The smell of agua florida will hit you the minute you walk onto 140th St. It is a sure sign that a healing circle is happening at Casa. There will be a wom(y)n dressed in white throwing water away on the sidewalk, engulfed in the smoke of the sage seeping through the communities windows gently nudging them to wake up and breathe in the fall wind. As you get closer, you can hear the drums pounding the walls of the building inviting everyone to dance in celebration because we are alive. Inside Casa, a community member is cooking up a storm, reminding us that we are hungry: hungry for justice, hungry to forgive, and hungry to heal so we can accept the powerful wom(yn) we are in spite of our past.
Today, I come to let go of fear, to not be afraid, to start over, to stop running, and to forgive myself. I want to let go of letting go, of letting go of abandonment, of fear, and of insecurites.
Tears, screaming voices once lossed, punching pillows, imagining, reclaiming untold stories, sacred bodies, repairing war zones. White fabric dancing, laughter, safe touch, hugs, community and affirmations.
In front of mirrors we are scared to see our new selves. To look into eyes once filled with judgement and blurred perceptions of ourselves. But with holding hands and our breathe we share…
1. What I have to say is worth being heard and I shouldn’t be afraid to say it.
2. You know who you are and who you want to be. That person is beautiful!
3. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to stay and I don’t have to run.
4. I am good enough and I am loved.
5. I did the best I could.
6. I am successful no matter the outcome.
7. I am not going to be held down.
8. I am not a victim and I am free!
On Sat, Oct 1st 2011, Casa organized its first Fall Healing Circle for the year 2011. We are excited to announce that since our inception in the South Bronx in 1998, we have provided over 1000 community and personal healing circles in NYC and the work is needed more now than ever before. We thank you all for supporting our mission and continuing to do the work in your organizations, families, movements and in your personal lives.
As a result Casa is announcing its new training team this year (Monique De La Oz, Monique Kiera, and Carmen Mojica) and is opening its training in healing circles to young and adult women of color. To get more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-585-5540.
It’s not to late to join the energy of the fall as it has only been with us for 2 weeks. We invite you to build your spirit and ancestral altars, light a candle and breathe because you are exactly where you need to be and this too shall pass.
SAVE THE DATE for UPCOMING CIRCLES every first Saturday of the month. Register Today!
Transitions are hard and this is the season of change and transformation whether we are ready or not! Come to the healing circle to TO LET GO of what you no longer need, let go of Fear and the past that no longer serves you?
Fall prayer: Casa acknowledges our ancestors who have supported our divine and higher purpose. We walk with them this fall so that women, children and families can tap into their royalty. Our efforts will not go unseen and we will be guided by the winds of change into spiritual awakening. We are one with the universe and as such we have faith that will connect to our higher power and continue to do the goddesses work.
Affirmation: I know I am never alone for Spirit is always in and around me wherever I am, I know that everything I experience in life is for my highest good, I open my heart wide to receive the unconditional love of Spirit, I allow the unconditional love of Spirit to flow through me in every situation, My love of myself grows stronger, I find wisdom from my past and healing in my present, I trust my inner wisdom to guide me perfectly on my journey through life, I love my life and I love myself exactly as I am, I lovingly use my intuition for my highest good The path before me is always lit by the bright light of my intuition I trust my intuition and become more wise with every passing day, I deeply, completely and lovingly accept myself exactly as I am I allow Spirit to be a co-pilot in my life, I am in tune with my true purpose, passion, and path in life I am divinely protected and guided.