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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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About Second Nature Healing

The story of how Second Nature Healing began, as told by Rosemary:

Second Nature Healing evolved out of a love of nature and a deep connection to animals. It was actually because of my dog, Ginger, that the first edition of a website became a reality, appearing as “Rosemary’s Solutions” in 2006. This initial website chronicled Ginger’s story as it was written during her health crisis (hemangiosarcoma), and her subsequent miraculous healing and recovery – a story so significant and unusual that it had to be told (her story also became the basis of my first book, Heal Together).

Those early days when Ginger stayed close by my side, I could hardly believe what I witnessed, even though I was intimately involved with every aspect of Ginger’s presence. As I continued a protocol I developed intuitively, with some gratefully received help from a dear friend (who introduced me to zeolite), I felt I was on a new path, catapulted into a realm of natural healing that required more of me than I thought it was possible to give. My skills as teacher combined effortlessly with a desire to incorporate natural healing modalities. However, marketing myself was not on my radar. My connection with the world of helping people I never met came from a love of animals.

Currently, I employ no one. I might be the ultimate DIY-er . . . which brings me to a foundation philosophy that motivates me every day. We are perfect and whole spiritual beings. We are responsible for our own thoughts, our own happiness, our own health, prosperity, relationships, and BE-ing. The body knows how to heal, and does so with very little effort. The body – the perfect Do-it-Yourself state of being – is an extension of God’s heart. Our acceptance of wholeness gives us the idea that healing is Second Nature. However, we’re also given choices, knowledge, tools and information to help us manifest our greatest outcome. We ignore these pieces of existence, not at our peril, but as a part of our journey.

Over the years I’ve relied heavily on my intuition, trusting my instincts as well as my training as a scientist and teacher. As my awareness grew, so did my practice. At Second Nature Healing I now utilize energy healing techniques such as Reiki and Vibrational Sound therapy. I also have added several products to my personal protocol over the years that I believe support aspects of healing that might otherwise take longer. It’s so much easier to allow the body to heal if toxins have been removed, for example. Detoxification has become one of my high priority tools. I hope it becomes one of yours, too.

As I continue to grow, so has Second Nature Healing and the reach we have world-wide to connect people to real solutions beyond the narrow field of conventional medical practices (cut, burn, drug, and basically treat the symptoms rather than the whole). There are always options, and I hope I’m helping to provide a greater awareness for people who are searching for answers.

I’m more than delighted that working with my daughter, Michelle Hawk, has also evolved into a special advanced Shamanic Reiki program called Illumination Reiki. I actually secured that domain many years ago, before I understood why, or what it would become. It’s still growing – as am I. I invite you to connect with me. Drop me an email if you feel called to do so, or join me weekly on The Healer’s Journey free webinar. Maybe our journeys will intersect. I hope so.

Many blessings,

Rosemary Levesque

The Root of Healing

Have you thought about the root of healing? Just as dis-ease has a root cause, so does healing have a root – one that penetrates deeply into earth energy, stimulating the core vibration of healing.

Long ago, before medical doctors and modern medicine, synthetic drugs, and the “sickness” industry, there was a natural way to be well. This natural way connected us to our mother – Mother Earth – in such a way that relied more on an understanding of vibrations, rhythms, cycles, and harmony. People ate what was in season, harvested or grown without chemicals. They also offered daily gratitude and blessings for their abundance, paying attention to ways to replenish what was taken from the earth to ensure a return of abundance. IT ALL MATTERS. Whether we’re talking about health and healing, or a way to live with a smaller footprint on the planet, we can embrace the ideas known as Shamanism.

What is Shamanism?

Old texts and tradition in the study of Shamanism focus on an initiation of suffering. The path of suffering is very personal. Whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, suffering may lead people  further into the depths of despair and disease – arthritis, heart disease, pain, skin rashes, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer may come about as a result of suffering. Those who choose to work through their suffering may discover the root of healing – an opportunity to change their perspective, or overcome their pain.

Universal Shamanism is a practice that can easily become incorporated into any lifestyle. It’s not a religion, and doesn’t conflict with religious beliefs. I like to think of it as a return to nature, and to the root of healing. Shamanism includes a relationship with nature, an awareness of subtleties in the physical body, a connection to Spirit, and a willingness to let go.

The Root of Healing

When dis-ease appears in our lives, we may tend to focus all our thoughts and energies on “fixing” the problem. You might say it’s a cultural phenomenon promoted through the development and strong influences of the pharmaceutical industry. An ointment, drug, surgical removal, or invasive treatment seems to be what’s on the list for dealing with sickness. However, true healing – the root of healing – comes from deep within the core of one’s self. It feels grounding, and choices to become well, and to thrive with vitality, are not based on fear, but rather on feeling empowered and in alignment with nature.

Our Shamanic Apprentice program helps deepen one’s awareness of self – becoming more present in one’s physical body. In fact, the first series of workshops is completely focused on Personal Energy.

Learn more about Shamanism and join us for our Shamanic Apprentice program. We include practices and exercises to improve your relationship with yourself, with nature, and with Spirit. The first series culminates in a community gathering around the Autumnal Equinox. Register for the entire series so you’ll be included in the journey.

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10 Ways to Develop Clairvoyance in Everyday Life

Are You Clairvoyant?

It’s a matter of vision when we refer to the clarity of what you see with your eyes. However, there’s a different kind of “seeing” that touches upon the psychic realm. Clairvoyance is a skill that today might be defined as seeing what isn’t visible, having psychic abilities, or the ability to see the dead. It all sounds kind of eerie, doesn’t it? We tend to fear what we don’t understand. Not only fearing the unknown, but also blocking intuitive abilities might mean you’re denying yourself a wonderful clairvoyant experience.

I’d like to shed new light and a new perspective on what clairvoyance really is, and demonstrate that we all possess clairvoyant abilities that can be developed more acutely with practice.

What is Clairvoyance?

In the 17th Century, clairvoyance literally meant “clear vision” or “clear-sighted”. It wasn’t until the 19th century that clairvoyance became associated with psychic or extra-sensory abilities. Much earlier than that, however, dreams, visions, messages from spirit, prophesies, and divination had a place among the people. In small communities and indigenous cultures, the ability to read the signs, interpret omens, or understand life came from a strong connection to nature.

Today, we’re a culture that relies heavily on electronics, wiring, and modern technology – television and computer screens, smart phones, and other hand-held devices. We live in climate-controlled buildings with wires in the walls, man-made materials off-gassing chemicals all around us. We sleep with an alarm, and drive huge machines that have the ability to go much faster and farther than one can run. We are all blessed – and cursed – with a world of convenience, manipulated to our specifications. It’s no wonder that we feel disconnected from nature and even disconnected from our own peaceful thoughts.

Clairvoyance is a natural gift that allows one to be present with oneself – mindful of what it feels like to breathe fully, sleep peacefully, and live in health. The gift of “clear sight” means that you can see through a camouflage of deception, welcome the day with gratitude for all that is to come, and be guided in your many choices to act with purpose and integrity.

The Clairvoyant Experience

If you ever had a dream that seemed real, or a vision that became true, you probably were having a clairvoyant experience. You might not have given much thought to it, and went about your day in the usual manner. If your dream or vision was someone who had passed away, or a foretelling of an incident that manifested, it might have scared you and discouraged you from developing your gift.

The clairvoyant experience doesn’t have to be profound, life-changing, or obvious. These experiences exist as little nudges, ideas, imagination, and dreams. They are meant to connect us more closely to our natural world. They go beyond the physical world by joining us to the Spirit that lives in everyone and in everything.

Shamanism and Clairvoyance

As an intuitive healer, I have developed my clairvoyant abilities over my many years as a Reiki Master and Shaman. Meditation, along with Reiki, helped me remember how to BE in the world, and reconnect with the spiritual nature and life force in everything. The indigenous cultures of the world refer to this intuitive practice as Shamanism. Very simply, a Shaman “walks between the worlds” of what is seen (visible) and what is unseen (invisible). A Shaman uses clairvoyance through journeying, among other tools, to see and know what is needed for healing, learning from guides in “other worlds” to provide assistance in the healing process.

Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities

Getting started is easy. Devoting your life to your intuitive abilities and to a life of healing takes time and persistence, as well as passion and an open heart. One can develop clairvoyance and not become a healer. I chose to become initiated into the healing arts with Reiki and practiced constantly in order to develop clairvoyance. To me, they are now inseparable. In fact, along with clairvoyance, I’ve developed other intuitive abilities including clairaudience, clairsentience, and channeling.

To help you begin, I recommend this “get started” list. Try as many as possible, and don’t give up. Also, don’t try too hard. Get out of your “thinking” mind and into the dreamlike world that brings you peace.

  1. Practice yoga. The peaceful movements and body positions connect all aspects of you – body, mind, soul.
  2. Practice meditation. Some people find meditation difficult because they have trouble turning off their brains. They’re consumed with thoughts and worries. However, the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Start with a meditation minute and gradually increase the time – every day, if possible.
  3. Breathe. Become aware of your breath. Take deep breaths, shallow breaths, belly breaths, and even hold your breath. The more you become aware of your breath, the more you become involved with connecting to the feeling of meditative breathing.
  4. Take the moment. Right when you wake up (without an alarm, preferably), or just as you’re falling asleep, notice the peaceful, dreamlike messages that come through. By the way, this is a great time to ask a question. Be prepared to get an answer!
  5. Journal. Write down your dreams, coincidences, feelings, and situations that help provide “proof” that you’re intuitive.
  6. Walk in nature. Hike, dance, stroll, and lay on the grass, the beach, or the mountain. Becoming grounded is essential to developing intuition and clairvoyance.
  7. Change your mind. Be open to the possibility that you are intuitive and you can develop your clairvoyant abilities.
  8. Use healing tools. Work with crystals and essential oils. Use smudge (burn sage) and clear your space of physical junk as well as emotional garbage. When you have a clean space, both energetically and physically, you have a better place to nurture your gifts.
  9. Become attuned to Reiki. Learn the practice of Reiki. Reiki opens up your connection to Spirit and teaches you the basics of energetic self-care, chakra balancing, and hands-on-healing for others.
  10. Make a list of your ideas, wishes, good thoughts, and what you want to bring to the world. Your ideas and wishes become reality. Clairvoyance will help guide you and help you connect to your personal visions.

 Second Nature Healing Center

At my healing center, we offer Integrative Shamanic Reiki Classes and a program that helps you recognize and develop your intuitive abilities. Join us for classes and our unique Shamanic Apprentice Program.

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Rosemary Levesque, D.D.Rosemary Levesque

Reiki Master, Shaman

Author, Heal Together – Natural Health Solutions for Animals and Their Humans