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Circle of Light: A Call to Express Our Godselves
by Larraine Brannan and Jill Orevik

Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
The sky is round, and I have heard that the
Earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles,
For theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.
The moon does the same and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing,
And always come back again to where they were.
The life of a man [person] is a circle, from childhood to childhood,
And so it is in everything where Power moves.

BLACK ELK, Black Elk Speaks
Oglala Sioux (1863-1950)

One afternoon we were visited by angels. They called us to organize gatherings to anchor a point of light on the planet. We had a vision of a building that was round, with circular windows and star-shaped skylights. All the seating was in concentric circles. The last row was occupied by angels. A variety of colorful mandalas adorned the walls. There were chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and each consisted of several circular rows of crystals. The crystals were glowing with Divine Light and illuminated the space. We sensed that anyone drawn to these gatherings would participate in creating something beautiful, powerful and unique. We received a name: Circle of Light.

We began setting our intention for the qualities this Circle would embrace and express. How would we express our Godselves as we built community? As a group, we would treat one another with Respect, Appreciation, unconditional Love and Reverence. We would share equally in leadership and responsibility. Priorities would be: open, honest and loving communication; willingness to be guided by Spirit in all matters; openly giving and receiving Love; holding ourselves, each other, and all of Creation in Wholeness and Love. We would welcome new ideas as we shared our talents and gifts for the highest expression of our purpose to build, spread and anchor a point of Light on the planet.

Holding ourselves as unique expressions of Infinite Wisdom and One with all of Creation, we would honor ourselves as God. We received a mantra: I AM GOD, YOU ARE GOD, WE ARE GOD. Our bodies vibrated with the knowing of this TRUTH.

Archangel Michael visits us regularly to provide Divine guidance and Insight. He showed us that the vision of the building exists as a powerful image for meditation. Its purpose is to increase our ability to build and hold the Light. "There will be many groups," he said. "All will contribute to building a grid of Light that will eventually envelop Mother Earth. Many angels are assisting in this effort." We learned that connecting with these other groups will create webs of Light. Like ripples on a pond, Light will spread into all places. We will use our conscious intention to catalyze enLIGHTenment! Clearly Archangel Michael is the guardian of this project and we are grateful. We called the Circle.

In her book, "Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture," Christina Baldwin says, "Over and over again I hear people express their longing to know how to apply personal consciousness to the world in some helpful way. I believe we can apply consciousness to heal the world and we already are. Great power lies within us. What has been missing is the mechanism for organizing this power. I believe this mechanism of empowerment and action is the circle."

Circle of Light is a group of people creating sacred space for themselves and all of Creation. It is open to all adults. Join us for a Spirit-filled evening (7-8:30) with a lively group of Light bearers. We meet in the Portland area twice a month on a week night, close to the new and full moon. We have a different host, focal point and facilitator for each gathering. Examples of a meeting focus are "The Joy of Spirituality," "The Festival of Goodwill," and "Celebration of Purification." The only items we ask you to bring are an unscented candle (with holder) and anything you wish blessed and infused with Light. These are placed in the center of the Circle. There is a brief ceremony of building and spreading the Light with an opportunity to share from your heart on the focus of the meeting. We plan to have regular potluck socials for the Soul purpose of fun and connection.

We would like to connect with other groups of Light bearers doing similar things. We intend to begin creating the webs of Light between our groups to strengthen the Light grid we are collectively building. We invite you to let us know who you are. Come join one of our meetings and/or start a circle in your neighborhood. For future meeting dates and more information, please see the calendar of events or contact: Larraine Brannan at 503-245-9598, email: ltdance@teleport.com or Jill Orevik at 503-286-9635, email: msdaisy@aracnet.com.

Jill Orevik is a life long Light bearer and ecumenical minister. Larraine Brannan is a teacher, speaker and healing arts practitioner in Portland.

"Beauty is not in the face. Beauty is a light in the heart."

Kahlil Gibran

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