Monthly Archives: December 2011

Winter Solstice Lodge

 

 

The Sweat Lodge on the solstice at Hidden Lake was a wonderful way to enter and call in the light and 2012. The weather spirits were so kind, opening the night sky to let the stars in in a big way (and keeping us dry)

 The spirits came in in a big way the first round. It is always interesting to notice if any of the directions resonated more or less with us. They each have their own medicine, and in my cosmology: The west brought introspection (black/water); the north brought wisdom and gratitude (red/earth); the east brought new beginnings (yellow, air) and south, passion (white/fire). When we call these directions in, with above and below, all aspects and potentiality are included. Clues to what we need to focus on come when we notice we are feel the directions differently.

The people who came to lodge honored the stones in such a good way. There was such reverence, from the care and love and attention by the firetenders, to Yuri’s kind placement of the stones into the center of the lodge, to the connections people made with the stones and the songs we sang to them. It was very heart-warming to know that the grandmothers were seen, heard, felt.

 The spirits made it very clear before during my prep journeys, and during the lodge, that we are to honor ALL aspects of our selves. What we deem “dark” or “negative” about ourselves is to be embraced, not shunned like is our first instinct. These things are karmic and drive us to seek the light. They also help us balance on the cosmic circle. They feed the light in us and cause us to seek the help we need to heal. When we shun these parts, we induce soul loss, which furthers the pain and suffering. How we walk with both sides is the dance of life. So, at this time of solstice, buoyed by the darkness, we are greeted by the coming of light.

 They used a book of chapters of our lives as a metaphor for considering our healing. I had a client write to me about her story, and how broken she feels. We all have those chapters that we have written about the breaks, tears, mishaps, etc. The spirits have shown me frequently that our stories (the way we describe the world to ourselves, and what we have assimilated from “outside” of ourselves—society, PARENTS, friends, colleagues, etc.) keep us in a particular configuration, they have shown it as a network like the framework of the lodge. Our energy and focus on our stories (which contain both fact and fiction about what has happened to us in life, what we believe to be true, chapters on our wounds and mistakes) travel along this framework, feeding our perception of reality—including our state of wellness or lack thereof. Shamanism, and other energy work, gets in side the framework, seeking to shift and expand us. If we do not loosen the framework (the story, our beliefs, our narrative about the way the world is) we can not expand.

 So the spirits wanted us to feel empowered and poised to write a new chapter in the sacred book of our life. There are jewels in previous chapters that shine. And we have total creative license to write the most amazing story ever!

 We are creators, and so the lodge set into motion astonishing, surprising, empowering creations in our lives. (And of course, shit will happen along the way. It is what we make of it and tell ourselves about it that we have poetic license for! ) For creating wellness from circumstances that greet us.

 We were implored to remember the trigger we asked the grandmothers for, for noticing our intentions and prayers in motion

My trigger is my little 15-yr old kitty. I end and begin each day with her in my face, literally. She likes to smell my eyes…she is a great teacher.

 We are called by the spirits to invite our trigger to remind us to notice the evidence that our astonishing, surprising, empowering creation is unfolding!

When I was at Tom Kenyon’s sound healing workshop, we did a meditation to our bones. I learned so much about myself and my life, and continue to do this as a journey. Our bones hold the akashic records of the truth of who we are. The journey we did to our bones was to help us remember, to ask the bones to vibrate and release the truth. I had the experience of my truth burning like fire as it emerged out of my bones, filling the other layers of my body. And everything that was not consistent with the truth naturally got pushed out and went into the stones. The grandmothers with open arms so readily received this.

 During the last round, we did a power animal retrieval on ourselves! A power animal to help us with our ascension and our time with the ascension of Earth. And really, any thing you need help with in the coming year. Power animals in shamanism are like our best friends. We have pictures and figurines of them everywhere so we are reminded in the third dimension (ordinary reality) that they are with us in non-ordinary reality. Our power animals do amazing things, especially if we feed them with our conscious attention, intention, and awareness. We also put offerings out for them. They may even want us to eat certain things for them. Or do certain things for them. It is a sacred partnership. In shamanism, we journey to the animals to ask them things, and we notice for synchronicities and messages in our normal state of consciousness. We also meditate and listen for their guidance. Or simply stare at a picture or figurine of them. They will always find a way to make contact with us, if we say yes to listening. 

I pray that we have set things into motion for you in a good way!

Aho!

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To see my 2012 Sound healing course schedule, go to

http://hiddenlakeretreat.org/images/stories/shamanicsoundhealing2012.pdf

 I am pleased to offer personal shamanic healing sessions that invigorate the soul and replenish your energy–Soul Retrieval, Extraction, Sound Healing, Reiki 

Feel better!

For more about my healing practice go to

http://www.hiddenlakeretreat.org/healing-services/shamanism

 To see a live demonstration of the sound healing I do, go to:

http://newconnexion.net/watch/index.cfm/Lauri_Shainsky

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Soul Retrieval for Dogs

I had the honor and new experience of doing soul retrieval* on three of my friend’s/student’s dogs. I had come to do a house-clearing and right away, I had the visceral feeling that two of them who greeted me needed soul retrieval.

Signs of excessive agitation and fear were most apparent to me in the two dogs that met me right away, as I entered M’s house. I could hear the 3rd dog barking upstairs.

The process was completely spirit-guided, as I had never performed soul retrieval on animals before.

I performed the ceremony on one dog at a time. For the first two, I had M drum. I asked for dog treats and had them in my hand, along with my soul-catching crystal.

As the journey for the first soul retrieval began, a fox joined me as the power animal to both help me with the retrieval and to be the dog’s helper. The fox switched back and forth from red to white, showing me its other-worldiness. I was so happy to have the fox there. She immediately began telepathically communicating the experience of being a canine, so I was perceiving the journey from a dog’s perspective–this dog’s perspective, and her past. In the journey, it was a cacophonous, strange, scary city that the dog was lost in. Almost getting hit by cars that honked at her, she was running in a terror; she was hungry and did not know where to find food. She was assaulted by the sounds and energy and movement of strange menacing things. She was in PANIC.

The fox showed me that soul loss was happening in pulses, and that she was losing clouds of soul particles in pulses. Unlike the humans I work with, where I travel long distances to find large distinct lost soul parts, the soul parts were hovering very near the body of the dog, like a cloud of dust. This seemed very cool, and right, since my impression of dogs is that they do not mentally masticate their issues like we do, but hold them in their body with emotional consciousness.

I was wondering before I began the journey how I was going to be able to blow the soul parts back into the dog. For humans, we get close to their hearts and heads, and blow the soul parts from the crystal into their crown and heart chakras. For dogs, it was apparent that that was going to be a challenge, and a personal hazard when working with some dogs. The all-knowing fox showed me how to solve this problem. After we collected the soul dust into the crystal, we came back to ordinary reality and blew the soul parts and power animal into the dog treats, and then fed them to the dog. The fox was brilliant! It worked wonderfully!

When the ceremony was done, this dog laid down on the couch and went to sleep. She seemed a little more calm.

As the next soul retrieval journey began for the second dog, a black wolf appeared. She showed me that this dog also had pulses of soul loss, but his was turned down a few notches, and was at the emotional level of  WORRY. In the past, he had gone through a period where he did not know, nor could he rely on, an expected pattern of  his days. His world was unpredictable and unsettled and it worried him. When he would eat, go out, be pet or paid attention to–this pattern of his day was not well established and he was suspended in a state of worry. He, too, had clouds of soul particles very near his body. We collected them (and the wolf) in the crystal, blew them into the treats. He accepted the soul pieces and the wolf in the treats readily. He showed an immediate response of relaxation. He appeared to move around the house with more emotional ease. It was very touching to see.

For the third dog’s ceremony, M held him in her lap and I drummed. My old friend Watney, the Rottweiler, showed up to help. He took me to an image where this dog was high up on a tall building, looking down over the edge. He was afraid of stepping forward; his footing was uncertain and this made him nervous. We retrieved his soul cloud and Watney jumped into the crystal to help. This third dog happily ate his soul pieces and the Rottweiler that went with them. When I finished he did not bark at me anymore, and seemed more at peace.

I was very moved by this experience. I had never done a soul retrieval on a dog before. I look forward to doing more of them!

* Soul retrieval is a sacred ceremony done by well-trained shamanic practitioners. We believe that one of its origins was ancient Egypt, and can be seen clearly in the story of Isis and Osiris. The ceremonial practice seeks to bring back parts of our soul that get separated from the core of our soul during trauma. We feel more whole and illuminated, more alive and healthy, as a result of this ceremony. This ceremony is an integral part of my work with my human clients. I look forward to expanding my work to include pets!

Bear time

We are heading into that deep time of inner contemplation, when to be in rhythm with the seasons means slowed activity and cozy times. It is anathema that we are asked by our American culture to rush out to the malls to buy presents, to lots or farms to cut down trees, to go out and attend holiday parties with friends and coworkers, and to go to airports, get on planes and move in time and space with hundreds of our earthmates.
A time of natural hibernation has turned into a time of flurry, exposure, and hyperactivity.

So I breathe and go down into the cave of my heart. I close my eyes, and with my awareness, journey down to my heart. Within my heart is a cozy cave where there is a warm fire glowing. Images and information flash on the walls of the cave, illuminated by the flames. My power animals and teaching spirits are there. I feel safe and whole there. And I can go out from there in this time of cultural incongruence with peace and tranquility, and hope that the sale at Macy’s lasts another day.