Recovering & Reclaiming
Ancient Ways to Heal our Lives
The Sacred Circle of Maidens, Mothers & Crones invites recovering women everywhere to join the dance of sisterhood... for by working together to reclaim our own unique mysteries as women we can collectively create awareness, change, healing & empowerment for all who honor the ancient ways of Mother Nature in recovery.
WHEN THE WOMEN HEAL, THE EARTH HEALS.
Rev. JoAnna C. Medina is founding mother of THE SACRED CIRCLE, a self-supporting sisterhood of recovering women who honor Mother Nature and her ancient ways. The Circle provides Pass the Rattle Recovery Circles, Women's Studies, Tarot Circles, Community Rituals and Nature Retreats to all who honor the Earth in recovery. She's been Recovering & Reclaiming for 30 years.
THE RECOVERING GODDESS
Healing from our Dysfunctions in the Lap of the Great Mother
In the Spring of 1985, while on a Nature walk, I had a profound mystical experience that reunited me with our Ancient Mother, the Earth. At the time I was very active in a 12-Step program of recovery; attending meetings on a daily basis, raising kids, healing from years of dysfunctional living, cleaning up the wreckage of my past, assisting others in recovery and working in the Chemical Dependency Field. This revelation drastically changed the course of my life. In a matter of minutes it altered my perception of reality, swept away every old idea and religious belief that once held sway in my mind, and infused me with the deep awareness that I was a living spirit, one with Mother Nature, made in her image and likeness, and sacred as a woman!
This experience was so powerful that I was inspired to reclaim my ancestral roots and pursue a ministerial course of studies. Since I had a background in various religions, the scriptures, meditation, the mystical arts and many other spiritual paths, I began exploring the Well Worn Path and Women's Mystery Traditions of my European ancestors. While studying, I became absorbed, amazed to find that these ancient ways mirrored my soul and resonated with who I was, who I had always been! So, I dedicated myself to Mother Nature under a bright full moon one night and began embracing her ancient ways as a solitary practitioner. I then began living by her cycles and seasons and weaving women's mystery traditions into my recovery program. As a result, I began experiencing deep levels of joy, vision, magic, power, wisdom and peace.... and I never turned back... because it was the missing link I had searched for all my life!
After a time, women I sponsored in recovery began noticing a change in my demeanor and approached me with curiosity and questions. This is how I learned that many ladies, like myself, had difficulty with the concept of "God" used in rooms of recovery. Although we were told repeatedly that we could choose a Higher Power of our own understanding, it was NOT our experience. A "masculine god" was continually being crammed down our throats... so, we decided to make a change, one that helped us recover as women.
From that time on, when a woman voiced her discomfort about the patriarchal God of the program, I would share about the Goddess, about Mother Nature, about Women's Spirituality, about our unique mysteries as women. I would also share why I needed images of the divine feminine to recover from all seemingly hopeless states of mind and body, and to heal myself as a woman... and... they listened with enthusiasm!
Before I knew it, a small group of women began coming together on a regular basis to talk about recovery and a women's spiritual path. This is how THE SACRED CIRCLE was born and grew into a collective of many powerful sisters... each special... each unique... each a goddess in her own right...
and it has continued serving hundreds of women ever since.
The Circle recognizes that men as well as women need to reclaim the Goddess because she is our maternal connection to life, the Living Earth of which we are all a part. Not only that. We all suffer from a spiritual malady, a fragmentation of the soul caused by our estrangement from Nature and our indoctrination in patriarchal religion and dysfunctional belief systems. This is the root cause of our separation, dysfunctions, illusions, obsessions of the mind, codependency, and the various addictions that result from it... all over the world.
Reclaiming our oneness with the Earth and each other is a vital key to our complete recovery and restoration. This awareness is being shared by thousands in the world today but is still a vital element missing in our recovery programs. If we desire healing it is essential that we break through our insidious denial, relinquish old ideas, act our way into right thinking and reclaim ourselves on a deeper level of consciousness, one rooted in an ancient fundamental truth: that we are living spirits, one with Mother Nature and one with all things in the great web of life; and that we are truly the "saviors" we've been waiting for.
For more than 30 years I have continued sharing my experience, strength and hope in Rooms of Recovery and The Sacred Circle. Now, after many requests, my writings and the experiences I've gained on the Recovering & Reclaiming Path will soon be available to the public. I offer this wisdom to you, not as the only way, but as one that may create a deeper awareness of our recovery from the dysfunctional ways of the world. My prayer is that we will all awaken as living spirits, Children of the Earth, so balance can be restored to our lives here and now. Maybe then and only then, will we truly offer our own unique ray of sunshine to every living creature who depends on her sustenance!
When We Heal, the World Heals!
~ Mama Silverwitch ~
An excellent book for everyone in recovery who honors the ancient ways of Nature & Spirit.
A useful tool for Earth lovers who are healing from Western Civilization & the Diseases of More!
An excellent book for men and women who are reclaiming the Goddess in their personal lives.
An inspirational Gift for our Loved Ones, Family, Friends and Relatives in or out of recovery!
A helpful study guide for Pass the Rattle Circles; Healing Circles; Earth-based Recovery Circles
A MESSAGE FROM JOANNA
Dear Friends... I had to take some needed time away from my writings after the death of my beloved spouse, Thomas. I have now resumed my work on the book and hope to have it published and ready for purchase sometime this year. I apologize for the delay.
If you'd like to purchase the book... please keep checking back.
You can also contact me anytime at... firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn More about JoAnna, The Sacred Circle,
along with upcoming events, retreats or weekly circles at:
UPCOMING BOOKS by JOANNA
Passing the Rattle in The Sacred Circle Recovering & Reclaiming Ancient Ways to Heal our Lives
The Recovering Goddess
Healing from our Addictions in the Lap of the Great Mother
Sacred Wheel Dancing
Poetic Rhyme and Reflections of Time
JoAnna's Books are being published by The Sacred Circle