Rev. JoAnna C. Medina, lovingly called Mama Silverwitch, has been recovering & reclaiming ancient ways for over 30 years. She is founding mother of THE SACRED CIRCLE of Maidens, Mothers & Crones, a woman's spirituality collective that provides Pass the Rattle Recovery Circles, Community Rituals & Ceremonies and Nature Retreats for all who honor our oneness with Spirit & Nature in recovery.
FROM THE RECOVERING GODDESS...
In the Spring of 1985, while on a Nature walk, I had a profound mystical experience that reunited me with our Ancient Mother, the Goddess. At the time I was very active in a 12-Step program of recovery; attending meetings on a daily basis, 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 changed the course of my life. In a matter of minutes it drastically altered my perception of reality, swept away every old idea & 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 Earth, fashioned in Her image & likeness, and sacred as a woman.
This experience was so powerful that I was inspired to reclaim my pagan roots and pursue a ministerial course of studies. Since I had a background in the mystical arts, religion, scriptures, meditation and other spiritual practices, I began exploring ancient religions and spiritual traditions I had always been warned to stay away from: Shamanism, various indigenous traditions, Wicca, and the Women's Mystery Traditions of my European ancestors. While studying I became absorbed, amazed to find that these ancient ways mirrored my soul and actually resonated with who I was, who I had always been! So I dedicated myself to the Well-Worn Path under a bright full moon one night & started embracing it as a solitary practitioner. I also erected a beautiful altar in my room and began weaving Women's Spirituality Traditions into my personal recovery program.
It didn't take long for women around me to notice a change in my demeanor, attitude & surroundings, and before I knew it I was being approached with curiosity and questions. Since I sponsored quite a few women in recovery, and we got together frequently, they began confiding that they had a very difficult time with the Judeo-Christian concept of "God" used in the fellowships. Although we were told in meetings we could choose a Higher Power of our own understanding, that wasn't our experience. Instead, God as you understand HIM was continually crammed down our throats, in meetings as well as in our text and literature! So, we all agreed that, as women, a definite change was in order!
When women voiced their discomfort with the patriarchal God of the program, I would share about the Goddess, about Mother Nature, about Women's Spirituality and our unique mysteries as women. I would also share that I was reclaiming my soul by embracing images of the Divine Feminine and weaving ancient ways into my recovery program, and they listened with enthusiasm! Before I knew it, and much to my surprise, a small group of us began coming together on a regular basis. 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 served hundreds of recovering women, their mates and their families, ever since.
Through the years I came to see that men as well as women need to reclaim the Goddess because Mother Earth is our maternal connection to life! Not only that. We all suffer from a fragmentation of the soul, caused by our indoctrination in Patriarchy and the dysfunctional belief systems of the world; that this soul fragmentation, a separation from who we are as living spirits, is the root cause of our codependency and the many other addictions, illusions and obsessions that result from it!
I also came to see that reclaiming our power as co-creators and our oneness with Spirit, Nature and each other is the key to our complete recovery, healing 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, and a true spiritual awakening, it is essential that we break through our insidious denial, relinquish old ideas and illusions, act our way into right thinking, and begin reclaiming ourselves on a new level of consciousness, one rooted in an ancient fundamental truth: that we are living spirits, one with Nature; one in Spirit; one with all things in the great web of life; and 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, the wisdom I've gained on the Recovering & Reclaiming Path will soon be available in a book. I offer it to you, not as the only way, but as one that may help create a deeper awareness of our recovery from the dysfunctional ways of the world and the many addictions that result from it. My prayer is that we will all awaken as living spirits and reclaim ourselves as children of the Earth so balance can be restored here and now. Maybe then, and only then, will we be able to add one more ray of sunshine to every living creature that depends on her continual sustenance.
Let's remember: when the women heal, the earth heals! 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 by this Spring Equinox of 2014...
If you'd like to purchase the book... please keep checking back.
You can also email me at... firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn More about JoAnna, The Sacred Circle,
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 of Reflections in Time
JoAnna's Books are being published by The Sacred Circle