Our "Aspects of the Hebrew Way" Celebration this Spring!

We are Celebrating! 
What are we Celebrating?
We are Celebrating Our Universal Story. As civilizations rise and fall, the remnants of the cultures they leave behind are in the form of stories & art. The power of story is real. Stories preserve community and family culture. They can also renew an individual's connection with their Creator and their identity in this world. Stories are what keep us connected in our churches, families & communities. No matter where we come from, we all share our Universal story of Creation & the Creator.

The Pilgrim's Course Tutorial (Online Retreat) class sharing an introduction to the Hebraic Principles of Creation, is all about this Universal Story and finding it's origin in the Old Testament!  As we come to see that circle-pattern in the scriptures, we come to see ourselves in this story like we never have before.  As we come to see that circle-pattern in the scriptures, we come to see our connection to each other and our need for gathering and celebrating! 

We are meeting on Shavuot 2021 to Celebrate in The Hebrew Way!   That includes the holistic nurturing of singing, dancing, whole foods, wholesome study and discussion, playful projects, Celebration of God's Word and His leading us in our "Universal story", and our like-minded connection!   

We also desire to continue our Original culture with every effort and resist any efforts to "cancel culture".  We must know why it is so important for us to be doing these simple yet essential things, like singing!   We are Celebrating through Song to help encourage and transfer our story!  Music and singing is a powerful gift from God to carry our story on through the ages. 

We are Celebrating Song.

Did you know that a culture of singing is what freed the entire nation of Estonia? After Stalin took over the Baltic States in 1939/1940, the people lost their freedom to celebrate their cultural singing festivals. After 50 years, they began overcoming their fears and gathering to sing their cultural songs. This gave them more and more courage to stand against their oppressors and grew to a point where they stood, hand-in-hand, in 1991, against the tanks, singing. The world saw this on the news and it was the first time we in the West understood what had been happening those 50 years after WWII. Singing is powerful!!  Through a simple song, we can learn a powerful message.    For this Celebration, we have prepared an original Be-Attitude song.  Shelley Schneider and Emily Erickson have been working to compose it and I am so excited to sing it with all joining us!

We are Celebrating Joyful Movement.

Did you ever notice that each culture around the world includes dance as a part of their festivals? Have you ever wondered why? Did you know movement is a strong need of the body and even helps us release negative emotions to Christ? Think about it. Running is great to do when we have to let-off steam. Walking may help us think. Yoga and breathing helps us to calm the chatter in our minds. There are many studies and research showing the benefits of movement. Now, did you also know the Jewish culture enjoys a dance at their wedding feasts? This tradition goes back anciently, and I believe has something to do with the word feast, which means, to gather in a circle and dance.

I invite you to gather in a circle and dance with us!   This 
joyful movement, called Contra (circle) dancing, is a form of a Hebraic circle-dance which we've inherited from our Ephraimite culture.

We are Celebrating Our Connection.

As women, we believe we were made for relieving the poor, mournful, hungry & thirsty, persecuted... in society.  Our Vision of Celebrations comes from Original families who gathered each year to Celebrate by telling our Universal story of Creation and how Adam & Eve came to be.  Over the years this tradition can be seen as families gathered in large-scale Celebrations working and learning together.  In each they are telling their community stories and the most powerful story:  Their Creation Stories.   This includes their dances and singing and the words that give them strength and power.  They utilize beautiful colors, material like fabrics, paper and paints and they also use the tools of the technology they had.    We believe it is time to restore this way of lifting the wounded, poor and hungry among us.  As we join together with this vision in mind, we can unify our purpose and connection as women!  

Come join us in this Celebration!

When:  May 15th 2021
Where:  Fountain Green, Utah (one hour south of Provo)
Time:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

Learn more and register from HERE.

~ Katie Hansen

Becoming in The Hebrew Way

I'm really excited to share with you what's going on in Foundation Builder Guide!

We have been working on completing some major parts of our Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources which guide mothers through the process of learning the Principles of Creation with her children or grandchildren. This is our do-it-yourself program which can stand alone, or accompanies our Level 1 Principles of Creation Study mentoring program.

The significant process I have gone through in building these resources illustrates two major things to those of us who are working on becoming special women who encircle together, with our husbands and families, to act as “Protectors” of God’s Laws, His children and His culture.
  1. A VISION of the abundant and inspired talent, resources and tools that God is preparing now to bless our communities in the future.
  2. The PROCESS in which we each might personally allow ourselves to be refined.

To illustrate this, I would like to share with you the story of this process of refinement that HouseoftheBook.org-Foundation Builder Guide has evolved through over the past seven years.

Several years prior to 2013, I had already been on my journey of learning and then teaching Aspects of the Hebrew Way, and was coming to understand more about what I have termed are the Principles of Creation.   I technically began building what I named the Foundation Builder Guide organization in 2013 under the LiberLabs non-profit my husband and a friend had begun, but not officially.  The non-profit began with a vision of a 3-day per week K-12 Leadership Education type school and I was the developer of the curriculum for ages 5-8. The original idea was to create picture books and learning project stations in every subject. My friend envisioned us mentoring teachers in this program. Though she had these plans at first, I wasn’t feeling drawn to teach in an environment like that, 
and so her vision dissolved and we didn’t proceed with that plan. I did, however, feel called to mentor my previous Hebraic Principles content with the mothers in my one-day a week New Commonwealth School community in the Junior program setting. 

That original non-profit dissolved, but was a vital part of clarifying what my vision for Foundation Builder Guide was by showing me what it was not, and was an huge catalyst
 for me to get on the path towards what it was really meant to become all along.  I believe my friend was put there by God to prod me into a new direction. That is what a good mentor does, right? I was doing a lot of prayerful asking at the time, and I know God, through my friend, called me to it. Even though we didn’t end up working together, I am very grateful for her role in my life as it fulfilled prophetic direction I had received previously. It also got my husband involved as my partner in Foundation Builder Guide, which has proved to be a huge blessing for our family.

The first 3 years were spent creating most of the foundational mother & children’s Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources content including stories, songs, dances, exploration & discovery activities, but over the next three years, efforts were put into building the scaffolding of the organization itself, and most importantly it was identified how that first non-profit experience had falsely defined the direction Foundation Builder Guide.

There were several factors that influenced my efforts in the beginning, but which would prove to need refining into what God was teaching me to be more aligned with The Hebrew Way.  The following explanations show how God led me to principles which would bring the program into harmony with that Way. 
  1. This inspired program was for the Mother to learn and teach in her home and from her home, not for trained teachers to teach other women’s children in a school-like learning environment. I have come to realize that the Mother’s heart is what we are impressing and inspiring in these Symbolic-learning at Home Resources, and there would be no point to teach this solely to children or grandchildren if the mother/grandmother was not involved. Instead of feeling drawn to train teachers in an environment removed from home, I knew this Foundation Builder Guide was for the Mother who is the house and home. I have seen first hand that this symbolic-language is only appropriately shared through natural and organic environments like storytelling, which provide the delivery method of these Principles of Creation. Although it could be taught by one who was mentored in these symbolic principles, how would that directly help the Mother who is the one who really needs it since her influence on the front lines of her home, family and community are what make all the difference?    
  2. The original Hebraic Principles of Creation-based stories we were writing were to be in a storytelling format, with limited illustrations, not full color illustrated picture books. As my friend and I wrote the original stories, I would mentor her on the symbolic principles that each story focused on. I had a very strong impression that instead of these stories becoming children's books with each page illustrated, they needed to be stories where the mother could engage her storytelling skills. This natural method would help illustrate the images to her children’s minds through hearing them, allowing them to more actively engage in the creative visual learning process as well as allow them to illustrate it for themselves if they chose. That’s what is so great about reading aloud!
  3. Use Fairy Tales and other folk tales for additional complementary stories first, not the Aesop's Fables. This epiphany came partially because of my previous efforts in learning and researching the symbolic layers of meaning in the Fairy Tales. When I added this part to my research for the program, I intuitively knew these types of stories were more in line with the Hebraic Principles of Creation and showed the true Hebrew Way with the biblical symbols interwoven throughout, rather than drawing a conclusion for the learner, as Aesop’s Fables do. This simple choice would provide another witness of the refinement which was taking place.
  4. Create the content to be simple magazine-like booklets which could be carried around easily, not as a mentor-training binder. As I wrote the first edition of the Guidebooks in 2014, I was influenced by my training experiences for our Commonwealth School as well as by my friend, in the way she created training materials. I had begun teaching online and had given out a binder of the stories and other materials to the mothers in my classes. After I had received the direction to shift its delivery from a classroom-style training binder to a simpler magazine format, it felt so much better! With the materials in a binder, it had the feel of taking the mother out of the natural home-like environment into the status quo, teacher-training world, externally, that wouldn’t result in her natural internal transformation or in transferring the content into her home very well. The goal was to deliver the content in a simple, organic way that empowers the mother/grandmother as the expert in her own home and to not have her be in any way intimidated by it.   
These are just a few examples of how in each step of my journey of building this program for mothers, there were deliberate shifts away from the paradigm I began with, and how that process was revealing changes that invited and facilitated inward movement and accessibility for the Mother.

Looking back now, I realize that during the initial three years of creating it, I was highly influenced externally by that non-profit experience which had initially defined my direction. I had taken those influences on by default and it wasn’t in reality the way in which Foundation Builder Guide was designed to be created. The way was in me and I needed to learn to trust my intuition and God’s direction. I knew there was an original way of delivering these Principles of Creation that was different than anything else currently available. As I learned to validate and honor the vision I’d been given, through witness after witness, and many miracles experienced, I gained the gift of confidence in my Savior that He was leading me along. Over time, He not only gave me the “what” of an entire program for mothers in the home, but also, specific direction for its deliverance in a uniquely created retreat training in the “how.” I came to trust and depend on that guidance as I continued creating every aspect of this work. It later proved to be teaching me something I couldn’t understand at the time, but now recognize as part of this pattern of becoming in God’s “Hebrew Way.”

After that first three year period, I had the opportunity and blessing to experience some deep valleys in the shadow of death which challenged the very fiber of my being. I was homebound and spent many days in bed, as some generational trauma surfaced. A year later, we moved to a new city, and I came to a point where everything with Foundation Builder Guide seemed to be metaphorically ”tossed in the air”. The way I had tried to go forward with it in the past didn’t seem to be working, and I wanted to know how I should proceed. With all my heart I could see what could help mothers in implementing it and I knew in order to be true to the vision God had given me of the complete program, including the Women’s Retreat training, I needed help from God to show me how. One night in October 2017, I knelt in prayer in submission and asked what God wanted me to do with it. The next morning I received a text from a friend in the program saying, “I just had a dream that I needed to help you.” That witness ignited within me a new sense of purpose very much needed in order to continue the process of creating the space for the full support organization to form, re-evaluating all the different parts of content and creating new ways of sharing these Principles of Creation. Foundation Builder Guide has experienced a rebirth, out of which has come beautiful, printed materials, and delivery methods that have evolved into a complete mentoring system for the mother in the home, all in the Hebrew Way.

The following principles show the changes which have come out of that new inspiration which continue to reveal this process of Becoming in The Hebrew Way:

  1. Invite learning from both sides of the brain through drawing, illustrating and creating, in addition to storytelling. My youngest son is my only child with whom phonics hasn’t worked to help him to read. He read the words from right to left instead of left to right, and he couldn’t blend words, so I began there, telling him that reading the letters from right to left was the “Hebrew Way,” and showing him that reading the letters left to right was the “English way.” It taught me a lot about how he was so wonderfully living his reality in his right-side of the brain. That is natural for our younger than age 9 children! God protects these children through these foundational stages. I didn’t want to disturb that, so I created the English & Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Drawing Guide as a way to create a natural bridge to help the information cross from the right side of his brain over the midline to the left side, which enabled him to utilize both sides. As he and I together, drew the English and Ancient Hebrew alphabet letters in a large notebook, I told him the stories of the House of Israel which I have associated with each and every Ancient Hebrew letter as well as others I found that correspond with our English Alphabet letters. I learned that drawing and storytelling in this way was an even better and more natural way of delivering these Hebraic Principles of Creation, as opposed to just telling a story.   

  2. Show the whole of the Biblical House of Israel story through the Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book, not just one part at a time as I had been offering in the program. Writing “the stories” of the House of Israel, was one of my earliest promptings that led to building Foundation Builder Guide in the first place.  I wanted to shout from the rooftops this grand sweeping saga of the House of Israel! Since that time, I have been engaged in sharing this wonderful story as I teach of those stories each month, and have even written fictional children’s stories illuminating many aspects of that Biblical House of Israel story. It was a new idea for me when I felt inspired in 2019 to publish an alphabet book which included a House of Israel story in connection with each of those symbolic pictographs in one simple book. I was then guided and directed to offer the Drawing Guide which includes even more research on those House of Israel stories. Not only would this help many learn more about this alphabet, and introduce what Foundation Builder Guide is doing for the world, but it would assist mothers in capturing a greater vision of the whole, before she engages in the parts. It would help her see a more full picture and gain a familiarity with this ancient saga through powerful symbols & simple stories.   

  3. Share the foundational "Sun at Horizon" Principle of Creation with the women first, to build foundation. Since I began writing on my blog about this circle-pattern in the scriptures in 2010, I always held the vision of the primary role this “Sun at Horizon” plays in all our lives and its role in The Hebrew Way; of how it shows us the possibility of the process of ascension. It is one of the most exciting things I love to share about! I couldn’t quite figure out how to emphasize it to the women until the same month in October 2017, I was shown how I could share The Pilgrims Course principle in a stand alone online class. What I soon saw was this was one of the major foundation stones which was lacking from what I had previously taught in those early pilot classes of 2013-2018. Now, in Foundation Builder Guide’s Intro Principles of Creation Class, before I even teach about the Principles of Creation, I introduce women and mothers to this ancient symbol as well as offer ways to support our whole body, mind, heart and spirit through our journey using a Daily Nurturing Guide.   

  4. Enhance the Children’s Hebraic symbol journal page to include all the elements offered and let the Symbolic language be the Guide. The last thing we have refined in the Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources is to combine the single journal pages into twenty-two separate, 10-page My Principles of Creation Journals. These journals, which can be printed off using the pdf link, are placed in each Principle of Creation Module to help mothers guide their children through the materials available. They include a coloring page, places to record the devotional verses or other discovery experiences, the original children’s story and the Biblical House of Israel story. It's a beautiful tool that offers an invitation to explore and discover more. It doesn't tell the mother what to do, or instruct using a lesson plan, but simply empowers the mother by acting as a guide as she uses the online Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources.

These new improvements made the delivery of these resources into the way it was meant to be. It is almost like my earlier experience which had influenced me had to be wiped off and reset. The slate had to be cleaned. I had to learn not to look to that previous experience as a guide for these resources, but to look to God, having no idea what He was directing me to do with this material, but allow Him to show me in small ways, step by step. Each experience confirmed that I already had the content within me, and just needed to adjust this or that in order to share it in a new way, the way it was meant to be shared.

Now, if I went through this guided step-by-step process in the refinement of Foundation Builder Guide’s Symbolic-learning at Home Resources, seeing God create this through me and learning that it has been my commission to teach the Principles of Creation, could others be going through the same process with entirely different, but unique prepared purposes? This has given me the vision that God is guiding others in the same way he guided me, and this is how the refinement of our culture will happen in order for us to create the kind of Zion society we desire - the kind of communities we are going to create after this crisis we are going through. It is very exciting!

The refinement process I went through in building Foundation Builder Guide, reveals the same pattern we all can travel. It is taught in the Foundation Builder Guide’s Intro Principles of Creation Class, The Pilgrim’s Course Tutorial, on Day 3 & 4 recording. This pattern and process guides us to shift and alter our ways of living and being, and our delivery methods of teaching our children, from an externally dependent, one-size-fits-all, coercive, masculine way, to an internal, feminine, guiding, leading, mentoring, and nurturing, self-reliant, truly-trusting-in-our-Creator, Way. It shows the need to weed out and reset all those ways in us that enable the perpetuation of what we have inherited from the Western, Occidental or Greek model way. The original Hebraic way, is an Oriental model. It follows our internal and intuitive guidance system, is holistic, involving the whole self, with physical-intellectual-social-emotional-spiritual parts, being equally engaged, thus bringing balance. It is unseen, and informal and necessitates an entire trusting in God and the unknown.

This process of transformation illustrates how we each are invited to shift, change and become the more intuitive, internal, feminine, gently nurturing, guiding, leading women and mothers we were meant to be, and building that tribal family community that we desire. This banding together of women, acting as a protective shield, protecting God's laws, his children, and his community in His ways, is essential.

Seeing this process and pattern for what it truly is and does, gives me a vision of what God is creating in us for ourselves, our future and our communities.

It gives us a model to follow, and a visual picture of the refinement that is needed within each of us; the shift from an externally dependent way, to an internally unseen, unknown, trusting in God, self-reliant way.

It's beautiful. And it gives us hope for the future.

To learn more:

Last exciting thing: we are in the process of editing all twenty-two original children’s stories. These will be combined in a Storybook with the sheet music of original songs and dance steps. Through that storybook, delivered in the Hebrew Way, we can share these important principles from the mother's heart and home, into the heart and home of her children.

What the World Needs is More Babies

When God wants to change the world, he sends a baby! Each year we Celebrate this beautiful plan when we remember the life and birth of Jesus Christ into this Earthly World.

The Christ Child | Light the World (comeuntochrist.org)
As God first gave Adam and Eve the ability to procreate and have babies, we see His plan to change the world come into action by giving each of us the ability to continue His “house” or family here. Every single baby, then, has the potential to literally change this world by bringing new divine souls into it.

In more recent births, from the year 1254, with the birth of Marco Polo, to the year 1637 of Father Jacques Marquette, God sent over 20 babies to Italy, France, Spain, England, and Portugal, to accomplish the discovery of the New World. Yes, those babies followed their hearts inclinations and families' traditions as they turned to the sea to expand Westward across the great Atlantic ocean. 

Although, sadly, harm came to the inhabitants of the Americas because of it, the good they did for the world in setting into action events of the Gentile people moving into that land, was World changing. God knew what He was doing for He is the one who sent those Explorers. From the birth of John Smith in 1580, or Elizabeth Tilley in 1607, these Fathers and Mothers birthed men and women who established the freest nation and government the world has ever known. And, it was all because of the birth of a whole new age of babies like the Heroic Madelon in 1678, James Otis and Crispus Attucks in 1725, and George Washington in 1732.
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (recorded as instruction from the Lord given to Joseph Smith in the Doctrine and Covenants chapter 101 verse 80)
Frank William Boreham, born in 1871 in England, noticed this Divine Pattern as well. He stated:

“In 1809 men were following, with bated breath, the march of Napoleon, and waiting with feverish impatience for latest news of the wars. And all the while in their own homes, babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everyone was thinking about battles… In one year between Trafalgar and Waterloo there stole into the world a host of heroes: Gladstone was born in Liverpool… Oliver Wendell Homes in Massachusetts, and Abraham Lincoln in Kentucky. 

“But nobody thought of babies, everyone was thinking of battles. Yet, which of the battles of 1809 mattered more than the babies of 1809? We fancy God can manage His world only by the great battalions, when all the while He is doing it with beautiful babies.

“When a wrong wants righting, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants discovering, God sends a baby into the world to do it.”
What might your reason be for coming to this Earthly World? How might that be contributing to the continuation of God’s House and Family?

F. W. Boreham knew it was babies who really changed the World; babies sent from God. From Adam to Abraham, from David to The Christ, these special babies had a mission to continue God’s family of believers and be a witness for thousands of years of His-Story of continuation and redemption of the World. As he wrote on The Quality of Mercy, in The Heavenly Octave, p. 87, he said,

"As a result of fifty generations of Christianity, something of the spirit of Jesus has become ingrained in the very blood of the race, and it would take a thousand years of atheism to get it out again."

If I could have any influence in this world, it would be to keep atheism and secular humanism from taking root in my lineage and to have it be etched away and daily battled against in the communities in which I reside. My heart's desire on how that can be accomplished, is summed up in a Hebrew parable written after the pattern of generations of families who carried on traditions of righteousness. We can read the story from which I feel the words of this parable was inspired, in the 18th chapter of Genesis when Abraham prayed for righteous people who lived in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah to not be destroyed just yet:
If there are 20 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 10 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 5 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 2 right-doing men in the world, they will be my son and I.
If there is one right-doing man in the world, I will be that man.

Like this ancient parable, I can be that woman who carries on the right-use of truth by showing and nurturing my children in the way they can go and in mentoring them in following their heart's desires. I can trust God has planted in those hearts that Divine seed of potential which He sent them here to blossom forth to this world.

Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859–1937), 
Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures, ca. 1909. 
Oil on canvas, 48.8 × 40 in. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.

How might this Spirit of Jesus continue to be ingrained in your generational line? What can you do to continue God’s story here in this sinful world? Will you be among those right-doing women and men?

And, who will be with you if not your own babies?

  • Read more about the amazing Frank William Boreham
  • Watch/Read Ted Callister's video presentation in The Mayflower Promise Conference
  • Read/Listen all about the Explorers in Libraries of Hope's, My American Story Book
  • A modern address, echoing the words of F.W. Boreham, was recently delivered to the US Congress. Although satirical in nature, it carries the same profound message.  See this address here.
  • Learn about Seed in The Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book.  

Climb out of the MainStream

Are you in the mainstream? Do you know where it is heading? Could it be going off a cliff?

It occurred to me the other day that if we are floating along downstream in the main stream of water, we are technically heading downward. Downward to where? Is the “stream” we are floating in heading off the highlands and over a waterfall, or, could it be heading down and out to the vast chaos of the sea?

What if our source of drinking water comes from the mainstream after it has traveled over a length of miles over fields of cow pastures, pesticide-disrupted farmland and artificial hormone-filled human waste plants? Is the water really pure enough to drink or soak in?

If we could all clearly see the effects of hanging out in the mainstream or drinking the water from downstream, we may choose to not want to be in it or to drink from that source. However, the effort it takes to turn around and head upstream to find safer sources of water, just makes the journey seem too hard. The truth is, the way up stream is harder. It takes a lot more effort and may not seem worth it at first.

However, wouldn’t we much rather be nourished from the spring of fresh water up the mountain, instead of staying acclimated in the downstream? Wouldn’t we want to get our source from the pure spring of truth?

Reality tells us it’s time to make the effort to climb out of the mainstream. This well-traveled course is heading off a cliff and the “drinking water” there is no longer safe for human consumption. As I think more on it, is it even prudent or safe to sit and hang out in it at all? If what is coming down the mainstream is corrupted or poisonous, drinking or being immersed in it would not only be unsafe physically, but also mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

A great leader and a modern Apostle of the Lord, Jeffrey R. Holland said this:

“We are witnessing an ever greater movement toward polarity. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints (or any Saints and Christians). The middle of the road will be withdrawn.

“If you are treading water in the current of a river, you will go somewhere. You simply will go wherever the current takes you. Going with the stream, following the tide, drifting in the current will not do.

“Choices have to be made. Not making a choice is a choice. Learn to choose now.”
From the source of the Spring, comes forth a depth of principles and laws given by our Creator. The Hebrews call it the Language of Creation (symbolism, poetry, art, etc.) This bold statement attributed to Martin Luther gives us a glimpse into the value of drinking from the source of the Spring.

Drinking from the mainstream is almost worse than drinking or learning from the Latin/Roman’s puddle, because since that time, we’ve had 2000 years of Westward expansion (from the Roman Empire to the United States today). Could there be anything of substance left in the puddle? Many things could have been changed, perverted or corrupted in between all those years.

It is time.

Let’s head to the hills and search for the water springing out from the mountain-top source. It is pure and oh, so refreshing! “Drinking” from the most original sources is where to find truth as well as associate with others who drink from that source.

Note: I awoke with these thoughts this week and drew this picture of people drinking from the mainstream. I am planning on drawing it on my whiteboard, which we use in our family room, to place on display, and then, to let my children ask me about what this is so we can discuss it together.

Symbolism of the Cry of the Shofar

The Shofar

Written by Michael A. Hansen

The Shofar is the Jewish calling voice. It was used in ancient Israel to announce the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) and call people together.

It is heard in the Bible during times of joy and war and in the temple. The Shofar is related to the ‘forgiveness and mercy’ month. It is blown in every Israeli community during Rosh Hashanah (New Year).

This horn is believed by the Jewish faith to open up the gates of heaven. There are three main types of shofar blasts — tekiah, shevarim and t’ruah.
  • The tekiah blast is one long note that acts as a kind of summons. Others have suggested that it is the sound of a king’s coronation. On Rosh Hashanah, Israel is traditionally called to reaffirm God’s sovereignty.
  • Shevarim literally means “breaks” or “fractures.” The shevarim blast is three medium-length notes that have been compared to the sound of weeping.
  • The t’ruah blast is a series of very short, staccato sounds that have been compared to an urgent alarm, calling us to rouse from our spiritual slumber.
The blasts of the shofar are wake-up calls. Rosh Hashanah is the time to shake-out of our spiritual slumber, reconnect to our Source, and recommit to our divine mission in this world. It is considered a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the shofar blown.

The text sung on the following page is taken from the Kedusha, shacharit prayer for Shabbat and Holidays.

An ancient Jewish prayer - Mi’mekomcha 
by Rabbi Carlebach, 
performed by Yamma Ensemble  (click here to listen)

מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תּוֹפִיעַ⁠

Mimkomcha malkeinu tofia

From your place, our King, may you appear 

וְתִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ, כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ⁠

V’timloch aleinu, ki m’chakim anachnu lach. 

And reign over us, for we are waiting for You. 

מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן, בְּקָרוֹב, בְּיָמֵינו 

Matai timloch b’tzion, b’karov, b’yameinu

When will you reign in Zion? Soon, in our days, 

לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד תִּשְׁכּוֹן

L’olam va’ed tishkon.

Forever may you dwell there.

תִּתְגַּדֵּל וְתִתְקַדֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ

Titkadal v’titkadash b’toch y’rushalayim ircha,

May You be exalted and sanctified within your city Jerusalem.

לְדוֹר וָדוֹר, וּלְנֵצַח נְצָחִים

L’dor vador ul’netzach n’tzachim.

Generation after generation, and for all eternity.

וְעֵינֵינוּ תִּרְאֶינָה מַלְכוּתֶךָ

V’eineinu tirenah malchutecha,

May Your eyes see Your kingdom.

כַּדָּבָר הָאָמוּר בְּשִׁירֵי עֻזֶּךָ

Kadavar ha’amur b’shirei uzecha.

As this matter is expressed in the songs of Your might.

עַל יְדֵי דָּוִד, מְשִׁיחַ צִדְקֶךָ

v’al yedei David, meshiach tzidkecha.

And by David, the Messiah of your Justice.

מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תּוֹפִיעַ⁠
וְתִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ⁠
מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן
מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן
בְּקָרוֹב בְּיָמֵינו
לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד תִּשְׁכּוֹן
תִּתְגַּדֵּל וְתִתְקַדֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ
לְדוֹר וָדוֹר וּלְנֵצַח נְצָחִים
וְעֵינֵינוּ תִּרְאֶינָה מַלְכוּתֶךָ
כַּדָּבָר הָאָמוּר בְּשִׁירֵי עֻזֶּךָ
עַל יְדֵי דָּוִד מְשִׁיחַ צִדְקֶךָ

How could listening to this Shofar remind you of your obligations to return to Christ through recognizing, reflecting, releasing, reforming and restoring?

“Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.” Alma 60:23

Why am I holding a retreat at this time?

Why am I holding a retreat at this time and year?

For several years from 2001-2009, I was asking myself, and God, and searching for what it was He wanted me to do. Life-Mission has been a focus in our home educational plan over the last 20 years, so it was a natural question I was asking. "Why did He send me here? What was it He wanted me to Be & Do?"   I was also very concerned about our future. A future day like Today! I observed and noticed how people were preparing for a day like what we very well could face in the future. One person was preparing by getting 5+years food supply, one person by preparing a private honeymoon suite, another by preparing a birthing center. I didn't want to just copy others preparation. I wanted to know how I could prepare! What is it God wanted my husband and I to have ready for a day like today? I was very concerned we didn't have more support for our old brick house, that we didn't have a back up water system, etc.

I received Heaven's help in several ways, but one was a dream in 2009 where I was shown, that I didn't have to worry about having every single thing prepared (like I was worrying), and that He would help me. I had the very strong impression that there is a place prepared for me; that He didn't want me to prepare that way.  

Within a few months, I awoke with the words "The Hebrew Way" in a triangle shape and drew it into my notebook. I went forward in holding a retreat with that theme, in classes based on the articles on my blog, in teaching a class I was feeling I needed to create. It kept going...

When I saw some family also preparing and telling me interpretations of others' dreams and prophecy, I began asking them, "What could that mean symbolically?" I knew there were symbolic interpretations of my own dreams and visions and could see within myself and others around me, that there was a limited ability to see "poetically and symbolically," as well as being able to see more deeper meanings. Hmm... "That "Hebrew Way"... is this what God wants me to do to prepare?" I wondered.

It became quite evident when everything around me was manifesting of these ways, that there was something to this "Hebrew way" thing. I came to know God was leading me and answering my questions of what He wanted me to Be & Do. Yes, I had to get this "Hebrew Way" thing a part of my being, so God gave me a project to learn through it. This is what God wanted me to do. Honestly, I didn't want to do so much since I had a 3 year old in the beginning, but the more I followed my heart and took baby steps forward, the more vision I could see. Then, it was almost too late. How could I not do what He had shown me to do??

For 6 years, I have worked in my spare time to get the foundation set up to hold the vision of what I was shown. I tried prematurely and failed, yet learned more. After a huge life-altering trial which corrected a major faulty foundation stone and root system in my house/tree, and a move, and my oldest leaving to Russia, and a trip to Israel, all within 3 weeks of each other, all the pieces of the "what" He wanted me to do were almost thrown into the air.

Slowly, month by month, I have felt led to rebuild and release the old, and reform & restore what may have been what God wanted me to do from the beginning. I had to learn so many lessons foreign to my soul. Although, these last 3 years I have seen the hand of God in this endeavor just as much as I did from the beginning and through the most intense parts. Everything lined up to January 2020 with the creation of the right team being very possible, and we came together to prepare for this September 17-19th 2020.

We are holding a space and place for those who are called to prepare to nurture through Creation's Arts ~ The Organic Environments & Materials. From the beginning when I gained a vision of WHY a retreat was needed to transfer "The Hebrew Way," I could see the cultures around were nourished by these arts and that Creation's Arts, had helped preserve Nations. For example, Singing preserved the nation, story & culture of Estonia during 50 long hard years of Russian invasion. This taught me deeply.  We too will be facing these kinds of times and we too will need to preserve our story & culture.   

When I saw what was happening in America, I knew we were preparing at the exact right time God wanted us to! THIS is what we need as a people right now. Our homes need to be mini retreat learning centers, restoring our Original culture & story and preserving more original Godly ways. This is about restoration.... and preserving...., and awakening to ways we didn't even know existed. This is what I feel I was created to do, and, my family and I are going to do our best to see these ways restored in our communities as well. Just one thing at a time.

This is why we are going forward according to plans from a seed that was planted within me a decade ago. Our culture will not be canceled in my neck of the woods! God has given us the tools to know exactly what to do. We have been prepared and we are ready to serve. If we cannot be gathering in our official women's organizations, then we will privately. We are creating a deliberate nurturing environment that will be felt deeply, in order that the women can walk away and transform their homes, creating this beauty within the communities in which they reside. It is a training and very much a healing center. (see all the words I feel describe this.)

See all the things we have been building here.  There are links to read more on each one there as well.

Preparing Women to Restore Our Original Culture

How am I doing this?
With the help from God and many others, I have built a not-for-profit organization, called Foundation Builder Guide, to help prepare and train Women for helping restore original holistic ways of nurturing, learning and healing in our homes & community. In the days ahead, we are going to need women who can see in a balanced whole, connected, and principled way to live, learn and become. 

Are you called to prepare in these ways?

Through a Symbolic Women's Retreat Training:
As women, we believe we were made for relieving the poor, mournful, hungry & thirsty, persecuted... in society. Come join us in preparing to nurture the wounded in this time of turmoil. Many will be gathering in groups around us and our need to increase in our ability to see truth and have "eyes to see" ~so that we can nurture them~ is upon us. We believe it is time. It's time to restore these ways. It's time for this restoring event.
Begin your leadership training through these essential Principles of Creation today.  See here.

Registration closes August 14th for the pre-retreat prep.

Through Symbolic-Study for Women:
This incredible study for women, of the Hebraic Principles of Creation, strengthens and fortifies foundation in our mind & heart clarifying all truth. The immediate benefit is ~ increasing our ability to make connections ~ and it gives THE framework for a lifetime! These God-centric principles become the Guide.  Women's and Mothers, this program is powerful.

Here are some images of our two study resources - The Principles of Creation Study Guide & Companion Workbook, and online study site.

To learn more about this Hebraic Study, begin by taking the Intro Principles of Creation Class ~ The Pilgrim's Course Tutorial.  Click here to learn more

Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources for Mother's:
Building foundation in the home couldn't be more easy with our Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources!! If you are concerned more about your children's lifetime learning path of becoming a person of character and choosing Godly directed life-mission choices, then what you need is to help set their foundation on character-based principles and learn all the subjects out from there.
Foundation Builder Guide's discovered Hebraic Principles of Creation, helps set and correct foundation on how it really ~is.
This non-profit effort is a gift to the world to help the mothers prepare their children for their role in the next "Founding" phase of America, after this Crisis. Come participate in these incredible Symbolic-learning Resources!! Learn more here about these resources for Mothers!

If you act fast and come join us in our Intro class, you will be prepared to join our 1st annual in-person Women's Retreat Training THIS September 17-19th! (Registration closes August 14th) Yes, we are preparing to help the learning, in the homes in all ways of true Nurturing.

NUR'TURE, verb transitive
1. To feed; to nourish.
2. To educate; to bring or train up. ~ He was nurtured where he was born.

To learn more about the Unlocking the Chambers Women's Retreat.

Foundation Builder Guide’s Mission:
To nurture our roots through the Organic Principles, Environments, Materials & Skills, which build foundation & unlock the chambers within, for Christ-centered Women, Sisters, Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, & Daughters called to assist in the awakening of Israel in their homes and communities. Foundation Builder Guide mentors The Hebrew Way - our Original Culture, through Tutorials/Workshops, Retreats and Celebrations.

Foundation Builder Guide’s Vision:
Through nurturing and empowering Principal Mentors of the home with the wisdom and understanding of the Organic Principles, Environments, Materials, and Skills, Mothers will be prepared to stand ready to nurture the communities in which they are called to serve, thereby restoring the original ancient nurse-midwives of Israel, for the purpose of “relieving society.”

Come join us!!

Our Hebraic Symbolic-Learning and Study Resources

"A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
This quote illustrates a deep essence of the Hebraic Principle of Creation #7 and the Early Semitic Pictograph symbol of the Mattock we are learning this month in our Symbolic-Study for Moms in the Foundation Builder Guide.

Within this study, a whole new world of seeing opens up. Ever so softly, known truths become new with so much more depth and meaning than were comprehended before. That which is unseen becomes seen in the hearts of the learner, and every step, taken a transformation occurs.

If you have been considering joining us there, I want you to know, the nature of this Symbolic Hebrew language comes with a natural protective system - it being discerned only through the "hidden" level of reading Hebrew (part of The Hebrew Way which is mentored). This language is built with an agency-based learning process where the only way to discern it's depth is by exerting faithful effort.  I have seen it time after time in my students over the last 8 years.  If you feel called to learn more of what we offer in Foundation Builder Guide, I am excited for the growth which will come into your life because of your effort and want you to know of our 2 options.

  1. A monthly Symbolic-Learning at Home option to learn with your children/grandchildren and positive affirmation stories, songs, dances, resources and many discovery experiences. https://houseofthebook.org/learn-the-principles/foundation-builder-guide/symbolic-learning-at-home
  2. A monthly Symbolic-Study for Moms with 3 Level options including the Level 2 training at our upcoming Unlocking the Chambers Women's Retreat (for an additional cost).   https://houseofthebook.org/learn-the-principles/foundation-builder-guide
    Check out the testimonials of mothers from these above links.

    If you are in any of these programs, you will be ready to experience our upcoming transformational Unlocking the Chamber's Women's Retreat training on Sept. 17-19th

    You will not want to miss it!

What's included?  Nurturing through all 8 of the Organic Environments & Materials. 
More images of the private cabin location on 2000 acres coming soon.

The First Steps of Discovering Truth

"In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions," of virus and death numbers, media images, uncertainties in the economy, business losses, Dr.'s whose experiences with the people contradict the gov't authority... "I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?" ~ Joseph Smith Jr. Today, "if any person needed wisdom from God," it is us. Let us determine to use our God-given receiving and discovering skills and abilities and ask of God to find the truth.
Observe the many statements you've heard. Is there anything you've heard that seems to contradict? Explore more. Notice the small wonderings which come, and the questions you are asking yourself: What about...? When does this...? Why does that....? Ask more. What do you notice? Compare what you are finding back to what you already know to be true. If you feel you already have a full conclusion, could there be room for more truth? Keep that "file" open in your mind and keep observing, exploring and asking! As you do, the truth will be made manifest to your heart and mind and eventually, if not right now, you will know the truth.

This process is the first step of The Hebrew Way of learning and it is foundational to all discovery of truth. It is also the original way, symbolic way, natural way, unseen way, artistic way, organic way, universal way, and the way God made our brains to be able to weed through the many unknowns and obstacles we find here. Resources to learn more: -Read Joseph's Smith's full canonized account here, and all four accounts here -See these Ask, Seek, Knock verses in the New Testament Book of Matthew 7:7 -Learn more about Hearing the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit -To get more practice in understanding these God-given skills, read my Nurturing Our Skills of Discovery article
    "While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible. At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture."  Joseph Smith - History