Class 1: Sacred Time

Beginning to Journey with the Wheel of the Year

READINGS

The first readings in these books are listed below.  The first lecture, an introductory lecture, is already recorded for you to listen. The first spirit journey is also available for you to listen. After making use of these resources, please share any questions or thoughts you have as part of our discussion forum. Please also listen to or read the Embodying the Wheel of the Year materials and share your responses to the Embodiment Inquiries in the Embodying the Wheel of the Year discussion forum.

Readings:

Please listen to this lecture moving through the whole Wheel of the Jewish Year and pointing out larger patterns.

Lecture: Introduction to the Wheel of the year

Please listen to this lecture moving through the whole Wheel of the Jewish Year and pointing out larger patterns.

Discussion

Spirit Journey Through the Four Seasons

Here is a spirit walk through the seasons, to begin your exploration of the calendar as a sacred journey. Find a quiet moment to listen to this audio. Then post in the discussion.

EMBODYING THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Olam Shanah Nefesh Shel Shechina

Welcome to Embodying The Wheel of the Year: A Journey Embodying Sacred Time. 

We begin our embodiment practices in this course by taking a baseline.  Bring awareness to your breath and notice presence in your body, without trying to change anything.  Offer attention to any sensations or places of connection, ground or flow.

Once you have taken a baseline, attune to source, simply by intending to do so.  Attune to Source now.

Embodying the Wheel of the Year, we attune also to Time & to the Sacred, simply by bringing our intention to that attunement. Attune to the energy of Time now.  Attune to the Sacred now. 

Time is concept that can be shaped according to our desire.  Time can be a fixed structure or a flowing river.  What we call the Wheel of the Year is really a spiral, because while we return to the same seasonal sacred markings again and again, we return anew, transformed by the journey we’ve been on in the between time.  

Our opening chant, Olam, Shanah, Nefesh / Space, Time, Soul or, literally, World,Year, Soul is an organizing principle of the sacred from Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Formation, known as the earliest Jewish mystical text. 

The Wheel of the Year invites us to Jewish rhythms that are also rhythms of the moon and of the sun.  We are invited to track time, celebration and change in accordance with a way that made sense in the lands and culture of many of our ancestors.  Unfolding our lives inside of this ancient time map offers knowings and possibilities distinct from the time map offered by contemporary North American culture.  

Embodying The Wheel of the Year asks us to explore structures & flows in time that emerge from our bodies rather being imposed from beyond.  Playing in Embodied Time opens portals of power, possibilities of freedom and experiences of creativity.

Inquiry

What is your current relationship with time?  

Is there a particular story you tell yourself about time again and again?  

What is your body’s relationship with time? 

What are ways you choose and create time that are aligned with your bodytime?  What are ways you choose and create time that are not aligned with your bodytime?

What is your desired relationship with time?

What would support you creating this desired relationship with / experience of time?

Try It

Write a letter to Time.  Give thanks to her, apologize to her, tell her what you’ve noticed and what you need or want.  Listen for and scribe her response.*

Share any aspects of your Inquiry in the Embodying the Wheel of the Year Discussion Forum. 

Each holiday exploration in Wheel of the Year includes an Embodiment segment.  Throughout our journey, notice the quality of conversation between your embodied knowings around time as a whole, and around particular sacred times, with the Wheel of the Year structure that earth-based Jewish practice offers.  My desire is that Embodying The Wheel of the Year offers a template and possibility for creating and choosing an evolving Tapestry in Time that is most resonant for you and is fully aligned with and in support of your body and the wholeness of your being.  

Inquiry

What is your deepest desire or dream for The Wheel of the Year, and particularly for Embodying the Wheel of the Year?  

What are you most curious about?  

What do you sense is possible?  

What are you choosing to create?

As we enter Embodying The Wheel of the Year, may we be blessed with an exquisite dance of flow and form that invites and opens the way for the wholly sacred in our bodies and being each night and each day.

Olam Shanah Nefesh Shel Shechina

 

*Letter to Time exercise adapted from Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life by Marni Makridakis

Lecture: Embodying the Wheel of the Year