The Divers and Surfers Of Emotion

underwater_shutterstock_98001155Many people who I refer to as ‘deep divers’ find it challenging to be around people who are ‘surfers’.  When observing the surfer, they seems to have the easiest ride as they lightly skim over the tops of the waves (emotions) and ride them back to shore.

To the observer it’s much like a beautiful moving meditation in line with the ocean.

Now lets really look at the easygoing surfer for a moment. On a practical level learning to surf takes quite a lot of skill and many many times they will fall off the board both as learners and when experienced.

They can get stuck in a rip, get slammed against sharp rocks, be stung by a blue bottle or box jellyfish, get hit with another board and get  knocked out, attacked by a shark, be pushed under by the ocean waves to the point that they feel as if they will never get out from under and sometimes hurt themselves so badly as to be left with great injuries.

So yes surfing does look easy from the shore, but the reality is it takes great skill 4069f7a237396b8d42e1b93b8f3c9bb0and a some courage to deal with all those possible fast occurring factors.

Deep divers in difference tend to see things from deep  under the ocean. They can feel bogged down, encounter sharks and other predators and get stung from pretty but nasty things hiding in among the nooks of the coral. If they find themselves pulled into going deeper, it gets really dark and isolating and they can come across some beings that are quite frightening and ones that create nightmares. The divers can feel overwhelmed and waterlogged due to the pressure of the water (emotions) surrounding them and at times feel so overcome with emotion that they can lose direction.

Whether you are a diver or a surfer. Both are fraught with challenges. Both offer great beauty and learning.

The surfer riding a good wave and barreling into an ice blue water tube to come out the other end still standing, is beyond elated and feels somewhat at one with nature.

c1477833480df73cae65906ddcb3ab15The diver who ‘knows’ how to breath under water with their gills open can swim with ease through the beautiful corals, be tickled by the colorful fish, enjoy watching the seahorses swim by, catch a slip stream to another adventure and be part of the incredible and brilliant wonders of the big blue.

Both the surfer and the diver are innate swimmers. Both have challenges to overcome when moving through the waters (emotions).

If you are looking for guidance in navigating the oceans of feelings, you might like to call upon some ocean medicine.

As a surfer you may like to call in a totem like the Dolphin, a being who is great at surfing and who can teach you how to navigate the waves of life and let stress go with the holding and then the popping of the breath as it comes to the surface.

As a diver you might like to call in the Whale totem who is a deep being of wisdom and dolphin-07is known for its gentleness, connectedness and the keeper of ancient knowledge. The whale’s tail can help direct you as sometimes under the sea its hard to know which way is up. They can burst through the surface of the ocean as well to gain some perspective and to have some fun. This being is great for support when one is diving into deep soul issues.

You may now say ‘Well I feel I am a bit of a diver and a bit of a surfer!’ Great! That’s good that you know that. So you can work with both totems and both perspectives depending on how you feel you are traveling.

5671efb00cfe320e01f89ba3437c442fI myself have always been a diver even when I was a child. I loved the feeling of diving in deep and the peace and quite of the blue. I always looked at things very deeply, probably too deep for some surfers I hung out with. But that’s my natural bent so to speak.

The dolphin medicine is beautiful and I have used its breathing techniques but when I feel into my soul it’s the Whale that comes forward.

You may find that a totem of a totally different ilk comes forward to be of assistance. This is your adventure, your journey, and your emotions. Whatever resonates let it be a support to you when you are being confronted with strong feelings. It may just give you that edge and offer a little more insight and support when you are feeling there is none.

Happy swimming!

Next post will be about the upcoming Online Shamanic Training due to begin Oct/November 2016

Blessings

Odette

(c) Odette Nightsky 2016

The Pattern in the Path

af47fc4ab39e7322ea4bdc37bb2ae1e2We all arrive here to learn. Whether we learn through extremes or not, the learning is there, the opportunity for insight and growth is always there. Whether we take that opportunity will define our paths trajectory and the challenges we come across from experience to experience.

One of the most challenging aspects of being human I find, is the set patterns and programs that bind us to certain lessons.

Program definition.

Through our early experiences we learn how to get our needs met and how to behave often times via the environment and influences around us. This can be learning how to communicate so the adult knows we are hungry which may begin with crying and then evolve to asking depending on what programs you are taught. Then we go to school and we are taught another ‘learning program’ this may include not talking when you want and having a nap when you don’t want even though everyone has to. And then there is learning to share and include others or not. This is a sort of conditioning many are taught to supposedly make us able to adjust to dealing in the wider world. As we age more and more programs come flooding in, as do more responsibilities and energetic burdens depending on what family dynamic you are living in.

Example: Maybe you learn to be a pleaser at home because that way there is less upset and you fill an energy space between your parents so everything seemingly runs better. At school you seek to please to be befriended, maybe you even bring things to school to make people like you more.

The program is already deeply running and you haven’t even left high school yet!0f2eceae884c7152c3a65075d89d56a7

Then maybe its your first boyfriend that initially flatters you and then after he knows your hooked he starts to become a bit more aloof and not as eager and willing as he was when you were first going out. So the program kicks in again as it’s in your emotional and mental bodies memory hard drive. You find yourself wanting to please him more and more and with this he becomes less and less interested. You start to energetically ‘GIVE’ your power away to him via running the pleaser program. His program is not of the pleasure so much as the ‘poor me’. He was programmed to think that when things went wrong it was all his fault and that he is a failure. So when your ‘pleaser’ has had enough and starts to get irritated due to your default program is not working and goes un- acknowledged, a snake from the bottom of your belly crawls up your throat and lets out a hiss right between his eyes. He then defends, justifies  and  moves into his program of ‘poor me, I am a failure’ and shuts the door behind him while he licks his wounds. You then feel awful because you hissed at him and without knowing you have co-dependently absorb his program to add to yours. As a pleaser you have failed and now you also feel a failure. So you now are carrying two programs in your solar plexus, without really knowing how on earth you got there when you were only trying to be nice! Sheesh!!

This is really important to remember.

dadb541bf1413b4ef3cc5bd950996db4YOU ARE NOT THE PROGRAM.

You are experiencing the program that you have learned and that has been repeated over and over and over again and has been absorbed within your unconscious. It only rises up when it sees an action that reminds it of an old program that you are hooked into.

The pleaser program is set on ‘pleasing’ to make one feel worthy enough or good enough. ‘If I am pleasing enough I will be liked’.

So how can one begin to bring the light of the expanding sun into such a misty shadow of a program?

Its time to meet with the inner pleaser

I will share with you a little of my own walk so you may walk along with me.

(I do not teach from a pedestal, I teach from experience)

I put the computer down for a moment and asked my ‘inner child pleaser’ to come forward. I am quite surprised at my first impression. I see the bossy aspect of myself as a child.

(I was told I was quite bossy at home. Short, youngest and only girl syndrome trying to survive two big brothers, a military father and a mother although very loving didn’t get how to deal with a sensitive girl and a continuous run of new schools).

b013944cb21639cc6bc509d2c622adcfOn my second breath I see she is laden with piles of chocolate!

Then a memory floods in. As an army brat I travelled lots, so new schools and social adjusting was a regular initiation. I seemed to do fine in other cultures but when I came back to my own country I floundered. I took chocolate to primary school to bribe kids to like me.

When I ask my pleaser child what is it she wanted the answer is direct and clearly spoken.

“I wanted YOU to like me”

I was so busy trying be liked by others I had no understanding of how to like myself and like what I had to offer devoid of chocolate or pleasing, performing ways.

In the next breath I apologize to her and take her into my arms in spirit and hold her close saying to her that she is so very likable with or without chocolate. Then I feel the positive pleaser in her, her kindness, her caring and tender ways, and her deep sensitivity that actually ‘likes’ to be kind to others. This is the pleaser that is not needy or wanting for anything and genuinely giving from a centered heart space. The bossy aspect is a protective cover for feeling lack of power and as I embrace her more the bossy energy abets. Bless you my bossy little pleaser. Thank you for the lesson little one.

My inner child and all her aspects will always be my truth barometer. Sometimes due to relationship challenges and such I may not notice that they have taken center stage but if I am quiet enough. If I wait for my mind to stop analyzing every little inch of things and with deep breathing drop into my feelings then I can see that she is asking to be heard, validated and embraced. And that is how one can start to peel away the onion layers of unconscious programing.

00f7870e9ccf8c23bb63ad4ff0de7616Working with the inner child in your sanctuary in this way can offer you insights into your patterning and programing. Insights enough to choose to self empower rather than run the old tape again and again. It may take a bit of time and practice, but that dear kin is what we are here for. This is the school of life and learning is the important stuff. Learning with growth. One must be entwined with the other. Learning for learning sake brings lots of theories but when you add conscious growth to the mix, you will never be stagnant for long.

Take your inner child’s hand and look to the horizon.

It’s a journey of growth. Keep walking.

Blessings

Odette

Odette Nightsky (c) 2016

 

 

The Difference Between ‘Hypnotic Past Life Regression’ & ‘Healing Other Lives.’

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Artist: Caroline Maniere

I have often listened to clients who have said they have experienced past lives through either a psychic telling them, a flash in a meditation or on a drug induced trip, or a regression into a life with a regression therapist.

I often ask about that life and what they experienced in it. What I found is that there is not much healing of the life included in their experience. It’s a visit to a life, a look around at patterns perhaps that are similar to this life and then that seems to be it.

After years of exploring, having sessions in  past life and hypnotic regression and experiencing other lives during rebirthing training I still felt that knowing I was an American Indian or a Witch who was hung was not enough. I saw a pattern of standing up for those that cannot speak but no healing came from it. I was killed lifetime after life time for speaking out against those that were untrustworthy.

Before I left Australia for the UK. I had a past life regression session with someone and I was left carrying the grief of that life around for a good while until I found my soul training in ‘Contemporary Shamanism’ in Devon England.

You see I was trained differently and that has made all the difference to my calling.

My training was so much deeper than just a visiting exploration. What I learned was that journeying into other lives has little point unless one can heal the wounds from that life and access the gifts.

Let me share with you a real life story as an example.

I once journeyed a young priest in the making. (I know! Who would have thought that a young priest would be interested in Other Life journeys!) He came to see me due to being deeply conflicted whether to continue on the path of priesthood or to seek having a partner and a family. He arrived wearing the collar that a priest would wear. I thought how interesting at the time that a collar covered the throat chakra perhaps even blocked it. Anyway, I sat beside him guiding him through into non-ordinary reality till he found himself in another life. This life was of a Tibetan monk. He had arrived there as a child and been there for many years. Never knowing any other way of living or being. He was accepting of his life but felt like it wasn’t necessarily his choosing. As we moved through the life towards and through significant events it became clearer to him and more real. He felt deeply connected to the life more and more.

I then asked him to move to the time of his death. He saw himself being beheaded by a soldier in the Chinese army, along with many other monks who stood nearby. He remembers knowing and accepting he was going to die, feeling the metal sword moving through his throat and then quickly leaving his body.

af79caaa4cf4b34b37cded1ef6887130This is where there is significant difference is between Regression and Other Life Healing.

I asked him a few questions in reflecting back on his life and then we moved the whole of the spirit body to a neutral healing place of his choice.

There I asked him to look within the body and tell me what he saw. He saw parts of the sword embedded in his throat and his head was hanging on by a few veins or similar as it had not been fully cut off.

We called in spirit assistance and did what resonated with him in how to remove the metal fragments, re-attach the head and then deal with scaring. The metal went into a bucket of light (source), as did the broken scar tissue and bits of rust. His neck and head became naturally aligned and back into place. I guided him to look into the spirit body of that life and to see what feelings still resided, e.g. feelings of hopelessness and guilt at seeing other friends be killed and doing nothing to stop it etc. Which were willing cleared out of the body through a technique I use.

Then we looked at a very important aspect of the life in Tibet. What symbolized being a monk for him personally? It was his weathered robe and his Mala beads strewn around his wrist and hand. I asked him would it be Ok to now let go of that symbolism so he could have free will to choose his calling in this life rather than feel duty bound to it?

He was more than willing to let them go into the bucket of light. And as a Buddhist in that life, he understood that, attachment was not necessary.

What was left after some more clearing was a glowing light body without the wounding and the vows and promises embedded in it.

The light body then dissolved naturally into the source and he returned to this life, this body 703b05d31620bd157ff60d5907a29ae4(earth suit), and this current life soul journey.

He shared how much more peaceful and lighter he felt. How he felt free, really free to make the choice now rather than to feel if he didn’t somehow he would fail at what he thought he ‘must’ do.

I heard back and he had decided to take a year off from his studies and work part-time in a place connected with his faith but without the ‘program’ that had walked with him from that lifetime. I knew that whatever decision he made after that year would come naturally to him. My gut instinct feels he chose faith and family without the monastic celibate contract.

Other life work can be enjoyable, fascinating and healing. I do not consider myself a healer. I am a spiritual midwife and wound tracker who guides people to their own inner healing…. which if you really want to you, are capable of doing.

Why carry the burdens from another life? That may indeed lead to repeating the same lesson again and again without growth. When one cleanses the wounds, vows, and beliefs of other lives then one is completely free to choose what path one takes in this present one, gifts and all.

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Blessings

Odette

 

 

Spirit Flight. Leaving The Body Safely

s272369942643217425_p15_i1_w800Since I can remember I have had challenges staying centered and grounded inside my body.  A wonderful human vehicle I refer to as my EARTH SUIT.

It wasn’t until the day my shamanic teacher showed me what my spirit does when my emotions are too overwhelming and I begin to fragment, that I began to understand what was really going on.

Strong emotions like anger always frightened me as I recall from a very early age. I was so absorbent and sensitive I would pick up on the ‘charge’ the person leaked or suppressed when they were in discord. I still am a big sponge to a certain extent even though I am less frightened due a deeper insight of human emotions.

Anyway, my teacher was being (in my opinion) harsh to a student and I am very protective of the vulnerable so I spoke up. She then snapped at me and feeling insulted and attacked  I got up to leave the room. She called me back in a tone that triggered me deeply. I turned and let out my feelings in tears and told her in no uncertain terms that I will not be ‘told’ what to do.

‘If you want something, ask!’ I said with icy clarity.

She then softened and invited me to return to the seat in the room. By that time my legs had started convulsing on their own, something that had been happening on and off for many years when intense moments arised. I could not stop them no matter how hard I tried to calm down. My teacher then asked me to close my eyes. ‘Where is your spirit in relation to your body?’ Instantly I saw it had flown down the corridor and out the door into the gardens. I was very surprised that it was so far away.

My teacher asked if I wanted to call it back. I did. With strong intent and deep breathing I summoned it to return to me.  In less than 30 seconds my legs stopped shaking completely. This  was to be a huge intricate part of my medicine walk.

During that time I trained in many medicine ways yet chose to specialize in ‘Soul Retrieval’. On of my spirit names is ‘Wound Tracker’. I accompany people in tracking down lost, buried, stolen, misplaced aspects of themselves and bring them home cleansed and integrated and aligned within their earth suit.

This what I teach is my own personal lesson and recently I had 11700798_10206608017786736_3563734740894309672_nanother upgrade. Upgrades can be very difficult to integrate initially, and mine was no different.

I have recently had a run of what may be termed medically as ‘anxiety attacks’. I would rather refer to them as something like ‘Spirit Openings’ or ‘Earth Suit Upgrades’.  As my readers already know, I am not too fond of medically labeled straight jackets.

Either way there was definitely quite a crack and stretch going on that felt hard to breath through. For me it manifests as a feeling of being ‘Trapped’. That word kept repeating itself inside me. I relate it to ‘fight or flight’ pattern. What we do when we feel out of control. We either fight our way through it or fly as fast as we can to get the hell out of there.

I am not by nature a fighter as I find there are other ways to work out the bumps in life. So when I am feeling trapped I instinctively want to run…fly…move…escape the cage that is my earth suit and the situation that I have found myself in.

I can fly in my dreams within a blink of an eye yet in ordinary reality when my emotions peak I can’t wait to run from my body. If it wants to run too that’s great but generally it has to stay for some practical reason while the rest of me is flying out the door and beyond what I perceive as constriction.

7000This recent ‘upgrade’ came during a time of being in an atmosphere that was completely alien to me. Being somewhere where I felt I did not belong after spending time in another place where I also feel a stranger and not on home ground. Anyway, I was busy just trying to cope and do the best I could in the environment that was not me. What started to happen was old insecurities came bubbling up to the surface, I noticed them, observed them and just kept going. They increased day by day. I then went somewhere where I thought I would find peace but it was anything but peaceful and as I am highly noise sensitive this pushed me into ‘flight mode’ and the inner battle commenced. I was trying to convince myself I had to stay in my body even though I have recalled some time back saying to a client that was dissociating that it was ok to leave her body for a bit and then come back in when she feels ready. Somewhere in my panic I did not apply this to myself. As they say one teaches best what they need to learn.

I knew I needed to leave the place and my inner nurturer made sure all was organized. After a complete tear filled meltdown I knew I needed peace where I could do some inner work to stabilize my nervous system and adrenals and get to the core of why I was not coping. A young volunteer at the retreat place (which was so very noisy) said to me in a patronizing tone ‘You know you have to find the peace within you’.

Honestly at that moment the ‘fight’ was ready to jump over the counter and throttle her! Like I don’t know that!

I was already outside my body whilst trying my hardest to organize something ‘safer’ for myself. Empathy and compassion at times like these are paramount. Not pity, empathy. She didn’t have it even after I gently let her know for the one that may come after me. Her response was to smile blankly and make another patronizing remark. ‘Well I am glad to see you have finally calmed down’. Which just left me shaking my head. I was not angry, more saddened that she had no insight.

So finally I let go and made my way to somewhere I know I feel safe, nature surrounds me, I have privacy and space for my adrenals to slow down…and slowly the insights begin to appear. The lessons, the teachings come forward.

I went on a journey inward and at the end the elders came to me and showed me what was happening and why I sometimes find it so hard to be fully in the earth suit. The gift from the journey was remembering that it’s ok for me fly out when I feel the need; just remember how to come back in. They showed me how to practice this more and more. There is a certain way I fly out, a certain pattern I do in the sky and a flip and a curve to come back inside my earth suit and down into my belly that connects with the great earth belly womb of the mother. It’s like allowing my spirit ‘breathing time’ in the skies. I noticed the pull to get back in my body sometimes and let myself stay another breath of flight to extend the feeling just that little bit more. Now I feel the gift of a ‘spirit opening’ as I learn more about the intricate parts of the lesson.

Those who have been abused often find themselves trying to escape the body (earth suit), as it’s a learned and survivalist pattern of escape.

You might like to take a bit of time out each day and consciously fly out, manifest wings, be what every being that suits you, have some fun in the flowing air and then come back happily into your earth suit when you finish.

There is no sadness in returning as you can go out daily when it’s energetically appropriate. E.g. don’t be flying out while driving your kids to school while they are arguing and triggering your need for quiet. Wait till you have dropped them off and sit in the car and do it quietly for a few minutes before you drive again.

I am trusting that as I practice this daily, those moments of flight or fight will become less and I will not be battling to try to stay in my body so much and be able to move in and out at conscious will.

In my journey I was shown a beautiful moonstone. I took heed of the teachings and now I have one. I was also told to ingest blackberry for my adrenals. Note taken. Blackberries here I come.

We are all here at the school of earth life to learn. Learning never ends. It’s the journey that is the most important and the insights we gain from challenges along the way. It’s not the falling so much as the ability to get up and in the journey of resilience find that which enables us to bounce back.

32730722SoulRetrieval_Web-91ac2252I am re- remembering that I am free. I always have been. I just forgot the tool, the practice that assists when the earth suit becomes too limiting.

I trust that my lesson, my learning may be of benefit to you on your journey within and without.

Blessings

Odette

 

The Little Deaths In Life

nielsen_eastofthesun13The shamanic path is sprinkled with what is referred to as ‘Little Deaths’. In traditional shamanism this would come by taking a plant medicine like Ayauasca named “ The Little Death”. This is due to going through an initiated rebirth of sorts where you transform, transcend and release.

However even without the plant medicine we face little deaths of sorts all throughout our lives.

Losing people we love through death, grieving for a broken relationship, seeing your child grow up and move away, losing ones home through natural disaster…. Just to name a few.

We also can experience ‘Little Deaths’ each time we confront and move through a great learning experience. Wounds tend to rise to the surface to be healed when we least expect it. Overcome by the loss we may have felt as a child that reapers when we are triggered by something similar in the present day can freeze us to the spot and leave us feeling like we are on thin ice while it is cracking under our feet. We want to run but are afraid.

Little deaths are part of life. Little deaths help us prepare for the main event of transcending our earth suits and moving into Great Mystery for whatever journey ones soul is destined to take.

Death is not the opposite of life. It is an intrinsic part of life. Such a pity thePat_Presley_06a western model of understanding did not prepare people for these experiences. The eastern model of understanding teaches this from the get go and although sorrow and grief can come, it is accepted as ‘part of’ the great journey of life. Something the western mindset would benefit from embodying. Not easy though when the program has been ingrained for so long, through out many generations, but important to imbue bit by bit if you are able.

In this way acceptance of deeper losses ‘Little Deaths’ can be greeted with less of a battle and less denial.

Now this may sound way too simple…. but humor me for a moment.

Stand in front of the mirror. Take a deep breath out and say for example:

“I feel really sad today”

Or

“I feel really lost today”

Or

“I feel it’s too much to handle”

And then take another deep breath out while looking into your eyes. Stay there and focus on your eyes for a good long moment.

Now take your left or right hand (which ever feels comfortable for you) and start tapping your thymus chakra. This is the point between your throat chakra and your heart chakra. (You will know when you tap the right spot, as it feels comforting)

Start tapping it repetitively with your fingers, nice and firmly while consciously breathing deeply and slowly in and out (emphasis on the out breath).

Let go of the struggle in ‘trying’ to cope for a few minutes.

If tears come, let them flow.

If fear surfaces, allow it space to be seen.

If anger comes let it be accepted as a natural reaction.

Inner-Child-healing-If you are hard on yourself via your patterning, think of how you would comfort a child when they are feeling deep sadness or anger in reaction to loss.

One need not say ‘its going to be ok’ because that statement is a false promise. But one can VALIDATE the feelings that arise. ‘Yes you do seem sad’. ‘It’s ok to be sad’. Acceptance of ‘what is’ can be hugely comforting.

The great struggle in death is not death itself it is ‘the struggle’ in avoiding it.

Its natural to feel the emotions that ‘Little Death’ times can bring. Really it is.

In the Medicine Wheel the west is the direction of letting go and the bear is a known totem toLg063 call upon when needing comfort and support, as the bear knows how to self heal.

Little deaths are important and have value. They are little transformers of life. The transformation may be really uncomfortable but in accepting it as it is it will lighten the load and make the transition easier to move through.

Note for taking care of the earth suit nervous system: There are some things that assist in regulating the nervous system and general well being for women (I cant speak for men) Shatavari root: otherwise known as the Queens herb is wonderful for hormonal balance. Vitamin B6 and 12, rescue remedy and recommended herbs for the adrenals.

May your little deaths be viewed as part of the journey of your soul here on earth.

May you learn to be more gentle with what arises, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem.

We are all on the same journey.

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Odette

 

 

 

 

The Shamans Tree in a Contemporary World

Blessing-shaman-tree-W-MongoliaThe Shamans Tree, the Axis mundi (immovable central pole) is the primary gateway to worlds beyond this physical dimension. This has been an intrinsic symbol in shamanic lore and journeying from ancient times. From the Yggdrasil ash tree of the Nordic Tradition to many others, ‘The world tree’ can be found at the center of ancient cosmological symbology in many cultures throughout the world.

It is an archetypal symbol of physical and spiritual connection as well as transformation. If you look at the ceiling of a church you will see that often it is carved in a similar way to trees joining overhead. The original place to journey to connect with the spirit world was primary through the eldest tree.yggdrasil_by_satanoy-d359gza

One travels to the upper and lower worlds to connect with guides, entities, enemies, lost fragments, other lives, totems, helpers, Akashic information and much much more.

The tree is the central core of three main worlds.

The Upper world (cosmos, guides etc.) (Father Sky/Light)

The Middle world (human life)

The Lower world (that which is hidden) (Mother Earth/Darkness)

The shaman would journey with the shamans drum (its spirit horse which was made from the wood of the Shamans tree of their culture) through the tree and return the same way. The drum and its beat is what the journeyer rides whilst moving through the multiple worlds. The drum is connected to the earth and will also return the journeyer back to earth safely.

The shaman is known for having their feet rooted into the earth and their head in the cosmos. They are able to move between the worlds within a frame of stability… like the tree itself with its deep roots and branches reaching to the skies.

1936347_870586463051562_7756423303683695891_nThe tree represents the central interconnectedness of the earth, humans and non-ordinary reality within Great Mystery (all that is). This tree interconnects all worlds within the element of Fire (sun) Air (oxygen) Earth (seed) and Water (moisture). All of these elements make up the tree in full growth.

 

Now lets bring this great medicine tree into this current contemporary world.

Lets for a moment look at the symbolism of the tree and what it archetypally represents in relation to human consciousness.

The middle world is clearly this present reality that human live in. What I refer to as ‘Ordinary reality’. This is where we deal with ‘conscious’ tasks of life.

The upper world can be viewed as our ‘higher consciousness’ the place where the wisdom of the elders and higher or divine guidance is offered. A place of ‘super-consciousness’

The lower world is the realm of the subconscious where all things hidden reside. This is akin to the astral/dream world where journeys can be made to other lives, to hunt down that which has been lost, to find power animal totems, to deal with abusers, enemies etc.

All worlds are interconnected so for instance you can call upon a guide in the upper world to help you in journeying through the lower world. They will come from the upper world to meet you.

shaman-009_med_hrThe deeper you go into the lower world the deeper the unconscious issues will become. I personally guide people to set up sanctuary in the firs level of the lower world as it establishes a safe base between the middle world and the lower world to build strength from and interact with other beings like your totems, inner child, guidance etc. People who have been traumatized tend to leave their bodies more often than most so its important that they feel safe from a grounded place. From the sanctuary you can travel anywhere. You could also set up a safe place in the upper world to spend time in however I feel that as we are living a human experience its best to keep grounded within the deeply rooted world of the tree.

So if we look at it from a Jungian Perspective the tree offers itself as a portal to discover more that is in the subconscious and may bring what is unconscious into the realm of consciousness as well as offering even a higher realm where you can go for even wiser guidance if you wish.

The Tree can be seen somewhat like a natural Tardis (Dr Who’s time traveling phone box). One can move inside through a door or opening (bigger on the inside than on the outside), one can move anywhere in time and one can return back to the current time in a blink of an eye so to speak.

maxresdefaultThe Tardis can move through and beyond time and the Shamans Tree naturally does the same. You can climb the shamans tree or go up stairs from within and connect with the cosmic consciousness or travel down some stairs through a doorway to your sanctuary and hang where it feels safe or take even more stairs or root tunnels down further and take a peek into your other lives or what is more deeply hidden.

The tree is a natural cosmic portal.

Is there a particular tree that one can journey through as opposed to another? Well that depends on what culture you have a connection to. However many cultures have reference to the ‘World Tree’ and each living tree has the similar makeup of branches that connect to the sky with roots that move deeper into the Mother Earth.

I myself have always seen before me a sturdy thick oak tree with branches green and abundant and deep strong roots burrowing into the earth. This may be because I come from a very strong Celtic bloodline and if I am asked to imagine a wood I am instantly transported to my blood ancestors natural woodland and there is always the oak tree waiting for me. It has never changed. I have seen it covered in a web of vines that I needed to remove (for the benefit of my own psyche) but the stability of the oak has been with me for many many years now.

The Oak in Bach flower remedies : Strength through adversity

Now you might want to go and do a bit of research to see which tree resonates with you. It may well be the Nordic Yggdrasil or one of the tree’s of Mongolia that is full of ribbons of respect and bones or it may be a willow or a fig or a Boab. All trees are within one tree. All worlds are within the one world. All universes are part of Great Mystery. Call upon the shaman’s tree and see what comes into your vision. Look into the symbology of the tree as an essence or plant or culture. Find your own tree connection.

Yuji HimukaiIf you are looking for the next step go to my website and click on the YouTube button. There is a simple guide to creating your own inner sanctuary. This is always a good place to begin. One needs to be prepared to go traveling so its important to set up your safe landing space and make sure you have helpers and guidance in where you are going so you return safely.

Blessings

Odette

Contemporary Shamanism. How To Begin The Journey

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Charles Frizzell

The reason for this months article is due to a number of people asking me where on earth do they start on the journey of Contemporary Shamanic exploration?

(This is not about how to become a Shaman. One cannot ‘become’ a Shaman just by wanting to and really if you knew what that entailed you would run for the hills. This is about the medicine path and the tools of Contemporary Shamanism that benefit anyone of interest)

So how does one integrate the wisdom and medicine from the shamanic traditions into this present modern day life respectfully?

How does one start to grow a sense of medicine within when one is part of the busy modern world where vanity, achievement, money and brain washing media seem to be more relevant?

The First Step.

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Charles Frizzell

Recognizing And Being Aware Of Energy

What is energy? Energy put simply is an active vibration that everything living on this planet, including this planet, emanates.

If just for a moment you view it through the mind of a scientist or a Buddhist monk you will find that when one moves deeper into to the matter of any living thing….. It vibrates.

This can be proven in things like Kirlian photography, and natural science. Scientists no longer disputes this fact. Just look up Albert Einstein if you think you know better.

Each person, each living organism, emanates a vibration. You may say ‘well an old rock from a volcano is not living’, however when broken down to its sub atomic particles….it is. It is a combination of the live elements of fire, earth and water and within that creates a living vibration.

Now……

What Kind of Energy Do You Feel You Emanate as a live being?

On a bad day you might feel quite closed off or even prickly. Others that you care about will pick that up. Even the man at the petrol station will feel it if your vibration is strong. Shutting down your energy is like trying to stuff too many tissues into a pocket that is too small. All you have is a bunch of stuffed up squished energy going nowhere.

event_105481872When you are joy filled others will experience your vibration of expansion which often happens when you find people smiling at you for no reason and your not sure why. They are picking up on what you emanate. When you are calm and relaxed a baby can feel it without any words being said.

If for example you kept your eyes closed and tuned in when someone walked in the door without speaking you would be able to pick up what kind of vibration they put out if you were tuned in enough to receive.

So instead of seeing everything as physical three-dimensional dense objects, I invite you to tune into your third eye (simple take your attention up to your third eye and see a door open gently. You can choose to close this door at anytime and its good to practice opening and closing it during medicine practice) and then consciously begin to look at people, animals, and nature as living vibrating ENERGIES.

(Safety note. If you are feeling highly sensitive do not do this practice for long at any one time. You may want to gently close the door of the third eye more than open it and breath deeply into your base chakra and then into the earth)

Medicine Practice.

At night when you are at home, maybe sitting in front of the TV or similar, I invite you to mindfully watch your vibration. Tune in to how it feels sitting in front of the TV/radio/computer for a few minutes. Tune into your shoulders, your belly, how you hold your mouth, what you do with your hands, your feet, the little physical habits you might have, is your breathe shallow, or heavy? No judgment. Simply observe yourself as a living vibration. Then I invite you to consciously get up and turn the TV off at the wall (add to that your phone, laptop, stereo etc. Do not moan that you have to reset everything, if you feel you cant do that then move to another room without those things).

Now light a candle and sit back down again. Simply observe. Tap into your senses. What can you smell, see, feel, touch.  Again tune into your shoulders, your belly, how you hold your body.

Now take five conscious breaths in and five looooong slow conscious breaths out.

Just simply be present.

What do you notice arises in your thoughts that the TV or computer or whatever replaced?

Again, no judgment. Just observe.

Then when you feel ready.

It’s your choice of course.

You can turn everything back on again.

OR you may want to leave it off for a while and write in your journal or read (something not connected to any technology, worldly issues, work, or gossip) or just simply BE.

Within the next week I invite you to find an old tree to sit under. Take time and tune

Cultural Landscape Foundation Omstead Parks

Cultural Landscape Foundation
Omstead Parks

into the energy of the tree. Tune into YOUR energy sitting under the tree on the earth (if you are in snow its fine to stand if you cant handle sitting). Note if there is any difference between your vibration and the tree’s vibration. No judgment, no self-criticism. Remember just observe like dear David Attenborough would. Simply observe closely.

If you wanted to connect/join your energy with the tree what do YOU feel to do? (There is NO right or wrong as long as you bring no harm)… Hug it, nestle yourself at its base and be absorbed by its roots, stare at the leaves blowing in the wind while you lie flat on the earth mother, grab a piece of fallen bark and sniff it, draw it….anything that intuitively feels right in your being.

This is the beginning.

From now on I invite you to look at everything this way. Even in an argument with your beloved or anyone. Watch what happens energetically. Become aware of how you, they, everything vibrates once you move beyond looking at everything from a dense perspective.

This is the beginning of the journey….. Observation beyond dense matter.

Odette Nightsky

Odette Nightsky

Medicine Tools

If you are serious about walking the Contemporary Shamans path (its not a game or a new age phase of interest, one needs to be committed to the path) I invite you to get a medicine drum (either buy one or make one with a medicine drum maker in your area) and some white sage.

Begin to drum the heartbeat of the earth and clear dense matter with burning white sage)

 

I am considering offering a ‘Safe Beginners online training in Contemporary Shamanism’ mid this year. If you are interested please email me@ (www.contemporaryshaman.net)

Please include some information about you and your walk towards this pathway and I will keep you posted. This will likely include one on one Skype sessions. Please title the message ‘Shamanic Training.’

Blessings

Odette