Apr 24 2017

A Dose of Vitamin Earth

Category: Energy Body,Health & Wellness,ShamanismPatricia @ 1:58 pm

 

 

 

forest bath

 

Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. If we don’t take care of the planet, she cannot take care of us. And we are all in this together!

We live in a very modern, technical society. We have come to believe that we are somehow different than our primitive ancestors…more advanced…more civilized. We have a different relationship with the natural world. We are disconnected from the source of our food. We spend most of our time indoors, cut off from the benefits of sunlight on our bodies and the earth beneath our feet. Do you realize that in the past 20 years, childhood has moved inside? The average American kid spends as little as 30 minutes each day in unstructured outdoor play.  They spend more than 7 hours each day in front of a television, video game or computer.

Physical bodies are bioelectric machines; they operate on electrical impulses. The heart and brain are obvious examples of this. Every movement of your body or thought in your mind is a vibrational frequency and an electrical transmission. Your body is meant to come in contact with the Earth. It is a grounding force.  When you are surrounded by electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and cell phone signals, positive electrons can build up in your body. Have you heard of free radicals? When we do something as simple as walking or sitting barefoot outside, we have direct contact with the Earth’s surface. This balances us in the form of a negative grounding charge.

Research shows that being grounded benefits the body in many ways. We need the Earth’s electrons for our well-being…just as our ancient ancestors did! We are a part of nature. We are connected with Mother Earth. These negative electrons benefit your body in many ways. In fact, they appear to be foundational for general health. When these negative electrons are deficient or missing, health problems can occur. It’s as if we need a little Vitamin Earth every day as a nutritional supplement! Sustained contact with the Earth’s natural subtle surface electric energy can reduce inflammation and pain.

In Japan, people are encouraged to participate in shintin yoku, or forest bathing. A study began in 1982 has shown that spending time with trees improves well-being, reduces stress and depression. This time in nature boosts the immune system. In fact, a walk in nature even boosted working memory much more than walks in urban environments.

There are definite physical and psychological benefits derived from the practice of communing with nature. It decreases anxiety and elevates your mood; it improves self-esteem. Studies have also found that natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which is one of the surest ways to experience a mental boost. Among people who work in an office, even a window with a view of nature is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction.

I encourage you to do a little “Earthing” to celebrate this Earth Day. Take some time to lay on the ground and feel the Earth beneath you, supporting you. Imagine growing roots out of the bottom of your feet and feel yourself securely planted in the ground. Stake your claim. When your roots are strong; when you feel supported…you are able to create an abundant life. You reap the fruits of your labor.

My message for Earth Day is this: We are one. We are connected. Spend some time with your Mother. Do something nice for her! She gives you everything you need, including life itself! When you honor the Earth, you honor your life. And you also honor your children and your children’s children. You make a statement that your action is a belief in the future. Come into right relationship with your true mother… Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Gaia, Pachamama, Parvati, Terra, the Cosmic Mother. Earth Day is something to celebrate Every Day. Go bathe yourself in the forest.

 

 

 

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Jan 05 2017

Accepting Change

Category: Shamanism,Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 11:03 am

dragonfly

 

Change is the one thing we can rely on. Guaranteed. Everything is temporary. Change is a universal truth which can be difficult to accept. We don’t want things to end. We want to go back to the way things were. We often fear change rather than embrace it. Change is an unknown and that is scary.

As a shaman, it is my practice to observe the natural world of plants and animals. This provides me with information and insight. I learn from the attributes and qualities of the furred ones, the finned ones and the winged ones. I watch the creepy crawlers and accept that there are messages that come as metaphors. One of the messengers of change is the dragonfly.  Amazing and beautiful change. A change that does not allow you to return to the way things were. A change that shows you that the only time you have is now. A change that allows you to fly…

Dragonfly symbolizes change…change which comes from going deeper into the meaning of life. This kind of change often requires blind faith until we understand its purpose in our lives. We must learn to accept that everything is unfolding as it is to be. Dragonfly reminds us not to fear change that comes from going deeper. We need to develop a depth of character and wisdom which rises above whatever circumstances change brings. The dragonfly lives a very short life filled with dramatic change. Mostly spending its time as a nymph beneath the water’s surface in the aquatic larval stage, the adults may be on the wing for just a few days or weeks. The dragonfly must adapt to the changes in its life’s circumstances.

The symbol of dragonfly reminds us that life is short and tells us to live fully now; to be fully present in each moment. What is the key to presence? Acceptance of your self is the key to presence. To love and accept yourself as you are right now. Sometimes that’s not easy. But if we accept and celebrate the brief life we have the opportunity to experience… no matter what is happening… we become empowered with presence.

The dragonfly shows us that we all dance between worlds. Between living everyday life on the surface versus embracing the circumstances that create change in our lives… the vital growth and the lessons we are meant to learn and our connection to spirit. We must embrace both the mundane world of matter and the metaphysical world of spirit. There is far more to life than what is visible.

When we lack understanding of our spiritual nature, we become victims of the illusion of physical life. We come to believe that everything is what it seems to be. Yet we often come to discover that nothing is what it seems. Since life is a journey of self-discovery, we are constantly in the process of finding our true self. Just as the dragonfly grows its iridescent wings so that it can fly, we are able to release the doubts and judgements that keep us trapped in our self-created illusions. When we take a risk, we learn to trust that we can succeed.

Dragonflies have multiple cell vision which enables them to literally see 360 degrees around them. We can become open to what is possible when we use our vision to see beyond our own limitations, beyond the visible mundane world and into the world within …where all things are possible. When we go within we are able to connect with our emotions to find healing and create peace. We find our personal power when we accept what is happening right now in the moment, knowing that everything is temporary.

The dragonfly accepts life’s changes and embraces its destiny. It adapts to its surroundings with ease and grace. Seeing beyond limitations, dragonfly accepts itself as it is right now. Consider the lessons of the dragonfly. Have faith in your ability to adapt to changing circumstances in the physical world! You are more than that. You are timeless and eternal. You can handle change.

 

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Apr 28 2016

Planting Trees

Category: ShamanismPatricia @ 1:47 pm

3 White Trees

On April 29, our nation celebrates a holiday about trees. Everyone is encouraged to plant a tree. You may think the holiday is about being “green” or enhancing the ecology and saving the environment. Although that is true, the creator of Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton had a more philanthropic, humanitarian view of the observance. With a social conscience, he said, “Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.”  Lucy Larcom echoed that sentiment when she said,He who plants a tree plants a hope.”   Planting a tree is a belief in the future and a reminder of the cycle of life. We watch a tree grow from a sapling; shedding its leaves and then re-flowering in the spring. A tree is a symbol of life, death and renewal. Trees live for hundreds or even thousands of years, keeping the secrets of the past and keeping watch over the future. In mythology, religion and folklore all over the world, trees are universally revered. The Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge or the Cosmic Tree symbolize immortality and a connection between heaven and earth.

Everything in nature vibrates, although at different levels. In many cultures, people believe that trees have a slower energetic vibration and that they are deeply connected to Mother Earth because of their root system. Hugging trees can help us to feel safe and grounded. A walk in the forest amongst the trees provides a feeling of peace and serenity. It can be emotionally healing to connect with the quiet of the woods.

Have you planted a tree? Thomas Fuller says, “He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” When you plant a tree, you plant it for future generations. You plant a tree based on what you believe it will become. The tree will be on the planet long after you are gone. You plant a tree for the world to enjoy. You plant beauty. You believe and trust that it will grow; that it will provide shade or shelter or bear fruit. And it will.

A thought is like a tree. Every thought, word or feeling carries a vibration. Your thoughts right now determine what your future will be like; what your legacy will be. When you start a new job or a new relationship, your thoughts influence how it will grow and how strong it will be. When you raise a child, your thoughts and beliefs determine your child’s future. Your thoughts create the foundation or the root system that you build your life upon. That root system also supports your children and your children’s children. Your thoughts and beliefs influence the future and a world you will not know.

Your thoughts are like little seedlings. You have the ability to plant many seeds of joy throughout your lifetime. You can nurture those joyful thoughts and influence all those who know you. You can create peace and serenity within and radiate the quiet wisdom of an ancient tree. Take the time to observe Arbor Day. Go plant a tree! Or at least hug one! And feel the joy!

 

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Jan 29 2013

The Call of the Ancestors

Category: ShamanismPatricia @ 3:36 pm

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle

The word “Shaman” literally means “one who knows.” Shamanism is a practice that has remained the same for thousands of years and is not part of any particular form of religion or spirituality. Since the beginning of time, certain men and women felt a calling to heal the sick; study and protect ancient knowledge; guide the lost souls; communicate with the stone people, the plant people, the animals and the spirit world. They performed rituals and ceremonies for the community and told stories to share wisdom. Today, there are those who hear the call of the ancestors and honor the way of peace.

I am a Shaman.  Initiated and trained in the nine rites of the Munay-Ki, I have received the energetic transmissions of a 30,000 year old Laika Shamanic tradition. The rites are based on the practices of the Inka and pre-Inka Shamans of the Andes and the Amazon. In the Qechua language of the Q’ero Inka nation, Munay means “to interact with the world and others through the heart consciousness”, or simply, “love”.

Shamans seek to find solutions to problems within the community, using trance, astral travel and vision quests. They have always served as teachers, mentors, and psychic guides, working with the energetic body, or Luminous Energy Field. A Shaman helps to positively dream the world into being.

As a modern Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Meridian Tapping Practitioner, I use the same ancient Shamanic tools to help my clients become their ideal self – the very best version they can imagine. When I began my clinical practice more than 10 years ago, I imagined that I would build a healing center. I visualized the programs and the other healers who would work with me. I knew it would be a powerful and magical place. Even though I didn’t know how or where or when, I believed in what.

My vision has became more clear. I know where. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Malibu is a place we call Mount Munay. This land is blessed with a powerful positive energy vortex – a vortex on a par with those found in Sedona. I asked for the land. The land asked for me. This sacred space is being called into service to be used as a healing center for all who wish to join in the intention of infinite, unconditional love and gratitude.

I have asked my three sister Shamans to unite with me as four Earth-Keepers to act as stewards of this land. The energy from this vortex has the ability to amplify and transmit the thoughts and actions of the Healers with the intention that it will benefit the good of all. The work has begun.

Medicine Wheel atop Mt. Munay Vortex

Medicine Wheel atop Mt. Munay Vortex

As Shamans and Planetary Healers, we have taken on the task and the joy of building a Medicine Wheel. A Medicine Wheel is a place to pray, meditate or hold ceremony. It strengthens our connection to Mother Earth, Gaia, Pachamama.

Symbolizing the circle of life, the Wheel is a metaphor for eternity: there is no beginning or end; life is constantly in motion and always changing. It is deemed “Medicine” because in the Native traditions, anything that is “good”, such as food, talking, dancing and ceremony, is considered to be healing to mind, body and spirit. The circle also serves to remind us that we all work together as equals as we travel and grow at all levels of our being. A Medicine Wheel is usually placed where earth energy is strong. We have built our Medicine Wheel on top of the vortex.

The act of constructing a Medicine Wheel is a ritual ceremony, done with respect and love, built stone by stone. We create sacred space by prayer and purification. We are aware of Mother Earth, Father Sun and Grandmother Moon. We honor the four points of the compass; the four elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air; and the four power animals of Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle; and place stone sentinels to mark the directions. We place a center stone to symbolize the Creator and our connection to all life. We employ ritual symbols of sacred geometry to communicate with Spirit. Through ceremony, we learn to give back.

As we painstakingly gather stones one by one from the mountain (which she lovingly gives up to us); as we use tools both primitive and progressive to methodically measure and map out our patterns and design; as we clear the land to declare its destiny and bury our prayers to confirm it, we do it with a sense of purpose and mission. We do this as a family; a community. This is not about any one of us as individuals; it is about all of us as One.

Shamanism is founded on the principle that the visible world is saturated with unseen forces and energies that influence us. As we travel around the Medicine Wheel of Life, we experience many different positions and changing perspectives. We know that Mother Earth will support us and that it is our responsibility to support her. We  know that when we attain balance and inner peace as individuals, we  achieve world peace together and come to experience heaven on earth.

 

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