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If you’re interested in any of these topics and would like to see them repeated, send us an email at sparkoflife_community@yahoo.com! We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to bookmark the Website – live discussions and links for some of these topics will be coming soon!

Lotus Fire Empowerment Circle topics

March 5 – Basic Energy movement – Basic breath work, a brief discussion about energy, and learn how to sense our own energies. Tree of Life Meditation. Here is an interesting article on energy work and definitions of different forms – do you agree with this article? Are there other types of practice you may do, or other ‘names’ you may apply to your practices? https://personaltao.com/soul-spirit-energy-work/
One question that came up during discussion was “Why is it important to feel the energies in our bodies, and to be able to move them?” I think this is a great way to start out our year – learning to wholly integrate our experiences in life on every level, as well as learning from each other! From your perspective / experience, why is it important to be able to sense our personal energies?

March 19 – Basic Energy movement continued – An expansion of the previous workshop, learning how to ‘see’ our own energies and how to move them in a beneficial, healthy manner. https://www.purewow.com/wellness/energy-work

April 2 – Applied Kinesiology – Learning how to interpret yes’s and no’s from the body, and ‘physically’ learn to listen to our Higher Selves. https://amybscher.com/self-muscle-testing-the-sway-test-or-idiometer-response/ ; https://amybscher.com/getting-answers-from-the-subsconscious-mind/ ; https://isisarjeta.com/2016/muscle-testing/

April 16 – Manifestation and Setting Intent – Using our words as ‘magic’ and working to make things happen. We’ve seen the changes the spoken word can make to the vibration of our personal bodies through muscle testing – discussion will center around how the spoken word along with intent can help to reshape our realities. https://medium.com/thrive-global/9-principles-of-conscious-manifestation-3d2df7a4a87 Affirmations are words and thoughts about ourselves that are “realistically high and believable, spoken in the first person”, according to John Branstad from Leadership by Design. He says “affirmations are things we use to tell ourselves in times of doubt that which we KNOW to be true at all other times”. What is your favorite affirmation? Do you have a practice that you use that may be beneficial to others?

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May 7 – Auras – Discussion group on how to detect Auras, how to protect the aura and yourself from outside influences (different forms of Shielding), and how to work with them. https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-an-aura#how-it-looks ; https://www.gaia.com/article/how-to-see-auras

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Tuesday, May 28 – Crystals (rescheduled due to weather). Learn how to ‘talk’ with crystals and stones – each piece has its own ‘personality’ and will work with you in different ways that similar stones/crystals of the same type may. We’ll discuss the difference between using items as ‘tools’ and ‘working with’ the Spirit of the rock as a partner.

Tuesday, June 4 – Experiencing different planes of existence. Our topic of discussion for this day was Journeying – learning the difference between meditation and traveling to different planes of existence. All things being energy, there are worlds that cannot be seen using the five senses, that are still accessible. These worlds can sometimes carry the ‘keys’ we may need for learning more about our Selves and are very helpful in promoting healing. This gathering will be largely meditative, wear comfortable clothing! https://eagletherapies.com/healing/shamanic-journeying/                              https://www.the-open-mind.com/why-you-should-be-aware-of-quantum-physics/ https://curiosmos.com/scientists-reveal-a-multidimensional-universe-inside-the-brain/

Tuesday, June 18 – Astral projection – For this gathering, we will discuss what Astral Projection is, some techniques on how to project, and will have a short ‘travel’ session to practice. To prepare, take note of a place you truly enjoy being, such as a park, your living room, or a national landmark that you may or may not have visited and practice visualizing what that place looks like.
No photo description available.In preparation for this gathering, I’ve been doing some thinking about personal responsibility and ethics. With all energy work, there is a moral obligation to be cognizant of your Self and Others, and Astral Projection is included in that aspect. I will not tell you what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ as I believe every person must make that choice themselves, but I will ask that everyone be aware of the consequences of their actions. Manifestation, ‘traveling’ (in this world and others), and spellwork (setting intentions for a desired result) are things that affect not only ourselves, but the people and world around us.
It is possible to view what others are doing and to ‘engage’ with others while traveling for the purpose of gaining new knowledge. There are times when this sort of engagement may cause a disruption in your energy levels as well as others’ energies, and can result in a breach of privacy as well. How you choose to interact is up to you, but I would caution everyone to follow the Golden Rule on every plane of existence – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
This topic is definitely open for discussion – if you have any questions or insight, please share! There is a discussion group on our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/446334049245734/ or you may email your thoughts to sparkoflife_community@yahoo.com and we can discuss 🙂 The use of knowledge is power, and working together to raise the collective energies of the people and the planet is very much necessary at this time Have a great day all, and we’ll see you soon! ~Mandy
Tuesday, July 2 – Candle magic is a relatively easy physical practice to help manifest the things that you desire / want / need (as long as it doesn’t go against the laws of nature or impose on someone’s free will – we cannot use these for love spells). Candles are used for Fire, which represents change / transformation, and both destruction and growth. Fire (for me anyway) can be mesmerizing and can also help lend to a meditative state, which will help in focusing on your goals. The candle’s color and how you decide to ‘decorate’ or ‘dress’ your candle will also lend energy to what you would like to manifest. Bear in mind, candle magic does not need to be elaborate – we are setting our intentions and therefore the work is about what you are doing, while using a physical representation of releasing the intent into the Universe. At our gathering, we will discuss some ways to infuse our intent into a candle to help our manifestations come true!
CorrespondencesPlease bear in mind that the things that others feel and practice may not always resonate with us – so always follow your intuition! Also keep in mind though, that many of the things we ‘know’ today are based on thousands of years of practice and folklore, so think critically as well. Herbs and other magical partners also have their own vibrations, and will let you know how they would like to help you if you’re inclined to listen 🙂 Carving symbols into a candle can be powerful as well, as you are involving the art of creating with the use of manifestation (use something you’ve found that you resonate with or use your imagination!).
Herb Grimoire – the Magickal Cat

Tuesday, July 16 – Divination – listening to Intuition with the aid of tools https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/see-into-the-future-6-reasons-to-have-a-tarot-cards-reading/2019/06/15

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – The topic for this gathering will be CELEBRATING YOU!! We’ll talk about how make birthday parties part of your spiritual practice and some other ways to celebrate the amazingess that is you on a daily basis!
Birthday Rituals
Birthday Customs in Germany
Celebrating Chinese Birthdays
Noodles on Your Birthday – Chinese Traditions
Weird Historical Myths About Birthdays
Wacky Birthday Superstitions
How to Create a Birthday Altar

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Spirit Guides
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Lotus Fire planning meeting. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Panera Bread, 315 Southwind Place, Manhattan. If you’re interested in having a hand in scheduling and the topics for upcoming Lotus Fire gatherings, please stop by and let us know your opinion! See you then!

Alternative Learning Series Topics

Magical Midsummer Garden, presented by Prairie Magic Herbals! www.prairiemagicherbals.comPrairie Magice Herbals

Sat, June 22, 2019; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Iron Clad Coworking, 407 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan

Summer Solstice/Midsummer eve is also known as Herb Evening. The summer sun draws forth the medicinal virtues of many plants we gather, prepare and use at this time. Join in as we venture into the Midsummer magical garden to explore plant lore, identification, medicinal uses, and preparation of plants to include yarrow, St. Johns wort, elder flower, vervain, mugwort, elecampane and more.

Bio: Joanne Bauman (Prairie Magic Herbals) is a Kansas wise woman herbalist, teacher, writer, meburdockleavesherb grower and medicine-maker. Her easygoing teaching style makes learning and using plant-based healing accessible to everyone. Joanne teaches at Midwest Women’s Herbal and other herb conferences. She presents yearly at The Mother Earth News Fair, as well as podcasts, videos and blogs for Herbal Living. Joanne volunteers as Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Coordinator and is Kansas Chapter Coordinator.


Introduction to the Chakra and Energy Systems, presented by Jamie Zunick

Sat, July 27, 2019; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Iron Clad Coworking, 407 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan

ChakraThis interactive presentation focuses on the life force energy, the seven major chakras, the auric system, and the flow of energy through the body, mind, and spirit. A basic discussion focuses on the function and location of each chakra, the seven layers of the aura, and the importance of maintaining a healthy energy flow. Dowsing for energy with the use of pendulums will be demonstrated and practiced. Participants will palpate the energy levels on themselves and a partner. To their own comfort level, participants will practice deep breathing techniques and Tai Chi meditation movements to enhance and balance their own unique flow of energy.

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 Healing with Energy and Light as an Introduction to Reiki, presented by Dan Watkins, Reiki grandmaster

Sunday, August 18, 2019; 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.; held during the Spark of Life Metaphysical Fair. K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave., Manhattan

reikiPre-registration is required; registration deadline is August 16, 2019. The cost of this class is in kind donations for the T Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Please register via email to sparkoflife_metaphysicalfair@yahoo.com as soon as possible to save your seat! Please be sure to not have any caffeine or meat 48 hours prior to attending, and wear comfortable clothes. This class is limited to 15 participants.

More and more therapies are being created that incorporate some form of energy healing, but I bet the majority of us still don’t quite understand what energy healing is or how it works. Everything around us has some form of energy, including our bodies. Each person has in their body a store of energy and certain energy patterns. These energy-storing centers of the body are called chakras. Energy patterns are the result of each event that has occurred across a person’s lifetime. Some of these will be good patterns while some will be the result of unhappy or painful experiences. These painful memories may sometimes get stored away deep in the chakras. However, they don’t go away, but are instead forgotten. These bad energy patterns can cause an imbalance in the whole energy field of the individual (also known as the aura). Over our lifetime, we also absorb a number of negative energy forms, such as anger, fear, doubt, and judgment. Healing techniques that release the bad energy in our body help us to move toward happiness and achieve peace within ourselves.

Energy work is the general term for describing all the therapy modalities that are based on energy healing. They are all focused on the belief that the human body contains many levels of energy, that when stimulated through various techniques, will promote overall health and well-being. There are many techniques that can be used to help you establish healthier emotional patterns. You will learn some of these; this is the gateway to a better life for you and all that you come in contact with.


All of the following events are on hold at this time. Keep an eye on our  Local Classes and Events page for  our updated classes! The workshops and gatherings here may return, based on the needs of the community.

 

Shintai Ryu – Manhattan

The Divine Essence in Form Energy School is a system of body movements, forms, and sound meditations designed to harmonize the body with the elements, and create greater spiritual awareness and energetic control. If you would like to know more, please contact the Manhattan instructor, Mandy, at sparkoflife_community@yahoo.com

Dragonfly Temple Women’s Group https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyTemple/

An open spiritual support circle for women of any path looking for fellowship and fun, and spiritual support in a safe and nurturing environment!

DT includes time for crafts and fellowship, meditations on women related issues or themes, and research and discussion on different cultures and traditions.

 

The Fellow Traveler’s Club 

 Manifesting is the ability to visualize what you want and bring it to you. The Fellow Travelers Club brings spiritual guidance and the realization that the shape of your life is entirely your responsibility, and fully within your hands.

Fire Spirit Drum and Dance Circle

This is a monthly gathering where we learn to express ourselves through movement, and find our creativity through music!

A men’s spiritual support circle dedicated to enhancing fellowship and connection to the world around, through craftwork and meditation, is also on our list for future groups.