11 May, 2017

Online Beltane Desert Healing Ceremony

I returned from Arizona yesterday, and what a change! Dry, hot (90F) weather each day, and now I'm in wet, cold (only 55F) weather. My poor allergies have started again, but I think that's only for another week or two, phew!

In typical wacky-Coyote fashion, I had some technical issues during my time in the Desert. My online healing ceremony accidentally split itself into two parts, and refused to upload in a timely manner. Thankfully, the high-speed internet of the East Coast helped, and linked below are Parts I and II of the Beltane Desert Healing Ceremony!

(Part One, around 32 minutes)

(Part Two, around 28 minutes)

I encourage everyone to make a cup of coffee/tea/juice, switch into comfy clothes, and watch the Ceremony when they have an hour of free time. This healing work can be facilitated whenever and wherever you are, but it works best when you can devote the full hour to it (turn off your phone, and anything else that could interrupt you). If you need to pee, it's perfectly fine to pause the ceremony, but it may have some energetic side effects if you start the ceremony and then stop it before the closing/sealing songs...

This is the second Online Ceremony that I've conducted (see my YouTube Channel for others), and while each one focuses on the different needs within the community, I do not perform Soul Retrieval during these ceremonies.*

I am very thankful to the Spirits of Yavapai County, the Ancestors, and the Shining Ones for their hard work between the Worlds. I look forward to working with additional Spirits of Place (genius locii) during my next online healing ceremony, coming this Fall/Winter 2017. Aaaaoooooooooooo!




*Soul Retrieval is a powerful form of healing/integration work, and can catalyze profound changes. It is best facilitated in the supportive atmosphere of a private ceremony, so that any crises can be addressed in a loving and therapeutic way.

01 May, 2017

Upcoming FREE Online Healing Ceremony

(c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2016

Joyous Beltaine Celebrations to all!

I am conducting another FREE Online Healing Ceremony, via Facebook Live, during my retreat in the Red Rock Desert of Arizona. It will be similar in form and structure to my previous Online Ceremony, and is open to anyone who joins the Event.

All are welcome to attend, no matter what his/her religious or spiritual beliefs. I will sing different sacred songs, to honor the Helping Spirits, as well as divinely-inspired chants (this follows a Druid-style ritual). Attendees are welcome to sit in meditation during the event, or watch the video feed (I will be near the summit of one of the mountains, huzzah!).

Sometimes, spiritual healing ceremonies inspire creative problem-solving, as well as a clearing of blockages. Journaling can be an excellent way to process these moments of inspiration. However, if you notice some difficult imagery, or want additional insight/healing, you are welcome to email me for follow-up services (I will not be able to answer any questions during the ceremony).

Although I am offering this ceremony free to the online community, donations are happily accepted (but not required). If you have a PayPal account, then please use "lonelycoyote@healingcoyote.com " as the email address for donations.

For those who have not attended an Online Event like this before, here are specific instructions:


  1. At 12 noon MST, make your way to the Monika Healing Coyote Shamanism Facebook Page.
  2. A window and/or link should pop up on my Timeline, "Watch Monika Healing Coyote LIVE now" or something similar.
  3. Click on the link or image, and you'll be tuned in to my LIVE online Healing Ceremony!
  4. If nothing shows up by 12:15pm MST, then I am having WiFi problems on the mountains, and will upload the full video recording within an hour or two (once I return to the hotel with full WiFi access).
For those who remember my last ceremony in January, I purposely work beyond Space & Time, so that any/all who watch the ceremony, no matter the time or location, will receive healing from the Spirits.

I look forward to working with the worldwide community for healing and empowerment, aaaaoooooooooo!!!

11 April, 2017

Open Shamanic Journey class on Sunday, April 23rd at Cricket Manor

Hello Journeyers, old and new!

(c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2017
Welcome to the next Open Shamanic Journey group, located in central Maryland. This group is held monthly, on either the 3rd or 4th Sunday. Monika Healing Coyote will facilitate two different guided Journeys, based on current events, astrological energies, personal growth prompts, and/or whatever ideas/techniques the Spirits put into her head!

April's class will be hosted by Cricket Manor, in Frederick, MD. Doors will open at 1:30pm, class runs from 2pm to 4:30pm, and we will close shortly after that. The cost of this class is $30, payable at the time of attendance (either via PayPal, check, or cash). 

We will be holding class inside the Tan Building (area C) of the Cricket Manor complex. Parking will be on the lawn, and there will be numerous signs posted for first-time attendees. The topic will be Ecstatic Body Postures, and how they can facilitate Shamanic Journeys!

There are plenty of chairs, but if you have a preferred cushion or mat that you enjoy using, you are welcome to bring it. Also, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil, in order to write down your perceptions and interactions in the Otherworlds. Our meeting time is roughly between lunch and dinner, but I have found that a small snack in between Journeys helps to ground and center oneself (bring that too, if you need it).

I will bring my Bear Drum and will be drumming for the class. As this is geared towards Beginner-to-Intermediate students, I ask that you keep your own drums & rattles at home (the compounded rhythms make it difficult for newer folks to focus on the meditation).

I look forward to working with all of you, and growing our community, Aaaaoooooo!




Additional Info: This is a monthly beginning-to-intermediate Shamanic Journey group, as well as a place for those that wish a dedicated time/space to interact with their Helping Spirits. The fee is $30, and you don't need prior experience in Journey Techniques in order to attend! I will provided direct instructions during both Journeys, to help newer folks. For those who have never Journeyed before, or interacted with Spirits, or have figured out a Helping Spirit to work with (animal, plant, deity, etc.), here are a few articles that may help:
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/06/how-do-i-find-my-own-helping-spirit.html
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/10/interviewing-new-helping-spirit-caracal.html

07 April, 2017

ConVocation 2017: a Review

Last month, I presented for the first time at a new-to-me spirituality conference, ConVocation.
(from convocation.org)
Located in Detroit, MI, this conference drew quite a large crowd (I wasn't able to get an accurate count from the convention staff, but it may have been close to 1400 attendees this year!).

As my lecture on Coyote's Healing Magic wasn't until Sunday afternoon, I was excited to explore as many classes as I could fit in. There was such a large group of lecturers and presenters at this conference that each 90-minute block had between 9 and 11 different options!

After arriving Thursday afternoon, I attended the Opening Ceremony. Held in one of the larger rooms, it seemed to have almost 300 attendees. The ritual was a bit confusing, as it paid homage to a board member who had recently passed. I could feel the love and energy in the room, but as this was my first year, I felt as though my presence was a bit intrusive (like attending a funeral for someone I had not met).

Once it ended, I had a little over an hour to prepare for the Druidic Council of All Beings, led by Rev. Melissa Hill. Using the groundwork of eco-Buddhist Joanna Macy, Rev. Hill created a deep and powerful ritual that allowed the Spirits of Nature (Soil, Trees, Wetlands, and Coyote) to give voice to Their concerns, disappointment, and Truth. This was an ecstatic ritual, in which four participants "drew down" and "merged" with his/her Nature Spirit (guess which one I worked with? ha ha!). With so much human-caused destruction to the environment, especially the crises in Detroit (and the Flint suburb), the Spirits were full of incredible, painful emotion. Coyote spoke, "I am Coyote, and I pace. I pace because I am in pain, and if I stop, I will have to deal with it..." and then began a keening howl. Rev. Hill guided both facilitators and participants expertly through the difficult-yet-necessary emotions, and the ritual ended with the Spirits of Nature bringing Hope.

The next day, I slept in, needing extra downtime after such a powerful ritual late into the evening. I headed to the Merchant's Room after a delicious breakfast by the hotel restaurant. Of all the different pagan workshops and conferences I've attended, ConVocation has the best merchant room by far! Stones, crystals, tarot, oracle decks, sacred art, runes, candles, oils, wooden wands, ritual garb, statues, books, and my favorite, handmade corsets for sale! I tried very hard not to spend all my per diem funds that day, but it was a close thing...

The next lecture I attended was by Jacki Smith, who I met at Between the Worlds in 2012. She gave a fantastic presentation on the Akashic Records, a spiritual system that I knew of only in passing. Without going into the personal details of the work that Jacki facilitated for each individual attendee, I found her lecture to be very effective, enlightening, and inspired me to purchase her book, in order to help my shamanic clients. She was wonderfully organized, using both written notes and trancework to illustrate her teachings.

At this point in the conference, I was impressed with the wide range of offerings for both beginner and advanced practitioners. I excitedly awaited the next lecture, Astrological Magic of the Picatrix, by John Michael Greer.

Sadly, this lecture was not one of his strongest. I estimated that between 40 and 50 people attended this lecture, as the room was filled to capacity. John sat down at the front, and began reading his lecture notes directly off the page. Not only was he hard to see for a great majority of us, he spoke so rapidly that many of us could not follow his words at all. A few raised hands interrupted his reading, to ask for clarification of his words and examples, but instead of slowing down and explaining concepts, he introduced a new example and sped up his words even faster. I am not sure if he was conscious of this, having attended many amazing lectures by him in the past, but it was disappointing.

The next few blocks of workshops included less advanced work, and more social gatherings. I was interested in attending a few Meet & Greets with different authors, as well as the evening's karaoke. All were wonderful, and most attendees were very excited to make newcomers feel welcome (the MidWest has a great reputation for that, and well-deserved). I went to bed tired-yet-happy, and hopeful for the next day's lectures.

Saturday morning began with a leisurely breakfast before attending Answering the Morrighan's Call, by Amabran. Although this lecture did not have any written notes or slides, I was impressed by how well Amabran stayed on topic, and helped attendees comprehend the many numerous aspects of The Morrighan (a difficult to understand, yet powerful goddess). I left feeling inspired, and instead of attending lunch, retreated to my hotel room to engage in personal shamanic work.

Late Saturday afternoon, I attended Psychic Empathy: Strength or Weakness?, led by Ellen Dugan and Michelle Belanger. In the conferences I've attended, it is somewhat rare to see a topic with two presenters, so I was interested in the different perspectives of each. It was a highly-attended workshop, with around 60 to 70 people, but I was disappointed to see both presenters sit down behind a table at the front (each presenter may have a different style, but it makes it very difficult for the audience to see and hear when they sit down). Both presenters gave grounded and magically-accurate definitions of psychic empathy, when compared to other psychic skills (i.e., clairvoyance, clairaudience, etc.). However, after about only 20 minutes into the 90-minute lecture, they began taking questions from attendees, and the presentation quickly derailed. Many folks wanted to have specific feedback regarding a personal experience, and while this was certainly interesting, I had difficulty learning additional information about this type of skill from these presenters.

Saturday evening followed the pattern of Friday, with less lectures and more social events, including the famed Masquerade! I had brought a fun costume with me, but didn't have the energy to attend. I stayed in to work on my own lecture (later I discovered that Saturday evening started the dreaded Con Crud, ugh!).

On Sunday morning, I attended Gods and Bodhisattvas: Treatment of Deities in Buddhism, by Hwa Son Josh Plucinski. I was excited for this lecture, as I have researched different wrathful deities, but not as many compassionate deities. Hwa Son Josh worked with PowerPoint slides for his lecture, which made it easier to appreciate the gorgeous artwork and statues of Zen Buddhism. But, his room was absolutely freezing (hotel error: the AC was left on all night), and while all of his attendees stayed for the entire lecture, we were pretty miserable...

After his lecture ended, there was a lunch break, in order to give attendees time to check out of the hotel, pack their cars, etc.  I was worried, as my experiences have demonstrated that over half of attendees leave conferences at this time (skipping the final lectures in order to get home sooner).  I had no idea how many folks I would have at my lecture, but prepared as best I could.

Wonderfully, it was standing room only for my lecture, Healing through Laughter! There was a great amount of back-and-forth between the attendees and I, and even a few younger attendees wanted to learn more about Coyote!  My drum stayed in tune during the shamanic journey that I led, and although we had reached the end of the workshop-time, many folks stayed to compare their journeys and symbols with each other.  It was a fantastic time, and I was very excited for folks to learn more about Coyote's magic, love of humanity, and insights as a Spirit of Place.

ConVocation was a wonderful conference for my first time, albeit some small disappointments (everyone has different teaching methods). In comparing this representation of a MidWest conference to those I've attended/presented on the East Coast, I found many similarities in the types of Neopagans, spiritual seekers, and other types of attendees. There is a greater focus on social events each evening, as a way to build community, and while not everyone is comfortable using slides and notes for their lectures (East Coast conferences use these forms much more consistently), I found most of the presenters to be knowledgeable, genuine, and gifted in their fields. Overall, I was pleased with my experience, and would recommend this to both beginners and intermediate practitioners of pagan spirituality.

See you next year!

14 March, 2017

Beginner Shamanic Journey Class in Laurel, MD

Hello Journeyers, old and new!


The Facebook Event can be found here (c) Healing Coyote, 2017

This Sunday, there will be an Open Shamanic Journey group, located in central Maryland (for those that are interested in continuing studies, this group is held monthly, on either the 3rd or 4th Sunday). Monika Healing Coyote will facilitate two different guided Journeys, based on current events, astrological energies, personal growth prompts, and/or whatever ideas/techniques the Spirits put into her head!

March's class will be hosted by Neighborhood Acupuncture, in Laurel, MD. Doors will open at 1:30pm, class runs from 2pm to 4:30pm, and we will close shortly after that. The cost of this class is $30, payable at the time of attendance (either via PayPal, check, or cash). 

We will be holding class inside the clinic, in the back room. There will be plenty of parking, both on the street and in the parking lot behind the building.  As this is a location change from the previous announcement, our topic will change as well-- Problem-Solving with the Akashic Records.

There are plenty of chairs, but if you have a preferred cushion or mat that you enjoy using, you are welcome to bring it. Also, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil, in order to write down your perceptions and interactions in the Otherworlds. Our meeting time is roughly between lunch and dinner, but I have found that a small snack in between Journeys helps to ground and center oneself (bring that too, if you need it).

I will bring my Bear Drum and will be drumming for the class. As this is geared towards Beginner-to-Intermediate students, I ask that you keep your own drums & rattles at home (the compounded rhythms make it difficult for newer folks to focus on the meditation).

I look forward to working with all of you, and growing our community!

Additional Info: This is a monthly beginning-to-intermediate Shamanic Journey group, as well as a place for those that wish a dedicated time/space to interact with their Helping Spirits. The fee is $30, and you don't need prior experience in Journey Techniques in order to attend! I will provided direct instructions during both Journeys, to help newer folks. For those who have never Journeyed before, or interacted with Spirits, or have figured out a Helping Spirit to work with (animal, plant, deity, etc.), here are a few articles that may help:
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/06/how-do-i-find-my-own-helping-spirit.html
http://www.healingcoyote.com/2015/10/interviewing-new-helping-spirit-caracal.html

14 February, 2017

A new Mythic Story, to bring hope & guidance

The world has changed so drastically in the past month, in very shocking and painful ways. I am still reeling from the magnitude of it, and the constant onslaught of fear, hatred, anxiety, depression, and pain within the States (It feels a bit disingenuous to call them "United States", because we are far from it...).

During the Soul Retrieval training last month, a student was gifted with an amazing story. A newly-formed myth, from beginning to end, came through in a Journey for him. It was incredible to witness, and reminded me of the importance of doing Sacred Work, and training others to be healers.

It will soon be part of a fantastic book, but here is the Myth (reproduced here with permission). I hope that it brings all readers a sense of wonder, magic, and healing in these dark times.

(from Public Domain)
The Hag Who Stole the Starlight
By Zac Lawhon (c) 2016 (all rights remain with him, DO NOT re-post without attribution!)

The water and the stars have loved each other for eons. This is why the stars are reflected on the water’s surface: the water reflects the light back up to the stars, so they can see the water dancing with them all night. In this way, the stars know their love, beamed down from the heavens, has been received.
Now, near the water is a forest, and living inside the forest there is a hag. Her skin is gray, she is hunched over, her eyes jaundiced on her walks along the side of the bay. Night after night, she has coveted the glittering reflections of the stars written on the water, noting that her own home was very dark. At long last, she discovered a secret. If she cupped her hand just a certain way, she could pull the starlight directly off the water’s surface. Night after night, she would go out in her boat and fish a few more from the bay, taking just a few in her pockets back to her home, until finally there were no more star reflections dancing on the water.
The night the last star was taken from the water, the fish bumbled into one another for a conference. “We have watched the Forest Hag take stars from the surface of the water for ages! Night after night, it’s gotten darker in here. It’s no longer safe for us to get home. We cannot dance in the water columns after the sun sets. We are more vulnerable to becoming prey.” They decided to send Mudskipper to her front door, to deliver their grievances.
Up Mudskipper sloshed, all the way to her door, where he tried to knock. Now, a fish knocking is a funny thing. You can imagine Mudskipper, wriggling his body close, and with his whole upper half— “fwap, fwap, fwap.” It was a small sound, but she opened the door. She had decorated all her walls with the starlight, the flowers and whorls glowing all around her, bathing her in shadow.
Intimidated though he was, Mudkip brought the Fish Nation’s grievances to the Forest Hag. Looking down with a sneer, she said to him, “now, I eat fish like you. What in the world makes you think I care for your tiny problems?” She slammed the door, refusing to listen to any more.
Now, around this time, the stars had noted that it had been ages since they had seen their light dancing upon the water. They wondered why she had stopped caring. Polaris, her main lover, came down from the sky to have a talk. “Water! Why have you stopped our dance? We miss you, we love you!” she said.
Water, feeling very lethargic and sad, responded. “The Forest Hag has stolen all the starlight. I have no more to make dance upon my waters. She took one, and then another— and I thought it was okay, I felt so bad for her. But now she has taken it all for herself.”
Polaris went to the Forest Hag’s house, and knocked on her door. The Forest Hag opened it, and Polaris saw that her beautiful walls were flickering in some places, and dimming in others. She said, “Forest Hag! Please return this starlight to the water. She has grown so depressed without it, and my family in the sky are worried she doesn’t love us anymore.”
The Forest Hag felt a pang of guilt looking on Polaris. But her home had been beautified so nicely by the starlight. “I feel the Star Nation’s pain,” she said, “I feel water’s pain. But I have worked too hard, way too hard, to give this back up. I have gathered this starlight all by myself, and I will keep it. That’s just the way it will be.” Forest Hag shut the door on Polaris. Polaris headed back to Water. “Water! She will not give it back! Will you please go talk to her and tell her of your pain?”
Water did not respond, but simply lapped against the shore. Polaris was heartbroken to be ignored. Upon returning to the star nation, she retold this tale, and one by one the stars went out, feeling the grief of having been ignored by one they loved so much.
It was at this point that Water reached desperately up to the sky. She formed herself into a cloud, but she couldn’t reach up to meet her lovers in the sky. She wasn’t close enough. She began to cry, and this is how rain was first created.
As she cried, Water began to rise. She rose all the way to the front door of the Forest Hag’s house, and there she knocked. Inside, the Forest Hag’s beautiful light display was flickering on and off, and weaker than it had ever been. She saw Water knocking, but this time, she was too afraid to answer. But water didn’t care.
Through every crack, she entered the home, gathering in pools around the Forest Hag’s feet. Her touch was gentle, and the scene was beautiful in the dim light. Some of the lights began to dance on the water’s surface again.
Looking down— there was nowhere else to look— the Forest Hag saw her reflection in the water as well. And she remembered that before she had taken the stars and sequestered herself inside the home, when she used to walk along the shore, Water would reflect her image back up to her, showing her the same love she had shown the stars. There was a time, before she became so envious of their relationship that she loved the water and the water loved her.
At this realization, the Forest Hag shattered into countless, glittering pieces, and all the light faded from her walls. The particles of her landed on the water, where they began to glow. Outside, it stopped raining, and Water began the trek back to her shores, starlight dancing on her waves once again.
As Water receded from the home, the form of a woman was left. Her skin was a ruddy, beautiful brown, her eyes were clear. A glow seemed to emanate from her heart as she stood up and went to her window. Now every evening since, The Forest Hag strolls along the shoreline of her bay, marveling as her reflection dances with the starlight and the waves.

We thank the Spirits for this story of Soul Theft and Remediation, and the reminder that when many have lost hope, healing can still be found!

19 January, 2017

House Clearing Report: a client's story of how things have changed

(Note: This client requested a House Clearing, to help with stagnant energy, and to help combat the large amount of "bad luck" that had followed the family ever since moving into the home. Here are the client's own words: some aspects have been changed, to protect the client's privacy/anonymity.)

"Dear Healing Coyote,

I'm writing to give you an update on our house and us.

We've taken down the mirrors, moved our bed, covered the basement doors' windows with white paper and picked up trash from the backyard as well as under the deck. 
With the tree being cut down, we went up there with some wine, an apple and a couple cookies.  I'd done some reading online about offerings, and we decided to break out the fire pit this past Sunday and have a fire in the backyard. 

I have to say... I'm a little freaked out with how good things are with us.  I've had more energy than I've had in years (at least 18 months, I'd say...) and things for me are just really DIFFERENT.  I have energy and motivation that takes me back to 6+ years ago...  For example, yesterday, I did a load of laundry, cleaned the kitchen in the morning, went thru the bedroom dusting, cleaning, going through the nooks and crannies that have collected what the Berenstain Bears would call "messy build-up." Took out my night stand, vacuumed the room, put in a new night stand...Then after dinner I cleaned the kitchen.  I also took trash to the curb (a huge load of trash).  And Monday was similar in how busy it was--- going to Ikea, hitting the pharmacy and Lowes...  Even over the weekend I felt different...  

In recent times, just carrying the vacuum upstairs was enough of a 'task' to wipe me out for a while... just getting motivated to carry it would have been a struggle.  

I also got four small indoor plants for the master bedroom... which meant re-potting them.  I used to be a big gardener... and that's really, REALLY fallen off in the last 18 months. 
 
I know there are lots of factors-- [personal information regarding physical body healing written here, but removed for privacy]... but I dunno... the timing is really suspect... you know?  Oh and having my backlog of disability assistance finally approved is huge!

There's still more work to do and a big trip to Goodwill, but it's progress... the room is WAAAAY different-feeling, for the better now!"


Shamans rarely get a chance to hear follow-up stories from clients. We are catalysts that help push through positive change, and once someone is feeling better (or "more like him/herself"), s/he continues with his/her life. I give great thanks for this story, and for the Helping Spirits who have helped this house become a safe, loving home. 

Hail the Spirits!

05 January, 2017

Happy New Year to you!

(from Wiki Commons)
Happy amazing New Year 2017!!!!

Many of us felt that 2016 was a doozy of a year, filled with emotional upsets, painful realizations, and numerous WTF moments (on both the micro and macro levels).

This past Monday, I conducted my first online Healing Ceremony, via Facebook Live, and it has helped many folks release the last of the stagnant energy of 2016. If you are in need of a clean slate, and haven't had a chance to work on your own healing yet, please take some time to view my video and meditate on the ceremony.  It is free to all who view it, and I've set it up so the Helping Spirits can work with your energy at the time of viewing (whether you attended Live or via the recording).

If you are looking for more focused healing, as well as the addition of Soul Retrieval, then email me today, and we will schedule a time for deeper, more profound healing work for this new year.

Aaaaooooooooooooooo!