Every now and then a person needs to go on pilgrimage. Mine tend to be some sort of car excursion. But that certainly isn’t the only pilgrimage possible. Of course when you start out on a journey, you don’t necessarily know that you are going on a pilgrimage. If you are headed for some sacred […]
I was flipping through the Parade Magazine in this week’s paper and saw the most intriguing article. It said if you could go back in time and spend a day with anyone, who would it be and why? Wow, the people and questions I’d have started popping like popcorn in my head.
Here are just a few. Feel free to add your own. I think this is grand food for thought.
The first and most obvious for me would be Jesus. Here are just a few of the questions I would ask him:
“People have said many things and I’ve had my own theories or insights about your life. So, tell me the real story. Were you actually nailed to a cross or is the entire thing a myth? What really happened? If you were actually tortured, did you feel any pain or were you able to “trance state” beyond all that? Were you married to Mary? Did you have children? Did you actually have 12 female and 12 male disciples? What were the exact thoughts and actions and energies you were working with to allow for the miracles? How can I do that? Was Judas a traitor or was it always part of the greater plan? Did things go exactly as they were supposed to, or did something go awry? Since I don’t believe in human sacrifice, I have a hard time believing a loving God would “sacrifice his only begotten sun.” (interesting spelling) And I believe we are all sons and daughters of God, so why do they say you were the only one. They say you “died for our sins.” I believe “sin” is wrongful thought. Why would someone have to die for that? This makes no sense to me. Some say you and your family fled to France. War and death and torture have become the passion cry of the religion created in your name. What would you say to those people? They say you are the teacher of righteousness – right use of energy. What does that have to do with hellfire and brimstone? How are you different and how are you the same as every other human walking on the planet? And on and on and on . . .
Next I would like to have a conversation with …
Nicolas Tesla. I don’t know that much about him, but I find him intriguing. “What really went down between you and Edison? Why did he fund you for a long time and then pull the plug? What would you say is the most significant and beneficial of your discoveries about energy and other things? How would you continue your work?”
I would love to talk to Original Source Creator about the beginning of the human race. O.K. so Creator is still with us. But I would love to have a conversation that I could actually understand. There is so much confusion about mankind and it’s origins. “Here are just a handful of theories about how we got here. Please give us the real deal. Did all of life evolve from pond scum and did we naturally evolve from apes? Are we a laboratory experiment somehow created from the Pleiadians and Sirians or other star races? Did we come up from the inner earth as described by the Hopi? Did God make the whole world in 7 days (and what is a day in God time anyway?). Were humans developed in 1 God-day into our current state? Or, is a God-Day such a long expanse of time from our perspective, that the evolution from pond scum into current day human was one day? Help us understand this please.”
You get the idea. Think of who you would talk to and why. Give us your thoughts.
Hopefully by now you are aware of some of my various teachings. One of the things I often share are the 5 practices that can help you come into alignment and live what I call the Noble C’s (being calm, clear, confident, Divine connected, and courageous) in every moment. Those practices are:
- Meditation (free guided meditations here … meditation program here)
- Time alone in nature in silence (when and where that’s safe)
- Some form of body movement that opens up the energy channels in the body (Tai Chi/Chi Kung, the 5 Tibetan Rites, Yoga Sun Salutations)
- Dowsing with a pendulum (to radically enhance and fine-tune your intuition)
- Working with energy tools and processes to raise your vibration (crystals, Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergies, Reiki and other forms of hands-on healing, color, sound healing, etc.)
When you do these things, you come into greater alignment with the truth of who you are, your own I Am Presence and allow the spark of Divinity that you are to direct your life … your words, your actions, your decisions. From that place, you are “inspired” along your path.
What a fantastic Spring Equinox Celebration we had at Spirit of Nature Retreat. All I can say is this place was definitely buzzing with energy. By 2 in the afternoon we had close to 30 people in the Healing Sanctuary drumming and singing from many native traditions. We had our ceremonial drum in the center. Four people can play it simultaneously.
Have you ever been to a celebration or ceremony and nothing was happening? I mean they are “doing” all the right things. Whoever is facilitating it has on a lovely outfit. The incense and candles are burning. There is a prayer invoking the other realms whether it be God and angels in a church or the four directions or ascended masters from some other tradition. And you don’t feel anything. There is no energy moving. There is no life changing insight brought to your conscious mind. You aren’t uplifted by the experience.
Then I say, “What’s the point?”
It’s kind of my unwritten motto that if people don’t have some sort of “noteworthy experience,” then why bother. There are people that like the rituals and the superficial things being done and don’t really want to “feel” something. That would mean they had to let go of something or change in some way. But I want to know when it’s over that something really powerful happened. I’ve sat in church and had Shekinah – The Holy Spirit – come around and fill me with wave upon wave of euphoric bliss. The glory of God. Fantastic.
Have you ever been to or seen a Native American PowWow? When a group of singers (that’s what they are called) gather around and beat the big ceremonial drum and sing and chant, it is sooo powerful. The energy is definitely moving. It hits me right in the heart chakra. O.K. so I am very sensitive.
But you get a group of people with intention hitting a drum at exactly the same time, singing powerful songs, and see if something doesn’t happen for you. Well, we had a lot of that happening here at the Spring Equinox Celebration as we connected in with the 8000 drums for peace.
Then Raven began the teaching/sharing circle. O.K. so I’m going to acknowledge Raven and his gifts now.
All around the world people do purification and renewal ceremonies that involve something similar to a Native American Sweat Lodge. In those rituals, people go into a darkened place, sweat, and pray.
The Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge is Raven’s creation – based on many traditions and his own internal guidance. The “lodge experience” begins the moment a person arrives at Spirit of Nature Retreat.
I don’t know if you are a person who leads groups, but the ability to do it well is something that for some takes years of practice and for others is simply an innate gift. Raven has that gift.
When I was in the corporate world I specialized in team development. How to take people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse ideas, with diverse needs, and create a oneness between them. I had to teach them to honor and respect each other’s insights and ideas – not a small task when they have never been taught those skills and no-one in their life has ever treated them that way. And those who research team development have concluded that the best teams contain only 5 to 7 members. Fewer than 5 and one person dominates everything. More than 7 or 8 and the shy people don’t say a word – they are too afraid of rejection.
So it takes a gifted individual to set up the space and hold that safe and sacred space to allow large groups of people to each take their turn in a circle and share the truth about what is in their heart, their fears, their challenges, what they are most thankful for right now. It happens consistently here. And this is among a group of people who have never met each other before. I sometimes feel like that experience alone is enough. Connecting with other humans, realizing we are loved and cared about, discovering that other people face similar challenges to the ones we face, it is very powerful.
But of course, there is the lodge. At the Spring Equinox Celebration, we had so many people that the lodge was full and while it was going on I led a kind of workshop, ceremony, Golden Water Activation meditation with the others present. We had such a great time.
I got to share for the first time ever in a group setting one of the exercises in Freeway to Freedom – removing ALL ILLUSIONs. One of the participants told me afterward that she knows that particular exercise is why she felt guided to come to our Equinox celebration.
The Golden Water Activation was again a very powerful experience. It is a global meditation I’ve been leading since 1998 each Fall and Spring Equinox.
Kaye Ogilvie from Australia shared with me that David Adams told her he could feel when our group joined in. This year I was guided to include the platinum ray in the meditation. I just love that energy. I’m so delighted that David has introduced me to Kaye. She has agreed to do some artwork for me – hopefully, a book cover or two.
I can’t tell you much about the sweat lodge because I wasn’t in there. But I know what typically happens – people experience huge insights and understandings, they see animals and other visions, they feel things happening and shifting in their physical body, they feel renewed, they feel clear, they emerge with a new sense of purpose.
And of course, no celebration, at Spring Equinox or any other time, is complete without feasting. And we had quite a feast.
Blessings to all those who attended. It was a joy to share the experience with you. And blessings to all those people around the world who joined in for the Global Marine Meditation and the Golden Water Activation.
What is Shamanism and Who is a Shaman?
A person who practices shamanism can be defined as someone who sees in the dark (psychically, energetically). Another description is someone who works in the unseen or spiritual realms.
Shaman is actually a Tungus word that comes from Siberia. It is commonly used in reference to a person who has special abilities and training in working in these spiritual energetic realms for the healing of individuals, the betterment of their community, and for being of service to humanity.
The term does not mean the same thing as Medicine Man (or woman) or Holy Man (woman). These are terms that describe different types of leaders, healers, and priests within many tribal cultures. The roles of these people vary from culture to culture and follow historical and traditional guidelines.
In contemporary society, these words are often interchanged, over used, and misunderstood.
Today we have energy healers, herbalists, homeopaths, naturopaths, and countless other methods and modalities for healing. There are a myriad of devices that attempt to assist people in the healing of physical and mental or emotional dis-ease. Many of these modern approaches are effective within their scope of purpose.
Shamanism is Holistic in Nature
This approach to healing is multifaceted and holistic. The focus is on the whole person: body, mind, and soul. Healing takes place within the spiritual (energetic) realms and then affects the mental/emotional and physical bodies as it penetrates and affects the whole being. The Shaman also often recommends changes in the person’s lifestyle and thought patterns.
A person is made up of more than just their physical body. They have a mental, emotional, and spiritual body as well. These bodies outside the physical body are known as the aura. Each “body” vibrates faster than the one below it. The physical body is the densest. The particles that make up this body are the slowest moving and therefore can be seen with normal vision. Surrounding the physical body is the mental body. Outside of it is the emotional body and finally the spiritual body. These bodies can be seen by people trained and/or gifted with psychic sight also known as clairvoyance.
There is also the gift of hearing what cannot normally be heard, known as clairaudience. And simply “knowing” things without psychic sight or vision is known as being clairsentient. A Shaman uses these skills to work in the energy bodies to transform disharmonious energies.
Disease Begins Outside the Physical Body
From a Shamanic perspective, disease (dis-ease), illness, imbalance and dis-harmony usually start in the outer, more ethereal energy bodies. These imbalances or disharmonious energies in the energy bodies (fields) can occur because of many factors including detrimental beliefs and fears, curses and negative thought projections from others, ancestral issues, alcohol and/or drug use, negative thought forms, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, past life and other traumas, negative energies in the home or workplace, entity attachments, etc.
If the imbalance is not corrected, it then moves inward through the emotional and mental and finally manifests in the physical body as disease. If you heal or transform the imbalance at the spiritual level, all of the other bodies, including the physical body, will be affected.
A Shaman has the ability to locate and work with these imbalances in the person’s energy field using energetic tools and the skills mentioned earlier. Assuming the person then takes positive steps to change their lifestyle, beliefs, and behaviors, true and permanent healing can occur.
Let’s look at an example such as cancer.
Western Medicine is Not Holistic in Nature
Western medicine approaches disease from a combative point of view using surgery and medications. They are trained to diagnose and treat disease. They seldom look for the underlying cause and rarely concern themselves with the mental, emotional, or spiritual factors. Therefore the treatments are directed at the densest lowest level, the physical body, of the individual.
This type of cure can, and often is, effective. It is also often only temporary. In medical terms, they call it remission because they know it is likely to return.
From a Shamanic perspective, since the energetic cause of the disease has not been addressed, no healing has occurred. The energetic imbalance that caused the disease in the first place still exists in the energy field. Thus the pattern will often reoccur in the physical body at a later time.
A few things have to occur in order for true healing to take place.
A person has to take responsibility for their choices and behaviors that have created the disease.
They have to learn about, take responsibility for, and make changes that will allow healing to take place. Then they have to find someone, a Shaman, who can assist them in their healing process.
Once the energy pattern is corrected, the person must continue to live a new lifestyle, acting and thinking in entirely new ways, in order to maintain their new level of health. If they simply return to their old patterns of acting and thinking, they are likely to create the same problems all over again.
Shamanic healing is a personal journey.
A Shaman or Healer is someone who can assist a person along this journey: to guide, to facilitate and to encourage. It is ultimately up to the person themselves, however, whether healing occurs or not.
Shamanic healing – like other forms of alternative or complementary medicine – is often done in conjunction with, or in addition to, traditional western medicine. (Anyone with a serious condition should seek professional assistance from a trained healthcare practitioner.)
Even some western medical doctors are studying shamanism these days. My former husband, Raven, had the privilege of providing them with a sweat lodge experience when they’ve visited Santa Fe, New Mexico for such training.
This article was co-written by Raven Hicks and D. Takara Shelor.
To learn more about sweat lodge and a few other shamanic practices, read my bestselling book Peering Through the Veil.
Recently on Facebook, someone posted this YouTube video about a very interesting reincarnation story. It’s a truly fascinating bit of video that was shown on FOX news.
Here’s the Link:
I hear about so many situations where the child is saying “I was this person. This is what I did. This is where I lived. My wife’s name was ___.” And since the parents don’t believe in the stuff and have no reference for it, they literally don’t know what to do. It freaks them out. They try to talk the kid out of saying all the stuff – sometimes using punishment. Which of course confuses the child.
In the wrong hands, certain religions or cults, the head person – whoever that may be – would say the child is possessed, which would lead to all sorts of horrible experiences. It’s amazing what people do in circumstances that cause them to be afraid. When, in reality, the child is only saying the truth.
It reminds me of a famous story about a little boy about 4 who had a brand new brother or sister. He kept insisting that he wanted to be in the room with the baby alone. Well, the parents didn’t know what to do with that. So they decided to let him be with the baby, but they had the room monitor on so they could hear. The little boy didn’t know the room monitor was on. Apparently, he went over to the infant, leaned down and whispered, “Help me remember. I’m forgetting who God is.”
Anyway, beautiful story.
We all forget the older we get. We all forget being connected, re-membering the truth about who God is, who we are, that we are a divine being having a human experience, that joy is our natural state of being, and that struggle and strife are human creations, that love heals everything and is the greatest force in the Universe.
Debbie “Takara” Shelor
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