This year begins my ninth year of working for the public, and my fifth year working as a full-time shaman. It's been incredibly difficult, and I've endured some rather intense initiations; I am excited to expand and grow Healing Coyote Shamanism even more!
During the autumn and winter months, my landlord and I discovered a large outbreak of toxic black mold. The summer of 2018 was incredibly hot and humid; the entire DC & DelMarVa area saw an increase in mold/fungus within homes (we even broke the record for most rain!). Although my landlord has addressed these problems, I have decided to move into a new housing/business location. I am excited to expand the workshops and teachings within a newer, larger basement (#basementshaman on Instagram!). The final walk-through resulted in a successful agreement, and I shall be moving closer to the Washington DC area during the month of February (just in time forImbolc andAsian New Year, such synchronous omens)!
As I make the great changeover, I will be teaching only All-Level classes during January and February (instead of both all-level and advanced). The topics will vary, depending on current events, astrological trends, and the self-care needs of the community. I will be teaching more intensive workshops, such as House Clearing/Blessing, Psychopomp/Healing the Dead, Tracking through the Otherworlds, Wrathful Compassion (stabbing things, ha ha!), Weather Shamanism, and more (Soul Retrieval workshop is THIS WEEKEND, yay!). My great hope is to have everything moved over, cleaned, unpacked, and ready for double teachings starting March 1st.
Many exciting things happening this year, stay tuned for details!
While there are numerous definitions of cord cutting within a spiritual or emotional context, I've observed the following themes in my healing appointments:
All of Life carries Energy, and that Energy is in perpetual motion.Energy is constantly exchanged between living beings, places, objects, etc. This is one aspect of communication.Cords are created between two or more of the above, in order to facilitate communication and the exchange of energy.If the cords are healthy and balanced/egalitarian, they appear golden.If the cords are unhealthy, and cause a dependency or domination effect, they appear shadowy & grey.If the cords show both grey shadows and golden threads, then the energetic relationship is complicated, and requires more in-depth and advanced work.Note: These trends are from my own healing work, and you may discover different Truths in…
This is the hardest blog article I've ever had to write.
My psychiatric client, of whom I've written of before, died. In fact, she* died on Yule, around 3am (December 20, 2013).
She struggled with Schizophrenia her whole life, which affected her ability to cope with the ravages of her pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and the very limited prognosis that was told to her by doctors. Of all the worries, paranoid delusions, uncertainties, and frustrations that she had to deal with, her greatest fear was of being alone, and dying alone.
I worked with this beautiful soul every day for a solid year: I got to know her very well, and worked very hard to keep her body healthy so that she could talk with me about her life (and keep her mind healthy). Near the end, I called her every day at the hospital, went in on weekends during medical emergencies, visited at least twice a week, and spoke to over 20+ doctors & nurses in order to make sure that they respected her wishes, and treated her …
At least 3 or 4 times a month, I'm asked to evaluate the skill level and effectiveness of other healers, shamans,and alternative practitioners. As our nation begins to accept more magical & spiritual forms of healing, the general public needs a way to evaluate the practitioners they work with.
I maintain the hope that many of us do this work for our communities in order to help others with a high level of professionalism and ethics. But, just as there are predatory & manipulative persons in every occupation, the healing community also has its predators, manipulators, thieves, sexual offenders, and other types of disingenuous folks. Many clients seek out healers that are complete strangers to them. Alternative healing communities function on reputation, but it can be difficult to know a healer's reputation without testimonials and reviews. Here are a few questions that have helped me evaluate other practitioners, when I am seeking out my own healing, and when referring cl…