Monthly Archives: January 2017

There is Power in the Opposite

There is power in the opposite…

Most of us are being buffeted around energetically by the news of what is happening, not happening, maybe happening in our country. We need to be resourced and centered to be good spiritual activists. I found some deep wisdom and value in a particular set of practices I learned from NW Soul Quest, and Sheila Belanger and Anne Hayden. (Thank you sages!)

Most importantly, the value of finding vitality in that which we are opposed to. The topic of the workshop I was just in was dealing with polarities, things “out there” that trigger us within, to react to, that we rise against to, and what to do so we can remain strong and not be so reactive and distressed.

And of course, our president came in in a big way during the weekend. So, touse him as an example…

First, we call in our allies, spirits, guides, angels to protect us and guide us. We mentally draw a line or circle –creating a threshold over which we step to demark the beginning of the exercise. We then step into the being of Donald. Gestures, actions, words, becoming, taking on his personality. We may even walk around, outside, bossing trees, rocks, shrubs around. Making bold statements that may not be factual. Swooping our fingers through our orange hair. Pursing the lips…just really being him.

Here is where it gets interesting—noticing the energy generated in our bodies while we are doing this. When I did it, I all of sudden noticed, wow, there is great energy and vitality in being certain of my superiority and arrogance. Of being the center the universe—or the sun in our solar system, out there with my opinions. And then we ask, where in my life could I use some of this vitality?

During those times when I may feel extraordinarily shy, or like Pluto, quietly orbiting the very periphery of the solar system, when being the sun might really serve me.

It is not soul stealing, where we are robbing someone of their soul essence, but tapping into a resourcable vitality in THE OTHER that can be of service to us. It felt like it gave me just a little more emotional room for the absurdity of this persona in my own solar system. Because when we polarize against something, there is emotional taxation that is very debilitating when it turns chronic. When we can join some aspect as usable, we will last longer in our facing of these vast challenges.

At the end, thank your helpers, and step back across the threshold, ending your experiencing the Other. Look yourself in the mirror and introduce yourself to yourself, or say “Yay, I am glad I’m _______________” (fill in the blank with your name).

This morning, another example came in. I did not do gestures and postures but did a quick mental process. It was sparked by the anniversary of Roe V Wade, and all the vigorous Pro-Life energy happening. What could I resource from the Pro-life movement? I was walking in nature at the time…and became very moved by the force of creation…how the soil gives birth to the seedlings and dandilions that are starting come up. That rush of vitality in the creation and birthing of life. And I have such reverence of this life-giving. And so, I joined in my heart with the pro-lifers, for a moment, and said yes, I love the vitality from revering life in all its creation. Yes, it takes on different meanings for each of us on either side of the issue, but for a moment, I connected in with that reverence for life. It made it easier to not hold deep resentment or resistance to the OTHER SIDE.

I am going to be exploring more of the exercises I learned during the workshop, as it is a great way to resources, replenish, nourish us on this walk we find ourselves on at this time.holdingheartsun


Shamanic Aerobic Workout

I discovered a powerful process that I have been enjoying, that I invite you to come along with me and experience. This process has has lead to:yoga-1822476_1920

~Greater well-being and freedom from persisting issues (“mental infections” especially);

~Weight loss—a set point 15 lb below my last one; and especially from retuning my body’s metabolic processes;

~Greater energy and enthusiasm for life;

~Greater freedom and sovereignty; and

~Greater ability to focus on tasks at hand.

My ayurvedic consultant initiated the aerobic part of it when she presecribed for me a morning, pre-breakfast work out which must include sweating! I used walking my dog and hand weights when the weather allowed. But the winter we have been having has left this no t a good option.

I tried using YouTube Aerobic workout with weights but found them very unsatisfying. As I pondered and prayed about it, the spirits showed me something simple, and doable: “Use Pandora!!! Make your own workout!”

So here is what I do, and suggest it as a framework for you.

What you will need:

A space at least 5 x 5 feet

Small hand weights (2-4 lbs)

Good workout shoes

Siberian Eye curtain (optional)

A candle and lighter

Sound System:

Option 1–What I use: A device you can use to connect with the internet and the capacity to do so (I use my Ipad or phone); I have a Pandora One Subscription (no ads); a Bluetooth speaker (optional)—I have a Jawbone Charge 2

Option 2: Create a play list (see below) on your music device; a Bluetooth speaker is really nice.

My Optimal Pace and Process:

This is the order I engage my Pandora stations and what I do. You can create these stations or do your own thing with what you have. The key is providing a slow stretching and contemplative beginning; a medium section of sound for slow movements and warming up; then move into a good pace where you can breathe and sweat. All the time using the music to call forth and ask the spirits to do healing work on you. Then a slow down phase for reflection and closure.

I light a candle, as a symbol of my light, my spirit. Also, as an element that receives and transforms dense energies and other stuff I no longer need. Mine is on the fireplace mantle, illuminating our firescreen, which is the tree of life.

Phase 1: Stretching, Opening to the Divine.

This is the phase where I connect with my body—what does it need today? How wonderful it is that it has carried me this far. And I open to the Earth mother coming up through me, while I am lying down or in other poses stretching. I let love and light and healing fill me during this slow phase. Breathing. Stretching. Of course my kitties and dog love this pahse because I am on the ground. They are indeed emissaries of my spirit council so I connect in with my spirits through them.

Stations: Shamanic Dream; Shamanic Way, Deuter; Deva Premal; Krishna Das; John Barry. Quality of your playlist: dreamy, slow, contemplative

Phase 2. Warming the body, beginning the unwinding, releasing; connecting with the spirits around your home; your council of spirits.

This phase, I begin moving my body, slowly, intuitively. Gently. No weights yet. Saying hi to each part of my body. Greeting the spirits of the land I see and feel, the trees. It is a time for exchange with them, as my body warms up and my spirit ignites with receptivity. I also find I connect with people (family members especially) who I have photographs of around the space(s) I am moving in and giving gratitude to them and my relationships. I continue shedding of dense energies that no longer serve me. I know how to do curse-unraveling so this happens sometimes. Also, thoughtform unraveling and healing. I have also initiated soul retrieval—calling in soul essence that is connected to my soul by filaments, and visualizing those soul parts that belong to me coming back to me. (This is best done first by a skilled practitioner, then you can continue the process). I may pick up the weights towards the end of this phase to become acclimated to them and warm up even hotter with them. I visualize my organs being massaged and becoming retuned to a higher vibration and vibrancy of function.

Stations: Loreena McKennitt; Adele; William Ackerman; Steely Dan and the Rolling Stones towards the end of this phase. Quality of your playlist: slow-medium rhythmic beat.

Phase 3: Deep movement, sweating, breathing, releasing phase.

This is the time when I really move with the weights. I invite the forces of exersion on my body to help expel toxins energetically into the candle (I also use my lake) and physically into my blood stream. I am breathing and moving energy and toxins that way too. I continue to visualize my organs being massaged, especially now my heart and lungs. Any deeply held issue, aspect, energy that no longer serves me, I ask the movement and the spirits to help move that out. I do continue any curse unraveling, cord-cutting or extraction process that is needed to continue, and breathe pant pant pant it all out, in divine process.

Stations: Earth Wind and Fire, Talking Heads, Tower of Power; Quality of your playlist: fast beat, head-bobbing awesomeness.

Phase 4: Slow down, filling, stretching, gratitude phase. During this phase, I slow down, I stretch, I give thanks. I ponder what is ahead of me on my day.

Stations: Enya; Loreena McKennitt, Shamanic Dream Quality of your playlist: dreamy, slow, contemplative.

I hope you will enjoy this process. It has lead to a whole new way of being. I feel better than I have in ages! Let me know how it goes for you!