Under the Stars

Sleeping under the Stars and Sea Lions By Tanis Helliwell Thanksgiving is celebrated in October in Canada and in November in the USA. This tradition  minus the turkey,  cranberries  and pumpkin pie,  is rooted in the Celtic  Festival of Samhain in Europe.  At this time of year, when the days shorten and nights lengthen, it is good to reflect…

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Mysticism Today

Why is Mysticism Important Today? By Tanis Helliwell Throughout history the established religion of the time persecutes the founder and disciples of the incoming religion. This is what the Jews did to the Christians and what the Christians did to those who worshipped the Goddess. We might wonder how these rabbis and priests could be called initiates into divine…

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Picking Blackberries

What I Learned Picking Blackberries By Tanis Helliwell “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  When autumn is coming and summer is fading, this is…

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Lighting a Fire

by Tanis Helliwell I think continually of those who were truly great… The names of those who in their lives fought for life. Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.” Stephen Spender Joys of a Wood Fire Living in rural British Columbia I heat with wood. A wood fire gifts all our senses. It brings light to darkness,…

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Dolphin Drunkenness

By 
Connie Phenix “Dolphins are a catalyst for human transformation. They are heart surgeons, zapping us with dolphin love.” Olivia De Bergerac – The Dolphin Within Time stopped. My thoughts ceased. I lost any sense of self and time as I floated along with the dolphins below. Where they led, I followed. Their energy and the warm turquoise waters…

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Dance The Mystery with Crystal

By 
Jenny Lou Linley What is crystal and how does it grow? Crystals form by minerals dissolving in water creating an aqueous solution. Through the right condition of time, temperature and ingredients the aqueous solution becomes over-saturated and precipitation of crystal occurs. Heat from the Earth’s core melts rock in the upper crust of the Earth. Over time this…

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Women Friends

By Tanis Helliwell Friendships between women are special. However, this article will not be about the great friends that woman are, or about the qualities that women value in friends. Instead, it will focus on startling scientific evidence showing that women with friends enjoy longer, healthier and more joyful lives. Women Friends Reduce our Stress A UCLA study shows…

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Our Brothers and Sisters

Animals: Our Brothers and Sisters By Tanis Helliwell Science is discovering that animals have a wide range of feelings and intelligences. Some of these are quite similar to human and some are very different. Jane Goodall, well known for her work with chimpanzees, says that chimpanzees differ genetically from humans by only about 1%. They feel pain, share the…

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The Joy of Movement

by Laura Harris Dance has been a pathway to opening my heart and a joyful part of my personal and spiritual transformation.  I did not receive dance training as a child or youth; about 10 years ago, In my early forties, I “accidently” found a group of men and women who met weekly to learn and explore contact improvisational…

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The Christian Mysteries

by Tanis Helliwell Let’s turn our attention to the question of “What are the Christian Mysteries and how are they relevant today?” This is an essential question because many people of Western cultures who have been raised as Christians have lost their faith in the teachings of Jesus and are turning either to different religions, such as Buddhism, Judaism,…

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