In shamanic practice, it is common to work with ancestors from one’s lineage. Our ancestors can be wise teachers and healers who pass on special skills and information to us and can help heal ancestral karma for the entire lineage. It is also good practice to work with one’s descendants as well. They can provide information and teaching about how humanity got through difficult time periods. They also provide a window to what the possible future holds.
With the world at a major turning point right now, I felt called to do a journey to a descendant who could give me some insights about how we got through it.
My helping spirits led me where I needed to go, and we stepped into a yard next to a house. I do not remember the details of the building, but the surrounding land was full of colors. Green and gold grass swept over the hills behind the structure, the sky was deep blue with a few puffy clouds. An orchard next to the yard had many long rows of robust trees full of red and gold apples. A woman came walking from the orchard towards me carrying a big basket of apples. She was middle aged, tall with wavy graying hair. She was dressed in a woven fabric dress the color of olive green, with a slate blue and orange tunic or scarf covering her shoulders.
I told her who I was and what we were all going through in my time now, and that I had come to her for any advice or insights she could share. She told me that she was in the year 2150. She and her husband and children lived on this regenerative farm. She said that there are still cities and technology, but around the cities and stretching out to the rural towns, there are farms and co-ops that regenerate the land and provide food for area communities. There is balance. All waste, broken or used up items are recycled into general building block materials for making new things. There are no power lines. The air felt clean and energized. She took an apple from her basket and handed it to me and told me to plant the seeds.
I thanked her and went back to my garden in non-ordinary reality and planted the apple seeds. The nature spirits and deva of the tree helped it to grow quickly and flower full of exquisite blossoms. I felt clarity as I stood next to it. It spoke. “The way we live during these times are seeds for the future. What future are you stepping into?”
For the past few months, I have been receiving reminders from my spirit teachers about being mindful of the seeds I plant. They are helping me to see that planting seeds is the beginning of choosing our timeline. Not all seeds sprout, which is a good thing. Seeds planted in fear, anger, hate are only going to propagate more of the same, and continue to keep us on a painful timeline, just like the one collective humanity has been on for thousands of years. When we plant seeds with mindfulness and intention, and nurture the sprouting with love and care, those new shoots guide us onto the path of the timeline we choose to be on now. It can be a very subtle thing. However, we have free will and we can choose to direct ourselves into a new timeline to a different outcome. A different Earth.
So I’ve been thinking, after the immediate quarantine is lifted, and businesses and schools reopen, how can we NOT go back to normal? How can we choose a new way of living where the earth and all life is treasured, respected and treated as if it is the Divine embodied? What changes do we make in our intention, our way of thinking and lifestyles to guide our timeline to this new world we envision? If enough of us guide our timelines into a new paradigm, will that give birth to it sooner?
In your journeying practice, I encourage you to journey to meet a descendant. Not only can they be a source of information, but they may also become one of your guides and allies.
I also recommend that you to contemplate these two questions (journeying on them might be helpful as well):
“What is it that I want to do differently to not return back to “normal” after this?”
“What seeds can I plant to help anchor that in my timeline.”
It is time to remember that each one of us has the power to change our worlds.
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.
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 -