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As you may know my beloved site The Shamanic Voice is back! This makes me a happy Kayra! I have written a couple of posts that you may have seen, about power, healing and our immediate ancestors. You can view them here:
They are power talks and journeys, so if you’ve been following my blog for a while you will probably be familiar with them. But this time I am asking a wider question about the nature of ancestral healing.
The theme for our shows on the Shamanic Voice between now and the winter solstice is ‘Ancestors’ and one of the shows I am creating as about power and healing in the ancestral lines. I love running the Shamanic Voice and my vision for it is of a bigger and more community based project. I’d love you, my dear readers, to help bring this energy into being for me by contributing your thoughts for a show I am releasing in December.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the idea that all healing is ancestral healing, and that our immediate ancestors (parents and other very close relatives) can unwittingly pass on their ancestral wounds to us. Were these wounds inherited from further up our ancestral line? And how far back can we journey to heal ourselves and our whole ancestral line?
What are your experiences of this kind of ancestral healing, and what would help you to go deeper with it? And what about the idea explored in part two – that we are sending all of our healing not only backwards to those who went before us, but changing things for those who come after us. What can we do to learn from and heal our descendants – remember that time is an illusion folks! So we can create healing for those who are not yet born… what kind of questions do you have around that?
I really want these new shows on the Shamanic Voice to be filled with shamanic voices – so hit me with your questions, thoughts and experiences please! Comment below, or send me an email.
A while back, y’all may have missed it, an article of mine was published in Spirit and Destiny magazine, like I’m a real live journalist or famous person or something. It was about intuitive music – you know I love it.
In case you did miss it (how dare you) I am posting the article below. But first, I need to tell you about some impending and future excitement.
Heart song workshops and circles
First of all, I’m doing a mini heart song workshop for the next Shamanic Spirit Circle, Friday 8 November, 645-9pm at Buddha on a Bicycle in Covent Garden. Come! It is open to all levels of experience, we will be singing for healing and great works of magic (my favourite thing to do). You can join the facebook event here.
I plan on doing a long more of these heart song workshops and circles next year. So what I’d like to know is – would you like to come to a regular heart song circle in London? Say, every 6 weeks or so? What things would you like to learn? Would you like to host me for a full or half day heart song workshop where you are? Yes? Because I like to come and play at other people’s houses. I am about to go on retreat but comment below or email me and I will contact you when I get back.
My big passion: Intuitive music
Intuitive music is improvised song, created on the spot. When we are creating spontaneously it helps to switch off our minds and instead be ‘in flow’, operating from our heart space. This is my spiritual practice. I use it to celebrate and honour Spirit and the ancestors, and for healing for myself and others. Where the results are most immediate and noticeable though, is when I sing to manifest a particular outcome in my life. Where other people meditate, I sing. When others work carefully through Law of Attraction principles, I drum.
Around 18 years ago I was introduced to positive affirmations. If I didn’t have enough money I would use this affirmation: ‘I have an abundance of money’ (a particular favourite of mine) over and over again for a few days and sure enough extra money would start showing up. I would find £20 in a jacket pocket, get offered some work, a friend would remember a loan they hadn’t paid back or offer to help me out. It worked!
I became interested in magic, meditation and visualisations; all became part of my toolbox. If ever I needed a new job I would mindfully create affirmations like ‘I have the perfect job that pays me well’. If I needed a new car, I would visualise myself already having it, in my mind’s eye and using vision boards. And for all things – jobs, cars, travel opportunities, romantic adventures – I would light candles and perform simple spells to bring these things into fruition. The spells always worked, but all this felt like hard work to me and I became frustrated at the impermanence of the results.
I began learning reiki and shamanic healing in 2004. I experienced miraculous results through energy healing, removing a painful long term condition from my body, something I had been told I would have forever. I also healed some deep emotional wounds through energy healing, making peace with many things from my childhood, building my confidence and self-respect, and letting go of damaging behaviours that were making me unhappy. Many of the self healing techniques and meditations I was taught were very similar to the other tools I had been working with, in that they worked, but they felt like effort. None of it was quite the perfect fit for me, and I always felt like I had to work at it.
Intuitive music is a meditation that helps me feel completely connected to Spirit, the great creative force that is beyond me. It is the only meditation I have ever managed to commit to doing every day without fail. I do it every morning, but also at any other points during the day when I can fit it in, and it never feels like effort. If there is something I need to manifest in my experience I sit down and set an intention to be open to that opportunity in my life. I do not worry about visualising the perfect outcome, using the right words, or the focus required to cast spells. I simply sing and drum.
I have no expectation of how it will sound. I do not know what words or sounds will come out of my mouth. I do not know if the drum beat will be hard or soft, fast or slow. I lose myself in the song created in that moment, and that song is the beginning of the solution to whatever I felt the need to sing for.
Recently I sang a healing song to release some anger I was feeling. That was a quick one: by the end of the song I felt at peace. Here’s one that took longer: I run a podcasting website about shamanism, and felt I needed reassurance on whether I was right to expand and relaunch it, so I sang for guidance. The next day I was contacted by a very experienced practitioner thousands of miles away asking to become a contributor. I took this as a sign so I kept singing with this intention for a few more days, and soon I had a whole host of new contributors lined up and an offer of help to relaunch the website. The project became much easier.
A couple of months ago I began singing with the intention of creating opportunities to share my practice with more people, so I could help as many people as possible. Since then I have demonstrated this intuitive music on stage at a psychic fair with a friend. We were immediately asked if we would sing and drum and another event, and offered the use of a recording studio to create the album that the people there were asking us for! I was asked to appear on an American online radio show, where I sang live for healing for the listeners. And, of course, I was approached to write this article.
The results are amazing and, unlike the work I did before, the music just flows from the heart with very little thought on my part. All I do is breathe deeply and remember that I am connected to Source. I focus on my heart, and on the flow of divine energy that flows through the universe until I feel it flowing through me. I set an intention about what I would like to change and I ask for it out loud, like saying a prayer. Then I drum and sing a spontaneous, intuitive song made up in that moment.
Anyone can do this. If you’ve never picked up a drum in your life, this will work for you, because the drum is an intuitive instrument and anyone can make a sound with it. Don’t think you can sing? Guess what – that doesn’t matter! Intuitive music is about connecting to Source and working with intent. It doesn’t matter what it sounds like. Any song that has intent behind it will begin to create change.
I know this might sound scary – what if someone hears you, right? The first time I did this in front of someone I was terrified! The first time I did it in front of a group was scary too, and the first time on stage, and the first time on live radio. The truth is that most people are scared of their own voice. When I teach my students and clients to do this they ask, ‘what if I do it wrong?’ Sometimes people sing a song they already know, sometimes they are inspired and new ones come to them. More often, there are simply vowel sounds, sometimes even deep sighs or whistles. None of those things are wrong. This is intuitive music. There is no ‘wrong’, because this isn’t music in the conventional sense, and people are not really listening with their ears. This is prayer, healing and magic. People feel the song, just as the singer does, and they become part of its spell. The magic of the song begins again and then they too will start to experience change…
It brings me *humungous* joy to have breathed new life into the Shamanic Voice after a break of about nine months. That it took so long was unplanned. That it took about nine months – well, the symbolism of that is not lost on me! It was resting and germinating in the astral womb, before being reborn.
We are into the dark half of the year now. Despite being a Leo and loving the outdoors, the dark half of the year is my favourite. The autumn my complete favourite, I just love it.
This is the time when we go within, descending like Persephone into the underworld to rest into the darkness, be all introspective, and nurture our seeds over the winter. And just like Persephone, we come into our sovereignty here.
Between the autumn equinox and Samhain, the Shamanic Voice will share many lovely journeys and some podcasts too. I’m still compiling the last of the journeys, so I’m posting this to ask you: what journey would you like to experience at this time? Post your comment below. I plan to pick my favourite and record it – of course this depends on what it is you suggest!
Listen to the Shamanic Voice
In the meantime, please visit the site: www.theshamanicvoice.com It’s not just me, there are host of lovely guests and presenters to listen to and feel love for. Please enjoy and support our work.
I love teaching healing. It is absolutely without doubt my favourite part of my job. Yes, I love healing sessions – to become completely absorbed into that healing space with a focus on the healing intention of one individual, that is some powerful shiz right there. Making recordings, editing them, putting them out there to serve my tribe = also very cool. And being holed up at home by myself, wild eyed, wild haired and in my pjs, obsessively writing some healing tome or other – I’d be depressed as hell without that. Those things are my favourite parts of the work. You will note that building websites and doing my accounts do not feature on this list, they just fall into needs must. But teaching, healing, writing and recording, those things I genuinely adore. The group teaching work tops the list.
For one who quite likes to be squirrelled away by myself writing (it was my first love, after all), it’s surprising how much I adore the group dynamic that comes with teaching a healing workshop. It has a lot to do with being very discriminating about who and what I teach. I’ve taught a lot of different things over the years, but these days I focus on intuitive, shamanically inspired work taught to healers.
I did some coaching with Corrina Gordon-Barnes a while back, and one of the first things she asked me was ‘who do you serve?’ Corrina likes to know who the tribe is, and encouraged me to see the common thread that connected all my students and clients. It was a question that drove me bonkers at the time, because my tribe are male and female, span a wide age range, they came from all different backgrounds, some were professional healers but some did other work… what connected these lovely souls? I think at the time I settled for the idea that most of them had overcome something and restored themselves to wholeness by walking the healing path – but that wasn’t quite it.
It wasn’t obvious to me that my tribe are healers. Because, surely, that is true of everyone who comes on such a course? They are healing workshops, after all. But actually that’s not true. Some people go on courses to add another string to their bow. Some people are therapists, or technicians, but they are not healers as I understand the term. Healers identify themselves by walking the healing path. They are in service to Spirit, they surrender themselves to their own healing journey and soul’s purpose. Whether in a professional capacity or not, this spiritual work is who they are. Those are my people.
Everyone who comes together at one of my workshops has that in common. They are drawn to the path by their internal guidance. They come to me not to learn how to do x, y or z, but to learn more about being a healer. And that shit is not about methods. It’s about intuition, connection to spirit, it’s about loving and being in service.
So what do I actually teach?
I have received a lot of healing training over the last nine years, and I am still training now. I love to learn more. I could tell anyone theoretically how to cut a cord, remove a block, retrieve a soul part, use a healing symbol, transform energy using meditation, use a particular drum beat to heal a person’s body. These things can be written down, mapped from A to B. I used to teach that way. I used to do healings that way.
I got bored.
I run a few open and accessible events these days (shamanic circles, journeying and healing days) and they are awesome fun for me. But I don’t teach in the structured way that is good for most people when they set out on the path. It’s not that I don’t recommend learning that way (I did, it’s useful as hell), but it’s not what gets me out of bed in the morning. I want to walk the winding road of intuitive healing. Those who come to my circles and open workshops will know that, even if it is their first time, I don’t tell people the right way to do something, I ask about their own experience and help to access their inner knowledge instead. I want to discover where the unique talent of each individual healer in the room will lead to, if held safely and given the freedom to wander and discover who they are.
It means when I get up in the morning to go to a healing class (particularly the more advanced ones), I don’t know what will happen that day. I take my lead from the group that assembles in front of me. What do they need to know? What’s going on with them? What do they believe, what do they struggle with? Most of them have been in training before, most of those for some years and in many healing modalities. What worked? What didn’t? What weird shit has happened in a healing session that wasn’t covered in any of the books? They want to follow that path, the intuitive one as it opens up in front of them. I want them too as well; I want to see where it goes.
This is not an excuse not to learn the important basics. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in slavishly following healing methods, but I don’t believe in short cuts either. If you are going to be safe, if you are going to be good, there are things you absolutely must learn to do. If you can’t hold a safe space for healing, you are falling at the first hurdle. If you are not allowing source energy to flow, instead of your own, you will feel exhausted and you will get sick. If you want to do extraction work you need to know how to pull it out, and what to do with it (that sounded rude), you can’t just flounder around in there. If you want to cut a cord, you need to understand the principles.
But that’s the key word. I teach principles. I work with my students to identify what must be present in a healing session if they are going to work safely and be of real service to their clients. But in a room of 10 healers, you will find a bare minimum of 10 ways to hold space, connect with source, access guidance, cut a cord, remove a block, play a drum. And if they are going to do this work successfully, they will need flexibility in how they do that. Working the same way each time won’t cut it if they want to intuitively meet the needs of their unique clients – so these wonderful healers need to step outside of exactly what they may have done before, drawing on their knowledge and experience to create a facilitate a healing to serve that one person who is in front of them, in that moment. In that sense, every healing session is a unique, one off experience.
Creating that safely requires not just intuition, but skill. You can’t just ‘go with the flow’ while facilitating a healing for another person if you don’t know what you’re doing – that is irresponsible. Healers need experience, understanding and confidence if they are going to break out from the constraints of a healing system and truly be in the flow of the healing path. I love teaching healing workshops because I share my experiences and knowledge and I value that of my students. Together we explore who they are as healers, who they want to serve (note: sometimes this is themselves, not clients, and I am more than down with that), and how they can allow their light to shine as brightly as possible while remaining safe, grounded and genuine.
Sure, I can tell you how to channel healing energy. But it is far more interesting for me to delve deep into the question of how these amazing healers I get to share my time with would channel healing energy – if there was no wrong way, if they were safely held to explore it, what would they do? Man, you should see how they do it. It’s pretty incredible.
Want to come and play?
If you want to go deeper and explore your unique healing path, if your soul calls you to explore it, I’d love to play with you. There is some cool stuff coming up in September, namely:
- Cord cutting and web weaving, a powerful course for healers, Saturday 28 September
- A journeying workshop and healing share, with Ian O’Beirne, Sunday 29 September
Both of the above are at Buddha on a Bicycle in Covent Garden, London. The cord cutting course is not for beginners, if you’re not sure if it’s right for you then drop me a line. The journeying and healing day is open to all, but you must book your place in advance – you can do that through Ian’s site.
The strong ‘foundation’ that I offer in exploring who you are as a healer is Intuitive Healer, a six month course which will be running for the eighth time in 2014. It’s travelled around in the past but I’ve decided to hold it at Buddha on a Bicycle again next year. Check out this page for dates and full details.
I am getting ready for my cord cutting workshop in September (Saturday 28 September at Buddha on a Bicycle) and it remains one of my favourite courses to teach. I’ve been teaching cord cutting in various forms for many years now, and while all students will walk away with a technique that can be applied to their clients, there is a real focus on the self throughout the day. Because cord cutting is essential for healers.
In shamanism we view reality as an energetic web, one that is woven with every thought and action we release into the world. In this web we weave, we can become tangled, and we weave connecting threads between us and the other people, beliefs, situations and habits we interact with. Some of those connections are really strong and while some are positive for us, and wanted, some are really unhelpful. Some of these threads, or cords, hold us in negative patterns of behaviour. The cords themselves are what is sometimes referred to as ‘the path of least resistance’ – it’s what we know, it’s where our energy most easily flows, we just go with it rather than go to the trouble of disentangling ourselves and making change. These are what we call ‘attachments’ and they can hold us trapped in a web. This is no good – only flies get stuck in the web. As a healer and weaver of the web, you are a Spider, not a fly.
As well as restricting our movement by tying us into unhelpful situations, attachments are a major drain of our personal power. All of you who followed the journey of the Monday Power Talks with me last year know that we need power for:
- Healing ourselves from illness
- Staying healthy
- Healing others
- Connecting with others in a positive way
- Taking risks
- Turning our dreams into reality
- Err…getting out of bed in the morning, leaving the house, dealing with our relationships, everything!
Everything is fuelled by our power, our personal source and store of energy. As healers, we must retain a strong connection to our power source, or we simply cannot make the difference that we are here to make.
Win a free cord cutting session
Competition time! This is a powerful time to be releasing and I believe that sometimes all of us need help letting go of something. So I am offering a free cord cutting session to one lovely healer. These sessions are interactive and done over skype (why yes, the method does still kick ass over skype, believe it!) so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are. You will need to have a skype account and be able to get some privacy to do the work with me. You don’t need to have previous experience of cord cutting for this to work – I will guide you through the whole thing.
If you would like to win a free cord cutting session, simply post a comment below. In two weeks’ time (Monday 2 September) I will put the name of everyone who has commented into a Magical Hat and select a winner at random. (Disclaimer: container used may not be Magical. Or a Hat.)
The course on 28 September will have a page on my website very soon! In the meantime you can find the details on the StarFire Alchemy website. Please email me if you would like to join the course or have any questions.
Thanks for all the messages you guys have been sending me! I love to hear how you are getting on, how you’re following your intuition and your power, and how you are integrating your spiritual practice into your every day life. I also like to hear about the areas where this is not working so well, because there are fixes for this!
This week I have given my answer in a video. If you have an aspect of your work that doesn’t fill you will joy and heart songs, but nonetheless you know it is part of your calling and your spiritual path, take 9 minutes out and watch it. It’s a few good starter ideas on how to make the mundane sacred – aka how not to hate the boring bits.
If you can’t see the video above, go here.
So, what do you think? What other tips would you offer, what helps you remember that the boring bits and the hard bits are also sacred? Comment below…
I get asked a lot about connecting with drums. The drum is such an integral part of shamanic work, we use it for healing, journeying, ceremony and celebration, both for ourselves and for other people. Yet many I have met who own and work with a drum say they haven’t connected with the drum and are not sure how to. Since the drum is acting as an extension of yourself and of Spirit, that connection is pretty important.
Different practitioners will go about it differently. Some make their own drums, which forges a very real and palpable connection from the start. Some buy drums but choose to decorate them in a way that puts their own energy into it. Some meditate with the drums, some carry them around never losing physical contact with the drum for a week (yes I know someone who did that), some smudge or anoint them in a ceremonial way. Often these things are done under the guidance of teachers.
I meet a lot of people though who just wanted to get a drum, and followed that desire, so now they have a drum. They want to work with it but they are not sure how to. It is the connection with the drum that will show how to work with it, but that can sound all mystical and you might not know how to do it without a teacher.
Working with a teacher is awesome because you will learn loads of cool practical stuff about using your drum. However, connecting with your drum is *not* all mystical, you don’t need experience, and these two ways of doing it are not just the easiest, they are necessary for shamanic drum work. I’m all for the other ways too, but even if you do those, the two steps below are still essential.
1: Journey to meet with the spirit of your drum
Different drums have different energies and spirits, some are ‘all purpose’ but most have specific work to do. They may have names (all mine have names!), guidance to give, a particular type of energy (for example some feel very earthy, some more fiery), or may wish to be stored or played in particular ways. The best way to find this out is by journeying to meet the spirit of your drum.
If you like to play for yourself while you journey, play the drum you are working with. You might prefer to listen to a drumming track or have a friend drum for you. If you do that, the best posture I’ve found is to lie down with your drum on your chest/stomach with your hands resting on the drum.
People sometimes ask about what the spirit would be – is it necessarily the animal that gave the skin to create the drum? It does seem likely, but it is not always the case (and by that logic is could also be the spirit of the tree that the hoop was made out of). Prepare to be surprised by the form and nature of the spirit house in your drum. Be completely open.
Another question I hear is ‘what if my drum is synthetic? Can it still have a spirit?’ Sticklers and traditionalists would say no, but they would be wrong! I have two synthetic drums and I used to provide the same types of drum to my Reiki Drum students. Every one of those drums had a unique energy and spirit (and sound!) to them. I can’t explain how a synthetic drum can be a vessel for spirit, but they can be. Don’t let anyone tell you different about yours!
If the answers that come in your journey are not too clear, that’s ok. Journeys like this can be repeated a number of times, in fact it is a good thing to do just to build relationship. You can journey to meet the spirit of your drum as often as you like.
2: Play your drum!
Just play it. Play it now. Play it on your own, play it in a group, play for yourself, play for others. Play your drum to raise specific energies, manifest goals, to heal, to lead others in journeys. Just play it.
There are certain rhythms, certain beat-per-minute counts that achieve specific responses. No harm in geeking out on that stuff later on, but for now, be intuitive. Just play it.
What are your preferred ways to connect with your drum? How did these ways work for you? Please comment below and tell me.
Drum & rattle workshop
Remember, if you would like to experience the freedom of playing with drums and rattles to raise energy for healing, prayer and manifestation, join me and Magin Rose for the StarFire Alchemy Drum and Rattle workshop on Sunday 30 June in London. You can also email me for more information on this powerful day – here’s one of our previous students had to say:
I had a fantastic time on the Drum and Rattle course which was run by Kay and Magin, they are amazing at what they teach…I have manifested a new house outside of London already, it’s amazing, I have been trying to move for 5 years and after the Drum and Rattle course (1 and a half months ago be exact) I have a move yippppeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for new wisdom you have both taught me, I will always be able to manifest my highest desires for my highest and best in my life……Using the Drum and Rattles for a healing is one of the best ways I have come across that actually moves negative energy physically and very very quickly…I would like to thank Kay and Magin for being the best teachers I have ever had the privilege of meeting.I cannot wait to come to another course in the near future.THANK YOU….
I am often asked how to do things correctly. (Spiritual, healing-y things you understand, not things like parallel parking or maths – I don’t know how to do those things.) I am going to do some good practical postings about connecting with and cleansing your shamanic tools, because sometimes practical tips are what we are after.
But, here’s the thing. There isn’t a correct way to do this stuff. Ok, there are wildly incorrect ways to do things (don’t cleanse your drum with cilit bang and brillo pads, don’t smudge your room with a flame thrower) but, beyond the ridiculous, it is possible to honour your tools respectfully and prepare them in a way that is chock-full of good vibes, even if you don’t have a lot of experience or mystical supplies to work with. What matters is the intent behind your actions, and working with an open heart.
What does opening the heart actually mean?
Spiritual teacher types will tell you to work from the heart very often. Because I hang out with people like this all the time and have done for years, I always assume that everyone understands what we are on about when we say things like that. If it’s not the language you are used to using though, it can just sound a bit fluffy and free from substance. Really though, it just means coming into that space where we love from, where we hold our relationships, and where we connect with other people and with the divine. It means opening up those qualities and stepping away from any fears and thoughts that might stop us from feeling love. It means surrendering to the flow of divine energy and love that flows through everything, because that is really all that spiritual, healing work is. It is the ability to feel love, to allow it to flow through you, and to transmit that love; either to another person or situation, or into whatever it is you are trying to achieve with your practice in that moment.
Every teacher of healing will tell you how important that is when you are doing healing work for another person. It is equally important for self healing. It is equally important for the tiniest of actions connected with your practice, like cleansing your drum (or any other tool) before or after you use it for spiritual work.
We all have resistance to doing this – it is normal. When we connect with our heart we also connect in to any hurts we have experienced in our previous connections with others, and the defences we built to stop ourselves from getting hurt again. But instead of getting bogged down with how that may have happened, shall we just start with setting an intention to be more open-hearted?
We can start this week by using this Heart Chakra journey that I recorded last year. The intention of the journey is to go into the heart, for heart healing, whatever healing that may be needed for you in that moment. I invite you to use it with an intention to open your heart to love and divine energy. You may receive information or healing in line with that intention – just let it flow and know that you will get what you need.
I spent this past weekend at the 2013 Doula Retreat in Cae Mabon (which is an amazing place!) drumming, journeying and singing with a group of very heart-centred and beautiful women. I was seriously inspired by how they were all following their passion, building new lives that set them apart from ‘the norm’ as it is understood by many people who are around them. I’m no stranger to taking the road less travelled, and I know it can feel really hard.
Choosing to leave behind the safe (but unsatisfying) world that we know changes us into the people we truly want to be. That change can feel overwhelming, and we can feel misunderstood and lonely as we make the transition from the life we considered settling for and the path we were meant to walk. I can understand that transitional feeling but these women (just like one of the most inspirational heroes of my life, my best friend Sarah) are doing it while raising gorgeous babies at the same time. I high five all of you!!
At the beginning of the month I read the monthly forecast from shamanic practitioner Lena Stevens of The Power Path, and the theme of June’s forecast is Transition. I am hearing from a lot of people around me that they are really feeling in this state of change and coming into a new way of being, I am certainly feeling this myself and I recommend reading Lena’s take on it, she’s spot on as usual.
5 tips for staying powerful in transition
1. Remember the source of your power – and regularly connect to it. Even when we want change to happen, it often still feels as though we are being pulled away from our centre. Connecting in to the source of your power every day will help you to be stronger at your core, and give you more energy to handle whatever changes are coming. Watch the Monday Power Talk about the source of your power and use the free mp3 journeying track to connect with yours.
2. Keep sacred space in your home – and let it be a reminder of your power, and the goal that you are transitioning into. I reconstructed my main altar when I got home yesterday to be a cleaner, simpler representation of my fiery power source. Altars are simply spaces of focused intention, so what focus does yours bring to mind? Mine had become a little cluttered (as had my mind) so stripping it back to something simple reminds me instantly that I am gathering my energy, and that I have the power to achieve my goals. If you know what you are transitioning into, you can also have a representation of that goal on your altar space. There’s a Monday Power Talk about this subject too!
3. Connect with a spirit guide to help you through – and remember to ask for their help when you need it. You may have a particular spirit guide, power animal or deity that you work with all the time. Or perhaps, like me, you can’t swing a cat without hitting some supernatural being or other (seriously, the buggers are everywhere). If that’s the case, I find it’s really helpful to find out which one of them is overseeing these changes for you. You can use your normal preferred methods for this: meditation, journeying, drawing oracle cards, journalling, whatever floats your boat.
4. Accept support from your community – because if they are your tribe, they understand what you are going through. Being on retreat this weekend I was reminded how important it is for us to come together as a group of likeminded folk sometimes, just to be accepted and understood. I am going through a change that requires a lot of hard work, discipline and focus at the moment. That means I need cheerleaders! By ‘coincidence’ two of my dearest friends mentioned to me that they were going through something very similar, so we have decided to team up and form a superhero gang of transitional warriors (or something…we don’t have a cool name yet to be honest). We are sharing our goals and our needs with each other, meeting to spur each other on, helping each other with the tasks that look too overwhelming to do alone, and giving healing and guidance as needed. Find your own superhero gang. And remember that there are different layers of community, some can be virtual. You might find it helpful to join my Virtual Power Circle group on Facebook, we all sit and meditate (or drum, or whatever comes) at 9pm on Sunday nights (UK time). It helps to have the energy of a group working for the same purpose – healing and power – and a space to share your thoughts and experiences.
5 – Have a day off – because transition is tiring. We must keep growing, and walking your soul path in a conscious way does take work, but not every day and every situation needs to be about the Work. I have a tendency to push a bit harder than I need to, thinking that as long as I keep going with my power practices (like tuning into my power source, self healing and singing) I can just keep on and on indefinitely. But I am not the duracell bunny of spiritual growth, and neither are you. All of us need to rest and switch off sometimes, dare I say regularly. Why not treat yourself to something that makes your soul sing? This weekend I will be switching off from emails and running away to the Lake District to walk on some mountains, because it makes me feel spectacular. How will you reward yourself for all your hard work?
Shamanic Spirit Circle – Friday 14 June, 645pm
This month’s shamanic circle will be all about transition. Wherever you are in your transition, come along to drum, sing and dream your new reality into being. The circle is just £10, held at Buddha on a Bicycle in Covent Garden as always. Email me if you would like to join me – no experience necessary.
Well, my friends, since I have been away from blogging for so long, I thought I’d give away another little free gift this week. I’m a big fan of using drums, rattles and voice work for journeying, meditation and healing as you know. Last week I gave you 30 minutes of drumming created for a previous Virtual Power Circle. That was for drawing in more power.
But drums are versatile little creatures, and can be used to create all kinds of different energy, used for all kinds of purposes. I’m giving this one away this week to show how, by changing one’s intention when drumming, we get a completely different energetic result.
This energy recording was originally created for one of my clients. While journeying to find the source of her power, she discovered that her ‘go to’ source energy is Rain. I made this simple recording to help her connect with it – but then discovered how awesomely useful it was for me! I shared it with some of my shamanically inclined chums, who had the same experience: this is a powerful cleansing meditation, regardless of whether water is usually the type of energy that resonates most for you.
By following this meditation and allowing the drums and singing to wash over you (see what I did there?) you can cleanse yourself of tensions and toxins that are dragging you down. This track is not only cleansing, it’s healing.
How was the meditation for you? I’d love to hear if you felt the energy flowing.
Want to go further?
I love creating energy recordings – is there a particular one you would like? I’m in the process of creating a collection of them, so do comment below and let me know if there is one in particular you would like me to offer.
If you’d like to to learn how to work with drums, rattles, and other noisy toys, we at StarFire Alchemy are running our popular Drum and Rattle workshop on Sunday 30 June. Click on that link for full details, and drop me an email if you want to join the workshop,