The Hike

At the fall Equinox of 1990, six courageous souls trekked through the Bandelier National Park to a place known as the Stone Lions Shrine. This was a sacred place close to the Yapashi Pueblo, with evidence of human existence dating back 11,000 years. We would hike a total of 13 miles that day, with more than 7,000 feet of elevation changes. I carried an 80-pound backpack with little awareness of what was ahead. The Mid-Alamo Canyon was 500 feet of switchbacks down one side and 500 feet back up the other side. We hiked the canyon twice that day!

 
We left before sunrise and finished the pilgrimage an hour after sunset by the light of the Harvest Moon reflecting off the cliffside dwellings on the final descent. Only crazy people would make that hike in one day (tee tee). Our guide was a longtime friend named John Myrick, who had made the hike several times but never in one day. The discussion of turning back came up more than once, as I recall. That one great adventure became some sort of eternal bond with the six souls of the group, and an amazing accomplishment that still holds a place in my heart.

We found out that John died suddenly under the Harvest Moon leading up the Fall Equinox, and all the memories came pouring back from that experience. I never looked at John the same way after that hike and was lucky to have seen him in the last two years. People grow apart geographically, but you always know that person with whom you share such a life-changing experience. What energy is forged upon the soul when you journey beyond the imagination?
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Life is all about the journey, the people who walk with you, the lessons you take from each experience, and the residual energy of your triumphs. Your journeys can become an unintentional pilgrimage of the subconscious mind. Those who journey alongside, giving you the courage, the dedication, the commitment, and the inspiration, become partners in your spiritual growth. Those partnerships connect you both to an indelible imprint at the core of soul.

Six souls vibrating as a unit in movement toward a common goal creates synergy. Like a flock of birds or a school of fish, the group becomes one in spirit, one in consciousness. That oneness unites and ignites energy to vibrate at a higher spiritual level. Synchronization occurs within a resonant frequency, and an eternal bond is formed in the etheric body memory and re-corded in the Akasha. Overcoming obstacles to arrive at a place held sacred for thousands of years is stepping into a Universal energy field that is a fabric without time and space.

The union of souls becomes an influence by entering the magnetic domain created by naturally occurring geopathic energy. The movement of tectonic plates beneath the Stone Lions Shrine is the force that drew the Native American people to sense that this was a magical place created by the Great Spirit. Such a journey transcends the human spirit with life illuminated.

Whenever you move beyond your comfort zone and enter a realm that doesn’t seem possible, you expand human consciousness. The meaning of your existence is to discover who you are, your ability to persevere, and to stand in the light of your true self. Those moments of awareness create the eternal bond that forges the awakening soul. Now that’s love!   

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Virtual Healing

Part of the beauty of my work is being a witness to a Universal intelligence. Tapping into the fount of intuitive wisdom and channeling information in a moment of silent reception sometimes offers something that seems completely unrelated to the work with a client (tee hee). You never know when a download from spirit will occur, which always adds to the mystery.

It was in the middle of a crystal bed experience that a vision opened up. I felt like some portal appeared with a possible glimpse into the future. Looking through a timeless window allowed me to access a vision that was amazing! I saw a person lying on a table with some type of virtual viewing device on their eyes. Another person seated next to them was operating a computer. The patient was watching a program with visuals related to their specific disharmony.

The feeling that went with the experience was uplifting to the soul. To think that we could use technology in a way that enhanced a person’s natural ability to heal seemed logical and easily doable. Let’s get a whisper on the future of virtual reality as a tool for healing:

What you witnessed was one of many possibilities. The future is accessible to those willing to suspend all limiting thoughts and beliefs long enough to access the information. Your world is evolving rapidly as technological advances. Every single invention will begin with a thought or a vision, so it is up to humans to act on those inspired moments.            

What you refer to as virtual healing is similar to the effect of a placebo. Faith healing requires faith, so the future of maintaining a balance with regard to wellness of the body, mind, and spirit will also be anchored in faith. The refusal to believe in the natural ability to heal is a form of resistance supported by individual free will. Those who are hungry for power have used human belief systems to gain some type of market control, leading to great suffering.           

The creation of separation through an ego-structured system has led to a society of people who depend on individualism for survival. Each person must be in charge of themselves in order to thrive and survive. Communities have been created, but tribes have been lost, and working in harmony as a group is under the control of countries, religion, and corporations that are dependent on each individual paying into a system that is less than cohesive.           

Technology can bring people together or bring destruction, but for those working in the positive, virtual healing devices can be invented and used to boost the faith of many. Being able to visualize the problem and see desired results can serve to complement traditional healing practices and create a distance from practices of the past. Those who seek to gain from the suffering of others will naturally resist, so it will be up to each of you to stand united in face of adversity. Loving your fellow human can lead to healing a species and a planet. 

The Forgiveness Bypass

          Thanks to Gib for sending me the article by Jeff Brown in the Elephant Journal, 10 Ways to Bypass the Real. Jeff writes about the many ways that the New Age movement has brought the greater need to understand the branches of the spiritual bypass tree. The modern spiritual movement has created a large, unbalanced focus on peace, love, and light, which can easily lead to patterns of self-avoidance on the path to enlightenment.    
            According to Jeff Brown, the ‘Forgiveness Bypass’ is “The tendency to avoid unresolved emotions and relational experiences by feigning forgiveness, or premature forgiveness. What often manifests is a tendency to shame those who haven’t forgiven, as though forgiving a wrongdoer is more important than healing itself. Real forgiveness requires a genuine working through of the emotions and memories related to our experiences. And, at the end of that process, it is the victim’s choice as to whether they choose to forgive.”
             Forgiveness is a process, and one that I spent a year and a half engaged with prior to transitioning into my present work. It was a long and grueling process of internal cleansing that occurred with times of integration in between facing my darkness. I think Jeff’s point is that we have to be present and authentic with our spiritual selves. Let’s get a whisper from an angel:

            Sensitive people who are working with their spirituality often have a large life purpose. The larger the life purpose, the bigger the ego. The ego of a spiritually focused sensitive person will often manifest internally as a conversation within. The ego will judge itself against a hidden comparison, which is perfection. This leads to projections of the shadow self, self-defeating habits, and moral and spiritual judgments that can be misleading.

            Higher levels of consciousness, when left ungrounded, can support incorrect thinking based on a hopeful view of the world, distanced from reality. Spiritual bypass of the truth begins with justifiable actions based on the standard of spiritual perfection. Spirituality without clear practices and a grounded focus can lead to suppression of major emotions. Anger, when suppressed in the name of love, becomes a negative imbalance of energy that emerges as anxiety. The emotion of disgust can become sadness as it breaks the barriers of hope, therefore diminishing trust. Contempt can become sadness for humanity and a loss of faith.

            The senses of a spiritual person can become imbalanced as a result of suppressing true feelings and justifying themselves to suffer by suppressing anything perceived as negative. This can lead to an overall feeling of not wanting to be here anymore, as a spirit loses touch with reality. This feeling is common in spiritual beings, as the thought of being in the arms of the divine brings the most comfort. If this is occurring, it is a sign that some part of the individual must cease to exist in order to shift awareness with regard to the current reality.

            Express your true emotions so they do not become trapped within. Feel the freedom to see your true self becoming released from false teachings of how you should act. Be authentic with yourself to avoid the traps offered by spiritual illusions. Take action toward being your best self. Grounded presence with reality is the highest form of holding love and light.             

Shamanism

People often see me as a shaman, or one who engages in shamanistic activities, so I decided to look up the meaning (tee hee). By my personal definition, many shamans are out there. To me, a shaman is someone who has overcome great challenges in their own life, then uses the experience to help others.

The word ‘shaman’ originates from the cultures of North Asia, dating back thousands of years. According to Wikipedia, Mircea Eliade writes, A first definition of this complex phenomenon, and perhaps the least hazardous, will be: shamanism = ‘technique of religious ecstasy’. Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul.

Shamanism can also be defined as a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to access benevolent spirits. The shaman can go into a trance by using ritual or ceremony as a way to bring the spirits present. The crystal bed is a device that facilitates the client going into an alpha state, which enables each person to access their spirit helpers. The need to go into a trance in order to access the spirit realm seems as ‘old school’ as a séance. We all have the ability to access other realms and can remain in a grounded presence when messaging occurs with spirit guides. Let’s get a whisper on the subject of shamanism:
           

Shamanism begins with being open to the mysteries of the world that lie beyond the physical. Accessing different dimensions can be done using a variety of methods that align each person with the vibrations and frequencies of other realms. Once you understand how to access those frequencies, the process becomes easier and without the need for trances or altered states. Upon making a connection, healing energy with the soul can increase.

Reaching altered states can appeal to those on the spiritual path, representing the fastest way to experience other dimensions. But this approach can bring unexpected consequences. The original shamans dedicated a big part of their lives to the spiritual practices handed down by their ancestors. Fast food is not necessarily filled with nourishment, and neither is fast spiritual food.  

Take your time to learn spiritual methods, then practice your passion like an artist learning to master their craft. The more you practice, the more information you will gather and incorporate into your intended use, life purpose, interests, and service to the Divine. Traveling other dimensions offers many opportunities for false discernment. The ancient cultures were gifted at staying grounded, and many of those teachings have been lost.

In order to arrive at your proper destination, you need intentions that match your purpose. By establishing the foundation of your spiritual work through intentions, you will build a masterpiece grounded in the core essence of who you are. You do not need a title, a label, or a certificate to be the best spiritual messenger on the planet. Simply align yourself with the frequency and vibration that you brought into the world, by remembering who you are and why you came here.     

Shadow Aspect

According to Wikipedia, in Jungian Psychology, the shadow or “shadow aspect” may refer to an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. Because one tends to remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely negative or everything of which a person is not fully conscious. Contrary to a Freudian definition of shadow, the Jungian shadow can include everything outside the light of consciousness, and may be positive or negative. “Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognized as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Jung writes that if these projections remain hidden, “The projection-making factor (the Shadow archetype) then has a free hand and can realize its object—if it has one—or bring about some other situation characteristic of its power.” These projections insulate and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between the ego and the real world. Jung also believed that “in spite of its function as a reservoir for human darkness—or perhaps because of this—the shadow is the seat of creativity.” For some it may be that “the dark side of his being, his sinister shadow…represents the true spirit of life as against the arid scholar.”

Let’s request that the living light illuminate whatever lies in the shadow aspect:

           The shadow aspect of the human spirit is a partial system of energy that provides influence in some form, such as thoughts, feelings, impulses, or impressions. The shadow aspect cannot independently drive free will, so this aspect does not offer the same duality as light and dark. It is simply an energy that exists with the function of giving the individual a contrast that serves as something to push away from and toward the light of higher consciousness.

          Without the shadow aspect, life would be more mechanized in form and function. What lives in the shadow for every human is dependent on many factors such as karma, childhood events, life experiences, general outlook, and family or social programming. The shadow self offers a greater ability to sense danger, to find passion, to discern the truth, to know compassion, and to create what is beyond conscious imagination.

         You cannot separate yourself from your shadow aspect’s shadow. With wisdom and knowledge comes greater awareness of what lives in the shadows, and a greater ability to distinguish the voice of ego. Enlightenment doesn’t come when the shadow aspect is eliminated, but instead is realized in the emergence from the space of darkness.

         There are divine appointments in every life experience, and with this awareness one can find peace with life on planet Earth. The knowing that each day is a gift, whether the perception is good or bad, marks the path of enlightenment and the balance of energies needed to sustain spiritual growth, ascension in the physical body, and the capacity to love.