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Asking for help when struggling with suicidal thoughts

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In my last post, I wrote about the frantic nature of the Holiday Season in the States. This time of year is also a very difficult time for depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, and other forms of mental illness and despair. As a member of the clergy, I have officiated numerous weddings across the Mid-Atlantic area. And I have also guided Souls who have passed to their loved ones in the Otherworlds.

If you or a loved one is struggling with end-of-life care and preparations, please contact me for help. We can work together to create a thoughtful and loving ceremony. Additionally, if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I urge you to seek out help immediately, even if you are embarrassed about the nature of your thoughts. Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline) to speak with a counselor completely anonymously, but if you have already started thinking about a plan, call 911.

Preparing for the holiday season

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How is everyone doing with the frantic preparation for the American Holiday Season

Many of us can feel as though there is never enough time, never enough money, and never enough energy to accomplish everything we feel we need to. Add a cold or battle with the flu on top of one's stress levels, and folks can feel numb and overwhelmed

Making time for self-care is extra important, although it may feel counter-intuitive at first. In Tibetan Bön & Buddhist teachings, there is a philosophy of 5 Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Space. Space is a tricky concept for us western occultists to understand, but oh-so-important when added to one's understanding of magical technology. All of us can feel completely out of control when faced with our gigantic "To Do Lists", especially as the lists change on a daily (sometimes even hourly) basis. By taking time for oneself, and creating the Space needed to let everything else "wait on standby" for a short of amoun…

All-level public Shamanic Journey Group on Sunday, Nov 19th

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Hello Journeyers, old and new!

Welcome to this Open Shamanic Journey group, located in central Maryland. November's class will be hosted by Neighborhood Acupuncture in Laurel, MD. The topic will be on Astrological Spirits, inspired by the fact that this class day is also my birthday! Please bring a copy of your Astrological Chart (a free one can be found here).  NOTE: I am not a trained Astrologer, and so we will not be discussing the depths of planetary personalities, but rather focusing more on the Spirits of Western Astrology and how we can interact with them!

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).

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 th…

Usui Reiki I Attunement on November 5th

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The "laying-on of hands" is a healing technique found in many cultures, especially those with large populations and limited healthcare resources. As the United States continues to struggle with its own political machinations surrounding health insurance, many people are adding complimentary alternative healing techniques that support western medical care (i.e., acupuncture, massage therapy, shamanism, etc.).  

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing, re-discovered by Master Usui Mikao in March 1922. Although there are many forms of Reiki, Master Usui's methods are most often taught cross-culturally. His hope was to encourage all people to learn self-healing techniques through Reiki energy work, in order to support a holistic-style of medical care world-wide. In this form of Reiki, tradition and lineage are the basis of Attunements (the process by which Reiki energy is "opened" in another person), in addition to lectures and teachings of technique.

This Reiki I…

Open Shamanic Journey Class in Laurel, MD

Hello Journeyers, old and new!

Welcome to this Open Shamanic Journey group, located in Laurel, Maryland. October's class will be hosted by Neighborhood Acupuncture (parking both on Main Street and behind the building). The topic will be on Ancestors (as we are getting close to Samhain!) 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). 

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…

October's News

Happy Samhain-tide greetings to you all,

Last month was a doozy; my roommate and I lost her sweet doggie Tater, and it was devastating. The loss occurred the same day as my father's deathday anniversary, which is a strange synchronicity to be sure. That grief, coupled with painful anniversaries (9/11), catastrophic weather (see my YouTube video for a spontaneous ceremony to assist the Oceans), terrorist attacks, the crumbling political climate, a late-summer explosion of pollen, and the constant frenetic pressure from the Planets...just wow. According to some of my dear friends, the energy is continually ramping up: this may just be the New Normal in the physical realms!

We are approaching the Dark of the Year, which can bring a few different types of energies into one's life. Samhain is the Celtic New Year, through the purging of the previous one (note this holiday's occurrence at the end of Harvest Season). Some folks find this time of year difficult, due to Seasonal Affec…

Online Ceremony to Heal the Waters & Weather Patterns of the World (Hurricane Irma)

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A few days ago, I woke up, shot out of bed, got dressed, made coffee, and set up my healing room space. Terrible dream images of weather patterns, tentacled thought-forms, and overwhelming pain lingered in my mind, and I grabbed my drum to fight.

This video ceremony is the result of answering the Call to help the Spirits. Small, quick ceremonies like this can build momentum the more they are watched & practiced; what will you do to help?


Overwhelming Energies of August

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I can't believe August is just about over. From camping trips to workshops and grand healing ceremonies, this has been a doozy of a month! The frenetic & chaotic energy also seemed to extend out into the macrocosm. Racist marches (Charlottesville), terrorist attacks (Spain), and catastrophic weather (Hurricane Harvey) have been almost overwhelming to witness. Even the astrological weather has been terrible (how many planets are in retrograde now?).
It has been very hard to keep hope strong, especially against the pain of #TowerTimes (and also #DevilTimes, for those that work with Tarot).
I am reminded of my favorite anime, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood:  "All is One and One is All."  Every little bit that we do to influence our microcosm shifts the macrocosm. I want to support this energy, and support all of you doing the hard work, too.
Here are some articles that have helped me to stay focused, adapt to the ever-changing energetic tides, and know when to join Coy…

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 atte…

Dreams about my Dad

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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 annoyan…

15 minute shamanic drumming video now online!

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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).
Blessings!

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-denomi…

Online Beltane Desert Healing Ceremony

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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 p…

Upcoming FREE Online Healing Ceremony

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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 q…

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

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Hello Journeyers, old and new!

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 u…

ConVocation 2017: a Review

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Last month, I presented for the first time at a new-to-me spirituality conference, ConVocation.
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,…

Beginner Shamanic Journey Class in Laurel, MD

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Hello Journeyers, old and new!



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 R…

A new Mythic Story, to bring hope & guidance

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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.
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 t…

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 j…

Happy New Year to you!

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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!