07 December, 2017

Asking for help when struggling with suicidal thoughts

In my last post, I wrote about the frantic nature of the Holiday Season in the States. This time of year is also a very difficult time for depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, and other forms of mental illness and despair. As a member of the clergy, I have officiated numerous weddings across the Mid-Atlantic area. And I have also guided Souls who have passed to their loved ones in the Otherworlds.

If you or a loved one is struggling with end-of-life care and preparations, please contact me for help. We can work together to create a thoughtful and loving ceremony. Additionally, if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I urge you to seek out help immediately, even if you are embarrassed about the nature of your thoughts. Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline) to speak with a counselor completely anonymously, but if you have already started thinking about a plan, call 911.
(from suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)

29 November, 2017

Preparing for the holiday season

How is everyone doing with the frantic preparation for the American Holiday Season

Bryant Park, NYC (from Wikicommons)
Many of us can feel as though there is never enough time, never enough money, and never enough energy to accomplish everything we feel we need to. Add a cold or battle with the flu on top of one's stress levels, and folks can feel numb and overwhelmed

Making time for self-care is extra important, although it may feel counter-intuitive at first. In Tibetan Bön & Buddhist teachings, there is a philosophy of 5 Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Space. Space is a tricky concept for us western occultists to understand, but oh-so-important when added to one's understanding of magical technology. All of us can feel completely out of control when faced with our gigantic "To Do Lists", especially as the lists change on a daily (sometimes even hourly) basis. By taking time for oneself, and creating the Space needed to let everything else "wait on standby" for a short of amount of time, we are able to ground & center, and refocus on our hierarchy of needs. Then, it is much easier to determine what tasks need our immediate attention, versus tasks that will always dominate our time but never fully resolve.


If you are someone who is struggling to keep your energy levels up, your physical and mental health balanced, and your boundaries strong with friends and family, then let's work on that together. I am available both weekdays and some weekends, and we can co-create a healing ceremony that addresses these power drains. There is no better time to focus on your own healing and shadow work then during a season that pushes self-sacrifice to the extreme!

09 November, 2017

All-level public Shamanic Journey Group on Sunday, Nov 19th

Hello Journeyers, old and new!

from WikiCommons
Welcome to this Open Shamanic Journey group, located in central Maryland. November's class will be hosted by Neighborhood Acupuncture in Laurel, MD. The topic will be on Astrological Spirits, inspired by the fact that this class day is also my birthday! Please bring a copy of your Astrological Chart (a free one can be found here).  NOTE: I am not a trained Astrologer, and so we will not be discussing the depths of planetary personalities, but rather focusing more on the Spirits of Western Astrology and how we can interact with them!

Doors will open at 1:30pm, class runs from 2pm to 4:30pm, and we will close shortly after that. The cost of this class is $30, payable at the time of attendance (either via PayPal, check, or cash).

There are plenty of chairs, but if you have a preferred cushion or mat that you enjoy using, you are welcome to bring it. Also, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil, in order to write down your perceptions and interactions in the Otherworlds. Our meeting time is roughly between lunch and dinner, but I have found that a small snack in between Journeys helps to ground and center oneself (bring that too, if you need it).

I will bring my Bear Drum and will be drumming for the class. As this is geared towards Beginner-to-Intermediate students, I ask that you keep your own drums & rattles at home (the compounded rhythms make it difficult for newer folks to focus on the meditation).

I look forward to working with all of you, and growing our community!

Additional Info: This is a monthly beginning-to-intermediate Shamanic Journey group, as well as a place for those that wish a dedicated time/space to interact with their Helping Spirits. The fee is $30, and you don't need prior experience in Journey Techniques in order to attend! I will provided direct instructions during both Journeys, to help newer folks. For those who have never Journeyed before, or interacted with Spirits, or have figured out a Helping Spirit to work with (animal, plant, deity, etc.), here are a few articles that may help:
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/06/how-do-i-find-my-own-helping-spirit.html
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/10/interviewing-new-helping-spirit-caracal.html

28 October, 2017

Usui Reiki I Attunement on November 5th

(from WikiCommons)
The "laying-on of hands" is a healing technique found in many cultures, especially those with large populations and limited healthcare resources. As the United States continues to struggle with its own political machinations surrounding health insurance, many people are adding complimentary alternative healing techniques that support western medical care (i.e., acupuncture, massage therapy, shamanism, etc.).  

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing, re-discovered by Master Usui Mikao in March 1922. Although there are many forms of Reiki, Master Usui's methods are most often taught cross-culturally. His hope was to encourage all people to learn self-healing techniques through Reiki energy work, in order to support a holistic-style of medical care world-wide. In this form of Reiki, tradition and lineage are the basis of Attunements (the process by which Reiki energy is "opened" in another person), in addition to lectures and teachings of technique.

This Reiki I Attunement class is open to all interested attendees. The cost is $30, which can be paid online or via cash/check in person (held in Columbia, Maryland). The workshop will give an overview of the history, Japanese tradition/culture, techniques, and address cultural exchange/cultural appropriation issues. Attunements will be given to attendees, as well as guidance for self-healing and the ethical healing of others (both human and animal).

(Monika Healing Coyote received her Master/Teacher Level Attunement in June 2012, with the following Lineage: Sue Yarnes, William Lee Rand, Diane McCumber, Arthur Robertson, Ishikura Iris, Takata Hawayo, Hayashi Chujiro, Sensei Usui Mikao).

10 October, 2017

Open Shamanic Journey Class in Laurel, MD

Hello Journeyers, old and new!

Welcome to this Open Shamanic Journey group, located in Laurel, Maryland. October's class will be hosted by Neighborhood Acupuncture (parking both on Main Street and behind the building). The topic will be on Ancestors (as we are getting close to Samhain!) Doors will open at 1:30pm, class runs from 2pm to 4:30pm, and we will close shortly after that. The cost of this class is $30, payable at the time of attendance (either via PayPal, check, or cash). 

There are plenty of chairs, but if you have a preferred cushion or mat that you enjoy using, you are welcome to bring it. Also, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil, in order to write down your perceptions and interactions in the Otherworlds. Our meeting time is roughly between lunch and dinner, but I have found that a small snack in between Journeys helps to ground and center oneself (bring that too, if you need it).

I will bring my Bear Drum and will be drumming for the class. As this is geared towards Beginner-to-Intermediate students, I ask that you keep your own drums & rattles at home (the compounded rhythms make it difficult for newer folks to focus on the meditation).

I look forward to working with all of you, and growing our community!

Additional Info: This is a monthly beginning-to-intermediate Shamanic Journey group, as well as a place for those that wish a dedicated time/space to interact with their Helping Spirits. The fee is $30, and you don't need prior experience in Journey Techniques in order to attend! I will provided direct instructions during both Journeys, to help newer folks. For those who have never Journeyed before, or interacted with Spirits, or have figured out a Helping Spirit to work with (animal, plant, deity, etc.), here are a few articles that may help:
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/06/how-do-i-find-my-own-helping-spirit.html
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/10/interviewing-new-helping-spirit-caracal.html

04 October, 2017

October's News

Happy Samhain-tide greetings to you all,

Last month was a doozy; my roommate and I lost her sweet doggie Tater, and it was devastating. The loss occurred the same day as my father's deathday anniversary, which is a strange synchronicity to be sure. That grief, coupled with painful anniversaries (9/11), catastrophic weather (see my YouTube video for a spontaneous ceremony to assist the Oceans), terrorist attacks, the crumbling political climate, a late-summer explosion of pollen, and the constant frenetic pressure from the Planets...just wow. According to some of my dear friends, the energy is continually ramping up: this may just be the New Normal in the physical realms!

We are approaching the Dark of the Year, which can bring a few different types of energies into one's life. Samhain is the Celtic New Year, through the purging of the previous one (note this holiday's occurrence at the end of Harvest Season). Some folks find this time of year difficult, due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). increased responsibility within families (i.e., Holiday Season), large bills, etc. The biggest supports that can help folks through these stressors are Grounding & Centering (daily if you can do it, but definitely weekly if you can't find the time), sharing Spiritual Community (Witchvox can sometimes be helpful), and growing relationships in the Otherworlds (via classes and workshops). This is also a time for Shadow Work and self-healing, as well as refocusing on your personal goals.

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

12 September, 2017

Online Ceremony to Heal the Waters & Weather Patterns of the World (Hurricane Irma)

A few days ago, I woke up, shot out of bed, got dressed, made coffee, and set up my healing room space. Terrible dream images of weather patterns, tentacled thought-forms, and overwhelming pain lingered in my mind, and I grabbed my drum to fight.

This video ceremony is the result of answering the Call to help the Spirits. Small, quick ceremonies like this can build momentum the more they are watched & practiced; what will you do to help?