20 February, 2012

Making a House Blessing Fan

Back in January, our class learned about House Blessings and House Clearings.

Quick sideline: What's a House Clearing?
Close your eyes and think of all the buildings, apartments, houses, offices, etc. that you have visited in your life. Each place carries "energy" which can build up over time. If the energy matches the purpose of the building, then you feel a sense of comfort (i.e., a really great doctor's office will have wonderful healing vibes). If the energy no longer matches the purpose of the building, then anyone (spiritual or not) can perceive the discomfort (i.e., purchasing a house after retirement that used to house numerous young children, and you find it hard to "settle down" and peacefully relax or sleep). House Blessings are used to ritually welcome new owners to a building & its Spirits, while House Clearings are used to "reset" or "reboot" the energy of a building and/or change its purpose.

My classmates and I were told to go on a Journey and ask our Helping Spirits for any symbols, tools, or ideas for when working with House Spirits. As I spoke with Coyote, Freya (of the Norse gods) joined in our conversation, and began talking about feathers. Specifically, Goose feathers, and the creation of a feather fan.

I like feathers. I especially like them strewn across the grass after a big meal (<-- that was definitely not me; Coyote popped into my fingers quicker than I could think!). Gah! Anyway, I've amassed a pretty big collection of feathers just from random hikes and impulsive eBay purchases. But why Goose?

In speaking further with Freya (or the part of my brain that thinks it's Freya), I thought more about Geese, and their observable behaviors. Geese are very family-oriented, and have large flocks that live together. They are also extremely loyal and protective, and will fly with an injured family member for support and protection. They also have a smidgen of silliness in them: just think of the many times you may have taken a beautiful walk along a lake/park and find every inch covered in their poop!

So I decided to create a Goose Feather fan, for house blessings, in order to help foster energies of familial support, laughter, loyalty and protection (and to help sweep out malaise, distraction, non-productive arguments, and loneliness). I traveled to the awesome craft store JoAnn Fabrics, and then after walking around for 25 minutes, decided it wasn't so awesome. Drove another 30 minutes to Michael's, which was definitely more awesome, and got the following materials:

And then I began gluing. And twisting leather. And gluing some more. Lots of glue needed. And then some lunch. And then more glue. And then eating the glued lunch off my fingers. And then I took a nap.

Finally, after all of that, I ended up with a pretty sweet-looking fan:

Of course, in typical Coyote-style, I did all of this on the day that I had my first scheduled House Clearing appointment (Procrastination, oh yeah!). And of course, in typical Coyote-style, my appointment called and rescheduled for another date.

Soon, I look forward to using this fan, and I look forward to telling all of you the details...

14 February, 2012

A shamanic healing appointment, through the eyes of the client

A few weeks ago, my shamanic teacher, Caroline Kenner, had discussed with our class a new healing technique that involved Past Life Healing and removal of Past Life Curses.

This was a pretty advanced healing technique, and during the course of our lecture, she asked for volunteer students to sign up for experiential healings. I was excited to sign up, as I was having difficulty journeying into the Past in order to learn about the technique, and I thought that by experiencing it as a client, I may have a better idea for helping my own clients.

The ritual began with me laying down on a comfortable camp mattress, covered in bright white sheets. Caroline expertly applied healing crystals, woods, and pelts (Coyote, of course!) before singing her powerful songs of invitation to all Helping Spirits. As her Journey began, I settled further into my mattress and relaxed.

As Caroline began to speak on what she was Seeing, she asked me many follow-up questions. This helped clarify the information she was learning from her Journey, and it helped me to understand how my current patterns of behavior may have been influenced from previous incarnations and/or Ancestors.

Many shamanic healings follow a general order: the clients speaks a bit about his/her feelings/symptoms, the shaman goes into the Otherworld to figure out the causes of distress, intrusions are removed, and energy is brought back. Caroline was able to speak with her Helping Spirits and determine a possible Past Life cause for some of the effects that I currently deal with on a day-to-day basis.

A part of myself, from the Iron Age times, enjoyed dried fruit, nuts, dried meat, and Frog's Legs. These types of foods are the type of comfort foods I reach for when I'm feeling a bit ill and want to increase my health and digestion! The synchronicity really impressed me, and as Caroline linked this information to my personal enjoyment of these foods, I felt like I was remembering the first time I tasted these foods.

A second part of myself, from more recent centuries, had an extremely difficult life. False imprisonment, terrible living conditions, and disgusting food, particularly "wheat gruel." The lessons that she brought back from that lifetime showed me a few "Aha!" moments, especially concerning allergies to wheat.

Both aspects of myself taught me about the continuity of Life, and how one action can affect the Soul in numerous incarnations. When Caroline brought my energy back, I could physically feel myself expanding a bit, and tingling with gooseflesh.

This Healing helped me to see the client's perspective, and how important verbal discussion between client and shaman is during the appointment. I have a loose format to follow for when I work with others, and I feel as though I will be more comfortable in the future when I discuss what I See.

Past Life Healings are incredibly powerful, and very tricky for the shaman. During class, I felt awkward and a bit nervous describing my visions, as I felt I was making a "shot in the dark."  Many times, the client may not be able to give feedback as to the accuracy of the visions, because they deal with unknown information.

It's been almost a month since my Healing, and the effects are really starting to show in my life. I am more conscious of my eating habits, and I try to incorporate more of my "comfort foods" that maintain my health. Generally, I also feel as though my concentration has increased, as well as my silliness and coping skills!