Accessing Mystery and Alternative Ways of Knowing: Witchy Skills Emerging in the Mundane Academic Community

There is hope! I was pleased to find like-minded academics at a large education conference who bring earth consciousness, mystery, and the types of skills I teach in magic and pagan classes into the curriculum. I incorporate science into my Mystery & Magic classes. And I incorporate alternative ways of knowing into my science and education teaching.

Imagine a professional conference where a presenter leads a grounding exercise before her talk. Interesting and refreshing. It was particularly refreshing to see how accepted was her grounding and her presentation. One person presented excerpts from her students’ journals that demonstrate the effect of tapping in to nature via alternative ways of knowing on their training as teachers.

The session stirred ideas for curricula and research projects that integrate the variety of work I bring to the world. Now I will take my brainstorming outside under the sun and blue sky.

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BrightFlame is a teacher, writer and priestess who brings forth Mystery. She has been part of the Reclaiming Community for over two decades, including New York and Vermont Witchcamp communities. She taught at the latter in August '04. She offers classes and ritual in NYC. She has been a presenter and priestess at Womongathering for over 14 years, and has been on the teaching staff of WomenCircles and WomanSoul (Rowe Camp, MA) for more than a decade. She has offered many iterations of Elements of Magic (the basic class in Reclaiming Witchcraft), as well as Reclaiming’s Pentacle of Iron and other core classes. ***** She loves to play in the forest as well as near the ocean, and she finds magical spots in urban areas as well. Her passion is protecting wild and natural lands, and promoting a sustainable, regenerating world. The trees, the fey, the mermaids are her allies. She often brings the earth sciences into her magical teaching. ***** Some of BrightFlame’s specialities include: sensing and shaping energy, leading trance journeys, creating labyrinths, storytelling in ritual form, working with faeries and land spirits, aspecting god/desses and introducing people to the Mysteries. She enjoys creating workshops and curricula that are experiential and allow participants to exercise their creativity and find insights and guidance. At the end of 2013 she finished writing her first novel that weaves a witchy tale, incorporating magical teachings, Mystery, and Earth consciousness in literary form.

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