February 2016 Events at the Temple

Reminder:  Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Thursday, February 2:  Community Imbolc Celebration (Open to All)
Friday, February 10:  Community Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)
Sunday, February 26:  Women’s New Moon Circle (Women Only)

Except where noted, all events start with a potluck in the pavilion at 7:00,
followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.

We Can; We Must

World Peace Mural at the Goddess Temple

Hello Family,

When I look around this amazingly beautiful planet, and see what humanity has done (to the Earth and to each other,) I cannot help but become overwhelmed with sadness.

This is NOT how life on Earth was ever meant to be.

I want to share with you two messages I received from “Spirit”, both of them in response to my praying for peace.

The first one was several years ago.  I was at home, on my knees asking Creation to please bring peace to the planet, and the response I got, much to my sad surprise was:

“Until you can give up hate, you are not ready for peace.”

Are we ready to give up hate?

As I scan Facebook posts daily, seeing so many seething with hate for different religions, for poor people, for immigrants, for refugees, it doesn’t seem like we are.

We must give up hate.  There is no other path to peace.

The second message came more recently.  I was praying for an end to violence, this time in the Temple, and the answer I received was:

“Evil will destroy itself.”

Yes, I believe that. Evil will destroy itself.  But it needs to happen NOW.

For World Peace to “come” and World Violence to “go,” we must all be involved.

I believe each of us has come here to this time and this place for a reason.  I believe we are here to bring love, light and joy not only to ourselves but to the planet and beyond.
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I believe we CAN do this, but it requires (non-violent!) action.

Can we give more and take less?

Can we open our hearts and minds to new ways of thinking?

Can we acknowledge there is no “us” and “them,” it is all us?

Can we get up every morning and say, “Today I will make a positive difference in the world”?

Can we spread joy by being joy?

Can we spread love by being love?

Can we spread light by being light?

We can.

We must.

Blessed be,

Candace Ross

Temple News and Upcoming Events Reminder

Hello Family!


Priestess Terri, a new friend named Danette and I just spent 5 days together at the Parliament of World Religions. It was an amazing event, held this time in Salt Lake City, but has been hosted all over the world.  The next one will be in 2017, location not yet announced.  If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend you do so.  The positive energy generated by the inter faith people attending was nothing short of miraculous.  You could see and feel the love pouring out of people from so many different paths, cultures and countries.


The Temple’s presentation was titled “We Are One,” and focused on “Divinely Bestowed Diversity.”   Our differences should not be a source of conflict but one of celebration!


I also took the opportunity to visit the Great Salt Lake.  It is an amazing natural wonder.  I felt a deep connection with the Lake and hope to return some day.


Three events coming up next week!


. Full Moon/Feast of Sekhmet on Tuesday October 27
. Bone Dance on Friday, October 30
. Samhain on Saturday, October 31

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Details and times vary, so please check the calendar section of this website or the Temple of Sekhmet Facebook page for the details posted earlier this month, or you can contact me with questions at 702-569-0630.


Love and Blessings!

Candace

Celebrating Oneness

On Sunday February 6th, the Temple hosted an Interfaith event called “Table Talk.” Twelve men and women of varying faiths sat at table together, sharing a meal and personal stories of their spiritual journey.

There were a few simple rules: To begin, everyone introduced themselves and identified their spiritual path. Then a question from a stack of pre-made cards was chosen, answered however one wished, passing the cards to the next person when they had finished speaking. No one was permitted to interrupt, comment, or question the speaker. After the cards had gone completely around the table, and everyone had had the opportunity to speak, all were encouraged to engage in conversation.

It was a very pleasant, uplifting and educational afternoon. Afterward, there was a short tour of the Temple and grounds for anyone who wanted one.

As a member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, and chair of the Special Events committee, this is one of many functions we have been using in an effort to bring people of differing spiritual paths into “community” with one another.

The mission of the Interfaith Council is to:

promote mutual understanding, respect, appreciation and cooperation among people of various faith and cultural communities in the world by appreciating the sacred, extending hospitality, offering educational opportunites, encouraging compassionate leadership, sharing in service and working for justice.

Interfaith Table Talk

Interfaith Table Talk

This was the fourth Table Talk the Interfaith Council has done, and the first one held at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality. Several of Sunday’s guests were so impressed by the event, that they have signed up to host a Table Talk of their own. And so the circle expands, awakening us to the reality that we can hold our own beliefs, and still live together in peace and harmony.

Blessed be.