The scents of red wine, white wine, florida water, mugwort and copal Incense and fresh flowers.* How could you not love this practice?
Shamanic practices are kin to Tantra in my view – as I understand it tantric teachings are about embracing the senses to attain enlightenment.
Many teachings propose renouncing the senses and detaching from worldly things to “ascend.” I agree with a friend who stated that we are not here, in fact to “ascend” or detach but to live fully. To embrace being human fully, why then, would we not, how could we not enjoy the wonder of color vision or earthy smells, or whatever your senses bring you that draws you closer to a loving resonance.
*That’s what I feed my mesa altar once a week or so, so then the smells combine sweetly while I’m going to sleep.
Do you have weird dreams? Share in the comments (I’ll share one of mine and my interpretation). Below is a technique we use to find the “meaning” of dreams or Journeys.
On Monday night Shamanic Journey class we use Robert Moss’s Lightning Technique for Journeywork but it’s really intended for Dreamwork, try it! –
1. Title your dream
2. What happened
3. How did you feel?
4. What’s the action plan – what action can you take based on the dream? I ask people how will they honor their Journey in the coming week or month.. usually it’s something rather simple.
Do you practice a ritual (maybe in the morning or night)? Tell me about it!
A ritual may look like a routine from the outside, the difference is on the inside – doing the action with presence, mindfulness and connection to the heart, perhaps to your Creator or Higher Self. It can be as simple as having a cup of tea or washing your hands.
The key is ritual. Ritual begets relationship. Ritual harmonizes discordant fields that one may be subject to in our daily living. Don Oscar Miro-Quesada
Are you willing to take responsibility for what you create?
This is a concept I am revisiting while looking at the Saboteur Archetype. The Saboteur, according to Caroline Myss is the Guardian of Choice. When the Saboteur Archetype is not operating in the shadows, undermining our decisions, we feel empowered and responsible. Being responsible for what we create can feel overwhelming, daunting and often impossible. Faith is a key component to “managing” our energies. Oftentimes surrender is the answer even though it feels counter-productive to the controlling and overworking our society encourages.
Personally, I have wended through the Victim archetype (Guardian of Self-Esteem) for well over 10years, (only for about half of those years did I realize it!). I needed to make my way through the issues of Victimhood before I could approach the aspect of myself that was self-sabotaging which can often seem constant. My own process has involved much self-study, seeking guidance from others who have gone before me and learning how to pray and connect to a Force bigger than me; one that I can trust my life and decisions with – it is when I take those things back that I become overwhelmed and lost again.
These are human experiences, we will always be forgetting and remembering continuously as well as learning from our mistakes. Being alive means we get to practice being who we want to become and we will never achieve “perfection” because we are not perfect beings. Learning from archetypes can help us find a path to freedom.
Studying Archetypes and seeing how they play out, especially the Shadow aspects, can be a very helpful resource toward self-empowerment. It can also be confusing and complicated – try to keep things simple by focusing on one aspect of whatever Archetype speaks to you the most.
Right now, I am willing to take responsibility for what I create, as much as I can and trust that the rest will fall into place whether I feel like I can manage it all or not! I am enough, I have enough, I do enough.
You are probably already working with Elements in a medicinal way without even knowing it – when you sit with a cup of tea or a hot shower or bath you are letting the element of Water take care of you!
I have been practicing self-care lately by paying attention to my constitution internally and the environment then connecting to whether I need more or less of an element or combination of elements. This work is all about intention and what makes sense!
For example, on a cold and rainy day, I would light candles and possibly use Smudge (Air + Fire) to balance the elements in my environment and keep harmony within my own body and home. Another example; a dry cough, I would use an herbal steam to meet the needs of my lungs and sinuses or possibly dry sinuses need a little oil (Water + Earth).
For a hot and humid day, ice and a fan is clearly appropriate, you’re probably already using this
method to beat the heat in the middle of summer. It can be part of our natural instinct to draw in a harmonizing element in the form of hot or cold; herb or fruit (Earth), ice or steam (Water), mud baths and exfoliating scrubs or epsom salt baths (Earth + Water), incense or smudge (Air+Fire) to cleanse or consecrate yourself or your
space, the list goes on and on.
Hello friends! We are excited to gather up again and explore our Chakras and Energy fields. Spring is always an exciting and unpredictable time and actually the perfect time to slow down, rest more and detox, rather than “springing forward” like we might want to do as we see the trees and flowers coming forward. Take a break from heavier foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar and meat and give yourself the living energy of fruits, veggies and greens. You don’t have to go “all or nothing here,” a little goes a long, long way. Just do 5% and let that be enough.
PACE and REST are very important now especially as the weather fluctuates and plays with our immune systems here in the Ohio valley. Make sure you’re hydrating, eating well and resting and possibly taking a preemptive dose of honey or local flower tea or tincture to prepare your sinuses for the pollen that is soon to come.
We are looking forward to sharing “Rainbow Energy” with you as the sun comes back
to shine longer each day bringing the warmth back to our bodies and hearts.
We’ll gather and focus on becoming the “Rainbow Bridge.” Shamans work toward becoming this Rainbow Bridge constantly by having one foot in the physical and one in the spiritual ALL THE TIME. Balance on this path is imperative. If it is easy for you to be in Spirit more than incarnate, your work is to enjoy the physicality this life has to offer. We are not here to ascend by any means, we are here to live more fully!
Our energy body is, in fact, a rainbow allowing us to become the rainbow bridge Shamans have known about for centuries. We can encourage beauty and good health by focusing on the pure frequency of each chakra vibration by working with color.. and many other ways!
If you believe in syncronicity or “watch for signs” or get answers from the universe in the mundane, I’m just saying… I am having GREAT success now that March has arrived. It is an incredibly potent time.
So, ask your questions, ask for clarity on your blocks, (if you really want to know!), or just “play the game” with life to be open to any messages you need to receive. And really… I wouldn’t even bother with the cards, the runes or the oracles, just take a walk! It’s all right there. Or meditate for 15 minutes 🙂 It’s all there too.
When the songbirds return and the buds pop out is a very sweet time. Spring is a great turning over (spring cleaning anyone?) and can be a very potent re-birth time which also has the possibility of great danger as well. (watch your head with the winds!) If you think about it, birth has the potential for trauma much more than death. Coming into the physical is quite an extraordinary feat, and so the seeds are doing what they do naturally but it is that burst of potential energy in all things that is messy and pushes us, pushes the Earth to give, to bear, to step out.
Sometimes the Spring can be quite sleepy and extended with periods of awakeness as things come forward, but this year is not that way. Of course there’s still time (it’s only March!) for things to shift, but the energy is quite strong, so ride the wave my friends.
In the spirit of the West, Jaguars and Big Cats come to help clean up dense energy, to patrol borders, boundaries and edges. In the West we learn how to be Spiritual Warriors, how to have integrity and impeccability. In the West we flow with Grandmother Water, we cycle with the Moon, we cry and move through it. In the West we are polished by grit into who we are becoming. Let all your junk be coal and be pressurized – we are all diamonds waiting to emerge.
It gets us to appreciation which is related to gratitude. Living in gratitude is a completely different realm than without it. What is beautiful to you? Imagine every aspect of your life in beauty, insides and out. How would that feel?
“The Beauty Way” has enhanced the vitality of my life and brought so much richness to my inner and physical life. The Beauty Way is a native concept to “walk in Beauty” and see beauty in all is our work as we shed our armor, our hurts, and heal our hearts. All things become Beautiful when you walk through healing fires, after you have had your trials and come to terms with the not-so-beautiful stuff in life that you may have yourself created or inherited by no choice of your own.
It’s January, can you use your senses and imagination to find appreciation? Time to go inward, meditation, yoga, Journeywork or working with dried plants, roots and sensitivities. There are vibrations and little things living still in the underground, it is prime time to reach out to our Cosmic friends, our Ancestors, our Guides, or our own Inner Knowledge.
The sun is sleeping at least for 8 more weeks and so now is also a good time to feed our own “inner sun;” our Solar Plexus. The Solar Plexus is connected to our feeling of self-worth, self-esteem and self-love and physically to digestion – the heat of our belly, an aspect known in Ayurveda as Pitta dosha. One of the master techniques in Yoga to keep digestion healthy is Agni Sara, churning of the belly and digestive organs to stay clean.
This is a critical time for nourishing, slowing down, resting, being still yet maintaining activity, take the supplements (Vitamin D, Vitamin C) you need and I am deferring to Susun Weed’s advice of taking nourishing herbal infusions (look her up, there’s tons of stuff out there). Nettle and Oatstraw are good ones that come to mind.
Leave a comment and tell me about one of the most beautiful things you’ve experienced.
Prayer can be confusing for some of us who have not experienced an authentic relationship with our Creator or our own Spirit. Prayer can be just as powerful for atheists and agnostics just the same as for those following a particular faith. Below are a few simple ways to try praying, sometimes we have to “fake it til we make it” to find that relationship, we have to start before we feel it.
It can be very helpful to develop a habit of prayer and meditation in the morning or evening, or any time before crisis happens in our lives. That way we have a way to reach out for our spiritual lifeline. If you want to try but still aren’t sure, maybe think about trying it for 10 days to see how it feels as a routine in your life.
Praying often comes down to two intentions – asking for help and giving thanks. Consider doing both in your prayer time to maintain balance.
Ways to Pray
One way to “pray” for each other is to “sing up their names” simply singing each other’s names one by one to help lift us each up.
Another way to pray is to place tobacco (usually) or cornmeal, or any other plant or offering you know is appropriate for your relationship with Spirit on the ground, in a special place, at a tree base, etc.. for yourself and everyone else.
Journaling can be a form of prayer – writing a “Dear God/Spirit/Creator/Higher Self” Letter to relieve our burdens, share what’s in our hearts and ask for help.