Men’s Embodiment Circle [Samhain] – 11/01/23
Date/Time: Wednesday Night 11/01/23 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST. Virtual doors open at 5:45 p.m PST
Location: Zoom Private Virtual Room
What is Samhain: see below
In Preparation for this Samhain Circle: Put in the time to set up your sacred space. What makes your space sacred is the attention you pour into it. For this evening, we ask that you build an altar to honor your ancestors who have passed. We will be working on connecting to them this evening. Adorn your altar with their images, flowers, candles, and other offerings. Let your space be dark and candlelight the only light in the space if possible. Begin to ponder and ruminate on what is dying within your life that you are called to let go of to make space for what is coming; this will also be worked with within our time. Put aside anything that will pull your attention and prepare a sacred space for yourself for this gathering; as soon as you log in, begin to drop in and tune into the other men who will be doing the same. Stay off your phones or anything else that may pull your attention. We are weaving a sacred virtual circle for deep practice that starts as soon as you begin to work on preparing your space all the way to the moment you log in to the private Zoom room.
- You may attend this gathering if you’ve attended at least three Embodied Masculine Practice & circle gatherings. This event has a set exchange of $33. All circles outside of “Samhain” will allow you to name your exchange amount.
Structure: The first 15 min. are introductions and intention setting. Then we fall into approximately 75 min of deep practices (yogic, somatic, shamanic & embodiment) consisting of various practices from various traditions. The final portion of our time will be spent in a community circle (men putting their voices into the circle)
What is Samhain:
Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) is a traditional Celtic festival with deep historical and spiritual significance. It is celebrated Evening of Thu, Oct 31, 2024 – Fri, Nov 1, 2024, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Samhain is often considered the precursor to the modern Halloween and has a rich history and spiritual essence.
- Celtic Origins: Samhain is rooted in Celtic traditions, particularly among the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh people. It was one of the four major festivals in the Celtic calendar, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.
- End of the Harvest: Samhain signaled the end of the agricultural year when crops were harvested and livestock were brought in from the fields. It was a time to assess the food stores for the winter ahead.
- Thin Veil Between Worlds: The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain, the boundary between the living and the dead was at its thinnest. It was a time when spirits, both benevolent and malevolent, could more easily cross over into the human world.
- Honoring the Ancestors: One of the central themes of Samhain is the veneration of ancestors. It is a time to remember and pay respect to those who have passed away. People would set places at the table for their departed loved ones, light candles, and invite their spirits to join in the festivities.
- Divination: Samhain was a time for divination and seeking insights into the future. People would often use tools like scrying mirrors, tarot cards, or apple peels to gain glimpses of what lay ahead.
- Bonfires: Bonfires were a common element of Samhain celebrations. The fires were believed to have protective and purifying qualities, and people would often leap over them to symbolize a fresh start and to ward off negative influences.
- Costumes and Masks: The tradition of wearing costumes during Samhain has its roots in the belief that disguising oneself would confuse and ward off malevolent spirits. This practice has evolved into the modern Halloween tradition of dressing up.
- Offerings: People would leave offerings of food and drink for the spirits who visited on Samhain night. This act of hospitality was meant to appease the spirits and seek their blessings.
- Community Gatherings: Samhain was a time for communities to come together. People would share stories, play games, and enjoy feasts. It was a time of merriment and camaraderie, even in the face of the approaching winter.
- Transition and Transformation: Samhain also represents a symbolic death and rebirth. As the old year ends and the new one begins, it’s a time for personal reflection and renewal. It’s a reminder that change is a natural part of life.
Over time, many of the traditions associated with Samhain evolved into modern Halloween customs. However, the spiritual essence of Samhain, with its focus on the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, the honoring of ancestors, and the connection to the spirit world, continues to resonate with many people who celebrate this ancient festival.
Date/Time: We meet Every Wednesday Night, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PDT. Registration must be completed no later than 5:30 p.m. PDT on the day of the gathering for you to receive your Zoom log-in instructions in time; virtual doors open at 5:45 p.m. PDT. Once you register, you will receive an email with your Zoom link and password to join the circle.
Preparation For Virtual Gathering:
- Privacy – Set aside two uninterrupted hours for yourself. This is your time to give to yourself. You will need privacy.
- Intention – Set an intention on what you want to bring or receive in these two hours. You will be asked to claim your intention during introductions. Keep it short and to the point.
- Setting / Sacred Space – Create a sacred space to practice in. Take this seriously. If you’ve ever been to our physical gatherings, you see what meticulous attention goes into creating the sacred space we work in. At a minimum, set yourself up with candles in the four directions and sage your area before stepping into it. You want your space to feel safe and inviting. Set it apart from other parts of your living space, and elevate the space. Make it sacred. Do not join a call from your car or a public place.
- Technical Non-Issues- Make sure you get your audio and video sorted out and have the latest version of Zoom before the start of the meeting so you don’t have to fuss with it when we begin. Wireless earbuds or headphones are recommended.
- Don’t Rush – Set time aside to do this right. Make sure you log in as close to 5:45 p.m. PST as possible, sit and ground yourself; you will see other men doing the same. This is your time; ease into the experience. Refrain from chatting with others, checking your phone, etc. Sit, tune into the music being played, and settle in. We start promptly at 6:00 P.M PST.
- Structure – Introductions & setting intentions (Apx. 15 min.), followed by Practice (Apx. 75 min.). After practice, the recording is turned off as we move into the sharing circle (Apx 30 min.), The sharing circle allows each man who desires to put his voice into the circle. What you share here stays here in absolute privacy.
- Honor The Container – No late entries. No early departures. We honor ourselves and listen to our bodies. We go ALL IN yet are aware of advocating for ourselves so as not to participate from a space of ego during practices. We find where our 80% edge lives, and we breathe into the pose at hand and relax into it. What is shared in our circle portion of our gathering is considered sacred and private; it does not get shared with anyone; it stays in the circle. All practices are recorded and shared on our private online community page, but no recordings occur during the circle portion of our gathering.
- Processing Potential Triggers – Some practices take us deep into spaces within the body and the unconscious where we hold pain and sometimes trauma. You are in a safe container, and letting go and leaning in is encouraged, but if you feel stuck or triggered by chance, post-practice, we ask that you send a private chat message to your facilitator. Then stay after the circle portion of the gathering to work with him in helping you move through the existing charge.
What To Expect: At our men’s embodiment circle, we dive into deep practices and community designed to shed what no longer serves us to step more powerfully into our lives. Each man creates a sacred space in the comfort of his home (see “Preparation For Virtual Gathering” below), then we virtually share a powerful two-hour experience. Practices include movement, breath-work, physical and spiritual practices from various traditions, including Tibetan Buddhism, qigong, Kundalini, archetypal embodiment, shadow work, and deep dives into the subconscious via guided meditations. These practices are structured in a safe container that takes each man into spaces where the potential for deep healing and clarity can be experienced. We work on developing our masculine container as men of presence, depth, and consciousness and developing acceptance, expression, and a relationship with the feminine within.
In the circle portion of our gathering, men share in a safe container with one another. What is shared here is held in strict confidence by a community of powerful, loving men. You can share and debrief your experience from the practices or where you are currently in your life. An intrinsic quality of nourishment happens when men spend time together in practice and community. We aim to cultivate and raise a community of powerful, conscious men, and we invite you to join us. No experience is required for any of the above practices mentioned…come as you are. If you are hurting and need support, come. As the thirteenth-century poet Rumi said, “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our circle.
The Following Items & Attention To Your Practice Space Will Support You At Our Virtual Embodiment Circles:
- Privacy so that you will have 2 hours of uninterrupted time for yourself
- Create sacred space (see “Preparation for Men’s Embodiment Circle” below)
- A meditation cushion: Zafu & Zafu Tan or a meditation chair. (meditation cushions or meditation chairs not needed for in-person)
- Let your space be conducive to movement, and wear comfortable clothing to practice in
- A blindfold
- Unlit candles (in addition to the ones used to set up your practice space, see above
- Bluetooth headset or wireless earpods (sound is an essential component in our practices, make sure the audio is coming in nice and loud)
- Do not attend the circle from your car or a public space.