Orlando Hands on Healing was a WOW!

Christen

Jo Maldonado of CAT in Orlando recently hosted me for a very special weekend.

We began on Friday with a healing ceremony for the CARE foundation, a wild animal sanctuary. My plan was to have the circle do power animal retrievals for the residents, but when I did my “prejourney” I learned that an important resident cat wanted us to do things differently. He wanted to be the shaman, bringing through healing power to the land and to the woman who is in charge, Christin. When I arrived Friday I met him - Bolshoi the Tiger - CAREs longest standing big cat resident. Fabulous!

Our journeys combined my intention and his. Each person in the circle communicated with a resident animal, connected that animal to his or her spirit tribe, and then asked the animal and the tribe to bring healing through to the land and to Christin. She said it was incredibly beautiful, uplifting and healing. I was amazed because we were up against some tough conditions -  there was a TRACTOR PULL going full volume right next door. The drum drowned it out, and we did great work!

Orlando Spiral

The Hands on Healing workshop on Sat and Sunday was extra special. The location had art, water, nature and gentle spirits everywhere. We set up a triple spiral using Spanish moss and set shields in the centers to hold the power. The ancient spirits who make this all possible came in great force, including the Mongolians. Everyone has a story to tell - we had lots of powerful personal healing.

We learned to use our hands for healing, combining shamanic techniques with energy healing and light touch. It was an interwoven process of journey visioning, merging with our spirit teachers, and connecting it all to our partner using our hands. We learned to bring it through our drums and rattle for a bang-up powerful transfiguration. It was so much fun!

Making shields of the spirits has become an integral part of this process. First we journey to the spirits who have come to join us, and ask to see if someone wants guide our hands as we create them. Then we play! And when are done we journey into the shields to see what the source of their power really is. All of it is amazingly fun and creative. The shields bring the Spirits into form, and they are very sacred. My sacred working space in my home is a gallery of them now. So sweet, so juicy!

The Spirits who empower these workshops are ancient and strong. They may well be the "ancestors" that people are referring to lately, as we approach the end of the Mayan calendar etc, etc. I don't know, but I do know that I always get profound initiations when I participate in the ceremony, and that people get "miracle level" healings. I just have to keep doing it, keep hosting ceremony, keep dancing and keep working!  Next post I will share with you a journey that Mary Carter had recently. She did the Hands on Healing and Spiral work in Albany this summer, and she is now being visited by these Big Spirits and getting some Big Teachings!

Throughout the workshop we were blessed with a huge flock of crows and other black birds who sang songs to use through the weekend, and protected our space. And when we were done, they floated away. Farewell dear friends!

Jo’s husband, Henry made a video of parts of the workshop. I am looking forward to seeing is as soon as he is done editing. Meanwhile, here is a slide show of the pictures we took. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2087031&id=1075897078&l=24b124147f

Albany NY Spiral Retreat

The Spiral's Lights at Night

Count the Orbs at the Bumble Bee Retreat!

The Albany Spiral Retreat was fantastic. We set up a triple spiral on Ginny’s wonderful lawn and welcomed layers of Spirits. The first day we made shields Spirits who were there for us,emblems that that projected their Power. Then we journey to the source of those shields and received deep personal healing. That night we danced the Spirits in the Spiral, as the healing went deep into our bones.

Saturday we did Spiral in Time. Working on behalf of each other we reached back into our ancestry to find the stories of the unhealed wounds that were passed on to us in our bones. We healed the stories for each other and completed the Transfiguration in the spiral. What a spectacular day! Sunday we learned a powerful form of shamanic hands-on healing and compared it to more typical energetic healing touch. What a difference the Spirits make! I am teaching this technique in my weekend Shamanic Hands-On Healing workshops in Chicago and Orlando this fall.

My live workshops emphasize shamanic techniques that compliment what we learn teleclasses. Working live we can completely experience our bodies as the physical bridge for the Spirit’s healing power.

You might consider this to be quite advanced, but interestingly, each of the last two Spiral Retreats had one or two people with little shamanic journeying experience. They had delightful experiences and did phenomenal healing work.

I trust the Spirits to bring the right people to these workshops, and I trust the Spirits to support us so that each person gets exactly what they need and everyone has a great time. So if you are wondering if you are qualified for these workshops, you probably are. It's best if you learn to journey first, but that is easy to do through ASN or CAT.

Spirals: energetic healing's unified field theory

Spirals are ancient images and I believe they are the image of creation. That power, that motion is the force that brings us life itself, and all our renewal. It is the earth's magnetic field. It is the shape of DNA. It is the pattern of organic growth. It is the unfolding of the universe from a birth star. So many healers use them in vortexes and many other forms; these spirals are universal, and they must come from the same concept and source. Spiral work is the closest thing we have to a unified field theory in energetic/spiritual healing. Many times when I do a basic shamanic healing for a client the spirits use spirals in simple, but distinct and consistent ways. There are certain patterns and colors the spirits use, such as tornado vortexes that look like snow, and spiraling streams of blue light. I have not shared these images with my students as teachings. The only people who know what I am doing are my clients who have experienced the work. (I speak everything out loud so people know what is happening in non ordinary reality while I work.) I am currently teaching a level 2 class in shamanic healing, and in the first session we were asking the spirits to show each person a simple healing so that they would have some initial ideas about the work that is to come. One student was shown the same spiral techniques the spirits use in my sessions - right down to the colors. We shamanic healers are blessed to be the conduits of the spirits wisdom and power. I love that we have cohesive experiences, without any prompting. We just sit in the same circle, ordinary and non ordinary.

I am hoping to see a website built to showcase all our experiences with spirals in shamanic healing. I won't be creating it, but I think I know who will :-) More to come....

Spiral Riding - a sweet connection

Spiral Riding: Healing co-created conditions All of us in close relationships have mirrored conditions. Human/dog, mother/child, people/people, dog/dog: you name it, if there is a close bond there is overlapping energy and its manifestations. I call these co-created conditions, and my mission is to find shamanic ways to heal them. My teachers have just given me some new Spiral Magic to use to heal them.

I have been very intent on improving my riding, and it has been hard. Old habits are difficult to change. I know that we are mirrors to our horses. Where we are stiff so are they, and it is our job to induce the change to softness. Lyra came to me to teach me and she is one stiff pony. To help her and me, I did a variation on the Spiral Ceremony. It felt very powerful as I was doing it, but the proof came the next day. She was soft as butter! When I rode her my Teacher instructed me to merge with the spiral again. All the stiffness melted away! She became round and happy, reaching into the bit, lifting her back, and floating in all her gaits. Just like that.

Now to repeat it with consistency. Yah sure you betcha.

I am teaching this technique, and many other Spiral Medicine techniques, in my workshops this spring. See the calendar page for details.

Spiral Cycle Masterclasses

The Spiral Cycle consists of three distinct workshop-ceremonies. These workshops will be offered in a series of Masterclass Teleclasses starting Fall 2013. They are the Spirits' gift to you. There is no need to learn these ceremonies in a particular order. They can stand alone or be done together. When I do all three for a client I use the order below. But I often just use one or another as the Spirits prescribe. 1. Healing in the Spiral of Time addresses our deepest roots of pain and heals them in our past lives, our ancestors lives and our own living histories. 2. Creation's Womb: Walking the Spiral Labyrinth bring us powerful help from the Spirits who guard and protect all of life on earth. This ceremony brings in multiple layers of power, and has produced incredible healing for participants and their proxies. (This was called Sacred Animal Masks) 3. Spiral Ecosystems brings us into awareness of how we are energetically interwoven with ecosystems that support us, physical and social. It can fundamentally shift our way of understanding the world. In this ceremony we realign ourselves with the harmony of the universe.