THE RECOVERING GODDESS
Healing from Patriarchy in the Lap the Great Mother
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 unique feminine mysteries & rites of passage, we can collectively pass on awareness, change, healing and empowerment to all who honor their oneness with Spirit & Nature in recovery.
WHEN WOMEN HEAL, THE EARTH HEALS.
Rev. JoAnna C. Medina, lovingly called Mama Silverwitch, is the founding mother of THE SACRED CIRCLE, a self-supporting sisterhood of recovering women who are reclaiming the power of the Sacred Feminine to heal from the insidious ways of Patriarchy. THE SACRED CIRCLE provides Women's Studies; Pass the Rattle Recovery Circles, Tarot Circles, Community Rituals, Moon Circles, Workshops & Nature Retreats. JoAnna's been recovering & reclaiming for over 30 years.
THE RECOVERING GODDESS
Healing from our Dysfunctions in the Lap of our Great Mother
In the Spring of 1985, while on a Nature walk, I had a profound spiritual experience that reunited me with the ancient spirit of the Sacred Feminine.
At that time I was very active in a 12-Step program of recovery, attending meetings on a daily basis; cleaning up the wreckage of my past; healing from years of dysfunctional living, 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 religious belief and old idea 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!
The internal shifts that resulted from the revelations of that day were so powerful that I was inspired to reclaim my feminine roots and become a minister. Since I had a background of study in various religions, the scriptures, transcendental meditation, the mystical arts, and many other spiritual paths, I began exploring the Old Religion of the Goddess and the Women's Mystery Traditions of my European ancestors. As I studied I became absorbed, amazed to find that these ancient ways mirrored my SOUL and every phase of my life as a female from cradle to grave! Not only that. This path actually resonated with WHO I WAS as a woman and WHO I HAD ALWAYS BEEN! I was most ecstatically blown away!
So, I dedicated myself to the path of the Sacred Feminine under a bright full moon one night and began weaving Her ancient ways into my recovery program. As a result, I began experiencing a deep soul-connection with the Earth Goddess along with inner feelings of self-love, joy, empowerment, wholeness and peace never before experienced and I never turned back. It was the missing link I had been searching for all my life!
After a time, the women I sponsored in recovery started noticing a change in my demeanor and began approaching me with curiosity and questions. This is how I learned that many women, like myself, had difficulty with the patriarchal god in 12 Step programs. Although we were repeatedly told that we could choose a Higher Power of our own understanding, it was NOT in our experience. God as you understand HIM was continually being crammed down our throats. So, we decided to make a change, one that would give us a deeper understanding of ourselves as women and heal at the deepest levels.
From that time on, if a woman voiced her 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 also shared why I needed images of the Divine Feminine to recover from the internalized belief systems of Patriarchy: from the pain, shame, soul disconnection and internalized oppression that lead to codependency and the numerous addictions that were making our lives so unmanageable... and they listened with enthusiasm!
Before I knew it, a small group of women began pouring into my home on a regular basis to talk about Women's Spirituality and Recovery. This is how THE SACRED CIRCLE was born and grew into a collective of many powerful women... 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, breathing Earth Mother of which we are all a part. Not only that. Men and women suffer from a deep spiritual malady, a fragmentation of the soul that was caused by internalizing the insidious belief systems of Patriarchy and this alone causes separation, dysfunction, violence, war, codependency and the numerous addictions that keep people sick and dysfunctional all over the world.
Reclaiming our oneness with Spirit & Nature is the vital key to complete
recovery and restoration of wholeness. This awareness is literally shared by thousands in the world today but is still a vital element missing in our recovery programs. If we desire freedom from bondage and long term recovery, it is essential that we break through our insidious denial, relinquish old ideas and belief systems that keep us separated; act our way into right thinking and reclaim ourselves on a deep level of consciousness, one that is rooted in an old and ancient truth: that we are living Spirits, one with ALL things in the great web of life, and WE ARE the "SAVIORS" we've been waiting for!
For almost 33 years I have shared my experience, strength and hope in Rooms of Recovery and The Sacred Circle. Now, after many requests, our Circle booklets, reading materials, and first book about the Recovering & Reclaiming Path will soon be published and available to the public.
I offer the wisdom of these experiences to you, not as the only way, but as one that may create a deeper awareness of our recovery from Patriarchy, Codependency, and the numerous addictions we develop while tolerating or coping with the pain of our existence in the dysfunctional world around us.
My prayer is that we will awaken from our hypnotic stupor as children the Earth... One with Nature, One with Spirit... One Circle of Humanity... so balance can be restored to our lives here and now. Maybe then, and only then, will our inner light shine brightly around the Earth to unite 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 Divine Feminine in their personal life.
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
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
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The Recovering Goddess
Healing from our Addictions in the Lap of the Great Mother
Sacred Wheel Dancing
Poetic Rhymes of Reflections in Time
Passing the Rattle in The Sacred Circle
Recovering & Reclaiming Ancient Ways to Heal our Lives
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