05 February, 2019

Who is Brigid?

Brigitte, from WikiCommons 

Brigid is the Irish Goddess of inspiration, poetry, bardic talents, healing, and forging. She is one of the main goddesses of Druid religion, and She was the first goddess that I interacted with during Imbolc 2002. With all complicated religious deities, it is unknown whether Brigid (and the many spellings) is one goddess or many goddesses, or if it is a title of spiritual energies (An Dagda and the Morrigan also have the title/deity overlap!). Each person who works with Her forges their own relationship, and She is one of the main deities I work with for healing within my shamanism practice. For those who are interested in learning more, especially the funny stories I have about Her, please send me an email and we can schedule time for a mentoring conversation over coffee or tea! 

02 February, 2019

Imbolc greetings and updates

Happy Imbolc greetings to you all,

Welcome to the newsletter for the holiday most sacred to the Irish goddess Brigid! She was the first goddess that I met during my wee years as a neophyte Druid (2002); look to the next post for more information about Her healing work!
Additionally, 2019 begins my ninth year of healing for the public, and my fifth year working as a full-time shaman. It's been incredibly difficult, and I've endured some rather intense initiations; I am excited to expand and grow Healing Coyote Shamanism even more!

If you've read the previous few updates, you know that I am MOVING! During the first week or so of February, I shall be moving to the Wheaton area; just in time for Imbolc and Asian New Year!  I am excited to expand the workshops and teachings within a newer, larger basement (#basementshaman on Instagram!).  As I make the great changeover, I will be teaching only All-Level classes during February (instead of both all-level and advanced).  My great hope is to have everything moved over, cleaned, unpacked, and ready for twice-monthly teachings starting March 1st, wherein I will be teaching more intensive workshops, such as House Clearing/Blessing, Psychopomp/Healing the Dead, Tracking through the Otherworlds, Wrathful Compassion, Animal Spirit connections, Weather Shamanism, and more.

Although I am moving my business, I am still booking individual healing ceremonieshouse clearings/blessings, business blessings, and/or family healings! I also have the ability to conduct mentoring and divination appointments, too.  If you are in need, please don't wait to contact me; we can book your session immediately and I can do passive healing work until our time together (and this ensures that we have scheduled time on the books).

Monika Healing Coyote

16 January, 2019

Mid-January Greetings!

Happy belated New Year's blessings to you,

This year begins my ninth year of working for the public, and my fifth year working as a full-time shaman. It's been incredibly difficult, and I've endured some rather intense initiations; I am excited to expand and grow Healing Coyote Shamanism even more! 

During the autumn and winter months, my landlord and I discovered a large outbreak of toxic black mold. The summer of 2018 was incredibly hot and humid; the entire DC & DelMarVa area saw an increase in mold/fungus within homes (we even broke the record for most rain!). Although my landlord has addressed these problems, I have decided to move into a new housing/business location. I am excited to expand the workshops and teachings within a newer, larger basement (#basementshaman on Instagram!). The final walk-through resulted in a successful agreement, and I shall be moving closer to the Washington DC area during the month of February (just in time for Imbolc and Asian New Year, such synchronous omens)!

As I make the great changeover, I will be teaching only All-Level classes during January and February (instead of both all-level and advanced). The topics will vary, depending on current events, astrological trends, and the self-care needs of the community. I will be teaching more intensive workshops, such as House Clearing/Blessing, Psychopomp/Healing the Dead, Tracking through the Otherworlds, Wrathful Compassion (stabbing things, ha ha!), Weather Shamanism, and more (Soul Retrieval workshop is THIS WEEKEND, yay!). My great hope is to have everything moved over, cleaned, unpacked, and ready for double teachings starting March 1st.

Many exciting things happening this year, stay tuned for details!

Monika Healing Coyote

30 December, 2018

Online Shamanic Ceremony for Self-Care/End of 2018 Healing

Glad Yule to all!

This past Monday, I facilitated an online healing ceremony, the last one of 2018. There were some interesting bits, such as time dilation (we worked together for 2 hours, whoa!) and frozen electronics, but the video has been rendered and uploaded to YouTube.

This past Summer, almost every single planetary body in our Solar System went Retrograde with its movements and its energies. During this period of intense pressure, many magical and spiritual folks noticed that their personal coping skills no longer worked as effectively. As the Summer season transitioned into Autumn and Winter, this painful pattern continued. 

When we are not able to release old energies, work with our coping skills, or complete effective self-care, our Flight/Fight/Freeze response within our brains remains permanently on. With the passage of time, this can have extremely detrimental effects on our psychosomatic health, our trust and faith in ourselves, and our hope in a loving Universe.

This ceremony addresses these factors, by gently bringing attention to our ineffective coping skills that have distracted us from our physical lives; we are "checking out" instead of recuperating from our stressors. We need to stop using our current knowledge, wisdom, and experiences as the rubric to evaluate our past traumas-- we are setting ourselves up for secondary pain, guilt, and judgement. No matter what, the things that we've done in our past in multiple situations have helped us to survive. By letting go of our shame, we are able to actually catch our breath in the Present, and know that no matter what, we can endure and adapt to our Futures!

I hope this ceremony brings you all healing, grounding, and the spark of your curiosity.
Contact me if you are in need of further work in the New Year,
Monika Healing Coyote
410 989 6947


07 December, 2018

December Greetings!

Happy wintry blessings to you,

Welcome to the newsletter for this holiday season! Below, you'll find information about upcoming workshop intensives, the last online healing ceremony of 2018, my Facebook Events Page, my YouTube Channel of recorded healing ceremonies, and more. 

Our year of shamanic classes, both Open and Advanced level, ended with a party on Sunday December 2nd. We shared a horde of delicious pot-luck food, and paused our conversations for a 30-min lesson on working with drums and rattles in order to power one's own Journeywork. It was a wonderful celebration of the difficult inner work with our Spirits, and a safe space to share magical stories with the community that has grown to support us all!

I spent a great deal of the summer and autumn months teaching in new locations, and helping to clear out & bless centers of healing (i.e., yoga studios, acupuncture clinics, etc.). The work has inspired a few articles for the future, so stay tuned to this blog!

Many folks have asked about finding spiritual community in the local areas. Keep an eye on your inbox, as a listing of community resources will be sent soon.

I hope that everyone has a great holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, and if you find yourself overwhelmed by the chaos of the season, ESPECIALLY if you cannot find time for self-care, please contact me for healing and support.

Monika Healing Coyote

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.