Passion, Peace, Abundance
FireKeeping, by John Yona Usti

The World Trade Center, My Old Neighborhood

Sweat Lodge Sunday September 11
Noon to 8 pm
Noon to 3 pm Work is Worship
3 to 5 pm sacred fire and preparation for sweat lodge
about 5 pm enter lodge
Lodge followed by pot luck feast
Requested donation
$30  or more (money goes to Hope Peace Chamber building fund)

The World Trade Center, My Old Neighborhood
My two children were born on John Street, two blocks from the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The great plaza with its sculpture, fountain, and the reflective masses of those shining towers was their favorite playground. They both learned to walk and navigate stairs in that plaza. The World Trade Center was their home.

Twenty years later, the unthinkable happened. The Twin Towers fell down, and the dust has not settled. The tremors of that crash are still generating violence, death, and destruction a decade later, with no end in sight.

One year I was flying to Arizona for a conference, and it was my luck to go through security at the Portland, Maine, airport at 8:40 am on September 11. The detailed examination of my luggage was interrupted by a moment of silence, at 8:46 am, marking the moment the first plane crashed into WTC1. I am sure this coming Sunday morning, this ritual will be repeated.

I don’t usually mark the September 11 anniversary publicly, though in 2007 I wrote a blog post called The Medicine Wheel with pictures I took from the observation deck. Two weeks ago while working around the sweat lodge, I received the distinct impression to offer a Sweat Lodge ceremony to the public on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The intention is to remember, yes, but more than that, to pray for and celebrate Peace.

This coming month of September 2011, we are breaking ground on Hope Peace Chamber. We’ll gather at noon to work on the trees and prepare the Peace Chamber site for the machinery that is coming later in the month. At 3 pm we’ll light the sacred fire and Enter the Lodge about 5 pm, followed by the traditional pot luck feast.

I hope you will join us to peel logs and pray in the sweat lodge this coming Sunday.
Please RSVP your intention to join us, via email or phone.
carla at HopePeaceChamber dot com or 207-619-3482

Sweat Lodge Sunday September 11
Noon to 8 pm
Noon to 3 pm Work is Worship
3 to 5 pm sacred fire and preparation for sweat lodge
about 5 pm enter lodge
Lodge followed by pot luck feast
Requested donation
$30  or more (money goes to Hope Peace Chamber building fund)

Please share this information with Local people in Maine who may wish to know and attend.

Many blessings,
Carla Sanders
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