Were you feeling the squeeze of the three eclipses this summer? Did you feel like you had to take a serious re-look at Why You Are Here and What You Are Supposed to be Doing? Many of us have been delving more fully into our Soul Purpose this summer, asking those questions as well as considering how we can collaborate, elevate and serve our communities and the planet as a whole.
We are doing loads of inner work and realizing that now IS the time to step up and take a deep look at those limiting beliefs and behaviors we’ve been lugging around most our lives. There is no more putting it off, and we are stepping up to question and release what no longer serves us. And we are having clarity about what we can compost and what we can harvest. One needs the other. Compost transforms into nutrients when it has something to feed, and it is only with soil enriched by decaying and rotten matter that our can gardens grow the bountiful harvest.
How can you tell if what you have let go of and cleared and shed has nourished the soil of your inner landscape and your life? Look at what is blooming in your life right now.
What are you grateful for at this very moment? Are your relationships with others fulfilling and reciprocal so that you want to spend time with those people? Are you creating harmony in your workplace, your community? Are you involved in creative projects that you are excited about; art, networks, business plans? Are you spending enough time being in places and doing things that feed your soul?
Your harvest of blooms today reflect all you have carefully tended inside yourself yesterday. May your harvest be beautiful and bountiful!
One of the first things we learned how to do in energy work classes was to ground. And it was the way we started off all the other workshops I’ve taken in Reiki and shamanic studies. I always thought I had that down. But I’ve come to find out recently that there is always room to deepen the practice, add new facets and finesse to it and take it to the next level.
I’m taking a class right now in Energy Body Mastery with Christina Pratt, a brilliant shamanic practitioner in Portland. This is an online class, and honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after reading her introductory email about the class, I was hooked. So far we are only in week 3 of the 7 week class, but her perspective on the energy body, grounding and boundaries has been very refreshing. Even though I have been studying energy medicine for the past 12 years, I am definitely benefiting going deep into her aspects on the subject. So this version of grounding she takes us to is augmented with Chi Gong practice which really integrates the body and energy awarenesses. I have practiced Chi Gong and Tai Chi in the past but it’s been at least 20 years ago. Practicing it again after all this time and combining it with the energy tools from Christina and my own deep toolbox has been a lot of fun.
And it made me realize that sometimes when I thought I was grounded I wasn’t, and that it is possible to be over-grounded. So if you have the basic tool of grounding in your toolbox, take it out and give it a good lookover and a polish. Discern if you are really feeling that solid energy connection to the earth, or if you are just going through the motions.
Some things to ponder…
When you think of being grounded, where do you feel it in your body? Do you feel a solidness in your belly, or do your legs feel heavy, or do you feel it somewhere else?
Are there images that come to mind, and if so are they ones that you have learned from someone else or from a spirit-teacher?
Do you feel balanced?
Is there a reciprocity going on with you and with Mother Earth and Father Sky?
Is there anything that you could add to it to take it to the next level?
In these intense times, being grounded is more important than ever, and it is essential to do on a daily basis to take care of yourself. So make like a tree and root.
Photo credit: Linda Guinter (dear friend and fellow redwood explorer)
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.
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 -