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

The Medicine Wheel : The Way of the South , Oct 25/26 2014 with Ali Rabjohns and Neil Brocklehurst.

The Medicine Wheel : The Way of the South , Oct 25/26 2014 with Ali Rabjohns and Neil Brocklehurst.

Amazonian serpent entities include the Yakumama, mother of the water, Sachamama, mother of the jungle, and Huairamama, mother of the sky.  These entities are illustrated in the painting above by the artist and shaman Pablo Amaringo (inAyahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, 1999, North Atlantic Books).

Amazonian serpent entities include the Yakumama, mother of the water, Sachamama, mother of the jungle, and Huairamama, mother of the sky. These entities are illustrated in the painting below by the artist and shaman Pablo Amaringo (in Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, 1999, North Atlantic Books).

In this workshop we work with the archetypal symbol Serpent, sometimes feared, sometimes revered in the contrary World of Men.

We explore Serpent’s essential female nature and beauty, her Earth-bound wisdom, her life-giving properties and the Medicine she offers us: Truth and Beauty.With her Medicine we dive into the depths of who we are, we are confronted with who, through the years, we have become and she teaches us the Way of Beauty through the constant practice of Letting Go. She shows us how to connect to our innocence, shedding our past and all the things we have clung onto the way that she sheds her skin: all in one piece. She thus shows us that life is an endless series of deaths and rebirths as we learn to come to terms and celebrate who we are and what we have right NOW, in this moment.
The way of the South is the first workshop in a series of four, where you will start building our Mesa’s or medicine bundles. If you already have one, don’t worry – you can use the khuya’s you already have or change a few of them if you wish. These workshops are intended to inspire you to weave a shamanic way of being into your daily life. You will learn different ceremonies that you can go on to practice at home or with others and you will be given tools that can help you to shift any blockage in your path. This is not a series of workshops that will teach you how to become a shamanic healer, what they will do is give you what you need to bring your own life into balance and heal yourself.
Day One: We will be looking at what needs to be let go of in our lives in order to come to a place of peace, innocence and beauty. Serpent helps us to shed our skin, as well as walk softly on the earth.
Day Two : This day will be a celebration and an exploration of who we truly are. After shedding our skin, we connect to our inner truth, to Mother Earth and open up towards a new beautiful, gentle path.
All workshops are experiential and contain a mixture of energetic practices taught by Ali and Neil, shamanic journeying, ceremonies and experiential exercises. Be prepared for a deep, magical adventure that is held in a safe container of loving support, allowing you to trust the mystery and beauty of this powerful work and open up to a new paradigm. A more detailed itinerary of what’s planned will be sent out to those interested nearer the time and there will be notes sent to each participant via email covering the most important aspects of the work we do together.
COST: £235: This also includes £50 deposit payable in advance. This includes all teaching on Saturday and Sunday. Some food is provided but we will ask you to bring something delicious to share for one meal.

FACILITATORS :  Ali Rabjohns and Neil Brocklehurst are experienced shamanic practitioners who have trained with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds Society and with Juan and Ivan Nuñez del Prado. They run regular workshops and healing sessions for groups and individuals. You can find out more about Neil at www.peruvianenergyhealing.com and Ali at www.lucidhealing.co.uk

VENUE: Tin Tabernacle Hall, near Barcombe in Lewes, East Sussex.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION. 
To book your place please phone Ali on 07528 614 747 or contact her by email on ali@lucidhealing.co.uk.
TESTIMONIALS. 
Both Simon and myself felt it was the best experience we have ever had, I think we both felt we connected with a type of energy and way of being that we had been seeking for such a long time. We both love nature and ritual and ceremony and were very moved by how simple but strong these were in your teachings this weekend. As I think we said to you, Neil and yourself are a powerful force and a really amazing combination for this kind of work, making it accessible to the uninitiated like ourselves and yet keeping that focus and magic and honouring the energy you both work with.
Sue and Simon Reason, Manchester 2012 
I attended a two-day course with Ali and Neil and it was amazing. I began it feeling quite unconfident and lost in my life, unsure of what I was doing and of myself. After two days of beautiful and powerful ceremonies I feel revived, more confident and more at peace in myself than I have for a while. They are caring, knowledgeable and thoughtful healers / guides and they gave themselves to the course as much as we did. As with these courses the more you put in the more you put out. I thoroughly recommend them.
Kirsty Torode, Brighton 2013.
I have attended many wonderful, experiential workshops in the last thirty years but this was something different and of a high nature. Although it is called a workshop I would describe it more in terms of a deep communion with something that resides within me, awaiting my call. This communion with my inner Serpent energy led me to perceive what I needed to ‘let go’ and what I needed to ’embrace’ if I wished to become more of my inner Truth and Beauty.
The most powerful for me was in creating my own sand painting, which changed and evolved with me over the weekend. We each made a Mesa, a medicine bundle filled with our khuyas, which are continuing to be imbued with love and healing. By the end of the weekend I received many insights and I knew what was holding me back. I gratefully let go because I was ready. It is almost a month since the course and I have received so many gifts in many forms, in shadow and light, from Sachamamma. I can unreservedly recommend these Medicine Wheel journeys if you are intent to let go and uncover your true self.
Pamela and Simon, Manchester 2012. 
The whole workshop was thoroughly and thoughtfully planned providing fun and challenges in equal measure. You both created an atmosphere that was supportive, safe and nurturing so that the personal challenges could be approached with confidence and openness. Your experience and deep knowledge of the tradition shone through giving all the work strength and integrity. A powerful experience in every way! Many thanks.
Debbie, Manchester 2013.

 

 

 

 

The Way of the West – Jaguar : Integrity, Clarity and Peace.

The Way of the West – Jaguar : Integrity, Clarity and Peace.

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Working with Jaguar (or Otorongo) energy has been one of my most powerful shamanic experiences so far. This archetype helps me to explore those dark craggy places that I’m too afraid to look into on my own. In an article related to Ian Bank’s death from cancer, Ian described how to look into the abyss without being sucked into it. Jaguar helps us to see into the abyss and to bring us ultimate peace by facing our fears or shadows , moving through them towards our highest destiny. Facing our fears like this (and it’s never as bad as you think) helps us to find our ‘buried treasure’ of our soul. This then, gives us a greater power available to us in the present.

Jaguar essentially offers us authentic power and peace .  With her Medicine we dive into the depths of who we are. She teaches us the way of grace through the constant practice of facing death and looking under the stones for our shadowy selves. She helps us to mulch any heavy energies around us. Jaguar is also excellent medicine for setting boundaries and using the concept of ‘tough love’ with our nearest and dearest. She shows us how to clean up our river and go with the flow, using pure intention and playfulness to achieve the goals for our highest good. I constantly call on my jaguar medicine to assist cleansing any hucha during a healing session. Jaguar will journey with me underground and go in front of me to check the way is clear or to help digest any hucha . When I call in the winds of the west in the sacred space prayer, I say ‘Mother , sister jaguar, help us walk over that rainbow bridge between this life and the next, showing us that suffering is something we only do to ourselves. Help us to walk with clarity and peace’.

I remember a time when I was really suffering a dark night of the soul. Several things had caused a domino effect in my life, causing me to feel extremely angry and frustrated at my ‘stuck’ situation. My ego thought I wanted to do something but the universe was telling me clearly that this wasn’t the right time. Of course, I didn’t want to listen but this ultimately caused pain and conflict within myself. I became so efficient at judging myself and self- blame that I couldn’t see what  I was doing to myself.

It took some good support from like-minded friends/fellow practitioners and a lot of ‘sitting with’ my situation, using Jaguar to literally track and ‘walk between the worlds’ eating the heavy energy (the hucha) daily from my energy field to get perspective, the process took over six months to clear. People think that shamanic practitioners have it all worked out, this is not always so. We are only here in this role because we have listened to the call from Great Spirit and been able to step up ( or maybe even been dragged to it, through external circumstances). There are always opportunities for us to grow and strengthen our spiritual connection with the world and our communities. In my experience, the lighter and clearer your energy field becomes – the darker and heavier energies tend to be most attracted to this. So, the more experienced you become – the greater the challenges – but don’t let that put you off!.

Some invaluable tools for helping clear hucha and to bring your situation into balance are:

1. Florida water and Palo Santo – a sacred wood from the amazon that has an earthy, pungent smell. Florida water can be made with vodka and essential oils.

2. Dedicating your altar to Jaguar, invoking her daily and learning how to work with her. develop your relationship with her. Ask her what you need to do to be at peace with your situation.

3. Creating a sand painting.  This helps us to see our situation from a greater perspective and channel the greater good of the situation through ‘playing’ with mother nature. Sand paintings aren’t pictures created from sand. They are a living energy mandala created (as much as possible) on the earth, on the belly of Pachamama. Pachamama loves heavy energy, she thrives on it.

Sand paintings are created in sacred space. First – make a circle of twigs or leaves, this is your container for the energy you will place there. They can be created in your garden (preferably not too far away) or your balcony, even a bowl of earth in your home is better than nothing. Then, decide on the main components of your dilemma or block ie – who’s involved, what’s holding you back?. Place stones, shells or twigs onto the sand painting, blowing the essence of the energies present into them . This shows Mother Earth how you feel about this situation. It’s always amazing to ‘see’ the story from a distance. Then, allow the sand painting to ‘cook’ for a period of up to a week. Over this period, frequently visit your sand painting and change things around. You can re-inform the stones and articles in your sand painting with your breath and love as everything starts to unfold and come back into balance. Eventually, there will be more love than fear or pain blown into the sand painting and at this point it appears transformed. They are a magical process and never ceases to amaze me at their simplicity and beauty.

Another very efficient way of clearing hucha in your energy field or from any situation is a technique I learned from Juan Nuñez del Prado and his son Ivan.  The energy technique is called Hucha Miqui and means literally to ‘digest’ heavy energy.

This is something Neil and I will be teaching in our next workshop at Abney Hall in Manchester in September.

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th September 2013

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The Way of the Jaguar : Integrity, Clarity and Peace.

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In this workshop there will be a combination of experiential shamanic exercises that will help you to embed the energetic techniques we learn together. We’ll also have time to re-connect with our sacred selves , as well as our shadow selves and with nature through fire ceremony, creative activities and sand paintings. We hope that this will be done with the gifts of humour and grace, if any of you have heard of coyote medicine – this is also the medicine we’re talking of :).

Bearing this in mind, we will be looking specifically at issues surrounding the themes of:

– Boundaries and protection.

– Self compassion and love.

– Our deepest fear and therefore our greatest treasure.

– Huch Miqui and digesting heavy energy.

– Embodying the archetype of Jaguar through movement and drumming.

Here are some testimonials from our previous workshops:

I attended a Medicine Wheel workshop dedicated to the South direction, facilitated by Neil and Ali , who are totally dedicated to the path of Spirit and enlightenment, void of self-importance. Their integrity shines through and I trusted them implicitly, which is essential for this deep, connecting work. I have attended many wonderful, experiential workshops in the last thirty years but this was something  different and of a high nature.  Although it is called a workshop I would describe it more in terms of a deep communion with something that resides within me, awaiting my call. This led me to perceive what I needed to ‘let go ‘ of and what I needed to ’embrace’ if I wished to become more of my inner Truth and Beauty. The most powerful exercise for me was creating my own sand painting which changed and evolved over the weekend. By the end of this time, I had received many insights and knew what was holding me back. It is almost a month since the course now and I have received so many gifts in many forms, in shadow and light, from Sacha Mama. I can unreservedly recommend these  Medicine Wheel journeys if you are intending to let go and uncover your true self. 

Pamela, Manchester 2013.

I attended a two-day course with Ali and Neil and it was amazing. I began it feeling unconfident and lost in my life, unsure of what I was doing and of myself. After two days of beautiful and powerful ceremonies I feel revived, more confident and more at  peace in myself than I have for a while. They are caring, knowledgeable and thoughtful healers / guides and they gave themselves to the course as much as we did. As with these courses the more you put in the more you put out. I thoroughly recommend them. 

K.Torode, Brighton 2013.

We felt it was the best experience we have ever had, I think we both felt we connected with a type of energy and way of being that we had been seeking for such a long time.  We both love nature and ritual and ceremony and were very moved by how simple but strong these were in your teachings this weekend.   Neil and yourself are a powerful force and a really amazing combination for this kind of work, making it accessible to the uninitiated like ourselves and yet keeping that focus and magic and honouring the energy you both work with.  

S and S. Reason Manchester, 2013.

The whole workshop was thoroughly and thoughtfully planned providing fun and challenges in equal measure.  You both created an atmosphere that was supportive, safe and nurturing so that the personal challenges could be approached with confidence and openness. Your experience and deep knowledge of the tradition shone through giving all the work strength and integrity.  A powerful experience in every way!  Many thanks.
D. Adamson, Manchester 2013.

 

 

 

We hope to see you there but if you can’t make it, I encourage you to invoke jaguar from the west. Call her in when you open sacred space. Allow her to help you to step into your power with peace and grace through mulching what you no longer need into the earth. Good luck!

 

 

 

Shamanic Healing and Cancer

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi

VJ came to me with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. As a shamanic healer, I don’t label any illness. I just see this as light or dark energy when I track  a clients Luminous Energy Field. The luminous energy field is held around the body and can also be called the aura in the western world.

Tracking is an essential energetic practice, usually executed in a slightly altered state by drumming or rattling through the four main archetypes. These represent the four different levels of awareness and are :

Amaru/serpent : Physical level, how are we surviving in the physical realm at this time?

Jaguar/Ottorongo: Emotional level, how are our boundaries? is there any heavy energy that needs mulching into the earth at this time in our lives? Are there any ancestral or karmic patterns that need releasing?

Humming bird/ Sera Kinti : Soul Level, what is our highest potential?. What are our talents and gifts for the world, where do we hold our light?.

Eagle, Apu Condor : Spirit level, are we on the right track?, are we fully in our power?. How do we fly with eagle these days?.

When I track, I will usually sense visually any heavy energy, attachments or patterns. Sometimes it’s like watching a film of the events that triggered the illness. We are all sensitive to the other realms, some of us are visual, some kinaesthetic and some auditory.

I am working with the following three Andean principles:

TU KU YANCHAY NIOK –LEARN,RIGHT THINKING

TUKU MUNAY NIOK –  LOVE, RIGHT HEART

TIKU LLANKAY NIOK – WORK , RIGHT ACTION

It has been an honour to witness and hold space for the healing journey that VJ  has courageously undertaken.In a year since her diagnosis, she has learnt to listen carefully to the messages from her body. Not only has she learnt how to listen but she’s also now working independently with symbology which appears in meditation, dreams and other synchronicities. These happenings are the universe trying to get our attention and VJ’s journey over the last year has caused her to undertake a wonderful transformation.

I have learnt as much from VJ, probably more in fact than she has learnt from me. I am grateful for all my clients and the lessons they bring me. Here is her testimonial.

Having been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, and wanting to address not just the symptoms but the deepest causes and triggers of this, I decided to try shamanic healing, which from the little I knew sounded as if it might provide deep and fast access to what was going on in me. The pancreas is a very ‘well-hidden‘ organ and I instinctively felt that I would find the causes of its trauma only in the most secretive/buried areas of my psyche. I needed something fast because the tumour had reached a terminal stage by the time it was diagnosed. I found Ali via websites, and chose her because I liked the structured way she described what she does. After several months working with her, I have found every session revealing and healing, and very joyful . She creates a wonderful ‘ listening and affirmation‘ space, and her instructions and comments are very clear . I ‘m using many different therapies including orthodox chemotherapy in my cancer treatment,so it’s not possible to attribute the gradual shrinking of my tumour that has occurred, to any particular one of them. However I am absolutely clear that the shamanic sessions have significantly removed or reduced underlying stress patterns, reintegrated personality aspects which have been in conflict for most of the 60-odd years of my existence, and made it possible to maintain mental and emotional balance through this strange and challenging period.

VJ – Brighton 2012

I wanted to also add the link below, which is a charity helping to signpost people to integrative care for cancer. They are a great organisation and really bridge a gap between mainstream cancer treatment and a more holistic approach.

 http://www.yestolife.org.uk/y2l/helpcentre.html