23 December, 2014

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

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.

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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 blanket (or yoga mat or chair) to sit/lay on. The participants surround the grid in the center, sort of like spokes on a bicycle wheel. The ceremony begins with Songs of Invitation for many different Helping Spirits, from all different cultures, and the numerous shamanic healers use this time to go into trance.

When the songs are finished, each healer picks a section of the room and begins working with each participant. Moving in a clockwise circle, each participant receives Personalized Healing from a range of shamanic healers, which can highlight similar issues to be healed, or a variety of blockages that are removed as a whole. As each participant waits for his/her turn with a healer, the crystals/stones in the grid provide subtle healing, too!

Participants are encouraged to bring a Journal, in order to write down the things discussed with each individual healer. It helps to organize thoughts in between mini-sessions with each healer (and healers can sometimes have great difficulty remembering what the Spirits have said to each individual person at Grand Healing Ceremonies!). Books will also be available to look up the meaning of different crystals and stones, if a healer uses them in your healing.

After a few hours (sometimes 2.5, sometimes 3), the healers will return to the center of the room and sing the Closing/Thank You songs, and end the ceremony.

At this time, many different things can happen:
  • The Healers will stuff their faces with food! Yum!
  • Some Healers may have energy to discuss a bit more about different crystals/stones and/or Helping Spirits (animals, deities, ancestors, etc).
  • Participants will also eat food and socialize with everyone (please bring your own food with you-- there are not many restaurants close by...).
  • Students may help to wrap stones/crystals and pack away the grid.
Many of these things will depend on the Healers' energy levels, so please be mindful before approaching anyone with detailed questions!

The Healing Work done in cooperation with Helping Spirits at Public Ceremonies can help in a variety of ways, but is not the same as Healing Work done during individual appointments. A few of the healers who work in a professional capacity will have cards with him/her,  in order to assist with the follow-up work.

Interested? Grand Crystal Healing Ceremonies sell out quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Important Points:
  • The ceremony is from 11am to 4pm on Sunday Jan 4th 2015.
  • Blueberry Gardens has adequate parking, but it is good to arrive around 10:45am to park, claim your space on the healing floor, and use the restroom beforehand.
  • Things to bring with you: Lunch, a Journal, blanket/yoga mat/chair.
  • Payment must be made in advance, via PayPal (no money will be taken the day of).
    • To secure your place, log in to your own PayPal account, click on "Send Money" and send $75.00 to this email address: healing@summary.net  Note: If you have any issues, please email me-- you may not receive a confirmation email from us, but you will from PayPal!
Hope to see you there!

*Again, I cannot stress this enough-- you must secure your place in advance! We usually sell out early and quickly, and cannot accommodate more than 25-30 participants.
**The Shamanic Healers for this ceremony are myself, Caroline Kenner, Literata, Christian Stone,  and a range of current & graduated students from Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism.

14 December, 2014

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 appointment, to help clients feel loved, cared for, protected, and above all, SAFE. All of us have wounds from childhood and beyond, that are part of Family Shadows. No matter how loving the family, or the relatives, there is always some sort of painful experience that has happened as a result of one not fulfilling certain expectations (and the hurt that comes from the resulting judgment).

Many people are preparing to travel for the holidays, to make the journey "home", and to renew the bonds of family, friendship, and love. The chakras most affected by these preparations are the Ancestral chakra, the Root chakra, and the Heart chakra. Any blockages, any intrusions, any "scar tissue", and any Soul Loss can appear to manifest more strongly, and immediately put a client in a position of weakness when working with these issues.

It can be difficult to remember everything that one has accomplished, and all of the growth and strides made, when one returns home. If you are struggling with these complicated feelings and a desire to be truly seen as you are, and not who you were, then Call Out to your own Helping Spirits (in prayer, out loud or in your head, or by offerings). They want to help, and they want everyone to feel Loved, even if those feelings are too complicated and disappointing to feel during the Holidays.

If you need help with releasing some of the scar tissue, and regaining your energy after the Holidays, then let's work together for Soul Retrieval and Emotional Release.

Remember: You are SO LOVED AND BLESSED by your Helping Spirits-- all you need to do is ask for their help!

And finally, for those who I've met, and for those I haven't: I love you. I love you through all of the pain and the heartache of this month. You are loved.

06 December, 2014

Making Room for Spirit(s) and Showing Gratitude

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, and the fabric of my practice is much more deeply-woven (and stronger).
  • I am thankful for dearly loved friends and family, who support me in following my desire to do this Work.
  • I am thankful for having the time available to give truly heart-centered follow-up to those in need, and to have the time available for those in crisis.
  • I am thankful for the new connections, new relationships, and new friendships that have grown out of shamanic healing ceremonies.
  • I am thankful for the support of other spiritually-minded folk that help me to succeed.
  • I am thankful for my background in mental health, Reiki, Druidry, magick, music (voice & violin), runes, and crystals/stones. They combine in such an intuitive way for each individual healing, that I wonder if my many years of education and training were Spirits' way of leading me to this path!
  • I am thankful for being my own boss. This was never more true than being knocked out by the damn Norovirus and not having to worry about calling in sick, trying to convince a boss that I really am sick, calling in each day I am sick, and then having to make it to a doctor to get an excuse to prove that I should be paid my earned sick time because I really am sick. <-- always hated doing that
Of course, with the gratitude and reflection, I realize that there are many things that I need to buckle down and work on for my own growth:
  • I need to learn more anatomy. I was thankful during a session that I picked up on a client's possible gestational diabetes issues with a future child (it was a magical "aha!" moment for both of us) but I had to pull out a picture book to figure out where the pancreas was and what Spirits were trying to tell me! Funny but a bit embarrassing!
  • I need to adapt more magickal clearing techniques for self-healing. This "norovirus purge" showed me that even though I prepare for appointments and complete grounding afterwards, it's not enough. This work goes deep, deeper than my counseling work with mental health clients, and so my self-care needs to go deep as well. 
  • I need to expand my knowledge of Deities. Many times, the Orishas, the Lwa, and even Persian deities have shown up for a client, but I know of them by name only (as they are "friends of friends" of other deities I work with). It can be helpful for clients to know Who is taking an interest in them when I have more information.
  • I need to expand my knowledge of symbol sets. The Spirits can only communicate with me via the images and concepts I already have in my brain. If I have more symbols and concepts, then I can receive more accurate information.
I dearly love this work, and I love helping people become more whole, energized, and empowered. I can't wait to see what lessons the next few months bring!

(But please gods, no more norovirus!)

05 December, 2014

Grr! Norovirus attacks, and brings serious reflections

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!

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