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Doreen Virtue & Religious Freedom

 

Doreen Virtue and Religious Freedom

On Aug 21, 2017, Doreen Virtue PhD posted this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVAz… about her conversion to Christianity. Of course the US is a country of Religious Freedom where we celebrate everybody’s right to explore religion anyway they want. As a person who attended Unitarian Universalist Churches I strongly support the exploration of religions. Personally, I believe in Jesus but I don’t use the Christian label because of the history of Christianity that includes burning witches and the genocide of Native American people. As a Native American of the Mohican tribe I can not support the term Christianity that was forced upon Native Americans by abducting Native American children and throwing them in Boarding Schools with the sole purpose of destroying Indianess. As a Native American Witch who believes in Jesus but not the persecution of Witches by those called Christians I refuse to claim myself as a Christian. Even though I have very strong beliefs against Christianity I don’t have a problem with Jesus himself. Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was Jewish. Jesus lived a life of love and compassion which is what I value. For a long time, I felt very supported by Doreen Virtue by her spiritual path as a spiritual teacher which I looked up to. However, now I fear that in the process of claiming Christianity has Doreen Virtue also claimed Christianity’s hatred against witches? If I would introduce myself to Doreen Virtue as a Native American Witch, would she be against me for being a witch like so many other Christians before her? I listened to Doreen’s video very carefully and I have yet to hear Doreen’s Virtue’s public views now on witches through her Christian eyes. So I wonder if she is also against witches now that she is a Christian? As a spiritual teacher does Doreen now teach against witches?

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Doreen Virtue and Tarot

 

 

On Aug 21, 2017, Doreen Virtue PhD posted this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVAzoYkOMY about her conversion to Christianity. Of course the US is a country of Religious Freedom where we celebrate everybody’s right to explore religion anyway they want. As a person who attended Unitarian Universalist Churches I strongly support the exploration of religions. Personally, I believe in Jesus but I don’t use the Christian label because of the history of Christianity that includes burning witches and the genocide of Native American people. As a Native American of the Mohican tribe I can not support the term Christianity that was forced upon Native Americans by abducting Native American children and throwing them in Boarding Schools with the sole purpose of destroying Indianess. As a Native American Witch who believes in Jesus but not the persecution of Witches by those called Christians I refuse to claim myself as a Christian. Even though I have very strong beliefs against Christianity I don’t have a problem with Jesus himself. Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was Jewish. Jesus lived a life of love and compassion which is what I value. For a long time, I felt very supported by Doreen Virtue by her spiritual path as a spiritual teacher which I looked up to. However, now I fear that in the process of claiming Christianity has Doreen Virtue also claimed Christianity’s hatred against witches?  If I would introduce myself to Doreen Virtue as a Native American Witch, would she be against me for being a witch like so many other Christians before her? I listened to Doreen’s video very carefully and I have yet to hear Doreen’s Virtue’s public views now on witches through her Christian eyes. So I wonder if she is also against witches now that she is a Christian? As a spiritual teacher does Doreen now teach against witches?

However, Doreen Virtue has come out in her video clearly against Tarot so much she is refusing to sell Tarot anymore and is even going so far to remove her name from her current Tarot decks. I purchased her Archangel Power Tarot Deck. It doesn’t make me feel good anymore about this deck the way I used to. I loved her original interpretation of the Tarot deck with Angels as a wonderful blending of both worlds. So yes I do take it personally now that she rejects Tarot and I am feeling that when she does that she is rejecting a part of me too. I always viewed Doreen Virtue as a motherly spiritual teacher very comforting. However now I feel her choosing to denounce Tarot is sending the message that there is something wrong with following Tarot. I have been told many times that Tarot originated in the Christian church and was originally used by the Christian priests. Somehow Doreen is missing out this vital piece of information. I don’t believe that the use of Tarot goes against Jesus himself.  Historically Tarot did not go against Christianity either since Christianity gave birth to Tarot.  

Another issue is that there are a lot of people who bought Tarot certification from Doreen Virtue. What now is the worth of those Tarot certificates when the teacher and creator is giving the world the message that there is something wrong with Tarot. There are many people who spent a lot of money just so they could say they were Tarot certified by Doreen Virtue.  Does Doreen care that by rejecting her Tarot certification it is going to cause financial harm to her followers?

I recently purchased an online course about Life Purpose by Doreen Virtue and her son Charles. Since Doreen came out in name a Christian the same name of the group of people that crucified Native Americans and witches, I am starting to question the value of this course I just purchased. My Life Purpose is very connected to me living as a Native American Witch. Even though Doreen Virtue has not publicly stated that she is against witches, I feel that she would actually turn against me and that she would believe that my Life Purpose is wrong and I am living the wrong path.  

In abandoning Tarot and choosing Christianity knowing how Christians are against witches, I feel like Doreen Virtue has also abandoned me as a Native American witch. That makes me feel sad to be rejected. In rejecting Tarot, Doreen is sending a message that it is bad to use Tarot and that is a harmful judgment against people who do use Tarot. That negative judgment carries over to my Doreen Virtue Archangel Power Tarot  Deck. When I look at the Archangel Power Tarot Deck when I see Doreen Virtue’s name on them it’s now stamped with her negative judgment about Tarot. They now have been poisoned that I am not a good enough believer in Jesus because I use Tarot.

I am not against Doreen Virtue for personal exploring a religious path which is her personal right. What I object to is that Doreen Virtue positioned herself as a spiritual teacher and collected a lot of money for being that spiritual teacher. I believe that makes Doreen also accountable to her followers too. As a spiritual teacher she is now teaching that Tarot is wrong and evil that and to believe in Jesus you have to abandon Tarot. That is a spiritual teaching that I am against. To me that is what is enraging people. As much as she says she only believes in love, I strongly believe that teaching people that Tarot is bad is not a loving act by her and she is causing harm by doing that. Her new position is offensive and hurtful to people who trusted her and parted with their money to her to show that faith. It is a negative spiritual judgment that is causing people to react so strongly against her. It is no longer just a personal choice but is now her policy as a spiritual teacher to teach the masses the evilness of Tarot and that it is against Jesus.  How in good conscience can I let in such negative teachings? No matter how many biblical quotes she makes or how many times she prays in her videos doesn’t negate the fact that she now teaches Tarot is wrong for followers of Jesus and everybody else.  Why would I want to follow that path? 

 

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Honoring the Women at the UW-Milwaukee Pow Wow

Honoring the Women at the UW-Milwaukee Pow Wow video that I made http://youtu.be/mxCjQHQ_jYQ

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Native American Takes on NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo
Challenge to write 50,000 words in November
http://nanowrimo.org

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I am a Native American Woman Vlogger!

October 5, 2013 launched my daily vlogging as a Native American Woman Vlogging. Anybody know of any other Native American Women Vloggers out there? I would love to meet them and I strongly believe we can support each as we go on this journey!

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The Artist’s Way Circle presents Coming Alive Party!

The Artist’s Way Circle presents Coming Alive Party!

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2pm 

Waukesha, WI 53188

Kick off the next Artist’s Way journey together. Also for writers to celebrate the upcoming NaNoWriMo. It’s potluck so please bring a dish to pass.

Please register to RVSP through Meetup which is free and to see the location of the event. 

My Inner World Celebration September 30, 2013

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Queen White Turtle Rainbow

Today, September 30, 2013 marks the last day of a site called My Inner World created by Michele Bernhardt and her My Inner World Team. I decided to celebrate as an expression of gratitude all the things I learned about myself that helped me to evolve into Queen White Turtle Rainbow. I want to also celebrate the coming of Michele Bernhardt’s brand new project soon to be revealed. To me My Inner World was a safe playground where I could express myself in an interactive world. However the effects were lasting and powerful changes in my life including letting go toxic people and from taking steps to enroll Graduate School for Creative Writing and taking steps to becoming a Professional Artist. This journey was full of treasures for me to discover and I am blessed by all those I touched. I just went through my entire journal and was amazed to hear my authentic voice and exercise my sovereignty. I lead a richer and fuller life now and I am at peace. My home feels like a sanctuary. My relationship with my boyfriend is loving and nurturing. My career and educational goals are taking off. I am a deeply spiritual woman and I returned back to my favorite church to give testimony to the goodness of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I am gladly let go My Inner World and enthusiastically embrace the coming Michele site!

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This is My Meditation Sanctuary

This is the Meditation Sanctuary that I created full of pillows, chimes, pitchers and glasses of water. Everytime I look at this picture I remember all the times I spent meditating. For many years I was unable to meditate. I would try but I soon became very uncomfortable. Michele’s meditations were the very first meditations that I was able to relax and trust. With her soothing words I felt loved and nurtured. As I continued to practice meditation 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night I soon discovered that I was much better to focus and stay calm. My favorite meditation of hers was one I purchased from the store which is called Purple Mist for Clarity Meditation. Consistently working on this meditation I was soon able to see for myself what was the most important thing for me to work on. I was grateful for this blessing in my life and I flourished through regular meditating thanks to Michele and My Inner World! Anushiik (Thank you in Munsee)

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Second insight I gained was that my real dream in life is to be a Professional Artist. Through My Inner World I tapped into my inner voice which revealed that my areas of strength are healing and arts. With this unique blend in my background through experiences, education, and work I saw that I have what it takes to develop a Right Brain Business Plan with Jennifer Lee which are very creative visual learning people. This was very different from the business training I received from Alverno College which was left brain form of doing business. Combined with my 17 years as an Artist’s Way Facilitator I uncovered that the real area I want to develop the most in is being an artist. As soon as I set that intention blessings and doors became flying open. I started to believe that I really could follow and enjoy my dreams and that the Universe not only loves but also supports me. I have begun a new adventure.

At this same time that I was becoming more crystal clear about being a Professional Artist a Grad school opportunity fell into my lap for Creative Writing which would really allow me to develop and tell my Two Step story. Thanks to my aunt who is running for Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Nation President, I discovered that there were numerous sources of funding available. This brightened my day! I felt now I would have the academic support to help birth my Two Step story. These are all exciting miracles which I attribute to me going on a journey with My Inner World.

I choose to celebrate today, because I wouldn’t have become Queen White Turtle Rainbow without my journey in My Inner World. Through the wishing well, the fire, the healing springs, the weather vane, seed garden, and of course castle I found the way back home to myself. I express great gratitude to Jesus Christ of Nazareth for guiding me to the fun, playful, My Inner World Site. I discovered my inner voice and clarity like never before. I discover I have a real passion for meditating and during the last My Inner World meditation of Letting Go, under the pillow I discovered a gold jeweled crown where I received unexpected honors. I look forward to the day when Michele launches her next site. I know I want to be the first one there! Oh Happy Days! Here is a My Inner World Celebration Playlist that I want to share with everyone. Let’s Party! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDLwTPar0WyOFN9IBcRQjp1dq-D70nGTH&feature=edit_ok

Love,

Queen White Turtle Rainbow

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