26 February, 2015

Energetic Integration: a seemingly counterintuitive solution from Spirits

In almost every shamanic session I've ever had, the Helping Spirits give "shamanic homework" in order for the client to fully integrate his/her healing, and to start making small life changes.

For a recent client, the homework appeared counterintuitive: Don't do anything!

(from Wiki Commons)
The client contacted me about some shamanic healing work a few months ago, as she was dealing with low energy levels, difficulty healing fully after surgeries, and some trouble connecting to the Divine outside of herself during daily meditations (she is deeply spiritual and magical, and is very dedicated to her relationships with Deities and energy work).

After singing my songs and closing my eyes, I took at look at her, and the Spirits gave me loads of information:
The main theme -- because of her devotion to her twice-daily spiritual meditation practice, she was running a huge amount of energy through her chakras! Once in the morning (i.e., during a shower), and a slightly different magical working in the evening around bedtime.
Lately, the "shielding" around her body had been tissue-thin, especially with all of the physically-draining things over the past six months. The Spirits talked about how the continued expansion/opening of her energy bodies/chakras, while still dealing with physical maladies, was actually affecting her healing process. Things that would normally bounce off her were getting in, and continually weakening her energetically (especially as she was trying so hard to self-clean with her 2x/day magical workings).
Her Helping Spirits and I worked together to clear out the intrusions, bring her energy levels back up, and start to repair her energetic and auric shielding. We also brought back Soul Essence, to help her maintain the healing work. Finally, at the end of the ceremony, the Spirits put her on energetic "down time" and asked her not to do any active work for ~2 weeks. This was to give her physical body a chance to finally heal effectively, so that once her physical body containment was 100%, her energetic bodies would align and the shields would have something to attach to fully.

This is not the first client whom I have worked with to experience this type of "Spiritual Grounding." My own Spirits have enforced this, when I need to integrate the healings I've received, or to recuperate after my own extensive energy work. "Down time" is a very necessary part of the healing process, and probably the most difficult "prescription" to receive. All of us want to feel something real, ecstatic, and genuine, but we must allow ourselves to integrate, incorporate, and store that knowledge. 

A good friend, Ivo Dominguez jr, addresses this topic in his book, Casting Sacred Space. Spiritual and magical muscles need rest in order to be ready for work at a later time. Too much use of those spiritual/magical muscles, and one can injure him/herself (i.e., headaches, low energy, Soul Loss, etc.).

How do you ensure your "Spritiual Downtime?" What types of "surface distraction" do you engage in?

20 February, 2015

Sacred Space/Between the Worlds Conference (coming soon!)

Sacred Space Conference 2015, March 5th-8th!
I'm a bit behind in writing about one of my favorite spirituality conferences, Sacred Space. This will be my fifth year, and my third year as a Presenter. I've written about this conference before:

2011: (whoops, only written notes!)
2012: here
2013: here
2014: here, here, and here

For 2015, Sacred Space is combining with Between the Worlds Conference into a giant Spritual-Magical-Ritual Event, similar to Hogwarts as a graduate school! Many genuine, amazing, and famous presenters will be featured at this conference, such as:
I will be presenting two different workshops this conference; Differentiating between mental illness and spiritual experience (c) 2013, and Psychopomp: techniques for healing the dead (c) 2015.

For those that are interested in attending, Registration is available online or at the door. There are a range of packages, from daily rates to the entire conference + Gala.

I hope to see you there--Aaaaoooooooo!

13 February, 2015

How Coyote Manifests Himself in Ordinary Reality (Arizona III)

(see previous posts here and here)

One of the biggest jokes between me and Coyote is that I have never seen a regular coyote in the flesh.

Coyotes are found everywhere in the Americas, and although I have lived in quite a few places, I've only ever heard them in southern Ohio (during my first shamanic journey workshop). I spoke with Coyote quite extensively before my trip to Arizona, and really hoped that I would see one in the wild.

Now, although He gave me quite the welcome the first night, I never heard or saw a coyote the entire rest of the trip. However, I did have a funny and synchronous interaction during a hike in Red Rock State Park:

I was hiking back to my rental car after a short, 3 hour loop. It was early, I hadn't seen anyone else on the trail for miles, and I was starving for a hearty lunch. About 1/4 mile from the end of the trail, I passed a group of hikers (perhaps in their 50s?), and we exchanged hellos. One gentleman kept talking with me, in a very loud and fast voice, "Ah! What a beautiful girl! You deserve a sweetheart!" He gave me this:

Coyote Love! (c) 2015 Lonely Coyote
I thought the older gentleman was simply a harmless flirt, so I giggled and put the stone in my pocket. When I went to thank them, the group  had already walked away down the trail.

Of course, it wasn't until later, when I realized that I didn't remember seeing the gentleman hiking with the others (after I turned around), that I realized it was Old Man Coyote!

Have you ever had Spirits visit you in regular life? How did you know who it was?

05 February, 2015

The Sacred Healing Powers of Salt

For any sort of spiritual intrusion, energy loss, psychic attack, or power drain, the first recommended course of action is working with Salt.

Salt, chemically written as NaCl (sodium chloride)*, has many layers of healing properties. It is vitally important to our Oceans (which make up 75% of the planet Earth), and is representative of the Element of Earth in countless rituals, ceremonies, and religious offerings. Chemically, it is a balanced and stable compound, and when its chemical bonds break, it releases negatively charged ions. It is part of the mammalian body system, and certain levels must be maintained for heart function, electrolytes, brain chemistry, etc. Magically, it is a great energy neutralizer and banisher, and has been used in House Clearings, Psychopomp rituals, Office "resets", and Restorative rites.**

Personally, it is one of the best ways that humans can reset and re-balance their own energy fields. Salt baths and salt scrubs (such as in a shower) are excellent ways in which one can release the tensions and shadows of the workday. Many spiritual practitioners also use salt in their own ritual purification baths, both before and after great ceremonies. Salt helps to release built-up energy (whether positive or negative), and can help ground an over-abundance of psychic phenomena.

If you are struggling with "leaving work at work,"  or "feeling drained after difficult conversations with loved ones,"  then try a Salt Bath or use a Salt Scrub in the shower. There are many varieties, such as Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt, Hawaiian Black Salt, and regular Table Salt (without Iodine works best), but please make sure that it is Sodium Chloride (NaCl). It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to restore one's self, and can also be good preparation before a Shamanic Healing Ceremony.

*Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is functionally different from Epsom Salts, which are Magnesium Sulphate (MgSO4). While Epsom Salts feel wonderful for muscle pain and spasm, they are a completely different "magickal substance,"  used for Auric/Higher Self workings. Sodium Chloride is much more effective for the specific uses of neutralizing energies within a home and within a body.

**Note: Salt should NEVER be used in Land Rituals or Land Clearings. It damages grass, plants, and soil, and can actually destroy the energetic state of an area (bringing it to "zero" instead of "neutral"; a major distinction).