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The Words Before All Else

The Words Before All Else: A Thanksgiving Address

The Words Before All Else

 

In honor of a LightSong tradition I offer this article again. Reprinted by popular demand!

I feel that instead of celebrating a day of Thanksgiving in the month of November, we should celebrate the month of November dedicated to Thanksgiving. Some indigenous elders feel that the reason that our life on this planet is so out of balance is because we only ask and don’t say “thank you” enough.  I share with you a prayer: A prayer of saying Thank You: A prayer of Thanksgiving.

The style of this prayer originated with the Iroquois people. It came to me via an Iroquois elder, Jake Swamp, who passed it on to a wilderness school, Jon Young, where Deb Scrivens, an associate teacher with LightSong, learned it and shared it with me. At each stage it was modified and personalized. I have had a tremendous response from its energy. People have used it and revised it for their own use. It can be used for prayer each day or around the thanksgiving table.

The purpose of this prayer is to remember that we are all divinely connected to all things. We share the same planet and universe. What one does – affects us all.

I invite you to pray like this, it has an amazing affect on your heart; it is full of reverence, gratitude and appreciation. It heals through the power and energy of the words and how they in themselves affect the body, mind and soul.

The format of this style of prayer is: Starting with self – and then reaching out around self – and out into the universe.

You can devise your own prayer, if you like, using this style, personalizing it to include your own family, friends, teachers, coworkers, and environment: Actually inserting names into the sentences. Use your imagination.

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I start with myself and extend out into the world that surrounds me. I give great thanks for my health, my wellness and ability to greet each day with a smile and open heart. I give great thanks that I see well, feel well and can start each day by giving thanks. I give great thanks that I love what I do for a living and I have the opportunity to make a difference each day in someone’s life. I give great thanks that I smile more than I frown and laugh more than I cry.

I give great thanks for all of my students, community; you, for your willingness to learn, to grow, to participate, and to challenge yourselves. It is because of you that I get to live in “my original instruction, my song.” I learn from you and you amaze me daily. I give great thanks that you want to help people to heal, to have less pain, to have better lives and more happiness. You are amazing people that I will love, respect, and remember always.

I give great thanks to my teachers. Because of them my life is forever changed and enriched. I owe everything to these incredible seekers. I give respect, admiration, and heartfelt gratitude.

I send a greeting and give thanks for all the people in my life. I extend out away from me and my immediate loved ones and I look to this beautiful earth that I have the privilege to experience.

****** Deb Scrivens is the author of this version:

I greet and send thanksgivings to my Mother the Earth, who has not forgotten her original instructions since the beginning of time. She has given of her life so that I may exist. She gives me all that I need. All that I have, have had, or will have has come from her. With the sun and the water she supports all life. My bones are made of her bones, from the minerals that come from her, and my flesh comes from her. She supports me in every step. She supported me before I could walk, when I crawled upon her. She will hold and cradle me inside of her when I walk no more. I marvel in her beauty, I marvel in her diversity, I marvel in her power. I strive to understand something so magnificent, so complex, and so forgiving. I respect her and wish to acknowledge her throughout every moment. Without her I would not be. So I give thanks for my Mother the Earth, and I express my love and gratitude for her.

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I send thanksgivings and greetings to the Waters of the Earth, and all those beings that dwell in the Water, for they too have not forgotten their original instructions from the creator of all life. For all these waters remember their cycles and give continuously to us all. The rain that falls is recycled from sweat and tears, baptisms and swimming pools linking us all into the magical wonder of the water cycle. No life can exist without water, and our planet is a water planet. Our bodies are made mostly of water. So I send thanks to all the forms of water on the planet: from the polar ice caps to the frozen glaciers to the cold rushing mountain streams. From the peaceful lakes to the estuaries and bays to the pounding seashore with its mighty surf and tides. I send thanksgiving greetings to the great oceans that blanket our planet, to the deepest abyss of the oceans, and the mysterious chasms where dwell undiscovered forms of life.

And I give thanks for all the living things that dwell in the Waters, in their great variety of color and form, from the caddis fly in the mountain stream to the great whales in the sea. I call to mind the myriad of creatures that live in the water and that provide me with beauty and wonder at the world; the starfish and the salmon, the seals and the tropical fishes, the coral reefs. I give great thanks to the Waters of the world for supporting all life and to the great variety of life in the Waters, and for all that it means to me. I give thanks for the dolphins that greeted me in the open seas off the coast of Belize. The experience of sonar pulsing through me taught me so much of these great ones that live in the water. I am thankful that my son was able to reach out and touch one of these magnificent creatures and was able to participate in this awesome event. I am thankful for that special and personal experience.

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And now I turn my thoughts to the low growing things and the plants that blanket the Earth, and the small forms of life that creeps and crawls in and under the plants. I send greetings and thanksgiving to all the small living things that help plants grow, and refresh and recycle the Earth. Frogs, snakes, ants, worms, beetles and honeybees; each have remembered its original instructions since the beginning of time.

And I give thanks for the Plants. In its great variety of color and form, the Plant Nation provides us with beauty and food and medicine and shelter and clothing, and with air to breathe. I give thanks for the tall grasses that blow in the wind and give us grain; I give thanks for the grass that gently covers the graves of our dead and rolls in luscious landscapes on the sides of hills. I give thanks for the berries and the many plants that provide us with food. I give thanks for the medicine plants, the herbs and for the healing that they provide. For they too have not forgotten their original instructions for there are many members of this incredible Nation that sustain those who walk upon this Earth and there are many others who continue to fulfill their duties to take away the sicknesses of the human family. I give thanks to the plants that hold the Earth in place and keep the Waters clean and clear, so that the living things in the Waters may thrive.

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And now I lift my eyes a little higher and notice the four-legged ones that move among the plants, and I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Animal Nation. I send a greeting to the Animals, in their great variety of color and form, and I call to mind the elephant and the horse, the wolf and the great cats of Africa, the buffalo, tiger, deer, raccoon and the red fox.

I send thanks to the Animals for they provide us with so much. They give themselves to us for food and clothing. They lend us their power. In their grace and beauty and naturalness, they teach us by example. They are our older brothers and sisters, and we can learn everything we need to know by observing them. The tracks they leave on the ground disappear into the forest, and our minds turn to their hidden and mysterious lives.

Our hearts draw close to them as we think of the animals that live in our homes and share our lives, and of the love that they give to us so freely.

I say a special prayer for all the animals that are lost or lonely or cold or frightened or injured, and for any that suffer abuse at the hands of people. To these I send my heartfelt love and compassion and I am thankful that they have never turned against us. For without the Animals, we would experience a great loneliness of spirit. For their love and companionship and for all that they give us, I send thanks and greetings to the Animals.

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Lifting my eyes higher still, I see green leaves against blue sky, and boughs waving in the wind. I send my thanksgiving greetings to the Standing (Tree) People. Their roots go into the Earth beneath us, their branches stretch into the sky above us. Connecting Earth and Sky, they are our older brothers and sisters and our teachers.

Some of them are very, very old, and they remember and remind us of the ages of the Earth. In their rings they record the coming of the flood and the drought. Many tribes of trees around the world make the mighty forests, and they carpet the earth with their canopies. The forests of trees give the plants and animals shelter and homes. The trees give the birds a place to rest their feet and to raise their young.

The trees also shelter us and keep us warm. We need look no farther than the walls of our houses to understand what the trees give to us, for they give their bones to make our homes, and to make the fire in our hearths. They give us food and fruit and shade on a hot day, and beauty and comfort and air, and the gentle sound of leaves rustling in a soft wind. And so we give heartfelt thanks and send greetings to the Trees.

I give thanks to those that protect the trees, the lungs of our Earth. I give thanks to those in South America that strive and fight for the rain forests. If the rain forests die so shall we.

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High in the trees, I hear music; the gentle sound of silvery bells in the branches, and from the river comes the sound of a silver flute. The sounds come from the throats of the birds, and I lift my eyes to the skies and see Winged Ones and I hear them singing. In their great variety of color and form, the Bird Nation brings great beauty to the world, and the wonder of flight. It is said the birds were put on Earth to lighten the hearts of the people and lift them from their heavy thoughts, and every time we lift our eyes and listen to the thanksgiving song of a bird, this is so.

There is a line on the Earth, where the darkness meets the light, a line we call Dawn. At this line the birds sing together in a chorus of thanksgiving, and this line of song travels around the Earth. So always, somewhere, the thanksgiving song of the birds radiates from the Earth into outer space, all the time. For dawn is always happening somewhere.

I give thanks that the birds greet the Sun with song. I give thanks for the raucous call of the jay and the raven and the piercing call of the eagle and the hawk, and for the lovely songs of the thrush and the lark and the wren. I give thanks for the mysterious sounds of the owl at night. I give thanks and send greetings to the birds.

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Under the wings of the birds flow the Winds, and now I turn my mind to the Four Winds that blow from each direction and carry the rain to the Earth. I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Winds, for they cleanse the Earth and carry the Weather Spirits and the Thunderbeings upon their backs. I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Thunderbeings, who harness the mighty power of the storm. The Thunderbeings have the power to teach humility to every single person on the earth, as we witness the magnificent and awesome power of the mighty storms. And so I send my humble thanksgiving and greetings to the Four Winds and to the Thunderbeings: those that give life and also take it away.

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Turning my face higher still, I see a silver face looking back at me from above, and I recognize my Grandmother the Moon. I send greetings and give thanks to my Grandmother the Moon, for she holds hands with all the women of the Earth. She tugs on the seeds and she tugs on the tides and she tugs on the rhythms in our bodies. Perhaps we learned to count beyond the number of our fingers and our toes, long ago when our species was young, by sitting at her knee and noticing her changes. She gives us silver light at night that helps us to see in a special way and she bathes the world in silver light and makes it beautiful. And so I send greetings and thanks to my Grandmother the Moon and that she too has not forgotten her original instructions.

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And now I turn my mind to our oldest brother the Sun. The Sun. Our star. He provides all of the warmth and energy for our life. The Sun is the great engine that powers all of the life on our planet. We shut our eyes and turn our faces to the warm, golden light of the sun, and feel his warm kiss on our cheek. We exist in a narrow band of temperatures, and the sun provides for us perfectly, not too hot and not too cold. With a single flare or shift the sun could extinguish all life on Earth or freeze it into solid stillness, but that has never happened, and we are perfectly provided for with just the right amount of warmth. For endless ages the Earth has danced with the Sun, and he holds her in a warm and perfect embrace. And so I give great thanks to our Eldest Brother the Sun, for him remembering his original instruction and for the life he provides for us.

Turning my attention beyond the sun, I see many suns, millions and billions of stars, and I send a greeting and thanks to the Star Nation. The galaxies stretch the limits of the human imagination, for they are unimaginably old. The matter that is in our bodies may once have been in a star that burned out long ago and changed form, as the universe endlessly cycled. And so we wonder at our kinship with the stars…we are stardust walking. We look at the stars in great wonder. And we give great thanks for the beauty of the night sky.

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And now I turn my attention to the Unseen, to the Spirits of the Four Directions, and the many spirits that protect us and guide our steps and help us in our lives. It is said we each have 405 loving spirits surrounding us at any moment. We acknowledge that we cannot survive without their loving protection. They guide us and we feel them in many ways. They whisper into the ears of our heart, and they show the eyes of our heart things of great beauty. They guide our steps so that we do not stumble. We are thankful for their protection and guidance and compassion. We are thankful that they love and care for us. And so we express our heartfelt gratitude to the spirits, and for the Wakan (sacred) in our lives.

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Finally I turn my mind to that which is beyond the human imagination, the Creator of All Things, which existed before time began and which will exist beyond the end of Time. I turn my mind toward the Mysterious Force that we cannot understand or imagine… The God, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, the Alpha and the Omega, Essence, Source, Word. We can only turn our faces toward this Light and say Thank You. Thank you giving us all that we need. Thank you for our lives. Thank You for This Life. Thank You.

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And now, keeping my heart in touch with the Infinite and at the same time pulling my attention into the center of my heart, I look forward into the Future and I look over my shoulder back into the Past. And stretching seven generations forward I see the descendents of the human race, and stretching seven generations into the past I see our ancestors. And our ancestors still care for us and our descendents depend on us. They depend on us to keep them in mind when we make choices at this moment in time, the Perfect Present, for they are coming, and they will depend on what we do Now. And our hearts are connected to the hearts of our children and their descendents, forward into the future, and connected to the hearts of our ancestors, backward into the past, an unbroken chain of humanity, connecting like a thread, heart to heart to heart to heart…. And so I send a greeting and a prayer of thanks to the unbroken chain of the human race.

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It has been my intention to greet and send thanks to Everything, but I am a two-legged learning to be a Human Being, and so it is not possible for my mind to know of or remember Everything. So now I send a greeting and thanks to everything that I have left out, and ask you to please remember that I did not leave you out intentionally. I have done my humble best to bring my mind together with All Things, and now my mind is One. Mitakuye Oyasin. (All my relations, I am related to all things.)

I ask myself have I forgotten my original instructions? In truth yes, for I am human and I struggle with ego and mind, but when I let myself be lead by my heart into the area of thanksgiving, (reverence, gratitude, appreciation) and pure joy, I feel that I am closer to my original instruction. (Deb)

I give thanks to you, my dearests of relationship, for you have touched my life, you have a cord to my heart and soul. Since we have met our souls will remember each other through lifetime and lifetime. The meeting of souls is a sacred thing, for all is in divine order. I give great thanks for our meeting and our continued exchange. Smile and have great joy during this Thanksgiving season and always.

With great thankfulness, appreciation and love,

Jan Engels-Smith

Thanksgiving address: a version, adapted from our indigenous forefathers, the prayer given by Chief Jake Swamp, and wilderness awareness school. Put so poetically together by: Deb Scrivens

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Appreciation Cuts Through Interdimensional Lines of Reality

Appreciation Cuts Through Interdimensional Lines of Reality by Jan Engels-Smith

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Independent of your history the act of appreciation towards the Earth will help heal the dire straits we have created.  To literally send the energy of love and appreciation with thoughtful intention to the Earth moves the pendulum on the continuum of life and starts creating a new thought from that will influence humanity positively.  A thought form of veneration and respect of life, all her creatures in all its forms visible and non-visible.  Appreciation cuts through interdimensional lines of reality and services those of the invisible worlds.  We are all together as we move collectively with the Earth into her ascended state of consciousness, all inhabitants are involved, appreciate and be in awe of the unseen. (faery, devas, sprits, elves, etc.) Yes, they do exist.  I recently asked the spirits how much do we actually see around us, what kind of percentage?  I was dumbfounded when they replied, less than 1%.  Wow, we are blind and yet try to have dominance.  How arrogant of us.

Earth sings a song of deep unconditional love, which changes the vibration of all things.  This song originates from the pure heart of her being; it transforms matter, spiritualizing it into its transcendent form. The Song of the Earth can rectify human kind when humans realize this, appreciate it and harmonize with it. We can fortify the Earth’s song by sending appreciation to her.  She will in turn augment and enrich us with interdimensional awareness, feelings of bliss and ecstasy that will well up within your being and you will become one with the One Song, the Universe. This simple, fortifying act can be done throughout your day and definitely during defined meditation times of concentration and focus.  The transmutation of your being is without question one of the greatest contributions that you can make to the world. This reminds me of the truth that I live by, which is, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world is doing; what matters is what I am doing.  What vibration am I broadcasting?  If I stay in my “Song” I will affect the world in the most positive way.

The other lethal thought form that humans have generated is that they are separate from God, Creator, or Source.  This thought form has destroyed vitality, worthiness, inspiration, creativity and passion amongst humans. Many people behave like beaten dogs with their tail between their legs, hovering, wining, and pitiful.  No organization, government, community, or person can give you your worth.  It is intrinsic and your connection to source is unequivocal.  Appreciation is again the healer of this illusionary state.  To feel appreciation actually changes your DNA. It creates new connections in your brain and re-patterns thoughtwaves.  It reprograms, revitalizes and reconstructs new harmonic patterns in your lightbody.  The feeling transfigures you.

Marty Nelson is one of the LightSong counsel members and he says it beautifully.  Appreciation = gratitude + praise.  Praise the earth, praise life, praise the magnificence of a flower, praise yourself and learn the feeling of appreciation. They are blissful and ecstatic.   Learn the feeling of appreciation so well that you can call it up with your will; it automatically fuels the transformation of your being.

During these turbulent times of chaotic weather patterns, governmental holocaust, environmental distress, be an activist of the highest order.  Take action through appreciation!  You will not only change yourself you will contribute to the transformation of humanity.

The spirits are clear that to be in alignment with ascension there are particular principles and practices associated with our energy fields that must be understood and implemented. One does not need to be a shaman or taken shamanic classes to enter into this work. However, one should be comfortable with deeply altered states of awareness for extended periods of time and basic journey skills are always beneficial.

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Ascension, Appreciation, Action

Ascension, Appreciation, Action By Jan Engels-Smith

Ascension, Appreciation, Action

 

Ascension and greater consciousness have been my intention for years. I work with the spirits consistently and follow their guidance to the best of my ability. For the past several years the spirits have been diligent about me aligning with the natural rhythms of the earth and stars. Under their guidance, for one year I slept outside under the stars to regain this galactic rhythm. Yes, that means with no tent and yes, it rained and was very cold at certain times. It is amazing the melodies you can construct with the rain hitting a tarp over your sleeping bag. I then had to sleep on the ground in a cave realigning with the Earth, with no light. This was makeshift in my yard with tarps over a picnic table, which seemed to work just great. Now the spirits have asked me to move away from the Gregorian calendar. They have said that to realign with the stars and earth and then to continue to plan according to the Gregorian calendar is counter productive. LightSong dates need to be in astrological alignment not Gregorian. With that said my newsletter will reflect more lunar timing.

The conducts and methods of this world often pull us from our true self instead of aligning with it. Being in alignment with the natural cycles of the planets is minor in comparison to specific devastating thought forms that hold us separate from our mother, the Earth. Through the centuries we have remained caught in an illusion and a delusion that humans have dominance over the Earth and the children (creatures) of the Earth. Indigenous cultures see all of life as interdependent and unified. The stories of indigenous cultures provide a wisdom that exceeds the simple logic that human beings rely on. Human beings have evolved to lose that understanding and to imagine themselves as separate and superior. Mankind’s need to dominate has led him to resist and be blind to the true nature of the living system.

A vital step toward ascension or raising your vibration into higher levels of awareness is being in harmonic resonance with all life, to respect, honor, and devote one self to expressing reverence for all life; to be of service to the whole of life. This does not need to be gallant or noble in effort, but originates from the heart. It is expressed by the feeling of great appreciation — of spending time each day appreciating the Earth and all of her inhabitants.

Those who have walked this way may consider this obvious; those new to the idea might find it strange. Independent of your history, the act of appreciation toward the Earth will help heal the dire straits we have created. To literally send the energy of love and appreciation with thoughtful intention to the Earth moves the pendulum on the continuum of life and starts creating a new thought from that will influence humanity positively, a thought form of veneration and respect of life, all her creatures in all its forms visible and non-visible.

Appreciation cuts through inter-dimensional lines of reality and services those of the invisible worlds. We are all together as we move collectively with the Earth into her ascended state of consciousness. All inhabitants are involved. Appreciate, and be in awe of the unseen (faeries, devas, sprits, elves, etc.). Yes, they do exist.

I recently asked the spirits how much do we actually see around us, what kind of percentage? I was dumbfounded when they replied, less than 1%. Wow, we are blind and yet try to have dominance. How arrogant of us.

Earth sings a song of deep unconditional love, which changes the vibration of all things. This song originates from the pure heart of her being; it transforms matter, spiritualizing it into its transcendent form. The Song of the Earth can rectify humankind when humans realize this, appreciate it, and harmonize with it. We can fortify the Earth’s song by sending appreciation to her. She will in turn augment and enrich us with inter-dimensional awareness, feelings of bliss and ecstasy that will well up within your being and you will become one with the One Song, the Universe. This simple, fortifying act can be done throughout your day and definitely during defined meditation times of concentration and focus. The transmutation of your being is without question one of the greatest contributions that you can make to the world. This reminds me of the truth that I live by, which is, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world is doing; what matters is what I am doing. What vibration am I broadcasting? If I stay in my “Song” I will affect the world in the most positive way.

The other lethal thought form that humans have generated is that they are separate from God, Creator, or Source. This thought form has destroyed vitality, worthiness, inspiration, creativity, and passion amongst humans. Many people behave like beaten dogs with their tail between their legs, hovering, wining, and pitiful. No organization, government, religion, community, or person can give you your worth. It is intrinsic and your connection to Source is unequivocal.

Appreciation is again the healer of this illusionary state. To feel appreciation actually changes your DNA. It creates new connections in your brain and re-patterns thoughtwaves. It reprograms, revitalizes, and reconstructs new harmonic patterns in your lightbody. The feeling transfigures you.

During these turbulent times of chaotic weather patterns, governmental holocaust, environmental distress, be an activist of the highest order. Take action through appreciation! You will not only change yourself you will contribute to the transformation of humanity.

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Appreciation

Appreciation by Jan Engels-Smith

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As an emotional condition, appreciation is understood as a sense of gratitude or thankfulness for what one has, as in, “I appreciate the love and the bounty that life provides.”  In the materialistic world, appreciation is a term used to refer to the increase or growth in value of an object or financial instrument, as in, “My portfolio appreciated in value last month.”

There is even a legal reference to the term of appreciation as a recognition of quality, value, significance or magnitude of people and things, as in, “The law requires an appreciation of others’ rights.” In the field of aesthetics, artistic appreciation refers to our understanding of the quality of art and beauty in the composition of a painting or the architectural power of an ancient cathedral.

Appreciation establishes a relationship between persons that enhances the worth of both those who express the appreciation and those who are recipient of the gratitude of another. The term is rich in positive regard and affirmative values and conceptually the word expresses our humility in our relationship to our world and characterizes our better nature. Appreciation is a beautiful notion and recently I have found myself discovering a new sense of the word—one might say an appreciation of appreciation.

As I journey in the spiritual realm, I have come to understand that appreciation is a precursor of large possibilities and the creative spirit of new and expansive potentials within the universe.  We seek the fulfillment of ourselves and the understanding of our place in the greater scheme of life and in doing so we strive to engage in the unity of all things and to see the magnificence of our person as one with the magnificence of the universe.  The portal into this greater comprehension of the cosmos may well be through the act of appreciation.

Spiritually, appreciation is the immersion of our being holistically into a recognition of ourselves as a reflection of all the people, beauty, and grandeur around us that we value and that brings us joy and contentment. Appreciation is an act of creating worthiness in ourselves by seeing the worthiness in others and revealing the beauty within us by expressing our gratitude for the beauty that surrounds and engulfs us. Appreciation allows us to remove the unreal barriers that we imagine separate us from the spiritual world and creates a new clarity in our thinking that sees us as we really exist. For that deeper understanding, I am appreciative as surely as I appreciate you.

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Apprentices of the New Age

Apprentices of the New Age by Jan Engels-Smith

Each summer LightSong offers a workshop on Telepathic Communication outdoors in a camp situation. This workshop is a practicum for my LV2 Practical Shaman class and we use the template of the vision quest to experience the profound magic of telepathic communication. Set in Tillamook, Oregon, the land we use is beautiful, with tall trees and lush greenery. The scene is very much like a magical fairy garden, only our garden is 143 acres. I love this land and the opportunity to commune with nature in all its majesty and simplicity.

I recently returned home from this year’s practicum and my whole being reverberates with the blessings, love, and appreciation that we generate when we are together.

This was LightSong’s 26th practicum/quest. The spirits have told me that many of the previous quests have been leading up to this experience and the next quest in 2012. The spirits have revealed a galactic call for the gathering of “beings” from all over the universe to watch, participate and marvel at what has happened in the past and what is to happen in the future as we gather on the land and create a positive vortex of monumental proportions.

Our mission these next two years is to mid-wife the planet as she ascends into her predicted planetary evolution creating a shift in humankind and all other earthly inhabitants. We are in the transition to a prophesied time marked by the ending of three major time period cycles:
·    5,121-year cycle
·    26,000-year cycle
·    62 million-year cycle

The shift to a new age from an era that has lasted for several millennia is happening now.

As I wrote in the spiritual predictions for 2011 published by New Connexions, this year will require very conscious decisions about reality because 2011 portends a time of a dimensional split creating two alternative realities on the earth. This will be a year of great challenges and potential discord because this alteration has the power to split you off from your true spiritual self and from the spiritual path that you seek.

This recently completed practicum gave us essential tools to help those who seek a higher spiritual quality but who have gotten caught in a vortex of false reality. The positive alternate dimensional reality that is available offers the opportunity to embrace one’s true spiritual self more strongly and to reach a goal of peace and tranquility.

The essential tool is appreciation. At the practicum, each morning I journey about the theme of the camp and what the teachings are that set the tone of energy we generate collectively. These journeys have turned into explicit channelings where the information flows out of me and is recorded. This information is invaluable in its substance and clarity in providing direction and a sense of purpose. I will be sharing much of this knowledge in the next few months through my newsletter and other published materials I will make available through the internet.

Our goal in camp is to reach ascension, which is a higher vibratory consciousness that this new dimensional reality offers. The spirits clearly stated that this reality is expressed in the body by the feeling of appreciation. Appreciation as it is understood in this context extends beyond mere gratitude or thankfulness, which are certainly positive qualities. Appreciation is an easier emotion to generate and a higher emotion than joy, but one that we often neglect. Everyone can appreciate something and be consumed with the feeling, whereas the feeling of joy or gratitude can be more challenging to express, especially in difficult situations.

You are surrounded by an infinite number of things that you can appreciate. If you can read this you have the gift of sight and an education that has allowed you to read. Wow, appreciate that. You must also have a computer or access to a computer and the internet to read this. Double Wow! That is miraculous. Feel that deep within yourself, open your heart, look around your world and appreciate. Your effortless movement toward a new consciousness of all that appreciation has to offer will create gateways for you into the emerging new dimension. Your appreciation will serve as a preparation of your spirit to not only align to the new age, but to help create the new reality. We are the creators and apprentices and our appreciation will reveal the way forward.

Practicum Questers 2013

 

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