I belatedly learned last night of Angeles Arriens’ death last spring and was so sorry to hear it. I only encountered her once, when she stepped in to replace a teacher who cancelled out from teaching at Nine Gates during my Session 1 experience. That one time had a big impact.
It was the only time she ever taught at Nine Gates and I was so grateful to have been there. In those days we were able to get tapes of the whole Nine Gates experience. Over the next five or six years I listened to the tapes of Angeles’ segment a number of times. A few things she taught have been touchstones for me ever since.
I’ve written about my favorite teaching previously so I’ll give the short version here. If you can only see love when it’s expressed YOUR way, you may miss all kinds of love that surrounds you. Other people will express love their way; can you open the channels to receive it?
I’ve owned her wonderful Tarot book for many years and it’s always open at my side when I lay out the cards.
Marilyn Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) did a lovely memorial tribute to her that you can see here.
She’s always been on my mental list of people with whom I’d like to study when time and money allow and I’m so sorry that won’t happen. Rest in peace Angeles.
If I’m going to talk about teachers, I want to do a piece on my teacher and long-time friend, Gay Luce. Gay helped to define my idea of a good teacher. When she’s in an expanded place she’s the embodiment of love and she can hold an energy so strong she can hold the energy of a large crowd in a particular chakra. She’s also human and has issues and wants you to know it. She’s never stopped studying and learning and the teachings at Nine Gates change and grow along with her.
Nine Gates Mystery School is an amazing program. I went through in 1990 and it not only changed my life then, but through the friends I made and the teachers I encountered it continues to change me. Gay herself describes it here:
It’s hard to decide which aspect had a greater impact. You work intensively with the energy of each of nine chakras and just learning how to identify the energy of each and to move to it at will is profound. Until that time I had followed a strictly New Age path. The chance to work with masters of Sufi, Kahuna, Taoism, etc. transformed my sense of walking a spiritual path. I made friends among the students, teachers and staff who have been at the center of my heart ever since.
It’s Gay’s brilliant abilities that have pulled it all together. She’s 80 now – experience her at Nine Gates soon! http://www.ninegates.org