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Flashback Friday - Episode 83, Sunfire Recalls Building the Healing Cabin

In the spring of 2014 John Stasio agreed that I could come to Easton Mountain to offer healing sessions, with the same arrangement that Tim Cooley was, and still is, doing massage sessions.  I came up to each of the camps that summer and I did my first healing session at Easton Mountain in John's cabin.

It became apparent to me that if I was to continue to do healing work at Easton Mountain, I needed a dedicated place to do it.  After some negotiation with Easton Mountain's Board, it was agreed that I would build two cabins, one for my use while at Easton Mountain as a volunteer and one to be used by me for energy healing and by others for massage, Reiki and other one-on-one sessions.  John arranged with a man who had much more experience as a carpenter than I have to do most of the work of building the cabins.

Exterior of the Healing Cabin

Work started in the spring of 2015. Shortly after Memorial Day, I moved into my not-yet-winterized cabin, while work continued on the Healing Cabin.  I had hoped to have it ready for Gay Freedom Camp, but delays kept it from being finished until mid August.

That fall I went to England and Scotland, and when I returned I started to use the Healing Cabin as my residence while my own cabin was winterized.  I didn't move back to my cabin until the spring of 2016.  At that time I covered the interior wood of the Healing Cabin with shellac, as this is easier on the environment than varnish or polyurethane.

I brought various items from where I had been living to enhance the heaing atmosphere of the cabin.

Small nested bells

The bells came from my mother.

Statuette of Kwan Yin

The small statue of Kwan Yin is one of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, made by the Chinese both for their use and for the tourist trade.  This one had been given by my father to my mother about the time I was born   I don't know if he bought it in China or in Chinatown - it could have been either as, for all of his adult life, he rightly described himself as a "world traveler".

Altar with pictures

The enameled bowl, here shown with oranges in it. was a gift to me from one of the teachers of the Inner Focus School, where I earned my certification as an energy healer.  The three pictures behind it reflect my Universalist spirituality by showing, left to right, Jesus with an angel, a nature spirit, and Krishna,

In recent years, I've moved away from individual healing sessions to doing group healing work, but I feel a calling to go back to individual work again. If you would like to know more about the healing work I do, give me a call at Easton Mountain.  My number here is 518-692-8023 extension 216.

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Flashback Friday - Episode 82, Coaching since 2002

This year, Gay Spirit Camp is one of our six-day summer programs, but in the early days of Easton Mountain "Gay Spirit Camp' referred to our entire series of summer programs. In 2002 it included ten programs that stretched from July 12 through September 2.

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Our Hearts Burned Within Us

Having left their faith community behind in Jerusalem, two men shared their journey together, walking side by side along the road. They walked with heavy hearts touched by much sadness and disappointment.

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Candy's Corner - Take a Breath

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Candy's Corner - Take a Breath

OK, this started off as a plug for my upcoming retreat “Take A Breath,” and ended up being the day I realize I am about to step in to something new in my life – It’s scary as hell and I’m going to do it anyway because I long to live a life that is aligned with who I truly am –

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The Breath of Union - Part Two

[This meditation and the accompanying illustration come from Kali Rising: Foundational Principles of Tantra for a Transforming Planet, by Rudy Ballentine. Our thanks to Rudy for permission to use this material.]

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Foundational Meditation IIIB

The Breath of Union - Part Two

Establish a comfortable upright position. If sitting on the floor doesn't work for you, then sit in a chair, preferably forward, toward the edge, so that you can maintain a normally erect spine (with gentle curves forward at the lower back and neck.)

[When comfortably seated, play the recorded meditation.]

[There is a pause at the end of the spoken part of the meditation. Continue meditating as long as you wish, then bring you awareness back into your room.]

Steadying your focus is a valuable skill to develop. After some days of this, the breath will begin to settle more readily into a flow that is equal on the two sides

This equal flow, the sushumna of the yogis, reflects a bilateral activation of the two hemispheres of the brain. It is the sort of state that one enters during hypnotic trance. This is a perfect mode of function for meditation: it is not a good foundation for action in the world. Engagement with your surroundings is best undertaken when you are in the right nostril - for ative engagement (shat we have termed the Masculine). Or the left - for more receptive engagement (the Feminine).

Ideally, this exercise will provide you some opportunity to become more consciously acquainted with your capacity to function in these two modes, as well as the difference that marks the Union of trhe Two (the foundation of the Inner Marriage).

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If you like this meditation, check out Rudy's March 23-26 retreat, Tantric Awakening.

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Flashback Friday - Episode 77, A Drag Race

No, not with automobiles!  Just some fun with dresses, wigs, padded bras and high heels.

Men putting on drag.

Many men who come to Easton Mountain have no interest in drag; for a few the drag salon - known as "the Candy Store" - is the most important room in he Lodge; and for the rest of us, drag may be a way to have a relaxing break in an Easton Mountain day filled with yoga, meditation, discussion, massage and other tools of personal development and transformation.

Here's how that break played out one afternoon in 2015.

For two days, four days or six days of fun and renewal, where you get to choose the programs you want and whether you want to go in drag, check out Summer Splash (June 23 to 25), Gay Freedom Camp (June 30 to July 4), and Summer Gay Spirit Camp (July 31 to August 6).

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