Every Wednesday night, we have a gathering to hear from (usually) four or five community members about what’s moving in the community and in our lives. Sometimes we engage in facilitated practice, too. Wednesday night services tend to be more casual than our Sunday services. Here are audio recordings from some of those services. Click on the title to listen, or click the Download links to download to your computer.
Sece Foster focused our online Wednesday night service this week. She had Lana Roach open our time with a prayer. We watched a video by Gregg Braden, who emphasized that “feeling is the prayer.” Sece then led us in a guided meditation, and we broke into listening pairs. When we came back to the full group, there was some sharing about what came up in our listening pairs or the previous elements of our service. Sece played “Imagine” by John Lennon, and we shared through the chat box our imaginations of the world we’d like to live in. We ended the evening with an attunement prayer.
Oren Yakovee was the facilitator for this online session. He started with a video of a song that has gone viral. The song is the classic Rogers and Hammerstein “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” sung by Captain Tom Moore, along with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir. Captain Tom is a 100-year-old man in the United Kingdom who walked around his garden to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which supports the NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. Here’s the link to that video. After a quick check-in with the whole online group, Oren spoke about the concept of tensegrity and shared a video about that. We broke into small groups to ponder this: Name an experience where you held the sacredness of the field with both essences of Mother God and Father God. In a second round, we asked, What enhances the quality of your morphic field? How does that affect your service, your field, or your relationships? After that, we came back to the main “room” for individual shares. Our evening ended with healing chant.
Sunrise Ranch Spiritual Director David Karchere focused the virtual service this week. We broke into small groups for a check-in and talked about this question: What are some of the emotions you’ve felt in the past week? When we came back to the full group, David gave a presentation he called “Emotions, Thought and the Morphic Field.” After that, we broke into small groups again to answer this question: Do you see a relationship between what you’ve been feeling recently and the morphic field? When we came back to the full “room,” several people shared what they had discussed in their small groups.
For this week’s virtual gathering, Jane Anetrini began by playing a video by Sam Robson of the Christian hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour.” She read quotes by David Karchere and Oren Yakovee, and Keahi expanded on those themes, having to do with thinking as a spiritual practice and using our lives as opportunities for serivce. We then broke into small groups to explore these questions: What old thoughts are you tired of thinking? What are the thoughts that you have yet to allow yourself to think? What is the thought that is in the mind of God that is ready to be born into our collective awareness if we would but let it? (This part of the service was not recorded.) When we got back into the large gropu, several people shared what came up during that small-group exploration.
Uma Faith was the facilitator for this Wednesday night service, which again took place online. She began by having us each light a candle to set a sacred space. Atom Terpening led a guided meditation. Gary Goodhue and Uma each spoke about shifting consciousness. Uma introduced a film called Gratitude, created by Louie Schwartzberg with his stunning time-lapse photography and narrated by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Here’s a link to that film (shown during a TED Talk by Schwartzberg). We broke into small groups to explore a shift that we might like to make in our own lives. After coming back to the full “room,” the time together was ended by a shared prayer.
Director of Sunrise Ranch Ministry Jane Anetrini focused the online gathering. Hugh Duff got us started with a talk on devotion and the highest love. “To be doevoted to the highest love is the highest calling,” he said. Jane then offered a list of signs you’ve had a spiritual awakening, expanding briefly on each item. We broke into small groups to share experiences of our own awakenings. Afterward, several shared about their small-group conversations.
Director of Operations Keahi Ewa focused this online gathering. It began with Lana Roach leading us in an opening meditation. Joyce Karchere sang “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Courtney Bohlman talked about serving from right where we are. Oren Yakovee gave us a lesson about Passover, when the God center is in place in terms of protection. Keahi then posed the question: What’s holding us back? We broke into pairs online; one person would talk about what might be holding them back, and the other would answer, “Protection is to the left of you. Protection is to the right of you.” That part was not recorded. Lana brought the gathering to a close with another guided meditation.
As we got together for another online service, Oren Yakovee offered an opening prayer, Karen Pritchard read a poem, and Keahi Ewa offered a presentation on global unity. Spiritual Director David Karchere had us break into diads online to talk about a high and a low in our lives here on Sunrise Ranch during this global pandemic. That part of the gathering was not recorded. After that, Sece Foster, Jane Anetrini and David shared their thoughts, and we had a time of Attunement radiation for all those affected by this global situation.
This was the first Wednesday night service that was held via teleconference (Zoom) in light of the encouragement by the CDC to refrain from gathering in groups in person because of the coronavirus global pandemic. It was facilitated by Spiritual Director David Karchere. After a meditation led by Sece Foster, we broke into small groups of four or five and answered the question, “What are you experiencing now?” One small group was recorded. When we came back into the full group, we offered light to those suffering in the world in the midst of the pandemic. Our time together ended with Sece Foster singing “We Are Not Alone.”
Trustee Ruud West led his week’s Wednesday night service. There was an altar in the center of our circle with candles representing fire and a bowl of water representing a river. He started with a meditation and invited responses to that meditation from each of us. Keahi then led us in a moving meditation that culminated in the participants creating a river, with the river banks being a line of people on one side and a line on the other. Each person was invited to go down through the river, between the people on either side, symbolizing being bathed and receiving strength and blessing from those on the river banks. After that, we split into groups of three to talk about our experience of the river ceremony. Spiritual Director David Karchere closed the hour with a prayer.
This week’s Wednesday night service was focused by Uma Faith, who led us in a meditation and ceremony inspired by this week’s Pulse of Spirit. The ceremony was based on a Native American ritual called “The Giveaway,” the purpose of which is to restore balance and harmony in the tribe. After the meditation, those who felt ready to do so brought to an altar something that they were holding, such as unforgiveness or anger or resentment, to let it be burned up in the fire (candles) there. We broke into small groups and talked about our experiences of the ceremony, and later, some shared their experiences with the whole group.
Jane Anetrini focused this week’s Wednesday night service. She brought up themes from this past Sunday’s service, about essences of the God Field, and the urge to live, to love, and to create a womb space, allowing the world of tomorrow to be birthed in us. Oren Yakovee led the group in The Form Reality Practice, this one called Cosmo Form. After that, we held our hands out toward the center of the room in a practice of sending love to our friends. Those who felt led stood up, one at a time, and walked to the center of the space to receive that love and then, if led, to offer it back to the room.
This week’s service was facilitated by Oren Yakovee. He focused on the idea of integrating our spiritual knowledge into our everyday lives. We started with an energy circle, and Sece Foster led the group in a meditation. Uma Faith then asked us to break into listening pairs, and we talked about situations that were troublesome in our lives through which we were able to transform and evolve. A second question was around tense situations that might be arising in our lives today and what we could bring to those situations that would result in clarity and peace.
Sece Foster facilitated this week’s gathering. She centered on work done by Dr. David R. Hawkins, an author whose published works focus on frequencies associated with consciousness and emotional states. We broke into dyads to discuss the ideas of power and force—specifically times when we’ve done many things with little result and times when we’ve done nothing outwardly but have seen significant change. We ended the evening by naming one thing in our lives around which we’d like to raise the frequency, then Sece led a prayer of attunement around those things, and we finished with a chant.
This week’s service was facilitated by Oren Yakovee, who introduced the term “cymatics,” which describes what happens when seemingly inert matter becomes energized by frequency. Oren played a video showing sand on a plate taking on various patterns when various frequencies were played. We later broke up into triads and offered attunements to each other, as directed by John Flood. That was followed by discussions in our small groups. We finished the evening by offering one sentence, beginning with the word “may,” to express the sacredness touched and how we would like to integrate it.
Spiritual Director David Karchere led this week’s Wednesday night service, focusing on topics from Sunday’s service and the Pulse of Spirit. He used a graphic created by Barbara Marx Hubbard, called the Wheel of Co-Creation, to illustrate his thoughts about lineage and where “the Silver Cord,” our vertical connection with the realm of potentiality, or spirit, or heaven, fits into the picture. We got into small groups to discuss our own lineage—our blood line, cultural line and spiritual line. The evening ended with a chant.
This week’s gathering was facilitated by Trustee Ruud West. He opened by talking about our journey of intention and led us in a guided meditation. Afterward, we got into pairs to talk about what is most sacred and precious to us. We then saluted the sun in the east, then the altar in the center of the room and walked around the altar, chanting. A few people shared their experiences, and we ended with each one giving one word about what we’re bringing to Sunrise Ranch and our world.
Uma Faith facilitated this evening’s service. She focused on themes from David Karchere’s talk on Sunday, such as the “escape velocity”—becoming free; being self-referential—asking how this affects me; reciprocity—seeing from another’s perspective; and the Golden Rule. After this introduction, she gave the floor to Courtney Bohlman, who recently traveled back to Ghana to visit a school where she taught a year ago to see how they were doing. Courtney talked about radical responsibility and the power of being ourselves showing up in our own power. After that, we broke into groups of three to discuss how we can take radical responsibility in our own lives and how we can cultivate the garden of consciousness here on Sunrise Ranch.
Jane Anetrini and Keahi Ewa focused the Wednesday night gathering by having the group split up into pairs and going through what’s called the Transformational Interview, usually used during Full Self Emergence coaching sessions. After each person acting as interviewer, then as interviewee, the group got back into a large circle and shared some of their insights.
David Karchere led the Wednesday night service. He asked us to contemplate seven quotations from the Bible that had to do with reciprocity. We then broke into groups of three to discuss the quotations.
During this service, Keahi Ewa led us in a process to bring spiritual medicine to personal and global issues. Four people sat in the middle of our circle and expressed a desire to be supported in a particular challenge, which could be personal, work-related, social, spiritual, global or political, etc. Another group of people stood around that inner circle, bringing spiritual medicine such as compassion, understanding, courage or strength. The outer circle of people, representing the All That Is, chanted or sang. This process was repeated twice more. Because the people in the inner circles were not on microphone, their challenges and corresponding medicine could not be heard well, and in some cases, not at all.
Sece Foster facilitated the service this week. The focus was on those people who have had a positive impact on our lives, offering gratitude for them and bringing them into our circle energetically. The evening ended with community members singing “Thank You For This Day” by Karen Drucker; most everyone picked up a percussion instrument to accompany the Sunrise “band.”
Oren Yakovee and Carolyn Gruchy led the Wednesday night service this week. Carolyn led us in the Form Reality Practice, as taught by Bernie Pryor. After that, we did a mingling exercise in which we walked around the room randomly, then stopped in front of a person and said something like, “I see you. I honor the divine in you.” The other person would accept that greeting and return it in their own words. After that, we went into listening pairs to discuss what new insights we are opening to around what purity of heart is allowing us to see. We ended the evening with a chant, which was not recorded.
For this gathering, Uma Faith led us in a guided meditation and then had the group break up into pairs to discuss our community—how we can show up in community and what gifts we can bring to the community to make it stronger. After that, individuals in the group offered their visions and wisdom about those ideas into the circle.
In this evening’s gathering, Trustee Ruud West posed the questions, What is it that is wanting to express itself in you, and what is holding you back from being the full expression of your being?
Spiritual Director David Karchere introduced this Wednesday night service topic by talking about Uranda’s idea of us as God beings and the love and truth that we radiate in that capacity. He noted that this power can be experienced together as we co-create our reality. As we sat in a large circle, David invited us to comment on this idea.
During this gathering, Jane Anetrini had us break up into small groups and share with our group an experience of a shrine. The exercise continued with more questions, such as how Sunrise Ranch might be developed as a shrine or holy place and what we, as individuals, might do to nurture it. The individual group conversations couldn’t be recorded, but we ended as a large group in a circle sharing some of the insights that arose in our discussions, and those comments were recorded.
Spiritual Director David Karchere opened the service with the situation of the Kurdish people in Syria who have been fighting terrorists, particularly ISIS, with the help of American forces. Since President Trump decided to withdraw American forces from that area, those Kurds have been left vulnerable. David invited us to think about the words we use and the part they play in creating good governance, here in the U.S., on Sunrise Ranch and abroad. At the end of the service, four people sat in the center of the circle, representing the Kurds, and the community chanted around them; that part of the service was not recorded.
With several international trustees and servers visiting the Ranch this week, Jane Anetrini began our service asking, “How have you brought your light into the world today?” We sat in a circle, and many in the room answered that question.
During this service, Spiritual Director David Karchere talked about self-help remedies, first in the legal sense and then in a spiritual sense. He asked us if we’d like to share our own self-help remedies—what we do to bring ourselves back to a place of spiritual centeredness.
For this gathering, we sat in a circle, and Jane Anetrini noted that the trustees and the international servers gathering is about to take place, and that we have a part to play in holding an atmosphere for these gatherings. She asked what gift we could bring to assist the greatest possible container for the work and for the atmosphere at Sunrise for the coming year, and we went around the room saying a word or two, naming our gifts. She also noted we’re celebrating the birth of this ministry, September 16, 1932. (This part of the service was off mic, so it is not part of the recording.) Afterward, we participated in a chant. Keahi Ewa read a piece from the Pulse of Spirit and reflected on it, then asked others in the room to share their thoughts on the reading.
During this service, Director of Operations Keahi Ewa led us in a practice of sharing words that we would have liked to hear at a time when we may have been struggling, to create a space of safety, upliftment and encouragement.
Jane Anetrini began this service by reading an excerpt from The Pulse of Spirit and commenting on it. She invited others to come up and comment on that part, as well. Afterward, others in the audience came up to read more excerpts and comment on them.
For this service, we sat in a circle. David Karchere shared an early version of a song he’s collaborating on with musician and Evolutionary Leader Kristin Hoffman. It’s an anthem for the children of the world, particularly the children being held in detention camps in the U.S. Afterward, we shared our ideas about power—what it is, what it means to us, and how it can be used for good in the world. We ended the service with a chant.
We started this service by getting into a large circle. David Karchere asked if four people would like to be the recipients of the full group’s energetic focus. Four people made their way to the center, then 10 people around them, and the rest of the group around those two inner circles. We all chanted, sending that energy to the center. After that, David asked us to talk about how creativity was manifesting in our lives today. Several people contributed to that discussion.
During this service, we sat in a large circle, and David Karchere led an open discussion about spirituality and around spiritual words such as “God” and “Heaven,” etc. There was some technical difficulty in recording, and those who paused in speaking or who spoke too softly weren’t fully recorded.
The Seventh Annual ARISE Music Festival took place over the weekend, August 2-4, and during this Wednesday night service, we sat in a large circle, and Spiritual Director David Karchere asked us to recall a highlight from the festival.
During this gathering, we had four brief speakers, then, for the second half of the service, got into small groups while Keahi Ewa led us in an exercise to explore taking intelligent action.
During this service, David Karchere shared highlights and photos from a trip he took with Karen Pritchard and Courtney Bohlman to the Riverdell community in Australia.
During this service, Jane Anetrini asked us to break into small groups. We were asked to each share one thing we did that day that was a gift to someone; it didn’t need to be big, but it needed to be something we uniquely could give in that moment and needed to be complementary to the situation. After we each shared that gift given, two or three people in the small group could share how that person has been a gift to them anytime in the past. After about a half-hour, we gathered into a large circle, and Jane called on people one at a time and asked five people to stand and say a word about that person, having us practice receiving appreciation from others. Unfortunately, because people were off-mic, the sound quality is not great during the ceremony.
During this service, we sat in a circle and Ruud West asked us to name a situation that we’re dealing with in which there is separation and how we are finding oneness, a softening of the heart in that situation. At the end of the service, David Karchere led us in a chant in which we had four people in the center who were “ready to receive,” ten people around them who felt they could be a spiritual conduit or channel, and the rest of the participants around the two concentric circles who would open up to the source, bringing a spirit of uplifting peace.
For this gathering, Jane Anetrini asked us to name someone—a teacher or a relative—who helped us to love something about ourselves. We sat in a circle and passed the mic around; each person had two to three minutes to talk about that person or situation.
Unfortunately, this service had some technical difficulties, with recorded music being played on top of the people speaking until about half-way through the service. (It couldn’t be heard in the room, but was nevertheless recorded over those speaking.) Thus, only Jane’s talk was edited for the web.
At the beginning of this service, with all of us seated in a circle, Jane Anetrini asked us to complete one of the two following sentences: “What’s being activated in me is … ,” or, “What is passing away from me is … .” During a second round, Jane asked us to name a gift we have to give that we would like to magnify. We went around the room and responded. After that, Ruud West, Bob Ewing, Gary Goodhue, Uma Faith and Jane offered short talks around these ideas.
Jane Anetrini and Barbara Marx Hubbard facilitated this evening service in a group discussion about appreciation. We sat in a circle in the Rimrock Room, and took time appreciating a person next to or near to us, then shared our experiences of appreciating and of being appreciated.
During this service, David Karchere and Barbara Marx Hubbard facilitated a group discussion about loneliness. It was a rich and deep discussion, and many in the circle spoke about their experiences, while Barbara dug for a learning for the group.
The speakers worked off of Uma Faith’s talk Sunday: Six Tools for Entering the Golden Age. Soma Hunter spoke on Acceptance and Patience. Sece Foster spoke on Assurance. David Gardner talked about Peace. Atom Terpening spoke on Joy. Gary Goodhue talked about Vision. Rachel Morrison talked about a Generous Loving Spirit. Others from the community added their thoughts to each topic, and Jane Anetrini wrapped up the night.
It was a small group for service the night after Christmas. Jerry Kvasnicka started us off with a song: “What Are You Doing Christmas Eve?” We sat in a circle, and Ruud West, who was focusing the service, asked us to bring to the group what was on our hearts. After that, Keahi Ewa led us in a short exercise to help us hold one another’s burdens, especially about what’s going on in the world (there were some spaces where a mic wasn’t used, so those parts were not recorded). Then those who had personal challenges were invited to share so that the group could help hold space for them. It was a warm and personal service.
This service was not broken into individual contributors. We met in the Dome, sitting in a circle on the stage and started with a chant. Then those in attendance were invited to speak about the topic of practicing living from our own creative spirit.
This service was not broken into individual contributors. Director of Sunrise Ranch Ministry Jane Anetrini opened the service, Spiritual Director David Karchere spoke for about 30 minutes, and then the microphone was passed around to those who felt led to speak. They included (in order) Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ruud West, Bob Ewing, Angelica Cooper, Soma Hunter, Katie Garnett, Courtney Herrera, JJ Johnson, Sece Foster, Jerry Kvasnicka and Gary Goodhue. Jane Anetrini and David Karchere closed the service.
There is no recording for this service. We gathered in a circle, then had a milling exercise of offering appreciation for the people we “bumped into.”
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; we formed a circle, and most of us participated. We celebrated individuals and groups caught in the act of being great during the ARISE Festival over the past weekend.)
(There were several individual speakers on this evening, with lots of participation from those in the room; unfortunately, the audience members were not miked.)
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; we formed a circle, and most of us participated. Apologies for the poor audio quality.)
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; it was a small group, and everyone participated.)