Posts

Showing posts from 2014

Upcoming Grand Crystal Healing Ceremony on Sunday, Jan 4th!

Image
With regards to my previous article on the Holidays, I know that many wonderful and amazing people will be in need of healing for the New Year. There are many ways to invite healing into your life: perhaps focusing on a return of energy after dealing with family/friends, a removal of blockages, a desire to set new goals for the new year, or even a "clean energetic slate" in which to meet the challenges of 2015.

For those that are local to the DC Metro area (or don't mind a bit of a drive, as it's just an hour south of Baltimore), I encourage you to attend the next Grand Crystal Healing Ceremony, on Sunday January 4th, at the Blueberry Gardens.

The Grand Crystal Healing Ceremony is a public ceremony, open to all who register in advance*, and is an excellent way to receive healing from a number of shamanic healers** (all with different skills sets and Helping Spirits).

A giant grid is created in the center of the Octagon Healing Room, and each participant brings a blan…

Holidays, Family Drama, and Emotional Upheaval

In the United States, December is filled with huge amounts of emotion, tension, stress, anxiety, hopes, fears,  and expectations (that are sometimes not filled). The focus is on the Holidays and Family, and that combination can bring past hurts and Soul Loss to the forefront. Everyone is trying to prepare for the "drama" of visiting relatives, many who are unable to see a person as anyone other that who s/he was as a child.

There is a huge divide between the expectation of love and acceptance from family/loved ones, and the reality of family patterns being replayed over and over again. Most of the time it is unconscious (no fault of any relative), but in some situations, relatives can be quite cruel if one does not "fit" into their notions of a "good daughter, son, cousin, wife, husband, mother, uncle, etc."  Psychologically and energetically, this is exhausting and secretly disappointing.

The Spirits have come through in a big way in each and every app…

Making Room for Spirit(s) and Showing Gratitude

Image
I've written before about how Nature is compelled to fill all vacuums, which is a philosophy that I have tried  to use proactively. By releasing myself from my job, my ideas about a "normal workweek," and all my expectations, I've been able to re-align my perspective on true abundance, health, and helping the public. In fact, I've been ecstatic to help others find deeper, more profound healing, and not be bound by the limits of the public mental health system! I've also been amazed that by making all of this "room" in my life for this work, the Spirits have come through for me (and clients) in miraculous ways.

It's been a little over four months since becoming a full-time shamanic healer, and I am reflecting back on the lessons learned, and my many gratitudes:
I am thankful for the Spirits presence in my life-- all the Ancestors, Nature Spirits, Spirits of Land/Place, Deities, and Unknowable Great Ones. Everything has become so tied together, an…

Grr! Norovirus attacks, and brings serious reflections

Image
Oh dear gods, what an insanely difficult week of sickness.

I got whammied by the most intense stomach flu I've had since I was a child! Gah!

I've only recently started to feel human again (well, as human as I can feel with lots of Spirits in my head-- tee hee), and this particular "purging" process was rather brutal.

Of course, Spirits sometimes give lessons in rather obvious and profound ways, and I think this painful purge and "re-setting" of my body (coinciding with an interesting dream of my own death a few weeks back) is continuing a process of releasing, intuiting, and clearing that began on August 1st, when I jumped into shamanism full-time.

I am looking forward to exploring this more, especially as I never want to get laid out like this again!


Upcoming FREE Lecture in Baltimore!

So few people work with Coyote and his form of "Trickster Medicine" that I am excited to share a FREE LECTURE opportunity with you!
I am unable to upload the PDF file into Blogger (as it is not my flyer), so here is the relevant information:

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, in collaboration with Kenosis Spirit Keepers, presents "Coyote Medicine, Lessons from Native American Healing"
Thursday, January 15, Noon to 1:15 pm
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
615 N. Wolfe Street, Room 1020
The Lecture is being given by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, author of Coyote Medicine and the Coyote Trilogy
This talk is free and open to the public.
To reserve your space you must contact Nicole Pare at Johns Hopkins University, by phone at 410-955-6931.
It may be tricky for some to attend a lunch lecture in downtown Baltimore on a Thursday, but I'd love to see you there!

Coyote blabs about the Secrets of Sedona's Vortexes! (Arizona II)

Image
Sedona, AZ is known for its vibrant Red Rocks, evergreen forests, and incredibly blue skies. It is also known in "New Age Circles" for its Vortexes-- areas of energy that can have a profoundly healing effect on the human body, mind, and spirit.

With the length of time I had for this vacation, I wanted to visit the main four: Airport Mesa vortex, Boynton Canyon Vortex, Cathedral Rock Vortex, and Bell Rock Vortex. There are numerous maps to the Vortexes, and I drove my rental car to the furthest one (Boynton Canyon) early one morning.

I began walking up the path, looking for signs to signal when I'd reach the Vortex area. I hiked for a solid hour, retracing my steps and re-checking my map(s).

There were no signs for the Vortex. In fact, after speaking with local friends, I learned that NONE of the Vortexes are labeled at all! It seemed to be a small joke on the New Agey tourists who came to Sedona specifically for the Energy High: no one would tell anyone where the Vortex…

Raven's Introduction to Sedona (Arizona I)

Image
I arrived in Phoenix on October 27th, very jet-lagged from the 3-hour time difference. After driving two hours north, eating lunch, and checking into my hotel, I was eager to nap for a few hours. I closed all the blinds, kept the bathroom window open for fresh air, and laid down on the comfy bed. I set my alarm for 90 minutes, and closed my eyes.

"CROAK. CROAK. CRO-AACK."

I thought the air conditioning was trying to turn on, so I turned off the unit.

"CROAK. CROAK. CRO-AACK."

I rolled over.

 "CROAK. CROAK. CRO-AACK!"

I had no idea what was making that sound, and got up and explored the bungalow. I looked outside:

Raven had come to welcome me to the Desert! Of course, immediately wide awake, I just had to go and talk with Him:

After good conversation, I gave offerings of cornmeal to both Him and all of the Spirits of Place. With His guidance (and nice "croaking" reminders), I gave offerings of cornmeal for each and every trail-head, sacred cairn/…

Quick update from Sedona

Image
Happy Halloween! I've been here since Monday, and am loving every minute! Raven was the first to greet me. In my jet-lagged state, I heard a croak outside my bathroom. He was staring right at me, head cocked to the side, begging me to get out of bed and play!  We only talked for a bit, but He's greeted me every morning, and has been with me at every sacred place I've visited. Coyote laughed and yipped the first night, during my stargazing, but his physical brethren have been super sneaky. The only coyote I've seen is a dead one one the side of the road (of course, I teared up a bit and rolled my eyes). He's got two more days to make contact... although He has been in each of my daily Journeys. The views are spectacular and expansive,  and my Energy Bodies have adapted to the extra space out here. A few quick photos before a full update (when I return to Maryland):

Visiting the Desert for the Pagan Holidays (and Coyote, too)

Image
In less than 8 hours, I will be on a plane to Arizona, for a week-long vacation.

I have traveled to many different ecosystems in the past 10-12 years (tropical, rainy/British, windy tundra, forest, mountains, beaches, oceans, rivers, creeks, etc.), but I have never been to a true desert.

 I have packed my rattle and some offerings in between my clothes (too full a suitcase!), and I am so ecstatic that I can't sleep. I want to hike every day, see the southern tip of the Grand Canyon, visit different museums, sit under a clear night sky full of the stars and Milky Way, dance in the Halloween/Samhain/Dia de los Muertos parades.

And I want to hear coyotes howl.

I have worked with Coyote for many years. He began as a silent totem-like animal guide on Journeys (back in 2002) and evolved into a wonderfully sarcastic human-coyote shape-changer (with whom I enjoy many hilarious conversations).

But I have never seen a coyote in real life, a constant joke from the Old Man himself.

We'll …

Healing the Soul during Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde, a phrase that can cause increased anxiety and fear in a wide variety of people.

Miscommunication, bad travels, accidents, difficulty with electronics-- all of it within the domain of Mercury himself, and all of it turning a bit "screwy" when he goes "on vacation" or "to the Underworld (he is a Psychopomp after all)."

However, I've learned that the above-mentioned mishaps don't last too long, and certainly not the entire 3-week duration of His Retrograde phase. After about 3-4 days, things begin to settle down, and Mercury (and other Spirits) are able to help humans with "Re-Writing" and "Re-Editing" different life experiences, energetic connections, PTSD, karmic links, etc.

I've had some interesting and powerful healing appointments with clients during this time. Traumatic life experiences have been better healed, painful ties to past relationships have been remediated, and enmeshed Souls have been given…

Creating a Rattle during the Full Moon Eclipse

Image
What an intense few weeks so far! Mercury went Retrograde (see future post), the Full Moon involved a spectacular eclipse, and the veils between Worlds have felt much thinner (as we approach Samhain).

Since becoming a shaman Full Time (although when is it not full time? Spirits are always on and communicating), I have wanted to create a new rattle to honor my professional work and relationships with Spirits. I made my first rattle back in 2010, to coincide with the beginning of my education. It is very powerful, very loud, and moves a lot of energy very quickly. It has been used in years of Journeywork, individual and group Healings, and many House Clearings.

During the past 4+ years, some of the corn has exploded, and bits and bobs keep falling out during particularly intense ceremonies. It has a desire to "retire" and only "come out" for special occassions-- ha ha!

I began working on a new rattle during the New Moon on September 24th. I gathered materials, looked…

Picture of Crystal Healing Grid-- Crystals to Promote Physical Healing

Image
The healing ceremony on Sunday was fantastic, and very healing for both clients and shamanic practitioners!

Caroline and I focused on Physical Healing (see previous post ), and many clients found pain relief and blockage removal.

Here is an image of our glorious Healing Crystal Grid:

Note the Coyote Pelts on both sides! Aaaaaoooooooooo!

There are only Two more Crystal Healing Ceremonies left for this year, and they focus on healing Lineages/Psychopomp and healing Broken Hearts.

Please email me your interest, as we are limited to 25 clients for each ceremony!

Crystal Healing Ceremony for Physical Healing

Image
On Sunday, the next crystal healing ceremony will be presented in our series: Physical Healing.

Although much of my training has been in mental and emotional health, I grew up in a family of nurses, and this informal education has really helped me pinpoint different things during healing appointments with clients.

Physical healing is the most immediate form of healing relief that can come after a shamanic healing ceremony. It forms the basis for pain relief and removal of physical blockages, so that the shaman and her Spirits can begin to work on the emotional/spiritual levels.

Many numerous stones, woods, plants, and other sacred items can help with physical healing, such as carnelian, willow, plantain/all heal, etc.  The concept of Sympathetic Magic appears to be strongest with physical healing items, if one looks at historical documents and folklore.

NOTE: The following descriptions are purely from my experiences in Trance, and should NOT REPLACE allopathic medicine. Please see my …

Fun with Hugin and Munin at the DC Zoo

Image
Last weekend, I visited the Smithsonian Zoo when DC Pagan Pride Day ended. I was parked in a good spot at Dupont Circle, and took the opportunity to visit some Nature Spirits in the flesh.

Sadly, there are no Coyotes in the zoo (cause they are everywhere else!), but I did enjoy talking with the bear, big cats, maned wolf, snakes, flamingos, owls, etc.  One of my favorite areas I visited was the Giant Bird Aviary, because it had no walls or fences (once you are in the enclosure). There were numerous ducks and peacocks, as well as ibises (hello Thoth!), and I enjoyed walking up the path and seeing cute little grouse run ahead of me.

I've been to this particular area of the zoo numerous times, and had my favorites that I liked to visit. I rounded the corner of the sidewalk and heard "Cro--ak"-- I was stunned and stopped moving. Was it a crow that flew in for some free food? Was it a real noise, or just inside my head?

"Croak!"

Oh my gods, RAVENS!

I have never seen…

Healing the Macrocosm via the Microcosm (a Shamanic Prayer to DC)

Image
Recently, I was in DC for a shamanic healing appointment. After completing the ceremony, and scarfing down food and drink, I walked the city, and ended up at the White House.

I sat on a bench, and watched all of the people walking by. Of course, I couldn't help but think about the terrible state our American government is in, and how badly the People of the USA are in need of healing and support.

I was inspired to pray.

I prayed as I walked around the Oval, asking that Washington DC serve as representative for the entire United States. I asked that the great Goddess Columbia hear my prayers, and that the Spirits of the buildings and monuments hear me, too. And although I could have prayed for the healing of the environment, the increase of brain cells for our Legislative body, the reduction of War, or many other needed things, I am a psychologist and a shaman. I prayed for her People, and their mental health.

As I finished my prayers and offerings, I ended up at the Sacred Christm…

An Enraged Heart Chakra

Image
The most recent Crystal Healing Ceremony was very intense.

 Caroline and I used many volcanic minerals, such as Sulphur, Obsidian, Pumice, Granite, and others. These, along with other stones, woods, and animal skins, helped us to create a vortex that worked like a volcano. Blockages and intrusions would get sucked in and either go up into the sky via "volcano-like" explosions, or they would get sucked down into the Earth via an "inverted" volcano. It was really cool to watch!

The hero of many of my healings was Vesuvianite, a rock found near Mt. Vesuvius in Italy.

This volcanic stone resonates with the Heart Chakra, and helps to release, in a powerful way, pent-up feelings of rage, fear, anxiety, anger, and disappointment. I noticed that it helped many clients, especially women, bring forth and release powerful emotions that either they themselves have clamped down (in order to protect others), or that they may have been blocked from expressing (because others may …

Next Healing Crystal Ceremony

Image
On September 7th (a little over a week from now), myself and Caroline Kenner will be presenting the next Crystal Healing Ceremony in Ashton, Maryland.

The topic for this ceremony is Psychic Protection and Healing.

Psychic protection has many uses in ritual context, but I'd like to discusses its uses in everyday, practical life. Protection is needed to help one maintain boundaries at work, home life, social gatherings, etc. Psychic attack can come in many forms, both aggressive, passive-aggressive, and unintentional.
Aggressive-- this type of psychic attack comes from nasty coworkers, angry partners during arguments, etc. A person who uses this type of attack is specifically trying to hurt another by his/her words, actions, or games.Passive-Aggressive-- this type of psychic attack is a bit more subtle, but quite nasty. People fall under this attack when they are the subject of gossip at school/work, unclear demands from others, or being near persons with terrible boundaries (yelling…

Lonely Coyote in Ritual Dress

Image
Although I am involved in numerous pagan events and shamanic ceremonies, I rarely have my photograph taken in Ritual Dress.

I love the smirk on my face!


Offerings of BACON

Image
Last week, Caroline and I worked together to perform a Healing Ceremony for the local Baltimore area, hosted by the wonderful Druids at Cedar Light Grove, ADF.

After packing up Caroline's car, we began the drive to Baltimore City. Driving through both DC and Baltimore traffic, on a Friday, before a gorgeous beach weekend... needless to say, we were quite bushed when we arrived. We guzzled lots of water, and the air-conditioning felt marvelous. Of course, as we unpacked the stones and crystal, our energy levels returned, and we were ready to Work.

The ceremony lasted about 2 1/2 hours (or 3; not sure, as time gets wonky in Spiritual Headspace). At the end, both Caroline and I were Starving (lots of energy expenditure in Healing Ceremonies, and I don't just mean drumming, rattling, singing, and dancing)! We both work with many predator-type Spirits, and a combination of protein & fat (usually in the form of meat) is the immediate craving we share.

Upon running to the Kitchen…

Returning a Soul's "Much-ness"

I had the wonderful delight of working with a dear friend for healing and Soul Retrieval the other evening, and I discovered that the Spirits can sometimes use gaming references, fictional characters, and movie lines to get their point across!

One of the most interesting philosophies about Soul Retrieval is that sometimes, a Soul can "hang out" with other Souls in the Otherworld, and miss its chance to be born into a new body.

The cartoon-like image that popped into my head for this was a Soul drinking with Soul-Friends at a Lounge-y Type bar, and checking its watch and thinking, "Oh damn, I'm late!" It flies through the air to make it to hospital, just in time to watch the birth of a new baby, and "missing its chance" by mere seconds (sort of like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland). <-- This is not to imply that the baby is born without a Soul, it just is missing an additional "layer" that had made the agreement to be born into a c…

Full Time Shamanism!

Image
I did it, I made the leap, I made the sacrifice.

I am now a full-time shamanic healer! Wahoo!
It perfectly coincided with Lughnasadh on August 1st, and I have used this past weekend for my own Self-Healing (internal Journey work, wonderful acupuncture treatments, ritual, etc.).

I look forward to working with the greater public for shamanic healing, and to help instill Joy and Laughter to those in need!

(I've had terrible HTML issues with my calendar, but I hope to make it work soon. Please check back for upcoming Healing Ceremonies, Shamanic Workshops, Conferences, etc!)


Funny moments in the realm of Ritual

Image
Or, how Artemis gets my attention when I forgot about Her

This past Saturday, August 2nd, I celebrated with dear friends and loves ones at a UToS Ritual for the Spirits of Cleansing/Purifying.

There are three main pagan groups that I join with for ritual celebration of the Gods/Goddesses, and they are Cedar Light Grove, ADF (Druidry), Fellowship of the Ancient White Stag, ASW (Wiccan), and Universal Temple of Spirits (Celebratory).

During the preparation for the ritual dancing, feasting, and merriment, the host brought out archery tools for us to play with/shoot. Crossbows, Compound Bows, Recurve bows, and one lovely person brought a gorgeous Korean-style bow. I was incredibly happy to play, but alas, all the bows were for right-handed archers (and I am a left-handed archer). Hilarity ensued as I attempted to shoot right-handed bows with my left hand!

The beautiful Korean-style bow was created with no arrow-rest, and so it could be used by either righty or lefty (see images here). I h…

Offerings to the Kindred in the 21st Century

As I grow in my Shamanic Practice, with Teaching, Conference Workshops, and Group and Individual Healings, I reflect back, and give thanks to my Community and my Kindred.

One of my favorite ways to "give thanks" is by making offerings.

A really wise friend spoke about how Energy follows where money is spent (I'm paraphrasing of course). Really great offerings can be created from something in Nature, food & drink, arts & crafts, Poems, Songs, etc. However, for those of us whose creativity manifests in a different way, or serious time constraints, there are Donations as Offerings!

For my Kindred, I follow a Druid Path, and honor the Ancestors, the Nature Spirits/Spirits of Place, and the Shining Ones (deities).

Nature Spirits/Spirits of Place:

I enjoy certain Non-Profit Organizations, such as the Ocean Conservancythe Sierra Clubthe Nature Conservancy, and others. I set up a monthly donation, and dedicate it to the Spirits.

Ancestors:

I enjoy the "Silent Supp…

Rune Journeys

Image
On June 28th, I traveled to Thor's Hollow for an All-Day Workshop on the Elder Futhark Runes.

I've worked with the Runes for many years (since completing the Dedicant Program, as part of  ADF Druidry, back in 2005-6). I was first drawn to them when reading many Norse & Old Germanic myths, and of all of the different Divination systems (i.e., Tarot, I Ching, Bones, etc.), this one works the most accurately for me.

The Runes are used for Divination, Magic, and Medicine/Healing. In this Workshop, led by the glorious and powerful Laurel Mendes, each of the 24 Runes was discussed, along with their symbology in each of the Rune poems. Additionally, Laurel was able to discern additional truths of each rune, through her years of experience in using them in Healing and Divining for others (and UPG, too).

After a few hours of lecture, and a delicious Family-Style lunch, Laurel took the participants on a large Pathworking through Midgard, to Journey to each of the Runes.

We were told…

Healing the Lower Three Chakras (Upcoming Crystal Healing Class)

Image
The next Crystal Healing class is on Sunday, July 6th (from 11am to 4pm).

In the classical 7-chakra system, the first three chakras are the Root, the Sacral, and the Power (solar plexus) chakras.

In working with all the chakras of the body, these three are the ones that usually have the most energy blockages (both self-imposed and from growing up in general American capitalist society).

There are many numerous websites, books, lectures, etc. given on the Chakra system, and I encourage you to explore them for your own knowledge. But here's a few notes on what I have learned about them during Healing Appointments: 

Root
This chakra, located around the base of the spine, usually spins with a bright, deep red color. It is responsible for one's connection to the Earth, to Society at large, and to Family and Community. "Connection" is the buzzword that I usually associate with this chakra.Blockages in this chakra directly affect the entire Energetic Body, and especially the …

Musings on balancing shamanic work and daily grind

I am amazed at how my practice has blossomed in just two years.

Back in 2012, I graduated from Caroline Kenner's Two Year Program at Gryhpons Grove, and began receiving individual clients at my home. From that moment, I felt like a beacon had been turned on over this website, and my practice has expanded to Group Healing Rituals, Crystal Ceremonies, Soul Retrieval classes, House Clearings/Blessings, and presenting at Spirituality Conferences. I work at home and travel to Delaware, Virgina, DC, and Maryland. My use of Skype allows me to work internationally with clients.

I love doing this work, and I love working with others (and their own Helping Spirits) for healing and connection.

However, I am quickly becoming booked for 3-4 weeks out, and while this is fantastic, I want to learn how to re-balance everything and keep room open for emergency shamanic appointments.

In talking with friends and peers, as well as pulling Tarot Cards and Runes, I've discovered that working 60+ ho…

Group Healing Ceremony on Sunday June 22nd!

Image
Hello dear readers!

I've worked with many of you for Healing, and I wanted to inform you of a great opportunity in a few weeks.

On Sunday, June 22nd, I and my fellow Healers will be hosting and facilitating a giant Group Healing Ceremony (similar to this one back in January 2014).

This ceremony is incredible-- a large Crystal Grid is created in the center of an Octagon Room, and each participant brings a camp chair or a mat to sit on (around the center grid). There are between 3-5 healers, and we each work our way around the room, singing songs, performing Soul Retrieval, Chakra Alignments, Energetic "Tune Ups,"  and Intrusion Removal. Each participant is seen by at least 3 healers, if not more.

After ~2.5 hours of healing, it's time to EAT!

Both participants and Healers scarf down food, chat, mingle, and try to process the amazing work that just happened. Stories are shared, and everyone is supported in the work.

Sound amazing? Want to join us?

Please email either m…

Upcoming Crystal Healing Classes in Ashton, Maryland

Image
Are you interested in learning about crystals, stones, gems, and shamanic healing?

Both myself  and Caroline Kenner (my former teacher) will be teaching together, the first Sunday of each month, at the wonderful Blueberry Gardens center. These classes will focus on different types of healing, and will build upon each other for both healing and learning. The first class is This Sunday, June 1st, from 11am to ~4pm.

Here is the website, on my "alma mater" webpage: Info About Crystal Healing

Many have asked if the classes can be taken separately, or only attend the classes that one wants to/feels drawn to. That's just fine :) 

I'm looking forward to these classes immensely, and I am really looking forward to meeting new people interested in this type of work. Will I see you this Sunday?

If you can't make it, another Large Public Healing Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 22nd (stay tuned for details)!

Honoring the Spirits of Place in Nature (or, Finding your own Sanctuary)

Image
Ahhhh I love this weather!

The past few weeks has been sunny, not too hot or humid, and cool breezes. Sometimes those breezes bring pollen, but everything is very welcome after the long Winter. It was the perfect type of weather for the PanDruid Retreat.
As I've written before, the Land that the retreat is held on is full of Spirits, full of healing, and full of sacredness. However, this year, the Land continued a deep and profound conversation with the Druids on how it wishes to be honored back (with offerings & sacrifice (ghosti, not animal/human sacrifice!)). This honoring of the relationship between the Land Spirits and us humans that live on the Land is extremely important, and continues to fade away as we evolve in a capitalist society (discussion for a different time). 
The amazing John Beckett (named one of the 10 most important Druids!) wrote an excellent blog article regarding the weekend (with pictures!), so I will not re-create it here. I will be writing about the …