Grounding- Anchor your root chakra and ground yourself so you can be held by the earth below and oriented in your life.
Connection to Source- Call in your guides and helpers. Open your crown chakra to the blessings of the universe and let that energy wash through you.
Calm your fight or flight response- Humans are biologically hardwired to become stressed and anxious around other stressed and anxious people and to become stressed when alone. Our biology doesn’t mean we’re doomed to be activated during this time, but we do need to add in more practices/mindfulness to achieve our normal baseline levels of calm. More sensitive = more outside activation.
Disconnect from the collective pain and panic- You don’t want to unconsciously process the overall human activation through your personal emotional matrix. Set your intention to make this shift.
Sooth the emotional matrix- How would you be kind to a child who has had a painful experience? Consider what wisdom you can draw from that to self-sooth.
Access your Wisdom- Invite your inner wise person to the forefront so you can access your resourcefulness, intuition, and wisdom.
Protect your home- Make sure your wards, or energetic filters, on the walls of your home are strong and intact. This allows you a respite from using your personal energy to keep out the noise of the world. More on how to do this here: https://www.handsoverheart.com/shamanic-healing/wards/
Cleanse your home- It’s a great time to wave around a bit of sage or palo santo; to spritz your favorite essential oil or play your singing bowl. Maybe wash your sheets with a little bit of salt for energetic cleansing. Energy can build up over time and become dense. Energetic hygiene makes a big difference.
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Katie Weatherup- As a former engineer with 20 years of experience working as a shamanic practitioner, Katie’s work draws on both the practical and the mystical, allowing her to help people find their way back to themselves while improving their real-world results in terms of health, money, and relationships. https://www.handsoverheart.com
The metaphysical community’s collective approach to emotion fascinates me. On the one hand, so much of what we do is about healing for ourselves and others. We strive to heal ourselves, facing pain and old wounds directly and holding spaces where others can make the same choice. Yet, when it comes to the emotions of our daily lives, there is almost this idea that being a good lightworker includes an absence of darker emotions. So many of us, myself included, seem to explore 101 different ways of “transcending” our more challenging emotions.
I carry a lingering uneasiness with where my emotions are concerned. Like so many, my family was ill equipped to cope with my sadness or anger. So, I grew up very much invested in disowning these disruptive feelings. I left my childhood home, found other choices, and chose again what rules and standards I would live by. But where emotions and their surrounding belief structure are concerned, discomfort lingers. I find the notion that I can ascend past my pain and anger and fear rather seductive. I spent years exploring the notion that I can choose to create my reality and choose not to spend time in anger, fear, and hurt. Instead, I would be in love. But then, from there, when the feelings of anger, fear, and hurt arose, not only did I feel the original feeling, I also felt like I was failing in my spiritual goals to walk through life in a state of pure love. It made for a double whammy.
I’ve found those patterns of mirrored back to me within the metaphysical community. We try to leverage the knowledge that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience to serve a purpose it can never serve. For example, I have heard the idea expressed by people speaking of the death of loved one that it is silly and self-indulgent to mourn because we know they aren’t truly gone forever. There is somehow an idea that our spiritual awareness should allow us to not experience the hurts of being human. I can say from personal experience that spirituality cannot effectively be used as a crowbar to ascend pain (i.e. make pain go way right this minute).
Although, I think my personal favorite irrational argument for not feeling anything but happiness is the emotional equivalent of telling children to eat their veggies because of the starving children in the world. Given how privileged so many of us are compared to people throughout the world, how dare we be unhappy- it’s self-indulgent and selfish. As though we help those less fortunate than ourselves by denying our full emotional range anymore than eating creamed spinach helps hungry children.
Nowadays, I mostly do a better job of honoring my emotions when they arise. There are times when I feel sad, angry, weary or depressed for no reason I can discern. Sometimes it reflects a personal healing process or issue and sometime I’m feeling the collective emotions of the world around me. Yet, even as I note and allow the feelings, I remain less than comfortable with them. I am aware that my emotions run in a cyclic pattern with highs and lows. As long as emotions come and go and don’t get stuck, they merely reflect the human experience rather than an indicator of something I need to fix. Even so, during this process I need to keep reminding myself that to suppress or deny these “negative” emotions is to deny a piece of myself, not to mention a misdirection of my energy. Even at my most centered, when these more challenging emotions arise, I still eagerly await the natural shift to the more comfortable feelings.
Yet, the gifts of embracing my shadow emotions, even in my slightly twitchy fashion, have been huge. Much of my negative, self-critical talk originates when I am trying not to experience what I’m feeling. In fact that process of putting myself down proved a most powerful distraction from whatever I was feeling. If nothing else, it gave me a measure of control, since while beating up on myself I understood why I was feeling bad and I had something I believed I could change about myself that would make the negative emotion go away. It took the longest time to realize that feeling unhappy didn’t mean that I’d failed in some way or that something was wrong with me. And, equally powerfully, as I allow my darker emotions, my tendency to judge others diminishes, which saves me the cycle of judging myself for judging others.
Indeed, engaging with things that stimulate our darker emotions is natural and has a valuable place in our experience. So often we deplore violent television shows and talk about movies or books with sex or violence as “guilty pleasures”. Likewise, we condemn or shame ourselves for fantasizing about those sorts of things. But these experiences stimulate excitement, anger, fear, sexuality and the like in a safe and contained way. They allow us to feel those emotions and have an experience that would not otherwise be part of our daily life. (I certainly attempt to confine my experiences of physically violent conflict to the realm of the imaginary.) Of course, we can choose not to engage with this sort of thing, but, to do so, is to deny a part of ourselves. It’s fun, it’s stimulating, and people feel very alive when engaging with something that plays on their “darker” emotions. As long as we maintain good boundaries that allow us to engage and disengage from these fantasy worlds as we need to and choose, the opportunity to spend some time visiting these realms makes for a richer life experience.
Besides, one of my core beliefs is that I choose to be here on earth at this time, with the parents and family I was born into. I believe I made this choice fully aware of the pain and fear, the loss and anger, and the general frustration I was letting myself in for when I elected to confine my spiritual being to a physical form. So, when I start running from my emotions, the joke is on me, because I have gone through all the trouble to incarnate with plans and contracts and gifts and goals, to have the principal experience that I couldn’t have in spirit…that of feeling emotion.
I believe if we spend our time incarnate trying to achieve the oneness and detached compassion of spirit, then we miss the full ride. I don’t deny the delight, joy and rejuvenation from gathering with like-minded people and working together to hold up the veil for each other. It is a joyful thing. But it is not the whole of the experience we came here to have. For, doubtless, we could have simply danced together in spirit for eons. We need not have incarnated for the experience. For, when all is said and done, it takes all the shades of emotions to truly give us the ride of our lives.
©2004, Katie Weatherup. All rights reserved.
Periodically I am asked if I can cure major physical illness such as cancer or diabetes. When people who never really thought about shamanism have a brush with a major illness themselves or in someone close to them, they find themselves faced with the very real limits of modern medicine. Often they begin looking for alternate forms of healing, especially if the modern medical diagnosis is grim.
Herkimer Diamonds are hands down my favorite shamanic tool for energetically sensitive people. I carry an assortment of pendants and loose stones for sale. If you’d like one mailed to you, let me know.
I love Herkimers because they are utterly true to their own energy and carry a very high frequency. I associate them with Star Being energy. Because they form from the center out, they are their own world. So, I find that wearing a Herkimer helps with my natural shields by putting a strong, clear, compatible vibration in my field that is very difficult for outside energy to act upon. The result is that I don’t have to work as hard to shield or filter the psychic noise around me. In addition to loving the vibe, I find they are one of my most useful tools. You’ll seldom see me in public without a Herkimer. They are very high vibration, so if you want to wear one, you may need to acclimate by wearing it for shorter periods of time and building up.
by Katie Weatherup and Mara Clear Spring
When you are making changes in your life, the “hungry ghosts” of the past patterns, those old voices of habits in your head, try to keep you from changing; they don’t want to “die.” With Fire Ceremony you can give them to the fire and burn them out of your life.
The element of fire provides a fast, visible means of releasing and healing strong feelings and experiences. We can also use fire as the catalyst for turning over our prayers and dreams of manifestation to Spirit for fulfillment.
Our human family is attracting the attention and guidance from beings that are committed to assisting Earth’s Children as we transition to higher frequencies of spirituality.
Imagine an “energy angel” that protects you, empowers your abilities to shield yourself from unwanted influences and helps you amplify your own psychic and other abilities. Your Star Being assists you in understanding and working with your own energy and energetic connections, enhancing your sense of your human self as a very important individual aspect of your entire soul, always connected to the Whole, yet precious as an incarnation here on Earth.
The Munay-Ki are the nine great Rites of Initiation of the Medicine Way. The word munay means “I love you” or “BE AS THOU ART.” The Munay-Ki are the nine gates that heal us and transform our human energy field into that of homo luminous.
THE SOUL, AS REFERRED TO IN SOUL RETRIEVAL, is the energetic essence of your being, including gifts, qualities, and aspects of who you are. It transcends physical experience. Pieces and parts of the soul essence can become separated, trapped, and lost.
SOUL RETRIEVAL IS DEAR TO MY HEART! It is a gentle, graceful, and profound healing practice. This information will better help you understand your soul retrieval. If you’d prefer to read a shorter version of this information in preparation for your soul retrieval, visit About Soul Retrieval -Cliff Notes Version . In the description that follows, I am using a shamanic framework to describe and clarify the nature and experience of the soul. This article will help you understand and possibly engage with the unseen world by presenting a framework that our conscious minds can understand. You don’t have to believe in or agree with this framework to have a soul retrieval.
IN A RECENT SHAMANIC JOURNEY, I set my intent to meet a new power animal. I was rather bemused when the power animal that came forward was a kangaroo. All the more so because it wanted me to dance it and I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of bouncing up and down. My shamanic training includes dancing power animals, yet I tend to disregard that that method of achieving an altered state in favor of lying quietly and listening to a drum. But, according to this new guide, I was missing the full experience.
In my newsletters, I include a message from my guides. The following is an archive of those messages. Some of the articles speak to a particular energy of that time; other messages are less specific.
An expert from “Practical Shamanism, A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds”
Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. When they aren’t helping their person, power animals are found in Lower World. Even if someone never journeys in shamanic reality, they still have one or more power animals. It is believed that when a child is born, a benevolent spirit in animal form looks at the infant and sees how helpless they are. That spirit takes pity on the child and becomes their ally and protector. Often a person’s power animal will be an animal that they have a strong affinity for. When someone collects bear or horse figures, it’s a good bet that that animal is their power animal.
The following is the introduction to my book, Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds (available on Amazon.com). It offers some information on my take and approach to Shamanism. Shamanism and methods of shamanic journeying are found throughout the world in diverse cultures. So, it follows that there are many flavors, approaches, and understandings of these same terms. Shamanic journeying is a method used in many cultures to send personal awareness into the symbolic, non-rational realm of myth and dreams. Mind-traveling is a traditional means of interacting with spiritual guides and allies for guidance and personal healing.