Rev. JoAnna C. Medina, lovingly called Mama Silverwitch, is the founding mother of THE SACRED CIRCLE ... a Woman's Spirituality collective offering Pass the Rattle Recovery Circles, Women's Studies, Tarot Circles, Community Rituals, and Nature Retreats to those who honor their oneness with Nature and Spirit in recovery. She's been Recovering & Reclaiming for over 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 Goddess. At the time I was very active in a 12-Step program of recovery; attending daily meetings, healing from years of dysfunctional living, cleaning up wreckage of my past, raising children, 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 Earth, fashioned in Her image and 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 religion and mystical arts, astrology, tarot, scripture, meditation and other spiritual paths, I began exploring shamanic traditions, Old Religions of the Goddess 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 actually resonated with who I was, who I had always been! So, I dedicated myself to the Goddess under a bright full moon one night and began embracing these ancient ways as a solitary practitioner. I created a beautiful altar in my room, dusted off my Tarot cards, and began living by the cycles and seasons of Nature. Not only that, I began weaving Women's Spirituality Traditions into my personal recovery program, and as a result I began to experiencing deep levels of joy, vision, healing, magic, power, beauty, wisdom & peace within myself. I never turned back!
After a time, women in recovery started noticing a change in my demeanor and attitude and began approaching me with curiosity and questions about my spiritual path. This is how I learned that many ladies, like myself, had difficulty with the concept of "God" used in rooms of recovery.
Even though we were told repeatedly that we could choose a Higher Power of our own understanding, it was NOT our experience! A "masculine god"... who existed "outside" of ourselves... was continually being crammed down our throats even in our 12-Step literature! We all agreed that a definite change was in order... so... we decided to make one.
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, and 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, and much to my surprise, a small group of us began coming together on a regular basis. This is how THE SACRED CIRCLE of Maidens, Mothers & Crones 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 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 dysfunctional belief systems; that soul fragmentation and separation from earth and spirit is the root cause of our codependency and the many addictions, illusions & obsessions of the mind that result from it!
I also came to see that reclaiming our power as creators of life; and our oneness with Earth, Spirit and each other, is a vital 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 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 Nature, one in Spirit, one with all things in the great web of life! We are also 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 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 add one more ray of sunshine to every living creature that depends on her 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 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... email@example.com
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