This is the second part of a look at healing on the quantum level.
As I mentioned in the last article, because we are multi-dimensional beings, in our natural energetic state we are not bound by the constraints of time or space. Another word we use for this state of infinite being-ness is soul. Since it is a concept we cannot truly know in our current state of third dimensional physicality, I think of it as that life-spark of consciousness that comes into the body when we are born, and leaves when the body dies. As this spark of infinite being, we experience a myriad of lifetimes on this planet and others in the multiverse.
In our incarnations we interact with other infinite souls who are having their own experiences, and our interactions cause trauma and create karma. If we have been incarnating on earth and in its timelines, then we have had traumas. It seems to be just how the soul is wired in with the human energetic body. And because we incarnate with little or no memory of our true nature, we don’t know that we are infinite or why we are participating in karma and experiencing trauma.
When we experience a trauma, sometimes it can cause a fracture of our soul, causing a loss of some of our infinite essence. The soul does not want to be in the physical body when the trauma is happening, so it just steps out for the duration. This can occur anytime there is trauma; either physical accident or abuse, deep grief, a mental breakdown, addiction. Some shamans also view the soul loss as a binding up, that it doesn’t actually go away, but it is hidden so we do not have access to our spiritual wholeness.
Soul loss doesn’t happen with every trauma luckily. Even when it does happen, most times the essence finds its way back on its own after the trauma. But when it doesn’t, we experience the soul loss in a variety of ways. We may literally feel like a part of us is missing, or we may have a physical or mental illness that does not respond to any treatments. Reiki can be one method to affect healing of past traumas, and shamanic work is very well suited to facilitate soul retrievals and past life healing. Often long-standing health issues can be resolved with this kind of healing, and not just on the physical level, but on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels as well.
In a soul retrieval, a trained shamanic practitioner is led by helping spirits to where the soul essence is hidden. Many times the soul part stays at the same age as when it left, often it is being taken care of by a helping spirit. Sometimes the soul part is being held by a spirit that is not helpful, and in those cases the practitioner has to negotiate the release. The soul part is then returned home to its current incarnation, bringing with it any spirit allies it has and the gift of its essence which is healing in some way. The practitioner will ask their own healer ally to help integrate the energy of the soul part back into the energy body, and will engage the client’s Higher Self and spirit helpers to do the same.
We can do some of this healing ourselves, by using our tools like shamanic journey, Reiki, meditation, prayer and other modalities that put us in conscious contact with our team of helping spirits and guides and our Higher self. We can ask them to find and call back any of our soul parts that can come home now, and ask them to show us any karmic or past life issues that can now be resolved. We do what we can with our team on our own, then we can ask other practitioners trained in soul retrieval to help us with any other issues we can’t resolve. Sometimes it takes an objective view outside ourselves and someone with years of experience to find what is hidden from our sight.
Once we welcome our soul parts back home, we ask them what they need to fully integrate back into our lives. So much may have happened while they were gone! And then we have to do inner work to complete our unification. This can include celebration, journaling, journeying, contemplation, dream-work, even spiritual and emotional work with a professional counselor.
Soul loss may happen in other lifetimes which affects our health and well-being in our current lives. This is a complex issue and can also be referred to as past-life healing. There is also karmic healing that can happen at a soul level. We are seeing a lot of this now as collective humanity is steering toward a spiritual evolution and our ascension process. We are being called to heal very deep and old wounds, clear karma, and renegotiate contracts made at a soul level which do not support our highest good and evolution.
It is no random chance that we are here at this crucial juncture in human history and planetary shift. Every one of us has the potential to re-write and re-right our timelines by healing at the quantum level of the soul.
Mother and Child, A Goodnight Hug by Mary Cassatt, 1880, pastel on paper
What if we could go back in time and repair or influence something in our lives that affects the outcome of the present? Or future?
I was listening to a talk by a shamanic friend and colleague, Alida Birch, and she mentioned a study by researcher Leonard Leibovici that was done with hospital patients who had sepsis in 1990. The objective of the study was to have people say prayers for a group of patients to see if it had any effect on the outcomes. The study showed that mortality was lower and the overall length of stay and fever were shorter in the group that were included in prayers. Here’s the interesting part - the prayers were said ten years after the people were in the hospital with the infection!
Let that sink in…
How did that work? We are multi-dimensional energy beings experiencing a brief physical stint on earth. In our natural energetic state we are not bound by the constraints of time or space. So healing can happen in present time when the tending is focused on the past, and it can clear the way for creating the future we want to embody.
In Reiki Level 2 we learn how to do healing at a distance. What makes this possible is the symbol called Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. Once this symbol is activated in us through an energetic attunement, we can use it to send Reiki healing light anywhere instantaneously. And we can also use the symbol to send Reiki through time, to the past and to the future. When I first learned this in my Reiki class, a whole new perspective opened for me. It changed completely the way I thought about healing and energy.
Now as a teacher, I share with my students that this is an ideal practice to work with in our own tending. We know the times in our lives which were difficult, when and where we experienced trauma, pain, injury. We can see ourselves at that age in that situation and send Reiki light back in time to ourselves. It may be the thing that gets us through that difficult time. But it also stays in the energy field afterwards, continuing to work through the energy bodies like a time release medicine. It unwinds the trauma from the cells, from the organs, the chakras, the etheric template. It takes the juice out of the story we tell ourselves, and uncovers our true selves, the Divine light we truly are.
We can also send Reiki ahead of us to the future. In a practical manner we can send it to clear and elevate the space in doctor’s offices for procedures and surgeries, and to highways and hotels before we travel. But we can also send it ahead to how we want to be in the world. If I want to be fearless, compassionate and patient, then I send Reiki to that image of myself embodying those qualities.
One would think if we had a magical tool like this, we would use it all the time to heal our past hurts and envision our joyful future. But I have found we have a habit of neglecting our own self-healing.
In Reiki Level 1, my teacher stressed that doing Reiki on ourselves every day was very important for us to continue to learn to flow Reiki and to integrate the attunement. I did that every night before I went to bed for a few weeks, then it tapered off, and I might do it when I remembered or when I had a pain or illness. After each level I would practice less on myself and more on others. But I was more tuned into my energy and my guides and I would get a message or feel when I needed to give myself Reiki. Then when I became a Reiki teacher I saw with my students how giving themselves Reiki treatments is a key part of the learning experience.
If we look within ourselves for the power to affect change, we will find it. I realized when I heard Alida mention the prayer study that if I spent as much time seeing myself in the future the way I want it to be instead of wondering what it will take to get me there, the manifestation of that future would be happening now. And then adding power to the vision with tools like Reiki, prayer (in itself a form of energy medicine), affirmations, tapping, and shamanic journey work, we are amplifying that creation of our future.
It’s worth making time for, isn’t it?
When our ancestors lived close to the land, they were in tune with the natural cycles of death and rebirth around them. They had concepts, stories and ceremonies that seem shamanic to us, but to them were an everyday way of living and dying.
My Celtic ancestors marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new on Samhain, November 1st. They honored death at this time, knowing it was a doorway to rebirth. They acknowledged the death of the crops and the wild plants after giving the fruits of their harvests. They gave thanks to the yearling hogs and the cattle that were butchered and smoked, and for the wild stags that stood still before their arrows as a gift of sustenance. The shortening days and longer nights symbolized the sun’s journey towards death and then rebirth at winter’s solstice.
Today many western countries know Samhain as Halloween where death is also a key image in our culture around that day, with ghosts, graveyards and skeletons popping out of decorated front yards and craft stores.
This time of year especially, the subject of death is up in all kinds of ways. A few days ago walking in the park near me I met some surveyors measuring and taking pictures. There are plans to redo and develop some trails and green areas there, but public details are few. We were standing close to one of my favorite trees, a giant walnut. I asked one of them if he knew if the city had any plans to remove any of the trees, as I am always thinking about what impacts my tree friends. He didn’t know, but he mentioned how remarkable the walnut tree is in its size and beauty.
But then he said, “Well they might have to take it down because its dying. It is starting to tilt.”
Well for the rest of my walk I kept thinking about that. It didn’t feel true to me. That tree has been growing for well over 100 years. It is full of lush green leaves, with a sturdy trunk and healthy looking bark. But it is on the side of a creek bank that may be destabilizing its roots. and so that is the reason it is tilting. I am not an arborist, but I felt certain in my way of sensing and feeling that it is not dying any time soon.
Left alone it may very well tilt over time, its weighty branches eventually winning over the roots as they lose more traction to the creek bed erosion. One day it will fall over onto the ground. Maybe it will stop growing, and stop exhaling oxygen, and then it will be dying. Then it will begin to recycle its nutrients and essence into the earth. The moss, fungi and lichens on it will continue to grow. The beetles, ants and other insects in it will continue to feed, breed, live and die their own life cycles. After many more years the particles and essence of the tree are transformed into life-giving compost and nutrients that live on in the soil and plants around where it fell. New trees may grow from that very spot. The cycle of rebirth or reincarnation continues.
Only time will tell if the giant walnut lives on for decades more to die in its natural time and transform its essence into a gift to the ecosystem around it. If its life is cut short by the saw, it will still transform and rebirth in another way. Its gift then may be the loss that humans feel as such a large presence in their park is removed. Perhaps they will also come to the realization that tree was a living breathing being.
I strive to honor death in a shamanic way as transformation and not an ending. I know without a doubt that death is only the beginning of another journey, as souls are infinite. I feel fortunate that on this path I have been able to connect with the spirits of ancestors and loved ones - human, animal, and tree - who have left their physical bodies and became helpers and masters of light in the spirit realms. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss them like crazy when I can’t hug them, and I grieve that loss. But I honor their season and their journey home and know that we may meet again outside this time and place.
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 kindredspirits 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 -
My friend and herbalist mentor, Lawrence Birch is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
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.