Once we remember that we are multi-dimensional beings having a moment of incarnation on the planet Earth, it shifts us into a different perspective. Concerns about who said what at the office and wondering if you made the right decision to do one thing or another lose some of the charge they were having on our emotions. This is especially true if we regularly practice journeying or meditation with the goal of reconnecting with an aspect of our true multi-dimensional self. We then Know that we are more than our bodies here in this one lifetime we are experiencing now. We can feel our light body, we can connect with other light beings anywhere in the universe, we can remember what the 99% of our true soul-self is outside this body in earthly time and space, we can remember our connection to Source, that we are in fact part of that Source.
I think this perspective is the ultimate power retrieval. We have a tendency in our modern lives to give so much power away to live in our societies. From small individual giveaways like to our alarm clocks to go to a job that may not fulfill us, but pays the rent….to having to surrender over the sovereign whole of our bodies by submitting to radioactive scanning and physical invading of our body just to board a plane. But when we are remembering who we are at a soul level, that perspective can immediately empower us.
When we use the shamanic journey to broaden our spiritual perspective, we can get a better sense of this multi-dimensionality being that we truly are. In the journey we are operating outside of ordinary time and space in a place where other multi-dimensional beings are our friends and mentors and are there to help us. We easily visit other realms, timelines, universes and dimensions. We meet power animals, ancestors, descendants, archangels, ascended masters, and all are available to us for advice and healing. When I was new to journeying I asked my teacher, “How do I know I’m not making it up?” She replied “It doesn’t matter if you are making it up. Your subconscious or imagination is guided by your Higher Self at all times, and it is giving you the information and experience that you need right now to help you on your journey. And once you start doing it regularly, you will quickly realize you are not making it up.”
She was right, and it is the same thing I tell my students today. The shamanic journey is one of the best tools in the spiritual toolbox that I can recommend. If you are at all interested, read about journeying from seasoned practitioners and teachers like Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman, and find a teacher or a journey group in your area.
If we want to experience life from a place of empowerment, a shift of perspective is needed. We are so much more than we think we are. For the world to change and for humanity to evolve, we need to realize this and live it.
Have you checked in about that lately? We are so forward thinking as a society in general, we get stuck in thinking about goals and affirmations of what we want in our lives and what we want to be. Then as we progress down our spiritual path, and we study meditation we get that there is only the present moment. We strive to be present more than we think about the past or plan or worry about the future.
But there are times when it is necessary to revisit the past and look ahead to the future, especially as we approach mile markers like the start of a new calendar year or the solstice, or taking on a new job or course of study.
The time between the December Solstice and the calendar new year is a perfect time for a year review. This review can actually extend into January’s New Moon on the 16th. For the last week or so I have been thinking back through each month of 2017 and remembering the events that were big for me, like teaching and leading ceremonies, but also the smaller ones like spending time with special people and exploring new places and trails, and just sitting at the beach.
I have also been looking at where I may have given power away, or experienced a trauma that I have missed integrating into my whole self. In shamanic work we call that Recapitulation. When we find an event from the past that still has an emotional charge, it usually means that we have not fully allowed ourselves to feel and process the emotion when it happened. Sometimes, we just cannot do it at the time, it is too big and we may be broken, floundering or in a circumstance where we cannot process it. But when we are doing a review of our lives or when we are doing deeper work, we can come across these emotions and then know it is the right time to feel and release them. We get in a quiet and safe spot, like a corner of the bedroom under the covers and start doing the breath-work, going back to that moment and fully feeling the emotion in our physical body and in our emotional body. Once we fully feel it, we can release it from our cells and from our energy body with our breath. Often there is forgiveness work that comes afterwards, towards ourselves as well as another. When we do this work, we are reclaiming our own personal power that has been tied up keeping those emotions in place. Once they are fully felt and released, a sense of lightness takes their place. Deep healing can happen.
In looking forward to the future, of what this year will bring, I’m trying a new way of looking at it. Instead of focusing primarily on the goals I want to achieve this year, I’m trying to think about how I want to be in the world. How I want to live my life through the words I speak, the actions I take and the thoughts I think. Now that will require me to be mindful of the present moment! I will let you know how it goes.
For now, take a moment to send yourself blessings for all that you have been this past year and all that you are becoming in this new one. Namaste.
Anyone can work with the Divine Feminine. She is in everything. When the Divine Feminine comes into your life and wants to work with you, it is a call to your heart. I was always open to Her, even though I got very little of Her at the Lutheran church my parents took me to when I was a child. Mother Mary seemed to play such a bit part in the bible studies we had, but I was able to connect with Her later in my studies of Eastern theology and European Wicca. I explored Goddesses in all their forms and archetypes, and read wonderful spiritual authors like Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Caroline Myss that delved into Her myths and mysteries.
I was primarily working with the mental plane with information though, I did not know how to really connect with Her on a spiritual level until I started training in energy work with an intuitive teacher. In our classes my fellow students were connecting with their guides and Spirit all around me, but I wasn’t getting anything I could clearly relate to. On the last morning of the four-day class, before I left the house I asked my Spirit guides to please connect with me so that I could know they were there. On the way to the class driving down the highway, a car decided to move into my lane while I was still in it. As that happened, some force immediately took the steering wheel and moved my car out of the way and it missed me by inches. Heart still pounding, I related my story to the class, and the knowing that my guides were with me right then, but still such a mystery to me. The teacher then had me get on the table and began a demonstration of how to use crystals in energy work. As she rolled two quartz crystal balls up my legs and torso I got the sense of being filled with a pure white light that was blinding. A powerful yet loving feminine presence surrounded me, I could sense Her and I knew She was the source of all Goddesses and Divine Feminine energy. Tears streamed down my face as I knew Her and could hear Her speaking to me.
I did not have another experience as powerful as that with Her until I took a class and attunement in MariEL Medicine. My Usui Reiki teacher, Kelly Jackson, recommended MariEL to me when she felt my bond to the Goddess energy. Two amazing things happened when I took the MariEL class. First, I was introduced to the Divine Feminine in a healing form that anyone can open a spiritual channel to by having an attunement and working with the symbols. The second was that the teacher, Cheri Melton, became a dear friend and mentor to me in spiritual work.
Although MariEL Medicine describes perfectly what I learned from Cheri, I added the “Reiki of the Divine Feminine” to it to reflect the Usui roots of its founder, Ethel Lombardi. She was a student of Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Usui Reiki from Japan to North America. Ethel was in a deep meditation when she was gifted with the healing modality of MariEL brought to her by three beings dressed in cloaks which she called The Monks. She taught it as a heart centered, feminine practice that channels the energies of Mother Mary and the Elohim, which are said to be part of the Godhead who assisted in the creation of the universes. Cheri channeled additional information in part from Mary and Ethel in a re-dreaming of the modality for the modern times, as the Divine Feminine is rising and the earth and her inhabitants are shifting into a new vibration of potential.
As I look back to that first experience with Her in that class twelve years ago, I can only marvel at the workings of Spirit that brought me to where I am today. I feel honored that I can offer the teachings and attunement of MariEL Medicine as part of my devotion to loving service of the Divine Feminine. It has deepened my spiritual bond with Her, and opened my heart to the river of compassion and strength that flows out from Her. For that I am truly grateful.
Artist - Cher Lyn
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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 -