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Holly Jarvis: Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP)

Holly Jarvis: Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP)

Let’s do a shout out of congratulations for Holly’s graduation of the Master’s program at LightSong!

“Seven years ago, I heard the call to change the direction of my life and step into my gifts and lineage of healers. It wasn’t an accident that I found my way to the LightSong school where I received such high quality, rigorous training followed by skilled mentoring through the Licensed Master Practitioner Program. 

As a shamanic energy healing master practitioner, I am deeply honored to walk with my clients as they navigate their healing path, to be of loving service as they move into wellness and well-being and reconnect with their whole, magnificent selves. It is moving to support and be a witness to their growing sense of their own authentic self and radiance.

In my practice, I am inspired by my healing allies and the incredible energies and techniques they bring into healing sessions. The sessions are constantly evolving to include the higher frequencies and new patterns of the New Earth. In addition to my classic, shamanic allies and healing methods, I also work with Archangels, Galactic Beings, and Dragons. My training and my personal gifts allow me to transmit to my clients the pure frequencies that these allies bring through which can clear cellular memories and activate higher level chakras and DNA. I am constantly amazed by the powerful shifts in energy patterns that radiate throughout a client’s lifetime, and other lifetimes, and how that sets into motion new trajectories for their lives. With every session new allies, new techniques, and new energies are coming in bringing powerful results for my clients.”

Holly’s healing sessions can be scheduled in person as well as by phone or video. She can be reached at:

Holly@EmergingRadiance.com

503-307-8298

EmergingRadiance.com

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The New Earth and Your Life

In the current state of our world, with rampant fear, anxiety, depression and stress levels out of control for many people, we seek new answers and new ways of being. 

In times such as these I turn to my teachings from the spirits and try to see the current situation from a greater perspective:  A spiritual perspective.

I review these teachings:

  • All things work for the divine evolution of humanity, as well as my own personal evolution.
  • All beings are loved beyond measure and I trust in this love.
  • The reasons for individual experiences are as varied as there are people, however I consider that growth is happening for all. 

And I contemplate these questions:

  • Where am I in my growth process? 
  • What is happening to me and how can I see it with new eyes? The eyes of my true self.
  • Am I being asked to find joy even in adverse conditions?
  • If I am not in joy, what do I believe about my current situation that is pulling me out of joy?
  • What is my current frequency of vibration and what am I attracting because of that vibration?

It is important to understand that you don’t have to solve all the problems, you just have to dream of the new possibilities. Focus on the things you love in life instead of the things you are worried about. Your only job is to hold the vibration of what you dream as possible in all of its vibrancy and delight. This is the role of an activist for the New Earth. 

Many people think that they understand the concepts behind manifestation and then become frustrated because their life isn’t changing in the way they would like it to. They say their affirmations, they create their dream board, but they don’t take a look at what they really believe about their worth or their ability to deserve. 

All of our beliefs are broadcast from our chakras, which create much of our auric fields of energy. This broadcast then attracts to it situations in your life that match your belief system. You are creating your life from your beliefs and you can’t change your life or manifest what you really want until you change some of what you believe.

What most people don’t realize is that beliefs are choices. You can actually change your broadcast, by deciding to believe differently.

All of your actions are rooted in your belief system. Although most of your beliefs were formed as a child, you still have a choice whether to follow them. If you do not like what you believe, you can change it. As an adult, you have full control of your beliefs. To change, however, you must take a long, scrutinizing look at your particular belief structure and understand why it exists and if you want to continue embracing it.

I have found that personal work can be facilitated greatly in group discussion because it stimulates questions, helps you define and find clues within yourself of why you manifest as you do and why the world looks a particular way to you. 

I invite you to explore yourself with us by applying the tools introduced in ReCreate YourSelf: Become a Quantum Human and Live in True Freedom. Here we teach you to uncover your current beliefs and create new ones to support the New Earth that is being birthed. We will be a powerful team of manifestors coming together in self examination, knowing that the outer world is a reflection of our inner world.

If you resonate with this call to action, to be in service in a new way, please join us for this life-altering live online course beginning Tuesday, May 5th at 11am Pacific Time. 

To register now go to: https://lightsong.mykajabi.com/offers/xxUGWC3u/checkout   

If Tuesdays at 11a does not work for you, you can still comment on the content, or submit your questions to be answered during the Q&A sessions. In addition, the course itself consists of a downloadable video that includes all the teachings and is yours to keep. No matter what your situation, everything will be recorded so you won’t miss a thing!  

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Protect Yourself – Empower Yourself – by Jan Engels-Smith

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke, 1756

The intent of this article is to help you develop energetic immunity which will bolster your immune system and put you on a trajectory for well-being. 

We are living in an extraordinary time. There is a consistent broadcast of doom and gloom. All of us are exposed to the mass media hysteria of this pandemic. We have come face to face with turbulent times of isolation, governmental holocaust, chaotic weather patterns and environmental distress. This hysteria is epidemic and has a negative effect on your physical immune system. Repeated negative thoughts, such as anger, worry or depression, puts your body into stress overdrive triggering a flight or fight response. This overdrive uploads cortisol and adrenaline hormones into your blood stream. These hormones can contribute to mental health symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

I am not saying this to alarm you or for you to toss caution to the wind, I am asking you to become aware of how you are responding to this global broadcast, and how that response is affecting you. 

It is time to pause, breath and notice. 

The spirits have entreated me to instruct people in the ways of processing, confronting and overcoming fear. Here are some facts about fear:

Fear is ego-based. Fear creates a constant stream of stories in our minds.  Many of the elements of these stories use tiny bits of information—some from the past and many from a distorted sense of the future—and blend them with fear to convince us that this story is true. The story may create a case for scarcity or issue judgments or narrow our sense of possibilities. Fear magnifies these thoughts and becomes so compelling that we are convinced that its endless chatter must be true, so we act accordingly. Fear then becomes self-perpetuating. Our failure to resist and control fear results in our failure to act and, in our distorted sense of reality, we “prove” to ourselves that the fear is justified. We commit ourselves to a downward spiral creating failure and that failure multiplies our fears. 

The first effort in overcoming fear is to reframe the story with conscious intention. We must intentionally break the bonds of fear through our awareness of our spirituality, our unity with the universe and the power that this awareness creates. As we are being summoned by evolution to move into higher dimensions, we simultaneously can unleash the power of being at one with the cosmos and fear can be relegated to lesser significance and will cease to dominant our lives. It takes perseverance and diligence to break the bonds of fear; however, it is a necessary function of ascension and one that cannot be overlooked.

Conscious intention to engage with the world from a positive position starts the release of DHEA, a hormone in your body that holds keys to unleash parts of yourself that have laid dormmate and overridden by cortisol and adrenaline. When you connect into the positives, you will experience reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and vitality, faster healing, the ability to focus, improved sleep, enhanced flow, ease in your day-to-day activities, inner balance, clarity in your thoughts, and you will create your life accordingly.  

So, lets together as a community tap in and start with positive intention for change, safety and empowerment.

During a meditation I was told that every person that is born holds the full capacity to change the world singlehandedly.

In following meditations, I received a download of information. This is an extremely brief description of the Creation Laws, which were at the foundation of the download. The Creation Laws are primary in comprehending our power as human beings and claiming our empowerment as individuals. Both are essential for our evolution and the energies of today. Because of what I have witnessed as an energy medicine practitioner, these laws form my beliefs and much of what I have highlighted for several years in my teachings. My guidance has been insistent and consistent that I don’t only understand the Creation Laws myself but that I live by them and teach them. The Creation Laws are easiest to understand in a creation story.

Every culture has creation stories at their foundation. I am offering you a creation story here to help understand the Creation Laws. Even though it is mystical and metaphorical, my story explains the Creation Laws that govern the universe and all that we know. Creation stories are not intended to be logical or scientific, they are designed from the right side of the brain that houses imaginative explanation and creation. For example, one Native American creation story implies that the land we refer to as North America rides on the back of a giant turtle, referred as Turtle Island.

My Creation Story: 

In the beginning there was The Breath of Creation.

This breath filled man and woman on the Earth.

Through the breath of creation, man and woman on the earth were given charge of being the creator beings of the all the universe. This gave them great joy and great power. They could create anything they wanted or could imagine—anything physical or nonphysical. Thus, they colored their world with stars, galaxies, planets, moons, trees, streams and rocks. They created an exquisite world of beauty, texture and diversity. They also created the unseen worlds of faeries, devas, giants, gods, spirits, intergalactic beings and all the unseen forces of the universe. They developed profound relationships with their non-physical creations.

And, just to make things interesting… they created good and evil.

Individually, through free will, you choose to create the good or the evil. You will never lose this choice. The choice will determine all of existence. At any given moment you can choose differently.    The End.

Beliefs, Feelings and Thoughts

Although your emotions might seem to be thrust upon you; your beliefs, feelings and thoughts are choices that you have the power to exercise or not. And, your beliefs, feelings and thoughts generate those emotions you are experiencing. You can choose to create positive or negative experiences in your life. You will never lose this choice. The choice will impact all of your existence and radiate outward into the universe.  

Positive feelings and thoughts attract positive energies and create realizable affirmations that enrich our lives and promote constructive changes. In the same manner, negative feelings and thoughts attract negative energies and prevent us from achieving the better opportunities that we seek. Constant attention to seeking benevolent outcomes rewards us with wonderful and munificent gifts, often beyond our greatest wishes. 

But how do you reach for the positive or have an optimistic view when the broadcast on the news is so dismal? Fortunately, a wonderful component to energy is that it responds to you almost immediately. It only takes about16 seconds to change your energetic broadcast.

By focusing on high-vibration feelings and thoughts, such as gratitude and appreciation, you can shift your broadcast to a positive frequency. The trick is… how long can you sustain this broadcast to build momentum for the positive energy? 

The Feel Good Challenge

Asking myself this question, and knowing that I needed something to help sustain these feelings, led me to create, among other things, the Feel Good Challenge. The point of the challenge is to assist you in changing your broadcast to a positive flow. Each day I write an inspirational message that I support with 5 positive words. I then ask you, “what words can you find to support this message?”  You write in your words. You can also read the positive words others are writing. If this process takes you about 4 minutes each day or 240 seconds you are well over the 16 second mark for change! You will have been immersed in positive frequencies which in turn change the hormone levels in your body and put you on a trajectory of positive outcomes. The challenge is a free service on Facebook. (A private group.)  

This is a service that I offer to you. It is free, easy and fun. I invite you to use this to make a difference in your life. Protect yourself with energetic immunity, and empower yourself with conscious intent. Sign up today and be part of a community of well beings making a difference in the world.   

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FeelGoodChallenge/?ref=bookmarks

 

Free Webinar: The 3 Essential Keys to Living as a Quantum Human

Another offering, that is coming up this month on April 15 (with an encore presentation on April 18), is a free Zoom webinar called, The 3 Essential Keys to Living as a Quantum Human. My colleague, Karen Hefner, and I will guide you through steps that will allow you to reconceptualize yourself as an energetic being, full of positive potential and possibilities. Our intention is to help you shift your perspective and allow you to experience personal empowerment beyond your wildest dreams. 

Here is the link to sign up for this free webinar: https://lightsong.mykajabi.com/living-as-a-quantum-human

You will also learn about our upcoming 7-week, live online course that begins on May 5th titled, ReCreate YourSelf: Become a Quantum Human and Live in True Freedom. 

All of these offerings are designed to empower you, remind you who you are, and ignite passion, joy and empowerment in your life. Join me and empower yourself!

 

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A Powerful Declaration to the Universe~Talisman

In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter solstice is the longest night and the shortest day of the year.   This day marks the death period, the turning point from darkness to light.  The day is recognized and accorded special significance in many cultures. Often it is designated as the North on the medicine wheel of life. This dark time is indicative of a time of release, to let go of the old self, and to prepare for new beginnings—the new growth of spring. Rituals are performed in order to enact this time of release.  The period of darkness extends from December 21st Solstice to March 21st. This is a perfect time to let go of the old and to bring in the new. Whether it is the winter solstice, the first of the year, or any time during the cold winter months, the time is right for the psyche to respond to a releasing and reclaiming ceremony.

During the change from one year to another is the only time of the year that so much of the world is on the same page energetically, which I actually find quite amazing since one of the hardest things to do energetically is to have agreement amongst people, especially worldwide.   This like-mindedness creates a massive wave of energy, more than you could ever muster on your own, no matter how elaborate the ceremony you are conducting. It is the largest possible amount of energy coming in from around the world.

One of the laws of energy is that the more energy that is added to something the greater impact it has and that like frequencies of vibration actually gain in mass, density and volume as they accumulate. This cumulative force creates an enormous thoughtform.  With intention you can wield this thoughtform to work for your advantage. Thus, ceremonially we can capitalize on the wave of agreement throughout the world, that it is a good time to let go and to declare something new for yourself.

Rituals are performed in order to enact this time of release. Rituals help us to feel the experience, to have an actual tangible event locked into our memory. Rituals also help us to focus our intention and with focused intention miracles happen. One of my favorite rituals is that of creating a Talisman.

A Talisman is an object which is created to hold an aspect of an individual. Many people are trying to rid themselves of a belief, an attitude, a characteristic, a behavior, or even a feeling about another person that has burdened them—whatever is making their life less than perfect. From a shamanic perspective the making of a Talisman is a powerful procedure to perpetuate the release process. In fact, the Talisman becomes the object of release. This is the incredible power of the Talisman; it isn’t just a symbol of an attitude or belief, but it becomes the attitude or belief. This all comes about through focused intent and learning how to imbue power into an object.

I highly recommend that you intensify the power of your Talisman by designing and constructing a Talisman using great care and intent.

To fashion your Talisman, I suggest you go out into nature. Have in your mind your intention and ask Spirit to help you. Take a walk and start to collect sticks, grass, flowers, leaves, and other objects that you can put together into a talisman. You might create a Y shaped talisman, one side representing release and the other side representing what you want to gain or create. As you are crafting your talisman you want to imbue it with energy.  To instill the positive energy you seek, hold both the images of what you want to release and what you want to declare in your mind. I suggest that you release what you wish to divest yourself of and what you wish to bring into being individually and separately, going through the imbuement process twice. Imbuing can take on many forms. Shamanic imbuing is done by physically transferring energy into your object or talisman. You can blow it in, dance it in, drum it in, rattle it in, or by any combination of actions. The point is to transfer from you the suffering or pain that you feel from whatever you want to release and move it into the talisman so the talisman now embodies this feeling and becomes it.  The suffering has now transferred out of you into the talisman, so that now you are free. The same is true for the transference of the things you wish to declare but in the opposite direction. The talisman then assumes the nature of that which you wish to create and transfers it into your being. In this ritual, the talisman is destroyed by fire. When the talisman is burned there is a great transmutation of energy back to you during the ceremony. Your declaration is heard in the universe and you receive the feelings of this transference. Since I do this ceremony as a community event, I often have my students verbally declare to the community what it is that they declare and then the community parrots that back to them in a strong voice. The receiver is then receiving from the fire as well as from the community the affirmation of their declaration.

When you add in elements such as fire you compound the power of the action.  Calling on the power of the elements has been a shamanic practice since the beginning of time.  Fire is often identified as the element of transformation and transmutation. When things are thrown into the fire with intention the fire then takes from us what needs to be released and transmutes the energy. Make sure that everything on your Talisman is burnable. You can perform a fire ceremony as a community event with a huge bonfire or it can be in an outdoor fire pit, a fireplace or even with a candle that represents the transmutation process. In the case of using a candle, I would write down what is in the talisman on a piece of paper and burn the paper in the candle flame, then bury the talisman in the ground and let the Earth work her magic for you in replacement of the fire.

Working with fire can be extremely exhilarating.  As a community we form a circle around the fire. We all have drums and rattles.  Individually each person steps out from the circle and begins to dance his/her talisman. They dance around the fire, holding all of their intentions in their heart, building energy with their dance.  The community enhances the energy with their drums and rattles. Possibly, there are encouraging calls going out to the individuals as they dance, encouraging them to build more and more energy as they dance. When the time feels right, the person with the talisman will stop at the fire and plunge their talisman into the fire.  The community breaks into chaotic and exuberant supporting sounds heightening the experience for the release process. The person at the center then pauses, gathers his or her thoughts, then declares with strong voice what it is that they wish to declare or claim for them self. We all say this back to them in exclamation.

The sacred smoke will carry the intentions of both release and declaration out into the universe.

As you are constructing your Talisman, bring your total intention and concentration into the fact that the Talisman is your belief. The nature of your object is not what is important; the power and the intention that you put into it is. Do this in silence, in a place where you will not be disturbed and where you can concentrate. Do not share with family or friends what you are intending. Many of us have the habit of breaking the power of the moment by talking about it. You want the power to build inside of this Talisman until you are ready to burn it. When not praying with it, keep it covered, preferably in red cloth. You may wish to keep the Talisman with you for a few days, even sleep with it by your bedside. I suggest that you meditate with it, forming a strong energy of intention. This is another way to imbue your talisman.  You will do this until you feel that the Talisman “becomes” your intentions. Watch for magic, the Talisman can actually start looking different as it shapeshifts into your intentions.

Intention is one of the greatest creative forces that exist in the universe.

Intentions have a profound impact on your brain and your heart.  Forming the intention puts energy into motion, both in the body and energetically in the ethers.  That is why focused intention is so powerful—actually miraculous at times. We witness this power in the results of prayer, of conscious visioning and consciously bringing things into manifestation.   Prayer is focused intention. Masterminding is focused intention, Envisioning is focused intention. When intentions are focused, the power is greater and the manifestation potential is accelerated and magnified.

Acknowledging the miracles that we have all witnessed and received adds power to our intentions.  This is a divine time to say thank you to the helping spirits, power animals, faeries, weather beings, light beings, angels, arch angels, ancestors, descendants, counsels, star and earth beings and teachers. Be sure and thank the fire after the ceremony. Acknowledging the bounty given to you from the invisible realms and holding this appreciation in your heart during this ceremony will enhance your experience.

If you have others that want to share in this ceremony, invite them.  You are creating the aspect of community, like minds coming together in support and a way to intensify the energy. When you add in fire, community as witness, and the emotional impact of your actions, you have an intention that lives on in the Universe!  The power is enormous.

A powerful declaration to the universe!

 

 

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Imagination

Imagination by Jan Engels-Smith

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Albert Einstein

Often when I teach I find myself moving into an altered state of consciousness and realize that I am beginning to channel my allies that are invested in communicating a message to my students.  I then listen intently to what comes out of my mouth and learn, as do my students, the meaning of the message.  One of these teachings came through recently.  In our gateway class at LightSong Through the Rabbit Hole: Explore and Experience the Shamanic Journey and Energy Medicine, we teach how to journey and meet two of our allies in the spirit world.  A basic tenet of this experience is to convey how to move into an altered state of consciousness that is actually using different parts of the brain.  I have written on the topic of left brain-right brain on various occasions.  In a brief description here, I am using the description from my spiritual allies and it is not necessarily limited to the scientific explanation.

The left side of the brain processes information sequentially and is considered the source of analytical thought. This part of our brain recognizes parts that make up a whole. It looks for an anticipated organization that “makes sense” in the way that we have been trained to think. In processing verbal information, this part of the brain recognizes that one stimulus comes from another, and verbal perception and generation depends on the awareness of a sequence in which sounds or stimuli occur. A left-brain dominant individual might have trouble “making sense” of right-brain thinking.

How then does right-brain thinking occur? The right brain hemisphere specializes in combining the parts to produce a whole. Unlike the left, the right hemisphere organizes things simultaneously and perceives holistically. It specializes in a method of thought that recognizes and constructs patterns and is most efficient at visual and spatial processing. This is our source for processing non-verbal stimuli. We are born right-brain dominant. Dreamers, artists, musicians, and visionaries are often right-brain dominant because what left-brain thinkers see as “non-sense,” right-brain thinkers understand as an alternative way of “making sense.”

Modern Western societies, especially since the time of Isaac Newton and Rene Descartes, have developed a highly analytical and mechanistic approach to understanding the world. They have sought a natural and rational explanation for existence that is highly dependent on observable and scientific phenomena that leaves little room for accepting the possibility of supernatural causality. Spirituality has a lesser status, as such, in left-brain dominant societies.

The Nature of Left Brain Thinking:

  • Dominate in our society
  • Sequential ordering
  • Grounded in logic
  • Cause and effect dependent
  • Linear and defined by past/future thinking
  • Seat of the ego and judgement
  • Governed by rationality
  • Restricted by language
  • Limited possibilities

The Nature of the Right Brain

  • Unlimited possibilities
  • Non-dependent on linear time lines
  • Open to possibilities
  • Promotes unity in all things
  • Capable of nonrational thought
  • Senses beyond the limitations of language
  • Source of creativity
  • Home to the emotions of love and compassion
  • Less valued in modern Western culture

We are all familiar with the term clairvoyance which derives from the French clair meaning “clear” and voyance meaning “vision.” It is extrasensory in that it implies gaining knowledge beyond the restrictions of the five senses. The right brain lends itself to the developing of many forms of increasing clarity that can be obtained through openness and practice. For example, consider the following clarifications of one’s mind:

  • Clairvoyant—clear vision
  • Clairaudient—clear hearing
  • Clairsentient—clear feeling
  • Claircogent—clear knowing
  • Clairolfactory—clear smelling
  • Clairtangency—clear touching
  • Clairgustancy—clear tasting
  • Clairempathy—clear emotion

The shamanic journey involves the full employment of the brain. In classes on journeying, I emphasize that the experience is using a part of the brain that is not utilized much in our left brain society. Journeying allows you to become more whole brained.  Moving into this unexplored area of the brain can be feel odd and untrustworthy to the egoic mind, but we can acquire greater and greater clarity in all of our senses and develop an expansiveness of thought that is not limited by the constraints of the analytical brain. By developing our powers of insight and creativity, we can broaden our vision of the truth of the universe and understand more fully who we are and who we can be.

We live in a time where most people seem to live in fight or flight state of reality, which means you don’t feel safe or capable or don’t have time to feel connected. People are functioning in a survival state of existence.  During fight or flight, it is impossible to access your natural abilities, your inner truth, or to move out of the grip or the ego in the left brain that functions in high gear around survival. We also live in a time of fantastic verbiage and movies that visually explore the use of superpowers and virtually realities; however, this seems to be restricted to a group of Marvel characters that have these superpowers and the rest of us are left dependent on their intervention into our life. As I was speaking to my class I heard myself say, “You too have a Super Power—one of the greatest on the planet.  It is hidden in plain sight and has laid dormant inside of you.  This superpower is your imagination.  The Imagination is the key that unlocks the door into the right brain and into the creation of a new reality.”

The imagination has been denigrated into a meaning of falsity, unreal, or made up. The spirits then went on to explain how the imagination allows us to see into parallel realities of existence, through the veils, and informs us as to what is there.

The imagination can kick start a journey propelling us into this alternative reality that the right brain has access to with all of its functions of the clairs, the non-existence of physical law, the essence of NOW and total and full empowerment of self, to just name a few of the powers we can acquire.  The imagination has roots and expressions in daydreaming, another superpower of the human mind which has also been belittled and vilified especially by teachers as their students would lose focus on their lectures.

Years ago, I was training a group of people to prepare for their vision quest, which is prayer intensive. The participants are literally supposed to constantly pray as they sit for days and nights in the wilderness “crying for a vision.”  The spirits in their guidance to me said, “Tell the questers not to pray.” I was shocked and puzzled at the message I had just received.  The spirits went on to explain that people are notoriously poor at praying.  Many prayers are filled with fear, doubt, begging, uncertainty, and many of the low frequency feelings that prevent the prayer from manifesting.  Instead, I was told, have the questers DAYDREAM.  A daydream is filled with empowerment, visions of grandeur, unlimited possibilities, unlimited potential, magical thinking and of course imagination.  It brings about feelings of joy, happiness, awe, appreciation and gratitude and excitement! These are the feeling that manifest the reality that you wish to produce.

I realize now that imagination is a superpower, daydreaming is a superpower and I can use these understandings not only when I teach journeying to students but in my own life during my prayers and meditation and most of all when I am interacting with my grandchildren!  Kids today understand the language of superpower. They easily engage in developing the superpower of imagination.  Try it out with the little ones and explore and celebrate where they take this ability.  Let’s create a new generation of beings that revel in and acclaim imagination. Let them loose to release what has been captured and hidden in plain site within humans since the beginning of time.

Realize that imagination is a creation energy.  It is a human power and has been used to create everything from a rocket ship to calculus to a hairpin.  It is obvious that man-made objects were conceptualized from someone’s imagination. But what of the stars, galaxies, and lifeforms?  Could these too be from someone’s imagination. The New Earth already exists in its exquisite form of collaboration, unification, health, and wellbeing for all things. We can bring it into manifestation through our imagination by imagining a world that lies within our reach if we have the prescience to envision and accept it.

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Power Animals and How they Differ

Power Animals and How they Differ
By Jan Engels-Smith

LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine, the school that I founded, is based on linking people to their divine connections in the spirit realm. All too often this connection has been lost.  We start this process in the basic journey class called Through the Rabbit Hole.  This is a gateway class that is amazing and is transformative in multiple ways.  Doors open, hearts are healed, and there is inspiration, motivation, enthusiasm and hope.  The feelings that many people have of disconnect are lessened and an awareness occurs that this disconnect is and has been an illusion that our culture and lack of understanding has created.  I teach the class called Through the Rabbit Hole two times a year, usually in January and September.

We start with the basics—connecting you to your power animal.  I was adopted into a Lakota family in 1992.  I learned from one of the elders that the Lakota believe that we are all born with 405 helping spirits assigned to us.  405 is not a literal number but a number of huge qualities.  Very different from “one power animal,” there is a team of divine beings that are assigned to YOU.  Just you.  They are of service to you for all your needs.  These Beings know who you have been, your purpose, and how to help you, and they have magical powers of intervention and healing.  You do not need to know all 405 but throughout your tenure with LightSong you learn about many of them and learn to use and incorporate their abilities into your daily life.  It is a wonderful experience.  Not all spirit allies are animals; however, there seems to be a special bond with the animals for the initial undertaking of discovery that is loving and natural.

I always bring back a power animal for my clients in their healing ceremony. More often than not, the animal that appeared had a special feeling to the client—one of connection.  They often discover a past connection such as having lived on a street named Wildcat Way or that the power animal was a favorite stuffed animal as a child, or that they had lived at the coast during their childhood and talked the sealions daily. I remember there was one power animal that I didn’t recognize when it appeared. It was a bird and I told my client, “This bird is here but I am not sure what it is.”  The bird flew right into my face and said I am a Night Hawk.  My client laughed and said that was one of her favorite birds. Years later this client asked me to perform her marriage ceremony.  The ceremony was outside in a beautiful meadow.  During the ceremony a group of night hawks started circling above us.  My client and I both laughed as the amazing divine connection that nature was vividly displaying for us both.

In the Christian faith, people often speak of guardian angels as beings that are available to provide special assistance in the time of need. In the blending of faiths that I practice, I too believe in guardian angels, but in shamanism there is the belief that we are born with a power animal that serves as an ally throughout our lives; although, we may not always be aware of this formidable supporter. As we grow into adulthood in the West, it is likely that we are not familiar with the concept of a power animal, but these beings are always available if we decide to seek them out and call on them for support.

Children, in their divine innocence, are assigned a power animal at birth and this spiritual helper intervenes to buffer the child from the notorious bumps and bruises that each child is so subject to. Children’s resilience and adaptability is enabled by these divine spirits that keep them safe until they mature. We often lose contact with these divine spiritual beings as we grow up and unfortunately put away “childish things.” Our loss of imagination and dismissal of “magic” as a force in our lives causes us to sever our connections to the spiritual world and to our power animal. Power animal loss affects us in many of the same ways as soul loss, as they are closely connected. In shamanic practice, the restoration of lost parts of the soul is aided by the retrieval of one’s power animal and this spiritual helper sustains us in difficult situations.

The signs of power animal loss and/or soul loss may include:

  • Chronic fatigue, depression, misfortune, faulty or failed relationships, emotional problems or suicidal tendencies;
  • The inability to overcome some emotional trauma from the past such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or distress in childhood;
  • Addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other debilitating dependencies;
  • Repetitive or major illnesses or a problem with recovery;
  • Shame, guilt, or a feeling of unworthiness;
  • A feeling of powerlessness.

In difficult situations, when we are in our greatest need, the absence of our power animal exposes us to greater danger and the opportunity to heal is lessened without this divine intervention. Fortunately, as we seek to recover from trauma, possibly by seeking out a soul retrieval from a shamanic practitioner, the retrieval of our power animal can help us to fully mend and this spiritual helper can remain with us to sustain our recovery. Our power animal does not cease to exist when he has left us because of our ceasing to believe in him; he has simply bided his time awaiting our decision to seek him out and bring him back to help us.

You may think of your power animal as having traveled from you (although it might be more accurate to understand that you have traveled far from him) or you might consider that he has been sleeping for many years. In either scenario, you have been exposed to debilitating and harmful conditions and have suffered the consequences of facing your suffering alone. If you have entered in a quest for personal enlightenment, healing, and reconnection to the universe, then you would be well served to retrieve your power animal and accept his willingness to aid and abet you in the restoration of your wellbeing, regaining your own personal power, and thriving in your spiritual development.

I would make one distinction in reference to power animals. If you engage with shamanic healing, you may be aware of the shaman calling on a diverse range of power animals to effect healing and to restore wellness in an individual. These power animals are allies of the shaman and assist the shaman both in healing sessions as well as everyday life. The power animals incorporated in shamanic practices often are assisting with tasks that you are involved with. These power animals can come and go without power loss to the individual. These are not the power animals to which I am referring when I speak of your retrieval of your personal power animal. As an example of this, when I was writing my first book Becoming Yourself, I asked for a power animal to come forth in the writing process.  A raccoon appeared.  I inquired from the raccoon what were his gifts that he could offer me during my writing.  He informed me that it was his dexterity with his hands.  He would help me with typing.

Your unique connection to the spiritual world is shaped by your individual divinity and your power animal is specific to your birth, life, and person. In your life you may not have a full awareness of your power animal because you have created a distance between him and you, but you possess the capacity to recover this important ally in your life and the ability to reconnect and draw on his strength. Your personal power animal is important because he is specific to you and, once retrieved, can be one of your strongest allies.   For me, the discovery of my birth power animal took years.  I had many allies by this time that did all sorts of tasks for me, especially in my career of being a shamanic practitioner.  I had a power animal for soul retrieval, my primary healing technique, and one for extractions that I performed regularly. The list is extensive, with various allies that I use for various reasons, but I could never get an answer to my question, “Who is my birth ally?”  I finally had an experience that undoubtedly revealed my birth power animal.  It was powerful, magical and extraordinary.  It changed my life.  I will write about this experience in the future.

The variety of power animals that I access provide different support in different circumstances. You might have one power animal that you call on when you are feeling fear in a frightening experience. A powerful tiger might cause you to feel safer because of the fearlessness of your ally. In another circumstance, you might seek out a power animal that you identify with as providing peace and comfort when you are in need of gentle solace and a relief from tension.

People often confuse power animals with totem animals. With totem animals there is a recognition of a particular animal that most characterizes a person’s own natures or their desired natures. I have a friend who is funny and playful in his everyday habits and he identifies readily with the coyote, which often reflects those same behaviors. An adventurous individual might find that his totem is an eagle that soars to great heights. An individual seeking confidence might discover that his totem is the brave lion. Again, totem and power animals are different.  Our power animal does not necessarily represent parts of our persona.  We do not invent our power animals; we discover them, or they discover us.  To find out their purpose in our lives it is best to ask the animal.  Many people will turn to books such as Animal Speaks by Ted Andrews or the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sands to find out why an animal came into their lives.  Turning to resources such as these can be helpful in understanding the basic qualities of the animal but your best source of information about its appearance as your “power animal” will always come from the animal itself.

There is no better or lesser power animal. The great elephant is not superior to the small prairie dog or even the earthworm. In the great design of the universe, each living being plays a significant role in existence and is equally valued. There is no hierarchy in the spirit world, which is where these allies exist. The earthworm, the honeybee, and the songbird are essential and make invaluable contributions to the continuing functioning of the universe. As you seek out the restoration of your power animal, stay open to all possibilities and you might be surprised by your discovery of this divine ally.

I have known of animals actually appearing in Ordinary Reality when its human was in danger. A client of mine was at home late at night and a burglar tried to enter her house. She instantly asked her panther to protect her. Hiding in her hall closet, she heard the loud, aggressive growl of a huge cat emanating outside the house by the door where the burglar was trying to get in. In moments, she heard the burglar scream and run off. She called the police. After their arrival and their usual questions, she went outside with them. One of the policemen pointed out that her very dusty and dirty car had huge paw prints that started from the hood and went to the trunk. Stunned, she realized that her panther spirit guide had chased the burglar away and left its tracks on her car to prove it! Power animals are the greatest protectors in the spirit world.

We have much to learn about the spiritual realm. The journey provides a format for gathering information concerning your own intention and also for listening openly for what the spirits may want to express to you. I have found the shamanic journey to be one of the most profound ways of connecting with the spirits and one of the richest sources of understanding and awareness.

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The Reality of Alternative Realities

In novels, movies, and television shows, the concept of alternative realities has become a staple of contemporary science fiction. This phenomenon extends beyond the visionary imaginations of novelists, screenwriters, and film directors. The expansiveness of the new sciences has exposed us to the factual consideration of the mysteries of the universe and human consciousness. More and more we can conceive of spirituality and science as fellow travelers in the exploration of meaning in existence by confronting the mysteries that have engaged civilization from ancient indigenous cultures to the communities of quantum physicists. The questions raised by these disparate groups seem to lead to remarkably similar enquiries.

As a shamanic practitioner with university degrees in biology, chemistry and psychology, I have come to understand that the seeming conflicts that we think exist are not a problem of truth, but an issue of how we perceive the universe and how we can come to a deeper knowledge of reality. Let me provide an example and a practice that might help us to understand.

Each July my school and healing center, LightSong, hosts the LightSong Telepathic Communication Practicum.  It is an annual event that often has profound spiritual experiences laced through each day.  I am the intercessor for this event and get numerous direct downloads from spirit that I incorporate into the teachings at LightSong as well as use for my own personal growth and evolution.

The template for the workshop is a vision quest and I have anywhere from 8-15 people that are out “on the hill,” by themselves, with no food or water for five days and four nights.  We in camp (usually 75-100 participants) are telepathically eating and drinking for them. This article is not specifically about the practicum but highlights a specific event that happened in the practicum in 2018 and then continued to unveil information this year 2019.

I walk a narrow dirt road several times a day when I am out on the land where the questers have secured places.  Here they can pursue their visions and the revelations that accompany their meditations, prayers, and personal growth.  In checking on the questers, we as a group go and sing to them two times a day, and I have various other duties that put me on this road.  Thus, I have walked the road literally at least a hundred times. About 4-5 years ago I was walking with one of the other facilitators in the camp and we came to a small bridge.  There is a beautiful crystal-clear stream that runs through the land adjoining the Trask River just a few hundred yards further downstream. It is a magical place with large rocks, ferns and tall Douglas fir trees.  One of the persons who has often assisted in the practicum was walking with me as we had done many times before. As Terry and I were chatting, my attention was drawn to some enormous boulders. Huge boulders the size of cars made a regal landscape as the outcropping embedded the embankment down to the stream. I said to Terry, “How did these huge boulders get here?”  Terry laughed at me and asked if I wanted the accurate geological history of the place? He was teasing me, and I realized the ridiculousness of my question. I was dumbfounded because I had never seen the boulders before. Being astute and highly conscious in my communications with nature, my habit would have been to greet the boulders and speak to them as I passed.  I was shocked that I had never noticed them before. After we had a good laugh, I made it a point to introduce myself to these mighty grandmothers and grandfathers and from that day forward I would say hello to them each time I passed by.

In 2018 Terry did not attend the practicum.  I once again traveled the narrow trail I had walked so many times before, but this time accompanied by two different people. When we came to the bridge, I had crossed so many times before, I asked, “Where are the boulders?”  They both looked at me inquisitively and responded, “What boulders are you talking about, Jan?” Incredulously, I insisted, “THE boulders, the ones I have been saying hello to for the past five years. The ones I introduced myself to and spoke to each year.”  Again, as with Terry, I was greeted with laughter. My companions insisted that there were not now nor had there ever been boulders on this site. Immediately I knew that spirit was showing me alternative parallel realities that I live in—a reality with boulders and a reality without boulders. My mind opened and I listened.

This was a turning point for me in something I have given much lip service to and taught as a shamanic concept for years.  There are infinite parallel realities and there are infinite versions of yourself that can move within these realities. Until this time these were concepts that I believed; now I faced an irrefutable experience that I physically witnessed.

I did and am still doing numerous journeys to the spirits for clarification.

In shamanism it is understood that each moment stands independently from every other moment and so there is only NOW.  Past and future are concepts where we have linearized time. In shamanism everything is happening simultaneously and not on a timeline.  One way of conceptualizing this is to think of a motion picture. The film used is actually thousands of captured moments made to move very fast in front of our eyes giving the illusion of movement or a time line, but in truth each one is separate. In some ways you could say each frame of the movie is a parallel reality slightly different from the previous or next frame.

A memory of an event is just that. It is a projection in the mind. It is not something that is currently happening, and the memory is always different in some way from the actual event. In fact, as time passes the memory distorts the event sometimes to absurd degrees. Every time we review a past experience, we change it.  This is like the principle in quantum physics where the act of observation alters the experiment.  The observer determines whether a light is seen as a particle or a wave. Our rational mind would suggest that the physical presence of light must be one or the other independent of our observation; but such is not the case. In truth, this may not be a distortion but rather a revelation that provides an awareness of simultaneity in existence. The question is not about what is real or not real but rather a revealing of alternative realities that are all different and coexisting.

I have been an advocate of the idea that we need to create a New Earth.  One that is based on collaboration, unification, support and love. I talk about this often and at our practicum we practice these customs.  What the spirits are now saying to me is: You do not create the new earth. It is already in existence. You are already a part of it.

The practice is to live in that reality to its fullest, bringing into the norm that which your body and mind recognize and respond to. This is the creative process that will reveal the truth. Each parallel reality has its own data stream of information connected to it.  These data streams are realized as you practice with intention consciously moving between the realities.

The strategies of this practice can lead to a higher enlightenment and bring forth a future that already exists and is waiting to be realized. Consider these practices in your daily life:

 

  • Create in your mind the version of yourself you would like to experience.
  • Imagine that version of yourself and embody it completely.
  • Practice the body language of that version of you.
  • Align your life to that which you know to be this version of you.
  • Ask questions that reveal this self. What type of books do you read?  What do you do for a living? What type of people do you associate with?  What are your morning rituals?
  • Identify and take on the belief system of that version of you, and the daily habits you exhibit that confirm to this reality.
  • Consider what you have learned that is unique to this version of you.

You will know when you have moved into this parallel reality when all of these conceptualizations seem normal and natural.

You will also notice a change in the past, because this new version of you has a different memory of the past. You will also notice that you have broken a continuity that is unexplainable.  For me it was the boulders. What will be your experience?

 

 

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A Place to Belong

Due to an outpouring of interest in community development I have decided to write on this subject again. Please refer to my last article Create a Healthy Community for more information.

The evolution of spirituality in the modern world has led to significant efforts in personal development.  This personal development will boost the creation of thriving shamanic communities, which will then greatly enhance the impact of these individual efforts.  These communities hold the potential and pre-create microcosms of a future spiritual society, a society where everyone is essential and honored, and the individual’s contribution to the whole is seen as a valuable asset. Personal development can lead to healthy communities, which creates a healthier world.

The community I founded is called LightSong.  LightSong is also a school, LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine, and a healing center. All three expressions of LightSong have been successful in their individual expressions because at their foundation is our realization and recognition of the basic needs of humans.  Basic needs that create emotional thriving stem from the feelings of love and value or to feel significant. The acts and words of love feed the soul in a way that is unmatched by any other effort we might make. A healthy community offers the opportunity in its functionality for mutual acceptance, inclusion, recognition, and appreciation. By these acts, individual’s emotions and spirit are enhanced and their value reinforced.   In these ways the community makes the commitment to consistently and constantly reinforce the common positive energy of belonging.

I have found in my work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, shamanic practitioner and energy worker that you can either contribute positive or negative energy to any situation. This contribution will have a direct effect on the situation manifesting either a positive or negative outcome. There are only two choices. Of course there is a vast array of subtle variations to the spectrum of positive or negative energy; however, each variation can be identified in one category or the other—positive or negative. What you choose will create a corresponding outcome.

A Cherokee Legend: Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too. “The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This is the way energy works and this holds the key for the creation of healthy individuals, healthy communities and a healthy world.

As spiritual beings, we often pursue individual development and growth with the desire to attain actualization through the understanding of connection to source and unconditional love. What we seek as individuals reflects, in many ways, our desire for community. We look for inclusion, acceptance, appreciation, gratitude, and ultimately love. The acts of personal development often employ a need for engagement with others where we can learn from others’ experiences and understanding and where we might benefit from sharing. Human beings coming together can generate greater possibilities than all acting alone. Community is an expansive experience. Much is to be gained from individual experiences but mutually shared enlightenment can compound the effects both on our singular person and in the wider world.

Most often, people come to LightSong seeking spiritual connection, acceptance, a place to belong, a place to practice shamanic techniques (which sometimes can feel isolating), and an environment where they feel the presence of like-minded individuals.

I attribute LightSong’s success as a healthy thriving community to certain qualities that were established at the heart of our community’s infrastructure and to which we all adhere:

  • A commitment to show great respect to others.
  • A stated non-competition agreement.
  • A by-law of no gossip.
  • Moral role modeling from those in leadership positions.

Since LightSong is a shamanic community we base our activities on shamanic practices and incorporating spirit into everyday life.  In the design of a spiritual community, spirit must be present in the foundation. People usually join our spiritual community through shamanic classes and training. As soon as they walk through the door in a Basic Level 1 Through the Rabbit Hole journey class they are personally welcomed, accepted, and honored. We also strive to broaden people’s awareness of themselves. We immediately do a series of journeys asking the spirits the question “Who am I?”  The individual takes an assessment of himself or herself not from a physical measure but from a spiritual measure. This opens a door for information to inform a person of the gifts, talents, and positive attributes that he or she might never have considered or recognized. This simple act might offer a major transformation in one’s perception of self in outstanding and beautiful ways. This is all part of not just learning but thriving and growing. Important to sustaining this experience at LightSong is a mutually held spirit of resolve and perpetual attention to the value of life, the exquisite nature of being human and the diversity of learning that other lifetimes present.

There are many opportunities for individuals to thrive in the LightSong community, but one of the more significant experiences is our shamanic practicum workshop. This immersion in community and shamanic practice requires a commitment of time and energy but the results can be momentous. The workshop is titled Telepathic Communication and participants practice shamanic principals through practical application. We live together in nature communally for a week. Tents are pitched in a common living area and food is prepared and shared in common. Everyone contributes to the physical maintenance of the community and as many as a hundred people might participate at one time. The goal is to demonstrate and practice the art of telepathic communication. Telepathy is the foundation of shamanic communication between spirits. Since everything has a spirit form, including humans, telepathy is used in everything from journeying to taking a walk in nature. Participants discover that telepathy is natural and happening constantly and continually. Using the template of the vision quest, we design the community practicum to provide some distinctive markers to learn about this major form of spirit communication. Certain individuals do a vision quest where they go without food and water for four nights and five days. In a spot they have chosen, questers live with very few comforts, exposed to the elements without a tent, with minimal amounts of clothing, and confined to a relatively small space. For many people, this setting offers the greatest opportunity they have known for personal reflection, prayer, meditation and an occasion for communing with the spirits that surround all of us.

The community in camp learns to telepathically take care of these individuals’ basic needs of hunger, thirst, warmth and physical pain. The community also learns to live in complete harmony with each other and nature. The community shares and receives direct feedback on what is happening in camp and what is being telepathically transmitted to the questers. Persons in camp can telepathically send a quester the feeling of fullness after a meal or the sense of quenched thirst or a simple feeling of comfort. These physical and emotional feelings are sent to the questers with conscious intention. When the questers share their experience of what happened to them during story telling at the end of the quest, the community hears that their efforts were successful and that the questers did actually receive what was sent to them. We then highlight that this is the way energy works around the world.  That you don’t need to be on the front lines of a crisis in order to help in the crisis.  Telepathic communication knows no boundaries.   In other words we can and do make a difference no matter the proximity in the world.

As a community we can create a microcosm of a perfect world where we are taking care of each other through conscious attention to our own actions and feelings. When self-aware individuals come together in community, they can compound the impact they have on the world and the universe. Individually, we can do much, but in community the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, thus there is a immeasurable amount of good feeling and positive effects that are generated and projected out into the world from the community.

The events of the practicum are transformative for both the questers and their supporters. Year after year, the shared stories of spiritual events in this week speak to the power of a community connected by spirit and mutual support. Many individuals have found this to be one of the more profound experiences of their lives. People realize that they can make a difference in someone else’s life by the positive attitude they choose to project.  The realization of personal responsibility is highlighted where people realize how they respond or the emotions they project out into the world effect the world and everything of the world.  This of course works in both directions either positively or negatively.

Community is more than a gathering of people. Community is a feeling of fellowship and connection that is drawn from shared beliefs and common commitment. Community is the central design of a civilization and a universe that exists to fulfill the natural purpose of existence—a wholly unified and perfect cosmos.

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Soul Retrieval and Other Lifetimes

I have written about soul retrieval many times because it is central to my healing practice and teaching.  I have dedicated my professional career to this process and have done over 3500 soul retrievals.  That amount of experience has given me literally thousands of case studies from which to learn more about the human condition and how we can benefit the healing arts by integrating ancient traditions into our contemporary healing practices.  I feel that with every soul retrieval I learned from the spirits vast amounts of information about life, past lifetimes, karma, the power of words, humans’ energetic systems, empowerment/disempowerment, self-care, wellness, the death process, discarnate beings, the value of relationship, and why we incarnate.

Soul Retrieval is a shamanic technique that is believed to be the oldest known healing procedure on the planet. Many times in the process of a soul retrieval I will journey to a client’s other life experience. A healing can be done in this other life reality that will actually affect my client’s current life; a phenomenon, which underscores that time, is relative. The spirits have repeatedly told me that time is not linear, but holographic, meaning that all things happen at the same moment but in different realities, and that a altering one of these realities automatically alters the others. This makes shamanic journeying for soul retrievals, or to visit different lifetimes, possible. The person doing the journey travels into that particular time dimension. The ability to cross into other dimensions means we can relive or view a past event and find healing in what we thought no longer existed. We can remember a future before it is present.

This multi-dimensional phenomenon is evident in the following story of Jim, who was struggling with a career decision. Jim’s current career had started with the death of John Lennon. Jim was about 18 years old at the time of Lennon’s death, but he had had a powerful experience at this time, which changed the course of his life. When Lennon died, Jim felt him enter his body. He committed himself to John’s spirit, and became obsessed with learning all of his music. Jim is a talented musician and developed a very successful band, which played Beatle standards. This supported Jim, both financially and soulfully. But after many years, Jim felt as if he were becoming lost as an individual. He wanted to develop his own style of music and be recognized for himself. There came a time when Jim was ready to hang up his Sergeant Pepper’s suit, but he had much indecision and remorse about this career change. He felt as though he were breaking his commitment to keep John and his music alive. He asked me to journey to John’s spirit to get information from John about why he felt so devoted to him. That possibly John would know more about this having a divine perception from the other side. Jim also asked me to do a soul retrieval on him helping him with his individual identity.

My spirit helpers almost always show me things metaphorically during a journey, somewhat like a dream. Luckily for me, my spirit helpers also usually explain the metaphors to me, unlike a dream where you must figure out the symbology for yourself. The first scene that came to me in the journey was Jim lying on the floor sobbing into his hands. John walked up and pulled Jim to his knees. He then embraced him tightly. Jim continued to sob on John’s shoulder with John supporting and consoling him.

The scene then changed to Jim and John flying through the air. Their bodies were actually blended, as if they were superimposed on each other. Each of them had one arm and leg free and off to the side, but their inside arms and legs were superimposed. John was about a head’s length in front of Jim.

After several moments of this, the scene changed to Jim and John curling up into a ball, or sphere, that appeared like rolling light. I then saw the Earth off in the distance as if I was viewing the planet from a space capsule.

I asked for an explanation of the metaphors. The first scene, where John was consoling Jim, had a real twist in it for my client. Jim had been a drug addict, and his involvement with John’s music actually was part of his own healing. The Beatle band had kept Jim productive, responsible, and clean. In order to be a success, he had to take care of himself. John was actually keeping Jim alive, not the other way around where Jim had thought he was keeping John alive through the remembrance of John preforming John’s  music.

The second scene, with them flying through the air superimposed, was explained as Jim and John actually being the same soul expressed in two different incarnations in the same time dimension at the same time! Absolutely amazing! John’s head was shown a head’s length in front of Jim because he was about 20 years older than Jim and further along in the expression of his life. I marveled at the meaning contained in such a simple image. I found it incredible. I had always perceived incarnations as linear and that a soul needed to die, go to the light and then come back as someone else.  This journey explained otherwise.  That a soul can have multiple lifetime expressions in the same  time line.  The spirits then went on to explain the imagery of the spherical ball of light that Jim and John became. They stressed again through this imagery that time is not linear, it is holographic. There really is no such thing as past or future lives. Everything is happening simultaneously in different dimensions of time. The Earth was used to illustrate that we can look at all individuals and see different incarnations of our soul being lived out. We’ve got a whole planet of people who are different expressions of us.

John Lennon’s words from “I Am the Walrus” are interestingly appropriate to Jim’s experience, like a message to him across time:

I am he,

and he is me,

and we are all together.

Since this journey, the spirits have expanded their teaching about incarnations. They fondly expressed to me that when we have real attachments to things, such as to a particular writer, poet, artist, or sculptor, and are drawn to his or her work, it is probably because we were actually the creator of that piece of work. If we read something from history that profoundly teaches us, we may have been part of the actual event. Even if we are extremely attached or moved to help someone, perhaps to support a child in a Third World country, then we are probably that child in a different lifetime expression. Do unto others as you would do unto yourself; the other might actually be you!! Now there’s a thought.

I am still processing this information and probably will be for several years to come. It is amazing. The spirits have since taught me to journey to my other lifetimes and to remember the wisdom I gained from each lifetime expression. I have also learned to journey to souls I would like to learn more about. The possibilities available through journeying are unlimited. Journeys to other lifetimes can be extremely informative, and also lots of fun. I highly recommend them for anyone practicing their journey skills.

Learning to journey opens doors of opportunity that is unmatched.  The potentials are endless and you can use the skill in any situation that you are curious about or need help in.  I encourage you to seek out an experienced school such as LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine, take a weekend class and transform your life.  You will be amazed.

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Soul Retrieval Heals Night Terrors

Continuing on the theme of Soul Retrieval I offer this brief introduction of why it is a major interest to me.  Soul Retrieval is a shamanic technique that is believed to be the oldest known healing procedure on the planet. I have dedicated my professional career to this process and have done over 3500 soul retrievals.  That amount of experience has given me literally thousands of case studies from which to learn more about the human condition and how we can benefit the healing arts by integrating ancient traditions into our contemporary healing practices.  I feel that with every soul retrieval I learned from the spirits vast amounts of information about life, other lifetimes, karma, the power of words, humans’ energetic systems, empowerment/disempowerment, self-care, wellness, the death process, discarnate beings, the value of relationship, and why we incarnate.

I have done several soul retrievals that were profound to me. One that still affects me to this day was when a woman called me to make an appointment for her daughter, who was having night terrors. Night terrors are different from nightmares in that the people experiencing them can’t be awakened. In fact, the more you try to awaken them, the deeper they travel into their terror. Often the sleeping person makes bone chilling, eerie sounds. The sleeping person may have eyes open or closed. If open, you can see soul-deep the horror of their experience. The night terror episode is terrorizing for all concerned.

There are many levels of experience in night terrors, but one thing holds true: the people experiencing them are traumatized, as are the ones who are trying to awaken them. Doctors have no cure and drugs are ineffective. When my client brought me her child, she had tried everything else and decided to seek shamanic healing as a last resort.

The journey I am about to describe is one of several revelatory that I have experienced. It not only created a healing for this individual, but it also opened my eyes to the complexity of life, other lifetimes, the power of words, and multifaceted healing.

During the journey I had an almost comical vision of an African scene. There was a little African warrior standing about two feet tall. He had on a grass skirt with grass pompoms around his ankles and wrists. He had on a black mask with grass hair and he was carrying a spear. He approached me, screaming in what I assumed was an African language, waving his hands and spear around and stomping his feet. Even though I had no idea what he was saying, his body language was definitely angry and threatening. I felt like I needed the protection of my spirit allies. I asked my power animals, “What is this all about?” I was told that the night terrors my client was experiencing were because of a black magic, or voodoo, spell that was placed on her soul in a different lifetime. The results of that spell were being played out through the night terrors. I was amazed, but also perplexed and wondered what to do. I followed my spirit allies’ instructions and to my amazement the little African image dropped his spear and was defused and powerless. The spell was broken.

Please remember, the images in a journey are metaphors; they are used to explain a situation and are usually not literal. The actual truth in this journey was that a spell or curse had been cast, and that we were dealing with negative forces put into action from human intention. (Humans do all kinds of awful things to each other.)

After breaking the spell, I continued with the journey to bring back any lost soul parts. There had been much soul loss and loss of power within my client because of the night terrors. The spirits made sure that all was in order before we left the journey.

After completing the soul retrieval, I spent time explaining to both my client and her mother what had happened during the journey. We then discussed the recommendations given to me by the spirits about how to facilitate her healing by calling in certain healing allies at night before bed. With this advice, the mother and daughter left my office.

After people leave my office, my normal procedure is to clean with sage the sacred items that I used during the soul retrieval. As I was doing this, I heard a loud crash in the adjoining room. The floor shook and a strange energy surged up my spine. With my stomach fluttering, I ran out of my office to see what had happened. There on the floor lay an African mask that had fallen off of the wall. I stared at the mask in both disbelief and amusement. The fear that I momentarily felt surge through my body melted. My amusement came from an understanding I had developed through my longtime work with the spirits. I realized immediately that this mask hadn’t accidentally fallen off the wall, but had more likely jumped off the wall to get my attention. I actually laughed out loud as I bent to pick up the mask, realizing how blatant the spirits can be to get one’s attention. I also was keenly aware that there was a real similarity between the mask that hung on my wall and the one I encountered in the journey.

I found myself saying to the mask, “So what do you know about this black magic stuff I just encountered?”

I took the mask into my office and did a journey with it. During my journey with the mask, it gave me all kinds of information about spells, curses, the power of the spoken word, how to move energy to counter spells, and how to become invisible when I get myself into dangerous situations during a journey. In fact, I am to wear this particular mask in non-ordinary reality when I need to become invisible. The mask was letting me know that it was to serve a very important role in my life. I have since moved the mask into my office space where it serves many purposes. The mask has become a beloved ally in the spiritual realm. Its name is Legba.

I left my office and was compelled to watch television.  This is an odd choice for me since I rarely watch television and more rarely watch it during the afternoon. However this participial day I decided to turn on the television to watch Oprah.  To my amazement the topic of her program that day was night terrors.  She had several guests discussing the topic from doctors to patients. Doctors were stating that they had no cure for night terrors nor did they understand what created them.  Their treatment was drug related which had many side effects especially on the quality of life for their patients.  Patients described the horrors of night terrors. Parents or spouses that were witness to the night terrors expressed the same type of horrors. The entire program was focused on the reality of these horrifying episodes for people and the fact that there is basically no cure that medical science has discovered.

I find no coincidence of the timing of my experience with my client, the spirits that brought me the profound information on the possible cause and cure of night terrors and the topic of Oprah’s show.  To me this is an example of a direct communication from spirit validating the information that I received.  I believe this information is guidance from the spiritual realm to educate any of those that deal with night terrors. Investigating the possibility of a curse or spell being at the core of the night terrors might actual lead to a cure if the curse is unwound and declared null and void.

At the time of the original journey with this client I had no experience with curses and didn’t have any knowledge or skill base with how to handle them.  Now years later I have received much training on the topic and have years of experience in dealing with them.  I have had several other successful cases of night terrors being cured.

Needless to say I was astonished at this information and I had a sudden epiphany. I realized that I had been prepared for years for this moment, for this client, for this teaching. I was prepared not only from my studies in shamanic healing but even in my decorating motif. I have collected tribal or indigenous art all of my adult life and all of my tribal art has been “danced.” Danced is a term that means that the piece is not only original, but has actually been used in traditional ceremonies. This particular mask was the first in my collection. I have had this mask since I was 22 years old and I can guarantee that when it came into my life I was unaware of shamanic healing or of what the mask was capable of doing. I wondered why I was interested in cultural artifacts. Why was I drawn to cultures around the world? Where did this interest originate? The mask came to me in a serendipitous way through various long-forgotten friends who had lived in Africa. I had admired the mask for years and they eventually gave it to me. It had hung on my wall for 20 years and had never fallen off!

I realize now that the mask came into my life for a reason, in preparation for this very moment. It is a reminder of the divine order of the universe. Nothing is out of place and every interaction, every friendship, every encounter, every thing is divinely ordered and interrelated. All this time I had thought I was selecting my own artwork, but in truth it was selecting me.

Since this experience, other things (art pieces, fetishes, altar icons) have spoken to me and allowed me to understand their divine purpose in my life and the part they play in my chosen path. I no longer doubt my own purpose, or question how someone raised in traditional American ways could have such a profound connection to the spiritual realm and magic of indigenous cultures. I accept that it is so.

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