A Space Clearing Ceremony.
Town House in Islington
This was an absolutely stunning town house in Islington spread over five floors. It had been previously owned by the Roman Catholic church until the 1960’s and was a place where pregnant unmarried girls and young women from Ireland were sent to have their babies. They were then strongly encouraged to give these babies up for adoption, at this time there was no other choice.
Michelle, the owner of the property herself had Irish heritage and felt called to bring healing to the land of this place. As we opened sacred space and I spent time in the house, we tuned into the qualities of uncertainty, deep shame, fear, desperation and feeling controlled. There had been very little choice for these young women, as it was perceived that these babies would be given a ‘better chance of life’ in Holborn and the surrounding areas.
At first, it wasn’t apparent where the heaviness lay, except that I was shown that there was a deep root of pain right into the centre of the house footprint going into the earth. The pendulum showed me that there was heavy energy in the first three floors of the front rooms in the property but these rooms were easily cleared with my crystal and bell.
The Shamanic Ceremony.
Despacho Ceremony using rose petals from the garden.
It was very easy working with Michelle, infant it felt as though the whole day’s work was a gift from heaven in more ways than one!. First we put up an altar facing North West, this was guided to me by the ancestors. The altar had spring water, fresh flowers from the abundance of the beautiful walled garden, chocolate offerings for the land spirits and the ancestors and many crystals. Michelle set up the altar and had also brought a labyrinth with her, handmade by herself and a friend. The opening of the labyrinth faced the trees at the back of the property.
Next, I journeyed to the root of the pain and cleared it with my vogelwand, whilst Michelle walked the labyrinth over and over again in honour of all the women and girls who had suffered under the roof of this house. Afterwards, we felt that there had been kindness but that there has also been a few domineering and controlling individuals on the church side. I later, connected the space to the christ consciousness grid and asked the star beings to take extra care of this place.
We played some music, the essence of which for me was about empowerment on behalf of all young women, stepping into their sexuality.
An Ayni Despacho
Basket of perfect roses from the garden.
We then created an ayni despacho for the house and women, using different coloured rose petals from the garden. Yellow in particular was for healing. An ayni despacho harmonises the energies and brings them into balance. We blew in our own wishes and prayers for ourselves, our families and friends plus our wider projects and groups/communities. This was such a beautiful experience, knowing that we were bringing everything into balance with the living energy of the universe.
The Despacho Fire
Despacho fire in garden.
At first the despacho burnt easily and then we struggled to keep it alight, but we persevered and this eventually burnt to ash. After it had burnt, we felt that the work was complete and I experienced the energy of the land moving like a clear river under the house once more.
We travelled back to Lewes on the train, chatting and laughing – A day’s work well done! Thank you Michelle for inviting me to work on your land, it was a great honour and I hope that there will be more opportunities like this in the future, as I really enjoyed this experience.
If you have any questions about space clearing or would like me to help you please contact me on email@example.com.
May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
Let your path of beauty unfold like the sunrise!.
The path of the Munay Ki is simply beautiful, they work at the level of spirit and of the soul. They speak to us through our hearts with story, imagery and myth. I feel that this magic and divine love is something we as a society deeply crave.
These rites can teach us so much about the power of divine love, connecting us with a lineage of ancestors, angels and star beings from the future to guide us and help us on our path. These can show us how to live in harmony with others and with nature. They can help us to prepare for the time to come and to remember why we came here to planet earth at this time.
The Inca have said that the rites are not really for us individually, they’re for others and to be shared. In Alberto’s experience (my teacher), they don’t blossom until they have been given away with great Munay, with love in service. It is known that the shaman sees with the eyes of the heart. The Q’ero Earthkeepers in Peru are optimistic and say that this is a time of tremendous opportunity, but that there will be a fall in the numbers of the human population. This is why it’s so important to hold a healthy vision of the planet – where we can step into our highest destinies and live sustainably on the earth.
The rites are a great way of bringing more love into your life and your life into balance . It’s wonderful to be living at such a marvelous poignant point in the history of the world. Lots of things are coming to their natural end and it’s important to have love, creativity, dance, music and ceremony to mark this time of transition that we’re in!. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
“ I believe that this is the moment when the human species can rise to it’s full potential. We have now created for ourselves the greatest challenge we have ever faced. And that means that we have the opportunity to live the most meaningful lives that have ever been lived” David Ulansey.
The 9 Rites of the Munay-Ki
Become Earthkeepers for Gaia or Mother Earth.
The 9 Rites of the Munay-Ki transform and upgrade your luminous energy field. They are energetic transmissions that can heal the wounds of the past-your karmic & genetic inheritance.
They re-inform your DNA, enabling you to grow a new body-one that ages, heals, and dies differently. The Munay-Ki is your invitation to dream an entire new world into being. It is the beginning of the Hero’s Journey.
These 9 rites can be passed on and exchanged without any formal training. They create a shift in frequency in your energy field, cleansing your charkas and activating your rainbow light body, so that you become HOMO LUMINOUS Living, Ageing and Dying Differently.
The Munay Ki are the teachings of love, pure undiluted love from the source. When we come from a place of humility, we connect with the energy of compassion, which allows us to experience the power of love. When we practice acceptance and live what we feel, we are drawn towards reverence, an active respect for everyone and everything we encounter in life.
Each of us comes into the world with a light body that’s connected to our genetic, karmic and ancestral heritage. It is also our soul’s light that nourishes , strengthens and sustains us as we live and our lives unfold. Sometimes as we grow in experience and wisdom things happen. The Q’ero believe that there is only sami (light energy) or hucha (heavy energy). The Munay Ki can clear your luminous energy field of the psychic sludge left by past traumas.
Our consciousness as a human race is expanding each day, connecting our hearts and minds.
Why are the Munay-Ki so important?
- They activate the LEF and its power to manifest and create. They teach us how to act with ‘right thought, right heart, right action’
- They transform our lives from scarcity to grace.
- They help us to restore our natural divine radiance, living with humility, reverence for the earth and knowing ourselves with self discipline. We cannot walk a sacred path without discipline, this is where so many teachers and spiritual seekers have stumbled.
How can these seeds of light help us?
The Plaeides constellation, seeds of light and starkeepers to guide and inspire us.
The Munay Ki are planted like seeds in a garden. Praying to the four directions, the breath and fire ceremonies grow these seeds. These seeds are fed by opening sacred space, performing fire ceremony and with the breath. To walk this path of fire, one must have strongly developed ethics and one must have a well developed heart. We can use the fire ceremony to feed our hearts and release what’s no longer needed in our lives. They help us acquire great power in our hearts by helping us develop strong ethics.
- We can become connected to the day keepers rite, the ones who tended the ancient temples.
- We can become connected to the starkeepers rite and all the archangels. We walk in beauty in protection and grace. We can become our own storytellers and myth makers
- We dream a vision of a beautiful healed world for our future generations.
I will continue in detail about each rite in another post.
May you fly with beauty.
For all our relations.
A new path can unfold when we receive the Munay Ki Rites.
The Munay Ki
I was given the Munay Ki rites and trained to pass them on by Pauline Black in 2008, who participated in the first Munay-Ki course with The Four Winds Society in London.
These rites are very powerful and, for many recipients, transformational tools for developing a deep awareness of some aspects of Andean as well as more universal spiritual practices. Together with other Munay Ki practitioners, I agree that these rites are a good foundation for and introduction to a much deeper set of practices, many of which come from the peoples of Q’eros and have been since taught to me in their pure form.
The Munay Ki Rites remind us of our macro and micro connection to the universe.
For myself, the rites have deepened my connection with the core shamanic principles and energetic techniques, which were taught to me by Juan Nunez Del Prado and Alberto Villoldo, as well as opening up a new gateway. This gateway, once stepped through honours the sacred and simple reverence of nature and has helped me to bring into balance my physical, emotional and spiritual being into ‘right thought, right heart, right action’.
They have helped me to create a safe space to work with ceremony, to develop my healing and psychic abilities. They have given me a sacred connection to the power places, the stars, the mountains and the luminous beings, who help me everyday in my work.
Dreaming Our World into Being for our Children’s Children.
I’m very grateful to the Four Winds Society for helping the Western world access such poignant spiritual and energetic awareness, at a time when we so severely need it. I heard today that Shamans in the Amazon consider the western world as having ‘severed their connection’ with spirit. Receiving the Munay Ki is a wonderful way of re-connecting to, sourcing from our spiritual strength and dreaming our world into being for our highest good and for our children’s children.
Once I was given the Munay Ki rites, I was in a good place to go much deeper into a beautiful set of sacred practices still alive today in the High Andes. As I teach the Munay Ki and pass on the rites to others, I make it clear that they also contain the essence of several traditions. These, when taken as a whole can also provide us with a beautiful, meaningful and helpful introduction to the world of living energy healing.
A core aspect of Andean mysticism is something called “puqllay” which means sacred play. When you see the Q’ero medicine men and women, they take their ceremonies and shamanic work very seriously but they also take time out to play football !. So, in the spirit of “Puqllay’ I invite you to receive, give and share these rites with others and enjoy yourselves along the way.
Having fun is so important in our fast paced world!.
I particularly love the starkeepers rite and the seers rite but you will have your own favourites.
The Munay Ki rites have been an amazing journey. I felt my impulse to have the rites grow until I was guided towards Ali in her beautiful sanctuary. Slowly, a wonderful new dimension for my life has opened up. We carried out some of the rites in sacred places and in nature, were we could feel all the energy of the elements supporting us. We connected strongly with the ancestral luminous beings who always guided us . During this time, I felt such a sense of reciprocity and balance. I’m very grateful to Mother Earth, the Spirit World, our past and future generations and the archetypes for having shared their wisdom. They’ve put such a generous full of light being called Ali on my path. In love and light, A. Martha , Naturopath, Hartford, July 2014 UK.
Something is very different that I don’t really have the words for since receiving the rites. I feel a quietness,calm and joy is flowing into my life when wandering each day out in the countryside. Thank you once again for a very enlightening experience with the Munay Ki rites, it was very much the right time and in your wonderful sessions and delivery the right person for me, with gratitude to you.
Brian Anderson, Shamanic Practitioner, Bath, April 2013
Please see my page on the Munay Ki Rites for more information.
May you fly with beauty
Beltain gathering in the garden.
A Beltain Ceremony
For me, all of life is bursting with fertility and the power of it’s own potential at this time of year. I was very much guided to connect with our hearts at this time and our own feminine/masculine archetypes within us. We had a beautiful ceremony at my friend Sharifin’s house. First, we opened scared space. Then we shared poems and sayings connected with blossom and spring. We made garlands for our heads with blossom and willow.
Male and Female Archetypes
Imagine that you have a King and a Queen archetype in your heart space, what would they say to you?. What would they say to each other?. This is a good time to re-evaluate your relationship with yourself, your friends and family. Sacred water from a local well was available for people to bless themselves where needed.
We went outside into the garden, where luckily the weather was kind to us. A spiral had been laid with felted rope in the grass and little tealights to light the way. In the centre of the spiral was a young maple tree, with it’s variegated leaves just emerging. We took it in turns to drum and rattle each person into the centre of the spiral and out again. Some people walked slowly, some danced and ran!. Each person took his or her own journey. Some had a question for the journey, some held an intention for themselves.
Then, the sun was setting and a sacred fire was lit at the bottom of the garden using the Q’ero tradition. We released what was no longer serving us and welcomed in a light quality in it’s place for the fertility of our future plans and projects. Once we had all worked with the fire and connected with the fire being in the centre, everyone voiced a need to jump over the fire!. The energy was high and bursting with potential at this point. after a time, we all came back together in a circle around the fire holding hands.
At this point, we made a heart meditation and sent healing energy wherever it was needed in the world.
After closing sacred space when the embers had died down, we shared a wonderful array of food together. This kind of event keeps me going for a long time and is a wonderful way of planning the next six weeks for the heart, head and hands.
The earth festivals are a gentle rhythm connected to nature and it’s seasons. They are an organising principle for us humans to set our intentions and let go of what no longer serves us. Why don’t you have a go at creating one yourselves?. I recommend Glennie Kindred’s books wholeheartedly.
May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
Breathing and Walking ..
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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
Pauline Black by Shakeel
It is with great pleasure that I introduce my friend and colleague Pauline Black, a Shamanic Homeopath based in West Sussex. Pauline spends part of her time living in Brittany, which is where we originally met. We are in a shamanic group ‘Earthkeepers’ together, where we meet to celebrate the earth calendar and have a yearly vision quest. An important part of Pauline’s work is with Labyrinths. Here is her story of how she created a portable labyrinth from old french linen sheets.
What’s the purpose of walking a labyrinth?
The first time I ever walked a labyrinth it felt like a deeply enriching experience, like it helped me connect to something bigger than myself. I have since walked them many times in different places in the world and it always feels like a special experience to me. After walking one in Brittany that a friend created, something quite extraordinary happened to me and my life shifted into a different gear. I just think they help to connect you to a greater potential and doors begin to open that were previously closed….
Can you tell me about the deepest experience you’ve had during or after walking a labyrinth?
I was walking a vast stone labyrinth in Brittany, which was based on the Chartres one, with a group of friends and also some complete strangers, as part of a ceremony on full moon. I felt like I had stepped into another dimension and was so completely one with this whole group of people, most of whom I didn’t even know. Love was so present for us all (we discovered in the sharing afterwards) and it just felt completely magical. However, what followed this and surrounded the whole experience was the real magic – dreams I had held for many, many years began to unfold and manifest – it was as if a door had opened and a world of infinite possibilities had opened themselves to me.
What made you decide to create your own Labyrinth?.
The magic continues to this day – so much so that I was determined to create a cloth labyrinth for us to use when we wanted to and to share it with others.
How was the labyrinth was made?
Firstly I brought the idea to our shamanic group Earth Keepers, we met as a group and drew the design onto the linen sheets after Julie Nicol designed the labyrinth n her computer. The separate sheets were then given to different people to embroider/embellish, each were told they could use whatever colours they wished . Finally after several months we all met and sewed all the seams together. So many synchronicities happened along the way to help it come out perfectly at the end but there were a few hiccups, like I sewed my part on the back rather than the front ! . It also took a long time to co-ordinate everyone together, the process was a bit chaotic at one point- like the experience of walking the labyrinth itself.
When was the first time people were able to walk the Labyrinth you created?
It was on the Winter Solstice 2013 at The River of Life Church in Worthing (we needed a large room with a spiritual feel to it, so this lovely Art Deco church was perfect). About 23 people came and walked it in a candle-lit church with Carolyn playing her Tibetan and crystal bowls to accompany the walk. We shared lunch/had refreshments in a separate room so anyone walking it was able to do so in an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Comments received were that it was a very moving and novel experience, like nothing they had experienced before and that it brought them into a place of peace and stillness.
Go to Pauline’s website here for more information about her practice or please contact Ali for her contact details if you would like Earthkeepers to create a Labyrinth in your area . Julie Nicol and Pauline Black also run fantastic Labyrinth workshops, why not give it a go? .
Julie Nicol by Shakeel