Flowers, Shamans, and the Soul of the World

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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George Washington Carver, a devout Christian, wouldn’t have called himself a Shaman. Yet, when asked how he could talk with a little flower, he said, “Through it I talk to the Infinite. And what is the Infinite? It’s that still small voice that calls up the fairies.” He often spoke of love and exclaimed, “Everything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.” Together, we’ll explore this love, the gateway to the Infinite, the Soul of the World.  

Along the way, we’ll consider the difference between this love, what I call devotional love, and the emotional love we commonly experience. We’ll reflect upon how Carver was entering into what, in Shamanism cosmology, is called the Middle World, the spirit side of this creation; and we’ll discover how we too can love enough to enter into the Soul of the World and receive the wisdom from the stone people, wildflowers and dragonflies.

Cost: $79 includes pastries, lunch, and program

About the leader(s)

Stephanie Rutt

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt was founding Minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Milford, NH, director of the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living and creator of the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary. Through the School for Sacred Living she has offered numerous sacred studies courses, classes and workshops locally as well as to national conferences sponsored by World AWAKE (formally The World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy) and the Haden Institute. She has appeared on the TEDx stage and is the author of five books including, Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic released by Wipf and Stock Publishers. All of her work seeks to embody unity within diversity, reveal how the great spiritual truths show up everywhere in daily experience, and to awaken an unchecked ecstatic cry for the One called by many names.

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