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.
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May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
“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.