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.
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.
In the beginning, in most cultures, there was chaos, from which gradually life emerged. In the Norse tales, in grew from the mist that was created where the Fire from Muspellheim and the Ice from Nifflheim met, and his body was the what our world was made from.
Extremes are scary, and generally not easy to deal with, and often when they meet there is conflict and chaos which are also scary, but that’s what drives creation. Humans live in a central place where we can draw what we need from many extreme energies. We need to proceed not with fear, but with caution, as we negotiate the world between: Middle Earth.
Because we live in the middle, we can draw from the fire when we need more energy, and from the ice when we need to slow down, or chill out. We mustn’t fear these corrections, they are what allows us to live. It may seem exciting to be moving and changing things, but sometimes we need to just wait and be.
This year our theme is holding space, Stillness, Waiting, Holding, Silence, exploring what’s beneath…. The harder it is to learn to do that, to find that quiet and still space, the more it is needed, both by the world and within ourselves. When you start practicing it, you may find it hard, that’s your first clue that it’s not “doing nothing”. The results may take a while to notice. After all, when you preserve something, the proof that your effort was successful cannot be determined until time has passed and it’s still good. Trust that this pause we are taking is doing us and the world good.
Some years our themes are easy to embrace, for example Joy or Healing or Balance (a bit more challenging). I have to admit that Change was a pretty challenging theme. But often we find more in the more challenging themes, just as we often learn our greatest lessons from the challenges we face. Next year’s theme is going to be Stillness, Waiting, Holding, … as an image: Ice.
We are going to be exploring finding what we learn from Silence, what is under the surface, the benefits of slowing down, the drawing power of emptiness, and what we gain in waiting. When the molecules of water slow down, water becomes ice, and we can see it’s inner structure. Dr. Emoto’s images of water that had been charged with different energies made it possible for everyone to see how those energies were locked into the water, even when most people don’t have the ability to feel it when the water is in liquid form. Film has made it possible for us to slow things down and see what we couldn’t when something is moving faster than we see. Perhaps this is what meditation does for us as well.
When we scry in a crystal or in water, we look deep into the material that light usually passes through; looking deeper puts us in the right state to perceive more deeply. When the sun shines on the surface of water, who knows what’s going on below the surface? We can see what’s under the surface when the water is still, but not when the surface is rough.
Let us explore contradictions: how the same ice that makes it impossible for us to travel the river in our boats, makes it possible for us to cross it on foot or skates. How the frost that blights the blossom, preserves food so it can be eaten later. Let us learn what we hear in Silence, what we learn from saving things for later. Let us hold space for others and for ourselves, and find the crystal form of our centers.