Shamanism: An Ancient Recipe for Modern Living

Shamanism - an ancient recipe for modern living

Jean felt lost. While she was a student there was always the next class to attend or assignment to be done. Her life was  structured by her timetable and tasks to complete. Now that she had graduated life had changed. There was no structure determining her next moves. She was anxious and felt insecure; that she had been set adrift with nowhere and everywhere to go, with no rudder to steer her.

She didn’t know it then, but her life was about to change. As she scrolled through her Facebook feed, she saw posts that ignited her curiosity. The posts were about Shamanism and practices.

Jean Today

You wouldn’t recognise the same Jean today. She has a presence that tells you she knows herself well and will fearlessly pursues the things that she is passionate about. Jean hasn’t just achieved goals that she has set herself, she is tuned in to her environment, compassionate and aware of others and is true to her values. She is confident, self-assured, and above all, happy.

Shamanism

Contemporary shamanism draws from the ancient practices of indigenous cultures across the world. Shamanism is not a religion, but a spiritual way of life that embraces all the practicality of daily living. Jung travelled the world observing indigenous cultures. He observed great similarities shared by cultures that had never had contact with each other. Subsequently, modern psychology has created modalities for treating patients based on his observations. Contemporary Shamanism goes further in that it gives you the tools to live consciously aware; to know yourself well and create a lifestyle that reflects your true nature.

It is a common theme in many people’s lives that they lose confidence, feel unworthy, lost and unsure like Jean. Many also find themselves repeating the same pattern repeatedly; often becoming worse with each cycle. Jean attended several private sessions that in turn dealt with the causes of her lack of confidence and direction. Conditioning from childhood experiences (wounding), ancestral patterns, soul’s journey and past lives all contribute to how we are in the world. With the help of a shamanic practitioner, these were discovered and brought to the light and transformed. In this way, Jean was relieved of the burdens of conditioning and past experiences and could step forward and express her true self.

Self-Empowering

This may sound rather daunting as it sounds radically life-changing; and it can be! However, Shamanic practice is a self-empowering process where you are completely in charge and learn as you grow and change. Shamanism is a many faceted concept and you will be attracted to the things that will resonate with you most. To give you a better idea, this is Jean’s experience.

Jean’s Journey

# Visioning workshop

Jean needed to find some direction so she decided to attend a shamanic workshop with the intention of creating a vision of her future. She was immersed in a safe and sacred space with others with similar intentions. As the workshop progressed, she became fascinated by how the ritual, symbols in many forms, and the Sacred Circle of Whole Consciousness spoke to her, her truth and helped her to vision what is possible in her life.

# Personal Sessions

After the workshop, Jean was aware that she was feeling quite anxious about some aspects of her vision and that she couldn’t bring them to reality. She decided to have some personal sessions. Each session was focussed on a vision that she wanted to achieve; confidence, assertiveness. During each session, she felt healed; that ‘blocks’ had been transformed into the light aspects that she desired, and were now part of her.

# Everyday Living

A core principal of Shamanism is to be consciously aware – in the present moment. As she learnt more about Shamanism, Jean learnt tools for everyday living. She learnt to stop regularly during the day to be mindful, to notice the small things that are usually missed and recognise them as signs of synchronicity. She remembered the ‘rules’ that are congruent with the Shamanic Way – The 8 Ways, channelled by Heather Price – to keep her on track.

In this way, Jean became who she is today – her authentic self. She is confident, happy, fulfilled and positive.

What about you?

Are you living life the way you want to? Do you feel that you are comfortable being yourself in all situations, or do you put on a mask and act as though you must be someone else in the theatre of life? Are you confident and happy? Are your relationships loving and caring?

Life is too short to not be confident and happy in the way you live it. Although changing the way it is now can be daunting, the outcome of change – transforming it – is beautiful as it brings the gifts of confidence, joy and peace and you become the best that you can be.

The added bonus of Shamanic practice is that it not only supports you with vital tools for living. It provides you with ‘culture’; a depth and richness to life that otherwise may not be there, as rituals, symbolism and conscious awareness bring colour and deep meaning to daily life.

If you would like to know more, please explore my website and any questions, please contact me.

How to clear mind chatter and make space for useful thinking.


mind chatter

Jenny was stressed. She had several projects on the go and the added challenge of organising a family dinner with her partner’s relations. So many thoughts overloaded her mind, with some going around and round creating ‘thought demons’; each demanding attention. There was no space left for thinking clearly about any one thing. She felt she wasn’t capable and was overwhelmed by the constant mind chatter and her anxiety was at a peak.

Jenny decided that this wasn’t good enough for her since she wasn’t enjoying life, so she followed the steps that I’m going to give you here.

These steps are the beginning of a lifetime habit that will quieten mind chatter and make space for clarity, problem solving and creative thought.

  • Make a commitment to invest some time in changing your monkey chatter.
  • Recognise when your mind chatter appears – make a note of what it is.
  • Mind chatter loves attention – don’t fight it. Acknowledge it and change it.
  • Prepare for transformation – ready yourself with positive thoughts (affirmation) to replace the negative busy ones.
  • Create your vision of how you want to be – Have an image of how you are when thinking is clear and productive. It is helpful to have a symbol you can bring to mind easily.
  • Practice – Each time you notice mind chatter, visualise your symbol and say your affirmation.

“But I’m in a hurry”, you say. “I don’t have time for this!”

The truth is, you don’t have time for the mind chatter either. It’s unproductive. By dedicating a relatively small amount of time to commit to and practice this different way of thinking, you will find it will become an automatic reaction to mind chatter and your mind will have the space to problem solve and create.

Why not make a date with yourself today to begin practicing being in charge of your thinking brain?

 

 

Ho’oponopono

 


Ho'oponopono

Ho’oponopono

I love you

I’m sorry

Please forgive me

Thank you

A mantra to change each one of us and to change the world.

You know how sometimes it happens this way – You learn something new, and you’re sure that you really get it; you understand what it means. And then one morning, you wake up and have a REVELATION that your understanding was only the tip of the ice-berg and the meaning has expanded exponentially

Well, that happened to me this morning.

Resolving events from the past

For a long time now I have been reflecting upon times in my life when something has occurred, and too late, I have realised that someone has felt hurt, unheard, misunderstood or even loved in a way they haven’t been able to receive, or have felt their love rejected.

I have felt powerless to move the energy around these times, since we live in a world of past, present and future and current reality is that we all know that the past is gone. I felt deep sadness and regret and a desire to undo or at least resolve these times.

This morning my REVELATION was that I really understood this. The event and each person touched by it is not everything; there is more. It involves the energy that happens in those moments. Often the energy not only remains but intensifies like Lorenz’s metaphor the butterfly effect as the gentle flutter caused by the butterfly’s wings causes a hurricane on the other side of the world. The energy of the event remains unless it has been adequately dealt with, and it amplifies as the emotions of the event are expressed by those affected – affecting more people and so on.

The energy may be old, in the past but it is still there, added to; growing in intensity even though it may have been forgotten.

Imagine that this negative energy is a cloud that we all have contributed to. See it and make it real because we can deal with real objective things and we can transform them into light loving energy.

Ho’oponopono

Some time ago, I was given the gift of Ho’oponopono, and it has sat with me unused until now. As I reflected this morning it all became clear. I revisited Dr Joe Vitale’s website where he explains his first encounter with Ho’oponopono and everything made clear sense. (Read it after this. It’s a good story :))

Ho’oponopono is a mantra:

I love you.

I’m sorry.

Please forgive me.

Thank you.

Ho’oponopono is an expression of unconditional love.

Say it I say it to yourself.

Say it to  all your family, friends and aquaintences.

Say it to everyone in the world. 

Now say it into the cloud you hold with the energy of the past event and ask that it transform it into Love and Light. As you do this you will heal myself with love and all others; the love grows and intensifies into a cyclone of love all over the world.

I quote from the note at the end of the article:

“Dr. Len’s message may be quite hard to believe, yet it’s amazingly simple. He states that we are all responsible for everything that we see in our world. By taking full personal responsibility and then healing the wounded places within ourselves, we can literally heal ourselves and our world. As related by Joe Vitale in the radio interview, Dr. Len suggests a four-stage process for this ho’oponopono work. Whenever a place for healing presents itself in your life, open to the place where the hurt resides within you. After identifying this place, with as much feeling as you can, say the below four statements:

I love you.

I’m sorry.

Please forgive me.

Thank you. ”

This is the gift that I pass on to you today. Together we can change the world.

I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.

Betsy

Manifestation is a breeze for Seven Year Olds!


Manifestation

Are you having trouble manifesting your dreams? 

My advice is to watch how it’s done by the children around you!

I was highly amused by the conversation I had with my seven year old (nearly 8) grandson the other day when I picked him up from school. Later I took time to digest what had happened and marvelled in the wisdom of it.

The conversation went like this:

Ma: What do you want for your birthday?

A: Well, it’s on Tuesday so we’re coming over to your place after school and having dinner together.

Ma: Oh, are you? That’s nice; sounds like fun! But what do you want for your birthday?

A: Well I’d really like to have Sushi but if you don’t want that we could have something else. It’s ok.

Ma: Hmm not sure I know how to make sushi – we might have to think about that …. but what do you want for your birthday?

A: There’s this Ninja lego with 2 bikes that I’d like to have because I haven’t got it and it’s about $22

Ma: Do you use your lego? You’ve got a lot of it.

A: Yes I use it nearly every day after school.

Great exercise in manifestation. Do you think he will manifest his dreams?

He knew what he wanted and imagined it exactly as he wanted it to happen; lived it in his mind.

He brought his dreams to the light to the right people and spoke of it as though it was a done deed already planned; to Ma and also to his parents later.

He also knew his audience as he made everything even the present a possibility; flexibility and price!

No doubts or fears or negativity here!

Manifestation here it comes!!

Love him to bits.

We learn so much if we just take a moment to observe.

Blessings

Betsy

Sensory Communication


Sensory Communication

We communicate in many ways!

Have you ever thought about

Sensory Communication?

Sensory communication brings greater depth of connection with the world around us giving us greater meaning and richness of experience. I  would like to share with you a ‘moment of Clarity’ that I experienced this week when I was preparing myself for my meditation group. It was a profound moment of realisation for me and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of communication expressed in this way before.

We are very conscious of our ‘brain talk’ and this communication is always in words. In fact we mostly think of communication as being in words or signals given in body language or specific movement signals.

As I opened myself to dream the session as it was going to happen, I picked up a piece of sodalite and held it in my hands. I became aware in an instant that the crystal was communicating with me. NO! it wasn’t talking. There were no words in my head. I was AWARE; aware of the weight, aware of the coolness, aware of the roughness and the shape of it. I opened my eyes and drank in the colour. I was AWARE; aware of the colour, aware of the white veins threading through the crystal. No WORDS were there or required. Communication was purely sensory.

This has brought a deeper meaning about communication for me that I wanted to share. Taking space to absorb the messages from our senses gives us the ability to communicate; to receive sensory communication that has the capacity to enrich our every experience. Each of our senses; sound, sight, touch, taste,smell and also our energetic field, is communicating with us in every moment.

The ‘real’ world of hustle and bustle and ‘brain talk’ blanks out this awareness; this sensory communication.

Mindfulness is a modern term for being aware of these senses and is certainly a great skill for being aware in the present moment. However, I rather think that what I am describing is more akin to mindlessness. It felt more like I am empty and the crystal is giving me information; replacing words and thoughts.

  • Do some relaxation breaths.
  • Take a moment.
  • Decide to hold something or stand near it.
  • Take a breath and let go of thought and mind talk.
  • Notice.
  • BE AWARE.
  • What sensations are happening?

Take in your awareness of the sensations before your brain engages and begins to put words to the experience and treasure the moment.

In my next blog I will take this further where the communication becomes clearer and meaning is processed through symbolism.

Thank you for reading and please comment your experience below.

In Love and Light,

Betsy

Landscape Dreaming and Symbolism



Symbolism is an amazing tool

that we can use to assist us

on our journey through life.

This is how I connected with Mother Earth and my higher power this morning using the symbols around me.

I recently experienced an amazing drum journey with Heather Price. During the journey  I visited the landscapes that my Spirit is connected with.

The water landscape that showed itself to me was a shady tree near a babbling creek. This is a place where I often visit during relaxation meditations.

So this morning, as I walked along my favorite walk beside the creek it was no surprise to me that I found a place quite like it. The only difference is that at the moment the creek bed is dry; a symbol in itself.

I took some time to sit and connect with Great Spirit and this lovely place and this is what I found.

With no flowing water in the creek I observed that this reflects how there are phases in life; times of flood, times of steady flow and times where there is silence – a time to contemplate and integrate.

As I looked at the rocks in the creek bed they showed me that the large ones are steadfast, embedded in the Earth; unmovable. The smaller ones are at the mercy of the force of water and are swept up by the water in times of flood, although some find safety in the spaces between the embedded rocks. For me the large rock has significance. My recent journey has been the large rock embedding/grounding me in who I truly am.

How does this relate to your journey? Are you scattered and swept along by the floods – your emotions? Are you swept up and off on a journey of excitement and travel? Or are you standing firm in who you Truly are?

Looking at the large embedded rock, I noticed the flotsam that it had held from the last flood. Stepping into the feeling of the steadfast embedded rock, I realised that so much, in the way of information, experiences, sensations, emotions, comes my way constantly. I realised that some of these I mindfully decide to keep; act on, use for my benefit or save for the love of it. At the same time, most of it is no longer useful and I it allow to be flushed away down the creek.



As I sat there under my spreading tree, there was an almighty raucous as two bush turkeys battled it out, flying up into the branches and crashing to earth; one chasing the other with great determination!

‘This also has significance to me,’ I thought, as I watched them walk in opposite directions with as much dignity as they could muster. The argument was settled. They were able to let it pass and go on to the next thing in their lives. So often when the ‘flotsam’ hits us in a flood of emotions it is difficult to know how to let the stream wash it away so that we can start anew. I examine it, see it for it’s true value and decide to keep the worthwhile lessons and allow the flotsam to flow away.

I love being in nature and now that I am committed to noticing the messages there, I love it even more!

Message Successfully Sent!

Knowing Yourself



Knowing Authentic Self

is the KEY

to

living authentically

and

achieving your dreams.

Each of us are the total of our conditioning, cultural upbringing, experiences, relationships, potential, abilities and talents, values and physical selves and I’m sure that you will find other aspects that I haven’t mentioned! These aspects of ourselves and our lives set us up for our life’s journey and somewhere amongst them is our true self, pushed here and there, influenced in this way or that. … So how do we re-connect and re-discover our true self?

SELF AWARENESS is the beginning and the absolute core of getting to know yourself well. You will begin to find out where you are reacting and responding in ways that are authentic to your true nature. You will be able to learn to change the reactions that you don’t like to more authentic responses. You will come to know what your true values are and what interests you and alights your passion.

HOW do I get to REALLY KNOW Myself?

Well a good start is to learn to BE AWARE of myself; how I feel, how I deal with those feelings, the effect I have on others and how much I allow my brain to make decisions for me.

Here are ten tips that I’ve noticed help me to BE AWARE

  1. Regularly stop and do a body scan, noticing where in your body you are tense and how each part of your body feels.
  2. Now brains can be bossy. They think that they know what is right for you and want to keep you safe. So, notice what your brain is saying to you and question the validity of what you hear. “Does this serve me well?” Much of what the brain rabbits on about comes from conditioning (e.g. messages your parents and teachers repeated to you) and you may notice that much of what it is saying is negative, fearful and downright unhelpful! CHOOSE to transform these thoughts into positive loving conversations that will serve you well.
  3. Learn to ‘ground’ yourself and you will find that you will be more in tune with yourself and your actions and reactions will be more reflective of who you are.
  4. Take keen notice of how your body and your brain react to others and what they say and do. Decide to work out what the ‘story’ is behind your reactions.
  5. When you find yourself reacting negatively to what someone is doing or saying, ASK them questions about the situation. Become curious and find out all the details. You will be surprised how often our initial reactions are based on too little understanding of others.
  6. With self awareness you will become clearer about your values.
  7. With self awareness you will begin to notice your self-talk. This will tell you whether the beliefs you live by are serving you well or are due for an overhaul and to be framed in a different light.

 



Tree Metaphor

I looked for a tree symbol of my inner self.

Meet my beautiful tree! She is straight strong and true.

She is thoroughly grounded.

Her branches tell me to reach for the sky in all directions.

Her bark is continually renewing and harbors small animals, while her branches embrace the nests of birds.