We are all going through an initiation. This initiation is not just about the changes and deaths we have to experience in order to evolve and weave a new fabric of reality into being. It is about diving deep into our own soul and cleansing what we need to let go of that binds us to our past. As I have written before initiations sculpt away our ego/personality so that we can step into living and working at higher frequencies.
The process of initiation can be quite challenging. It can challenge us physically and emotionally. It can place us into a place of despair and hopelessness as we see our lives being changed in ways we did not expect.
The despair and hopelessness takes us to a deeper place into our inner landscape where we are led to the personal healing work and shadow work we tend to avoid. The ego part of ourselves prefers to just go with the surface energies and react to what is happening to us personally and to the events in the world.
But in actuality the events in the outer world is not all that is calling us within. Our soul’s evolution is calling us within. We must choose whether to ride the surface waves and remain in a state of suffering or keep going deeper and deeper within where we have the opportunity to tap into how to love and forgive ourselves. Once you reach a deep level of unconditional love for yourself and unconditional forgiveness for your past actions you perceive the events in the outer world in a different way. And from this place you move from a place of reaction to responding in healthy ways.
Recently I was shown, by a helping spirit, how our past can actually create too much weight on our body to keep carrying around. And this extra weight we carry can create illnesses on different levels. We must honor our past, revel in the good memories, work through the challenging times in our past and then let go. Then we can move on to forge a new path in the present and future. When we keep “dying” to our past we move into a place of freedom. And I know feeling free is something we all desire.
This of course gives us a better opportunity to navigate the changes in the present and future. We can then be in deeper service to all of life and the Earth.
I think many of you were inspired last month by the healing story I shared about working with a Prayer Tree.
The practice of shamanism has so much to offer us. The case studies I receive are so hopeful.
Recently a peer, student, and one of my former clients died of a rare form of cancer. Years ago I did some healing sessions with her that may have helped to extend her life. Her blood tests would show positive changes after we would work together. And at some point it was time for her to do her own work. We stayed in contact from time to time, but in the last year I did not follow up with her to see how she was doing.
She had taken many shamanic workshops with me including a workshop on Death and Dying. And she also loved the transfiguration work.
Her partner called to tell me my former student and client had died. I asked how her death was. She responded by telling me that she kept repeating,” Sandy taught me so much about how to die I do not fear death.” And her death ended up being filled with peace and grace.
During the times we live in the practice of shamanism, which includes working with light, has so many wonderful tools to offer us. The practice teaches us how to live from a place of trust, feeling empowered, how to surrender to spirit, how to ride the waves of both the joy and suffering that life brings for us. The practice teaches us how to live, but also how to die during the initiatory deaths we all experience and the big death we face at the end of our lives.
It is important to remember that as shamanism is a path of direct revelation the helping spirits can teach you all you need to learn. Some people really want to be part of a community and seek out workshops. And some people like to work in solitude to perform their own journeys and meditations to receive the wealth of healings and information that is available to us from our helping spirits.
Keeping to a similar thread I was having a conversation with someone in a service profession. He asked me if I noticed that more people our age (we are both in our sixties) are suffering from more health problems and dying earlier than the current statistics predict. Well as you know people have always died earlier than expected.
But the rare and known illnesses that are impacting children, teens, and adults is very high. And we all know that this is due to the dietary issues and the environment we live in. In a previous monthly column I encouraged you to do your transmutation work as perceiving what you eat, drink, and how you perceive the environment, as light. We want to ingest and digest light. This is not a form of denial of the fact that as humans we have helped to create a planet that does not support our health. But there are practices we can do daily that help us.
As I shared in Medicine for the Earth there have always been shamans and mystics that survived experiences that most would not live through during initiations, including some who could transmute poisons that were ingested. If one person on the planet can transmute toxins that he or she ingests it means we all have this same power. We are born with the blue print of how to survive and thrive.
That is one reason I wrote about different nature beings last month and the energetic signature they share with the web of life. For using the principle of unity, we can also tap into the wealth of knowledge that different nature beings use to survive. For example, there are mushrooms that thrive and live on eating radiation. How do they do that? Well we can use our spiritual practices of journeying and meditation to learn from them. This is a time to reach out spiritually to those beings who can transmute and regenerate in ways we never imagined. There are ways to live and practices that can support our life as the Earth herself goes through many changes.
This is a time to connect with the amazing nature beings who can regenerate and transmute toxins and to ask for their help.
As I shared last month, there is a lot of support from the universe and the Earth to shift to a higher frequency. But there are ways of living in health that your own body can teach you if you ask it to share what is in your blue print and as you reach out to other species who can thrive in the environment we have created.
Take time each day out of your busy schedule to deepen your spiritual work. We must learn the lessons that come from the challenges we face on emotional and physical levels. But we also must learn how to create a more harmonious way of life integrating ancient spiritual practices throughout the day.
We have more abilities to thrive than we know. As you already know research shows we use so little of the capabilities of our brain. The time is now to wake up more parts of our brain so we can evolve and grow as I know each of you desire.
One of the issues I have been looking at that goes along with what I wrote is looking at the difference of how we “react” to daily events, people, and to life itself rather than “respond”. This is an interesting issue to journey on or meditate on this month.
I think that as we learn how to respond we can shift into a more harmonious and healthy way of life.
The full moon is on May 10. Connect with yourself and open to the possibility that you have capabilities to thrive today with incorporating practices into your life that you might have not yet explored. Feel excitement in the knowledge that there is so much to learn about your capability to heal yourself. Open to the power of being part of a loving and supportive community as we join our hearts together. People who read the Transmutation News live all over the world. Open your heart to our community. Open your spiritual awareness to connect with the nature beings who contribute great gifts to the web of life. Feel your heart expanding in love and compassion. As you do this travel within and experience your divine light radiating out embracing all of life. Be a light and radiate light. As you do this with love in your heart you do create positive change. Love and light are the greatest healing forces.
If you are a new reader of the Transmutation News please read the instructions for our full moon ceremony in “Creating A Human Web of Light” on the homepage of this site.
I wanted to say something about my announcements this month. For I realize that this is the longest Announcement Section I have written to date. Please do not feel you need to read them if you are not interested in more than reading what I wrote in this monthly column.
Due to the fact that I am not traveling to teach this year I have made a decision to be part of more summits, free events, online courses where I can share the beauty and power of shamanic work with a broad population. And part of my commitment in being part of these events is to share full write ups.
We can get so overwhelmed by digesting all the bad news that we hear. And a “cure” for this is to listen and watch events that share a deep wealth of information and inspiration. We can all use some inspiration right now.
I do not plan on continuing to present on many summits or free events. I am actually writing a new book for Sounds True that I will write about at the appropriate time.
For now, please read on to see what events are coming up that you might be interested in. Or stop reading at this point and enjoy your day or night.
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I will be teaching a teleconferencing course through the Shift Network titled “Shamanic Journeying for Guidance and Healing Part 2: Shamanic Practices for Divination, Collective Blessing & Helping Others”. The course will begin on June 21 and will be taught for 12 weeks. I taught this course last year, and it was so transformative for people who signed up. People were able to bridge shamanic work into improving their relationships with their family. People are also bridging shamanic work into their business, their community, and also to be of greater service to the planet.
I am so excited about teaching this course again as it provides so many tools to work spiritually as a global community during these turbulent times of change. And to have such a supportive community to work with is truly a gift!!
In the last course I taught through the Shift Network participants from 42 countries signed up. We created quite the global community from which we could do deep work. This is a great opportunity to work with a global community joining our hearts and spirit together in behalf of the Earth.
The prerequisite for this course is taking Part 1 or being able to show you have taken a workshop on shamanic journeying.
I do not have information on how to register yet. But I wanted to let you know so you can mark the date if you are interested. And I will of course give registration information as it becomes available.
For now here are the topics I will covering:
Perform a journey in behalf of someone else. This will include how to tell healing stories to inspire those we work with. I will also talk about the ethics of working in behalf of others.
I will share how to teach children how to journey. Our future depends on our children being able to have a strong spiritual foundation and support in contacting the helping spirits.
We will learn how to retrieve a lost power animal for someone needing this type of healing. I will teach how to perform a power animal retrieval for a person, a relationship, a family, a business, and a place.
We will journey and perform a ceremony to bring back the soul of a city, community, or location on the Earth. Please note: I cannot teach how to perform soul retrievals for individuals as this is beyond what I can ethically teach in a teleconferencing format.
I will lead us in work that helps us to remember why we were born and our life’s purpose. And we will do some deeper work to explore what we are dreaming into being through our daydreams.
We will continue our work with transfiguration, and we will perform a long distance transfiguration experiment to observe the results of how our global community can join together to create healing with working with Healing with Spiritual Light.
We will deepen our work with connecting with nature and learn how align with the cycles of the moon.
We will dive deep into working with ancient civilizations and descendants to learn how we can best be of service to the planet. We will learn how ancient civilizations worked with more advanced healing methods and the possibilities of how descendants work in the future with sound and light.
We will also learn how to journey to explore the wealth of information we can obtain from journeying into parallel realities and multidimensions.
I will lead us in a very safe way to become a medium for a helping spirit and how to “see” the world through the eyes of spirit. During this session I will also bring through messages from Isis for our circle.
We will delve into the important topic of how we can help loved ones who are dying transition in a graceful way. Shamanic cultures do not see death as an end, and I will share ways to help people facing death.
We will end Part 2 with learning how to bring all we learned in the course into our local communities and how we can lead ceremonies for healing and transformation. I will teach how to design a ceremony and how to create sacred space when we bring this work to others.
The Shift Network will create a buddy system where participants can practice healing and divination work on each other if they choose to.
Each session will end with a powerful virtual ceremony that will help us to continue our own personal healing and evolution as well as performing ceremonies in behalf of the Earth.
Here is a Shift Network event you might be interested in:
Robert Moss did a free into call titled: Shamanic Dreaming in the Iroquois Tradition
Shamans have known for millennia that dreams can open a portal to rapid healing, guidance from the “higher” levels of reality, and the wisdom of our ancestors — information that can have an immediate positive impact on your life and even help heal our planet.
If you’ve suspected that these powerful healers were right and that your dreams do hold great possibilities for you, please join shamanic dreaming expert Robert Moss for a special FREE online presentation: Shamanic Dreaming in the Iroquois Tradition: An Initiation into Healing, Wisdom & Human Survival.
I am excited to share with you a FREE eventI'm going to be a part of: The Guardian Gateway Spirit Animal Telesummit.
The Spirit Animal Telesummit is a free event that will show you how to create powerful, ongoing relationships with Animal Spirit Guides in all their forms.
20 teachers are coming together April 24 through May 5 for two one-hour calls every weekday. There's no cost to attend, and even if you can't attend the talks live, you'll get access to each replay for 48 hours.
Kim Wilborn will be interviewing me, along with several other wonderful teachers who will show you practical ways toconnect with your personal Spirit Animal Allies for guidance, healing, and empowerment.
Each call will be like a mini-class, complete with guided meditations.
You’ll be able to listen to live calls online, by phone, or on your mobile device, and free 48-hour replays will allow you to listen at your convenience. (Low-priced recordings are also available to make it even easier.)
Besides myself some of the presenters are: Dr. Steven Farmer, Dawn Dancing Otter, Angela Prider, Dr. Cara Gubbines, Carla Meeks's, Dani Ehlenfeldt, Janet Roper, Jeanna Billings, Luca, Nicki Scully, Raven Many Voices, Rose De Dan, Skye Alexander, and Kim Wilborn.
If you would like learn how connecting with your Spirit Animal Allies can help you know your true self, access the healing and power you need, and live your Soul Purpose with more joy and aliveness, register today for the FREE for The Spirit Animal Telesummit. The telesummit will take place April 24 through May 5.
For those of you enjoying these summits I am presenting on one more during this spring.
Visionary Feminine and Global Transformation Masterclass
Do you ever feel restless … like you know you're here for a reason, and you want, more than anything, to contribute to the world with your gifts, but you just aren't sure how to find and connect with your purpose? Or how to live it in a fulfilling AND abundant way?
You're not alone. I've heard from so many that this sense of restlessness and longing can be painful or even disturbing … yet, the overwhelm of life can keep you stuck and frustrated.
The good news is that you can fulfill that desire; you can embrace that calling, to live an abundant, meaningful life and impact the world!
The first step: join my colleague, Sacred Purpose Coach Jennifer Riley, and more than 20 other female leaders and change makers for the upcoming online master class series, Visionary Feminine and Global Transformation. A few of the presenters besides myself are: Nina Simons (co-founder of Bioneers), Ali Shanti and Shiloh Sophia McCloud.
It begins April 26th and you can sign up here to join at no cost:
During this innovative, transformative master class series, you'll discover how to:
Find, connect with, expand, and ignite your soul purpose, so you experience greater fulfillment, joy, and freedom, every single day.
Create prosperity for yourself … and expand that prosperity to those around you, so you're able to make the contribution about which you feel so passionate.
Use your unique gifts to create positive change in the world.
Unleash the power of the Feminine to heal yourself, humanity, and the planet.
And so much more!
You'll also have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a global gathering of women to co-create a regenerative future for us all.
Jennifer is the perfect person to host this series because she's experienced feeling depleted, frustrated and unfulfilled, alongside that calling to help the world. She's since devoted her life to awakening her feminine power and living her purpose, and connecting those with giving back to the world.
As a sacred purpose, wealth and intuition acceleration coach she now empowers women to ignite and live their fullest potential - for their lives and for the contribution they are here to make for the world.
The world needs you and your gifts, now! When you share them, you're finally able to be happy, to truly feel joy and deep gratitude, and to finally make an important, world-changing contribution.
We invite you to join us - a collaboration of change makers and visionaries committed to supporting you and the positive shift you're here to create.
Jennifer is connected to WEA who equips women with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. They work with local leaders who build up other leaders. In some of the most threatened places on earth, WEA partners are: saving indigenous seeds; selling clean cookstoves; launching sustainable farms; providing safe water; protecting land rights; and much more.
I want to introduce you to John Lockley’s work. John Lockley is a traditionally trained South African Shaman known as a Sangoma. He apprenticed under Mum Ngwevu, a traditional Xhosa medicine woman from Nelson Mandela's tribe for 10 years. In 2007 he became a 'ligqira inkulu' or senior Xhosa Sangoma, one of the first white men in recent history in South Africa to be given this honour. He has also apprenticed and been given transmission in the Swazi sangoma lineage. John has a background in Zen Buddhism and has been practicing meditation for over 25 years. He was a student of the late Zen Master Su Bong from South Korea.
John holds an honours degree in clinical psychology specialising in health psychology and womens' recovery from breast cancer.
As a Sangoma John’s primary focus is to cleanse people and help them reconnect to their destiny, their life path. In our disjointed and disconnected world John was inspired to create a practice to deepen people's connection to themselves and their environment.
There is so much more to say about John Lockley's work. Please visit his website.
John offers both skype and in person sessions involving bone divinations & herbal treatments.
John will be facilitating various ceremonies and events in Europe and America this summer and fall.