Last month I felt the Reiki spirits stirring around me, as if they were putting me on notice. Around the same time I noticed that my Reiki was turning on in my hands when I was doing other spiritual or healing modalities like shamanic journeying and meditation. That was an interesting new experience!
So I wasn’t surprised when shortly after I noticed the stirring, I got a message from someone who wanted to learn Reiki from me. I told her that I would see if there were another person interested, because I needed at least 2 students to make a class. Right away I found two other students and scheduled the class. It’s a rather unusual way to offer a class like this – on demand rather than pre-scheduled, but it works for me. And for the Reiki spirits as well apparently.
I was so excited to engage in the teaching of Reiki again, it had been awhile since I taught it. When I printed the student’s certificates, I saw the last time I taught Reiki was exactly one year ago. And it was almost exactly five years since I took Reiki 2 with Sensei Kelly Jackson, which changed my life forever. That was the experience that connected me with the true path of my heart and my life purpose. I have been thinking about this synchronous timing a lot the past few days.
I’m seeing this as a perfect illustration of the spiral of spiritual evolution. Our Higher Self and helping Spirits assist us with our work and growth. Their job is to expand our engagement and integration of key life lessons. Their message is “Yes, you’re revisiting this, and now you can take it to the next level.” I feel like this leveling-up was in noticing extra energy running through and around me before the class even came to be. And also in integrating a deeper connection to the attunement process during the class.
Before now, I had always experienced the spiral of evolution as one that brought only tough, often painful lessons. This happened a lot in energy healing workshops, as a core part of our learning is to look deeply at our own issues that are coming up to be healed. Many times I have said or heard a friend say “I thought I’d already dealt with this issue!” The teacher’s reply was always, “Yes, but life is a spiral, not a straight line. You’ve gone around the spiral to the same issue, but now you are ready to deal with it on a different level.” We used to grumble then about never being done with our work!
But this recent experience has given me a new perspective on the spiral path of our soul-self evolution. It works the same way with issues we judge as positive, beautiful, and power-full as well as with ones we judge as negative or painful. Each one can have its challenges or opportunities, it depends on our perception. Each time we come around the spiral we have a chance to expand, energize and level up to a higher state of expression of our soul’s divine perfection.
Like the spiral, our soul’s evolution may be an infinite path. Ever onward, ever upward.
Much of my life has revolved around nature and being outside. My dad was a botanist and naturalist and he and my mom took my brother and I hiking and camping a lot when we were growing up in upstate New York. I always felt at home outside, with my bare feet in the grass or dirt and the plant and stone beings all around. It’s been the same in my adult life too, hiking, gardening, just sitting under trees. It seems like I fell out of the habit the past year, as I was devoting more time to activities that had an indoors focus, like writing and other creative projects.
For this year I have made getting out into nature a priority. Going hand in hand with this is that I have entered a mentorship with nature spirits. My teacher is an elemental, and most of my learning has been taking place in non-ordinary reality during shamanic journeys and dreamtime. But he has told me that I also need to spend more time outside with the nature spirits to get used to seeing them as they appear in ordinary reality.
So now I am out as much as I can be, strolling around the neighborhood, and trail hiking once a week. Even though in my current apartment I don’t have a garden or a yard, I feel very fortunate that there are so many amazing trails and forests and woodlands nearby. And because it’s western Oregon, there are waterfalls and ocean only an hour away in any direction.
I like exploring new trails, hiking for a while, then going off the into a grove of trees and sitting to focus on meeting the deva of the area. I like to get a feel for the places I’m walking in, taking note of what I feel in my body and my energy field. Much of the time I find the places feel good, light, sometimes magical as I can feel the nature spirits all around.
Last weekend I ended up on a section of trail in a managed part of the McDonald forest that felt uncomfortable. I didn’t notice it right away, but as I walked, I noticed a heaviness, and a vague sense of unease. I looped back towards the first section of trail that felt fine and light and spotted a dense grove where I could sit hidden from the trail. I sat on the edge of the large stump of what once was an old growth tree. It had rained earlier, and everything was freshly dripping, fragrant with damp cedar, fir and earth. A bird flitted by my head, unconcerned by my presence. I felt welcomed and closed my eyes. I reached out my consciousness in greeting to any deva or nature spirit of the area.
A large presence came in with the essence of evergreen. Boughs and needles formed a vague face that streamed from a green etheric mass of lifeforce energy. They communicated a request for help to my subconscious, which responded by forming a geometric figure in the shape a faceted blue diamond for it.
“Yes.”, they responded. “Three more.” The blue diamonds formed in my mind behind closed eyes and were gathered up by the forest deva in its essence. Then with a breeze of gratitude, they were gone.
It all happened very quickly and afterwards I tried not let my conscious mind analyze it too much. My shamanic mentor and dear friend, Cheri Melton, who works with devas, has told me about her experiences building energetic structures with devas. The devas then use these structures to return balance to the land. I knew these geometric figures were going to be used to build something to bring harmony the area.
I was left feeling immense gratitude for the spirits for involving me in their world and their work. I will go back to that trail in a few weeks and see if there has been a shift in how the energy feels. Maybe I will meet the deva of the forest again and tell them how much I love their work.
*Note –The deva has no specific gender so am using the gender neutral pronoun “they” as I do not feel comfortable using the term “it” for one so vibrant and alive.
Shamanism, or Spirit Medicine*, is universal because it is a unique relationship between a person and their helping spirits. That relationship transcends cultures, ages, and epochs. It’s a completely individual experience, yet the framework for it has remained relatively unchanged for millennia. Spirit reaches out to those it wants to work with, those who are meant to walk on this path. There are a lot of us walking this path now, here to help humanity as it stands on this precarious brink of transformation to either an evolved state or annihilation of ourselves and our home.
When Spirit reaches out to a person, they know it. The calling to this path can be a profound one such as a near death experience or a severe illness. It can be a life-changing event like a divorce, or a bankruptcy or losing a job. It can also come from a natural psychic ability, or a deep affinity for Spirit. And it can also come in gentle nudges, moving you into contact with people and experiences that work like sudden pathways or doors opening up to you, calling you to explore.
In my own experience, it was an abrupt divorce. After 14 years of maintaining codependence in a difficult relationship, I suddenly had to gather and stand in my own power. At the time I was only working part-time and anxious about how I would provide for my 18-month-old daughter. I was also angry, mostly at myself, for letting myself get into this situation in the first place. Finding my empowerment was a slow process, but Spirit was there supporting me all the way.
We lived in a rural area in southern Arizona at the time, with miles of open space around us, neighbors few and far between. The land was my solace. Most days I would put my daughter into her stroller and the dog and I would wheel her down the long bumpy rocky driveway and dirt road to the mostly dry riverbed nearby. I felt comfort being offered to me from the giant cottonwoods that lined the bank of the river. I received healing from the changing river bed itself, full of water and mud in the summer and full of leaves in the fall and winter.
It was on one of these walks that a song came to me. It was short and rather odd, and kept repeating over and over as I walked rhythmically down the dusty road. I knew that it was a song of power. At that time, I didn’t know what to do with it. Even though I had always been interested in shamanism, I did not think that it could ever be my path. I filed that curious song away, and concentrated on finding a full-time job and taking care of my daughter.
Seven years later as I was studying with my first shamanic teacher, that song came back to me. I could understand it and begin to work with it. And today, ten years after that, that song is integrated into my being, wrapped around my DNA and woven through my energy body. And the calling blossomed into a relationship with all my helping spirits, full of amazing synchronicities, grace and ultimate trust.
I am so grateful for hearing the calling through the pain and chaos back then. That major turning point in my life was what brought me back to my true self, my purpose in this lifetime, and the path of my heart.
Whatever is happening in your life, keep your awareness honed. A calling, a song of power, a synchronicity is coming to guide you on your path. Be ready.
*Spirit Medicine is a term Hank Wesselman uses that I really like
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 -