Right off the bat. That’s how energy seems to have gone into motion as we entered 2017. Although I’m writing from what I witness in my own experience, I’m usually never alone. For awhile last year I wondered if anything was ever going to feel like movement in the outer world. 2016 took us deep, yielding more clearing and release, but with a resulting clarification in a sense of self and a kind of turning toward a new direction, like we’re being re-aimed.
Re-aimed at what? No clue. For us, Lightsmith has wound down, we’re feeling moved in both inner and outer ways, and except for Michele’s plan to continue seeing clients little else is known. FYI, starting in February, Michele will be working two days a week out of an office in south Minneapolis near 38th and Grand. Specifics yet to come.
One of the few things I do know is that we have created an event for January 22nd to mark the welcome sense of movement, and to celebrate together yet more surrendering to the mystery.
Here’s information about the event on January 22nd as posted on our calendar:
At this special event on the 22nd we will reflect on the long adventure many of us have shared, and celebrate the transition out of an old story into the new openings of 2017. We also wish to gather in the Lightsmith building, acknowledging the structure that has provided a place where we could feel safe and supported to open and proceed through our many transformative processes these past 11 years.
We are dividing the day into three parts, with times being approximate.
1 – 2:30pm – A room-size “garage” sale.
We, of course, have many items we are taking with us or leaving with the building, but there is also much we’d like to move along to new homes. Please come early and dig through what we have out on tables downstairs. We will have a table or two of freebies, many items on a pay whatever you wish basis, and some will have an asking price. Included are CDs, electronics, weavings, candle holders, furniture, books and much more.
At 2:30 or so we will ask your help in resetting the room (take items to cars, box for delivery to ARC Value Village, etc.) and putting up chairs and tables for gathering and eating.
2:45 – 3:30 – Gathering time to reflect
3:30 to finish – Pot Luck Meal
We would also like to share with you an interview with us that was created by Tim Miejan, editor of The Edge magazine. Besides reflection on the Lightsmith journey, Michele also shares some of her views on creating in the new field, and realizations gleaned from recent experiences dealing with the passing of some Lightsmith friends and compatriots.
The Article is titled End of an Era: A Conversation with Lightsmith’s Michele Mayama and Chris LaFontaine. Our thanks to Tim for initiating the interview. We were happy to have an opportunity to share more about our life’s journeys, especially with those who weren’t always sure what we were up to :)
An edited version of the interview is in the January, 2017 printed edition of The Edge, but the online version linked above is complete.
We hope you’ll be able to join us on Sunday, the 22nd. Bring your favorite dish to share, and let’s make it a moment to remember.