There is a lot for us to discover as we deepen our connection with the unseen, the hidden realms, and the formless energies we work with in our spiritual practice.
As I wrote about last month we often get lost in methods and miss what is happening beyond the surface as we touch into the invisible realms.
We often try to follow instructions of how to perform our spiritual work and forget that the instructions just help us get to the door. But at some point in order to go through the doorway and into the true depth of the unseen we need to let go of the instructions and methods. For the “instructions” can keep us on the surface and limit us from a true exploration of the beauty of the world of spirit. Instructions and learning methods can get us started on our journey. We all have to start somewhere. However at some point it is time to let go of what we learned in courses and by reading books and find our own way.
We are so overwhelmed by sensory stimulation that is part of the world we live in. It is difficult to find the quiet space within where spirit, the helping spirits, and nature can inform us through ways of communication that are beyond words but more of a transmission that touches the depth of our soul. We cannot stay on the surface or understand on a rational level the mysteries of spirit.
Over the years I have encouraged you to work with your own story of creation and meet your creator. And in the August Transmutation News I asked you to experience the energy behind creation.
There is an energy behind creation that is beyond words and that we cannot rationally understand. To drop the words and experience the meaning behind the story allows us to get a transmission that speaks to the depth of our soul.
When we take a walk in nature and speak to the spirit of the elements and to other nature beings the true wisdom comes through a transmission that is beyond rational understanding. This energetic transmission touches a knowing that we are born with which acts as fertilizer for our growth.
The same is true for those of you who practice shamanic journeying. We get so caught up in the visual and verbal messages from our helping spirits. We often stop looking for the deeper meaning that they are trying to share with us.
The purpose of initiation is to carve away what is on the surface of our ego and personality so that the depth of spirit can shine through.
In the August Transmutation News I put in the announcement section the link to an essay that Sparrow Hart wrote titled “Of Dreams and Dragonflies.”
In the essay Sparrow Hart shares how he learned that dragonflies have two sets of eyes that have 16,000 lens. Sparrow Hart was reflecting on how dragonflies inhabit a universe we cannot conceive or fathom. This has really triggered a deep process of reflection for me.
As humans we have our internal and external senses. But in the Western world we cut ourselves off from using the depth of our senses.
I started to reflect on how in the modern world we have deadened our senses. We live and work in environments that are stale. Many people use scented candles and artificial fragrant sprays to cover up how the air smells.
We listen to music on our devices throughout the day. Many of us live surrounded by so much external noise that we cannot hear the beautiful bird songs or the sound that comes to us from the gentle breezes, strong winds, or the rain.
When was the last time you heard a tree sing? Trees do sing and if you really open your “invisible ears” you will hear them.
And many of us are disconnected from our bodies and we don’t let ourselves fully touch all that is in our surroundings.
We mask the taste of our food with so many artificial flavorings and sweeteners we no longer can appreciate the fresh tastes that the earth gifts us with.
We often surround ourselves with so many material objects that we go on sensory overload and we cannot take in the beauty of the sights of the natural world.
A friend of mine was sharing with me how she was on a boat trip on a river in a rural part of Australia. The guide on the boat was trying to point out to all the tourists a tree in the distance with a snake on it. The people in the boat could not even see the tree that the guide was pointing to. As they got closer everyone could see the tree and the snake and was amazed at how the guide could see them so far away. Obviously the guide’s senses remained enlivened by living out in the natural world. Have we lost the ability to stretch our awareness and perception? We can get this ability back with practice.
This is all to say we are missing out on a lot that life has to offer. We cannot perceive the beauty in life and connect with nature unless we truly use the senses we were gifted with.
We must fully enliven our senses once again to contact the beauty and power of the world around us. And then we can truly appreciate the beauty that lives in all things.
Also we have non-ordinary senses. We have the ability to tap into our shamanic, psychic, and intuitive knowing through using our inner senses. But here again I find that so many of us have stopped working with our own psychic senses.
Before an earthquake or other natural disasters occur animal behavior changes significantly. During the destructive tidal wave in Thailand animals had moved to higher ground and to safety before the tidal wave was apparent to humans.
I have a friend who had a boa constrictor and before an earthquake the snake became agitated. The same behavior can be seen in birds, dogs, cats, and other animals. Most humans have deadened their psychic senses to pick up on messages that animals receive. The senses of other nature beings are heightened enough to pick up changes occurring in the earth and in the environment.
One of my biggest frustrations in teaching shamanic journeying is how focused people are on “seeing” their journeys as if they are watching a TV show or a movie. It has been difficult for me to get people to experience the depth of all their non-ordinary senses. For the spirits do not communicate solely by showing us images.
Shamanic journeying is not an out of body experience as many practice the work today. By shifting consciousness the shaman lifts the veil between the visible and invisible realms and steps into a different dimension of reality. The shaman is in this world with his or her senses activated. A shaman sees, hears, feels, smells, and tastes just as we would in our daily life. The shaman walks up to his or her helping spirits and engages with them as we would with people who we interact with in our daily lives.
As we live our daily lives we can open our non-ordinary senses to perceive a rich and magical world around us. We might hear a message in the wind as we walk to work. When our ordinary senses are not so overloaded we find ourselves in touch with inner knowings where we simply feel the truth of guidance or wisdom in our bones.
The nature beings with all their internal and external senses are great teachers for us in how to reconnect with the earth within us and the earth without. As we do this we find our perception changing about everything occurring in our lives. Life takes on a deeper meaning and we can begin to see the beauty that life has to offer and how precious it is to be in a body.
Many people don’t want to be connected with their bodies. For a variety of reasons maybe through past trauma or illness being in a body is a source of pain rather than a joyful experience. And many of us also disconnected from our bodies as we have disconnected from nature. For to really be in nature immediately connects us back to the beauty of being in a body.
It is time for us to honor our bodies and not reject or judge them. It is time for us to allow ourselves to see, hear, feel, taste, and smell all that nature offers us. And then we inhabit a universe that right now most of us can only imagine.
There are so many levels of awareness we can open to as we learn how to sharpen our perception.
September 19 is the full moon. Find your own doorway into experiencing your divine light. And as I wrote about last month perform the preparation work necessary to go beyond the surface of knowing to fully experiencing that you are a being of light. Your vibration should change. Your consciousness should be heightened.
From this heightened state of consciousness and vibration experience your light as one with the web of light. Experience a pure state of unity with the light all of us are radiating.
If you are new to reading the Transmutation News you can read an introduction to our full moon ceremony “Creating A Human Web of Light” on the homepage of this site.
September 22 is the equinox. I cannot believe we are once again welcoming in a new season!
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere what a perfect time to reflect on dropping our habitual ways of being in the world that no longer serve living a life where we can experience the true depth of our visible and invisible senses. It is a great time to make a choice not to compromise and to fully bring vitality back and experience a wider and deeper sense of perception. It is a great time to dive deep and leave how we operate in superficial ways that keep us on the surface of life. As we let go of ways of living and working that no longer serve us and the planet we open to new birth. We open to a new way of life.
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere what a fertile time it is to plant seeds that hold the vision of what I wrote above.
I wish everyone a joyous, vibrant, and radiant solstice!
I am delighted to let you know that my new 6 CD audio program that was produced by Sounds True is now available. The title of the audio program is “Shamanic Visioning: Connecting with Spirit to Transform Your Inner and Outer World”.
In the course I lead journeys and meditations that come from the Medicine for the Earth work. And I also lead some journeys that come from some of my other workshops.
I did drum for each exercise. So there is no need to use a drumming CD unless you want a longer journey. Due to the time allowed for each CD I had to keep the drumming for each experience short.
This was quite the project to complete! After recording the first CD in December I lost my voice, and I could not speak again for one month. I had to drive back to Santa Fe from Boulder where Sounds True is located. And then I returned the end of January to finish the recording.
The month in between was a deep time for healing and reflection for me. So I felt I returned to Boulder with a deeper sense of passion for the work and with a new vitality.
The person who produced the program sent me an email after he edited it. He wrote, “Do you realize how much people’s lives will change if they do all the exercises you present in the program?”
I think we all know the answer to this as we have been doing the work together over the years! And yes the practices do create deep shifts in our lives.
You can order the CD program by going to the homepage and click on Books/Audio/Video.
I decided to download the app for my iPad for “Soul Journeys: Music for Shamanic Practice”. I wanted to discover what the app was like.
It is really done well. You can listen to all the tracks on the CD. The information booklet on shamanic journeying is included in the app. And also there is a bonus video clip that was taken from a beginning workshop on shamanic journeying that I taught in Boulder a few years ago.
Sounds True really did a great job with creating the app!
Emmanuel Itier created a brilliant film titled FEMME. He traveled around the world and interviewed amazing woman who share the importance of reconnecting with feminine energies to bring balance and harmony back into the world. There are some clips of interviews with me included.
You can watch the trailer for FEMME- Women Healing the World:
Heidi Findeis is a powerful shamanic teacher and healer in Germany. She has also become a very good friend of mine. I love her work and her journeys, wisdom, and knowledge are clear and healing for the times we live in.
Her new book Die Kraft Der Naturmystik is now published in German by Silberschnur Verlag. For German readers I highly recommend that you read this beautiful book.
I am looking forward to more meditations in English recorded from Roel. The one I listened to I feel he did in a very masterful way. I was impressed with the power of his words and also his wonderful chants.
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Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, and Shamanism