12 October, 2018

Evaluating Healers: ethics, genuineness, and skill level

At least 3 or 4 times a month, I'm asked to evaluate the skill level and effectiveness of other healers, shamans, and alternative practitioners. As our nation begins to accept more magical & spiritual forms of healing, the general public needs a way to evaluate the practitioners they work with.

I maintain the hope that many of us do this work for our communities in order to help others with a high level of professionalism and ethics. But, just as there are predatory & manipulative persons in every occupation, the healing community also has its predators, manipulators, thieves, sexual offenders, and other types of disingenuous folks.

Many clients seek out healers that are complete strangers to them. Alternative healing communities function on reputation, but it can be difficult to know a healer's reputation without testimonials and reviews. Here are a few questions that have helped me evaluate other practitioners, when I am seeking out my own healing, and when referring clients to additional treatment team members:

Do they allow the client to make the choice for healing, or do they try to mandate/manipulate/"trick" them into services? 
  1. This directly addresses the healer's ability to educate the client, but not force the client, into services. Clients must be ready, willing, and able to change, and if a practitioner attempts to force any of those three areas in order to "get a booking" the healing won't work.
  2. Ethical & fully informed consent for treatment should be the MANDATORY standard of their practice.
What is their training, how long, and with whom?
  1. There is a lot of confusion regarding what is cultural appropriation & what is cultural exchange. A healer working outside of their ancestral culture should be able to speak to the training they have received in that culture, and refer back to their teachers (similar to how citations work within an academic paper). Many of those trained in technique-heavy programs are missing the cultural context in which the magical technology originated, and so their effectiveness will not be the same. This is especially true of shamanic healing, which is based on relationships with Spirits, not just techniques from different cultures.  Depending on the type of healing modality, training in a wide variety of mediums is best, but books and online lectures do not replace the direct supervision of a human teacher.
  2. Within the United States, many folks begin training and working in the field of alternative healing practices to lend support to their families and friends, as a part-time job, or a career change later in life. Those who have attended schooling & worked in fields unrelated to health & human services will have a greater difficulty transitioning to this type of work. It is not impossible, but working for humans, animals, and the spiritual community involves additional training beyond what most shamanic schools present.
What greater spiritual work are they doing for the Community and/or World at large?
  1. It's 2018, and at least within the United States, there are HUGE SHIFTS happening at the micro and macro level of the populace. Many spiritual healers have discovered the trend of being Called to more advanced work on behalf of the planet (climate change, politics, healing the trauma of the world, replanting ayahuasca vines that have been overfarmed due to drug-seeking behaviors, etc). This Work is almost always unpaid and can possibly be the greatest work of a shaman's life.  
    1. If the healer you are researching doesn't work for the Spirits in this way, then they either haven't reached that point in their training, or they are only interested in the monetary value of their work. This can lead to the dreaded cult of personality/guru syndrome that affects most unethical/manipulative persons within the healing communities.
All of us are called to this Work in different ways, and are in different places in our training. The world is shifting, and more healers are discovering their magics. Hopefully, these questions will help you to evaluate your practitioners just as carefully as you evaluate your doctors, therapists, and dentists.

Good luck, and stay safe,
Monika Healing Coyote

05 October, 2018

Venus in Retrograde, and the power of Rage


(from WikiCommons, public domain)
The major theme during this transformation process is RAGE, especially the empowering aspects of rage. Anger is a difficult emotion for many people, as it signals a boundary crossing by a person, place, thing, or idea. Very few of us received good role-modeling on how to communicate our anger effectively, and those deficits have cause major issues on a personal, community, and global level. 

Many victims of abuse have come forward to speak their truth regarding their traumatic experiences, and to role model the change needed in our nation. Each day, the processing and understanding of these truths slowly shifts the emotions and thoughts of the general public. Although many of us feel burnt out by the evils of unequal power dynamics, this slow & gradual changing of the collective is the transformational process our world has needed. 

If you are interested in knowing more, especially with Venus working her way through Scorpio, please listen in at 9pm EST on Monday Oct 15th, where I will be giving a live radio interview on these topics on Organic Frequency Radio.

04 September, 2018

Planetary retrograde energies of Spring/Summer/Fall 2018

Happy September to you all,

For those of you who were unable to join us for the live ceremony this past 30 August 2018, you're in luck! The recording is both available on Facebook and YouTube, as well as archived videos of all previous healing ceremonies.

This ceremony had a much different tone, feel, and magical purpose as compared to the Summer Solstice Ceremony The world experienced HUGE shifts, as seven of the nine planetary bodies all ended up moving retrograde at the same time! Many of us struggled with coping skills, extreme shifts in mood, low energy levels, higher-impact from regular stressors in our lives, and some great difficulties with our reality-testing, both in this Middleworld and the Otherworlds. Folks who struggled with PTSD and other trauma-related disorders reported feeling as though there symptoms went way up, and that the sensory memories felt like they just happened. I too experienced this, as I have felt the nightmares of parental death, September 11th, and other crises ramp up once again.

Thankfully, most planets have started moving forward once again, which means that we can rebuild our coping skills more effectively, we can communicate our Truth better, and our reality-testing gets back on track. It also means that each planet's energies, as they move forward, help bring renewal, increased motivation, focus & concentration, and hope. Here's a listing of the planets, and the days that they started moving forward again:
  • Mercury (direct on Aug 19th)
  • Venus (direct now, goes Rx in the month of October 2018)
  • Mars (direct on Aug 27th)
  • Jupiter (direct on July 10th)
  • Saturn (direct on Sept 6th)
  • Uranus (still Rx, direct in the month of January 2019)
  • Neptune (still Rx, direct on Nov 24th)
  • Pluto (still Rx, direct on Sept 30th)
During the ceremony, we worked on grounding & centering via the Two Powers meditation technique, received healing from the Celtic deities Manannan mac Lir and Brigid with a Water/Fire healing, and Danced our Animals with Coyote, to bust a move and bring joy back into our lives!

Interested? This ceremony can be viewed at any time, just schedule out 90 minutes for yourself, and click on the video below (aaaaaooooooooooo!):


Have a blessed start to your Harvest Season!

17 August, 2018

We survived the Planetary Retrogrades (online healing ceremony)!

On Thursday, August 30th, at 7pm, I will be hosting an Online Healing Ceremony via FB Live, to celebrate something that all of us share:

WE SURVIVED THE RETROGRADE SEASON!

This summer has been particularly tricky, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region. The climate/weather seemed to mirror the movements of the planets (seven of the nine went retrograde, sheesh!), with a very wet/humid/flooded summer, major barometric pressure changes each day, and the constant anxiety/hatred/fear that is projected onto the Washington, D.C. area. There are numerous articles about what the planets have been doing, and how it affects us energetically (see bottom of this post), but most of us can agree that there has been an incredible amount of intra-psychic pressure within our systems! This healing ceremony will help to clear any residual energetic backlog, provide comfort, support, and power retrieval. 

This event is open to everyone, and all you need is a WiFi- or data-enabled device in which to stream the audio/video feed. To ensure that you receive updates and instructions, please mark yourself as "Going" on this event!

For those who have not participated in a FB Live event before, the steps are easy!


  1. Go to "Monika Healing Coyote Shamanism" and ensure that you have "Liked" my Page.
  2. On Thursday evening, prepare yourself to participate in your own healing & power/energy retrieval. Whatever you need to do to feel comfortable in your room/home/space, do it. Pajamas, tea, a small snack, snuggling a pet or stuffed animal, turning the cell phone off, etc. Many folks like to take notes as the Ceremony progresses, and to write down any insights that come during the healing process. 
  3. At 7pm, I will begin the Live event, and Facebook will immediately notify all persons who have marked "Going", and have "Liked" my Page, that I am going live.
  4. Click on the Notification, and a video screen will open up for you to experience the Healing Ceremony.
I am offering this Healing Ceremony during the period of time when most of the faster-moving planets in our Solar System have started to move directly forward once again (one or two may still be retrograde until mid-September).

Finally, I am asking for a small donation from each participant for this work; a minimum of $11 (which can be paid via PayPal towards my email address: lonelycoyote@healingcoyote.com , or use the link here).

I can't wait to work with you all, and break through the constraints of space & time for Healing!

Astrological Weather: https://www.findyourfate.com/astrology/year2018/2018-planetretrogrades.html

02 August, 2018

August news!

Happy Lughnasadh to you all,

Welcome to the news for this month! Here, you'll find information about upcoming classes, my Facebook Events Page, my YouTube Channel of recorded healing ceremonies, and more.

Yesterday was a huge milestone for me and for Healing Coyote Shamanismmy 4 year anniversary of becoming a full-time shaman! Wahoo! It's been the most difficult, rewarding, inspiring, and life-changing work I've ever done (even with working in public mental health and law enforcement for many years!), and I hope to maintain this momentum and continue to grow in my work.


(c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2016
How's everyone doing with the incredible amount of psychic pressure from the major retrograde movements and eclipses these past few months? I've been trying to stay abreast of things with this PDF file, but it has been quite overwhelming...whew! Near the end of the month, when most of the planets move forward again, I hope to create an "End of Retrograde Season" online ceremony, via FB Live. Stay tuned for more details!
 

Recently, I started to compile a listing of different local & trusted spiritual practitioners, retail stores, online diviners, and alternative healers. They will be featured each month in my newsletter, to help create a true "Spiritual Treatment Team" for the public. If you would like to be included, please respond with your business information!

As always, for those that are interested in mentoring, divination, house clearings, and/or personal healing appointments, I have numerous open days during the week, and some weekend slots still open; I'd love to work with you to create a personal and individual ceremony.

I am looking forward to working with everyone this month, and I'm excited to help folks grow their relationships with their Helping Spirits. Have a great few weeks, and see ya'll soon!


(c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2017
Aaaaaaaooooooo,
Monika Healing Coyote

05 July, 2018

July news & workshops

Happy hot July to you all,

Welcome to the newsletter for this month! Below, you'll find information about upcoming classes, my Facebook Events Page, my YouTube Channel of recorded healing ceremonies, and more.

The major spiritual impetus for this month is the Wacky Wild Astrology of July! Five planets appear to be Retrograde (Rx) this month, with Mercury Rx occurring on the 26th. Add to this a New Moon Eclipse on the 12th, and we may all be feeling quite overwhelmed! My dear friend Diotima has written a lovely and inspiring article about the energies of the next two months, and I know that I'll be re-reading it often!
 

Recently, I started to compile a listing of different local & trusted spiritual practitioners, retail stores, online diviners, and alternative healers. Please keep your eyes open for an additional email from me this month (and if you would like to be added, please let me know!).

As always, for those that are interested in mentoring, divination, house clearings, and/or personal healing appointments, I have numerous open days during the week, and some weekend slots still open; I'd love to work with you to create a personal and individual ceremony.

I am looking forward to working with everyone this month, and I'm excited to help folks grow their relationships with their Helping Spirits. Have a great few weeks, and see ya'll soon!

Aaaaaaaooooooo,
Monika Healing Coyote

20 June, 2018

Sacred Sound Healing Ceremony (Midsummer 2018)

Hello all!

The online Summer Solstice Sound Healing Shamanic Ceremony was a wondrous success! Although the video quality isn't as clear as other uploads, the ceremony was powerful and instructive.

We learned about sacred chants from different cultures, invocations to deities, sacred prayer songs (Ragas) in Hindu/Vedic traditions, and worked with both Coyote and The Morrighan to transmute the pain/trauma of our world, give voice to the grief of those who aren't being witnessed, and support & heal ourselves for the Summer ahead.

Please enjoy this video, and refer back to it when you need healing for yourself, others, and/or want to provide healing to the greater world!

Aaaaaaoooooo!