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The Spiritual Shaman

Today I attended a religious service – a funeral – for an old acquaintance. She was the wife of the man who designed and built our house. I remember working with her as our house came together. She helped me choose colors, tiles, and bring our home to life with personality. I saw her as an artist, so I chose bright colors to wear in her honor.

The mass gathered at our old church down the street from us. Aside from changing a few words in the formulated responses easily pulled from my memory, the service was the same as many I’ve attended in the past. Yes, it’s been many years since I’ve chosen to attend formal Catholic services. However, I see myself to be even more spiritual as a Reiki Master and shaman than ever before.

The opening song, On Eagle’s Wings, provided the refrain for how I feel as a deeply spiritual being. The melody came easily to me, remembering more of the song verse-by-verse. Yet tears formed in my eyes, catching the words in my throat. Why? Was I emotional from the grief for her family?

“And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.” by Josh Groban

Upon reflecting further on these words that touched my heart and soul, I saw a connection that had been missing in my view of religious practice. What I knew in my head, but had briefly forgotten, is the fact that rites have deep shamanic roots. We draw upon nature and the connection to animals, celestial bodies, the directions, and the forces of the unseen for spiritual nourishment.

Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings

golden-eagle-flying-wallpaperIn my shamanic practices, I frequently call upon brother eagle (in my case, Golden Eagle) to work with me for healing, supporting the transition of soul fragments my clients may present during a session. Brother eagle appears (in my inner vision), larger than anyone can imagine, able to easily carry the burdens and wounds held in darkness. The first time Golden Eagle appeared to me during a healing session I was surprised – and yet not surprised at all. The size amazed me. Unlike the physical body eagle maintains on earth, Spirit eagle has no limitations from any of our perceptions, including size or the ability to assist in healing. Eagle is one of Spirit’s (God’s) many forms to which I can relate. Its strength, keen “seeing”, and great ancient wisdom radiate the light of Spirit, penetrating into infinity as eagle carries away all that anyone is willing to release and heal.

Breath of Dawn

Are there any words more beautiful than those? Dawn’s beginning in the east signifies new life – one free of the burdens of a physical body. Breath is life. We inhale upon physical birth, and exhale upon death or the release of the soul from the physical limitations of the body. With each breath we honor Spirit within. Conscious breathing – inhaling and exhaling – provides the intention of connecting to God on an infinite level. Imagine the infinity symbol. Effortlessly moving in a figure-eight pattern, infinite breath enters and leaves, mingling with the essence of humanity. The breath of dawn is the Creator that manifests in all life – coming and going, so to speak. Though humans may physically stop inhaling and exhaling, the breath of dawn is constant. It’s my privilege to connect with and honor the breath of dawn each day as a ritual in my practice.

Shine Like the Sun

The truth is that we all shine like the sun in our original, spiritual form. The spiritual light (like the sun) radiates original medicine – the expression of who we are, our gifts and talents, as well as the chosen path in life. What keeps people from expressing that light is that, for many people, they’ve forgotten who they are. The traumas and burdens of the physical world penetrate deeply into the known senses – hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and seeing what seems real in the moment. These perceptions feel so real that they mask the more innate perceptions of the intuitive senses with which we are all born. These intuitive senses connect humans to God effortlessly. For some, it’s through dreams or day-dreaming. For others, it feels more like a sense of “knowing” or a gut-feeling. These senses are the manifestation of remembering that we are like the sun, filled with radiant light. I consider shining like the sun a journey of remembering, and an honor to be a lighthouse (“Lightworker”) for others.

Held in the Palm of His Hand

Sacred Space, the healing, nurturing environment created through the work of hands and intentions, offers the ultimate experience for healing. So often people think of death as an ending to life. However, in my years of practice, I’ve discovered that the experiences we have in this lifetime are the illusion away from Source, away from the Palm of His Hand, and away from the Sacred Space of healing wisdom. In Reiki healing classes, palms become activated with intention, and a laying-on-of-hands ensues. Powerful healing energies that come from the Universe (Source, God, Spirit, etc.) flow through the crown, the heart, and out the palms. In our infancy as spiritual practitioners, we imitate using the Palms of God’s Hands. It’s the greatest complement to God to be more spiritual, for our spirituality increases not only in us, but also in God. As a Reiki Master and practicing, modern, universal shaman, I continuously hold the energy and intention of healing.

The Spiritual Shaman

Awakening is the opportunity to become fully aware of original medicine, accessing the desire to connect to a higher vibration or way of being in the world. Awakening means that the illusion fades as the veil that separates us from Source becomes thinner. The shamans and Lightworkers of the world assist humanity in remembering, connecting humans once again to humanity through healing, going into the darkness, and coming into the light once again. We access the power of All That Is in effortless Grace from the breath of the Divine, the Light of the Sun, and the healing wisdom of the many who’ve come before us.

The power of remembering becomes possible when eagle’s wings carry away the burdens and traumas weighing heavily on the soul. Though grief’s process requires that we remember our pain before we can heal, the breath of dawn reminds us that we are whole, vibrant beings of love and light already.

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Becoming a Spiritual Athlete

Athleticism – is it more about physical performance or mental acuity?

I never thought of myself as an athlete. Physically I seemed to lack the coordination and strength expected in my school’s program as I was growing up. I may have developed a skewed sense of what it really means to be an athlete. You see, the idea back then was all about physical fitness. President Kennedy’s program to firm up the soft (overweight and unfit) American reached my school, and my uninspired, nerdy image of myself. To me, physical fitness the way the school wanted me to become fit seemed overbearing, hard, regimented (military perhaps?) and not fun.

Today’s athletes know that physical performance is only part of becoming skilled at sports. There’s a spiritual and mental component that makes a great athlete. However, if you’re like me – maybe not so physically adept – you still hone your skills as a Spiritual Athlete.

Yes, I never considered myself an athlete. Somehow those physical skill-related genes missed me. The anxiety I felt for nearly every physical education class in elementary and middle school still haunts me. Well, not really. But I remember how I felt when we had to run, climb ropes, vault, and perform feats of strength and coordination. That wasn’t me. My physical skills were developed through the grace of ballet and dance. I also experienced great joy in riding my bike throughout the country back roads, generally undeveloped and serene with branches of maple and oak arching overhead.

Before I bought my own bike, I used my brother’s old red Schwinn. It was way too big for me and had that high cross bar that boys’ bikes had. It was the bike on which I took my first downhill adventure, when my feet barely reached the pedals. Tilting the bike sideways so I could get on, I straddled the bike tenuously. With one brother at my side keeping me steady, and another behind me pushing, I gained momentum and flew down the long, steep road beside our house. Narrow wheels and low handlebars didn’t provide much comfort, but I didn’t seem to mind – even as I crashed into someone’s yard at the bottom of the hill. I could do fast and straight, but not turns or braking yet. My deep dive into biking was thrilling and scary. I’ll never forget those memories. Though the hill was steep for a little kid with no traditional athletic skills, I can now see it was the perfect experience to launch me at the time.

I recalled these experiences recently when working with a client. Spirituality and athleticism have similarities. Anyone (and everyone) has an innate spiritual connection as well as abilities to move and use the physical body. The quality or depth of either one depends on insight, practice, alignment to your goals, and Grace – the acceptance and refinement of knowledge, virtues, and passion that results in effortless Being. I realized that my first attempts at riding the bike were clumsy at best. I could have given up, or even worse – I could have made my progress conditional on waiting for the “right” bike to come my way. However, the joy of riding outweighed any hesitations and I soon became more adept at turns, braking, and maneuvering (even without “holding on”).

As a spiritual athlete (a.k.a. Lightworker) you’ll be able to do the same. Though you might feel like you’re crashing at first, you’ll become proficient at finding your way through life, practicing skills of discernment, meditation, grounding, and receiving. You’ll have spirit working with you – one at your side to guide you and another for that gentle push to get you off to a good start.

You may tell yourself that the time isn’t right, you have too many obligations, not enough money, or don’t feel strong enough – whatever the reason – waiting for the perfect circumstances doesn’t usually happen. Spiritual growth can be uncomfortable – like when I crashed on my first trip down the hill. Waiting presents its own problems, too. Spiritually speaking, your guides are always beside you, tapping you on the shoulder and giving gentle nudges to help you grow into your greatness. Ignoring guidance could result in harsher physical consequences to get your attention. (That’s another story).

Starting with something that feels “way too big” has its merits. Bigger means you have something to grow into. You’ll have opportunities to discover what you enjoy most, where you want to go, and what you want to do. The first step always feels more difficult than the last. Making the connection, however, feels good – like when a baseball bat connects exactly right with the speed and contact with the ball. The faster I rode my bike, the more balance I had – that’s momentum. Spirituality is like that. The more you practice and integrate spiritual skills into your life, the easier it will become. I call it Effortless Spiritual Awareness.

Becoming a spiritual athlete can help you with every life skill.

You’ll be able to:

  • Make decisions more easily
  • Trust yourself
  • Feel better, stronger, and healthier
  • Develop your creativity
  • Open your heart to giving and receiving love
  • Grant forgiveness
  • Speak your truth
  • Gain insight and sensitivity
  • Connect with Ease and Grace to spirit

As a gift to get you started, I’d like to offer a simple tool – the Chakra Balance Assessment and Integration Tool. It’s free, and it’s a baby step that could give you that gentle nudge toward your life’s purpose. Just fill in the form and I’ll send it to you. Later, when you’re ready for the next step, I’ll be here by your side to help you learn how to become a spiritual athlete. Additional online courses are available now. Have a look at the online courses now available and coming soon for Lightworkers and empaths like yourself..

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The Art of Teaching Reiki

Reiki, hands-on and distance healing through the wisdom and training brought to us by Mikao Usui in 1922 has grown into a healing modality available to everyone. Receiving a Reiki attunement is a simple, yet sacred practice through which energy flows from the Divine, through the capable, intentional hands of the Reiki Master, to the willing recipient. In many ways, the process is very simple. Knowing what to do, which Reiki symbols to use, where, how, and when, complete the attunement process.

Is that all there is to doing Reiki?

Not really. The attunement process – becoming attuned to any level of Reiki, including Reiki Master – just opens the door for energy to flow. The next steps involve training and developing sensitivity to the feel of energy as well as intuitive guidance on how to use Reiki. These sensitivities and skills come with practice and mentoring, feedback on technique, and guidance on a vast number of situations new students may encounter.

What’s the difference between Reiki Master and Reiki Master Teacher?

Reiki Master is an intermediate level of training that gives the practitioner three Reiki symbols and the ability to perform Reiki attunements as well as healing, and self-attunements. Becoming attuned as Reiki Master is indeed an important step displaying a practitioner’s commitment to the practice and lifestyle of spiritual healing. Reiki Master is not and end, but rather a new beginning. Newly attuned Reiki Masters move into the world with new confidence and new direction, or sense of purpose. It’s truly wonderful!

Reiki Master Teacher is an art that has been vastly under-valued and overlooked as a necessary part of bringing more competent Reiki students into the world. Why? Learning how to DO Reiki is different from learning how to TEACH Reiki. Teaching involves a different set of skills; ways to demonstrate techniques, writing curriculum to meet the growing need for integrative skills, spiritual mentoring, coaching skills, personal energetic hygiene, and an understanding of the laws surrounding energy healing modalities are all a part of Reiki Master Teaching know-how.

Working with Guides

When I was writing this webinar I realized that my topic of working with guides rapidly grew to include subjects that are sometimes hard to talk about – like pain and suffering. The web of discovery, growth, and stepping further along your path of spiritual mastery isn’t always pleasant. You can’t just look it up in a book or flip open an oracle deck of cards to get answers to the tough questions. Though those tools are fun and exciting (and often very satisfyingly accurate), spiritual mastery involves reaching deep into your psyche to uncover the stuff of nightmares, hardships, and challenges as well as discovery, alignment, truth, and wholeness.

In tonight’s webinar we draw attention to the Wounded Healer in shamanic practices. Learn more about loneliness, suffering, and a way to find truth and clarity in working with guides.

 

When Your Heart Speaks, Are You Listening?

In all my biology classes that I ever attended or taught, I never learned anything about the heart like I’m about to share here in this class for Spiritual Mastery. The heart’s physiology is indeed fascinating. I was hooked on the heart’s anatomy and physiology at a young age – enthralled by the transparent images overlapping one another in my encyclopedia when I was only about ten years old. I followed the arteries and veins of the circulatory system as arrows pointed out the direction of deoxygenated blood flowing from heart to lungs, then oxygenated blood flowing from lungs to heart, up to the brain and throughout the body. I loved the idea that valves opened and closed, directing not only the direction of the flow, but also the rhythm and speed of the pump. Lub-dub, lub-dub. Lub-dub. I felt for my pulse inquisitively in my neck and wrist, marveling that my whole body echoed the rhythm in my chest.

When you’re a child, there’s room for delight and discovery with the physical nature of the body.  Our embodiment as spiritual beings carries the essence of life, vibrating in harmony with life in the universe. Just as we stir in the early hours of the day to awaken our physical awareness, we also activate our harmonic coherence to the rising sun in its warmth, light, and sounds of nature awakening also. We’re in rhythm with earth’s rotation facing us toward and away from the sun, as well as its yearly revolution informing us of the seasonal changes. In our dream state we harmonize with the rhythm of our breath, letting the innate systems of our bodies forget the tasks of thinking, remembering, and doing to simply BE in a state of harmony while we sleep.

Yet, as adults (or even as school-age children) we subject ourselves to a different timepiece – one of obligation, judgement, habit, and resistance. How do these rhythms affect our lives as we continue to live and grow in our relationships, at home and at work? How can we tap into harmony, health, prosperity and abundance with ease?

The forgotten piece of the puzzle is the heart. I don’t mean its anatomy or physiology. I’m referring to the spirituality of the heart that is closely tied to innate wisdom. Learn more in my Spiritual Mastery Webinar. Then give me a call to set up a time when you can tap into your heart’s wisdom – the wisdom to which your brain seems to not always listen.

Heart Wisdom – Spiritual Mastery for Lightworkers

Our webinar series, Spiritual Mastery for Lightworkers, continues in 2018 with Heart Wisdom.

In today’s world, intelligence is valued over intuition. How smart we are is of great concern in schools where intelligence, memory, ability to analyze, process facts, calculate, and THINK are measured and tested daily. In fact, testing for intelligence determines which track a student may fall into – career and college, vocational, etc. Life skills and intuition don’t seem to have as high a priority in schools. Where does that leave students as they become adults in the community? Furthermore, as we take up our roles in society, we may – by default – become entrenched in societal expectations. We have many terms for these expectations – rat race, parenthood, senior citizen, teenager, etc. In fact, we can stereotype a person and possibly even their intellect based on age, occupation, how much money they have (or don’t have), their appearance, etc.
All of these stereotypes and terms include judgement based on intellectual criteria. Where society has set the standard, we find evidence of THINKING over FEELING.

As intuitive lightworkers on our journey, we’re looking for the answers to questions about how to improve our intuition, feel more heart-centered, and guided by INSPIRATION. What is inspiration? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, inspiration is a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
The brain is intellectual whereas the heart is intelligence – which is driven by a universal consciousness. The heart is not limited by intellect. Innately, we have universal truth which makes us connected to everything and each other.
The brain often uses and exploits the heart. By the time we reach adolescence, the brain takes over, making heart the slave. The brain perceives the world through senses and feeds the heart information. The brain says, “I want you to feel what I’m thinking.” If the heart receives the message of “fear” from the brain, fear becomes an emotion that manifests in the body.
What does that look like? Heart disease? Can heart disease be an overuse of the brain to the heart, that the heart feels so useless and not able to be what it was created to be. Does the heart commit cerebral-coronary suicide? If so, does the brain become the executor of the heart?

Learn more by watching the webinar here:

 

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