We have some exciting news!
This year, Changing Times Changing Worlds will be bringing you our conference completely ONLINE! That means that wherever you are, you can participate and attend our event. We will also be offering classes for SEVEN DAYS (November 9-15, 2020)!
We are adding evening programming Monday through Friday evening, and we will be offering a Saturday and Sunday filled with the classes and panels you expect from our conference.
We will also be launching with a new super affordable price as well as some exciting new features. Right now, our Planning Committee is busy at work getting our website updated, and over the next few weeks we will be opening up attendee registration and updating our Workshop Proposal forms. We are just thrilled to be able to maintain the caliber of classes and panels that you are accustomed to from CTCW.
Stay tuned and check our social media and website often as this year unfolds
We will also be launching a Facebook buy/sell group, exclusively for our past vendors, presenters, and attendees.So you can still obatin the wonderful items offered in our Vendor Hall. Watch for more details coming soon!
November 9th-15th, 2020.
Check here or Facebook page for platform and registering announcement.
CTCW is a conference traditionally held during a weekend at the beginning of November in the New England/ Northeast area.
Our premise is that people and the world we live in are more than physical, but interact with the world(s) and each other on many levels. Together we explore alternative and complimentary forms of healing, divination, energy work, spirituality, life after death, folklore, and other topics usually considered “paranormal”, “supernatural” or “metaphysical”. In another twenty or thirty years we expect that the resistance our culture has shown to accepting the reality of psychic talents, magick, ghosts, communicating with other worlds and other sorts of beings is simply how the world works, and we can live our lives more fully if we stop trying to deny that reality. The world is changing and we would like to be a positive part of that change.
This year’s Theme is Stillness, and Holding Space.
Once again I find myself thinking about life during this pandemic and how it has changed,… and if possible, how to make those changes beneficial.
When it gets cold the people with boats pull them out of the water and put them away for the winter. When the top of the water freezes, it’s no longer a good way for people to get around. All over the world cities have grown up around ports: on oceans, lakes, and rivers because it’s a lot easier to move stuff from one place to another along the water. Winter stops that.
On the other hand, when water freezes, it gets hard and flat. People can now walk across the water whereas most of the year they’d have to find (or make) a bridge, or wade, or swim. Ice allows them to cross, facilitating rather than preventing travel. Snow lays a layer of lubricant on the ground so sleighs and sleds can slide far more easily than a sledge. People can ski on the snow, or skate on the ice. The difference is knowing that it’s possible, and learning how to take advantage of the new condition of the world.
Change can be hard. The world is not the same. We may need to learn new ways. Walking on ice is different than walking on less slippery ground, you have to learn to keep your weight over your feet, keep your knees loose, and maybe spread your arms out a bit- like a penguin. (In the world of shelter-in-place, I need to learn how to negotiate Zoom.)
We know that the world is changing. Climate Change is sometimes called “Global weirding” because it’s changing in so many ways. Those who have locked their expectations into things staying the same, like oil companies, may try to force things to stay the way that is beneficial to their interests, but they are fighting a losing battle. Some people want to do business they way they have “always done”, the way they did before we lived in a word where we don’t know if we have a virus inside us that might kill anyone we meet. The virus won’t go away because we can’t see it, and half the people who do get it can’t tell they’ve got it. The world has changed, and we need to adapt, or we could kill people accidentally. No one wants to do that.
The way to deal with change is to honestly look at what’s happening, as with boating down rapids: find a course that goes with the flow, rather than trying to make the water go your way. While the population of the world learns to live with this new virus, we have to create a new way to live. This gives us a chance to look at the lives we have considered normal without thinking about them, and create a better world, one that supports us in who we want to be. Many of us are being forced to stay home and ‘do nothing’. This gives us a chance to do more than clean out our drawers and closets. We can take the time to think about what we can do to change the world into a better place as long as it’s already changing.
Like heavy loads on ice, things move more easily when they’ve already started moving. This is an opportunity for us to steer the world into a better direction. Trying to stop change is liable to get you run over. Embrace the change. Make the world into the one you want for your descendants. Make yourself into the person you want to be. (“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”) This change has forced us to slow down, but like an iced over river, it may be what we need to move the way we want to go.
We pick the theme for the next year’s conference before the con every year. We started out with Prosperity and Healing because those seemed like positive themes to explore. We have sometimes picked more challenging themes. The themes often seem oddly appropriate to what’s going on, as in 2015 when we chose to explore the Forces of Nature, and Hurricane Sandy struck a few weeks before the conference. This year we chose Holding Space as a calming, gentle concept. It didn’t occur to us that as plans progressed we would be turning to a virtual conference because many of us are required by the restrictions of dealing with the COVID-19 virus.
At the time we were discussing it, Wildfires were blazing across much of Australia, the arctic, California, Brazil, and other places. Last year our theme was Change, which certainly resonates with the element of Fire, and it made a bit of ‘chilling’ with Ice sound a better. As we continue to explore the various ways of looking at quiet, peace, calm, ‘chilling’, and how ‘not doing anything’ is in many ways, allowing us to do something profound, the outer world once again illustrates the CTCW theme in ways we didn’t expect.
We are still working out the ways to put together a conference on line. A couple of months into the “stay-at-home” we are learning many ways to use technology to maintain contact with those we love and need to deal with. We are learning much about what is “essential” and what is not as critical as we’d thought. I expect by November we will have learned more.
We know that for many, this year will be one of austerity, and we hope that having the conference on line will allow us to cut the cost, and perhaps maybe even let many for whom distance or expense was keeping them away join us. We’ll be discussing options over on the facebook page, and adding ways to share our wisdom and talents with each other even under “lock-down”.
Once again we will learn the lessons from our Theme beyond which we anticipated when we chose it. I have often thought that after an intense lifetime, souls may decide to incarnate as a Redwood or other long living tree, just to be able to take a life to sloooowly process all the previous lessons. Let us learn from the wisdom of Stillness this year, but still let our “roots” communicate with each other. Living at a slower pace can teach us much if we are open to it.
Part of what we can learn from ice is that there is so much that we don’t see. (Haven’t got an iceberg? Look at the cube in your drink.) We are like the icebergs, so much of us is unseen. We only see the outside of our bodies, but we don’t tend to think about what’s inside- our internal organs, bones and muscles. Even less do most of us think about our energy fields, from the heat and sound we generate to our auras, the emotions we project, and the unseen but powerful connections we have to others.
Just as we are capable of distinguishing minute differences in scents, and yet most of us try to ignore our sense of smell, we, as a race, have the capability to be empathic, telepathic, clairvoyant… (as with art different people have different levels of these talents), but since we don’t see it on the surface we pretend it doesn’t exist.
Just because we can’t immediately see something doesn’t mean it’s not real. It’s time to expand our senses and discover what’s inside us, and beneath the surface.