We are now actively planning this year’s conference, assembling speakers, vendors, readers, and coming up with ideas for panels. We are also reaching out to attendees, because we need to know what you want to get you to come back!
Or, to couch it in terms of this year’s theme:
What do we need to do to create a conference you need? What do you want to learn? Divination? Healing? Magick/ manifestation? Spiritual practice? History of magick use and users?
Do you want entertainment, rituals, quiet time? How interested are you in vendors? in readers? We’ve tried different things and try to be adaptable.
Do you prefer workshops by individuals or panels where different guests share their perspectives?
If you like panels, what would you like to hear discussed?
Do you want some introductory classes as well as more advanced? What topics would you like covered? (We started this hoping to get to more advanced teaching- is there something specific that you’d like covered? One thing is certain, speakers are more eager to teach a subject they know someone wants covered.)
Which of our former speakers would you like us to try to get again, and do you have any suggestions for speakers we should try to invite?
What programs like our volunteer and work-study options do you like for making the conference available to those who might otherwise not be able to afford to come?
We’d like to get people from many communities, Christians as well as Pagans, New Age folks, Dowsers, Spiritualists, Parapsychologists, everyone who works with human energy and knows that there’s more to being human than the modern world commonly admits.
We want to change the world so that everyone can use the potential all humans have and not pretend that the supernatural/ paranormal/ and metaphysical doesn’t exist. We know it does, we use it daily. We’d like to live in a world where everyone can use and talk about these abilities normally.
Our goals are:
- To teach effective, practical use of energy work and magick;
- To Encourage intermediate and advanced work, classes and presentations;
- To better grasp the history of esoteric studies and spiritual practices;
- To foster communication between the communities who study and practice these arts.
Let us know what you’d like to see, so we can make this year’s conference the best ever, and meet the needs of everyone who comes!
“Feeding our Fires in a Time of Need”
Fire is an analogy of course, it’s a symbol. A great symbol for many things. This year we are calling on this powerful symbol as we explore our times of need. At the most basic, Fire gives man warmth and light. Fire keeps us from suffering from cold, and helps our fear of the dark. It scares away predators, and cooks our food, boils water to purify it, and makes a soothing cup of tea (helps release qualities into water). Warmth can also help our muscles release tension, and I could go on….
Fire has needs as well, it needs air and heat and fuel. We need to support it, “feed it” to get the benefits we want from it. As I said, it’s a marvelous symbol for many things, and this year we’ll probably use many.
We are also going to be looking closely at the word need. I’ll admit my first connection when I thought of Need was from the Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want…” which reminds us that what we need and want are not the same thing. I then moved on to Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs, which is a reminder that we can easily forget what we need, and which needs are more important. Often it is the things we take most for granted which we need the most such as air, safety, love, or esteem; it’s often the lack of what we need that shows us that we need it.
This year we’ll be opening ourselves to learn what we truly need and how we can support ourselves and others before needs become acute. This is why we feed our fires.
Not everyone camps, but if you do, you know the frustration of when the campfire goes out, and you have to start it all over again. The same is true of a fire in a woodstove, (or keeping a furnace fed). It’s better to maintain a balance in health, in finances, in almost every aspect of life rather than to have to start over. Another analogy might teach us that no amount of watering a plant will bring it back once it’s dead. We must feed all our fires: physical, emotional, spiritual. If we are in a time of need, if imbalance has reached the point that we are aware that something we took for granted needs help,
Whether you need information you can’t get through normal channels, whether you need healing, whether you need connection to the gods or to community, we will be exploring ways for all of us to feed our inner fires, and satisfy all of our needs.
Changing Times-Changing Worlds will be taking place on
Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa
- 1195 Arrowhead Road
Ellenville, NY 12428
- November 16- 18 (two weeks before Thanksgiving)
Our Web Guru is going to revamp the website and put up a new registration form (always trying to make it easier).
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