Sitting in stillness, peace suffuses my body. I am aware of my inner landscape but not questioning or analyzing. There is no sound, no vision, no body, but I am sometimes aware of the deep blue-purple chakra of my 3rd eye at the top of my perception. I accept the gift of this nothingness.
Eventually I become aware of the sounds of birdsong and traffic. Morning commuters rush by in four lanes 300 yards in front of me and on the two lanes 100 yards behind me. It makes me realize with some surprise that I did not hear them at all in the nothing.
I stretch and drum softly to initiate my daily check in with Spirit. My spirit teacher is there in my Otherworld. I ask her what I need to know today. She leads me to the porch of her cabin, and we sit. She gives me a glass of lemonade swirling with effervescent life force. I feel my connection to it – I am the lemonade, the life force, the chair, the forest, my teacher. Animal friends come to sit with us, and we are all quiet for what feels like both a long time and no time. The sun goes down, and fireflies light up the area like tiny yellow lanterns.
The stillness of just being is the lesson. In those moments, great work is done. Quiet healing happens when we are not thinking too hard about it. We tend to get caught up in the urgency to do our work - settle our karma, raise our vibration, heal the world, ascend to higher levels. And if we are here on earth now, yes, chances are that all of those and more are part of our purpose. But there are times we need to put away the action, the work, the drive and just be in stillness. In those moments everything catches up in us and we do the important job of integration.
The gift of nothing is what we receive, but also what we give. The peaceful energy we generate ripples out in all directions. Like the light of a far away star shining down on us, it just keeps giving its radiance to all. Even though it may take thousands of years for that light to reach us from that snapshot in time, we still receive the gift.
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.