Joseph Campbell suggested that we read other people’s myths to get the message. When we only read and expose ourselves to what we already believe in, like on social media with its algorithms, we can get tunnel vision. Stuck inside echo chambers.
Myths and the stories that are passed down the generations contain much wisdom. There is also something quite powerful being connected through time, to something that was birthed so long ago. To our ancestors, to our origins.
The Buddhists believe in the impermanence of all things and that includes ideas, beliefs, earthly life itself. Knowing there are timeless truths that withstand the cycles of humanity helps to ground us and reminds us of the sacred in everyday life.
We have forgotten the sanctity and sacredness of life itself. How else can we treat Mother Earth and other people the way we do? How else can we wage war and shed blood so dismissively?
Joseph Campbell also stated, “If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the news of the day, including the destructive and violent acts by people who don’t know how to behave in a civilized world.”
Bringing back ceremony is a powerful way to reintegrate ourselves into the bigger picture of existence. Calling all storytellers, our guides from the past into a new future. </p
SANDRA TONKINSON, EDITOR + WRITER
ISSUE 16 CONTENTS
Tea Ceremony with Erika Ekrem
Gongfu Tea Ceremony
In Whose Light
Heeding the Call to Adventure
From Fire to Water | An Initiation
Return to the Circle
ISSUE 16 CONTRIBUTORS
Bob is a US-trained Canadian patent lawyer based in Hong Kong. He loves dogs, hiking, biking, diving, and travelling. He shares his photographic diary on his Instagram account boblywobly. Parts of the world Bob has travelled to includes Iceland, Turkey, Mongolia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Greece, Japan, Poland, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Hungary, France…all of which you can find stunning photos of on his IG spread. He shoots with a NIkon and has recently added a Mavic Pro drone.Instagram account boblywobly
In this Issue | Ceremonial Grounds
“Shaped by the quiet strength of the prairie”, Erika has a deep reverence and connection with nature. She lives on an island on the Pacific Coast of the US with her husband and children and offers Tea Ceremonies for all who are called to celebrate, commemorate, and memorialize milestones and other meaningful events and passage of time. She first found her teacher in the teas when she found isolated and overwhelmed living off-grid with a newborn, living a life with cycles of tasks as required of a new mother. Through tea, she rediscovered the sacred in everyday life.www.odelae.com
In this Issue | Tea Ceremony with Erika Ekrem
Dr. Michael R Smith works to help empaths and highly sensitive people recognize and embrace their gifts. As a doctoral trained counselor and former energy medicine practitioner, his work on empathic sensitivity has been promoted by best-selling authors like Sonia Choquette and Debra Poneman, and he has been featured in documentary films. Dr. Smith has given workshops worldwide, including at New York’s Omega Institute.Empath Connection
In this Issue | Return to the Circle