Hummingbird helps us to connect more strongly and to create a space for our soul’s essence to be expressed by releasing the emotional or physical blocks holding us back in the ancestral realms .
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 cease procrastination and we have to take a LEAP OF FAITH, trusting that all will be well because we have prepared our base well (serpent) and dealt with enough of our shadow and projections (jaguar) to move outwards in the world.
It is different from blind faith, because the trust that underpins its decisive nature is built on a real knowing, true WISDOM which comes from a deep connection with the natural world and with the ANCESTORS – so here we honour the ancestors, the ancient ones for their wise teachings as they stand behind us, supporting us, projecting us, willing us to move forwards and stand on our own two feet.
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’.
The essence of the North energy helps us to release old structures in our lives and the roles that we play out, that may have been passed down to us by our ancestors. When we create ceremony to help these patterns of behaviour release through us , then we create a space for magic to occur. Creativity, storytelling,poetry and myth, even drama are all belonging to the hummingbird domain.
Hummingbird has helped me to organise a trip to Peru with my friends from The Four Winds Society and go, leaving my family behind for three weeks. This medicine helps me not to get bogged down by the minutiae of daily life and to keep my vision strong. Working on the level of the mythic and the soul – hummingbird medicine helps me to show my clients the story of their lives through storytelling or sacred drama and how their highest destiny can unfold with love and self belief.
Humming bird medicine is represented by the theta waves of the brain, where we daydream out of the window whilst washing the dishes – or rise to a challenge, even though we have no idea how we will pay for it or make it happen on a physical level.
Whilst I was in Canada working on a textile installation in a flowery meadow, I was lucky enough to be regularly visited by hummingbirds on our site. 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.
On a day-to-day basis I use hummingbird to help me tune into my creativity or enjoy the arts, as well as stepping into serving 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 word be filled with light and to follow the courage of my convictions (and my intuition) even when I can’t see where I’m being taken. Through ceremony, it helps me to see a perceived disaster as a transition to transformation and dream weave the story of my highest destiny into being. Hummingbird definitely helps me to enhance the quality of my life through creating beautiful surroundings.
I track hummingbird with my clients to see the essence of the light in their soul that they carry, to see if they are suffering soul loss and their potential for following their dreams. I help clients to invoke hummingbird when they are embarking on an epic life journey. Ceremony is a wonderful way to invoke Hummingbird, especially through singing or any of the arts.
Ideas for working with Hummingbird:
Why not invoke hummingbird medicine through your own unique creativity and create an altar to help find a solution to a problem or to honour your ancestors ?. If possible,point this altar towards the North direction and include objects that relate to all the 5 senses as well as the element fire. You could even make your own love charm from feathers, or use them to clear away any heavy energy that may be holding you back from stepping into your highest destiny.
Use a drumming C.D or drum in order to identify and name all the roles that you have held or hold in your lifetime. Go back to the moment you took them on and acknowledge how this still holds you in a particular way of being (and doing) and then let them go. Letting them go could be just writing the roles onto scraps of paper and then burning them in a sacred fire. It could also mean invoking hummingbird to blow your love and gratitude for these parts of you before letting them go to fly on to greater heights.
Neil and I will be teaching the hummingbird (North) direction of the medicine wheel. It will be a powerful and rich weekend, full of practical exercises and tools that will help connect you fully to the archetype of hummingbird and embed new ways of bringing your highest destiny into your every day life.
Please join us on 19/20 October at Abney Hall in Manchester. The full cost (including a night’s accommodation) is £150. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
May you walk in beauty.
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
The Way of the Jaguar : Integrity, Clarity and Peace.
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!
In the Q’ero Indian tradition of the High Andes, we were taught that Sachamamma is the southerly direction of their medicine wheel. The Andean Cosmo vision, like many other indigenous tribes, sees all living beings as equal. A Q’ero Paqo will treat the stars, the sun and his animals as brother or sister. A Paqo is someone who has been called to a spiritual path in the local community, traditionally by being hit by lightning. He can converse with the mountain spirits (The Apu’s) and brings right relationship and reciprocity (Ayni) to his community by bridging both worlds.
Four months after finishing my shamanic training with The Four Winds Society, I moved back to England with my family. I was quite literally shedding a skin, just like a serpent would. Since then, serpent has guided me to step into my new teaching role, as well as travel to the amazon jungle. It’s given me the wisdom and courage to gently speak my truth without fear. Here is the first part of the Sacred Space prayer I use when I call in The Four Directions:
To the winds of the south,
Sachamamma, Amaru, mother of the waters, the rivers and the galaxies, all the roads that lead us together, come join us.
Great Serpent, wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin, cleanly all in one piece,
To birth our bodies full of rainbow light, teach us the beauty way: beauty behind us, beauty before us and beauty beside us so everything we create is touched with beauty.
Come mother we welcome you. HO!
At first it felt strange to think that I could evoke an Amazonian serpent energy to weave it’s way into my life and help me to literally clean up the flow of my river. Little did I know quite how transformational serpent would end up being! Sachamamma has guided me through death and re-birth with grace and noble vision; it was only me who kept screaming for help!
As I call serpent in and look at her eye to eye, it can still send shivers up my spine and give me goosebumps. I see her iridescent scales; she has the undulating power to squeeze me tight, as well as walk with beauty in the world. She helps me to nourish myself and to live sustainably on the earth too.If there is anything holding us back from walking our truth or from re-connecting to our innocence, sachamamma will help us to release these blocks and to walk softly on the earth again with a spring in our step. Sachamamma helps us to go deep within and journey to where we source ourselves. The beauty of Sachamamma is that she’s always ready to re-birth you into the world.
Ideas for using Sachamamma medicine in your daily practice.
If you would like to invoke Sachamamma medicine in your life, consider creating a beautiful altar in the southerly direction of your home or garden. Use snake sticks or serpent like stones to help you. Call in sacred space and invoke the archetype of serpent, ask her to help you discover if you are holding onto something you need to let go of in your life . Where is this being held in your body? What is holding you back from speaking your truth or walking with beauty in the world? Close your eyes, breathe deeply and receive her gentle wisdom through words, a feeling of knowing or imagery. Release these blocks by blowing them into a stone, or a stick and then bury or burn them at a sacred fire.
Another way to sense these blocks would be to call in sacred space and invoke the archetype Sachamamma, choosing some sacred snaky music just for you. As the music plays, really feel yourself empowered by this serpentine archetype. As you move and dance your snake dance, allow any tensions or blocks to be felt in your body and then let them go with the help of Sachamamma, letting them be shed into the earth, through your feet.
Give thanks and honour your work by holding a sacred fire at a full or new moon to release what needs to be shed, or light a candle. Please see my website for more details of the sacred space prayer or creating a sacred fire.
Details of our Sachamamma workshop and the Shamans Medicine Wheel.
We are preparing a series of four weekend workshops which will take you on a Sacred Journey from birth to death and finally to awakening. They are open to all, regardless of previous experience of shamanism and each can be experienced as a stand-alone workshop or as a complete journey around the Shaman’s Medicine Wheel.
The weekends will be powerful, intensive and very creative and will include ceremony, ritual, many energetic exercises, time for deep personal inner work and group celebration, indoors and outside in nature. These workshops are also relevant to experienced practitioners who want to re-embed these sacred, beautiful ways into their work.
April 20th to 21st SOUTH: The Way of the Serpent: Truth and Beauty
June 29th to 30th WEST: The Way of the Jaguar: Peace and Fearlessness
September 7th to 8th NORTH: The Way of the Hummingbird: Joy and Harmony
October 19th to 20th EAST: The Way of Eagle: Vision and Awakening
Neil Brocklehurst and I are experienced shamanic practitioners who have trained with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds Society and with Juan and Ivan Nuñez del Prado. We run regular workshops and healing sessions for groups and individuals. You can find out more about Neil at www.peruvianenergyhealing.com and myself at www.lucidhealing.co.uk.
COST £100 per workshop
VENUE: Abney Scout and Guide Training and Residential Centre, Newlands Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 2PD http://www.abneycentre.org.uk/AbneyMap6.pdf
MORE INFORMATION: Please phone Neil on 07985 211975
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