Friday, February 12, 2016

Website Change!

We will be transitioning the Tribe of the Sun site over to a new format this weekend. We have a lot of stuff to update and I apologize if you run into any broken links. You will also notice the site looks a bit naked so once we have moved everything over we will be filling in new pictures and graphics.

It may take a day to get everything switched over but the good news is that we will be revising and adding new content. Also, the new format will be far more mobile friendly than the old site. Thanks for your patience!

Sephrena

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Embracing a New Old Life

I spent a long time time tonight talking to my friend X. X has picked up everything and moved back to his hometown in the Pacific Northwest. On the surface, this might seem like a step back but in X's case, it is actually a step forward.

X was caught in a never-ending pattern of drama and decided he had enough. His move back is his opportunity to hit the reset button. Even though he will have to reorganize his entire life, he is embracing the suck and re-establishing his new life in his old place.

Sometimes our path forward requires us to take a step back, regroup, and re-prioritize. Set backs can really assault our egos. We want all of our plans to work out. We want to be brilliant! All the time! Unfortunately, crap happens. The opportunity to succeed also brings the opportunity to fall flat on our butts. Many people feel that failure teaches us more than success. Failure certainly teaches us who we really are.

To really learn from our mistakes, we must drop our egos and inspect our actions. What could we have done better? Do I need to change course or do I need a complete overhaul? These are questions we have to answer honestly.

I have great admiration for X. Once he decided to embrace his new old life, he did it with gusto. He put together a plan and got himself on the road as fast as possible. Years ago, when I was faced with a similar situation, the universe had to drag me kicking and screaming into my new life.

Whether you need a complete overhaul or just need to get out of your rut, change can stimulate growth. Is there something in your life holding you back?


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Two Month Plan

Very rarely is change a slow progression. Often, we shift between times of quiet lulls to break neck roller coaster rides in the blink of an eye. The best we can do is to enjoy the peaceful moments when they come and then do our best to embrace change as fast as possible.

Some people thrive in constant chaos while others really crave predictability. I know it's not sexy, but I fall more into the craving predictability category. Over the past few months however, I've been riding the roller coaster. I have not appreciated all the changes that have taken place, I have tried to be less judgmental and frankly, shitty, about the turmoil.

My time is precious. The less time I waste on getting upset, the more time I have to do something useful.

Recently, my family got thrown a curve ball. Long story short, we are all going to be working extra hours for 2 months. When the impending event arrived, I really wanted to have a complete freak out but at some point I took a step back and realized that I could use these two months to actually do something useful instead of just complaining about the situation.

I put together what I called the 8 week plan. The website revamp, the stack of books that have been gathering dust, herbal products I've been wanting to make, dietary changes...It all went into a (metaphorical) pile and I put together a schedule. Focusing on what I have control over and using my time to do something real has reduced the stress of the situations. I'm a week and a half into my plan and I'm pleased with my progress so far.

Two books have been read and I've already got more than half the webpages moved over to the new format. I've also made a dent in my ever growing pile of crafts I've been planning on putting together.





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Change

Hey everybody!

Good news! I am currently working on the revamp of the Tribe of the Sun page. After much discussion and planning, the site is being migrated to a Wordpress platform. So, in addition to all my other duties, I'm also learning how to Wordpress!

The minerals section will go away but the plant section info will be expanded upon. Everything else will be updated to reflect who we are now.

We really appreciate all the love and support we've gotten from everybody over the years. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site.

Blessed be, Saravá and Aché to y'all!

Sephrena

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pray Local, Think Global


As our world gets smaller, our exposure to world spiritualities is rapidly expanding. Whether you are visiting a web site about the Indian chakra system, watching a movie about Norse mythology (thank you Marvel comics), taking a class on the Japanese system of Reiki, or watching a YouTube video on the whirling dervishes of Sufism, global spirituality has never been more accessible. It is truly astounding that I can follow the Facebook feeds of both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a New Orleans Vodou priestess at the same time.

When confronted with a new spiritual idea, we only have two options…We can embrace it and incorporate it into our existing belief system or we can choose to reject it. I have had contact with people on both sides of the spectrum. Some want to embrace everything, with no discernment and others want to reject all that does not conform to their particular faith.

I think it is up to each individual to choose. I have heard ideas that I embraced wholly and other ideas I rejected because I thought they were crap. Personal prejudices should always be checked.  Just because something is old, doesn’t mean it has value and just because an idea is new, doesn’t mean that idea should be rejected without testing it.

As the Buddhists and many other spiritual thinkers believe, there may be many paths to the divine. All we can hope for is that each of us has a unique piece of the picture and that we can all work together to reach the summit.

As our consciousnesses continue to be expanded by our shrinking world, we will continue to be forced to choose to incorporate or reject the spiritual ideas to which we are exposed. We live in both a wonderful and frightening time. Watching the results of the recent US election, I was struck by a certain political operative that was throwing a tantrum (on national tv) because the results of the election didn’t conform to his world view. It was obvious that rather than accept the premise that he was perhaps (gasp!) wrong, he decided to reject the outcome, even though everyone else could see the answer clearly.

I compare this with some of the self-proclaimed spiritual leaders who have dug in their heels and refuse to hear anything that might involve changing their world-view. While I strongly believe that everyone has a divine given right to believe (or not to believe) whatever they chose, this does not mean I have to join in your belief system.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Simple Truth found in a Video Game

A decade ago, I used to play a video game series called Zeus: Master of Olympus and the companion game Poseidon: Master of Atlantis. There wasn't anything particularly exceptional about these games...they were civilization builders set in ancient Greece. I think what really made them fun for me however was that the gods would show up and walk around your cities doing both good and bad things. For example, if Dionysus was mad at you he would show up and lead some of your citizens away but if you built him a temple, he would make your grapes grow faster (which would then be made into wine, of course).

I believe this very much mirrors what happens in our world. When you provide a sacred space for the gods, they can come to that place at will. A dedicated space provides two things to the gods: energy that provides them spiritual sustenance and a physical location in which to dwell. A sacred space is an anchoring point and gives the deities a place to go. For instance, I have lived in San Antonio for 14 years now but there are still parts of the city I haven't seen. While I can get in my car and drive anywhere I want in this city, there are parts that I have not lived in, had friends near nor were there any shops or restaurants nearby. So, while the potential exists for me to have seen every part of this city, in truth, if I've had no reason to go then I probably haven't seen it.

The same is true for the deities. While they can go pretty much where they want to, if they don't have a reason to go, they may not have been there. By creating a sacred space, whether it is building a temple to Dionysus, or creating an altar for Nana Buruku in your kitchen, you provide them a destination and give them a reason to come.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The View from Binah

My sister committed suicide on Thursday, April 5, 2012. We were estranged and hadn't spoken in a year. I have been living with unimaginable grief and pain ever since.

Because of the trauma of her death, she was stuck in limbo for a while but some wonderful friends of mine got together and we did a ritual sweat lodge for her. In that makeshift tent in a friend's back yard, I cried and screamed and cried some more and we got her out of limbo and over to the other side. She's doing fabulous and is currently finishing her journey before heading back down here.

Meanwhile, I am broken-hearted and I ache like someone ripped my guts out.

She has explained to me that I need to forgive our mother (I'll save that Shakespearean tale for another post) and find peace with her death and her suffering. I know she's right but I just haven't figured out how yet.

Death sucks. I have never felt this much pain and I can't even begin to know what to do with it. My husband, who lost his father to cancer over 9 years ago, has informed me that it never goes away. You just learn to make room for it.

On the Tree of Life, Binah is the sphere of sorrow. While I have studied the kabbalah for many years, Binah was always a bit foreign to me. Now I get it. What ever brought you to Binah, you know that you are crying into an ocean filled with the tears of all.

For the first time ever, I have real reason to celebrate the Day of the Dead. She loved Starbuck's and I will be taking her there.

I miss you sis.