Archive for August, 2008

With so much confusion at the 8th fire Ceremony with performers not showing up and the tech guy. Both Dave and I forgot to acknowledge a thank you to those of you who voluntarily fasted for the ceremony. Below I have copied and pasted a blog that I wrote on my Yoga for Golf site about sacrifices and the benefits of fasting.

When I mentioned to Dave my request to my ‘inner circle’ on the Summer Solstice to prepare the inner space, and to fast 8.8.08 he told me a wonderful story that I will relate to you when he allows me to.  Suffice it to say it is coincidental to his spiritual teachings on fasting which are at the bottom of this blog. I Love all the synchronicity.

I have had a wonderful journey into Karma yoga this year, which loosely translated, means selfless service. So far my Yoga for Golf Company has been more about serving spirit then earning money. I have been learning to live in delayed gratification, with new awareness and wonder. I understand now, that wanting instant gratification brings misery. Part of the understanding comes from experiencing, how I am always provided for by Mother Earth. I can immediately get what I need and if I am relaxed, I eventually get what I want. If I let go in wonder on how life will bring what I want to me, it comes in it’s own time and more often then not in better ways then I expected. The teachings of yoga in the Bagavad Gita have helped with this process, this book teaches an aspirant to ‘Do and action and Let go of the outcome.’ I have also been blessed from learning to sacrifice from the Native ceremonies I have done over the years. I have received many rewards from Spirit along my path, when I do something as simple as fasting. One can find the benefits of fasting in the Yoga tradition as well, but today I am going to include teachings from Turtle Lodge. I have been given permission by the Elder Dave Courchene to now incorporate these teachings in my Manual Script. The timing couldn’t be better.  You see my manual script was at a self-publishing company that has been forced to close down, which I wrote about on my golf goddess blog http://golfgoddess.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/self-publishing/

I have not had time to find another publisher with the date of the 8th Fire Experience coming so quick. Now this delay has turned into a blessing. Not only will I add the teachings to my book, but I am also publishing it here for everyone.  I had written an email to my inner circle of 8th fire and sent the Turtle Lodge teachings on fasting to request those coming to the 8.8.08 Ceremony and if possible for the Water Ceremony 8.9.08 to fast if they can. Dave wanted me to make sure that people knew this had to be a personal choice and it can be in the manner best for each individual. As a reminder of the benefits to my group and to you the reader here are the teachings from Turtle Lodge..and Dave Couchene

Fasting gives our bodies and the Earth a rest and allows us to cleanse, detoxify and heal.  Historically, people lived on a sparse diet free from pesticides, food additives, drugs and toxins.  Today we consume more toxic substances than all the generations before us.  Levels of built-up lead in our bones can be 200 times greater compared to those excavated 2000 years ago.  Children today are born with toxic blood.  Through air, water, food and even mother’s milk there is absorption of thousands of toxins and chemicals that saturate the environment.  These toxins have affected the Earth and our bodies.
Ø    Fasting begins to help us reach a higher level of understanding life and our connection to the Earth.   We have arrived at a point in our evolution that we must stop and look at where we are going as humanity.  Is our current course one of sustainability?  Going on a fast helps bring us to a STOP to consider our future.  We need to consider our humanity.  We need to consider what we are doing to ourselves.  We need to consider what we are doing to the land.
Ø    Fasting is a way of showing love for our children.  We need to consider our children’s future.  Our children are our future.  What we do to the Earth we do to our children and future generations.  When we take from the Earth we are taking from our children’s legacy.  When we give to the Earth and to ourselves through the act of -Fasting, we are investing in our children.  We need to put our children back into the center of our lives.
Ø    Fasting helps rebalance us and reconnect us to the land.  Obesity and other health problems are symptoms of our imbalance and disconnection, and also reflect the amount of toxins and chemicals that have been introduced into the natural food chain.
Ø    Fasting will support the realization of how life is all related and connected to the Earth, and could bring in a new paradigm of thinking about our values and behaviour.
Ø     Fasting overhauls the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems.  It helps destroy all the impurities of the body and all sorts of poisons.  It eliminates uric acid deposits


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Free your mind of doubt and fear.” One way of doing this is with two games my partner and I discovered. The FREE GAME and switching the worry game we are hooked into, to a ‘WONDER GAME’. This may have come to me because I see life reflected in the game of golf, and because I teach how to play within playing a game, I find it easier to play the game of life.

My partner and I began playing the FREE Game a little over two years ago and we have only shared it with a few people, today I would like to share it with the world.

To play the game we  put our intentions out to the Universe, we place our order so to speak, and we let go in wonder of how it is going to come. This is when life becomes a game. We say, I wonder how we will get…..for free! Then when it arrives, we celebrate, we are so happy and thankful and then without intentions we say ‘THANK YOU Universe, I WONDER WHAT WE WILL GET NEXT FOR FREE !”  The more we stay in wonder the more the Universe delights in giving to us.

Over time, we see we do not have take everything that is presented for free and of course the Law of Attraction comes into play, since so many FREE things are brought to our attention. Our discovery first came by releasing most of our material possessions for our move out west from Ontario. This truth has been revealed in many areas for us, as we clear our clutter and begin to let go, we create space for new to come in. Nature abhors a vacuum, this can be easily viewed in our homes, if you have an empty closet it isn’t long before it gets filled up. This same principle is applied to our minds and lives.

This is what we have received for FREE thus far: food, clothes, shoes, boots, coats, car repairs, furniture, electronics, money, love, compliments, beautiful sights,  yes even Golf Clubs and countless little things that come almost instantly, it is too much to log about.


When we first moved to B.C. we lived in Salt Spring, it was beautiful there, but not much work. I was guided to come to North Van some 8 months later and we only had $500.00 and a little trailer to live in and no credit cards to fall back on. Luckily we found a place to rent within the week and my partner found a job within two days. I believe this occured because  we were not in fear of the new. We had discovered how to trust the process of living in the unknown before we got here, this was a huge blessing, such a switch from years ago. We stayed in anticipation of the new and because of this higher frequency of excitement we attracted everything so quickly, (almost our whole furnishings for free).

I encourage you to try it…you’ll like it!Whether you have a little right now or a lot.

Let go in wonder, the more you are relaxed, happy and grateful the easier the Universe can give you a helping hand.


Margarit Brigham

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My blog’s have replaced journaling my ceremonies with Dave Courchene, this is the first time I have not hand written in my ceremonial journal. I began this journal in 1995 and I have many recordings of teachings from Dave. The group of people I now refer to as the “inner circle” was I first introduced to Dave early this spring. They have been told the story of the coincidences of me writing a book for women and being given permission to use Dave’s teachings, which I have recorded over the years. Then last October the movie the 8th fire was released, a woman from the States was doing a documentary on him and his message. The spirit behind the project of getting Dave’s message out is very powerful and humbling to watch and be involved in. Since he left Vancouver I feel the need to share with the world his message and consequently the message of others who encourage humanity with signposts and a helping hand to move us all forward to our Divinity. As I reread this long blog, I notice how I use Dave’s message as a spring board for other thoughts and teachings to channel through me to you. So I will continue by using the fire ceremony with the movie 8.8.08 and 8.9.08 the water ceremony as the foundation…

Dave had mentioned a few times at his talk after the movie, “that in the years to come while the earth goes through her changes, we would have to begin to ‘LET GO’ of many things. It would be important to keep our spirits strong and the necessity of working to keep developing a strong spirit.” When we need encouragement he told us to, “look to the native spirituality and how their spirits stayed strong throughout life times, the First Nations had to endure almost genocide, our government tried to wipe them out.” They survived because of their strong spirits. I see, we as Canadians that have immigrated here, are infants when it comes to letting go. We have had a good life and we still can if we can release our disease of, ‘progress at any cost.’ In my journal of Dave’s teachings from 13 years ago he said, “we have enough, when are we going to stop our obsession with progress and start appreciating everything we have and are given to by Mother earth, when will we begin enjoying each other and each new day.” Since I recorded these words back in 1995 many spiritual teachers have emerged saying the same thing. It is time to stop and heal the earth, get back to our spiritual selves and our connection with all things.

Today I hear of many people feeling hopeless and that many are living in resistance to change. This is a timeless problem we have as humans. The personalities we have developed, our ego that has been fed and developed, to be aggressive, competitive, to achieve and constantly strive in this society is very strong. But the teachings are there in other societies, The Bagavad Gita is just this story. The ego not wanting to die or give up its power, to the Higher Self. And if you know this story you can see it being replayed in JRR Tolkens ‘The Return of The King.’ There is a natural rhythm to life and all we do is cling to the known. It is time to let go into the Great Mystery that has a perfect plan for each of us. Some people, who are in resistance with the natural rhythm and their own true self, do get the proverbial two- by- four across the head as a wake up call. Others are not so lucky and are suffering. But are they suffering with awareness, or because of brainwashing and habits. It has been pointed out over and over again. That this is a Free Will Universe, here’s one more way of saying it “within each of us lies the power of our consent to health, and to sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.”

I took the above quote from Richard Bach’s book, ‘Illusions-The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.’ He goes on to tell a story: “Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all- young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going it’s own way, knowing it’s own crystal self.

“Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current is what each had learned from birth.

“But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’

“The other creatures laughed and said ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks and you will die quicker then boredom!’

“But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks. “Yet in time as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘See, a miracle! A creature like ourselves but he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!

“And the one carried in the current said, ‘I am no more Messiah then you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.’ “But they cried the more, ‘Saviour!’ all the while clinging to the rocks. And when they looked up again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.”

Each of you knows what you are clinging to, all answers are inside us, all we have to do is ask the question and we will become aware. Yesterday’s blog I ended with a recommendation of a book, what was really neat, was as soon as I finished writing a roll of thunder sounded. This book, ‘The Lighted Path,’ describes how a grandmother named Hawk helped a group of people become empowered, all are thunder beings and they helped many places upon the Earth shift from Natural destruction. We are living in a similar time of prophesies, since the time that book was written, before the millennium. Today we know the world did not end as many predicted, but it actually it did. We are not in the same mind-set that we were in 2000, if we begin to learn about symbols, nature’s language,  then there is nothing to fear about the world ending in 2012. Yes, it will end as we know it, and the symbols that are being shown now in these preceding years  point to a very hopeful and magical time. A time of living in possibilities and wonder, we don’t need to look far; our new science quantum physics confirms this. I feel if we really begin to believe in the saying “that we are not humans having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” We will begin to live in the childlike wonder that is so easy to access, it is possible to let go into our own unique flow. I refer to the book the ‘Lighted Path’ once again; Hawk tells her group that all humans are loved so much by nature. Everything in the natural world desires to be back in connection with us, back in harmony. Each time they paid attention to nature, nature paid attention back to them in very recognizable ways that they were heard, that the healings they sent, did make a difference. The twenty or so of us that gathered and blessed the water did make a difference. Dave said many times to us,”

“Do not under estimate the power of our work today.” He asked us to “THINK BIG”. I have seen we are all capable of many great things. It is not science and technology that is going to help us soar to the skies, or the images of space shows that beckon us to use technology to transport people. NO, it is our own spiritual nature that is right within our beings, we can learn to do many things( like flying) by becoming connected to our source. We still have not tapped into our richness, our full capabilities, we just keep creating things outside of ourselves that we as humans are capable of doing.  Are you ready to ‘THINK BIG’?  I’ll leave you with wording from the first Matrix film,’ FREE YOUR MIND FROM DOUBT AND FEAR.’



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Every time I hear visionary, Dave Courchene speak it is a different and new experience. This was revealed once more to me, I see that he is a clear channel for Spirit. He came to North Vancouver twice this year for the screening of the film the 8th fire. Each time he had a different message.  This last time, a few weeks ago, he was inviting us all to come to the Elders Gathering in Manitoba. He said, “he has searched and found three Grandmothers whom he convinced to come. They have teachings that they will share now, that have not been heard by many people. These teachings are on a girls ‘rites of passage’, as she enters becoming a woman and her menstruating years.”  As a woman, I feel this is very good news to learn and teach girls to become connected to a sacred part of themselves that has been misunderstood and disrespected for centuries. I believe so many dis-eases we have as women, with cancer in the breasts and uterus are from lack of understanding and loving ourselves. The collective consciousness about women’s bodies have only been focused on the outside and how marketable they are as sex objects.

Even though we have come so far as women, our daughters do not reflect this, as Dave said at the first screening” we are heading towards a suicide mission, it is as if we are all about to jump off a cliff and we are taking our children along with us.” So many girls are caught up on with the images of the so called “perfect body” that they are anorexic or bulimic. If you have been watching the Olympics, you can not help but notice that every country has a different body type. These athletes are in top form and all forms are different. Some may not even consider their bodies as perfect, although they are for them.

His vision of the elders gathering is to bring the children and the Elders together. This he mentioned at the screening Dave said, “there is a connection between the children and elders. The young children still remember Spirit and have a close connection as they have recently come from there and the Elders are beginning to remember Spirit because they are coming closer to their journey back to it.” What I found interesting was, here he is an Elder talking, while a toddler was in the lobby, singing away her own little tune, as if spirit was using her to bring his point home. The two need to be connected.

What I find comforting is, if I can’t make it this year to the gathering, I will make it at some point. I am also convinced if those grandmothers have passed on, their teachings can still come through at the ancient sacred site. Dave and others have already experienced hearing messages from the ancestors. The lighting of the sacred fire and the ceremonies become a doorway for the ancestors to enter and to help remind and teach those of us walking upon the Earth at this time how to live in harmony and balance once more.

In the movie there is a scene when Dave was talking to a group of girls in the Turtle Lodge and said to them” If you can find a grandmother, you will learn so much. They have so much wisdom to share.” I will be a grandmother this year and I know I will want to share so much. The main thing I am learning is to not only pass on knowledge, but how to use the knowledge so that it becomes the wisdom. I am very happy to step into the wise woman role.

At the water ceremony Dave mentioned what he feels the biggest mistake his people have made has been not to listen to the women, the mothers and grandmothers. He then included this same mistake for all men. He encouraged all of us women to begin to step up. It is time for women to lead, but not as a man, but from our own true being.” As a nurturer, we as women are closely connected to the Earth, and because we are bearers of children, we are keepers of water”,  When we are carrying a child that child is surrounded by water, water comes out first, before a baby is born.”   So he had the women and girls lead down to the water and empty our containers first, and the men to follow.  Now some men may balk at this, women now becoming leaders. But if both men and women learn more about the inner traits and the natural flow of the inner male and female, the outer will reflect the balance naturally. Are you wise enough to do this? Here is one source of Knowlegde:

A wonderful book that a women journalled about her experiences with a Grandmother named Hawk, to help you to THINK BIG.

Lighted path: a journey of transformation and transcendence

Editorial Reviews

As the millennium closes, we are rapidly approaching a point when our present way of life will be overturned by shifts in the physical and spiritual realms. Nostradamus, Casey, the Mayans, Hopis, Tibetans, and many others spoke of these coming changes, but will it be the end of our life? Or a step on a new path? Risha Henrique gives me hope that we are not helpless, and can welcome the inevitable changes if we have the courage to step off the path we currently follow. Freed of illusions, this new way of life is a Lighted Path leading to realization of the human spirit’s full potential.

From the Publisher
Through her journal, The Lighted Path, Risha Henrique reveals the secrets that reconnect us to the internal intelligence and allow us to become masters of our own destiny. Her message to us all is one of great hope, illuminating the path of human destiny and leading us to a higher realm of love, wisdom, and deep personal connection. It is a journey we can all share, one that will ease our passage into the next millennium. A journey that will free us of our illusions and return us to the spirit that made us divine.

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Today I am posting an event that is very similar to a sacred connection I have co-created with the Goddess, Goddess Yoga. Unlike my program at this time, the one below can be for both genders. I have just received an invitation  I have not been myself, however I feel confident to share this with all of you. Any time we can add play and creativity it helps raise our vibrations to one of joy, this in turn helps release density. When we release density from our thoughts and bodies we are helping our Mother Earth with her own changes.

Sacred Circle

A sanctuary in which to meditate,

drum, sing, share poetry,

improvise, play and dance.

Come explore creative self-expression

within a supportive community.

Takes place 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month

7:30 – 9:30 PM at Satnam Yoga Centre

203 – 106 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

By Donation

For more information contact Rose at empoweredtobe@excite.com

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The Turtle Lodge Presents:

I g n i t i n g the F i r e

“Gathering the Wisdom of All the Nations”

September 2nd – 5th, 2008

V i s i o n of the G a t h e r i n g

Original Vision of Igniting the Fire… how it all started…
Dave Courchene, Jr.

(Neeghani Aki Inni) Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan

Chair, Igniting the Fire Gathering

“It was in December 2005 that I went in there & made my offerings.

The spirit inspired me to call a gathering.

I had a vision of the people gathering in the sacred site,

& I later sought direction from the Elders.

They confirmed the vision, and said that I was to make a call to the people

to come back to the Sacred Site, & gather the way they had gathered long ago.

At the first gathering I went back to the Elders.

They confirmed that we must continue to gather at the Sacred Site.

The Elders said, “The New Life has arrived”

because the people had made it back & made the link & connection to the Ancestors

– to the Spirit.

The Elders said that it was important to continue

to share the knowledge & the wisdom

of the gathering with all people

who wish to learn from this ancient knowledge.”

http://www.ignitingfire.org/gathering.html – location and info.

*Manitou Api references a sacred site located in Manitoba‘s Whiteshell Provincial Park, where First Nations traditionally gathered to share teachings and wisdom. Manitou Api means “where the Creator sits”. The name Manitoba was derived from Manitou Api.

Geographically, Manitou Api is located in the centre of North America.

There are a number of petroforms at this special site, including one in the shape of the turtle. The turtle also represents Turtle Island, which is another name for North America.

By Marc Zienkiewicz
Friday September 08, 2006

Juan Flores was invited to the Igniting the Fire gathering in the Whiteshell Provincial Park this week. It is the first time he has left South America.

Photo by Marc Zienkiewicz

It’s believed among North Eastman’s Anicinabe people that centuries ago, their ancestors gathered at a sacred site in what is now the Whiteshell Provincial Park to pass on wisdom handed down to them by their elders.

That tradition was brought into the 21st century this week when the Igniting the Fire gathering took place at the Whiteshell’s Bannock Point petroform site, drawing people from around North America to chart a new course for the future of First Nations culture.

The gathering, initiated by Sagkeeng First Nation spiritual advisor Dave Courchene, took place Sept. 5-8 at the sacred site of Manitou Api.

“Mother Earth is hurting, and it’s high time we bring peace and caring back to our homeland,” local elder Don Cardinal said in his opening remarks.

“We carry something sacred inside each one of us.”

Approval of the elders

Courchene said he first got the idea for the gathering last winter, and after consulting elders like Cardinal and getting the necessary approval, he went ahead with organizing the event.

The ancient petroforms found at the site – rock formations laid out in the shape of various animals – are believed to be of ancient origin, as old as 2,100 years.

“This is where our ancestors gathered to share our spirituality as a people,” Courchene said.

“For the first time in a very long time, we’re here to repeat what our ancestors did.”

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This prayer comes from Paulo that he wrote Feburary 28th /07

Hello Mother,

It’s been a while since I spoke to you last, glad to commune. Do you think you can guide me and make me the happiest being alive?

Connect me, please Mother Earth and heal me, tenderly. Please Mother, help me to feel warm and content in your bosom.

May you help me and give me the boost I need to shatter self- reflection and to reflect only what is.

Thank you,

Make it so,


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