THE BOX OF DARKNESS.
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” - MARY OLIVER
A Winter Series of Covensations (Coven Conversations) on How to Transform Darkness & How it Transforms Us.
Coven= a Gathering in Sacred Space of Magic, Healing, & Transformation
THE BOX OF DARKNESS.
I am honored to present you with a stellar cast of lantern-like humans who have been resurrected from their own darkness, who have entered the "portal of pain," and been transformed. My prayer is that their stories offer you comfort, consolation, and the power to face and heal your own darkness. When you do so, you have the power to face and heal the darkness of the world.
25 nights, 24 extraordinary tales of healing through darkmess.
a live interactive call series. all calls will be recorded.
"I want to share with you some of the tales of those who have descended into the Underworld + returned to the light. As I recount these stories, I want you to consider that these tales are both truth + allegory, for many have gone down into the depths of Hell to find their love, to save their world, or to be reborn." - Return of the Divine Sophia
THE SOULS GATHERED IN THIS COVEN
ARE THOSE WHO HAVE FACED THEIR DARKNESS TO HEAL
& IN DOING SO, ARE HEALERS.
The powerful healers gathered in this coven will tell their stories of darkness:
abuse, addiction, loss, failure, self-loathing, illness, grief, infertility, trauma, heartbreak, illness, dark nights of the soul & more...
and how these dark times served as "pain portals" of transformation.
How healing crises can lead to spiritual transformation, how entering the dark can birth us anew, how to navigate the Underworld of our lives.
We have entered a stage in human evolution where all the Unsaid must be Said. This is the crux of this coven= that our stories heal. Our wounds are not our weakness. But with alchemy, our strength.
We will gather together in sacred space to speak about what has been hushed by the patriarchy, that has kept our shadows and secrets under the rug. The rug has been pulled back and the universal healing crisis is upon us. We will bring human pain into light without shame.
ISOLATION KILLS & CONNECTION HEALS US. WE ARE MEANT TO GATHER.
"THE TIME OF THE LONE WOLF IS OVER. GATHER YOURSELVES.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader."
- HOPI ELDER.
"We cannot become real in isolation." - Stephen Cope
Let us gather by the fire for stories of healing.
"This will be an integrative journey. This is NOT a course, I am not teaching. I am curating a group of wise souls, I am using my past experience as an arts journalist to create the space for these stories. I am inspired by Mabel Dodge Luhan, who gathered great minds (Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Georgia O'Keeffe, at her dinner table in Taos, NM).
THESE HEALERS ARE GATHERED IN OUR COVEN TO HOLD COVENSATIONS ABOUT THE HEALING POWER OF THE DARK, IF WE ACCEPT THE INVITATION OF THE INITIATION.
We can no longer be afraid of our own dark. We can no longer be afraid of the darkness of the world. This is a conversation on healing personal dark so as to transform collective dark.
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Deep in the center of you is a buried box of treasure. Have the courage to open it. Find your soul.
"Every dark thing one falls into can be called an initiation. To be initiated into a thing means to go into it. The first step is generally falling into the dark place and usually appears in a dubious or negative form - falling into something, or being possessed by something. Even the worst things you fall into are an effort at initiation, for you are in something which belongs to you, and now you must get out of it."
Marie-Louise von Franz
THESE HEALERS, THROUGH STORY OF THEIR OWN TRANSFORMATION, WILL BE OFFERING TOOLS FOR FACING THEIR DARKNESS.
MY MOTHER CALLED OUR DARK TIMES "THE BRUTAL GIFTS" OF LIFE. THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT HONORS LIFE AFTER LOSS.
We can turn our darkness into light. We can rise with the gold from the bottom of the wreck. In the dark time of the year (Northern Hemisphere), we will turn in together to alchemize our darkness & honor the gifts of the dark feminine.
From our darkest night, can come our greatest light.
We often hear that "our wisdom, or gold, is in our wounds." WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN? THESE STORIES WILL HELP YOU, TEACH YOU HOW TO EXTRACT THAT. TO GENTLY FACE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN RUNNING FROM. YOU WILL ALSO BE GIVEN SPACE TO ASK QUESTIONS, TO SPEAK & HEAL.
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths."
ALL THAT HAS BEEN SUPPRESSED & "SWEPT UNDER THE RUG" FOR YEARS OF PATRIARCHY IS NOW RISING TO BE SAID & SEEN, IN THE MICROCOSM & THE MACROCOSM.
WE MUST BE ABLE TO LOOK AT OUR OWN PAIN TO HEAL IT & WE MUST BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE WORLD'S PAIN TO HEAL IT.
In the Myth of Inanna, the Dark Goddess Ereshkigal meets us where our pain is. She can no longer hold it for us. She hands it back to us. The earth is asking us to heal our own pain to heal the Earth.
ERESHKIGAL IS ASKING THAT WE "RAISE HELL," WHICH MEANS TO RAISE WHAT HAS BEEN BURIED BENEATH THE SURFACE, IN THE UNDERWORLD. TO SPEAK OUR TRUTHS & LET IT OUT. TO NOT HOLD ON TO OUR CANCEROUS SHAME ANYMORE. THE DEEPER WE BURY OUR PAIN IN OUR BODIES, THE DEEPER WE BURY IT INTO THE EARTH.
you weren't meant to hide. you were meant to heal.
To comfort you through winter:
THE BOx of darkness series runs
December 21, 2017- March 13, 2018
the box opens:
thursday, december 21, winter solstice OPENING CIRCLE:
I will open the sacred space of the circle. I lovingly invite you to introduce yourself, and perhaps even a bit of your story in this space.
this SPEAKER SERIES will take place on tuesdays & thursdays, at 5 pm EST. *
There will be an open council at the end of the calls. This is a conversation on healing.
(* with the exception of one international speaker, whose timing will be earlier in the day).
*the order will be announced closer to date.
Caroline Pauline Cardenas - GRIEF DOULA
LISA LISTER- WITCH HEALER
MELISSA SANDON- ENERGY HEALER
MY BOX OF DARKNESS: When I was sick of fighting myself, of being not enough and too much, I let go and let Pain became my gateway, and as the dark night of the soul undid me, the Goddess came to me and showed me how to dance wildly in the mystery, plant seeds of my soul in the darklight and call forth all of the riches plunged into my depths.
My soul, bless her, has always asked me to jump into her wild and mysterious ways. I used to hide in my corner, trying to keep my sensitive heart safe. But her desire was relentless, her purpose on earth non-negotiable. So I had to giddy up, still my beating heart and follow my own calling.My creative challenge has been to ground my light waves and to earth them into being. Erotic intimacy. In this body. In this feeling. Showing up and doing the work. Staying here,, in my moments, even though my energy is forever telling me to come play in the stars.Every client who walks through my door explores her soul’s timeline and curates the loving themes that have been guiding her all along. It’s powerful stuff.
LUCY CAVENDISH- FAIRY WITCH
RALPH DE LA ROSA - MEDITATION GURU
CIEL GROVE - MEDICINE WOMAN
ALEXANDRA SCHUELER - WILD WOMAN
ALEXANDRA ROXO- LOVE+ SEX PRIESTESS
AYESHA OPHELIA- WILD HEART & HOLY REBEL
Ayesha Ophelia is the creator of The Girlfriend Manifesto, a women's space for inspired living. Her personal manifesto consists of a strong sisterhood, spirituality, a radical self love practice, and adventure. She moonlights as a creative consultant with an emphasis on online marketing, social media, and graphic design. Holy Rebellion is her new Youtube channel where she shares inspired content that speaks to the union of our sacred/holy and human selves. Her longterm intentions include a healing center, book, and deep dive into entheogens.
The minute I met this powerhouse I bowed - literally- I was saging her as she walked into ceremony in Joshua Tree with us. Her heart was heavy + it was huge + her soul's powerful presence was immediately felt. .
She had just lost her mother🙏🏻 I saw her as sister initiated into that sacred dark space of woman without earthside mother. Ayesha rose through that initiation like a golden winged Phoenix - she took on the role of living life like a dream- being unstoppable + womanifesting her desires + singing her unique song bravely- not only for herself but for her mother and for the women of the world.
She lives that on a daily basis- no really witness her- her Dharma is to live her dreams. She lights up every room she goes into every space she's in. When I asked her about doing the Box of Darkness summit I said maybe you're not right because you're just so full of light + she reminded me, woman I'm so full of light because of my relationship to the dark. I'm a triple Scorpio I live there I love there. She loves to dance with shadow 🖤, she loves to ask, what hides in my shadow, what am I afraid to look at about myself? What holds me back from my full power + potential? Let's get juicy❤️ is a motto of this magical mama. Shes a deep shadow diver (don't come for her if you're shallow) she dives to the bottom opens the buried treasure rises with the gold for all of us. I can't wait to sit with you this winter Ayesha.
ELIZABETH DIALTO- LUSCIOUS LEADER
JODI LILLY- STAR SEER
MALIEOKALANI URRUTIA- SHAMANESS
JESSE HEID- THE NEW MOTHER LINE
LAURA LARRIVA PAGE - DARKNESS GUIDE
CAROLINE DELISSER - MIDWIFE OF THE SOUL
MY BOX OF DARKNESS: The passage
through the dark night of the soul through codependent and abusive relationship
Caroline de Lisser is a Yogini, Shaman initiate, healer and midwife of the soul who assists others through her understanding and wisdom gained from her own life experience. She facilitates individuals and groups in retrieving lost parts of themselves and in overcoming roadblocks created by limiting beliefs, emotions and past programs…This is accomplished through uncovering and understanding the purpose behind their choices and experiences and therefore creating an opening to accept, embrace and integrate past trauma so that it can become a strength rather than an energy drain … through this integrative process, new contracts can be created that nurture wholeness and blossom inner and outer potentials. Her approach is not one of providing answers but rather to guide and empower others to uncover their own solutions and align with the highest vision of their soul. She lives in Jamaica and facilitates Goddess source retreats for women along with individual intuitive soul readings in sitting and on line.
KIMBERLY CARTWRIGHT- LOVE LEADER
ROB SHEFFIELD is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the author of two national bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut. He is also the author of two new books from Dey Street Books: On Bowieand Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
Yes, Virginia, we have 2 gentle🔻men on the summit. The first is Rob Sheffield, whom I met my first day as an intern at Rolling Stone. Rob was a sort of folk hero in the town I grew up in, Charlottesville Virginia. (Yes, that Charlottesville.) He had been to graduate school + fell in love + lived there + then gone on to NYC to interview the world's biggest rock stars. You know when somebody makes it out of your small town + goes on to do the very thing you've dreamed of doing? That was Rob to me + one babysitter. I painted the walls of my bedroom with song lyrics + lined the shelves with Spin, Rolling Stone + Sassy. You'll always sort of be in debt to those distant lights for cutting a hole in the fence of your tiny pasture + beckoning you out past the horizon.
But Rob + I didn't just share an obsession with rock music, he also tragically, lost his wife Renee, the same year I lost my mother in that same town. That loss shaped him + changed him + deepened him.
When I got to Rolling Stone, Rob took me under his black sweatered wing. We bonded over lyrics + love + loss. He's gone on to write 5 books, + the first one truly honored his grief with praise. "Love is a Mixed Tape" is about loving Renee, their love of music, losing her + the music that lived on. (Rob makes the world's best mixtapes, btw). I'm so honored to hold space for this miraculous writer + dust off my ole interview skills. In the depth of winter Rob + I will re-light the candle of our old friendship, one merged by love + loss, + speak on grief, honor, music that heals + saves, + getting up again. The box of darkness starts on winter solstice. 25 nights, 24 healers on navigating the darkness of life + returning to the light.
ERIN TELFORD- BREATH ANGEL
RHIANNON SERAPHINE MORGANA- FLAME OF AVALON
25 NIGHTS. 24 EXTRAORDINARY SACRED STORIES OF PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH DARKNESS. A HEALING COVEN TO SHARE WITHOUT SHAME THE POWERFUL TRANSFORMATIVE ENERGY OF THE DARK. OFFERING TOOLS FOR YOU TO FACE YOUR OWN DARKNESS WITH COMPASSION & KINDNESS. EMPOWERING YOU TO BE UNAFRAID OF YOUR OWN DARK, TO FACE YOUR OWN PAIN & THE PAIN OF THE WORLD.