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WELCOME TO THE FALL 2023 ASHA NEWSLETTER

Inspiration from our President, Doug McMurray

Hello Everyone!

 

So here we are. Already heading towards the holiday season. I trust that each of you had time to experience a great summer and create lasting memories.

 

We certainly were able to do just that with our potluck BBQ in late August hosted by Barb Wright at her home, (“Almost a Ranch”), near Priddis. It was a perfect day to be outside and enjoy each other’s company without the illusions of time putting pressure on us. Many thanks to Barb, the many chefs and our head BBQ griller, Grant, for serving up great food! Nothing complements great fellowship like “breaking bread” together.

 

As you all know,  autumn is the time of the year when we hold our annual course open to those drawn to spiritual healing to take it a little further. Bette has shared her excitement with me about the individuals who are enrolled this year. While I have not yet had the opportunity to meet all of you, I am looking forward to doing so. As I write this, the course work is now just wrapping up and the hands-on training is about to begin so I’m sure we will meet soon!

 

I also want to recognize and congratulate our class of 22/23! At our graduation ceremonies November 13 it was my personal pleasure to shake each of your hands and recognize you as individuals.   I honour your commitment and accomplishment, not only on becoming a certified ASHA healer but your commitment to yourself. It is truly my  pleasure to have met each of you and get to know you better each week as you travelled your own personal journey to seek more and more knowledge. I am looking forward to our future adventures together!

 

I will wrap this up by sharing a moment I was graced with recently. While spending some quiet time communing in nature one evening last week, I was struck by the beauty of the trees in all their bareness. I am always in awe of this time of the year when the leaves have fallen but the snow has not yet arrived in full force. Looking at the bare branches framed against the overcast sky I had the realization for myself that I was witnessing a mirror of who I really am. Inside. From the roots unseen to the finest twig ends. And I was reminded to take some time to reflect (or identify) on those inner values I hold dear and live them to the best of my ability each day. To be my highest and best self each day as best I can. No matter what that looks like. Maybe going so far as to perhaps question and fine tune them or perhaps revise. Life is very busy for all of us and I hope that individually all of you have the opportunity to step back, if only for a moment, to enjoy some solitary reflective time in this between seasons time. And to recognize and appreciate that, despite some of the outward appearances of this world at times, it really is a great place to be. I can think of no place better to hang out. So look for the good stuff too... and enjoy!

 

My best to all of you as you celebrate the season ahead!  See you down the road.

Update from our Director of Education,      Bette Wood

I hope this newsletter finds you well and filled with the energies of change and renewal.  As a community we continue to embrace warmth and support, fostering an environment that allows each member to grow on their spiritual journey.

 

As autumn leaves have descended, and the first snowfall has already arrived, we find ourselves immersed in the transformative energies of fall, symbolizing change and renewal.  In our healing journey, this season brings a beautiful opportunity to reflect on our progress and embrace the warmth of support within our community.

 

Our newly certified healers as of November 2023 are as follows:  Alistair Johnston, April Jones, Anika MacLachlan, Maggie Stormcrow, Maria Bianco, Pepita Gicuhi, Serena Tracy, Sylvie Royer, Rowen Waters, and soon to come Priti Obrah-Martin.

 

There were also two graduates from Eternity Connection's Online healing group. 

They are Anastasia Axente and Ben Wahl.

 

We welcome both groups to our ASHA family and congratulate them on their dedication and commitment to becoming an ASHA Healer.  Your presence enriches our community, and we're excited to walk this healing path together.  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences – we're here to listen and support.  Share poems, artwork, or any form of expression that speaks to your healing journey.  Your creations inspire us all.

 

Our graduates from 2022 were a small group;  Maheswari Vedhachalam

  Lisa Blaney, Paula Stanko, and Helder Futre

 

Eternity Connection 2022:  Liz Smith, Tiffany Smith, Melba Stetz, Jeannie Lundgard, Joyce McKay

 

During our  2022-2023 season we introduced our Chairperson Mentoring Program.

Many thanks to our Past President Jane Fleming for her exceptional skills in facilitating this highly successful program.  Jane's dedication and expertise have greatly contributed to the growth and development of our community.  We are truly grateful for her commitment.

 

With the winter season approaching, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what lies ahead. 
Winter offers a unique opportunity for introspection, self-reflection, and deep healing.  We have planned a series of workshops for our Interns, however all ASHA members are welcome to attend.

There will be a special event coming up as well.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

As always we value your feedback with ideas that inspire us and help us shape our programs and events to better meet the needs of our members.  Feel free to reach out to us in person on a Monday evening or  to our board members directly by email.  If you are interested in joining a commitee please contact Lelania or Loraleigh.

 

Benjamin Franklin once said “tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

 

Lastly I would like to remind you that our Monday sessions continue to offer meditation and healing services.  Your continued participation in these events makes a difference in the lives of our community members.  I invite you to keep coming and making a positive impact.

 

Thank you for being a part of ASHA.  Together we can create a space of healing, growth, and support.

The Energy of Sacred Sites by 
Jane Fleming, Past President, ASHA

The Holy Land

Despite the crisis and war in Israel at this time, we remember that millions of people consider it the Holy Land. Edna Jacques was a beloved homespun poet who published poetry in newspapers and magazines across Canada from the 1930’s on. In her autobiography Uphill All the Way she showed that the pioneer life was exactly that, uphill all the way. But in retirement she received a windfall of money and was able to go to the Holy Land. She said: ‘Maw always wanted to go, but never had the ghost of a chance.’ So, Edna went herself. Being brought up in southern Saskatchewan in the Methodist Church, she was able to take a bus tour with a United Church group in the 1970’s. Although warned not to, she actually drank from the River Jordon at the place where Jesus was said to be baptized. She called it the holiest river in the world. In Jerusalem she walked to the hill called Calvary where Jesus was crucified and saw an open tomb which tradition says was the one Jesus arose from. She felt that she had walked on hallowed ground and breathed the clear air of the holiest city in the world. Then she visited Bethany where Lazarus was healed, and Bethlehem where Jesus was born. To Edna these were the most holy sites in the entire world. This, of course, is the ethnocentric view of Christians. But Edna sincerely felt the holiness of these sites that she had heard about all her life. It was a profound experience.

 

Indeed, these are holy sites to millions of people based on Biblical texts.

But why?

 

Spiritual Nervous System

How do we experience the sacredness of a particular location? All peoples of the world have designated sacred sites. Some sites are very ancient such as the vast Caves in France with sacred animal art and Ayres Rock in Australia. But why?

 

The human brain has been hardwired for Spiritual experiences for millions of years. The Spiritual Nervous System or energy system of multiple energy vortexes (called chakras) and channels (called nadis) follow the same physical neuropathways that 2 are used by the body for other physiological purposes, the biology of life. Brain scientists today can even locate with lasers the part of the brain in which we experience Oneness with All That Is. Spiritual states of being have always been with us. It seems that these altered states can be intensified in certain locations or environments.

 

To understand the phenomena of sacred sites I turned to the book Inner Bridges by Frederick Fritz Smith. The following information is taken from this book.

Energy Fields

To exist as separate beings, to be manifest on the material plane as we are, we must be both a part of the fabric of nature and independent of it. This dual requirement determines two basic energy flows in our bodies: one conducts energy through the body and connects with nature outside the body; the other relates to the circulation of energy within the body and organizes us as individuals. You can see in the ASHA Spiritual Healing Protocol that healers sense the internal flows of the body: first the healer scans the aura at the cushion edge or energy sac edge of the individual, then the 7 major chakras along the spine, followed by the energy flows along both sides of the skeleton and limbs, the spine, etc. But, of course, there are external energy flows around and through us from the outer environment.

 

Every upright object, whether animate or inanimate, acts as an antenna or lightning rod, conducting energy within the environment. Since this is a continual process, we are unaware of its occurrence, unless there is a significant alteration of the frequency or volume of energy. Then we may perceive the energy field.

 

Because of our high metabolic rate, our constantly discharging nervous system, and our physical movement through surrounding force fields, we actually transform energy around us and in us. Free energy waves in space convert into waves with more specific forms as energy fields. They mingle with our own subtle energy vibrations as we move from one environment to another, one field to another. Thus, we impact the energy field as well as perceive it.

 

Perception of Energy

Many people sense the change in energy fields. In walking through a grove of redwoods and walking through an apple orchard we experience energy in different ways. The redwoods are tall and linear, have few low branches, and are surrounded by little or no underbrush or scrub growth. In the orchard, the trees are shorter, fuller, broader, and not as massive. The sensation felt in the redwood grove is quietness, with subtle sensations often described as streaming, humming, calming, or heaviness. In an orchard the sensations we experience are less organized: random, rustling, light, softer, and diffuse. The exact experience will vary from person to person.

 

Energy & Sacred Sites

Throughout the world the ancients designated a number of areas as ‘power spots.’ They discovered certain places which had a special feeling and quality and, as the name implies, a particular power. These power spots may be located over underground streams and rivers; others are on hilltops, especially in areas surrounded by flat lands such as Ayers Rock rising out of desert or the buffalo jump at Head Smashed In in southern Alberta. Because of their locations these areas are strong natural antennae or interlocutors between the sky, air and the earth. Church steeples act as strong conductors and produce a great force field in the church. The high vaulted ceilings in large cathedrals amplify this effect, as one can experience by walking from the street into a large cathedral. These are man-made sacred sites. Creating a sacred space is what churches aspire to do. We can create sacred sites or we can be sacred sites.

 

Creating a Sacred Space

Churches In my many years with the Calgary First Spiritualist Church (CFSC), people often return years later after having been away. They comment on the change of energy here. I certainly believe that ASHA, being housed in the building since the year 2000 and providing the church with many healers, has improved the environment. Perhaps too, the healing energy of mediumship has changed because of the gradual development away from a criticism of different styles to more openness.

 

One Spiritual Trainer who visited Calgary frequently from Sedona, Arizona felt a huge change of energy when her plane landed in Calgary. She called the change sacred. The famous Spiritual Teacher, Carolyn Myss, claims to feel the positive change in energy whenever she crossed over the Canadian border from the USA.

About twenty years ago a medium visiting from the UK was visiting a son in Cochrane. She and her husband arrived early at CFSC for the Sunday Service and were waiting on the sidewalk outside for someone to open the door. They commented on the healing energy that they could feel right out into the street.

During every healing session within the church venue, we may feel the temperature rising. Raising vibrations is what every healer intends to do. Since we are high energy transformers, it can become our mission to raise the vibrations within ourselves and change the vibrations around us.

 

Home Sanctuary Many people create a permanent healing space, altar or sanctuary in their home. Hindus usually have an altar or special room for meditation and prayer. Maggie Stormcrow would place a ‘mesa’ at the front of the church here for her Celtic Drumming sessions. (A mesa is the flat top of the mountains around Sedona in Arizona. The rock is filled with crystals producing very high energy.) She spread out a beautiful cloth and would place sacred objects from her collection on it. Everyone was invited to place a special object there as well in order to receive the blessing and sacred vibration. So, anyone can create their own sacred space or sacred site.

 

Edna’s Poem Since Edna Jacques inspired me to think about why some places are holy or sacred, let me conclude with one of her poems: 

 

 THANKFUL FOR WHAT

Not for the mighty world oh Lord tonight,

Nations and kingdoms in their fearful might,

Let me be glad the kettle gently sings,

Let me be thankful just for little things.

 

Thankful for simple food and supper spread

Thankful for shelter and a warm clean bed,

For little joyful feet that gladly run

To welcome me when my day’s work is done.

 

Thankful for friends who share my joy and mirth,

Glad for the warm sweet fragrance of the earth,

For golden pools of sunlight on the floor,

For peace that bends above my cottage door.

 

For little friendly days that slip away

With only meals and bed and work and play,

A rocking chair and kindly firelight,

For little things……let me be glad tonight.

 

If Gratitude and Thankfulness have a place in our Hearts, then our Hearts become a Sacred Site.

ASHA’S AWESOME RETREAT, JUNE 24TH, 2023!
A DAY FOCUSED ON STORYTELLING, PRAYING, UNTAMING THE SHREW, DIDGERIDOOING, & LAUGHING
by Marlene Harris

My first thought about today is one of gratitude, as it brings to mind the beginning of Karen Drucker’s upbeat thank you song, which I sing daily to, and on behalf of, my dog!

“Thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day; thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day, this healing, this healing, this healing day.”

Each activity we engaged in today at the Priddis Community Hall approached healing in its own unique & effective fashion. A big thank you goes to the team of very helpful ASHA healers that made this event possible for 12 participants: Rev. Bette Wood, Rev. Jane Fleming, Loraleigh Peterson, Lelania Diniakos, & Doug McMurray.

Taking the floor until lunch time was Rev. Bette Wood with her two insightful presentations: “The Stories We Tell” & “Soulful Prayer”. Bette reminded us that our stories (i.e. our thoughts) create our life, appear to create our reality and can sometimes be very limiting, preventing us from making helpful changes. She emphasized that it’s never too late to re-invent ourselves by creating new stories. (Of course La Poodella took this advice to heart!) Bette then posed the following question for our reflection: “Do I value relationships and interactions with others or do I just want to be right? Can I verify the truth of someone’s story? And when I can’t, can I give them the benefit of the doubt? (George Carlin, the comedian, had his own polite way for always trying to be right; he would say, “Well, I could always agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong!”) A Course in Miracles says you can either be right or happy, but you can’t be both. In finishing up this session, Bette paired us up and each person shared a 2 story with their partner and we discussed if we had found ourselves relating in harmony or opposition to others in our respective stories.

Bette next broached the subject of ‘Soulful Prayer’, using an acronym for ‘pray’:

P— Power, to which we can attune, is our light that comes from within.

R—Reconnection to the power from the Source.

A—Amplification to change our mental state & outer form.

Y—Your Prayer: Is your prayer aware of and aligned with the God presence within? If not, you might be thankful for such prayers not being answered!

In praying, affirm (recognize) who you are, i.e. a light body, at one with God and with all creation. Realize that your ‘word is your wand’. It is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. Visualize what you want in a very clear and detailed manner. Then imagine the joy of having it, and how grateful you feel. Oprah Winfrey has said that when you feel gratitude for something, you attract more of it. Claudette Godin, one of our trance healing teachers, reminds us that the universe will grant us our most frequent thoughts. (So be mindful of always harboring positive thoughts.) Plant positive seeds in your mind and change your life.

 

On the heels of our relaxing lunch hour, in stormed the self-help fanatic, La Poodella (the woman who runs with poodles, alias Rev. Jane Fleming), to shake us out of our reverie by unleashing her angst over the constant in-fighting among all her inner selves. This production of “The Untaming of the Shrew” ended rather happily as La Poodella was able to release a lot of pent up emotion and finish with a smug grin, letting us know that she had once again become her own best friend!

 

Next arrived Trevor Uruski who was also very excellent at releasing a lot of wind, blowing with great expertise into his didgeridoos, non-stop for at least one hour. Along with these huge wind instruments, Trevor was incredibly skillful in adding in a variety of smaller percussion instruments, culminating in a transmission of a great number of healing frequencies, a process he referred to as a ‘Soundscape’. Trevor had great stage presence, explaining at the outset how playing didgeridoos had greatly aided his own healing, and then after his hour of music, demonstrating how he does circular breathing and finally answering many questions. Some of us sat in our chairs while others laid down on yoga mats. Trevor, on the other hand, walked around us all the time as he performed. I experienced a vast array of patterns and hues of indigo and purplish colors coming and going in my third eye. And there was a noticeable increase of vibration in the entire body. Overall it was a very enjoyable session, which surprised me because the sound was so powerful.

 

Now that we’d listened to Bette speaking her wisdom, La Poodella venting her angst and Trevor creating a soundscape, it was at last our turn to collectively express ourselves in a most ridiculous, albeit healing, way! The lively Alara Peyten facilitated a session of Laughter Yoga, adeptly presenting every scenario imaginable that could provoke laughter. (Thankfully my dog and cat were spared seeing their caregiver acting so out of character!) Rev. Margaret Eaton, the Scottish medium who shared her mediumship with us on numerous occasions, instructed us that “Those who laugh, last!” (This was Margaret’s version of the adage, ”Those who laugh last, laugh best.)

 

In closing, I’ll reflect on Bette’s words: “Spirit likes a light heart”, since all of the retreat activities were intended to lighten our hearts. There is a passage in A Course in Miracles Workbook that speaks to this attribute: (Note that ‘miracles’ in this context means ‘exchanges 4 of love among equals’, and the love (the miracle) you give out will always be returned to you in some fashion.)

 

“Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one. {To realize who you truly are, say the following affirmations}:

 

I am not weak, but strong.

I am not helpless but all powerful.

I am not limited, but unlimited.

I am not doubtful, but certain.

I am not an illusion, but a reality.

I am not in darkness, but in light.

I am the Light of the world; The Light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.”

ASHA’S AWESOME RETREAT, JUNE 24TH, 2023!

Marlene Harris, ASHA member

My first thought about today is one of gratitude, as it brings to mind the beginning of Karen Drucker’s upbeat thank you song, which I sing daily to, and on behalf of, my dog! “Thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day; thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day, this healing, this healing, this healing day.” Each activity we engaged in today at the Priddis Community Hall approached healing in its own unique & effective fashion. A big thank you goes to the team of very helpful ASHA healers that made this event possible for 12 participants: Rev. Bette Wood, Rev. Jane Fleming, Loraleigh Peterson, Lelania Diniakos, & Doug McMurray. Taking the floor until lunch time was Rev. Bette Wood with her two insightful presentations: “The Stories We Tell” & “Soulful Prayer”. Bette reminded us that our stories (i.e. our thoughts) create our life, appear to create our reality and can sometimes be very limiting, preventing us from making helpful changes. She emphasized that it’s never too late to re-invent ourselves by creating new stories. (Of course La Poodella took this advice to heart!) Bette then posed the following question for our reflection: “Do I value relationships and interactions with others or do I just want to be right? Can I verify the truth of someone’s story? And when I can’t, can I give them the benefit of the doubt? (George Carlin, the comedian, had his own polite way for always trying to be right; he would say, “Well, I could always agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong!”) A Course in Miracles says you can either be right or happy, but you can’t be both. In finishing up this session, Bette paired us up and each person shared a 2 story with their partner and we discussed if we had found ourselves relating in harmony or opposition to others in our respective stories. Bette next broached the subject of ‘Soulful Prayer’, using an acronym for ‘pray’: P— Power, to which we can attune, is our light that comes from within. R—Reconnection to the power from the Source. A—Amplification to change our mental state & outer form. Y—Your Prayer: Is your prayer aware of and aligned with the God presence within? If not, you might be thankful for such prayers not being answered! In praying, affirm (recognize) who you are, i.e. a light body, at one with God and with all creation. Realize that your ‘word is your wand’. It is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. Visualize what you want in a very clear and detailed manner. Then imagine the joy of having it, and how grateful you feel. Oprah Winfrey has said that when you feel gratitude for something, you attract more of it. Claudette Godin, one of our trance healing teachers, reminds us that the universe will grant us our most frequent thoughts. (So be mindful of always harboring positive thoughts.) Plant positive seeds in your mind and change your life. On the heels of our relaxing lunch hour, in stormed the self-help fanatic, La Poodella (the woman who runs with poodles, alias Rev. Jane Fleming), to shake us out of our reverie by unleashing her angst over the constant in-fighting among all her inner selves. This production of “The Untaming of the Shrew” ended rather happily as La Poodella was able to release a lot of pent up emotion and finish with a smug grin, letting us know that she had once again become her own best friend! 3 Next arrived Trevor Uruski who was also very excellent at releasing a lot of wind, blowing with great expertise into his didgeridoos, non-stop for at least one hour. Along with these huge wind instruments, Trevor was incredibly skillful in adding in a variety of smaller percussion instruments, culminating in a transmission of a great number of healing frequencies, a process he referred to as a ‘Soundscape’. Trevor had great stage presence, explaining at the outset how playing didgeridoos had greatly aided his own healing, and then after his hour of music, demonstrating how he does circular breathing and finally answering many questions. Some of us sat in our chairs while others laid down on yoga mats. Trevor, on the other hand, walked around us all the time as he performed. I experienced a vast array of patterns and hues of indigo and purplish colors coming and going in my third eye. And there was a noticeable increase of vibration in the entire body. Overall it was a very enjoyable session, which surprised me because the sound was so powerful. Now that we’d listened to Bette speaking her wisdom, La Poodella venting her angst and Trevor creating a soundscape, it was at last our turn to collectively express ourselves in a most ridiculous, albeit healing, way! The lively Alara Peyten facilitated a session of Laughter Yoga, adeptly presenting every scenario imaginable that could provoke laughter. (Thankfully my dog and cat were spared seeing their caregiver acting so out of character!) Rev. Margaret Eaton, the Scottish medium who shared her mediumship with us on numerous occasions, instructed us that “Those who laugh, last!” (This was Margaret’s version of the adage, ”Those who laugh last, laugh best.) In closing, I’ll reflect on Bette’s words: “Spirit likes a light heart”, since all of the retreat activities were intended to lighten our hearts. There is a passage in A Course in Miracles Workbook that speaks to this attribute: (Note that ‘miracles’ in this context means ‘exchanges 4 of love among equals’, and the love (the miracle) you give out will always be returned to you in some fashion.) “Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one. {To realize who you truly are, say the following affirmations}: I am not weak, but strong. I am not helpless but all powerful. I am not limited, but unlimited. I am not doubtful, but certain. I am not an illusion, but a reality. I am not in darkness, but in light. I am the Light of the world; The Light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.”My first thought about today is one of gratitude, as it brings to mind the beginning of Karen Drucker’s upbeat thank you song, which I sing daily to, and on behalf of, my dog! “Thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day; thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day, this healing, this healing, this healing day.” Each activity we engaged in today at the Priddis Community Hall approached healing in its own unique & effective fashion. A big thank you goes to the team of very helpful ASHA healers that made this event possible for 12 participants: Rev. Bette Wood, Rev. Jane Fleming, Loraleigh Peterson, Lelania Diniakos, & Doug McMurray. Taking the floor until lunch time was Rev. Bette Wood with her two insightful presentations: “The Stories We Tell” & “Soulful Prayer”. Bette reminded us that our stories (i.e. our thoughts) create our life, appear to create our reality and can sometimes be very limiting, preventing us from making helpful changes. She emphasized that it’s never too late to re-invent ourselves by creating new stories. (Of course La Poodella took this advice to heart!) Bette then posed the following question for our reflection: “Do I value relationships and interactions with others or do I just want to be right? Can I verify the truth of someone’s story? And when I can’t, can I give them the benefit of the doubt? (George Carlin, the comedian, had his own polite way for always trying to be right; he would say, “Well, I could always agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong!”) A Course in Miracles says you can either be right or happy, but you can’t be both. In finishing up this session, Bette paired us up and each person shared a 2 story with their partner and we discussed if we had found ourselves relating in harmony or opposition to others in our respective stories. Bette next broached the subject of ‘Soulful Prayer’, using an acronym for ‘pray’: P— Power, to which we can attune, is our light that comes from within. R—Reconnection to the power from the Source. A—Amplification to change our mental state & outer form. Y—Your Prayer: Is your prayer aware of and aligned with the God presence within? If not, you might be thankful for such prayers not being answered! In praying, affirm (recognize) who you are, i.e. a light body, at one with God and with all creation. Realize that your ‘word is your wand’. It is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. Visualize what you want in a very clear and detailed manner. Then imagine the joy of having it, and how grateful you feel. Oprah Winfrey has said that when you feel gratitude for something, you attract more of it. Claudette Godin, one of our trance healing teachers, reminds us that the universe will grant us our most frequent thoughts. (So be mindful of always harboring positive thoughts.) Plant positive seeds in your mind and change your life. On the heels of our relaxing lunch hour, in stormed the self-help fanatic, La Poodella (the woman who runs with poodles, alias Rev. Jane Fleming), to shake us out of our reverie by unleashing her angst over the constant in-fighting among all her inner selves. This production of “The Untaming of the Shrew” ended rather happily as La Poodella was able to release a lot of pent up emotion and finish with a smug grin, letting us know that she had once again become her own best friend! 3 Next arrived Trevor Uruski who was also very excellent at releasing a lot of wind, blowing with great expertise into his didgeridoos, non-stop for at least one hour. Along with these huge wind instruments, Trevor was incredibly skillful in adding in a variety of smaller percussion instruments, culminating in a transmission of a great number of healing frequencies, a process he referred to as a ‘Soundscape’. Trevor had great stage presence, explaining at the outset how playing didgeridoos had greatly aided his own healing, and then after his hour of music, demonstrating how he does circular breathing and finally answering many questions. Some of us sat in our chairs while others laid down on yoga mats. Trevor, on the other hand, walked around us all the time as he performed. I experienced a vast array of patterns and hues of indigo and purplish colors coming and going in my third eye. And there was a noticeable increase of vibration in the entire body. Overall it was a very enjoyable session, which surprised me because the sound was so powerful. Now that we’d listened to Bette speaking her wisdom, La Poodella venting her angst and Trevor creating a soundscape, it was at last our turn to collectively express ourselves in a most ridiculous, albeit healing, way! The lively Alara Peyten facilitated a session of Laughter Yoga, adeptly presenting every scenario imaginable that could provoke laughter. (Thankfully my dog and cat were spared seeing their caregiver acting so out of character!) Rev. Margaret Eaton, the Scottish medium who shared her mediumship with us on numerous occasions, instructed us that “Those who laugh, last!” (This was Margaret’s version of the adage, ”Those who laugh last, laugh best.) In closing, I’ll reflect on Bette’s words: “Spirit likes a light heart”, since all of the retreat activities were intended to lighten our hearts. There is a passage in A Course in Miracles Workbook that speaks to this attribute: (Note that ‘miracles’ in this context means ‘exchanges 4 of love among equals’, and the love (the miracle) you give out will always be returned to you in some fashion.) “Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one. {To realize who you truly are, say the following affirmations}: I am not weak, but strong. I am not helpless but all powerful. I am not limited, but unlimited. I am not doubtful, but certain. I am not an illusion, but a reality. I am not in darkness, but in light. I am the Light of the world; The Light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.”

Image by Aamir Suhail

Distant Healing Checklist

By Jack Angelo, Hands on Healing

1.  Preparing the Space

  • Light a candle or visualize a lit candle.

  • Watch the movement, colors, aura and energy flows of the candle.

  • Close your eyes.

  • Dedicate the light to your Distant Healing Practice.

  • Give thanks for the opportunity to send out healing light.

2.  Preparing the Mind

  • Focus your mind on the heart chakra. 

  • Place a gold symbol or representation of a Higher Power in your heart chakra such as sacred symbols—a cross, star, picture of Christ, the Buddha, Sai Baba, etc., appropriate to your own spiritual background.

  • As you inhale, visualize your heart center filling with the candle’s golden light.

  • As you exhale, visualize the light expanding.

  • See this light extending from your heart to create a healing station in front of you.

  • Once you are aware the light has formed, affirm that this is the light of healing.

3.  Inviting the Recipient(s)

  • Visualize a specific person sitting in front of you.

  • See them in detail (if you know them), and say their name out loud or mentally.

  • If you are unable to visualize them clearly, you may experience their presence in another way as a color, symbol, sound, emotion or health condition, etc.

  • You are linked by the Attunement Triangle from your Soul, to the Divine Source, to the Soul of the recipient.

  • Extend the golden light to surround the person with love, protection and universal healing energies.

4.  Distant Healing

  • Hold them in the light until you sense that the healing is complete.

  • Take a mental note of any information that you may receive about their condition.

  • Ask for healing of any specific condition as indicated.

  • Give a final prayer of gratitude and protection.

  • Allow the visualization to fade and your focus to return to the heart center.

  • Continue with your list of names/recipients.

  • Repeat one at a time.

5.  Closing

  • When your list is complete, give thanks for being a channel of healing.

  • Blow out the candle or visualize extinguishing it.

  • Slowly bring your focus back to the room.

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Adventures with ASHA

By Jane Fleming

In the year 2000 the Calgary First Spiritualist Church received a special gift. Laura O’Connor brought her beautiful electric piano to the church and became the church organist for the next 15 years. She also brought with her A Course In Miracles (ACIM) and the Association of Spiritual Healers of Alberta (ASHA) from the New Thought Church.


In 2002 my friend and colleague at the Mount Royal Conservatory, Gerda Morrow, said “There is a course at your mother’s church that used to be at my mother’s church. Let’s take it.” So began a wonderful journey every Monday night (except for holidays) to the Calgary First Spiritualist Church. Gerda and I loved commuting to our Spiritual Healing class and Internship so we could discuss the experience all the way home. How wonderful to have a like-minded friend!


Of course, Gerda and I, as teachers got on the Board as soon as we could. Gerda instigated the first ASHA Retreat held at the Highwood River Inn in 2004 and I started producing the bi-annual newsletter in 2003. In 2005 my dear friend moved to Kamloops and I became the ASHA President.  There were lots of adventures ahead with new friends.


In the first five years of my Presidency there were many things to be done that enriched the ASHA organization. The newsletter was expanded to 20 pages, printed booklet style and mailed out as hard copy twice a year. Color ads for publicity were printed in major New Age magazines like Synchronicity, and the ASHA Brochure was revised. Besides holding the ongoing Annual Retreat, we held workshops, added Spring Events and sometimes visiting mediums from England gave healing demonstrations.


The Fall Training Course was revised to be like a college course: a course overview chart issued the first day, content that followed the textbook closely, written homework assigned on a weekly basis and informative lectures. Monthly workshops were started in order to help the interns become a cohesive group. Following the English model the examination process was revised to include a Panel Examination with Board Members, as well as an extended written exam. A graduation ceremony was instituted for newly certified healers and was held on the very last day of the Training Course, so that the new students could see the end result of their training one year later. Honorary Membership certificates were issued as well to our pioneers.


Office work was now done in a more efficient way. Electronic filing was used and new forms developed for Attendance, Distant Healing, Confirmation of Healing, etc. Wayne Fleming created and posted the first ASHA website in 2006. A computer and an electronic accounting system were purchased facilitating ease in sending out our charitable tax receipts. Group email communication was now used for the annual membership drives, notices, etc. 


The Board also revised its Associate Membership so that the organization had a means of including high-level spiritual healers who were unable to take our training, thus adding to our prestige. The constitution or by-laws were updated in 2006 and revised again in 2008 with the Alberta government.


From the very beginning ASHA was a member of an international healing organization, The Healing Trust or Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) which is headquartered in the U.K. We regularly received their beautiful magazine called Healing Today during the 1990’s. Unbeknownst to us, all overseas affiliations were discontinued for a few years. In 2006 we were asked to re-apply for this affiliation. There were a number of membership criteria that had to be met. The Healing Trust insures all its members and ASHA does not. I pulled together the many documents requested for membership but could not give the name of an insurer. So after much soul searching, I submitted a letter explaining that any of our certified healers who opened a private healing business would have to provide their own insurance in keeping with government regulations. Whew! They accepted the letter. Once again we started to receive their colourful magazine with the name changed to In Touch. 


Unfortunately, The Healing Trust lost track of us again in 2009 and said they had no knowledge of us whatsoever. They had moved offices from Sudbury on Thames to Northhampton and subsequently lost all trace of us. So I submitted updated and revised documentation plus a new letter regarding the insurance which is left up to the individual healer. Then we started to receive their magazine electronically under the new name of Spiritus with a few hard copies sent by mail.


Perhaps my most difficult challenge was to restore our charitable status which we lost in 2008 for failing to register with Revenue Canada. With hindsight we saw how it happened. There was confusion over our financial accounts and previous treasurers were long gone. My brother in law, Tom Groves, bravely stepped in to fill the job as he was also treasurer for Calgary First. Without proper succession Tom ended up sending the Annual Proof of Filing to the Alberta government in October, and nothing to Canada Revenue. Well, it turned out that we had to file with Canada Revenue in October, and send Proof of Filing to the Alberta government in January. The reapplication for Charitable Status cost us $500, but we were restored and have smoothly filed with both governments ever since. 


Some things were left undone: we never did get a History Book made like the one done for Calgary First or gather items for an archive. Nor were we able to institute formal hospital and palliative care visits. A second venue for ASHA ran at Unity of Calgary in 2004-05 but it was found that a southwest venue greatly reduced the numbers for our venue at CFSC. We didn’t create a How-To-Handbook that laid out specific jobs for Treasurer, etc. and a carefully constructed annual calendar. Also we didn’t update our Code of Conduct to reflect the extensive one for The Healing Trust, but we added a Code of Ethics to deal with not giving psychic messages, or soliciting for personal business at ASHA meetings. There also was a need to include in the Code of Ethics matters dealing with sexual harassment.


I found during the first five years of Presidency that it was impossible to find a replacement. A president should serve only 2 years according to our constitution, but every healer approached to take the Presidency said they had an anxiety issue and couldn’t do that! Well, I discovered that I had anxiety issues plus a perfectionist streak, so I ‘sweated bullets’ over some things.


Another challenging surprise came my way in 2006. One of our healers told me that they had found on the internet an ASHA Associate Member in Vancouver. What? I was able to contact Paul Frigstad and learned that our founders, Daphne and Jack Thomas, had travelled to Vancouver to make Paul an Associate Member because he was a high-level healer who had done incredible work during the AIDs crisis of the 1980’s. The Board and I sweated over creating a document to explain and detail Associate Membership. 


Paul Frigstad came twice to Calgary to give well received workshops. He also offered to do distant healing on any ASHA member for free. I was lucky and had a standing appointment with him on the telephone every Sunday morning. For several years he did healings on my left shoulder. Paul and I used to discuss his astral travels to disaster sites to send souls into the light. In 2013 he felt restless like a stallion confined to a stall. Within weeks of being diagnosed with cancer he passed into spirit. Paul is working on a much wider healing range now.


During the next ten years there were other challenges, especially my own health when I developed a hip problem called ‘bone on bone’. Fortunately, my hip replacement went well in 2019 and I was able to transfer files and teaching material on to other teachers for 2020. Now in this time of an ongoing Covid Pandemic there are new leaders to develop ideas such as online courses and a new way of going forward to meet the changing needs of students, healers, and recipients.


What I loved the most about ASHA was teaching the training course and coaching the interns through the year-long internship. What wonderful people I met! During my 15 years as president and training coach, over 120 students were certified as ASHA healers and many more came to the course and sometimes took part of the internship. ASHA gave me an opportunity to keep on teaching and coaching after my 36-year career in the Mount Royal University Conservatory. Now it is time for me to look to other adventures, perhaps with my artistic friends. I may return to performance, theatrical productions and directing, but always with newfound knowledge of Spiritual Healing and Spiritualism to buoy me up.


May the new ASHA leaders successfully address new issues, styles of healing and learning, using the new technology, and keeping a current understanding of the field of Spiritual Healing. My blessings go to all who shared my journey and adventures with ASHA. I am especially grateful to those who served with me on the ASHA Boards and served devotedly on Monday nights. All of us send best wishes to future ASHA’ns.

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Article: Tribute to Gabriella Enyedvary

By Jane Fleming

Many ASHA healers will remember Rev. Gabriella Enyedvary who served regularly as a healer on Monday nights for over 20 years. She was a tall, statuesque beauty, stylishly coiffed, wearing elegant clothes with simple yet stunning jewelry. She stood grounded and gracefully aligned to give spiritual healing to recipients on a regular basis.  


Gabriella Enyedvary had been an active healer with ASHA since the late 1990’s as well as a board member serving with passion, concern and vision. She had a very unique personality, made strong commitments, took immediate action on issues, laid the ground work carefully for any projects in which she was involved and had real staying power with steady focus. Like most healers Gabriella came to ASHA after suffering many of life’s traumas. The following article is based on an interview with Gabriella in 2004:


Gabriella’s interest in natural healing began very dramatically. In 1988 she was on the brink of death. She had endometriosis and fibroids that resulted in two major surgeries within a one month period. For another two years she continued to suffer bowel obstructions. After one operation the doctors were so stymied by the total dysfunction of the bowel that they called upon a reflexologist to activate it again, which was successful. However, she continued to suffer repeated obstructions and found that reflexology and a tummy massage for a full hour reversed the situation.


In Gabriella’s words she experienced divine synchronicity when a friend who had studied the works of Louise Hay arrived for lunch and to give her a reflexology treatment. The friend recommended the Louise Hay book You Can Heal Your Life which Gabriella immediately purchased. She was very impressed by the advice given and began to buy many more books on reversing health conditions through mental preparation, the body-mind connection and spiritual growth. She developed a life long interest in breaking negative emotional patterns and developed many techniques and was always open to learning more. 


Gabriella made the connection between her poor health, negative emotional states and the serious traumas she suffered as a very young child. As a four year old growing up in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, Gabriella experienced some of the horrors of World War II. She remembered playing with a large group of children kept safely in a basement. Although the children were able to play and delighted in each other’s company, they inwardly suffered the terrible fear and helplessness of the adults. 


From this experience of deprivation and fear Gabriella grew up determined to get what she wanted and to work for it. By twelve years of age she worked for a Community Cultural Center during the summer selling tickets and subsequently had many other paying jobs. At the age of fourteen she attended Normal School, which offered a four year study program and a fifth year practicum under a licensed teacher, to become a teacher of the primary grades one to four. But once again war interfered with Gabriella’s life and she was unable to finish training as an elementary school teacher.


When the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 broke out, Gabriella immigrated to Canada and left her family behind.  She started life as a young woman in Ottawa working as a meat wrapper for a large grocery store. Not surprisingly, she was fired for crying too much! Next she got work in a Ladies Department Store as a clothes shipper and then moved on to the Ministry of Pensions as a file clerk and switchboard operator. None of these jobs seemed satisfying so she tried work as a file clerk in the Statistical Department of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, moving up quickly to a higher position. Later she worked as a secretary for an architect.


While in Ottawa Gabriella met and married her husband, Thomas Enyedvary.  Thomas was a mechanical engineer trained in Hungary.  He immigrated to Canada in the spring of 1957, six months after Gabriella. He was first employed in Montreal with the CNR (Canadian National Railway) but was given a two year assignment in Ottawa for the National Research Council returning to Montreal with his new wife in 1962. Later, Thomas moved to Calgary in 1977 to establish a new home and new job, and Gabriella followed in January of 1978. They have one daughter, Sylvia.


After a decade of married life in Montreal, Gabriella realized a need for further education in an area of personal interest. She decided to go to university to study full time from 1971 to 1975. She had a strong social conscience and a compassion for those who suffered so she took a degree from the School of Social Work at McGill University, graduating in 1975. This was followed by a three year practicum: one year spent with a senior citizen’s home to observe and write papers, a year working with foster care families and then a year with a YWCA project to create a women’s shelter and residence.


Gabriella felt that her natural talents probably lay in the world of fine arts but her own personal suffering as a young person led her to have a deep compassion for the suffering of others; she was attuned to the plight of those in need. She began work for a community center, Notre Dame de Grace, that created resources for single parents. Through this community center she became involved with Centre-aid, an equivalent organization to the United Way. She became the coordinator for two campaigns for Centre-aid. Gabriella already had latent organizational skills but was also well trained as a social worker in innovative approaches to community building. She brought original ideas to the campaign, one of which was to contact key spokesmen for the organizations that used the funding. These spokesmen became speakers at fund raising events. They told first hand stories of how the fund benefited real people, such as destitute families that got back on their feet, handicapped people that were rehabilitated, etc. The moving stories gave meaning and purpose to the role of donors and increased their generosity.


After the family moved to Calgary in 1978, Gabriella was Director of Volunteer Services at Glenmore Park Auxiliary Hospital until 1985. In 1985 she founded and ran the Art Nest Gallery at Glenmore Landing along with Thomas until they sold the business in 1998.


Gabriella had a natural interest in the visual arts as well as the performing arts. She was an opera buff, avid theatre goer and art gallery devotee. She felt that she would have excelled in the fine arts if her life had not been so fragmented but her main goal in life became to excel at being herself! She was always busy. She and Thomas enjoyed traveling, and while they never watched much TV, the two of them enjoyed a diet of movie comedies or documentaries. As a productive artist she painted in oils and often had several commissions in process. She also studied Science of Mind and became a licensed practitioner and later an ordained minister. She first attended the Centre for Positive Living associated with the Science of Mind movement which evolved into the Centres for Spiritual Living. Upon her ordination in April 2009 the Westside Center for Spiritual Living was brimming over with bouquets of flowers! Gabriella connected to so many people.


Gabriella added many ‘strings to her healing bow’ and was glad to take an active part in ASHA. She considered ASHA an excellent organization of great value and fostered its growth and healthy future. She felt that people with determination kept the organization going and she willingly served on the board for many years. While honoring ASHA traditions she felt that there was always a need for flexibility, for change and for experimentation in any organization. Gabriella was not afraid of change and innovation throughout her entire life as revealed in this interview.  


Rev. Gabriella Enyedvary passed peacefully into Spirit on November 30, 2021. Thomas Enyedvary predeceased his wife on February 20, 2020.


Invitation:  If any healers wish to make a short tribute, comment or memory of Gabriella, please send to Jane Fleming:  flemingj0@shaw.ca .

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