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A fundraiser for the Women’s Centre in Owen Sound

Music, poetry, silent auction and door prize draw


Come out for a fun afternoon for a good cause

November 19th at the Garafraxa Cafe in Durham

from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $ 10.00 each. Every ticket is entered into the prize draw. The more tickets you buy the greater the chance to win, and you have to be there to claim your prize.

Tickets are available at the door!

 Hope to see you there.  There is a wonderful group of poets and musicians who will be entertaining! 

For more information about The Women’s Centre in Owen Sound visit: http://www.thewomenscentre.org


Peacefully, Jane (more…)


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As we grow and evolve, forgiveness plays a huge part in our healing process to become happy, vibrant and peaceful souls.  Gently embrace yourself on this day by opening your heart to forgive what or whom needs forgiving.

Forgives heals and restores love that brings in fresh views and allows you to move on to feel lighter and have freedom to make new choices.

Here is an article by Dr. Deepak Chopra about the process…seven steps to forgiveness.

The 7 Steps to Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is very desirable. For those who receive it, the burden of guilt is lifted. For those who give it, resentment and anger can be released, clearing the slate in a relationship and making room for peace.

Despite this, in everyday life forgiveness is not easy to achieve. Let’s see if there is a way to offer genuine forgiveness, especially to those closest to you, because ironically, they are the ones you should forgive first and yet they are often the hardest to deal with.

Key Steps to Forgiveness

Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Feel your emotions and face them directly.
  2. Write down your reasons for not forgiving someone.
  3. Ask yourself how motivated you are to offer forgiveness.
  4. Let go of as much resentment and anger as you can, here and now.
  5. Envision what the future would be like if you do forgive the other person.
  6. Reconnect at a sincere positive level.
  7. Find the place of forgiveness in your own awareness.

Each of these steps clears up a specific obstacle to forgiveness that may be inside you. Let’s see how this works, step by step.

1. Feel Your Emotions and Face Them Directly

Resistance to forgiveness is fueled by emotions. You can rationalize why somebody else did something unforgivable, because deep down you feel angry, resentful, victimized, and hurt. Be honest with your grievance and go to the emotional level where it is rooted. Let the feeling be what it is. The purpose of this step is twofold, because if you confront your feelings, you also have the choice to release them.

Instead of jumping straight to forgiveness, take responsibility for your own emotions. If you can, let go of at least a small portion of your story of how things were supposed to go. Letting go is almost as hard as forgiving, I know. At least say to yourself, “Maybe if I let go of my interpretation of events and what is unfair, I don’t have to be stuck with this feeling.”

2. Write Down Your Reasons for Not Forgiving Someone

This is best done in the form of a letter addressed to the person you feel wronged you. List all your resentments and reasons in detail. Set the letter aside for a day and return to it to add anything else you forgot to say. When you are completely satisfied, put the letter away to consult later. Don’t mail it. Its purpose was to get everything off your chest.

3. Ask Yourself How Motivated You Are to Offer Forgiveness

Before you started this process, you may have had little motivation to forgive the other person. There can be various reasons for this stubbornness, usually including righteous indignation. Now check to see if your resistance to forgiveness is ready to move. But don’t set any expectation on yourself. If you are still mad as hell, if you feel devastated by hurt, or simply consider what was done to you unforgivable, it’s better to know the truth than to pretend. No matter how weak or strong your motivation is, say to yourself, “All right, this is where I really am.” Sometimes simply being honest with yourself begins to thaw the log jam.

4. Let Go of Resentment and Anger, Here and Now

You can only change what you are aware of, and by now you have gained self-awareness about the situation. Return to the letter that outlines all your grievances and reflect on each point one at a time. As you do, ask yourself, “Can I begin to let go of this resistance?” Don’t force yourself to be magnanimous but stay with how you really feel.

Some items on your list will have begun to soften, and when you encounter this, say, “Maybe there is another interpretation of this event than the painful one I am holding on to.“ Release what you can and no more. At the same time, feel the burden of anger and resentment begin to lift. That’s a positive feeling which will increase your motivation to keep with the forgiving process.

5. Envision What the Future Would Be Like If You Forgive the Other Person

Any place you feel your grievance beginning to melt away, pause and envision what it would feel like to be at peace with the other person. Sense the warmth in your heart. If it leads to tears or sobbing, that’s okay—catharsis is a powerful emotion. If you can, feel the possibility of loving the other person, wishing them well, and setting them free—all of which is in your power.

6. Reconnect at a Sincere Positive Level

When you can’t forgive someone, you usually isolate yourself from them, either physically or emotionally. Make an effort to repair this isolation and decide the appropriate level of reconnection. The safest course may be to write a note or send a card expressing your desire to reconnect and then leaving the next step to the other person. Be risk-averse here. You are treading on sensitive ground for both of you.

7. Find the Place of Forgiveness in Your Own Awareness

The final step of the forgiveness process is to shift your state of awareness. Forgiveness is a state of consciousness, not an action. Emotions get you closer to forgiveness yet they also block the way. If you remove the obstacles, it turns out that forgiveness is completely natural and generally far easier than you may have supposed.

More importantly, once you shift your awareness into forgiveness, there is a much smaller chance that you will relapse. The experience of being a forgiving person becomes part of your spiritual journey, something you deeply need and desire.

Step away from the constant demands of life and embrace stillness and silence. Our signature meditation and yoga retreat, Seduction of Spirit will help guide you toward forgiveness and peace. Learn More.


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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor at UCSD Medical School, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine

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Each September 21st the world is invited to observe the UN International Day of Peace. It falls this year, a day before the fall Equinox that shows us the balance of night and day and invites us to move into the fall season with hope, love and the opportunity to transform our world. Enjoy this video produced for the UN peace day.  It is wonderful video that will inspire you through wisdom of the speakers and songs.





The time for peace is now!  Throughout our world billions of people desire peace.  Let us make peace be our way each day through forgiveness, compassion, integrity, tolerance, deep love and respect for one another.

May we move deeply into our hearts to reveal peace in our lives each day. Love and peace to all.

In peace, there is love,

Peacefully, Jane


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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

Author, In Silence Discovering Self through Meditation

Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth




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I am pleased to share a guest article by JoAnne Dodgson. Please click on each link for the ceremony.  There are 4 videos.


Equinox Ceremony



My deep appreciation to JoAnne Dodgson for sharing her wisdom and this Equinox Ceremony,
Peacefully, Jane
Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, Reiki Master
Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation


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A guest article “What is Oneness?|

What Is Oneness?

by: Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

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Imagine that you’re the whole universe; you live in total joy and bliss. Imagine there is no past or future, only now. Imagine there is no space or time, just an unbounded eternity. Imagine endless peace, harmony, and unconditional love. Imagine no fear and equality in all things. This is Oneness.

Unfortunately, we can never imagine it fully. To understand or experience anything, we need to compare it to something else, which immediately brings us into duality. Oneness by definition is incomparable.

So is it ever possible to know Oneness? Yes, but only by direct experience, when we go beyond the mind, intellect, and ego. Oneness is the coming together of all opposites. It’s always with us as the basis and underlying essence of everything. It’s nothing in itself, but holds the potential for everything.  We have to go beyond the senses, beyond duality to find Oneness.

We’ve all had random, unexpected glimpses of Oneness. Perhaps you were watching a beautiful sunset and had that moment when you felt like you merged with the whole of creation; or saw your newborn child for the first time and fell in love with the whole world.  We even have expressions for these glimpses, we say, “It took my breath away” or “Time stood still.” This is Oneness. We became one with the totality of the experience. When we return from the moment of Oneness, we find it impossible to properly express it. It just was! There are no words to describe Oneness. In Vedanta, it’s simply referred to as Tat, which means that.

We can also have direct experience of Oneness through meditation, which provides a systematic path by which our awareness settles to quieter levels of thinking until we finally transcend thought completely. All duality is in the realm of thoughts. When we slip into the spaces between our thoughts, we become Oneness. Oneness isn’t just experiencing something; it’s a state of being.

Deepak Chopra has told us that, “Every single thing is an aspect of One Field of Consciousness.” Chopra has also said, “The Whole never loses contact with its parts, they are never lost or forgotten.”

Modern quantum physics talks about a unified field, which underlies and connects everything in creation. Who we are, is pure consciousness or Oneness, expressing itself in different forms at different times in our evolution. Pure Consciousness, which is eternal and timeless, is the Oneness; we are the separation or the duality.

Chopra said, “The origin of life forms is the differentiation of pure consciousness into multiple forms of life expressed as qualia conglomerates which create the relative world.” John Lennon simplified Oneness as, “I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are all together.”

Author Damian Mark Smyth says, “We’re One, we’ve always been One, we’ll always be One, until we think we are not.” And herein lies our challenge, we are one but we think we are separate; we have forgotten our Oneness.

As a result of forgetting, we create an illusory world of duality, which leads to suffering. All disagreements, conflict, and wars are due to the mistaken belief that we are separate. When we realize we are one, who, or what is there to fight against? On a cosmic level, two people fighting is as ridiculous as if your hands decided they didn’t like each other and started fighting.

Are we then doomed to a life of separation, where Oneness always remains an elusive dream? Not necessarily. Vedanta and its great teachers have illuminated a path that guides us to the place where it is possible to live fully in this relative world, with full remembrance of Oneness. Vedanta gives us a vision of 200 percent of life.

Here are a few suggestions to take you in the right direction.


Being part of a harmonious community helps to foster the principles of Oneness. Community supports us on our own journey and allows us the opportunity to serve others. Community helps us open up to new and different ideas; to begin to dissolve our barriers and limiting beliefs. Community can connect us with a sense of Oneness.


Meditation can give us direct exposure to the Oneness deep within. When we transcend thought, we enter a field of pure awareness—the non-local, ground state of existence. By making this journey back and forth from local to non-local awareness, we begin to witness the state of Oneness along with our waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of awareness. This opens the door to higher states of consciousness and the full re-integration of Oneness in our lives.

Conscious Actions 

Begin to be more conscious of everything in your life. Be conscious of your thoughts, emotions, and how you react to situations and people in your life. Try to be conscious of your choices. Being conscious of how your actions affect your life and of those around you can help to create a sense of belonging—a sense of being part of something greater than just your own ideas.

See Your Own Oneness 

When you stand in front of a mirror, pause for a moment, and look directly into your eyes. Say silently or aloud AHUM BRAHMASMI (a hum brah mass me), which means I am the Universe or I am the totality. You can say it in English if you prefer. This is your soul reflecting back into itself and reminding itself of its Oneness. Practice this at least once a day or whenever you catch your reflection in a mirror.

See the Oneness in Everything

The Bhagavad Gita states, “If you can see God (the Oneness) in everyone, you can never do harm to anyone.” Wherever you go, whatever you experience through your senses, keep reminding yourself that it is all part of the same Oneness. Begin to recognize the world as a reflection of yourself.


The Indian blessing Namaste (nam ass tay) is accompanied by bringing the palms together in front of the heart center, when meeting or taking leave of someone. It means, “I recognize the Divinity in you which is also the Divinity in me” or in other words, “We are the same Oneness.” If it’s not comfortable for you to say it aloud, think it silently every time you meet someone.


Oneness is the potential for all sounds but is, itself silent. In every moment of existence, the whole of of creation is constantly emerging from the silence of Oneness. The first sound or vibration emerging from the silence is OM. This vibration then expands into all the sounds and vibrations of the Universe. When we chant OM it draws our awareness back to the dawn of creation, and into Oneness.


Love is the greatest, most powerful unifying force in creation. When we are in love, we become one with the object of our love. These inspirational quotes that tell the story of the relationship between love and Oneness.

The Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “The lover asked his beloved, do you love yourself more than you love me? The beloved replied, I have died to myself but I live for thee.”

Ram Das said, “Oneness is the source of love. Real love is the One celebrating itself as two.”

In the Vedanta it says, “The ignorant man (engrossed in duality) desires material things; the intelligent man (seeker on the path) desires enlightenment; but the wise man (knower of Oneness) just loves and receives everything.”

The Yajur Veda tells us “It is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. It is all-powerful, all-pervasive. It pervades, permeates, and penetrates all things and all hearts.”

Live your life from love, recognize that you are the Universe. Be the Oneness and everything will be yours.

Join Deepak Chopra and 30 world-renowned speakers, authors, artists, and scientists at Sages & Scientists where you will have the opportunity to come together and discuss consciousness through spiritual and scientific expression. Click here to learn more.

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I love to dance in Sacred circles with the intention of expressing love, peace and harmony.  Paneurythymy is a sacred dance that is wonderful for opening our hearts and is great for our health on all levels.  It was created by Peter Duenov, a Bulgarian spiritual teacher in the 1920-30’s.  St. Augustine saw the value in dance as well.  Here is a poem that is attributed to St. Augustine about the value of dance in our lives. Below I am posting a video of Paneurhythmy.

I praise the dance,

for it frees people from the heaviness of matter

and binds the isolated to community.

I praise the dance, which demands everything:

health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,

who are in constant danger of becoming all brain,

will, or feeling.

Dancing demands a whole person,

one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,

who is not obsessed by lust for people and things

and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person,

one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.

I praise the dance.

O man, learn to dance,

or else the angels in heaven will not know

what to do with you.

– Saint Augustine

Enjoy Paneurhythmy, The Dance of the Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gotu-_RRU54   This video shows the dance in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria.


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1506755_10152720755117087_4243760738665513747_nGrowth or Protection: Which is Most Important To You?
by the passionate Canadian advocate for conscious aging,
 our dear friend who passed last year,
Cathy Carmody
There is an old Cherokee story that goes like this:  An old grandfather is speaking to his grandson about what causes the violence and cruelty in the world. “In each human heart,” he tells the boy, “there are two wolves battling one another—one is fearful and angry, and the other is understanding and kind.” The young boy then asks, “Which one will win?” His grandfather smiles and says, “Whichever one we choose to feed.”

In the context of ‘Living Consciously While Growing Older’, ask yourself:  which wolf do I feed, the wolf of growth or the wolf of protection?

I believe the term Growth, in the context of growing older consciously, is about evolution and change, often gradual sometimes abrupt, but always moving forward.  It is about facing new challenges, reflecting and acquiring new learning, new experiences, new knowledge and/or skills.  It is about being curious, fearless, and continually cultivating a greater love for life and for the people in your life.

Protection, on the other hand involves a constant turning in on oneself – putting a wall up, developing a pattern of second guessing choices, being reluctant to try new things, of saying ‘no’ to a chance or a risk, and hanging on to who we used to be, where we came from and what we believe is tried and true, as our main identity.  If we live in such a state of protection, we probably are very fearful about the future, growing old, and our eventual death.

Biology of Belief

About 12 years ago I read The Biology of Belief, by Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist, and then subsequently I met and spoke with him.  His story of observing human cells in his extensive research was simple yet complex.  The way Bruce tells it, when human cells are put in petri dishes and nutrients are put in front of them, they will move toward the nutrients.  If you put toxins in front of them, they will move away from the toxins.

As go our cells, so go we as full human beings!  Dr. Lipton claims that when we’re in a state of growth we’re open to the world, are attracted to positive things, assimilate them and ultimately, grow.  When we’re in a state of protection, we are shutting down, putting up walls and stopping our forward movement.

Dr. Lipton observed during his research that a cell cannot be in a state of growth and protection at the same time, nor can we.   Growth is thus a biological imperative.

The Drive for Growth

The vast majority of us move through the early parts of our lives with an unwritten desire and curiosity to grow, helped along by a societal expectation of growth.  We spend a lot of time acquiring our education, finding the work we want to focus on, finding a mate, and/or having a family, among many other choices.  It’s about growth in varying degrees.  In our work we strive to improve ourselves, do better and make our families proud.  We grow naturally, or so it seems.

The Unfolding of Protection

For many people in today’s world, something seems to happen that aborts the growth spiral, sometimes early in life, and more commonly as we move beyond midlife.  And the majority of the time it happens unconsciously.  Even though our bodies and spirits are desirous of growth and evolution, old negative beliefs about growing older acquired early in life, can surface, beginning a spiral of protection.  As well, if we choose to surround ourselves with those who also hold negative beliefs based on fear of growing old, and if we listen to external forces, including the media, we can fall deeply into a state of protection.

Without realizing it, we then shut ourselves down, becoming immobilized by fear.  Fear and denial of dying, fear of getting old, fear of not having enough money, of being left alone, of getting cancer – there are many fears to occupy our minds, when we live our lives in a state of perpetual protection!

Yet, as Susan Jefferies points out, in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, most of our fears are unfounded.  It is reported that over 90% of what we worry about never happens.  That means that our negative worries have about a 10% chance of being correct.  Yet strangely we persist in believing them to be true.

The Possibilities for Growth

If our bodies and spirits are desirous of growth, and only our fearful thoughts – based on old stories, or the opinions/thoughts of others, or media propaganda – are shutting us down, how can we rid ourselves of our fears?  How do we awaken and become conscious of our innate desire and impulse to continue growing and savoring life until the day we die?

If you are in your 50s, or 60s or 70s or above, any time is a good time to seriously consider hitting the pause button and taking a break, even a series of breaks or time outs to focus inward.  Commit to taking time – even one day at a time – or a weeklong organized retreat to reflect on your life to date.  Ask yourself if you feel you’re satisfied and fulfilled with your life, or believe there is much potential and possibility remaining?  Ask yourself what you want to take along on the journey for the next 25/30+ years, and what you want to leave behind.  Be curious and dig deep to find what you feel passionate about, and that which will give your life meaning in the future.  Seriously question the fears you hold, and ask ‘who says?  Most of our fears are not based on any kind of solid reality.

Perhaps you will discover new work or ways of working, perhaps you will find that you wish to continue along the same path, expanding it, yet ‘being’ and living in different ways; and perhaps you may even find something so new, so different, so meaningful, that it will take your breath away.  Be aware, however, that these pauses or breaks, where silence and reflection is needed, may feel as if you are stepping into ‘what you don’t know that you don’t know’.  And that won’t always feel pleasant.  I know from experience that when we are conscious (self aware) enough to challenge our beliefs, and choose to change/revise them, we grow.  We must go inward to discover what we truly believe.   After all is said and done, our beliefs do indeed create our reality.

As we grow older consciously, growth means that we let aspects of our past that do not serve us fall away, and while being mindful of, and having learned from past history we do not allow our future to be identical to or dictated by the past.  We stay curious, open and welcoming of whatever our future brings.  Living in protection/fear is not a life worth living.  Growth is indeed a biological imperative.


  • How or when do you know if you’re in a state of growth or protection?  Do you believe you are ‘right’ when you think about your future, or are you curious enough to accept that there could be much more potential in your future than you previously thought possible?
  • What would be your personal story of the two wolves?  Which is winning, growth or protection?

  © Cathy Carmody 2015.  May be reprinted in part or in whole with acknowledgement of author.  

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