I was having a stimulating conversation with another shamanic healer, and a topic came up that I wanted to share with you. I think it is an important aspect to add to what I have been writing on initiations.
In my workshops and in my books I teach about a delicate subject that can come up while working with a client, a friend, or loved one who has been diagnosed with a serious illness.
Sometimes a client or a loved one might ask those of you who journey to consult with a helping spirit to get a prediction of whether they will live or die.
The issue that arises is if someone has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and is cured he or she will die on some level in order to heal. For that kind of healing involves quite a lot of dying to what does not support a healthy life.
If you journey to a helping spirit and ask if a client, friend, or loved one will die the answer is yes. If you journey and ask if a client, friend, or loved one will live the answer will be yes. For our spirit is eternal.
In my practice sometimes clients show up saying that a doctor gave them a terminal diagnosis. I am often asked to journey on whether my client will live or die.
My response in these cases is that I will perform the healing needed so that you are whole. I perform a soul retrieval as part of the healing to return any lost soul parts to a person. In doing this the soul is now present to help to guide the next steps of the process. It is only our soul that knows the next step. For some people the next step is physical death and for some it is remaining in this life.
Life is a series of initiations where we die to certain aspects of our life so that our own inner light, our divine nature can shine through.
As we continue to bring back lost parts of ourselves we live in a more conscious fashion. And when it is our time we die consciously. The key is being fully present so that we can raise our awareness to the gifts that life brings to us so that we can die to the old and be reborn into new levels of consciousness.
People in the helping professionals who work with people who are in the final stages of life often remark how bright a person is as they are facing death. I have seen this again and again with people I know. The light shining through as the body declines is quite amazing and beautiful.
And I also find that people have the same brilliant light coming through as they go through initiations in life that create a death experience where so much of the old is left behind. The death leads to something new being born. People who have some kind of life dismemberment come back feeling renewed and regenerated. We all know how brightly a pregnant woman glows. When we are giving birth to a deeper and more conscious aspect of ourselves we glow too.
The process of dying and the process of birth all bring us to a deeper level of spirit where the divine shines through.
Last year I wrote about how heart break leads to our hearts expanding so that we can become bigger vessels of unconditional love. I wrote about how unconditional love is beyond personal love. It is love that has no attachments to people or life circumstances. It is the pure love of the creator and is a reflection of the love that went into our creation and also the creation of the world.
I also have started to experience in my Inner World how joy has that same unconditional quality.
I continue to write and teach how true joy, health, wealth, and peace lie within. And that the key to our spiritual practice is cultivating our inner garden in a way that creates a rich Inner World.
I write and teach what I need to learn myself. And my life is truly devoted to practicing what I share in my teachings. I have been challenged through my life as I have searched for that real sense of inner joy.
And what I have come to realize is that my block to experiencing that inner joy is that I attach joy to my conditions in the outer world. But from a spiritual perspective joy is unconditional. Joy is beyond any personal desires. Unconditional joy is simply the joy for life itself. We were born into this material world to fully experience the joy of life. And when we can tap into our original desire to experience the joy of life beyond conditions we experience unconditional joy as we do unconditional love. This is also true for the spiritual definition of wealth and peace. For these qualities that we embrace in our Inner World have nothing to do with our outer conditions.
The full moon is April 25. Let us travel within and experience unconditional love for all life as well as unconditional joy for the gift of being alive. From this potent place of divine light, love, and joy let us continue to weave a brilliant human web of light within and throughout our planet earth.
Let us continue our transfiguration work for each of us in our global circle.
How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation is now available in paperback.
My book How to Thrive in Changing Times is being re-released with a new title and cover. The new title is: Shaman’s Toolkit: Ancient Tools for Shaping the Life and World You Want to Live In.
The marketing department at Weiser felt that the new title will align the book with my other titles.
As you know publishers are all about sales. Personally I did not agree with this decision. For How to Thrive in Changing Times was written for a non-shamanic audience to make the work more available to a public who cannot relate to the word “shamanism”.
I wanted to let you know about this change for as you see the title The Shaman’s Toolkit advertised on sites such as Amazon it is a re-release of How to Thrive in Changing Times. Nothing in the book has changed except the title and cover.
I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching two workshops at Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Southern California in 2014. I have been wanting to teach there for years, but the timing was not right. Joshua Tree is such a powerful place on earth.
I will be teaching Medicine for the Earth and Healing with Spiritual Light March 12-16 2014. And I will be teaching a Five Day Soul Retrieval Training on October 14-19 2014. As soon as I have all the information I need I will post the workshops on my Training and Announcement Section.
Catherine Steinberg (Rubybear) sent me a gift of her Mary Painting Cards. These cards have so much power and life to them. I felt so moved by the images that I wanted to share her work with you.
Catherine has just released the Mary Painting Cards, which are reproductions of her original paintings that contain aspects of the Divine Feminine that were conceived through dreams and shamanic journey work. The 13 image card set, each with its own inspirational writing on the back, comes with an originally designed cloth bag and can be purchased for $35 through Catherine’s website: www.catherinensteinberg.com or by contacting her through email: email@example.com. Catherine is a psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, and artist in Connecticut. She also leads workshops in Shamanic Painting.
In July Llewellyn Vaughan- Lee is publishing a book titled Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth. It is a collection of essays written by spiritual teachers and leaders from different traditions. I wrote an essay on “Medicine for the Earth” for the book.
A website to accompany the book has been launched. The website features many voices of spiritual teachers who articulate the need to focus on the work of spiritual ecology.
Body of Wisdom: Women's Spiritual Power and How it Serves is now available to pre-order on Amazon and will be released in April.
In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart identifies nine hidden powers alive in women’s bodies and instincts, waiting to be used in contemporary challenges including the building of community, the healing of the earth, and the restoration of life’s spiritual nature. Based on interviews with the world’s most visionary teachers and on the dreams and experiences of ordinary women, Body of Wisdom ushers in a new spirituality in which the body and the shared body of the earth are known as a seat of mystical power and women take responsibility for spiritual work that only they can do.
Interviewees include: Dorothy Atalla, Elizabeth Frediani, Sandra Ingerman, Larry Merculieff, Dr. Guan Cheng Sun, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Pamela Wilson.
My good friend and brilliant teacher and healer Bhola Banstola is returning to the United States to teach and see clients. He has such a remarkable presence and his teachings are extraordinary. I suggest that if you have the opportunity to work with Bhola you do so.
Bhola Banstola, a 27th consecutive generation Nepalese shaman is coming to the United States again this June! Bhola is a remarkable shaman who enriches his teaching with marvelous stories, dancing, drumming and healing heart energy. Attending his workshops is deliciously transformative! Whether through his teaching, individual sessions or his trips to Nepal, his command of the English language and unique ability to bridge across cultures provides students a safe portal into ancient wisdom that can be used in our everyday lives.
Here is what the people are saying about his work:
“We have been sponsoring Bhola Banstola's workshops for six years and every one of them has been an extremely positive experience for our community in New England! Participants in his classes or his trips abroad receive personal healing and nourishment for the mind, body and soul.” -- Evelyn Rysdyk & Allie Knowlton
“One-on-one work with Bhola is a gift! Never have I experienced so much healing power delivered in a purely gentle manner.” --Brenda Grant Hays
“A wonderful human being and shaman.... Humble, alive and exuberant, his presence itself is a healing. He is so real!” --Maggie Rodriguez
“Bhola is a trusted and compassionate travel companion who selflessly shares the sacredness of his land and the beauty of its people in an inexpressible life-changing experience.” --Kathleen Mary
“…Bhola is truly a citizen of the world and having the opportunity to travel with him is an incredible life changing experience…. “ -- Cheri Brady
Bhola's 2013 weekend courses, individual healing sessions and tours can be found at: www.nepalese.it
Also please visit Bhola’s website www.nepalese.it and go to the English section to read informative articles about his work.
On May 7 I will be interviewed on a teleseminar that is titled “The Self Care Revolution”. This series is sponsored by Santa Fe Soul in Santa Fe.
Here is the description for the teleseminar series:
It's time to sharpen your mind and strengthen your body so that you can inspire others to do the same. It's time to live life the way we were meant to live in: in joy and gratitude, making a contribution to the planet. But how can we help others when many of us are health-challenged ourselves?
In this revolutionary 12-month series, you will:
Discover what Self-Care is and how you can become your own best self-care advocate.
Explore how to improve and restore your health the natural way.
Learn how to reverse and prevent disease and live life to the fullest.
Receive access to over 70 Teleseminars and Q&A Calls with Self-Care Experts and Self-Care Coaches™, and much more.
Basic Membership is 100% FREE. You'll receive access to all recorded calls on the topic, 'Thoughts and Food as Medicine', as well as free gifts and offers from Speakers and Self-Care Coaches™.