LEARNING

Finally! A guide to Reframe Your Faith

Last year during my wilderness training program I had the opportunity to sit one night by the fire with the founder of an organization called Canadian Bushcraft, a Native-owned school, focusing on subjects that include wilderness survival, traditional Indigenous skills, and land stewardship. He was teaching us about storytelling.

One of the things I learned that night was that traditionally storytelling is a winter past-time. The seasons dictate the way of life and winter is a time for drawing near the fire and sharing stories. The wind is blowing outside as I write this and the weather app has sent a frost advisory notification but I am warm and toasty inside and full of anticipation for this next season. I'm reading more. I'm enjoying deep conversations with friends. I feel the pull of the changing season to slow down. Are you feeling it as well?

I've been intentional about choosing this time of year to launch my new course. I want to invite you to do a deep dive into your spiritual story. I've been working on Reframe Your Faith for several months. I'm launching it officially today. Can I get an 'amen'?

This course is for you if any of these apply:

  • You are disillusioned with church and organized religion

  • You have been hurt and/or abused by the church or a religious organization

  • You left because of the way women are treated

  • You are done with patriarchy

  • You are tired of participating in dysfunctional systems

  • You want to address questions and doubts

    AND

You still long for an authentic way to connect spiritually with the things that are deep within you.

You may have internalized messages that have you questioning your own ability to discern what is right for you. I believe that there is a season to tear down. A season to question. A season to deconstruct. And I also believe there is a season to rebuild. A time to reclaim the truth. A season to find authentic relationships that support us in our journey.

Reframe Your Faith is a six week journey in discovering how you can have a vibrant and healthy spirituality. I'll be sending out another email later this week about the course. I have encountered so many people in my life who have walked away from religion (and having heard their stories I think they made the right choice) but they still long for peace, joy and a way to connect spiritually in their daily lives. I get it!

Please check out this course.

You can listen to my podcast episode this week for more details on the content of the course and why I created it and how it will help you. Listen on iTunes here or download it at Reframe Your Life . It should be available anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Speaking of podcasts... I had the opportunity to be on Calm and Cozy - The Insomnia Podcast this week. If sleep is an issue for you check out sleep coach Beth Wyatt at her website. And you can listen to me talk about Five Spiritual Rituals to Help You Sleep Better right here.

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If you know anyone who has been hurt by their participation in religious organizations, has expressed questions or doubts about spiritual practices and long to have the resilience and peace that comes from deep connection in their life - please share this with them. And if finances are an issue - please send me an email. I would hate for that to be a barrrier to you finding the truth that will set you free.

I disagree but that doesn't mean you are wrong

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I was just listening to a podcast today and they were discussing theological differences. The guest mentioned that when someone has beliefs we don't agree with we need to stop saying they are wrong. That makes sense to me. But then she said, "We need to just put our beliefs aside and continue being in community and working together." 

I'm not sure I agree. And that is awkward. For one thing, I don't know if we can put our beliefs aside. Or that it is necessary. There is a space between saying you are wrong and completely ignoring our differences. I think it would be great to be able to say I disagree and talk about our differences. Not to win or prove that we are right but because it is how we learn and expand our thinking. I've understood why others have their beliefs because we have talked about them. I can respect their position because they have articulated it to me.  As soon as someone wants to shut down the conversation completely and say we need to just focus on the things we can agree on I get concerned.

You might disagree. 

Facing Fear

I like this acronym for FEAR: Fantasy Experienced as Reality. I relate to it. I've always had an 'overactive imagination'. It can be ridiculous at times. I am able to leap from an unanswered text to imagining my son has fallen on the icy stairs that lead from his third floor living space to the street and is freezing to death. (I've been called paranoid but I think that is harsh.)

 Photo credit: Scott Goodwill

Photo credit: Scott Goodwill

I'm officially on the count down to facing one of my big fears - going four days without a shower or make up. Actually, I am kidding. I've got over that fear since I started the Wild Deer Program through The P.I.N.E. Project. My big fear is spending a night alone in the woods. And I'm doing it. Next week. 

We've spent six months preparing and I've learned a lot about being on the edge. The edge is where you feel adrenaline. It's where you feel alive. It's where you feel like you have that heightened awareness. It's where you are pushing yourself. It's where you naturally find yourself doing lots of self-reflection. In the past six months I've been on my edge learning to track animals, start a fire by friction, eat bugs and plants, use plants medicinally, carve cutlery, and so much more. 

This solo night in the woods is a 'choose your edge' experience. You can go hardcore with matches and a tarp or opt to stay up and tend a fire all night. I am choosing between a hammock and one person tent and/or the fire. I don't expect to sleep. I'm afraid a porcupine will fall out of a tree into my hammock. (Did you know the leading cause of death among porcupines is falling out of a tree?) One of my mentors tells me it is so cool to wake up and see a deer standing 20 feet away. A friend who did this course last year swore she could see eyes watching her during the night. 

Whatever happens, I am facing my fear. I know every time I've faced fear in my life I have grown as a woman. I'm choosing the edge. Fear is limiting. Fear is not reality. And from where I sit - life doesn't get easier, fears don't lessen. Courage is required. Don't get too comfortable.