I would say I am a man of few words, but you already know that is most definitely not so. But even as a man of many words, I find it challenging to put into words the incredible energy -- the amazing magic -- that permeated our precious Spiritual Home this past weekend.
We began on Friday evening with our first Movie Night in our new Sanctuary. An intimate and insightful group of Lightbringers assembled in the We screened the exquisitely animated interpretation of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, and shared our insights and feelings about the movie together afterwards.
Sunday was another miraculous experience. We were a full house in the sanctuary, and we were all in the ZONE! We welcomed back to the podium our dear friend Rev. JoAn Dawkins, a most gifted and innovative speaker. Rev. JoAn shared with us, in word and song, her reflections about the power of Love -- her "Ten Insights on Love..." All I can say is: WOW.
Make sure you have a listen for yourself
Sunday also was the day of an auspicious celestial event, the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. So how lucky we were that Rev. Kathy Kerston from ISD-Sparta was in town to share her gift of Astrology with us by leading us in a special ritual for this event! Nearly everyone who had been at the service remained afterwards for this ritual. Rev. Kathy went above and beyond to make sure that each attendee had his or her own individual birth chart prepared, so we ALL were able to charge our charts with the energy of the New Moon and the Solar Eclipse. As always, Rev. Kathy was a wellspring of information about the stars and planets and their movement and meaning in our lives, and we ended this powerful experience by writing three wishes on a piece of paper, then burning them all together next to the ISD pond as everyone was leaving. The beautiful Sunday wind took our wishes to the heavens, where now we know their granting is assured.
What an awesome way to prepare for all of the Magic of March.
So let's keep up the momentum, shall we? March is always full of miracles at ISD. Here are just a few of the upcoming events:
- Family Constellation Workshop with Randy Goldberg - THIS SATURDAY, 1 - 6 p.m.
- Evening Meditation - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 7:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from last week)
- Psychic Fair - SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 6 p.m. doors open, 6:30 p.m. appointments, 7 p.m. readings
- Spanish Metaphysical Service - SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 1:30 p.m.
- "Exploring Your Spirit's Connection to Others" with Rev. Fran Wright
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 1 - 6 P.M.
- Sunday Service/Spring Equinox Service, SUNDAY, MARCH 19 11 A.M.
- "Not Your Average Joe" Show w/Joe Rossi and guests SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 1 P.M.
AND MUCH MORE!
2017 RETREAT IS SET TO BE SUPER!
And guess what is right around the corner? The
! This year's theme is "Unleash YOUR Super Powers..." Now just imagine having amazing powers that we are born with or can hone and develop. Doesn't that bring a huge smile your face? Check out the
and register today!
There is even more on the schedule, and more being added, so be sure to check out the
for the most recent updates and additions to the calendar of events.
If you know someone in need of special prayer, you can fill out our
online prayer request
. Our weekly Prayer Circle convenes every Sunday evening remotely to pray silently for those on the weekly list of requests.
Needing some inspiration or a recorded guided meditation to help you attune to Spirit? Check out
ISD's Soundcloud page
for a comprehensive list of past Sunday Service homilies, Sunday service meditations and evening meditations.
Love is for more than a month, so instead of "Happy Love Month," I wish you all HAPPY LOVE!
Rev. Rob Banaszak
Pastor, Institute for Spiritual Development, Washington, D.C.