June 2023 Sacred Maya Retreat and Birthday Celebration, Yucatan Peninsula

—Photo taken by one of my goddess companions—

Volume 12, Issue 6 | June 2023


The Summer Solstice is a sacred time, commemorated by our ancestors through fire and ceremony, honoring the sun as it peaks high in the sky and stretches the day into the longest of the year. It is a time for inner power and brightness; by celebrating the sun and the power it provides to all nature, humans are spiritually ignited, connecting to its life force.

Around the world, countries are steeped in traditions and folklore. This year on the Summer Solstice I visited Chichén Itzá located in the eastern portion of Yucatán state in Mexico. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. I was fascinated to learn about its history and customs and view a variety of architectural styles of its stone buildings. Below is a photo of the Osario Staircase.

One of the reasons for my trip to the Mexican Caribbean was to celebrate my birthday in a unique and meaningful way. I had seven women companions to share the adventure with, and they are amazing souls! It was indeed a very special celebration of another revolution around the sun.

As a child, summer meant being out of school, away from a regular schedule and schoolwork, a more carefree life. As an adult and having to fend for myself by working steadily, summers (and life in general) are nowhere near as carefree as they were that long time ago. However, traveling, relaxing with friends, increased time outdoors, swimming in azure waters, playing more, etc., help to bring back that carefree feeling. 

I trust your summer has been off to a delightful start. May you relax, excel in self-care, and enjoy carefree times, rejuvenating your soul.


Enjoy a photo slideshow of John Denver singing Season Suite: Summer.

John Denver, "Season Suite: Summer"



Inspiration and Contemplation

Your Summer Guest


Let Your Soul and Spirit Fly!

People Making a Difference

Making It to Graduation

This is the time of year for school graduations and when I read the stories below, I thought they’d be perfect for the June newsletter.


Fredric Taylor had completed the requirements for his degree, but wasn’t able to attend his graduation ceremony in May 1943 as he had been sent for military training three months earlier. On May 14 of this year, Taylor, who is now 101, finally got to walk across the stage when Cornell College honored him at its graduation—80 years after his scheduled ceremony—thanks to his daughter.



In 2005, Mary Majcunich-Beasley was 7 months pregnant when she boarded the elevator on the 12th floor of the air traffic control tower where she worked and it soon jolted to a halt. She was alone and tried to remain calm. That event could’ve been a forgettable scare, but she believed that rescue might have saved the life of her daughter who was born that June. She wanted her daughter and the firefighter who rescued her to meet; she managed to arrange that 18 years later at her daughter’s high school graduation party this year.


In our Science of Mind teachings, we can get caught up in focusing on thinking, thinking, thinking. Fun gives our minds a rest and lets the Greater Mind find an opening to impart some beautiful insights and wisdom.

—Rev. Christie Hardwick

Science of Mind Magazine, Daily Guide, Saturday, June 24, 2023


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You, Me, and Spirit

I was a devout atheist until 33 years ago when I "came to believe" in a Power greater than myself. Thanks to hearing the novel idea (well, at least it was to me!) that one could choose their own concept of God—and name too (Spirit, The Great Mystery, All That Is, etc.)—and the workings of synchronicity, I embarked on a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way of being in the world and with others. It impacted all aspects of my life and relationships.

Since that time of commencing my conscious spiritual journey, I have endeavored to remember The Presence in all that is, all whom I meet, and all that I do—including working with clients in my own business, academia, and the corporate world. I strive to be of service and to nurture the human spirit in all environments.