Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I think I've blogged before how we bought our house from nuns, right? And two of them lived here and did their ministry from here?

Although it wasn't on any of the paperwork, we signed a spiritual contract when we bought the house, and made a solemn vow in person to the Sisters, that we would continue to use the house for healing work.

Through the years I've opened it up to lots of cool things: Inspirational authors; writers coming together in community; the healing of rage, and more.

Last night I brought in a man trained in Shamanic Journeying.

I hadn't even realized that all the people I'd invited to come here before were women. The speakers/leaders/guests, all women. Last night we were led by a man, and exactly half the guests/participants were men. We were four couples, lying end-to-end on our living room floor, journeying into the spirit world, and our subconscious selves.

The Sisters hadn't been so lopsided, their work included men and women, always. My "work," up until now, has not included men. Men were "them," and women were "us."

Haven't had the best experiences with the men in my life.

When we were done journeying, we sat around in a circle and shared our adventures. My journey didn't take me very far, it was really great, and I loved everything about it, but it wouldn't get more than a "C." Some of the people in the group went to amazing, deep, profound, and impressive places, solid "A" journeyers. But what struck me, as I looked around my living room, at this group of unbelievably amazing women AND men gathered, was just how far I've come.


riversgrace said...

Aside from the journeying, just being in sacred circle with men is the healing. Add the journey aspect, the equal pilgrim part, and that, to me, reaches back to heal generations and forward to release the children from carrying what we've carried.

Kathryn said...

Carrie, had a similar experience when I studied with Michael Harner's Way of the Shaman workshops in Virginia. It was a great mix of men and women. It had a profound impact on my life. It was an honor to work with Michael but it was so cool to see lots of men dancing their power animals and stuff!

How blessed you are to have a place like that to invite whomever you want. Wow.

grammer said...

I love what Prema wrote. Release the children, yes. And I love the multiple layers and roles of Sisters in your life. Dave used to lead shamanic journeys as part of his writing workshops; I'd drive the boat by beating the back of the guitar to send 'em off and bring 'em back. It was really something. I'm so glad you did this, so glad you continue to bring these healing energies home. xo t

La La said...

Your journey is so fascinating and rich!

Robin said...

Wow, my house (and life) is so boring compared to yours. Thanks for letting me visit.

Jess said...

I love the stories about everything that goes on in your house.

And this is good to think about, because I have tended to end up in situations/groups that are all women whenever I do healing or writing work. Some balance might be good, eh? Well, you already sent some of it in my direction, so thanks for that...

Jenny said...

Love the spiritual contract you made.

kario said...

And so much farther to go! What an exciting prospect. You never cease to amaze me, my dear.