This is a good time to install a fear release portal.

Building and using Fear Release Portals can prevent us from letting fear on the outer and the inner take over our consciousness and emotions. I don’t even want to reiterate all of the reasons why it is important right now—it’s November 9th, 2016. That should say enough.frp

A fear release portal (FRP—lovingly referred to many of us phonetically as a “Frip”) is an adorned doorway through which we can direct fears to go and be dispensed with energetically. We can invite fear to leave our body—our ethic body, our subtle body, our physical body, our mental body—and to go into the portal, so that we are be clear of fear’s deleterious effects. A FRP is usually a physical place on our property or in our house, often circular and lined with sacred honoring items denoting the perimeter of the portal. It can be any shape, but most of us have round FRPs. In this article I share some principles and instructions on the creation and use of fear release portals.

Fear is a vibration that can set up shop in our nervous and spiritual system, take hold and raise havoc. I have two acronyms for fear, and use one of them depending on how I am feeling about the fear I am aware of. Primarily I believe that Fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real. I use this acronym most because it is almost always true and it is empowering! When in my small self, fear can also mean: Fuck Everything And Run. Fear can ultimately turn into cancer and other serious maladies. It is key to remember that fear as an energy is a real and tangible thing. So we treat it with respect as we seek to release it. And creating a sacred honored place for this builds our capacity to release fear at any time.

The FRP works primarily through the power of intention, supported by our belief in compassionate, benevolent spiritual help that is readily available to all of us.

I encourage people who want to create a FRP to create it outside. There is power out there in nature, that belongs in here –in the being that we are. And, if it is undoable, or if you think it would be more useful inside, then by all means, create one inside.

In shamanism, we are always opening to signs to provide spiritual information. So open to “hearing” from the portal itself– where it wants to be, noticing things in the landscape (indoors or out) that stand out or are calling on your attention—can help you find its best loction. Then, follow that guidance. Of course, a few aspects may cause the location to shift, like—is there room enough to sit or lay down next to it? Is it safe from hazards that might distract you?

Taking the cosmic and the mundane into account, select a location for your FRP. Sit down there, and just be with it for some time. Ask it to tell you, or in some other way get a sense for, what might be placed around the rim of the FRP. It might be very simple, like a ring of stones from the yard. It might be special items you have. It may be sticks, leaves, feathers, ribbon. Many FRP’s develop over time as they are used, and as you are guided to give offerings to the compassionate benevolent help that comes to work with you and the portal.

Once you have built your FRP, sit or stand next to it, and sing, call, pray for compassionate helping energies to come and support you whenever you are working with the portal. Rattling, drumming, playing singing bowls, flute, any intentional sound honors the process and helps build power. Offering flowers, cornmeal, tobacco, birdseed, any item given with love and gratitude will assist in releasing fear from you, your life, your energy system. Giving voice to your gratitude magnifies the magic within, and throughout.

At any time thereafter you can engage in the process of releasing fears into the portal. I begin with a prayer—“Oh divine ones. I stand here humbly with the intention of releasing any fears that may be in my way of my vibrant health and well-being. Any fear that may have accumulated in my energy system that is preventing me from moving forward on my journey. Any fears from the collective that I may also be harboring, I ask to release. I am ready to release the fears that are harming me or getting in my way. I thank you for your assistance.”

Releasing of fears can now happen in a variety of ways. All that is important is intention and willingness. If you are by yourself, you can lay down with your head at the edge of the FRP’s rim. You can sweep your hands from your lower body up through your head and out. If you have a rattle, you can rattle fear energies up and out into the portal. You can drum or sing, chant, tone, scream fear into the portal. You can shake fear into the portal. You can stand up, stomp your feet, dance and sweep fear out of your body and into the portal. You can take a feather and brush fear into the portal. You can drum or ring a bell. Do any of these way with the intention and visualization that fear is moving out of you, and into the portal.

You can engage a friend or family member. You can drum, rattle, sing, chant, tone for them as they release their fears, then switch, taking turns supporting each other by using different kinds of sound to help fear break free.

The fear energies go into the portal and are transmuted—changed in form—by the spiritual help that you called in, by the element of earth, and by the element of fire at the center of the earth. When energy is transmuted and its form changes, it can be utilized in other dimensions to do work. Do not worry that you will cause harm to the earth by transferring fear from your body to hers. She knows exactly what to do.

When you are done, take some time to call for divine light to come and fill you. When we release dense energies from our system, it is important that we fill with the spaces fear was taking up with love, divine light, compassion, positive thoughts and feelings. The easiest filling can be achieved by simply setting an intention that the top of your head (crown chakra) and your heart (chakra) open, and that bright loving, divine light comes from above to fill you. You can also open the chakras of your feet, and your root chakra, and invite the divine supportive nurturing power of Mother Earth to come up through your body and fill you with her unconditional love. Notice yourself getting brighter and shinier within.

It is always polite and fulfilling to say thank you for this divine filling, then to the compassionate benevolent helpers that came. I usually let them know they are released from their work at this time, and that I will be calling on them in the future.

I say thank you to those that taught us about FRP-ing at the LightSong Practicum of Telepathic Communication 2012-ish.

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Preventing Soul Loss Through the Kind Self

Photograph by Angela Weaverplaying with fire3In shamanic cosmologies, we are animated by our soul, this immortal, eternal divine essence. As shamanic practitioners, we doctor the human beingness by doctoring the soul. We remove “intrusions” –foreign energies—that do not belong to or serve the soul; and, we retrieve lost soul essence that has temporarily separated from the whole of the soul through trauma such as surgeries, accidents, and disruptions to the family and support systems, as well as due to arguments, and other negative experiences or circumstances. By integrating this soul essence back into the wholeness of the soul (along with a power animal on task to help the healing process on into the future), physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual discomfort, dis-ease, disfunction can transform, resolve, evaporate, leaving us healthier, more vibrant, freer and happier.

One day I was on holy land during a big ceremony, and was talking to a brother. The spirits began telling us through me that soul loss can be caused by negative self talk. That little pieces of our soul can split off from the whole of the soul when we decide we don’t like a part of our Self, some aspect or characteristic of our Self. This idea felt totally in alignment with a book I read decades ago called Compassion and Self Hate by Theodore I. Rubin (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Compassion-and-Self-Hate/Theodore-I-Rubin/9780684841991).

This idea was also in alignment with information that came through during preparation for an Equinox sweat lodge I was to pour for the LIghtSong Community at Hidden Lake. That the dark feeds the light; that those things we have judged and labeled as bad in ourselves is absolutely and cosmically suppose to be there for our souls to expand through the process of personal work and spiritual growth. We are caused to seek relief due to these aspects of ourselves that may be difficult, hurtful, or uncomfortable. And through this seeking, we are lifted up, reach new powerful discernments in life and our energy ascends to higher and higher frequencies as we learn to work with and come to peace, and even utilize these aspects of ourselves.

So when that negative self talk arises, we ask, what is it that this aspect of our self is in service to? What if it is here to teach us something? How can attention, then a shift in perspective and expression of this aspect, actually create growth, new understandings about the world, our life, our path? These questions feel like a road to compassion and the Kind Self…asking them can help prevent loss of soul essence that might come through internal bickering with parts of your personality.

We ask the Kind Self to reach a gentle hand to us, into our heart, and teach us something new about these parts of ourselves that are present now. In this way, these parts may be seen, and then resolved or shifted. And we thus nurture our soul and tend it as the Divine One we are.

Bridge the Gap Between Now & What You Want to Create

 

Are you staring into the abyss that separates you –where you are now– from where you want to go? You are not alone. Especially at this time of year. I am going to share some potent energetics about how to BE IN THIS PLACE, AND HOW TO NAVIGATE FROM IT.

We set intentions; we formulate goals; we yearn and hope for “that thing to happen” or that state to be achieved, that shift to occur, so that things will be different, a new way. And it can be a scary mystery how we going to get from Here to There. Often we don’t even know what “there” looks like.

I had a client who was working intensely with these questions, and I wanted (with her permission) to share the shamanic healing journey we did together that asked the spirits about the process of “getting from here to there”.

The sacred landscape opened up with a forest grove and a stream. We peered down into the stream, and then across the stream to the other side. There was a three-dimensional quality about this metaphor of the two banks of the stream, but also the source of the stream. We began swimming with the sockeye salmon–the wise salmon (an oracle). To explore the place in between “here and there”—between where we are now, and where we want to be. The salmon were transmitting wisdom through the water to us just by virtue of us being in the water with them.

  1. The first message was: Enjoy being in the water –the place in between. We focus so much on the “there”, where we are trying to get to, that sometimes we overlook what is in the spaces between where we are and where we want to be. The salmon then flipped us to walking on the backs of them from one side to another—but with a caveat: “Do Not look at the other side, but look into the gap—in the water. While all of this was relative old info (BE HERE NOW, HEY), energetically the wisdom of the spirits was interpenetrating at a deeper level.

“Notice the detail and beauty of the rocks on the bottom of the stream, how the water is moving. Notice the reflection of the trees on the other side in the stream. While the trees appear to be standing on the other side of the stream, they are reflected in the stream.”

There was a deep teaching at an energetic level about the integration of here, the gap and the future. A Harmony and synergy; love all the elements that come together in the in between. Earth, water, fire, air, the elements are important energies and building blocks, both, of the building of the next step(s).

2) As our vibration rises, we carry the power to attract people who have that energy signatures and wisdom needed for the creation of the next step. If we employ a greater awareness, we will notice these people and this helps create the next step. We invite them closer to us. We swim with them.

3) We call on the Great Mystery for our Construction team of creation of the bridge between the here and the there: attracting circumstances, the elements, compassionate spirits, and people. As we raise our vibration, we know that we are in communion with the spirits. We engage them to build the bridge over the gap. This team is engaged, both intentionally and accidentally; without your initial awareness, then you notice the team and its components, and it builds exponentially. Our change in perception of energy is going to encourage change. A magnetic vibrational quality that emminates from the heart, along with change in perception of energy, is going to “synergize to create synergy”. A field forms around us. The awareness of this happening feeds creation of the steps of the bridge.

4) As you stand on the backs of the spirits in the elements: “Notice the detail in the water (the gap). There is information in the gap; those informational and energetic matrices serve as foundation for for what you are building and creating. Above and below synergizing—keep watching how the land and the water interact”.

I do these kinds of sessions over the phone, via Skype and in person at my sound studio at Hidden Lake. Contact me: 503-939-7174 or lauri@shamanicsoundhealing.com.

It’s Raining Cats and Acorns and Owls and Bowls

I had a huge oak spirit drop into my consciousness. It kept dropping acorns on my head. I found myself sitting under this big tree, looking out over an expanse where there were acorns everywhere, a couple of inches thick.

The spirit of this tree was trying to, and succeeded in, show me quite blatantly the super-abundance in my life. I have known this, and then forgotten, known this, then forgotten. Tis the way of the spiritual path on earth I believe.

Most importantly, I became deeply aware that my most gnawing issues were coming from a lack mentality. Bonk! An acorn hit me on the head, then another. Bonk! And something magically shifted in me. I became almost ashamed at how I acted out in this false story of lack when clearly I am profoundly blessed. Bonk!

Then more pieces of the story began unfolding. I had missing vibrant cat energy since the passing of my little Cali, a tortoise-shell calico–passed away last year; she ascended through the super moon on tax day. A week ago, just before my marriage ceremony, a little grey kitty appeared at our back door. She has been staying around and has adopted us…really touching deep into my heart. Bonk!

Perhaps even more miraculously—this past weekend I had the most amazing Singing Bowl class, the first of its kind at Hidden Lake. It nourished all of us deeply, and we all wanted to ensure that I did more of these classes next year. So on Sunday, I started thinking about bringing new bowls into my collection of crystal beings. On Monday I get a call from someone, who knows a friend of mine, telling me she has this big crystal bowl that needs a new home, and would I be interested? Wow! So with some back and forth, I end up at her home yesterday. The bowl is all boxed up and I ask to see it and play it before I buy it. She picks it up and says “it is going home with you” and I ask “don’t you want me to pay for it?” and she says “no, its yours!. I mean, really, these are worth 400 dollars, especially that size. Bonk!

IMG_1264Wow, and keeps getting better as I arrive at a small business gathering, and am presented with a beautiful gift—a stunning coffee cup with a princess owl on it– for some ceremonial singing I did last month. Really? Bonk!

Thank you universe.

 

It’s raining cats and acorns and owls and bowls

I will see it when I believe it

I will see it when I believe it…

I had a fun twist on an old saying that really spoke to me about the way the world works. An expression of the law of attraction.

The old saying, “I will believe it when I see it” is kinda the exact opposite of how things work. The old saying, “seeing is believing” is a little closer to the truth.

When we believe something, we begin seeing evidence of this belief all around us.

This is the nature of the Law of Attraction.

Therefore, what is more accurate is

“I will see it when I believe it”

In my shamanic sound class, participants and I explored how the soul, chakras, and intention work together. Magidah shared one of the more profound findings—that our chakras are like movie projectors, projecting energy from our chakras that hold the information and beliefs held by our soul. So our world is created by the projections of our soul, as mediated by our minds, through the chakras. I thought that was brilliant. This is how the Law of Attraction actually manifests.

When my soul and mind sync up about a belief about the way the world is, and project it through my chakras, I will see it…

So I will see it when I believe it.

Ababymtnlions fun little muse…

How Sound Healing Training Can Strengthen Your Healing Practice (Especially Shamanic Healing)

Sound is the carrier wave of intention. When we hold intentions for healing and manifestation in our heart, and send these out into the universe with sound, great power to organize matter and energy is set into motion. Sound that is guided by spirits and divine light and love amplifies any healing act or technique. This enhancement arises because of the powerful effects sound has: at the neurological, biochemical, thermodynamic, mental, spiritual, cosmic levels of being. And because of the unfathomable intelligence of our spiritual allies, power animals, angels, ambassadors and helpers from of the unseen world.

When we immersed ourselves in shamanism, most of us learned about sound “through the back door”. We had directives such as “find your power song”, “develop your invocation”, “listen for an extraction song” and the like. We felt drawn to the sound of the drum, and noticed how powerful our rattles and drums were at moving energy, shifting our consciousness, and so much more. We sensed that these instruments had spirits unto themselves; we may have even done some investigation toward that end. Sacred songs moved our hearts and powered our ceremonies. And, in all of this, the process of shamanism was the driver, the focus at the forefront of our training, as well it should have been.

In Shamanic Sound Healing training, we dive deeper into the process of working with intentional sound, within a shamanic (spirit-filled) container and framework. How does sound move through us? How can we use this process of channeling Spirit in the form of sound to create and manifest? How can working with sound help us get out of the way more completely, in the dance with our ego? How can we most potently let the purity of divine realms come to Earth through us? Our work with sound refines our understanding of how energy and intention work, how our witness collaborates and informs our healing process, and how vibration, energy and matter interact to create a healing effect.

We experiment and explore sound as a central creative force in the world.

We journey into sound and with our compassionate spirits’ help and guidance, discover more clearly and potently how sound carries intention out into the universe to be heard and acted upon, and how spirit rides sound in from nonordinary reality to bring wisdom and power into the room, our clients. We become attuned to Sound and its flow through us, very much like a Reiki attunement. We begin to hear the information and interpret the spiritual power that are encoded in the sounds that channel through us.

We experience how sound organizes matter and other energy matrices to bring about healing and manifestation. We become a more clear and open channel for the power and wisdom that rides on the waves of sound into our ceremonial space, our bodies, our souls, those of our clients and people in our lives.

Sound helps the client experience energy healing in the body at a deeper level. The vibrations that move through you, and your instruments, resonate through the physical body as well as the energetic and etheric body. This resonating assists the client not only at a physical and spiritual level, but at a mental level, as they form a conscious belief that “something is actually happening”. This belief furthers the effectiveness of the energy work. This physical level of sensation is key, especially for people who are a) new to spiritual /energy healing—where there is no real framework for the healing to fit into; b) left brain/cognitive dominant people who need tangible evidence to believe in phenomena in general and in energy healing in particular; c) not visual or auditory but more kinesthetic in their experiencing of the world.

How my practice has become more potent through sound healing: A personal story

I began my sound healing training by becoming a singer in traditional Native American healing ceremonies (Sweat lodge, Vision Quest, Sundance, Yuwipi and Lowampi). Perhaps even before that, my learning of the language of birds taught me how to listen, and how to sing what the birds were singing. I was drawn to and studied with Tom Kenyon back when he was still teaching the principles of sound healing. His fundamental research into acoustic effects on the brain and physiology inspired me, as he was the first science-turned-shaman to lift the veils on this sacred process of healing with sound.

As I have come to work more deeply with sound with participants in my courses and clients in my private practice, I have noticed that my extractions have become deeper and richer as a result of my experiences, learning and focus on healing sound. My voice has gained power with focus and experience–once just the song carrier for the community, now a fountain of sound for Earth!

I have become more acutely aware of how the spirits of my drums, rattles, and my singing bowls in particular are able to carry vibration deep into the clients energy, physical and Ka bodies to break up intrusions/blockages/constrictions in the matrix of their beingness. Divine love, light, and high vibrations that carry potent qualities needed for healing ride the sounds that come through me, my voice and my instruments into the room, and into the client, and out ahead of them on their path, to further facilitate healing and manifestation.

There is a falling away of self-consciousness in how the spirits are using me and my voice as instruments of healing. Often, there is little or no self awareness for longer periods of time because I become the sounds, merged with my helping spirits, as the “hollow bone”. (This is a central theme in all of my courses.) This process has taken practice, ceremony, personal healing, and the circles of learning in my courses.

During my soul retrievals, I have come to use sound more to prepare the “house of the soul” for re-entry, and to welcome the soul parts that get retrieved. Sound also integrates the parts into the soul—song, bowls, rattles, especially with lullabies and healing songs that sooth and invite. The spirits have given me an awareness, and sounds and songs, that help the retrieved soul parts learn from the soul what they have missed during their absence, while the resident soul learns from the retrieved soul parts about what they experienced during their absence. A re-education unfolds with vibrational frequencies that help facilitate knitting and communication within the fabric of the soul.

I use Sound and song during the cord-cutting and forgiveness ceremony to help resonate the cords that most need to be cut. Sound and song also help to clear any reservations clients might have to the work (giving up their stories, for example), and contribute to the integration of the soul essence that returns, and to seal the client’s new relationship with their true self.

House clearings have taken on a whole new dimension with my sound healing tools and voice (especially creating healing vortices with my crystal bowl). Sometimes I even have my spirits do curse unraveling and deposession work in a journey using my singing bowls. My Reiki treatments have also expanded through use of sound.

SO much richness and power and effectiveness can come to your healing work when you begin incorporating spirit-guided intentional sound. Imagine what your practice might look like if you got comfortable with healing sound and could use it to help remove obstacles and create healing for your clients. Or even your meditation practice or morning prayer sessions.

hands-on-drum-300x224I hope you will consider join me during one or more of many offerings in 2015. To learn more, go to http://www.shamanicsoundhealing.com/calendar.

 

 

Getting from “here” to “there”: Messages about Creating

salmon1We set intentions; we formulate goals; we yearn and hope for “that thing to happen” or that state to be achieved, that shift to occur so that things will be different, a new way.

 And it a mystery from an energetic perspective how we get from here to there.

I had a client who was working intensely with those questions, and I wanted (with her permission) to share the shamanic healing journey we did together to ask the spirits about “getting from here to there”.

 The sacred landscape opened up with a forest grove and a stream.

We peered down into the stream, and then across the stream to the other side. There was a three-dimensional quality about this metaphor of the two banks of the stream and the source of the stream.

 We began swimming with the sockeye salmon–the wise salmon (an oracle). To explore the place in between “here and there”—between where we are now, and where we want to be. The salmon were transmitting wisdom through the water to us just by virtue of us being in the water with them.

 The first message was: Enjoy being in the water (the place in between). We focus so much on the “there”, where we are trying to get to, that sometimes we overlook what is in the spaces between where we are and where we want to be. The salmon then flipped us to walking on the backs of them from one side to another—but with a caveat: “Do Not look at the other side, but look into the gap—in the water.”

“Notice the detail and beauty of the rocks on the bottom of the stream, how the water is moving. Notice the reflection of the trees on the other side in the stream. While the trees appear to be standing on the other side of the stream, they are reflected in the stream. The ‘there’ is in ‘here’.”

 There was a deep teaching at an energetic level about the integration of here, the gap and the future. A harmony and synergy. 

“Love all the elements that come together in the in between. Earth, water, fire, air, the elements are important energies and building blocks, both, of the building of the next step(s).”

 “As our vibration rises, we carry the power to attract people who have that energy needed for or related to the creation of the next step. ” If we employ a greater awareness, we will notice these people and this helps create the next step.

 We call on the Great Mystery for our Construction team of creation of the bridge between the here and the there: attracting circumstances, the elements, compassionate spirits, and people. As we raise our vibration, we know that we are in communion with the spirits. We engage them to build the bridge over the gap. This team is engaged, both intentionally and accidentally; without our initial awareness, then we notice the team and its components, and it builds exponentially. Our change in perception of energy is going to encourage change.

 A magnetic vibrational quality that emanates from the heart, along with change in perception of energy, is going to “synergize to create synergy”. A field forms around us. The awareness of this happening feeds creation of the steps of the bridge.

” Watching and attracting; One bridge section at a time.”

“Healing work creates the construction team.”

The Wise Salmon clambered and implored: ”if no structure exists there right now, walk on our backs to peer into the gap”.

 “As you stand on the backs of the spirits in the elements: Notice the detail in the water (the gap)– this is really important for the foundation of what you are creating out in front of you. There is information in the gap. That serves as a foundation for for what you are building and creating. Above and below synergizing—keep watching how the land and the water interact”.

 Aho.

I thank my client for attracting such an amazing healing shamanic journey with me.

 I do these kinds of sessions over the phone, via Skype and in person at my sound studio at Hidden Lake. Contact me: 503-939-7174 or lauri@shamanicsoundhealing.com.