Grandfather Joseph Rael on Enlightenment

This 10-minute excerpt of an interview with Jeffrey Mishlove on his show, Thinking Allowed,  is like a taste of what Mystery School with Grandfather Joseph Rael feels like. What he shares in this clip is so rich you can live on its wisdom for the rest of your life. The topic is Being and Vibration, also the title of one of Grandfather's early books, and still his most profound.


Grandfather demonstrates how cosmic truth is embedded in the Tiwa language and infused into the people's consciousness through the language and the sacredness of simple everyday life of the people.

Beautiful. Enjoy! Eat! Sweep! Love!


Joseph Rael's January Message to Peace Chambers

Begin 2011 Knowing Who You Are
The sounds in the word "Tiwa" are “Tii,” which is the vibration of  reflecting, or thinking; and “Wah,” which is the vibration of universes.
           In my teaching and writing, I have often referred to the various sounds in Tiwa, the language spoken by the Indians in my father’s village of Picuris Pueblo. 
Tiwa means 
Universes are reflecting, thinking, and therefore they have language.

Tiwa is not just one language, it is the vibration of all language. It is anything that has to do with sound. Every person who speaks any language, anywhere in the world is speaking Tiwa. If you are an English speaker (or German, or Italian, or French, or Spanish, or whatever language) you are very much a Tiwa.
In fact, every person speaking is the universe reflecting on the consciousness of the multiplicity of billions of billions of billions of universes.

—Beautiful Painted Arrow

Solstice Ceremonies

December 21 this year is Solstice, Full Moon and Lunar eclipse. Attune to the energies with ceremony!

I hope you will join us for two special ceremonies during this most sacred season. People of all faiths are invited. Please respond with your YES.

Sweat Lodge Ceremony
On Sunday, December 19, we will hold a sweat lodge ceremony, as purification for the Solstice, Christmas, and New Year Holidays.
We will sweat in the dark of early evening to receive the blessings of this season of long nights.
Start the fire: 2:30 pm
Enter lodge by 4:30 or 5 pm
Share potluck feast about 7 pm. The feast is an essential part of the ceremony.
We will hold the sweat lodge ceremony in all weather: rain, cold, snow.
(unless there is a blizzard blowing at lodge time)

Donation: $30
Please let me know you are coming by December 17, by email or call 230-7647

Bring a special item that reminds you of the Light to place on the lodge altar for blessing.

Further Sweat lodge instructions and directions are at the end of this message.

24 Hours of Solstice Chanting for Peace
Each Winter Solstice, Peace Chambers around the world join a cycle of 24 hours of chanting for Peace.
This year, Hope Peace Chamber is chanting from 6 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 21.
Please join us for Chanting and a potluck supper celebration.
Bring friends. The more voices the more joy, the more Peace!
We will chant the vowel sounds AH EH EE OH OO.

Suggested donation: $10.00
Please arrive no later than 6 pm. We will settle into our space and begin chanting by 6:15 and continue to 7:15.
Followed by pot luck supper.

Last year was so magickal, I can't wait to see you this year.

RSVP that you are coming by emailing or calling 230-7647

Note: Start off your Solstice Celebration with Dance
Saturday, December 19, 1 pm to 3:30pm 5 Rhythms dance with Inanna in Camden.
Please email for more information. Then come out to Hope for the sweat lodge.

Have a blessed, bountiful and joyous Thanksgiving!

Remember the Vision of the Horn Of Plenty
that Grandfather Joseph Rael shares with us.
Here is his painting of The Horn of Plenty

Remember to light a candle for Peace on December 7.

With Loving Blessings,
Diva Carla
Hope Peace Ceremonies


Coyote banner crop The Trickster. Trips us up. Tests us. Makes fun of us. Plays us for the fool. Coyote’s eager sexuality often draws him into trouble. North American Indigenous Coyote stories are frequently bawdy, sexually graphic. Their medicine is potent. Coyote’s tricks are the most sacred way.

Coyote represents life crashing into us so we can wake up. Run-ins with Coyote can look and feel like disaster. My first reaction is fear, and digging in to hide from and resist the medicine. I used to have nightmares of coyotes chasing me. Walking on the land in Hope at night, the hair on my neck would suddenly stand up, and I’d feel Coyote near. The Animal or the Spirit? I don’t know.


One Day, I met a Coyote face to face on Hatchet Mountain.  For an instant, I came in contact with the wildest creature I have ever seen. This Coyote ran up the trail in my direction. She/He skidded to a stop at the sight of me, and the animal bounded off the trail up the mountain through the woods. The pack followed the leader.  It was only an instant, but I had received the Wildness. I felt I had an invitation to join the Pack.

This was two years ago. I’ve been learning my place in the Coyote pack ever since. I see myself mirrored in Coyote’s wild eyes.

Coyote’s trickster gift is to show me my fear. It awakens me to opportunity, which comes from unexpected places. Coyote medicine pulls me out of my patterns, my false safety. Coyote says, Run with the pack and we’ll teach your our medicine. But you must be humble and be willing to run with us into the wild.

Don’t be afraid when Coyote appears. He’s chasing you down to give you a gift you can’t receive from anyone else.

Why Hope Peace Chamber?

The vibration of Peace is growing on Earth. One demonstration of this is the escalation of war and suffering. The old consciousness that believes it is separate from Divine, and believes its suffering is caused by other human beings, asserts itself vigorously as it perceives the ascending vibration. You may have seen this in your own life as old habits that no longer serve tend to put up a fight when you make a decision to change. The period of integrating transformation can be most challenging. So it is on a global scale.

We who live in relative peace, freedom, and affluence have a divine response-ability to expand Peace on behalf of all. There are so many ways we can act on this mission, and our spiritual, religious, cultural, and local diversity will inform us of the way that feels good to us.

In all ways, the journey of Peace begins within. The decision we make to experience inner peace leads to creating Peace locally with family and community. Inevitably local peace expands to global peace through prayer and simple acts of kindness to our fellow creatures of all species, including humans.

Grandfather Joseph Rael
tells us that the war gods have been returned to the dimension whence they came. In due time, the Consciousness of human beings will wake up to this fact and the vibration of Peace will prevail over the vibration of war. He received the vision of Peace Chambers to plant the Seed of Peace in many places around the world. People of all faiths come together in the Peace Chambers to accelerate Peace through chanting, prayer, ceremony, and healing. The Peace Chambers teach us about Peace.

Dedicated individuals and communities around the world have answered the call to build a Peace Chamber on their land. These people are Peace Chamber parents, for the Peace Chamber is like a child, born in innocence, and still remembering its unbroken connection to Divine. As it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes a village to raise a Peace Chamber. In these times, it takes a global village.

Hope Peace Chamber
connects with all other Peace Chambers on earth, past, present and future. This easternmost Peace Chamber in North America connects the Peace Chambers of the New World with those in Europe. The waters of the ocean carry the vibration beyond the 250 mile radius to the Peace Chambers in the United Kingdom. We also share a special energy link with our sister Peace Chamber at the Seven Circles Center for Planetary Peace in Malden, Australia, joining our vibrations through the Center of the Earth.

Each new Peace Chamber that builds into physical form amplifies the vibration of ALL Peace Chambers individually and collectively. Therefore Hope Peace Ceremonies supports the building and maintenance of new and existing Peace Chambers.

At this time, our response-ability belongs to Hope Peace Chamber to see it born in physical form on the land in Hope, Maine. Hope Peace Chamber anchors the Vibration of Peace in this power vortex that is Maine. The land at Hope Peace Ceremonies has been prepared for 10 years with ceremony to receive this chamber. We invite you to join with us and contribute to the costs of the cordwood and cob natural structure we are making to house Hope Peace Chamber.

Some ways you can connect with Peace Chambers to bring the vibration of Peace to your life, your community, and your planet:

--Read Grandfather Joseph Rael’s books to learn about Peace Chambers, the Land, Ceremony and Vibration.
--Light a candle or make a fire on the 7th of each month at 7pm to connect with Peace Chambers who make the Fire Ceremony for the Oceans.
--Chant the vowel sounds Ah-Eh-EE-OH-OO. Grandfather’s books give many ideas for chanting.
--Find a Peace Chamber near you and if they have public ceremony, consider participating.
--Donate to the building of Hope Peace Chamber.
--Perhaps you feel called to build a Peace Chamber yourself. If the Peace Chamber calls you, read Grandfather Joseph’s book Being and Vibration and go ahead. Contact me and I’ll direct you to the International Peace Chamber coordinator for advice.

Thank you for your commitment and decision for Peace which you demonstrate by reading this article. You are welcome to become a Mission Partner with Hope Peace Ceremonies for the building of Hope Peace Chamber.


The Rapture of Water

Today I completed a commitment to swim in natural water every day in September. Summer in Maine this year was uncharacteristically hot and dry. I enjoyed swimming as I have not in 16 years of living here. On September 5th, after a spectacular swim in Hobbs Pond, I decided that I would swim every day till September 30 in natural water in Maine.

As goals go, it was not particularly challenging or dramatic. The weather held, and it’s been a mild equinox, though the ocean, river, and pond are much colder than they were on Labor Day. When my car was broken I had to walk from my house to Hobbs Pond, down the long hill on Hatchet Mountain, and back up again. I thought it would be hard, but it was a piece of cake, just over a mile one way. I’d have done it more often except I usally swam before or after a trip to town on errands. I swam mostly in Hobbs Pond because it is close to home. I went to Lincolnville Beach an average of once a week, when the weather was sunny, and I could catch the tide right for swimming. Megunticook River off Shirt Tail Point was fun for variety. I visited a friend on China Lake for a good sunset swim, and on a trip down to Brunswick, I swam in the lagoon at Reid State Park. The ocean, lake, and river all had a different energy and feeling. They all have in common they are living, wild water.

Lville Beach

Lincolnville Beach

I love the way my body changed over the 26 days. Swimming every day, my body sculpted and stretched and I see and feel muscles in my legs, arms, and torso I haven’t seen since my twenties. I feel better than I have in my whole life. Nothing hurts anywhere. I remember how much I love to swim and be in the water. My swim conditioning makes me want to swim farther and be in the water longer, even as falling temperatures make long swims unwise. I am so comfortable in the water I cavort! I feel otter-like. (The otters roll their eyes at me when they read this.)

It was never about the exercise. It was about doing something I enjoy for as long as I can. It was about being in the water. It became about being with the water.

I realized that I love the water because of touch. The water touches me everywhere. My body hides no secrets from the water. I noticed how different water touches me. The ocean, river, and lake all touch me in a different way. Wind-whipped water has a different hand than placid, smooth water. Cold touches differently than warm, salt than fresh. Morning, afternoon and night water feel different.

Water carries. It lifts. It supports me as I move through it. It makes room for me. I float.
It is easy to swim in the ocean. The ocean, even on a quiet day, is always actively lifting and carrying. One windy day in Hobbs Pond I felt lifted like that. The more relaxed I am the more the water carries me. It touches me all over and carries me.

Megunticook River

Megunticook River at Shirt Tail Point

In the waters, I became part of the changing season. I learned the personality of the beach in Lincolnville, the tides, the rocks, plants, and animals. I enjoyed the work of swimming in Megunticook River. It’s a small river, but swimming upriver I felt myself pull against the current. The moving water has a delicious energy. I loved swimming in the colored water as the river reflected the leaves changing color on the banks. I love how available the river is, grateful to the Town of Camden for making a public park access. In  late September, I had it to myself.

I found an affection for Hobbs Pond for the first time in my 16 years in Hope.  I learned its moods, the way the wind whips up its length to the public landing, and how placid it can be in the morning. I felt the colors on Hatchet Mountain and the pond shores change along with the water temperature. I love how swimming out from shore feels exciting and energized, and swimming back in to shore feels a little flat and dull. I’ll meet Hobbs Pond earlier next season. I want to swim to somewhere. I’d like to swim its length.

My description is deliberately simple. It was simple to show up everyday to swim. What is not so simple is the depth of the medicine. Without planning it, I became intimate with water. I became a Mer person. Day after day, it embraced and sustained me through a difficult passage. I felt the rapture of water.

When you commit to something, it becomes a spiritual practice. It took me till today to get that. For the first time in my life, I get that. The beauty of it as that I didn’t have to do anything but swim and enjoy myself everyday to have the spiritual practice.

Giving myself the pleasure of being in the water every day is ALL there is to it. Being with the pleasure is the only thing there is.
Hobbs Pond
Hobbs Pond 8am September 30, 2010

Dance of Mystery

Guest Blog: Dance Chief and Firekeeper Ferris Donoso tell us about her love for the Long Dance.

The first year I danced the Long Dance I had no idea what I was doing. I made a banner according to the directions, the explanations of the dance might as well have been in Navajo, we “danced” in mud so deep it took our boots off, if something happened to me I didn’t feel it, and I worried the whole thing I was doing “it” wrong. And I loved it and couldn’t wait to do it the next year.


So I have danced the Long Dance five times – six if you count the year I did it by myself in my yard in the tail end of a hurricane (Ask me about it—it was particularly hilarious). And last year when I couldn’t even get a solo dance together, I made a banner. In fact, I am still working on it.


I still love the Long Dance. You, of course, will have or may already have your own exclusive and unique experience of the Long Dance and what it is about. But for any of you who have not dance it falls to us who are inviting you to attempt to describe it.


For me, a lot of the Long Dance is about the Mystery and how I relate to it. The first mystery is why is it the called “the Long Dance”. It is the shortest of Grandfather Joseph’s dances. And what we do does not fit any definition of “dance” that I am familiar with. This is just the first unanswerable question.


All the questions and judgments of my life come up for me in the context of the dance. “What on earth am I doing here? Am I doing “it” right? Everyone else’s banner is better than mine. I’m not getting a vision, should I be getting a vision? Am I missing something? Does this drum make me look fat? And what the hell AM I doing here anyway? Why doesn’t someone just tell me and put me out of my misery?”


And so it goes. There are, of course, no answers.


If I am lucky, though, I get flashes of insight here and there, I get to have a good laugh at myself, and the absurdity of it all, and if I am very lucky, I get moments of dancing without answers, dancing without knowing, dancing simply because I said I would, dancing because I want to, dancing without reasons, dancing even when it doesn’t look or feel like I am dancing, dancing because I AM dancing, and so it the whole of creation. So, if I am lucky, I get to dance with the big Mystery and stop asking questions.


And all of this happens in the dark. After a few years my watchword became “It’s amazing what you can learn stumbling around in the dark.”


So the dance becomes a metaphor for my life—I get to see how I cope, how I make myself miserable, how foolish I look and how none of that needs to stop me from dancing.


And don’t let me get started on the banner! The banner usually extends the dance and its learning for me well into the year that follows.

All of this I get from the dance. But I always hope that I am, in some way, giving when I dance.


The nighttime, especially in the darkening time of the year, has always been seen as a time when the realities can mingle. The Long Dance is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the Beings, Healers, and Teachers of the “other” worlds. As I see it, with the dance we can affirm and strengthen our connection with them. We offer ourselves as bridges to bring their presence into our lives and give them access to our reality. Think of it as team building. The Beings who dance together, serve Spirit together.


This is the Long Dance. I would be honored to share this amazing dance with you and find out what your dance is like.                             --Ferris Donoso, Long Dance Chief

To learn more about the Long Dance and register to participate, click here.

The New Sweat Lodge

Thank you Stevan, Peter, and Ferris for your work, energy, blessings, and fun company as we build the most beautiful lodge structure we've ever had.


The Circle of the Old Lodge

Lodge poles

Circle of the New Lodge (notice it's a smaller diameter)


The poles are bent and tied.


To make a star at the top.

It looks amazing with the circle around it.

The finished lodge seen through the smoke of the fire burning the old lodge.


Peace Chamber News September

In this newsletter:

Thank you

Peace Chamber

Sweat lodge Sept. 12

Long Dance October 16-17

Gifts to Hope Peace Ceremonies

Awakening Passion Peace Abundance

My thanks to each of you who came to Awaken Passion Peace and Abundance and celebrate Hope Peace Chamber on Tuesday. Deepest gratitude to Shawn Madden, Anna Mather, and David Dodson and friends for your gifts of music, energy, dancing and Love!

I want you to know I see you all. I see your gifts, your powers, your blessings, and I love you! I claim you as my people, with honor for all you are and all you give. You warm my heart and bless me. I can’t wait till you come back to the land and I can embrace you all again.

Peace Chamber News

Log peeling party Saturday and Sunday September 4-5

The excavator is coming! Late next week! It’s time. It’s time to peel the pine logs. Come on over this coming weekend. I’ll be around Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Let’s do a little work and eat some food together, and enjoy the beauty of the land and this glorious summer. The pine borers have separated the bark from the tree. I can lift it off with a butter knife. A bunch of us can work for an hour and git her done, and then go jump in the lake, after some cantaloupe and ice cream.  If you can't come on the weekend, I am around all week. Call 763-4356 and come on over for a little while. I'd love to see you and every bit makes a difference. Thank you!


Sweat Lodge September 12

On Sunday, September 12, we are rebuilding the sweat lodge and initiating it with a sweat ceremony. We’ll begin at 10 am with the building and sweat later in the afternoon.

Bring a bag lunch and potluck for the post sweat feast.  This new lodge welcomes the Peace Chamber to the land, and is also preparation of the energy of the Long Dance.

Suggested donation: $30

Long Dance

October 16-17, join us for the Long Dance vision quest. One of Grandfather Joseph Rael’s inspired ceremonies, the Long Dance asks us to dance our past, present, and future as individuals and as a community drumming for each other. This year, we will make a dance arbor within the Peace Chamber site and continue dancing Passion Peace and Abundance, the themes of the Horn of Plenty. Each dancer makes a banner expressing his or her past, present, and desires for the future, and brings it to the dance to hang in the arbor while we are dancing. We gather on Saturday morning to prepare the site, followed by a sweat lodge, then we have a light meal and enter the dance arbor to dance our visions through the night. We return to the house to rest and share a potluck brunch.

Dance Chiefs are Carla Sanders and Fire Chief Ferris Donoso. You will receive an email by early next week with your detailed invitation to Vision Quest Ceremony.


The Mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies

Hope Peace Chamber is the centerpiece of the mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies, which is to support spiritual activists and healers through ceremony, permaculture, art, wealth and orgasmic energy. We've posted an article on the website that tells about the origin of the Peace Chamber and the emergence of Hope Peace Chamber.

Even if you live far away or can’t directly participate in ceremony at this time, you can still bless the Peace Chamber and its medicine. You can participate in and support the Peace Chamber through donations. Each person receiving this email giving $10.00 and sharing the invitation to give with a few friends supplies the money required to complete the first phase of the Peace Chamber this fall. The goal is $10,000.00, with $3,500.00 needed to complete the first phase of building this fall. We have received about 15% of this amount over the course of the year. We need to gather the remaining amount in the next few weeks in order to have the structure of the Peace Chamber in place before winter sets in.

NOW IS THE TIME! For your convenience there is a paypal button for donations at If you prefer to mail a check please contact me by email or phone for information.


We also invite you to consider being a Mission Partner. Look into the heart of your abundance to see if you have a larger gift to make for Hope Peace Ceremonies. Please call me at 763-4356 for a conversation of how we may be of service with you. We are here for you and your mission, to help you build your community as well. Call upon us.

With Loving Blessings,

Diva Carla Sanders


Lighten Up for Passion, Peace, Abundance

This evening I sat in David Dodson's living room listening and singing along as he and Shawn Madden played some tunes they be  doing tonight at Awakening Passion Peace and Abundance. OH MY GODDESS~!

It is going to be more awesome, amazing and fun than I could have imagined. If you can possibly come to Hope, Don't miss it! See the post above and below for details!

Here's a video of Shawn's rousing, uplifting and unforgettable song, Lighten Up!