18 April, 2016

Upcoming Soul Retrieval Ceremony for Beltaine

Beltaine is a sacred holiday to many pagans, and it celebrates the beginning of Summer, fertility, sexuality, and the sacred joining of masculine and feminine energies.

This time of year can feel a bit frenetic, and many folks can be reminded of painful sexual experiences, relationships, etc. I will be conducting a healing ceremony at THE Beltane Event, in Darlington, MD, in order to help participants work with these energies for their own healing.

(from THE Beltane website)
Soul Retrieval for Survivors of Sexual & Relationship Abuse

  • Soul Retrieval is a shamanic technique of healing first re-discovered by Sandra Ingerman. When a person is the victim of a traumatic event or crisis, a piece of him/herself will dissociate, in order to survive the ordeal. Sometimes, shamanic healing is needed to help guide the soul essence back to the person (especially in cases of prolonged or deeply traumatic crises). This shamanic healing ritual, led by Monika Lonely Coyote, is to help anyone who has ever experienced rape, abuse, trauma, manipulation, and/or other harmful facets of past/present relationships. Feel free to bring a journal to write down any insights that the Spirits give during the ritual.
The event does have day passes, and I will be conducting this ceremony on Saturday, April 30th. I look forward to working with survivors and supporting the community in this way!

(If you are unable to attend this event, but would like to work with these issues, please contact me for an appointment, and we will work together for your healing).

13 April, 2016

Psychopomp Workshop at Trillium Gathering, a Druid festival

This weekend, I will be presenting at ADF's Trillium Gathering at Thor's Hollow, Virginia.

(from the Trillium Gathering website)

I will be providing a lecture on Psychopomps within Indo-European cultures and beyond. This work is dear to my heart, and is some of the most powerful, personal work I have ever done within my shamanic practice. I look forward to introducing it to others, and sharing stories and experiences around the Sacred Fires.

See you there!

08 April, 2016

Unseelie Weather, and working with a partner for shamanic healing

In Maryland, there have been some rather strange weather patterns the past few weeks. A few days of 70F - 80F and sunny, then a drastic change to low 30F's and possibly freezing temperatures during the night.

This sort of chaotic weather was reflected in the Otherworlds, too.

the Wild Hunt, from WikiCommons (public domain)
During the most recent Sacred Space Conference, a dear friend received a profound insight from the Morrighan regarding the most-recent Spring Equinox. There would be a rather painful "changing of the guard,"  with some of the fallout potentially affecting the human realms.

I read my friend's write-up, and then promptly forgot all about it...

I was reminded quite viscerally during a Healing Ceremony this past Sunday. As I sang my sacred songs to invite my Helping Spirits, I noticed that no one was showing up. It was like the winds in the Otherworlds were blowing as hard as a tornado, and no one could find their way to me.

"They are few things more horrifying for a shaman than to call out to the Spirits & have them not be there!" -- Coyote

Thankfully, I was working with a partner, and we both made offerings, grounded and centered, and re-established the boundaries of sacred space within the healing area. Our Helping Spirits arrived, and the work could fully begin.

We each focused on similar areas of the physical body and the energetic body, working in tandem to provide pain relief, strength, Soul Retrieval, and healing. It was a much-needed check of inter-rater reliability, as we both struggled against what we started to call the "Unseelie Wild Hunt."  Numerous Spirits and Other entities attempted to add their own personal agendas to the healing, and many masqueraded as helpers but were actually glamoured detractors. The work was tricky and a test of our endurance, and each of us were exhausted afterwards.

Although the work was very difficult during the "Unseelie Wild Hunt,"  it also was incredibly healing. Certain aspects of the client's power loss (and subsequent empowerment) might not have been perceived, had it not been during such a chaotic and frenetic "storm" in the Otherworlds. Working with a partner helped us to check each other's work, and to make sure that we were both "seeing clearly."  The client received profound and penetrating healing work, and it will provide strength and stability for any/all future bouts of "otherworldly weather."

We give thanks to the Helping Spirits, and to the special guests, Prairie Dogs!

01 April, 2016

Happy Sacred Day to you!

Today's day of Sacred Silliness is brought to you by my previous post last year, which discusses the holy role of the Foolish One.  It is also brought to you by pictures of me being silly!

Making Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki laugh! (c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
 Happy April Fool's Day! Shake up your energy by laughing uproariously at life; howl at the irony of an obstacle, and giggle until you can't catch your breath! Aaaaooooooooo ha ha ha!

Silly Lonely Coyote! (c) 2016