Shamanism, Why is it Different?
I gain clarity and nourishment from what some people call ‘The invisible realms’. I often have a sense of having one foot in this ‘other world’. This is the land of the mythic, a land of story, archetype and myth.
As a shamanic practitioner, I’ve used my shamanic skills and my drum to help me to journey to the places that are connected to unspeakable emotions. When they’re found, they start to emerge into the light, to be honoured and energetically cleared. The strength of this shamanic work is that it can help me view my situation more objectively in terms of light or dark energy.
This is how simple it is for the Q’ero lineage I’m connected to.
How Can Shamanism Help?
‘Only if we dare to widen and change our perception, through spiritual practices and altered state experiences, will we know that consciousness is not local, that the brain and body are only our current vessels and that the underlying reality consists of an energetic web, a symphony of interconnected frequencies’
(Mackinnon C p291, 1994)
The land of the mythic connects us to our imagination and offers a golden thread that journeys through life with a creative spark. For me, shamanism has helped me to discover this thread and be aware of clearing the traps, roots and blocks that hold me back on a generational or ancestral/karmic level.
What Does Shamanic Journeying Do?
In essence, the shamanic journey is a way of using rhythm and intention to access the mythic and spiritual realms, through an altered state of consciousness. Often, when I need to find a balance between the inner and outer worlds, drumming or journeying can help me to connect to deeper aspects of myself. Traditionally in a shamanic journey, a person can access advice and help through his or her spiritual allies. In my shamanic tradition, we journey to the three main worlds: Lower/ the underworld ( Ukhu Pacha), the middle world (Kay Pacha) and the upper world (Hanaq Pacha).
Through this process of journeying, we can embody the wisdom we receive into our relationships and every practical aspect of our daily life.(Sandra Ingerman et al)
I use journeying techniques and my intention to access all aspects of the questions I want to ask.
By spending time in nature or ceremony, a shaman is able to access and experience their ‘wild’ or ‘animal aspect’. When we can do this, we can become truly conscious of ourselves. When we step outside of time in nature or ceremony, we can detach from the constraints of being human. Then, we are able to really look at aspects of ourselves with greater perspective
‘Humans are a part of creation and shamanism is our way of connecting with the whole’
Hummingbird (archilochus colubris) in flight, sipping from tropical flowers.
Re-write Your Own Story
Re-writing our stories can help us to feel validated empowered and connected to the earth. It helps us to focus on the more positive qualities and processes we want in our lives and let go of any remaining heavy issues. It works very much in the same way as seeing or vocalising a positive affirmation on a daily basis.
‘Shamanism is not a course, but a life journey’
In the shamanic circle at Unity, we will be empowering and honouring our authentic selves and energy bodies through ceremony and journeywork. This is an invitation for you to fish in enchanted waters and begin the process of re-writing your story in a safe, therapeutic container.
‘At the boundary between eternity and time, Between spirit world and sense world, Between archetype and individual creature, Everywhere participating in the nature of both, and as if forging the bridge
between the two poles that flee each other, There, upright at nature’s horizon, Stands the human being’
Giordano Bruno ( 1448 -1500)
May you walk softly on the earth, with beauty.
Shamanic Practitioner: Ali Rabjohns 2019.
Blackie, S, If Women Rose Rooted, The Journey to Authenticity and belonging. September Publishing, 2016.
Mackinnon ,C. Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice, Singing Dragon, 2012.
A Natural Hot Tub
A natural hot tub lit underneath.
It was a beautiful summer’s evening, just perfect for lighting our natural hot tub in the garden. When we moved into our house several years ago, we stripped one of the bathrooms and took the old iron bath out into the garden. My friend Gaye gave me the idea of turning it into a hot tub and now it’s sprayed copper and in a secluded corner of our garden. It overlooks a stunning view of the downs and fields in the distance.
Sunset with the hot tub.
This hot tub ceremony was really to honour myself, as I’ve been so busy lately. It feels like time is speeding up faster and faster !. The summer has been a very full experience and I’d just been on a vision quest for a couple of days. The culmination of the vision quest ( which I may write about at some point too) meant that I felt I really needed to reflect on the best way to move forward towards the Autumn. One of the most efficient ways for me to let go of heaviness is either through swimming or a nice hot bath.
I opened sacred space in the garden and set my intention to release anything that no longer served me into the water. It took ages for the fire to heat up the iron bath and about an hour to fill it with water, using a bucket – I think I need to use the hose next time!. Anyway, these acts were therapeutic in themselves. I also cleared the nettles around the bath, that had grown up over the summer time. I made a special bath oil concoction with 100 % natural organic Doterra essential oils of geranium, marjoram and lavender mixed with fracturated coconut which I love. I also added Epsom salts to help clear any heavy energy from my luminous energy field.
I placed tealights and candles in jars all around the bath. The air was so still and clear that I could light a candle and the flame would burn true and bright, without any protection. So, I also had some church candles and a few moroccan lanterns placed around, so I could see where I was going in the dark.
The tub got super hot (quicker than I expected) and took ages to cool down enough for me to step into it, which I did once the fire underneath had gone out. There’s nothing quite like sitting in a bath that’s been heated naturally with a fire, with the iron of the bath generating heat as well. Eventually when I sat in it, I could feel myself being warmed through right to the very core of my being and to my bones. It’s so delicious and such a lovely thing to do.
Dreaming a New Vision.
Watching the cosmos.
While I was in the bath, it was almost a full moon ( or just three or four days off), so I could see the moon travelling slowly across the sky. Three shooting stars flew over me and I also heard some tawny owls calling to each other. The air was so still that I could hear traffic and distant music. The trees rustled around me, holding space. It was absolutely divine . I let go of ‘doing’ all the time and enjoyed just ‘being’ for a while. It was time to regroup my energies, a magical timeless experience and perfect for a summer’s evening.
Welcome to the blossoming time of year!
Blossom is irresistable!
The bluebells and wild garlic are so wonderful at this time of year. This time around Easter helps me to feel re-born into a new way of life. My medicine walks help me to search for new sacred space in the world, reminding me that I carry my serenity with me wherever I walk.
Joseph Campbell says ‘Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy’. In her book ‘Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’, Sarah encourages us to engage in simple springtime rituals of rejuvenation.
We can also seek sacred space in the lower, middle and upper worlds through journeying or visualisation. At the Spring Equinox, we planted our ‘seeds’ for our dreams this year and now it’s time to patiently wait. Part of this process is to hold the healed vision and the highest potential of that seed in our hearts.
At the last full moon ceremony I held, we journeyed into the heart of blossom. This is the essence of blossom , which emanates our own beautiful authenticity. Here is the journey for you to try, it was first offered to me by my friend and sound healer Carolyn Richards for the Earth Calendar day Beltain. I’ve changed it a little bit, as that’s what shaman do, they weave their own medicine into their work to make it their own.
Preparation for your Shamanic Journey
First of all, turn off your devices!
Open Sacred Space
Click a Prayer for Creating Sacred Space for the words.
Sit somewhere you won’t be disturbed for at least twenty minutes. If you have a drum or rattle please feel free to use them, otherwise you can use a singing bowl or a download of a shamanic journey. There are lots of them available, I like the ones by Sandra Ingerman.
You could also try just imagining with your mind’s eye, without any tools at all.
The Journey into Blossom
Picture a meadow full of wild flowers in your mind’s eye.
Imagine yourself on the edge of a meadow, it’s a beautiful sunny day and the birds are out in force.
Look down and notice if you’re wearing shoes, finding the path that will take you to the woodlands in the distance. Use all your senses to see, touch, hear and feel the beautiful nature all around you. The lovely long stalks of the grasses and the smell of the earth.
Eventually, you reach the edge of the meadow and you can wash your hands and face in a clear running stream at the woodland edge . Step into the woods and find your own special spot. This could be a grove of trees or a woodland glade filled with bluebells. See if you can find somewhere with blossom and sunshine.
Take yourself there for a moment to relax, sit and observe the beauty of this place. How does it make you feel?. There is a beautiful tree ripe with blossom in the centre of your space and you watch the bees as they work. One bumble bee makes it’s way into each flower and collecting the pollen. It’s working so hard to make honey.
Honour this bee by sending it your highest heart energies. Imagine that you yourself are shrinking as small as a bee.You are so small that you can also visit the beautiful smelling blossom. What does this blossom smell, feel or look like, as you move closer and closer to it’s centre?.
Possible Questions for your Journey
See if the blossom has anything to say to you. You can ask questions to this blossom, which represents the highest potential of your flowering:
- What’s my next step?
- How can I experience more joy in my life?
- How can I live from my heart?
Listen for the answers that may come to you visually, editorially or kinaesthetically. How does it feel to bee?.
Then, slowly come back to your normal body size and bring yourself out of this sacred space, knowing that you can always come back here when you need to.
This is similar to the ancient art of shapeshifting, I hope I’ve inspired you to try it.
The Shamanic Way of the Bee by Simon Buxton is a good book to read about the sacred life of bees.
The Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, is a beautifully illustrated set of cards that helped me to connect deeply with different native plants from our lands.
May you flow with beauty.
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
‘Come out of the circle of time And into the circle of love’. Rumi
Enjoying a simple and beautiful life ..
Ali creating a shamanic ceremony called a ‘despacho’ with a group.
A wonderful way of enjoying precious moments with my friends, my family and the community can be through preparing a simple shamanic ceremony with them.
For me, ceremony is about setting my intention and working with ayni (in reciprocity). In the Q’ero tradition, we show gratitude before something happens, not afterwards. We are surrounded by the unseen worlds and they are always willing to help us when asked.
Shamanic ceremony is by it’s very nature creative. Each shaman or shamanic practitioner is different and the way things are executed always change according to the person and their passion for life. One of the most important elements is our intention and our breath. If we can blow all our passion and creative energy into the prayer bundles of our ceremony, it’s going to make a powerful mountain of natural healing energy for us all to enjoy over the months to come.
A despacho is an envelope of dreams that holds our prayers and wishes for the future. It is made up completely out of natural ingredients and all of them are things that you can find in your kitchen cupboards. The despacho brings us back into right relationship with our world and with ourselves.
This is an offering to the earth and heavens, a prayer of gratitude, in the spirit of service to the family/community/society/community that we live in. Please see my blog post for more details as to how to make one for yourself.
Have a look at my blog post about creating your own altar, which is such a personal and creative act in itself.
Creating The Earth Festivals as Shamanic Ceremony.
I follow a Celtic tradition, as well as the Q’ero path and celebrate the earth festivals of the year for Europe: These are the Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltain, Summer Solstice, Lammas , Autumn Equinox and Samhain. Each time of year is very different and pertinent to the type of activity we choose. Glennie Kindred is one of the people who has inspired me to get together with friends and into the community. She has written some really beautiful books, check her out :). I will be writing about ways of celebrating the Spring Equinox very soon.
Ritual and ceremony brings the sacred into our every day life, where we can honour ourselves and our ancestral lineage. Take the opportunity to connect with the unseen worlds and our guides at these turning points of the year. Spend time with others and celebrate the Full Moon and New Moon Fire Ceremony, it can be great fun!.
A ceremony called life: A butterfly enjoying the sun on her wings
A Simple Creative, Daily Rhythm
The most simple ceremony is your daily rhythm of life: Walks in nature, open fires, home cooked food, reading, music. Whatever it is, make most of the simplest pleasures available to you and to your life. Life for me is a treasure of friendship, personal time and weaving the beautiful magic that is for me creativity and healing. This in turn, helps me to feel more relaxed and prepared to conquer those difficult times and creative blocks when they arise. While researching for this post, I found a beautiful book on Cygnus Review called ‘A Ceremony Called Life’, which is definitely worth a look. As I was bringing up my small children ‘ Simple Abundance – A book of Comfort and Joy ‘ by Sarah Ban Breathnach really helped me on a daily basis. Sometimes it takes us a lifetime to hone our daily rhythm to our changing needs, what speaks to your soul?.
Come and join us, contact me for more details of the ceremonies dates this year or go to My Meetup Group ‘Wild Star’ . Join me on my Facebook page Lucid Healing Shamanism, where all my ceremonies are listed, or ask for your email to be added to my database – email@example.com.
Wishing you an infinite resource for your well being.
May you walk in beauty
For all our relations
Baba Yaga Altar for shadow work.
What is a creative block?
I work a lot with creative blocks 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.
A creative block could be:
- A ‘heavy’ pattern of behaviour,
- A self sabotaging response,
- A leaking/loss of energy over a long time or from a traumatic experience,
- A negative self belief/ contract with ourselves
- Anything that we tell ourselves or do that stops us from moving forward towards our creative dreams and future.
How can we track to the root of a Creative Block?
Ask a shamanic practitioner to track the root of an issue for you if you don’t feel confident doing this yourself. In my own practice, I would get a client to pick a Khuya (a stone imbued with loving kindness from my mesa, or medicine bundle) and blow the essence of their creative block into it. Then I would track and tune into four animal archetypes: Serpent, Jaguar, Humming Bird and Eagle to help me to see where they were being held back.
The pattern or leak could be on an ancestral or karmic level and it could also be soul loss. Tracking will be able to help to determine where the root is very quickly and then we make a plan together as to how to proceed. One of the most powerful tools to use around the issue of creativity is shadow work.
Our shadow contains our juiciest creative power or treasure. they are the parts of ourselves that we repress because we don’t feel good about showing them to the world. The older we get, the harder it is to keep these shadow parts hidden away.
Facing our fears and shadows can help to dissolve a creative block.
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. Keeping a dream diary or creative journal has also helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
One of the ways we can approach our shadow parts is by journeying to a specific part of ourselves that may need to be brought into balance through the arts, ceremony or visualisation and having a conversation with them.Often, these repressed parts of ourselves just need recognition and love, in order to re-integrate and harmonise with our energy fields once more. They are only creating havoc or resistance because they are trying to get our attention.
The story of Baba Yaga (found in Clarissa Pinkola Estes ‘Women Who Run With The Wolves’) is a very powerful metaphor for learning to trust our intuition.
Other ways of clearing creative blocks could be through illumination, extraction or entity release .
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.
In my next post, I will be talking about shamanic ceremony and creativity.
May you walk in beauty
For all our relations
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
The Creative Flow
My creativity has sometimes been like a flowing river and at other times like a trickling stream. Some days it slows to a complete halt and I feel like there’s nothing I can do about a creative block. However, there are plenty of shamanic tools that we can use to help that flow run strongly once more. A creative block needs unravelling with patience, self compassion and love.
Having your own sacred space or quiet spot in the house can help you to feel nurtured and supported into re- discovering your creative spark.
Clearing Our Rivers
Our healing process can happen in between other important or every day life events. Sometimes it’s easier to not look at the parts of ourselves that need to come into balance, because then we can pretend it’s all fine. Sometimes our bodies cry out for a creative approach and get sick if we don’t listen to the little messages. (What could those messages be?)
Listening to your little Voice
I urge you to really listen to what your little voice is telling you, even if it sounds crazy. Healing doesn’t happen in the sequence of 1,2,3 – it can appear quite random and after 3, you may need to go back to 1 for a bit and then revisit -5. We have layers like an onion of our heavy patterns, self beliefs and power loss hidden in our luminous energy field. It takes time for the healing process to shed one layer and then reveal another.
Drumming and Shamanic Journeying.
Shamanic ceremonies often use a drum. I often take a shamanic journey to a creative medicine space, in order to tune into my little voice more keenly. Sometimes I use creative visualisation or journeying techniques – asking to be guided what to make or paint. When we need to find a balance between the inner and the outer worlds, drumming or journeying can help us to access aspects of ourselves that are holding us back from dreaming our world into being. In this Shamanic traditon, we journey to the three main worlds: Lower/the underworld (Ukhu Pacha), the middle world (Kay Pacha) and the upper world (Hanaq Pacha).
Drums are such a personal piece of your tool kit. You can either :
- Make your own drum,
- Have it made for you out of deerskin or hide
- Buy a synthetic Remo drum available in most good music shops
- Use a CD/MP3 recording.
Here are a few ideas for journeys, contact me if you would like any more info on how to journey safely.
- Journey to a creative safe space where you can ask questions about the next step.
- Ask your power animal to help you solve a creative problem and show you the way forward.
- Ask your guide to show you how to strengthen your river of creativity.
- Journey to the stars to see your highest potential.
- Journey above the stars to ask for a gift for your highest destiny.
There are endless ideas, have fun !
In my next post I will talk more about creativity and ceremony.
May you fly with beauty
For all our relations
THE SHAMANIC MEDICINE WHEEL (NORTH) Hummingbird Workshop with Ali Rabjohns and Marc Wood.As I move around the Medicine Wheel, we trust that all will be well. I have prepared my ground for re-birth through working with serpent and the south direction. I have dealt with enough of my shadow and projections with jaguar in the west and begun to move towards hummingbird.
North: The Way of the Hummingbird: Timelessness, honouring our ancestors and joy. 22 -23 April 2017.
Magical hummingbird medicine
Marc Wood 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.
The current group is now closed as we are moving into the Hummingbird direction in April , this means that students have already been part of the wheel for a year and completed South (Serpent) and Jaguar (West) directions, so they’ve done a lot of preparatory work on themselves for this and it wouldn’t be appropriate to expand the group at this point. However, we will be offering further taster days for the Medicine Wheel on Sat June 3rd 2017 or Sat 16th Sept 2017 in East Sussex (exact location to be confirmed). Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Hummingbird Workshop Details:
In this workshop we will be asking ourselves the question ‘What is our soul’s essence?’. Hummingbird gives us the impetus to follow our dreams, propelling us into action. It gives us the force of action, combined with creative thinking we need to begin this epic journey.
It eventually brings us back to our source, where our spirit was created. Hummingbird helps us to drink deeply from the nectar of our lives, through honouring our ancestors and continuing to clean up our river.
How do we share our souls calling with the world and re-create our mythic map to reflect our highest destiny or potential?. We learn how to release old structures and roles that we may play out in our life through our male or female sides. These roles may have been passed down to us through our ancestors. When we create ceremony to help these patterns of behaviour release through us, then we create a space for magic to occur.
The Medicine Wheel Training
Held over four separate weekends over two years, the Medicine Wheel is an initiation process handed down from the High Andes and the Q’ero nation that helps us to honour ourselves, as well as our friends, our families and our communities with all the light available to us.
It is a beautiful and powerful journey around the four cardinal directions with the archetypes . This course honours our right as human beings to speak, write, hear and know the truth of our becoming. It will help us to see that death (or a transition) is an opportunity to grow on every level. This organising principle helps us to see clearly through the darkness to find our way step by step as we listen to ourselves and to our unseen guides. We will help you to set your intention to clear all limiting behaviours and self-beliefs that hold you back from walking with beauty.
The Medicine Wheel General Details:
The core tools we will be working with around the wheel will be: working as a circle, hucha (heaviness) release and calling in sami (light) to replace this, sand paintings, fire ceremony, shamanic journeying, experiential and creative exercises, dreaming our world into being, energetic tracking skills, a deep connection to Nature, Munay Ki rites, mini death rites.
You will create a medicine bundle or Mesa of stones that you will be able to use on your journey to discover your hidden treasure, your true self.
May you walk in beauty
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