21 July, 2017

Upcoming Public Shamanic Healing Ceremony in Frederick, MD

On Sunday, August 20th, there will be an open public Shamanic Healing Ceremony in Frederick, Maryland. The ceremony will take place in the Tan Building, located at Cricket Manor, a lovely historic farmstead just west of downtown Frederick. This ceremony will offer a range of healing modalities, including Soul Retrieval, Reiki, crystal healing, sacred woods, plants & herbs, TCM Energy Medicine, etc., from 6-7 different professional healers. A large healing grid will be set up in the center of the floor, and attendees will sit in a circle around this main area. Each healer will make their way around the room, providing healing, emotional support, deep insight, Helping Spirit Retrieval, and divination (if needed).

Here are the details:

  • When: Sunday, August 20th, from 11am to around 3pm. Please be on time and at your spot no later than 10:55am, as introductions/explanations will begin promptly at 11am!
  • Where: Cricket Manor (5301-C Shookstown Road in Frederick)
  • Cost: $80 flat rate per attendee, paid via PayPal (this is a fully pre-paid event, you must pay in advance, as we sell out quickly!)
  • What to bring: A comfortable seat cushion, yoga mat, camp chair, etc., as we will be on a concrete floor (there will be AC, huzzah!). A journal and pen/pencil, to write down what different healers may tell you. There will also be a range of books about Helping Spirits, crystals, etc. to write down any insights that these may provide, as you wait your turn for your next healing. Finally, bring food and drink, as there will be a social meet & greet directly after the ceremony ends, where both healers and attendees can share meals, stories, etc!
  • How to prepare for ceremony: A public group healing ceremony is much different from a private individual ceremony, but there are some overlapping similarities. This article may provide some insights, as well as links to other articles on Soul Retrieval and shamanic healing.

My fellow healers and I look forward to working with you, and growing our Community!

30 June, 2017

Dreams about my Dad

Bittersweet dreams of Dad this morning...
I remember arriving back in Flushing (Queens) after a long day of psych clients. I had gotten off the 7 train, and I was walking around my old neighborhood, observing how it had changed for the summer months. NYC in summer is full of Magic, and I miss my hometown greatly...
I had run up the stairs towards the apt on Parsons & Sandford, and saw that the second set of white granite steps had been replaced with a giant community altar, done in the Central American style. Neighbors were placing their wrapped packages inside a carved-out section (similar to the Maya wrapped offering bundles), and I began searching through my purse to add my own offerings. All I had was loose change, and I left two different offerings within the small cache.
After that, I stood up, walked around the crowd, and continued up to the apt. I went through the outer door (never locked), and tried to find my keys for 1-G. They had broken off, and I remember feeling annoyance and disappointment, which brought me into full consciousness in my dream.
Dad was dead, what was living in our apartment?
As I looked closer at the door, I realized that it had been taken off its hinges and reversed. The outer door was now inside, and the deadbolt on the inside was replaced with a new lock. I knocked, not sure of what would happen...
Dad answered the door, and I burst into tears.
He looked amazing. His beer belly was gone, he was standing up straight, hair brushed, wearing a nice sweater with his stonewashed jeans (80's forever, ha ha!). And no nicotine stains on his fingers!
He waved me in quickly, and suddenly I had a suitcase with me. I went to my old bedroom to put it down, but it had been changed into a hospital room with numerous patients bedridden, watching TV. Faceless nurses moved among them, administering meds. Two female supervisors (?), a mother-daughter couple, were in charge of the apartment/now hospital, and they had done amazing things to help my Dad heal from alcoholism, nicotine addiction, depression, and Soul Loss.
I had nowhere to put my suitcase, so all I could do was witness the hustle and bustle of this Afterlife Healing Center.
When alive, Dad attempted to be a Warrior, but Vietnam broke him. He found purpose in becoming a Healer instead (nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering), before switching to Federal Post Office work. I am so very comforted by the fact that After Death, he is working hard to make sure that other Souls are healing, too.
I miss him so damn much, and I wish that he could have pulled through his alcoholic depression and lived longer. He died when I was 29 years old, way too damn young, and it has forever changed my life. It is bittersweet to see him helping and healing others, opening his home to them, because it's exactly what he tried to do in Life (when he had the capacity for it).

Time to pop open a beer and dedicate it to Him; for his healing and his hard work.

Henry Butke (c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2017

Love you Dad

28 June, 2017

15 minute shamanic drumming video now online!

In the past 2-3 years of teaching shamanic journeying techniques, many of my students have asked for a recorded version of the Pathworking used in classes.

Longer drumming journeys will be recorded soon, but here is a short 15-minute video to help folks Journey at home:

If you are in the Washington DC/DelMarVa area, I would love to work with you in class! Email me today, and I'll add you to my roster (also available via Facebook). For those that aren't local, email me anyways, and I will help you find a teacher local to you (i.e., shamanic referral process).


08 June, 2017

Q & A regarding Core Shamanism, Traditional Shamanism, and Initiations

A few weeks ago, I was asked to respond to different questions surrounding a range of issues in Modern Shamanism today: the apparent dichotomy between "core shamanism" vs. traditional/indigenous shamanism, initiations from priests vs. initiations from Spirits, and how to find an effective Teacher.

I am asked these questions often by different students and clients, and I suspect that many others are as well. Working with the wonderful search engine of Google (sometimes laughingly called, "the new version of the Library of Alexandria"), I can find hundreds of articles about the above-mentioned debates, using both academic and experiential data to inform their theories.

Using my ongoing studies, as well as my seven years of public healing work, I have formed my own opinions as well! Here are some of the highlights from my interview with a new researcher:

Q: "Many scholars have distinguished between traditional shamanism and 'core' shamanism, the non-denominational practice started by Sandra Ingerman and Michael Harner. It's my understanding that while shamans within some traditional cultures voluntarily choose the path, many are chosen by the gods/spirits, and begin their initiation with a "shamanic crisis" that involves seeing visions, hearing voices, having mood swings, and experiencing a lot of the same types of phenomenon our culture would label as mental illness. They are then approached by the elder shaman, usually a relative, and taught how to navigate and make sense of those intense experiences, and use their unique sensitivities to help others. On the contrary, those who practice core shamanism in our culture typically choose to do it voluntarily, without the type of intense and often terrifying initiation that you find in traditional shamanism (at least what I've seen). However, I do think there are people in our culture who are called to shamanism by the spirits, through the same type of initiation found in indigenous cultures. However, because we don't recognize them as such, they are not taught how to use their gifts, and are instead often labelled as having a pathology. What are your thoughts?"

A: "There is a lot to unpack here! Academia presents "traditional" vs. "core" shamanism as a false dichotomy-- each culture has its own initiation practices, and although the rituals may differ, it is always the Spirits that initiate a person. Currently, many different shamans from many different cultures are opening up their practices to the greater world, because there is such a need for healing. Core shamanism was created by Michael Harner back in the 1970's as a result of his meta-analyses across continents. Many basic skills are the same, such as journeying via drum/rattle, working with Helping Spirits for knowledge, etc., but the Spirits know the difference between folks who voluntarily learn these skills to help out friends and family vs. folks who dedicate their lives to healing all who come to them. Core shamanism has taken off in the USA because of the trend away from seeking out spiritual guidance from priests, pastors, and other humans, and instead going directly to the Spirits themselves. That doesn't mean that it's not valid, but it does need the framework of a religion in order to conceptualize the information.
With regards to the symptomology you described, you may want to check out Lukoff's work on Visionary Spiritual Experiences. Shamanic crisis is the death of one's old life, and while it may be a physical near death experience, it can also be the death of the personality structure, etc. There is a significant difference between that type of initiation crisis vs. mental illness, and most of the time, especially in America, it is truly mental illness. Most biological/genetic mental illnesses start around second puberty, 20-26 years old, and personality disorders (as a form of mental illness) are shaped from a person's experiences since childhood to their current age. There are very few truly "indigenous" cultures left in the world, sadly. Within those smaller populations, the need for shamans would start the Crisis much earlier in life (when it was difficult to judge whether or not it was mental illness), because there may have only been one in a community, or one may be near death, etc.  In America, many shamans are called to work in their late 40's and 50's, when there is a drastic life change, or retirement, or the kids have left the house, etc. In that way, the shaman can be born from the "death" of that old life, that old role.  Of course, there are always exceptions to these generalities, but much has changed in the world since Michael and Sandy wrote their books 30-50 years ago!"

Q: "Do you think someone who practices core shamanism and has not had an initiatory crisis could be a suitable mentor for someone called to shamanism by the spirits who has experienced intense visions and altered states (while not in journey)? Or do you think that the best mentor would be someone who also has these experiences and can teach them how to process, understand, and cope with them?"

A: "Just because someone started learning within 'core' teachings doesn't mean that they have not had an initiatory crisis! However, asking a potential mentor such a personal question would most likely be crossing a boundary, as these things are incredibly private. In all honesty, I would evaluate someone the same way one does a doctor, therapist, etc.  What education do they have? How many years experience working with the public? Do they offer any lectures or trainings, to get a sense of their teaching methods?  Essentially, "shaman" is the job title, and each shaman works within different religious frameworks, so evaluating folks until you find one that 'fits' is a good thing!  The Spirits will give guidance through Divine Inspiration, but they can only use the information & concepts within someone's mind (i.e., life experiences, book learning, etc.). So if you are speaking with a mentor that perceives the Worlds via engineering concepts & systems, and you communicate your ideas within the framework of the human condition/archetypes, then that may not be the best fit long-term, but you'll definitely learn something!"

What are your thoughts to these highly-debated concepts in Modern Shamanism? If you are interested in learning more, I will be presenting on this very topic at Free Spirit Gathering, in Darlington MD, next week. Hope to see you there!

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:

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:

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.