Fridays Panels

Panel Spotlight: Plant Spirits

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Plant Spirits Panel:
Herbalist, and Animist panelists will discuss plants as having choice in whether they heal us or not. As an example when St. John’s Wort became mass produced and marketed, and suddenly the potency & usefulness seemed to wane. Will this happen with Cannabis if Big Pharma takes control? Is there room for the concept of plants not liking being exploited any more than we do? Will they still help individuals who appeal to them?
Panelists: Willow Diana, Ashley Merritt, Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue, Tchipakkan

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Panel Spotlight: Sharing experiences

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Psychological Problems in Psychics Panel
How to get help when you have problems differentiating between what you see that isn’t there, and what you see that others don’t see, but is there.

If you are a medium, seeing or hearing dead people is normal for you. All the books on enhancing our psychic abilities tell us to listen to our inner voices. But suppose you’re psychic, then you become depressed, or get PTSD, or schizophrenia? How do you explain to a medical doctor that some of the things you experience are symptoms, and some are normal (for you)? How do you get the help you need, while not having the therapist try to medicate away your natural abilities?) Mental illness is real, and you still want the help you need. Let’s share stories and hope we have good advice for each other.
Panelists: HPS Sarah Livermore, Sacred Owl Quinones, Dione Marshall

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Panel Spotlight: Not Fairies

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If we accept that the Good Folk are not the tiny winged creatures the Victorians portrayed them as, but powerful beings in a slightly overlapping reality, then what the heck are the little beings we can sometimes detect also intruding into our world, interacting with us, (hiding our stuff), bothering our pets,… The human mind tends to fill in missing bits when we only partially see something, and we are likely to snag an image from our childhood if it will fill in the blanks. But what are we really seeing? Let the panelists share their experiences with these whatever-they-are, and if we can’t define them, maybe we can come up with more positive ways to interact with them.

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Money Issues Panel

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Currency made exchanging goods and services much easier, but clearly isn’t the source of real wealth. Health, happiness, spiritual fulfillment are all part of “abundance’ and a good life. But many of us have several problems that would be solved by money- whether transportation, medical care, or stress. Of we attract things into our lives, why are so many of us attracting stressful money problems? Maybe our panelists can offer some insight on effectively setting ourselves on a path without financial stress. We are seeking panelists who have changed their relationship with money & can advise those of us who haven’t figured it out yet.

We are planning to finalize which panels we’ll be running this week! Please sign up.

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Panel Spotlight: Crafts and Art as Spiritual Practice Panel

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Pop over to the panel page <http://ctcw.net/2019-panels/> and let us know if you’d like to be a panelist for this or any of the panels. We come up with about twice as many as we need, and run the ones that people seem to want the most. Even if you don’t want to be a panelists, let us know what you think in the CTCW fb group.

Creating art can be a way to create communication between the Divine and humans. Sometimes artists fall into altered states while working, and some think talent is a divine gift. But more practical work like weaving, spinning, carving, and other kinds of handwork also have the same effects. There is a whole body of lore regarding spiritual intent in performing these skills, such as making images of divinities, or items for use in religious services. Repetitive forms of handwork like spinning can induce trances, and the energy generated becomes part of the piece. Our panelists will discuss how they blend their handwork with spiritual work.

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