Stepping out of the ordinary

I find it important to take my students in year-long classes out of town at least once over the course of the year. It’s much easier to undergo radical change when you step out of your ordinary routine. I get more out of it as a teacher when we’re all away from our safety net, under a strange roof, breaking bread and processing together.

When someone is around the things they know, on their home turf, as it were, it’s easier to not change than it is to change. There are certain types of healing work I will not do in the client’s home, because I don’t want to waste my time or theirs. It takes a lot for someone to surrender on their own playing field. They don’t have to be made to feel crisis, but they’re going to change (heal) more easily if they don’t have the familiar to cling to.

Think of it this way – if nothing around me is terribly familiar, it’s much easier to make course adjustments or even full scale change. The familiar cements us in place to a certain extent, and provides too strong a measuring stick, which allows the ego to resist more strongly. When I don’t have anything around me to root me into the Maya, I am more maneuverable.

So, if you want to make substantial changes in your life, step out of your ordinary routine and space.

Posted in Classes, Crisis, Healing, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, Tools

Powering Your Equinox Projects with the Sun

The northern autumnal equinox is less than a week away. As a result “equinox cracks” are opening in Earth’s magnetic field, allowing solar wind to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere.
Source: SpaceWeather

I find it interesting that the Equinox, considered by Pagans to be a pause in time, a bit of a bubble, is also a time when Terra gets cracks in her magnetic field.

Use the power of the solar wind to power you in using the pause in time to best effect.

(1) Choose a project toward the top of your priority list to work on and bring to completion, or at least a significant milestone. A project could be one of self improvement or spiritual growth, or it could be a more material project.

(2) The energy of the Equinox lasts about 3 days; this year, the moment of Equinox is 1:54am UTC on 9/23 (6:54pm 9/22 Pacific), so the “bubble” would be 36 hours before to 36 hours after. So this would be when you would want to devote energy to your chosen project. Clear your schedule so you can focus.

(3) Do modified sun salutations at sunrise, noon, and sunset during the period.

(4) Set your intention to complete (or reach a significant milestone on) this project, regardless of any completion issues you might have.

(5) Do the thing!

I would love to hear how you do with this!

Posted in Astrology, Autumn, Events, Healing, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice, Ritual, Shamanism, solar storms, Tools

Boundaries and Protection

Spirit seems to be of the opinion that protection and boundaries are becoming steadily more important, and that this autumn will be an especially good time to focus on those tools. The timing, from a Shamanic point of view isn’t all that surprising – as the shadows grow long, we become more introspective, quieter, more selective as to who we let in. So it’s time for a refresher on how to make that work.

The idea of psychic protection has a lot more to do with appropriate boundaries than one might think. In order to be energetically protected, we need three things:

  1. We need to be grounded. When you are fully in your body, it is much harder for someone to sneak up on you, energetically or physically, and you can avoid being broadsided by issues. When grounded, it is also easier to hold your space, which means people will respect your boundaries. And you will think more clearly, which means you will be more aware of your boundaries.
  2. We need to know what our boundaries are. If you don’t know what your boundaries are, how can you express them or hold them? See item #1.
  3. We need to honor our own boundaries. If you aren’t sure you have a right to your boundaries, you’re not going to be able to hold them. If you waffle about your boundaries, you’re not going to voice them, and you’re not likely to give them enough oomph to do anything. Honoring one’s own boundaries means holding them sacrosanct.

Think for a moment about the last time your boundaries were violated, even a little. How did that feel in your body? What were the actual physical sensations? Where did you feel them? There’s a reasonably good chance you can’t answer that question easily. When we deal with boundary violations, without a decent amount of training, we bail. Our body may stay where it is, but our energy takes off. This actually makes it easier for people to violate your boundaries. On the other hand, practices like grounding and body awareness, done regularly (read: daily), start to counteract that reaction, and enable you to be more aware and proactive. You could even start with some general de-stressing practices.

Want more?

On October 14th, I’ll be offering a quick-and-dirty workshop on boundaries and protection at Pagan Pride in Long Beach. I will also be teaching a more in-depth class over five evenings this fall at La Luna Healing in Newhall.

Posted in Autumn, Classes, Events, Practice, Shamanism, Stress, Tools

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