A Medicine Walk for the Soul

A Medicine Walk for the Soul

Breathing and Walking ..

Blossom in my garden, which is in the South Downs National Park

Blossom in my garden, which is in the South Downs National Park.

With such beautiful weather recently, it was time to dust off the walking boots and venture out into the wilds of Sussex for a medicine walk!.

I’m very lucky to be living near the South Downs Way and in the South Downs National Park. What better way to spend part of my weekend than to honour my local ley lines, dragon lines or energy lines, across the spine of the downs from Devil’s Dyke to Lewes.

I took with me corn and tobacco as offerings for the ancestors and the land spirits or elementals who may need sustenance along the way.

My Intention

My intention for this walk was to find a clear way through a complicated situation I had been drawn into. Walking is great because it’s healthy and it’s free. It gives me such a sense of freedom and happiness when I can see for miles all around me.

Gorse on the South Downs

Gorse on the South Downs

Walking takes me back to being a child, hearing the larks in the summer meadows and smelling the gorse in Purbeck, Dorset. A friend says that when gorse isn’t in bloom, kissing goes out of season, meaning of course that gorse is always flowering – but it’s particularly gorgeous at this time of year. When I looked up the shamanic meaning of gorse, it said ‘enduring affection’. I loved seeing the bumble bees gathering the nectar from the gorse flowers. That was beautiful to witness and bee energy reminded me very much about the importance of community living. The bee also reminds me of hummingbird medicine, sipping the nectar of life in the sun, a liquid sugar mellowed by sunshine.

Beautiful Moments..

Dew Pond near Ditchling Beacon

Dew Pond near Ditchling Beacon

One of my favourite times was walking through a field of rape. This is a cultivated plant related to the brassica family, so it has quite a strong smell and a beautiful bright yellow colour that would cheer up anyone needing a boost of positive energy. Another special time was seeing the light reflected on the sparking water of the dew pond. There was just so much light out there on the surface !

Philip Carr Gomm inspired me to walk the land in Sussex with his book ‘The Druid Way’ .

As I walk the land where I live, I’m brought back into right relationship with the earth. I find it incredibly grounding and it helps me to be present. I got a sense of the thousands of people through the ages who walked on these paths before me. Different historical filters moved swiftly infront of my mind’s eye as I walked along the beaten chalk paths.

Another beautiful moment was when I walked back through Lewes and stumbled across a beautiful apothecary called A.S Apothecary with natural, local beauty products. I got to try out some of their skin serum on my sunburn. If you get a chance, you must go !

A medicine walk should really be walked alone, as then you’re not distracted by walking and talking. Then you notice the shapes of the clouds and the auditory , kinaesthetic, visual, instinctual messages you may receive from spirit. However, for me walking is also about celebrating relationship and friendship with another.

I’m doing another medicine walk this next weekend – I hope I’ve inspired you to try it!.

If you have any questions about Medicine Walks or would like me to help you create one, please contact me on ali@lucidhealing.co.uk.

May you flow with beauty,

For all our relations.

A Space Clearing Water Ceremony

A Space Clearing Water Ceremony

New Moon Blessings.

shell mandala 2 by jlecrowe

Shell Mandala 2 by J.L.E Crowe

This powerful new moon is a time of new beginnings and pathways. As Alberto Villoldo said when I was training… it’s important that we clear up our own river!.

In my last post I talked about  different ways of honouring water, as well as working energetically with it.

This time I would like to discuss space clearing and how to dedicate an altar that’s dedicated to water.

Recently I was invited to visit a nearby blocked well. Many years ago, outbreaks of cholera caused the wells in our village to be closed over. My friend Aoife, a sound healer – had lived in the village previously and had received a message from spirit about a trapped soul  at the bottom of a well. She hadn’t yet followed this up but a synchronistic incident led me, Aoife and another friend together last weekend. Aoife found out that the well she had been told about was at the front of this friend’s house!.

So, last night we went round to the house and made offerings of cornmeal and tobacco to the four corners of the land. We called in sacred space. Aoife had brought drums, a clearing bell and her beautiful voice.

 Sound is very important, the sound waves help to keep the vibration raised enough to free the trapped or imbalanced energies. Rhythmical drumming or rattling also helps me to hold space and to step in between the worlds. Here, we are stepping outside of time.

Releasing a Trapped Spirit from The Well

Sacred Well

Sacred Well

We created an altar at the front of the house by the well. We lit two nightlights and blessed the well with spring water, smudging the whole area and ourselves with white sage. On the altar was a Q’ero symbol of yinantin, a supreme balance of masculine and feminine harmony, which was a red and white carnation.

Together, we tuned into the land and sensed that this trapped soul needed much love enveloped around it. He was so scared, he hadn’t necessarily fallen into the well but had become confused about where to find the light home. This could have been after a death due to illness at the time.

There he was in my mind’s eye as Aoife drummed and sang a gentle lullaby. I tuned into the land spirits and the water spirits, asking what they needed. They asked for a small chrystal. I opened my mesa and immediately knew which one had to go to the water in the well.

It took a long time for me to wiggle the brick in the ‘eye’ of the well free from the concrete block on top of it. Then, I could see the rounded brick walls leading vertically to the well bottom.

In gratitude, I threw down the chrystal and poured in some florida water. As Aoife held space, we called on this boy’s parents to help escort him to the light. We had the support of the land spirits, the water spirits and the ancestors to do this work.

This little boy spirit was ready to go and appreciated our efforts to coax him up to the light. I used my Vogel Chrystal to help him go and performed a small fire ceremony later to release him to the stars.

We were both happy that the process had been easy and closed sacred space.

Tips for Space Clearing.

macro-seashells_00280932Clearing the land can be as simple as this. One of my favourites is called ‘Clearing – a Guide to Liberating Energies trapped in buildings and land’ by Jim Pathfinder Ewing.

Even if you don’t need to do a full land clearing or release a trapped spirit, this time of year is excellent for clutter clearing.

You could tune into the water table beneath the earth, or the nearest body of water to check that it’s flowing freely and feels happy. If there’s a need for anything , you will receive a message through auditory, visual, kinaesthetic means or even just a ‘knowing’.

I will be talking more about space clearing soon. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact me on ali@lucidhealing.co.uk.

Happy water cleansing and sacred ritual bathing!.

New Moon Blessings

For all our relations.

Sacred Water

Sacred Water

water lily

All water is sacred!

Whether it’s sacred water in the form of springs, streams, the ocean, or the rainwater that falls gently on our lands, there are some indescribable things happening around the world threatening to poison our water and potentially our lives.

I was so inspired by this beautiful film below by wild swimmer Natasha Brooks and also by the fact that it was World Water Day on 22nd March. I thought I would gather some inspiration together. I hope that this post gives you some ideas about how we can work with water in a shamanic way. 

Experience the world as living energy, an exercise.

This wonderful exercise is taken from Elizabeth Jenkins Book ‘The Fourth Level’.

Experience your energy bubble, it normally extends out an arm’s length all the way round you. Experience what is outside it and then bring your awareness back into yourself. Extend your awareness towards a body of water closest to you. This could be a vast ocean, river, lake, small stream, pond or spring. If there is no body of water near you, ‘see’ in your mind’s eye the groundwater that exists almost everywhere below our feet. Perceive this water body as living energy and the most refined essence of the water, it’s ‘sami’. Enjoy this perception of the spirit of water, what does it need? Listen and see if you can send it your love and highest energies.

The Q’ero do a lot of their energy work from an energy centre just below their belly button called the Qosqo Nawi. Literally translated, this means the belly eye, or red earth eye. You can also use your Siki Nawi (Tail eye) , which is connected to the element of water. This is located in the same place as your root chakra. Either of these centres would be good to send your highest energies from. Imagine a cord or ‘seqe’ of light that goes from one of these two energy centres to the body of water in your mind’s eye or to the waters under the ground.

The Q’ero use water as a cleanser of the aura in their ceremonies and believe it’s an essentially female living energy that can be connected to and communicated with.

Masaru Emoto

Water has been proven to hold an energetic imprint of any substance that it comes into contact with. The work of Masaru Emoto demonstrates that not only physical and environmental substances change water but so do our thoughts, intentions, prayers and music.

Pulluted river and clean stream

Here is a beautiful fire ceremony for the ocean with a Mayan elder in Guatamala, songs by Nalini.

Water in ‘Ayni’ or reciprocity

Sacredwatertribe.org have suggested saying that together we could hold the intention of love and gratitude while sharing Ho’oponopono prayer.

Ho’oponopono Prayer:
Water, I am sorry,
Water, Please forgive me,
Water, Thank you,
Water, I Love you.

Ho’oponopono is a powerful Hawaiian prayer for forgiveness and reconciliation. It is a powerful incantation to the water and allows one the opportunity to make right on any wrong actions, negative thoughts, or negative energy that we have created. This prayer is received by water and thus water will reflected back peace and harmony.

More ideas for a Water Ceremony coming soon!

May you walk in beauty

For all our relations

 

Spring Equinox – A Shamanic Journey, From Chaos to Fertile Growth.

Spring Equinox – A Shamanic Journey, From Chaos to Fertile Growth.

Spring Equinox - plant your dreams.

Spring Equinox prompts us to plant our dreams

What is the meaning of the Spring Equinox?

Spring Equinox signifies the union of our masculine and the feminine sides. It also reflects the balance and the meeting point of the light and dark in our lives. From the point of the Spring Equinox, daylight is increasing and a new tide of life begins anew.

This is a time that can be seen as a way through chaos and into fertile possibilities, a new way of life. Traditionally we evoked the Goddess Oestre (the Goddess of Light , taken from the word Oestrogen). She can help us through the chaos before and after the equinox.

Why celebrate the Earth Calendar Festivals?

Its important for me to honour the Earth calendar dates that relate to our natural seasons in the UK. I also practice a shamanic tradition based in the High Andes of Peru, with the Q’ero nation.

I love organising small ceremonies and gatherings with friends to mark these special breathing points of the year. They mark a time when there’s a thinning of the veils between the worlds. This is where we can regain our balance, aligning with our dreams and intentions for the year.

At this time we can tune in more easily to what the earth, the elements and the natural world are  saying to us. While at this point of the earth’s evolution, I feel it’s important to slow down enough to connect with Mother Earth’s heart. When we sit quietly during meditation or ceremony, we can hear what she has to say.

Inspiring People for our own Gatherings and Ceremonies.

Glennie Kindred has helped me to shape my ideas around these eight earth calendar festivals. I also gained inspiration from the Druid path and a book called ‘Hedgewitch, a guide to Solitary Witchcraft’ by Rae Beth. Rae Beth talks of the two weeks before and after the Equinox as a time of transition , great stress and tension. She says that all the elements of life are being brought into balance, physically as day and night attain equal length.

Before we can step onto our new path , we need to let go of the old ways and let them break down!.

eggy altar

Decorate eggs to place on your Spring Equinox altar!

What can we do to honour the Spring Equinox?.

  • Meditation : We can ‘plant’ the sacred seeds we hold within us into the outer world. This can be done by symbolically planting herbs and flowers into compost and decorated pots.
  • We can decorate eggs, placing them in a willow basket on our altar. We can honour the time we have taken to incubate our ideas and plans for the coming year. State your intention as you hold your egg and pass it around your circle of friends to be blessed if you are holding a ceremony.
  • Take time to bless and honour the feminine and masculine side within you through journeying to those parts, sitting with them and evoking them through ceremony.
  • Get outside and feel the wind in your hair, blowing your prayers to the wind spirits for yourself, your family and friends, for the earth. Hang up a prayer flag or create your own flag for the garden.
  • Make something delicious with the spring greens around, like nettle soup, here is a delicious recipe by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

    Rainbow dremcatchers

    Use the air element on a windy day to send your Spring Equinox wishes and prayers to the world.

Enjoy your Spring Equinox (Monday 20th March at 10.14am, with the sun moving into Aries) whatever you may be doing !.

May you fly with beauty

For all our relations

Sacred Space Meditation

Sacred Space Meditation

Sacred Space Meditation.

In my previous blog posts I have talked about opening sacred space and various shamanic techniques we can use to stay sane in today’s world.

Creating a safe space or a power place in your imagination is so useful if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or fearful.

Here, I am going to share a few different techniques that you can use when your wirracocha or sacred space is open. If you would like to know how to open sacred space or your wirracocha, please see my previous post.

Here is a simple meditation/visualisation that you can do in five to ten minutes.

Sacred Space Meditation

  • mindfulness

    Close your eyes and release anything that’s stopping you being present.

    Open Sacred Space

  • Open your Wirracocha
  • Perform the Sacred Exchange Exercise if you are feeling really heavy.
  • Close your eyes, take some nice deep breaths and come into your centre.
  • Let anything that is stopping you being present just fall away into the earth, through your feet or your tailbone.
  • At this point you can also call in any spirit guides, light beings or helpers you feel you may need at this time. You can also call in any ancestors you’re in the process of honouring and/or a power animal.
  • Take a journey to a special place in nature that you may have loved as a child, or go to a place you know now.
  • In this place, there will be a somewhere that you can sit comfortably. It may be a glade of trees or a secret waterfall in the forest. There could be a gently flickering fire in the centre of this space or a small stream.
  • Take your time to get to  know this place and as you visit regularly it will build up positive energy for you. See if you can create a natural virtual altar here, something that you can use to put special objects that you find around here.
  • All kinds of shamanic work can be done here. There could also be a place where you can enter the earth, like a hollow tree trunk or a cave. In this way, you are able to access the middle world, upper world and the lower world.
  • In this special safe place, you are able to speak with your guides, your higher self, your shadow self, your inner child and deal with whatever is needed in order to come back into balance.
fireeagle

Eagle connects to us through our heart.

The Archetypes

Another meditation or visualisation is to connect with your archetypes. The best way to do this is after the Munay Ki rite ‘The Harmony Rite’. I will be talking about the Munay Ki Rites in another post soon.  However, it’s never too early to start working with the archetypes. The Q’ero have told us that there is a different animal archetype for each chakra and that we can develop a relationship with each one through tuning into them and feeding them with the light of a candle or the essence of fire. In this tradition, we have the archetype of Serpent in the base chakra. Jaguar is in our sacral, hummingbird in our solar plexus, eagle in our heart, Huascar (Lord of the Underworld) shows us what we’re hiding from ourselves in the throat chakra. Quetzecotl (The Feathered Serpent) helps us to organise our middle world without us trying too hard and Pachacouti Inca is in our crown chakra, helping us to connect with source.

I will talk more about these archetypes in greater depth over the coming weeks, alternatively read this previous post for more info.

In the meantime, enjoy your time to meditate!. We hear the best medicine for ourselves when we are peaceful.

Sacred Space or Scared Space?

Sacred Space or Scared Space?

flowers

The most sacred space for me is in nature.

As a student of The Four Winds Training, Alberto came and talked to us about 2012. I remember he said that we would need to be able to hold our own ‘sacred space’, in order to help others do the same.

What happens when we open sacred space?

When we open sacred space, we are creating an invisible protective energy dome. This shuts out the ‘business’ of our modern world and helps us to re-connect with our inner selves, allowing healing for ourselves and others to unfold. We can call on the help of the natural world through invoking the four cardinal directions. This invites their animal archetypes and the universe to provide a safe space for us to do our ceremonial work or meditate. Sacred Space also allows us access to the luminous medicine men and women, who help us from the unseen worlds with our healing or ceremonial work. Opening sacred space helps me to breathe.

What is a Wirracocha?

Meditation with caduceus and chakras

Meditation with our Wirracocha open in sacred space can help us come into balance.

Another way of opening sacred space is by bringing down the light of our eighth chakra (or Wirracocha) around us like a golden cloak. The eighth chakra is the energy centre full of divine love. I see it almost like a fishing net of golden thread around me that can be gently woven with my fingers if I see any holes. When closed, the wirracocha can be seen like like the light of a thousand suns above our heads. It is above our physical body but within our energy field and once activated, it expands the power of our sacred space many times. It helps us to feel very connected to spirit, as well as relaxing whoever we’re working with. It is often felt as a warm blanket of golden energy that helps to shift or melt any heaviness we or our clients may be feeling.

Opening Our Wirracocha.

Open this sacred space by imagining your eighth chakra like a beautiful radiant sun above your head. It’s like an orb the colour of gold. Bring your hands over your chest into prayer pose.  Slowly raise your hands, still in prayer pose, until they are above your head and in your eighth chakra.  Sense your fingertips entering your eighth chakra, just above your head .Very slowly, like a peacock opening its fan, turn your palms outwards and then extend your arms, bringing them  down to your sides. Imagine that you are bringing this cloak of golden light or a golden net all around you. Now bask in this net of light surrounding you.

This is a perfect antidote to the scared space a lot of us inhabit at work, or in the outside world. It is a way of coming into Ayni, or in balance/ reciprocity with the world. In the Q’ero tradition, we can create an inner sanctuary that helps us to breathe with any uncertainty, vulnerabilty or anxiety we may be feeling. The druid path also offers an inner sanctuary called the grove, which can be created in sacred space and I would also encourage you to create a safe place that you can go to in your mind’s eye. This safe place can have a virtual altar, your power animals or guides can also meet you there. In my next blog I will be giving other ideas as to how to work with your archetypes and guide you to creating your own safe space.

May you fly with beauty

For all our relations

Being at peace in today’s world, tips for shamanic sanity.

Being at peace in today’s world, tips for shamanic sanity.

‘The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear’  Baba Ram Dass

Our mind opens to other universes when we take the time to go inside.

Our mind opens to other universes when we take the time to go inside.

1.Being Present.

Being present helps me to breathe and focus on the now. I can only act now and plan for the future. There are some really lovely mindfulness apps and websites around these days to help with anxiety about the future.

My favourite apps are Calm and Wildflowers. Calm has seven simple guided meditations to get you started.

Instead of worrying about things I can’t control in the future or lamenting the past, I focus on the next step I need to do right now and then the next. I follow the most positive energy currently available to me.

I don’t listen to the news or read the newspapers , because they are full of hucha or heavy energy (in this case, fear). Heavy energy holds me back from dreaming my world into being and drags me down. I still honour what is happening in the world with my prayers and intentions but I don’t buy into the ‘stories’ that are woven to keep us still.

2. Working With The Archetypes.

Shaman track their paths of destiny through the illusions, projections and fear.

I know I need Serpent when I’m struggling with any transition or change in my life. I call on him/her to help meshed my old life/habit, like a snake sheds it’s skin. Serpent connects me to my innocence, truth and beauty.

When I need to discern the right way forward and see what is holding me back, I know Jaguar can really help me. I am protected by Jaguar.

Calling on Hummingbird helps me to experience the sweetness and joy in any given situation. Hummingbird is also a token of love and creativity and connects us to our magical inner child. My inner child loves stories, painting, felt making and creating magic in my life.

If I need a bigger vision, I call on Eagle to help me see the highest potential in an idea or a project and the next step to help that to manifest. Eagle also shows me the tiniest detail, contact me if you would like further ideas on how to work with these archetypes.

Somebody who writes very well about the different archetypes that we can embody is Carolyn Myss. She has written a great book called ‘sacred contracts’, which I thoroughly recommend.

Night_Stars_Ocean_&_Couple_1920x12003.Creating our own Sacred Space.

Now it’s more important than any other to create our own sacred space around us as the world can become a topsy turvy and chaotic place at times. I don’t know about you but for me, time seems to be speeding up. I think that staying present, working as part of our community and creating circles of light with like minded people are the most important things we can do for ourselves, our friends and families and our communities.

4.Opening Sacred Space.

Opening sacred space is one of the most fundamental creative acts we can do for ourselves. This will become more and more important as we go through this transition from the old paradigm to the new. Having a special place where we feel safe and can then help others to feel the same sounds so simple but it’s paramount to our wellbeing. This could be a sacred place in your home or a power pace in nature. Being there and breathing helps me to slow down and hear the messages of Mother Earth through my heart and to collect my thoughts.

Click a Prayer for Creating Sacred Space  for the words.

5. Creating Circles of Light

Wherever you are, whatever you do – there is always an opportunity to create a circle of light. Whether this is through family, a gathering, a regular group activity or a ceremony, there are countless ways for us to open our hearts with each other and strive towards a higher purpose. See my last blog post for lots more ideas on the subject!

In her letter ‘We Were Made for These Times’ Clarissa Pinkola Estes said

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

Let us catch light from each other and I will talk more about opening sacred space in my next blog post soon.

May you fly with beauty

For all our relations

7 Tips for Community Building and Circles of Light.

7 Tips for Community Building and Circles of Light.

Friends and neighbours uplift our energy

Friends and neighbours uplift our energy !

1. Building a Community, Working With Synchronicity.

For me, being useful in the community helps me to feel needed and grounded. Connection with my friends and neighbours lifts my energy and vibration. Helping someone out often returns the favour threefold. In the Q’ero shamanic circles, or in the Q’ero community -there is no word for I in Quechuan. ‘Ayllu’ means tribe in Quechuan and I have found that as I work on my self and my own awareness, I meet others who are like-minded. I feel like they are part of my soul family or tribe, this is the beauty of synchronicity.

2. Heart Connection in Circles of Light Energy.

There are more and more circles of light being formed these days : Dreaming circles, Drumming Circles, Sound Baths, Women’s Groups. Why not create your own or find a group that speaks to you close by?. When I open my heart in gratitude to another fellow human being, we both can grow together.

3. Working with Prayers and Shamanic Ceremony.

Another way of being in a circle is by working remotely through our hearts in prayer or ceremony. There are a lot of prayer circles organised online these days, as well as meditations and events around the world at a certain time or on an arranged date. In my tradition, we open our mesa’s or medicine bundles on a Saturday night to connect with each other on an energetic level.

4. The Secret Life of Trees and the Importance of Growing Strong Roots.

We can learn a lot about community and circles of light from trees.

We can learn a lot about community and circles of light from trees.

Like a tree, communities and circles need to have a strong foundation or root structure that connects deeply to the earth, as well as the highest branches that connect to the stars, then it can create beautiful and tasty fruit!. Trees communicate with each other through fungi in the earth and have built up a huge network of communicating light energy across these lands. Unlike trees, humans are also able to create and manifest their creativity into beauty.There’s a great book called ‘The Secret Life of Trees, What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World, check it out!.

When we connect to each other in a circle, we create a chain of invincibility with other circles in the world.

When we connect to each other in a circle, we create a chain of invincibility with other circles in the world.

5. Fire Circles and Dreaming Our World into Being.

There’s nothing quite like a fire or music to bring people together and as a shamanic practitioner, I often hold full moon ceremonies in the woods nearby. They help us to let go of a quality that we no longer need in our lives, or that may be holding us back. The full moon fire ceremonies are a chance for like-minded folk to gather together and re-connect. Anyone can join our circle to experience the essence of this beautiful energy that’s created when we re-connect with each other and ourselves. This in turn helps to build our awareness about how we can bring our own lives into balance and dream our world into being.

6. Lucid Healing Shamanism Community and Circles

This year I’m also planning to start a woman’s group in the autumn and there are other workshops and courses planned, you can see my events page for more details. Contact me if you would like more details of our Medicine Wheel taster days on 3rd June and 16th September 2017.

7. Weaving It All Together Like a Master Q’ero Weaver or Spider.

The Q’ero nation are master weavers, weaving their magic, stories and culture into their mesa cloths, their ponchos. Even their headbands on their hats tell people whether they are available for marriage or not!. To use this metaphor has really helped me to weave different aspects of my shamanic medicine into my own practice. We all have our own talents and skills to share with others in our own way. Creativity is another way to honour ourselves and others as we gift our highest talents to our community and the world at large.

May you walk in beauty

For All Our Relations

Ali

Creative Shamanic Practice

Creative Shamanic Practice

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

Nuno Felted Coat by Ali Rabjohns. Tailoring: Sandra Ventris. Photos: Ruthie Martin. Model: Holly Rabjohns.

Nuno Felted Coat by Ali Rabjohns. Tailoring: Sandra Ventris. Photos: Ruthie Martin. Model: Holly Rabjohns.

How does creativity and shamanism weave together for me?

I’ve always enjoyed listening to and working with the rhythms of the natural world. Using art techniques has helped me to go inside myself and connect to a natural rhythm and something greater than myself – like the universe around me. Making art when I was younger has eventually led me to shamanism. What I enjoy most is creating special places outside with textiles and natural materials. These places can connect us to the elements and honour our cultural heritage.

In my art practice the materials I use are mainly textiles based; I particularly love using nuno felt. The name is derived from the Japanese word ‘nuno’ meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose wool fibres into an open fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. I love experimenting with painting, felting, journal work, natural dyes and deconstructed textiles, as well as botanical printing with flowers, leaves and seeds.

Regarding creativity, let me make it quite clear that you don’t need to be an ‘artist’ to be creative!. The way we live can be the most profound creative statement that we ever make in our lifetimes. Something as simple as arranging my flowers, or choosing a colour for my walls brings me great satisfaction and contentment.

Have a think for yourself and your life’s journey: how would you like your creative flow to be improved on a daily basis?

What are your creative dreams?

Then ask yourself:

What synchronicity is happening to already help that flow?

Have there been any chance meetings or strange dreams to show me the way forward?

Notice the flow of help already available to you. Ask for guidance from your unseen helpers and thank them in order to move forward.

Also, let’s set our intention not to let any negative experiences making art at school or growing up let us be put off. Above all, it’s important for us not to be too hard on ourselves as we try things out.  Let’s have some fun, the Q’ero have a word “puqllay” which means sacred play.  We can be as playful as a child! It may sound like a cliche to connect with our inner child but it’s so important to keep that connection strong. If I don’t do this the magic in life seems to fade away.

Weaving creativity into your daily life

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club” – Jack London

Working with shamanic techniques helps me to be more creative.  The trick is to put time aside regularly for your creative practice and for me, it helps me to do this as I weave in ceremony or ritual during the course of the week. Think of this as a revolutionary act, turn off your phone for half an hour, turn off the wifi and tune into your own needs and rhythms. Journaling, meditating, listening to music or even dreaming out of the window can take it’s place.

“The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

I’m planning a 30 day shamanic programme for recovering artists or creative individuals, let me know when you would like to receive it.

I will be talking about shamanic techniques that can help your creativity, as well as ceremony in another blog post, see you soon!

May you walk in beauty,

For all our relations

Ali

Hummingbird Archetype – Shamanic Medicine.

Hummingbird (archilochus colubris) in flight, sipping from tropical flowers.

Hummingbird in flight, sipping from tropical flowers.

Hummingbird Medicine

Hummingbird energy is  beautiful, magical and loving, enabling a deep connection to our soul’s calling. Hummingbirds are called Siwar Q’enti in Quechuan.Traditionally, hummingbird feathers are attached to love ceremonies. Their iridescent wings hover and move at the speed of light, helping the little bird to move up , down and even backwards. These tiny creatures fly from Brazil to Canada each year and need a huge amount of nectar to survive. They don’t worry about where they’re going to get this nectar from but just have a trust and an inner conviction that all will be well.

This medicine helps me to find the right songs and stories for my workshops. It helps my word be filled with light nectar or sami and to follow the courage of my convictions. When humming-bird arrives it means it is time for ACTION!  It signifies a CALL TO ADVENTURE and a move out of the head and into the centre of one’s will – one’s SOLAR PLEXUS. We stop procrastinating when we have to take a LEAP OF FAITH.

Alberto Villoldo says in ‘Shaman, Healer, Sage’  ‘ Once touched by the energies of this archetype, we are propelled on our own epic journey that eventually leads us back to our source, where our spirit was spawned, in that ancestral fields of flowers, we can drink deeply from the nectar of our lives’.

Hummingbird and Creativity

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  Kurt Vonnegut,

This energy empowers me to connect more strongly to my soul’s essence through creativity, story telling, poetry and myth, even drama. Creative blocks can often be connected to an ancestral root. Once we have an awareness of this, we can release the emotional or physical blocks holding us back. Then we can move forward clearly and creatively.

As an artist, when I use the energy of hummingbird, I can switch off to the outside world. I sip the nectar of my creative voice with my inner ears and eyes through shamanic drumming. Humming bird medicine is represented by the theta waves of the brain. This is where I daydream out of the window whilst washing the dishes – or rise to a challenge, even though I have no idea how I will manifest it on a physical level.

Allow yourself the freedom to express yourself through art, music, sculpture or dance and allow those aspects of your true self to really shine and be integrated.  When we engage in a creative practice, we receive inspiration and well being on so many levels.

Working with Hummingbird Medicine and Creativity as a Shamanic Practice.

I work a lot with blocked creatives in my shamanic practice, it’s a fascinating process!  Clients are often held back on an ancestral level – possibly feeling that they’re ‘not allowed’ or ‘not good enough’ to create what they want to in the world.  There are patterns to be released here and blocks to let go of.  Whatever you do, hopefully you feel inspired by doing the work you love.  If you’re not doing what you love, then make small manageable steps towards your dreams. When you work with passion in your life, the universe will step in and support you in your endeavours and try and make things easier for you.

Shadow work also can help us to be more discerning with our energies, seeing where we leak or give away energy instead of using it for our own creativity. In order to be creative we need to be organised and to look after ourselves, nurturing ourselves with natural foods. Listen to your body and develop body awareness.

Soul retrieval can also help us to reclaim those parts of ourselves that are lost through trauma or illness, also past lives. When we do this, we have more energy available for our creative lives.

Keeping  a dream diary or journal has also helped me through difficult times in my life. What issues are arising that need to be looked at? What synchronicity is happening?  Any chance meetings or strange dreams?  Write them down and ask for guidance from your unseen helpers in order to move forward.

Experiential Hummingbird

Hummingbird has helped me to organise a trip to Peru with my friends from The Four Winds Society and go. I left my (then) young family behind for three weeks !. Also, in Canada as I worked on a textile installation in a flowery meadow, I was lucky enough to be regularly visited by hummingbirds on our site.

On a day-to-day basis I use hummingbird to help me tune into my creativity or enjoy the arts, as well as serve great spirit. This medicine helps me to find the right songs and stories to touch and open up my student’s hearts. It helps my words be filled with light and to follow the courage of my intuition, even when I can’t see where I’m being taken.

In my next post I will be talking about hummingbird and ceremony – how you can weave this easily into your daily practice.

 

May you walk in beauty.

For all our relations

Ali Rabjohns