The State of Grace

Recently I have been obsessed with the idea of Grace. It’s a truly beautiful word but I have been having trouble understanding the true meaning. Oh, I know that in religious circles it has a lot to do with God (but by the Grace of God). But I run in spiritual circles (you can take that any way you want) and I feel that Grace is less about what is bestowed upon us by the Universe and more about how we act (to live in a state of Grace).

In googling around I found this definition, “Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely, the peace of God given to the restless, the unmerited favor of God.” By this definition, Grace is the idea that we don’t get what we deserve (i.e. if we sin) but rather we receive the love of God regardless of our actions. I think that’s beautiful but I don’t feel it addresses how we here on earth can have an intimate relationship with Grace.

When we surround ourselves with like-minded people we find acceptance. When we can find a place where we are around like minded people and not judged for our abilities (or lack thereof) we have found a home. I went to a SITE NITE program once about Psychometry, the psychic ability that enables one to determine facts by handling objects. Well let’s just say I came up blank. Nothing came to me from handling the jewelry of the person who was sitting right across from me waiting to hear what I had to say. Yes, I was a little uncomfortable, and I found myself to be a bit lacking, but I didn’t get any of that from the person sitting across from me. And when the presenter asked for a volunteer to come give it a try IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, I did not raise my hand, but someone else did and she had never done this before. She gave it a really good shot (actually was quite amazing) and we did not judge. That is my idea of Grace, acceptance, love and non-judgment, regardless of who you are, where you are from, or what you have done.

When we put ourselves out there for our community, when we expand ourselves and help others to find their place in this world without judgment, we too are spreading Grace. That is what I love about SITE! Presenters come to teach and help us expand ourselves, to find what resonates with us. For some of us, we have been doing this for years while others are just beginning on their path, but at SITE, we accept you whether just learning about all of the things that are out there or have been practicing some form of divination for years, or even have your own business doing it. Here you have found a home.

See you at SITE,

Faye

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So have you heard the one about the three rivers….

 

“So, have you heard the one about…..” My grandmother used those words every time I saw her. And what would follow was usually some dirty joke that you couldn’t believe was coming from this little old Jewish lady! She was like a female Grocho Marks though substitute high heels for the walking stick. My grandmother also always had something to say about Pittsburgh when she would visit, “too many hills” (she was from Cleveland, don’t judge!). But the topography of Pittsburgh, (Peaceburgh) the hills and valleys, the three rivers, the point, are exactly what makes us so amazing and such a spiritual center.

The spiritual world is growing, you can feel it. As people look for more answers they are beginning to understand the need to look within instead of at society, media, shopping. The spiritual world is growing. You can see it, in the ever-increasing number of yoga places, holistic wellness centers and learning opportunities such as SITENITE.

SITE has been around now for over four years and has grown from six people meeting in living rooms (before my time) to a space we are presently outgrowing that has a regular attendance of 30 to 40 people and an e-mail list of about 400 and growing. And, as we have changed, along with the city, we have come to our understanding of the importance of Peaceburgh as a place of true significance.

Many spiritual leaders, including Mayan scholars, visiting Shamans and even the Dalai Lama, have recognized that the convergence of our three rivers makes this one of the most spiritual places on earth, a sacred energy vortex, a gateway to an emerging source of power. The Mayan calendar makes a reference to a geographical point where three rivers merge with a fourth river – the center of the universe.

We at SITENITE are dedicated to the idea of raising consciousness in the local communities, and through that raise the consciousness of the world. And how do you do that? One person at a time (or 30 to 40 if you’re one of the ones that comes to our programs). Our speakers come to talk about many different aspects of spirituality; including meditation, mediumship, holistic healing and different forms of divination and so much more. The purpose being to help each individual person find their own special unique connection, that place inside of themselves that raises them up, connects them to their community, their city, the world and ultimately the Universe.

Hope to see you at SITE,

Faye

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