A Nobel scientist, the wasteland, and you

2024 a year of sacred memory, dreaming dragons, and original prayer

Week 7--in which a Russian Nobel chemist explains the purpose of The Witch Sequence 

Friends, soul writers, mystics, witches, and lovers of prayer,

This will be a brief Notes from the Field because today, Sunday, February 18, is the Opening Ceremony for the next intensive in The Witch Sequence—The A.R.T. of Becoming a Witch: How to Awaken, Remember, and Trust the Power, Beauty, and Joy of Original Prayer. And I’ve spent the week preparing.

Actually, that’s noy quite correct. I’ve spent my entire life preparing!

We had a delightful Wee Taste of ART 3 on Tuesday that included the amusing backstory to this intensive, a look at the lies patriarchy tells about prayer, and several radically different definitions of prayer. Plus I shared a prayer that was given to me 6 years ago, but only now, thanks to Origina telling us "I am as mitochondria is” beginning to understand.

if you’d like to taste this sample of the delight of what prayer really is, that video is now at the top of the page for ART 3 on my site.

NOTE: If you wish to join us for the LIVE Opening Ceremony today, register before 1pm Eastern and I’ll send you the Zoom and Agenda. If it’s later than 1p, register and open the active link in the second column of your PayPal receipt and you’ll get the zoom. The ceremony is from 2pm eastern to about 3:45.

And if you can’t be with us live today, register when you can and I’ll send you all the information and access to the password protected Resource Page on Monday when the Opening Ceremony recording is ready for you.

The entire point of remembering and embodying these original WitchArts—the seven gifts that identified a woman as a spiritual guide in The Mystic—is this phrase: to heal the wasteland.

To heal the wasteland. What does that mean? I have two answers for you, one symbolic and one scientific.

Let’s start with what science tells us about how the wasteland can be healed.

Early this week, I stumbled upon this quote posted in a science community. Read it, maybe several times, and then let’s decipher it:

“When a complex system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos have the capacity to shift the entire system to a higher order.” Ilya Prigogine.

Do you know Ilya Prigogine? Me neither. I had to look him up. I needed to know who understood exactly what we are doing in The Witch Sequence. Why it matters so much to awaken and embody these ancient sacramental gifts. And how he was able to explain it so succinctly and visually.

Reading his quote, can’t you just SEE the “sea of chaos” all around us. “Far from equilibrium” is a rather kind description of the pain and suffering that is rampant in our world.

But reading on, can you also begin to SEE little “islands” of people who aren’t lost in the chaos?

  • Who aren’t contributing more chaos.
  • The ones who want to live differently.
  • Who want their lives to matter.
  • Who sense that the way they live influences not just the people near them, but radiates out to soothe the hearts of those who live in thrall to pain and fear and chaos.
  • Perchance to transform.

When I goggled him, I learned that Ilya Prigogine was a Russian chemist who won the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1977. So he’s talking about chemistry! This is how a small amount of coherence slowly spreads to create more and more and more coherence.

This is why it only take a small number, a small but critical mass, to change the world. This is exactly what we are doing in The Witch Sequence.

We may be few, but we are magic.

Now look at what this transformation looks like in the hands of a brilliant symbolic artist, Lori Sweet.

Put yourself in the body of the witch-magician in the painting.

  • She knows the city of empire is on the other side of the red wasteland.
  • But she sits calmly, closes her eyes, and tunes inward, seeing what is possible.
  • She lets the poison fall through her fingers as she morphs into a vibrant, green healthy tree.
  • One tree that can and will spread her roots and heal the air and create a space for more green, more trees, more clean air.

This is us. This is the gentle work of the whole and holy witch. This is how we heal the wasteland.

If you feel called to be an island of coherence in a sea of chaos, join us.

You are welcome to register anytime this week. I’ll close registration in 2 weeks. This intensive will be recorded and everything except the witch cafes and prayer experiences will be available on demand later this summer.

But ART 3 will not be repeated live.

The A.R.T. of Becoming a Witch
How to Awaken, Remember, and Trust
The Power, Beauty, and Joy of Original Prayer

to healing the wasteland

Janet

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