Full Circleis based on the books written individually and together by J.T. and Michael T. Garrett as authors to preserve the spiritual traditions, culturally rich tapestry and beautiful ways of right relationship to self, others and nature as Medicine in Cherokee ceremony. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
PRAYER - Blessing Way
O Great One, I come before you in a humble manner, giving thanks for all living things in Creation. I offer the clarity of my mind, body, spirit and natural space in prayer to you, O Great One, for the spirit of all Creation. I offer thanks and what gifts I have to Four Sacred Directions and powers of the universe and I pray: To the spirit of fire in the East, To the spirit of Earth in the South, To the spirit of Water in the West, To the Spirit of Wind in the North.
I pray and give thanks to you O Great One. I pray and give thanks to Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon, and all of our relations in the Greater Circle of Life. I thank you for your power, energy, wisdom and sacred gifts, because without you and the guidance of all my relations, I would not be able to live, and love, and grow, and feel and learn. I ask that I be shown another way if I have ever harmed or hurt other living things. I pray, offering what gifts I have, that you may guide us, heal us, purify us, and protect us. I pray for all of our relations that we may exist together in harmony and balance. "Wah Doh" J.T. and Michael T. Garrett
Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary Year
Dear Friends of Full Circle:
You are invited to join us at the Magnuson Great Smokies Inn in Cherokee, North Carolina for our 20th Anniversary Fall Full Circle weekend gathering. The date is September 19, 20, and 21, 2014. Registration will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday evening with Full Circle starting at 7 PM. We’ll be meeting in the old Myrtle’s Table Restaurant next to the front desk of the hotel. We will close the circle no later than noon on Sunday.
Theme: "Directions of the West and Bear Medicine."
We will continue with the lessons of Spring Full Circle on the "way of right relationship.” We will have special teachings on the Bear as one of the oldest animal and spirit teachers in the Direction of the West. A key question is what can we do to improve physical and spiritual healing by using our helpers. This includes traditional clearing-ways, smudging, tobacco prayers, and the use of stones and crystals.
The Bear was considered as our protector spirit and the closest physical connection to humans, as a teacher and guide in the Direction of the West. According to ancient stories, the Bear Chief was called upon to teach us to go to the Water Spirit for physical health and healing. The Bear Chief taught us to use Introspection for self-awareness and to use “water crystals” (Quartz Crystals) for healing and protection.
Old teachings about sacred numbers will be part of group discussions as a universal lesson from many cultures of people. We will have activities in group sessions to share more about Crystals and stones, plants, and ways for healing and protection. The Fall Full Circle is a time to reach back into traditional Cherokee teachings, ways, and “Medicine” to connect with “all things” in a way of right relationship.
>>>ADVANCED REGISTRATION<<< is $200.00 per person, received on or before Monday, September 15, 2014 deadline. After this date all registrations will be at the door.
>>>REGISTRATION AT THE DOOR<<< is $250.00 per person for those who have not pre-registered by the deadline date.
Please mail your check and completed registration form to be received by us no later than September 15, 2014. We appreciate you sending the fee prior to registration, so we can start promptly at 7:00 PM. Please bring warm clothes, blankets, lawn chairs, bottled water, drums, rattles, and flutes for group participation.
The Magnuson Great Smokies Inn hotel group rate is $63.00 plus tax ($69.62 total), per night for a double room on Friday and Saturday. They are located on Acquoni Road across from Hardees Restaurant. Please make your room reservations no later than Sept. 12, 2014 and be sure to let them know you are with the FULL CIRCLE GROUP. This does not include any meals. The contact number is 828-497-2020.
For those planning to fly, the closest airport is in Asheville, North Carolina, about an hour away from Cherokee.
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