual nature of addiction/compulsion and approaches for addressing these issues.
f.Healing work with cancer including the notion of cancer as metaphor for the spiritual human condition.

For more information, contact: myron@myroneshowsky.com, and a full description will be sent to you. This training will be in Madison,Wisconsin and surrounding area and participants will be expected to work on their own personal issues in the context of the training. Enrollment will be limited to 8-10 participants and an application is required for acceptance.

4. Men’s Vision Quest program led by Myron  will be in August 2011 and accepting applications now. A women’s only program led by an experienced shamanic practitioner and quester will be offered next summer as well. The women’s quest will be held in early July. Both vision quest programs will be in Black River Falls,Wisconsin. To express your interest in questing or for more information, contact us at :myron@myroneshowsky.com

5.Magic of Shamanic Journeying workshops held in Madison,Wisconsin. Myron will be offering a number of one day workshops in shamanic journeying and healing throughout the year with 100 per cent of the fees being donated to various causes. The first one being held December 4 and December 5, 2010 will go to support international work to prevent violence in the name of religion. In March 2011, the next event of this type will raise funds in support of Roots and Shoots/Jane Goodall programs (specific funding to Pine Ridge Reservation programs,Zimbabwe,and other international sites of need). All fees will be tax deductible.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who supported the special healing event held in September during the Jewish Days of Awe. Several hundred dollars was donated to Common Bond Institute, the Department of Peace campaign,
and Unicef.

Wishing you all a very blessed and joyous day,

Myron

==============================================

Our mailing address is:
313 Price Place Room 206
Madison,Wi.53705

Our telephone
608-469-1627

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 23

April 22, 2010
The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Fortune Cookie: Go back to the shop and hammer out a few of the most basic details about who you are, what you believe, what your foundation is, what you want to build — and why. 

I know this card only showed up about a month and a half ago.  But I swear it came up for about a quarter of the people I read for at a big society party last weekend.  So the energy is obviousy percolating around the Kozmos.    

As I’ve written before, this IS such a valuable card.  [And it’s one of my longer posts, for which I apologize.]  [Yes, really.  Ya little….] So here we go. 

This is definitely another of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck. 

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Don’t leap before you look.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 

And as I always ask,

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room to senators and everybody in between) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some deep down bone crunching head spinning hard work!”  Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a newt.  

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here.  Maybe.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure.   Hard work, yeah, yeah, true, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep-Mewlp,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “WTF!”  [That’s Wensleydale Transport Facilitators.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.

No, REALLY!

The card is asking you to examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

It’s saying, Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it now.  

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT IS THAT TRUE FOUNDATION?      Who are you?      What are you?       What is it that you REALLY have available to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?      And, by the way, WHAT will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  [Transition.  What a weenie word.  How about STRESSOr WOBBLE.  Or outright MASSIVE CAVING INBetter?)

What is the true foundation –For YOU: 

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

[And how many different type faces can this idiot insert for no good reason in one single post?]

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know WHAT your foundations TRULY are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day:  But worse things were about to be found in the bedroom: on the jeweller’s wife’s ottoman, in a casual pose, sprawled a third party – namely, a black cat of uncanny size, with a glass of vodka in one paw and a fork, on which he had managed to spear a pickled mushroom, in the other.      ~ Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita  [which The Times of London has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century]

Today’s Weather:  A mediocre translation of Chaucer, facing off against a  rediscovered graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.  More cappucino! 

On This Date: 1597William Shakespeare‘s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 23

April 22, 2010
The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Fortune Cookie: Go back to the shop and hammer out a few of the most basic details about who you are, what you believe, what your foundation is, what you want to build — and why. 

 I know this card only showed up about a month and a half ago.  But I swear it came up for about a quarter of the people I read for at a big society party last weekend.  So the energy is obviousy percolating around the Kozmos.    

As I’ve written before, this IS such a valuable card.  [And it’s one of my longer posts, for which I apologize.]  [Yes, really.  Ya little….] So here we go. 

This is definitely another of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck. 

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Don’t leap before you look.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 

And as I always ask,

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room to senators and everybody in between) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some deep down bone crunching head spinning hard work!”  Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a newt.  

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here.  Maybe.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure.   Hard work, yeah, yeah, true, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep-Mewlp,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “WTF!”  [That’s Wensleydale Transport Facilitators.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.

No, REALLY!

The card is asking you to examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

It’s saying, Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it now.  

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT IS THAT TRUE FOUNDATION?      Who are you?      What are you?       What is it that you REALLY have available to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?      And, by the way, WHAT will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  [Transition.  What a weenie word.  How about STRESSOr WOBBLE.  Or outright MASSIVE CAVING INBetter?)

What is the true foundation –For YOU: 

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

[And how many different type faces can this idiot insert for no good reason in one single post?]

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know WHAT your foundations TRULY are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day:  But worse things were about to be found in the bedroom: on the jeweller’s wife’s ottoman, in a casual pose, sprawled a third party – namely, a black cat of uncanny size, with a glass of vodka in one paw and a fork, on which he had managed to spear a pickled mushroom, in the other.      ~ Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita  [which The Times of London has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century]

Today’s Weather:  A mediocre translation of Chaucer, facing off against a  rediscovered graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.  More cappucino! 

On This Date: 1597William Shakespeare‘s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 23

April 22, 2010
The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Fortune Cookie: Go back to the shop and hammer out a few of the most basic details about who you are, what you believe, what your foundation is, what you want to build — and why. 

 I know this card only showed up about a month and a half ago.  But I swear it came up for about a quarter of the people I read for at a big society party last weekend.  So the energy is obviousy percolating around the Kozmos.    

As I’ve written before, this IS such a valuable card.  [And it’s one of my longer posts, for which I apologize.]  [Yes, really.  Ya little….] So here we go. 

This is definitely another of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck. 

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Don’t leap before you look.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 

And as I always ask,

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room to senators and everybody in between) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some deep down bone crunching head spinning hard work!”  Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a newt.  

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here.  Maybe.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure.   Hard work, yeah, yeah, true, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep-Mewlp,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “WTF!”  [That’s Wensleydale Transport Facilitators.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.

No, REALLY!

The card is asking you to examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

It’s saying, Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it now.  

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT IS THAT TRUE FOUNDATION?      Who are you?      What are you?       What is it that you REALLY have available to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?      And, by the way, WHAT will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  [Transition.  What a weenie word.  How about STRESSOr WOBBLE.  Or outright MASSIVE CAVING INBetter?)

What is the true foundation –For YOU: 

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

[And how many different type faces can this idiot insert for no good reason in one single post?]

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know WHAT your foundations TRULY are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day:  But worse things were about to be found in the bedroom: on the jeweller’s wife’s ottoman, in a casual pose, sprawled a third party – namely, a black cat of uncanny size, with a glass of vodka in one paw and a fork, on which he had managed to spear a pickled mushroom, in the other.      ~ Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita  [which The Times of London has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century]

Today’s Weather:  A mediocre translation of Chaucer, facing off against a  rediscovered graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.  More cappucino! 

On This Date: 1597William Shakespeare‘s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.

Tibetan Teachings Near Cleveland

January 5, 2009
My Good friend Cliff has walked a Tibetan/ shamanic spiritual path for a long while now. 
Because he recommends this class and teacher, I’d like to share the info with you.
Bright blessings!
The Heart of Compassion

Public Teachings with Tibetan Lama Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche

Saturday, January 10th, 2009
6:30 – 9:00 pm

West Shore Unitarian Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116

Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche has been recognized by the 16th Karmapa and other masters as the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, one of the preeminent Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century.

Rinpoche is fluent in English and his teaching style is both warm and very relevant to our times.

Please join us for this special event organized by the newly-formed Songsten Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland.

Suggested free will donation of $10.00

For more info please visit http://www.anipalmo.org

Contact Palmo at 216-320-9589