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September 7, 2009

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Women do yoga around a medicine wheel at a Women’s Equinox Retreat. Organizers of the Three Feathers Spiritual Enrichment Center say they often blend various faith backgrounds into their practices.

Women do yoga around a medicine wheel at a Women’s Equinox Retreat. Organizers of the Three Feathers Spiritual Enrichment Center say they often blend various faith backgrounds into their practices.

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For more information about Three Feathers Spiritual Enrichment Center, visit threefeathers.org, call Rick and Kathy Daugherty at (785) 654-3416 or e-mail them at info@threefeathers.org.

Rick and Kathy Daugherty wanted people who didn’t fit in at traditional religious groups to have a place to worship.

So they co-founded the Three Feathers Spiritual Enrichment Center, with the goal of restoring health to the planet by reconnecting people with their spiritual source, their natural environment and themselves.

But that’s not to say they’re not accepting of other faiths.

“These practices enhance the faith practices you’re already plugged into,” Kathy says. “It’s like a black-and-white TV turning into a color TV.”

Those practices include fire walks, non-traditional sweat lodges, women’s circles and energy healing.

Rick says it’s all done without passing judgment or pushing beliefs onto visitors.

“My job is not to tell you what to believe,” he says. “My job is to give you accurate information and let you make the choice from there.”

One of the practices Rick uses is energy healing, allowing people to be informed about any spiritual problems they may be having.

“I close my eyes and go inside and read if there’s any blockage in energy flow in the body,” Rick says. “I can look into past lives and look into the current lifetime and see what the issues are and what’s entangled there. If they’re frustrated with themselves or with someone else, I can help untangle those emotions.”

Another process, called a fire walk, allows people to see their fears as the illusions that they truly are. According to Lawrence resident and Three Feathers member Cynthia McKay, hot coals are raked out over the ground and people walk across them. But it’s not as scary as it sounds.

“If you’re spiritually ready, there’s an energy vortex that absorbs the energy of the fire so no one gets burned,” she says. “It’s an amazing experience.”

The women’s circles are another component of the Three Feathers Center. In these circles, Kathy leads women through lessons on how to respect their bodies and honor their womb space.

“I do try to help people understand that the earth is a conscientious being, and we work in harmony with her,” she says.

The Daughertys also want to let others who are afraid of being pegged into one faith know that they draw from a variety of traditions.

“One lady described us as a giant smorgasbord of spiritual tools,” Kathy says. “Folks have tried to put us in a box and haven’t really found one we fit in yet.”

Comments

mr_right_wing 5 years, 3 months ago

So what is the difference between this and the Unity church? Personally, the church I attend is completely at the other end of the spectrum; fundamental conservative...and this may come as a shock to some, but I completely stand behind 'freedom of religion'. You really can't call this a "Biblical" church, but I guess that is exactly what they are fleeing.

Peace, harmony, flowers and love to you (in perfectly synchronized karma) my brothers and sisters....

kcwarpony 5 years, 3 months ago

"Women do yoga around a medicine wheel at a Women’s Equinox Retreat. Organizers of the Three Feathers Spiritual Enrichment Center say they often blend various faith backgrounds into their practices."

Nothing more than new age culture vultures.

kateku 5 years, 3 months ago

MRW -- I don't know much about Unity, so I can't give you a straight answer, but with Three Feathers is more about spirituality than religion. It is about connecting with each other, the earth and a higher being (whatever you want to call it) and using all kinds of tools to do so.

KC -- That was kind of a judgmental statement don't you think? You really should learn more about Three Feathers, Rick and Kath, before you make such statements.

I'll be attending the retreat this weekend, and can not wait! It is a chance to connect with other women, the earth, and myself. I love how inviting and inclusive Three Feathers and everything about it is!

kcwarpony 5 years, 3 months ago

Medicine wheels are used as part of a sacred ceremony by some tribes and are not intended for “doing yoga”. If these people (Rick and Kath) are native, they should know better! If they are non native then they have helped themselves to part of our spirituality and should be ashamed of themselves. Who gave them the right to take what they want and use it to their own means?

Go to their website, http://www.threefeathers.org These people are frauds! Just look at what they offer…

“The staff of Three Feathers is committed to providing quality healing services at a fair price. Healing sessions are offered at $60 per hour.”

“Rev. Kathy Daugherty offers healing through clairvoyant readings by accessing her Spirit Guide, Grey Eagle.”

“Any of the healing services offered by Three Feathers can be offered in person or by phone.”

“You can pay for healing sessions and regressions online through PayPal. Visit the Remote Healings page and pay quickly and securely.”

They have a line of products… “Lodge of the Butterfly Goddess”.

They are making money off of this! If they are going to steal elements of native spirituality then they should be prepared to be called what they are…culture vultures, fakes, and thieves!

goddess1000names 5 years, 3 months ago

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