Right now in the northern hemisphere we are just a couple weeks past the spring equinox. Gardeners are ceremoniously circling items in seed catalogs and dreaming their gardens into being for the season.
Seeds are like little packets of miracles. They are hard, dry unassuming things that hold the magic of life within them. They undergo a transformation in the darkness of the earth and then when the time is right, their shoots break through into the light. They are full of life force energy we can feel in our bodies. Who has not been excited to plant seeds and then see the first sprouts appear?
And as we move into the season of spring, themes of inspiration, creativity and fertility are arising in our consciousness. We can synchronize with the energy of the sprouting, blooming, buzzing earth around us to empower our intentions. When we are in rhythm with the natural cycles, nature helps us manifest.
One of my favorite teachers, Sandra Ingerman, says that sometimes the best ceremonies are the simplest ones. A seed blessing ceremony this time of year is wonderful way to empower new projects, new goals, even a new state of mind. We can add even more power to this ceremony by doing it on the day of the new moon. As the moon waxes each day toward fullness, our seeds also follow a natural cycle of sprouting and growth.
A simple ceremony can be done by holding seeds in our hands and speaking or singing to them our intentions for what we want to grow in our lives this season. As we place them in a pot or seed tray and cover them with dirt, we trust the elements to take care of them. We may also want to hold our hands over the soil and send love from our heart. This is an easy way to mindfully bring Spirit and sacred action into our task. And if we join in circle with others and perform ceremony together, not only are our intentions amplified, but the community is nurtured as well.
Our seeds may wind up in our garden where we are reminded of our intentions whenever we see and tend to them through the entire season. Or they may be fast growing microgreens in a windowsill that become a salad in a couple weeks. As we ingest them, we take in the fruit of our intentions, further internalizing and empowering them.
In thinking about our intentions and the ceremony, we may want to pick seeds that reflect the type of outcome we want to have - flowers with bright cheerful blooms, vegetables that nourish over time, herbs that bring healing and spice, fast sprouting microgreens, or even a tree seed for a long-term dream.
Not all seeds sprout, so when that happens, trust that it is for the best. The timing and conditions for the creation or project may not have been optimal. But there can be a long window of growing time, and there are seasons for everything.
From a shamanic point of view everything has a spirit and is connected to everything else. So everything is connected to us and informing us at every moment. We are constantly receiving information and messages through our everyday surroundings from all kinds of helping spirits like our Higher Selves, guides and teachers, nature beings, ancestors. But as we are usually busy living life, sometimes we don’t notice the messages.
When we ask a question, and then intend to consciously pay attention to what all our senses are registering, we can tap into this flow of information. We will get all kinds of answers and insights. Some call this “felt sense”. Felt sense is being aware of everything that is going on within your body as well as everything that is outside your body.
This might be one of the oldest forms of divination. My teacher called it a Medicine walk. The term and concept of Medicine is used in many cultures, with different meanings. Here I am using it to mean the combining of knowledge, healing and power into blessings from Spirit that we can receive when we are open in a humble and gracious way.
To do a Medicine walk, first we have an issue that we need guidance about and then we craft a question around that. We stand at our doorway and ask the question, then realize as soon as we step out of the door, we will be receiving information. Everything is relevant. It can come from anywhere, not just nature. If we perceive and feel it as pertinent, then it is. The key is to not overthink, just let the information in, realizing that in addition to all of our body senses, we are also hearing with our Spirit ears, seeing with our Spirit eyes, knowing with our intuitive mind.
The question for my walk was “What do I need to know about a big co-creative project I’ve started with my Spirit teachers and a friend who is an artist?”
As I left my apartment and walked through the parking lot the first thing that caught my attention was a temporary dealer license plate on a car that I walked by that said, “We make it easy!” and it had a lightning bolt for an exclamation point. What a way to start things off! Then I got to the street and looked up and saw a free mini-library box with the word “Magical” under the little door.
I continued down the sidewalk I have walked so many times before, but this time I am perceiving it in a totally different way. Today I am noticing the wooden fences that separate backyards from the sidewalk and street. There are gates built into some of the fences, some with locks where a key would fit and others just a simple latch. The gates will open to the right person and time and place.
Some of the trees and hedges next to the sidewalk have been recently trimmed by loppers, and others have had branches broken from the wind. To me this feels like co-creation, though humans and nature have removed the branches in different ways, the result is that the tree is trimmed.
The bush with the red berries seems to say “preparation”.
A wind spinner in a yard gives me momentum.
At the nearby park, I walk down the tree-lined trail. Out of the corners of my eyes my spirit vision picks up figures and movement as the green stumps and broken logs look like mythical birds and alligators. Wise faces appear in the moss and lichens that cover tree trunks. I feel like the trees are telling me that they have much to share with me on this creative project.
On the little footbridge over the creek, I notice the caretakers shored up a weak spot in the middle of the weathered boards with a crosshatched metal plate. The bridge is made stronger.
The creek is singing, bubbly and full after recent spring rains. I see the buds at the end of the maple branches are about to burst open and the alders have dropped their flower strings all around. It looks like a joyful party of potential and regeneration.
On my way back home, a busy gray squirrel jumps down from a tree right in front of me and heads off into underbrush, unconcerned about my presence. They are focused on the task at hand.
As I passed the sign that told dog owners what to do with their pet waste, the words “Cleanup Required” jumped out at me and my foot slid in the mud. As if the message there was that if I got too hung up on keeping my task clean and tidy, I would lose traction.
A patch of folded up lawn daisies were almost ready to bloom.
Going up the stairs to my apartment the green bulb shoots in the neighbor’s planter reach out to me, so much bigger than they were a few days ago.
Once back through the door and into the house, I can close the Medicine walk with a thank you to all the spirits that helped. I like to record the impressions and messages I receive while on the walk by speaking in the notepad app on my phone. Then I can transcribe them into my journal. As I transcribe, messages become clear that I didn’t get while on the walk. It is an important part of the processing. Then I hi-light or circle the parts that stand out as messages.
So for me, putting together the messages that stood out the most reads like this:
My Spirit partners make this process easy and magical when I am ready and able to access the gates of knowledge. The right keys will be provided to the right gates. I and my partners co-create in our own ways with tools we know how to use. There is preparation, and momentum for this project. The trees will be sharing much information with me. The bridge between worlds and partners is reinforced and made stronger. The potential involved in the project can be joyful, even when staying focused on the tasks involved. I’m cautioned to not focus on keeping the creation clean and tidy or I’d lose traction in the process. This project is growing quickly, ready to bloom.
I feel like I received beneficial insights regarding my question about my project. I like to also do Medicine walks for a general “What do I need to know today?” question.
Anyone can do this divination practice, anywhere, anytime. There is no special training required.
I hope you will give it a try. I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.
In years past around winter solstice I’ve gotten together with friends to create vision boards for what we want to focus on and manifest for the coming year. Sitting amidst piles of magazines looking for an image to represent our intentions, dreams, goals, we always found just the right picture to hold the form of what we envisioned. Or the person sitting next to us found it for us. The Universe was giving us a mini-illustration in the powers of manifestation right there and then.
The thing about vision boards is that too often we get used to seeing it as just another part of our surroundings. We can lose focus. When that happens manifestation slows down. And we also have to put ourselves in the pictures as we look at them, and really feel it in all of our senses. How often do we take the time to do that in our busy days?
There has been a lot of discussion about the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction that happened at the zero degree in Aquarius on December 21, 2020. Many feel that this is the start of moving into the age of Aquarius. With this conjunction, we feel like we have energetic support from the cosmos and our human collective consciousness to create a new way of being.
What if this year we made a vision board for a new era using the power of the two planets who are working together? They could be like architects, helping us build a state-of-the-art house out of sustainable and recycled materials in a permaculture design setting. What if we dreamed big and put ourselves in the picture living in the world we want to see? What world would we manifest?
Here are some things on the top of my list:
Let’s find out. Ready, set, envision!
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -
Energy Intuitive and Nature Communicator - Cheri Melton's work with Devas and Nature Spirits is profound. So happy to have her as a friend and mentor -
Roger Wheelock and Gayle Ruth are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association.