Full Circleis based on the books written individually and together by J.T. and Michael 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 Garrett
FALL FULL CIRCLE 2015
Dear Friends of Full Circle:
You are invited to join us at the Chestnut Tree Inn in Cherokee, North Carolina for our Fall Full Circle weekend gathering. The date is September 18, 19, & 20, 2015. Registration will begin at 6:30 PMon Friday evening with Full Circle starting at 7 PM. We will be meeting in the hotel conference room. We will close the circle no later than noon on Sunday.
Theme: Eagle Medicine--Reconnecting with a new Vision and Awareness of our own Medicine Way.
Eagle Medicine teachings are based on traditional Cherokee ancient beliefs of our connection with Flyers as birds. Like the Great Eagle, these teachings take us to a higher place of vision and awareness of how we relate to all other birds, animals, humans and all elements of life. "Could it be,” said an Elder Medicine Man, “that the Great Spirit Eagle is truly the messenger from the Great One?" We can learn through the Medicine teachings of how to listen and hear spirit messages to guide us.
The Eagle is said by earlier Cherokee teachers to be the only sacred Flyer that lives and plays high in the Spirit World. The Bald Eagle has been chosen to bring us messages from the Thunder Beings, according to the Elders. We will learn to listen and see like the Great Eagle to have us be more alert and aware of life with a greater sensitivity. We will visit the sacred places in the Land of the Cherokee as part of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway where earlier Elders reported seeing the Great White Eagle. Join our Full Circle family of friends for the teachings of Eagle Medicine on the Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.
>>>ADVANCED REGISTRATION<<< is $200.00 per person, received on or before Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2015 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, 2015. 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 Chestnut Tree Inn room rate is $79.00 + tax, per night for a double room. Please make your room reservations no later than August 18, 2015 and be sure to let them know you are withthe FULL CIRCLE GROUP. This includes a free buffet breakfast for up to 2 people per room. 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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