21 September, 2015

Arizona adventures, Part One (How I got my ears and tail)

This year marked my second trip to Sedona, AZ (see previous postings within this article).

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2015
I was very eager to get out into the desert and along the trails, and to Journey to Coyote and make offerings. I hiked out into the Red Rock State Park, along the Bell Rock trails, and climbed up to almost the top of a high pillar, so that I could look out across the wide expanse.

I made my offerings, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath...
I sent my roots down into the earth through the bottoms of my feet. They connected with the Earth Mother, her fiery heart center, and I drew that loving heat up my roots, up my feet, and into my body. I then stretched my arms up into the sky, and they continued into the atmosphere, further up towards the Sun and the fire in billions of stars. I drew that crackling heat into my crown and down into my body. I opened my senses to the Middle World, and saw the piercing blue sky full of colors, sort of like the rainbows that are at the sides of lens flares. Coyote and Raven both showed giant in the sky, but then flashed away in an instant.
I looked down, and saw a blur of greyish-tan scampering around the base of the mountain. It circled around, then backtracked, moving closer to me up the side of the pillar of rock. Coyote, in animal form, was darting around a self-made maze. I laughed in delight, and he leaped into my lap, turning into his human form, and gave me a big hug (I would have burst into tears, but I was so dehydrated up there!).
After some private discussion and healing, he gave me both ears and a tail, so that the desert would recognize me, and so that I would have an easier time managing my own water and energy levels when hiking for 5-6 hours. It really helped, and I am very thankful to him.

Stay tuned for more adventures in the desert, and pictures too!

08 September, 2015

Healing Ceremonies in the Sedona, AZ desert!

During the next two weeks, I will be on retreat in Sedona, AZ. This is my second trip here, as last year was such a life-changing experience (see posts here, here, and here).

The energy of the desert brings a type of healing that I've never experienced anywhere else. With the large amounts of Fire (sun & heat), Air (large, open spaces), and Earth (tough plants and Red Rock), I feel like all of my energy bodies are able to expand out to their full size. There are so few people out here, and I can hike for miles without seeing another soul. This type of "alone-but-not-lonely" vibe helps me to re-connect with all of my spirits, and realign my focus and purpose.

This trip, I want to work with the Spirits of Place (genius loci) for the benefit of my shamanic clients. I am offering a special type of remote healing work: Desert Healing & Soul Retrieval.

This type of individual healing ceremony can be purchased via PayPal online, by selecting a special drop-down option ($115). I will conduct a healing ceremony within Red Rock State Park (most likely near Boynton Canyon Trail, as I had great Journeys there last year). The healing work will include many of the items in a regular healing appointment, with a large focus on Elemental Healing for both the chakras and the numerous energy bodies. I will voice-record the healing, and send it via Google Drive and/or CD upon my return to Maryland.

Interested? Please include your name & a picture in your email to me, along with the PayPal payment, and I will work for you within the desert of Sedona! Note: This is a limited-time offer, only available during my retreat.

06 September, 2015

Ancestor Worship

Today is the 5th Anniversary of my father's death.

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2015
His death had a profound effect on my life, my own healing work, and my ability to hold the space needed for others to grieve parental deaths. I moved to Maryland and started a new life after his death, and haven't been back to NYC since (although I am terribly homesick).

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2015
Miss you Daddy, and wish you were here. What is remembered, lives.

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2015

01 September, 2015

A Tricksy conversation with the Lord of Light, Apollon

Sometimes, I find it difficult to focus and concentrate within shamanic head space, especially if I am Journeying for myself and my own knowledge. Recently, I visited Apollo (Apollon), and he certainly called me on it! It took two different Journeys for me to understand his message...

from WikiCommons

Artemis met with me and we raced everywhere; running, jumping, skipping up trees, etc. She had the both of us jump up into clouds and sunlight, and then to a large garden that appeared behind the clouds. There were woods that went right up to the garden, and when I looked around, I saw a clearing with some vines, and there Apollon stood. I introduced myself, and he asked me to play some music for him. He showed me his lute, and I began to play.
The strings broke.
I apologized, and then conjured my violin, and attempted to play for him again. I became more nervous and distracted, and immediately, the strings broke again!
He rolled his eyes, invited me to sit down with him, and to calm myself with olives and some wine. I asked him about his insight into "three paths" he discussed via his Oracle a few weeks ago. He responded that I've already Journeyed on it, and that Coyote is the one to give me the most insight into it. I asked if Coyote could join us while we talk and drank, and Apollon refused. Again, I became distracted, and he said, "Go ahead and go, Coyote girl!" I very sheepishly apologized for my lack of attention, and ran back down to my grassy area in the Middle World with Artemis.

Later that day, I attended a MidSummer Ritual with FAWS, of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. During the meditation/oracular portion of the ritual, I had a second opportunity to speak with Apollon in shamanic head space:

He giggled as soon as he saw me coming, and said, "Ahh back again for another try, are you?"  (When a god laughs at you, be prepared to push through your fears!) He spoke to me about working with him for my own healing after intense shamanic appointments, and teased me too. "You need someone in your life who's not a Trickster!"  
He gave excellent ideas and advice to all participants about jobs and careers ("If you spend your time away from your job recovering from your job, it's not the right job!"), as well as gentle nudging to start up my daily walking meditation practice again. This time, I was able to focus on his words and his energy, and not get too distracted. I thanked him for his offer of friendship, and have started working with him when grounding and centering after shamanic appointments.

Although I have used shamanic journey techniques for 13+ years, I can still be completely caught off-guard by the wonderful and wacky ways the Spirits play games! Have you ever had any embarrassing or mortifying interactions with Spirits? Was it helpful*? Did it strengthen your relationships?

*Note: I do not work with Spirits that play harmful and malicious games within human relationships. My shamanic work is to help heal the Community of humans, and those sorts of games are abusive and can cause psychological damage. I caution anyone who begins interacting with a Spirit that purposefully harms him/her in order to "instruct" or "command" to have a trusted magical worker or diviner to check in with the Spirit's motivations. Soul Retrieval and/or other forms of shamanic healing may be needed to undo the damage.