“If you have hope in your heart and even if you’re the only person left who has hope in their heart, as long as your hope is committed in action, then hope is alive in the world” Julia Butterfly Hill.
Being a shamanic practitioner has led me to so many treasures and given me the strength to face any challenges in the way. I have been forced to face my deepest fears and to work with my shadow, amongst other things. My mesa has been with me now since 2007 when I finished my ‘Healing the Light Body Training’ with The Four Winds Society. I cannot believe it’s over ten years ago when I started this incredible medicine path.
My mesa is definitely a part of me ( see photo above). It is a symbol of my wounds that have been healed and brought into balance. The Khuya’s (stones) are now imbued with compassion and love. They can now help me inspire a client on their journey to wellness. Each Khuya represents a wound or an issue that I’ve personally had to deal with. So, when a client chooses a particular stone, I have a good idea as to what kind of journey they’ve been on and where the root of it may lie.
I feed my mesa regularly with home made florida water and ultimately my love. I talk to it and what it needs, sometimes I open it under the full moon to recharge the stones. To me, my mesa is another living being. I don’t have it open all the time, only when I’m working with it or when I’m with a client.
What do the stones or Khuya’s mean?
Medicine Wheel students sorting through the ashes of the fire for their North stones.
Sometimes, (like in the North direction) I’ve had to put my North stones in the fire and they have transformed.
Each Khuya is a wisdom keeper and has been on it’s own journey for many thousands of years before it has got to me. Sometimes I have found my khuya’s on the ground, some of them have been gifts and some I have bought in a shop. All of them in some way called to me and asked to be in my mesa.
We believe that the stones and crystals of the earth are the wisdom keepers and they play an important part during any healing ritual. They will hold a clients pain whilst the heavy energy in the LEF is gently released and brought back into balance.
A client will be able to tune into their body to where a particular issue is being held and then inform the stone with their breath. This ‘programmes’ the stone and helps to act as an organising principle for the healing session – allowing whichever layers that need to come up – be released.
My mesa cloth is also really special, as it’s been woven specifically for this purpose of carrying my khuya’s. Each motif or pattern represents a specific nature being, like Into Titi for the sun, the river, the mountain spirits (apu’s). Each step of our spiritual paths are woven intricately into the cloth as the Q’ero are master weavers themselves. I love weaving myself but when I look at these mesa cloths, I have no idea how it’s been woven. I also made a felted inner cloth for my mesa in sacred space.
( Left Photo) Don Augustine performing a Despacho Ceremony near Salkantay, Peru.
I have such gratitude for all my teachers, seen and unseen along the way. It has been a humbling experience to be in my their presence, to see the beauty of their hearts as with a simple bell or a song they would open a way for spirit and for dreams to become reality.
The Q’eros know that the only way that the earth can survive these times is to bring their teachings to the west. Alberto trained with several different medicine men and women from The High Andes in order to do just that. I am very grateful to him, everything he taught me works in the most beautiful way – It has changed many peoples lives for the better when I have used it. I honour the fact that Alberto had the courage to put together his course and I value the teachings I received.
When I discovered the Four Winds Society I was looking for a spiritual path that had a deep connection and reverence with nature. I’ve been lucky enough to train with Dr Alberto Villoldo PHD – a medical anthropologist. A wonderful man – when he speaks to a group, he speaks on many different levels. He trained with the Native American people in the Andes and the Amazon and researched the training that I received on the ‘Healing the Light Body’ programme.
Some people feel that you need to be careful who you show your mesa to but I feel it’s good to trust your intuition and be discerning. Each Khuya can be carefully cleansed by blowing any stale or heavy energy (hucha) to a candle flame or holding it gently above the flame and moving it around until you feel it’s clean.
May you fly with beauty
For all our relations
A Shamanic Space Clearing – Further Explorations.
Wood anenomes- like fallen stars on the ground.
Recently, a lovely lady rang about a local school that needed some shamanic space clearing. This was a larger space than the little well, 13 acres and when I looked at the satellite map, I could see that there were old sewage works and lots of forest!.
When I visited the site with an enthusiastic Mum of three boys who went to this school, I found out that there was a little bit of strained relations with the neighbours, as well as a slow dwindling of energy amongst the school community.
The History of the Land.
It was so interesting historically, built in 1901 – there was an old manor house with land that had been split up after the Second World War, with one of the largest walled gardens in the UK. There were wood anemones everywhere, it was a still and sunny day and perfect for what we were planning to do.
As we walked around the land’s perimeters, I felt nauseous when we reached the old sewage works. This was confirmed as stale energy by my pendulum. We opened sacred space near the most beautiful old bay tree in the centre of the woods and the wind caressed our faces, as if to say ‘thank you’ and ‘change’. I called to the land spirits and the ancestors for their support and guidance, then we made a plan together for the following day.
The Space Clearing Plan
This land had three major spots to clear: the old sewage plant, a portal in the north part of the land and a derelict building/caravan. The sewage plant in particular was affecting the ley lines that fed the school with positive energy. Ley lines are like veins of living energy that run through the earths crust. If they are blocked, then they stop the flow of good energy like abundance and helpful friends coming into our lives.
We created a water altar that included creative works by the children.
The next afternoon, we gave offerings of cornmeal, tobacco and chocolate along the land’s boundaries and to the four directions. We set up an altar dedicated to the element of water on a wooden chair made by the woodwork tutor in the forest. This would hold the energy work we were doing.
My new friend made several little altars for the elementals around the woodland, while I went with my husband and we drummed near the sewage plant. After smudging the area and ourselves, I was taken down to the root of the hucha, or stale energy and shown what needed to be cleared. I used my vogel chrystal to clear the heaviness, like a wand.
When the energy had been brought into balance I connected this spot with the Christ consciousness grid and the star beings. This allowed a very high vibration of energy to replace the heaviness that was there before.
A fire ceremony near the new ‘Elder’s Circle’.
We went to the derelict house and eventually the portal later that afternoon to clear the heaviness and journey to the roots. With the portal, I didn’t need to seal it – just asked guardians of the light to guard it at all times. They would then only allow beings through for the highest good of all concerned. At each point of clearing you could really sense a shift in the energy and the whole place seemed totally different when we had finished. It was good to have the three of us there, we were all exhausted by the end of the day!. We also felt a lot of support from the ancestors and the land spirits, who had been waiting a long time for us to arrive.
Me with my vogel chrystal, clearing heavy energy by the old sewage plant.
I was grateful to my client for having the strength and vision to ask for healing on the land, explaining all of this to the two main teachers, who turned out to be the most open and lovely people you could hope to meet.
It felt like a blessing to be asked to help out here. I’m hoping to do a despacho ceremony soon, to help the school community dream their world into being.
Feedback from The Staff !
A teacher in the school wrote recently…
Thank you so much Ali for the work you do. I have found myself being drawn into the woods more in the past couple of weeks, and it just feels right.
I was unexpectedly touched by the experience of the healing, and as the bluebells emerge, as the crops in the walled garden start to come to harvest, as the pool starts to show signs of coming to life, and the walk through the woods feels lighter and happier, I find it easy to believe in the power of this work. The universe affects us in ways that go much deeper than the surface of mind, and reach much farther than its operation in thought, and I am grateful for the time and love you bring to this work.
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.
‘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.
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.
3.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 greates