I want to wish you a New Year filled with an abundance of light!
As we are all interconnected with nature we have an unconscious drive to experience life in cycles. We are always reminded by nature of the cycles of life.
Some cultures and traditions live by a lunar cycle. As living beings so affected by the moon we do follow a lunar cycle whether we are aware of it or not. Many of us come from cultures that follow a calendar based on the cycle of the sun.
There seems to be an innate desire in all of us to know that in following cycles there is a time when we can leave our past behind and look forward to a new beginning. For most of us around the world this time of new beginnings comes with the celebration of the New Year.
There tends to be a feeling of excitement as we perceive ourselves beginning a new cycle. We can see how our past shaped and sculpted us into the beings we are today. Those of you have been reading the Transmutation News are all people who have made a shift in consciousness and we can be in gratitude for all that has happened that has brought us to this place.
I was recently talking to a friend who reads a lot of the news coming from Starhawk who is also an author and teacher. Starhawk has been seeding the idea that most of us have been under a spell. This really makes sense. I too believe many people are under a spell that collecting material objects will bring us happiness, that we have no personal power to create change, and that there are authority figures who will keep us safe and healthy. This spell also includes the illusion that we are separate from nature, each other, and the rest of life.
Those of you reading this have been in a process of waking up from the spell that has been cast on the masses. But there are still many who continue to sleep. I do believe that part of our spiritual work is to try to wake the sleeping masses up. There is a lot of unconsciousness to truth these days.
The key and also a challenge is how to keep others and ourselves from taking an "us vs. them" position and see that it is "we". How do we communicate to others that we must wake up without generating anger and division?
There are many causes one can get impassioned about right now. For me I tend to focus a lot of my energy on the environment. It is quite extraordinary to watch how humankind continues to poison the elements which bring us life.
It is amazing to me how many people do not know that we even have an environmental crisis in the U.S. This is not the case in many other countries, as those of you reading this from outside the U.S. know.
As we look towards a new year and a new beginning I invite you to look inside yourself and see if there are some different ways that you can begin to educate those in your communities to the issues we are facing. I do believe that writing letters to the editor of a local newspaper is a place to start. Keep your intention clear. Bring through the consciousness of being in a divine state as we have been working with in the practice of transfiguration. Communicate from a place of love not trying to create fear or anger. Have your intention be one of education and inspire people to look for new solutions on a community level. Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Educating people to the principle of interconnectedness is also important. Danah Zohar in her book The Quantum Self: Human Nature and Consciousness Defined by the New Physics says: "Everything that each of us does affect all the rest of us, directly and physically. I am my brotherís keeper because my brother is a part of me, just as my hand is a part of my body.
If I injure my hand, my whole body hurts. If I injure my consciousness- fill it with malicious or selfish or evil thoughts ó I injure the whole nonlocally connected field of consciousness."
Although I read a lot of non-fiction so I can keep up on what other people have to share I really love to read fiction. I like to learn through stories rather than by lectures. I recently bought the book Prey by Michael Crichton. I have only had the opportunity to read the Introduction. In the intro which is not fiction, he talks about what we have done to the environment and our current ignorance to the nanotechnology that is being developed.
Here is a very popular writer. He has written many books and many of you might know him from his books Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. In educating people in his intro he is waking people up to a situation that most of us are not aware of. And with his popularity he can reach masses. There are many people popular to the masses such as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Oprah Winfrey, and a host of others who in their own way try to wake the masses up. We can if we choose to do this on a smaller level.
There is an incredible wealth of information that is being shared today on the environment, quantum physics, and other related topics. The information is very enlightening, but having information does not create change. The only way change will occur is if we change our consciousness and our way of living. We must be able to live the information not just store it. We need to work with spiritual practices that can help us embody the wealth of information being shared today.
I believe this is a strong point of Medicine for the Earth. It is filled with daily exercises and community ceremonies that can facilitate a change in consciousness and help you create a new way of life. You might consider inviting a local Medicine for the Earth teacher to come to work with members of your community. You can find the nearest teacher to you by visiting: www.medicinefortheearth.com. Some of you reading the Transmutation News might want to stay out of any sort of activism role and continue to keep up your spiritual work. This is also extremely important. We all have to find what feeds us and keeps us feeling strong and empowered.
Danah Zohar quotes Jung, who said, "If things go wrong in the world, this is because something is wrong with the individual, because something is wrong with me. Therefore, if I am sensible, I shall put myself right first."
This of course goes along with what I wrote in Medicine for the Earth and in all the Transmutation News. As we remember that we are divine and connected to all and find harmony inside of ourselves our outer world will reflect that back to us.
This brings us back to the key of our work which is spiritual practice. As we begin the new cycle of the New Year we have the opportunity to keep building on what we have been doing spiritually. As we do this we change on a cellular level. This will affect our own health and sense of well being and the world around us. Keep up your transfiguration practice.
From a quantum physics understanding how you focus every thought and emotion does effect the non-local field. If we can keep our focus on a positive vision this is the fabric that is woven non-locally which will effect what ends up being manifested. This month I do encourage you to repeat the practices I have been teaching about the power of words. Words are alive; they vibrate and create form out of the void. They are a potent tool to how we create in the world. Words are how we call things into being. This month letís all stay conscious to what we calling into being with our words. One of the principles of shamanic journeying is that we have the ability to journey outside of time. Occasionally, in certain workshops, since the mid 1980ís I have asked participants to journey shamanically to meet with descendants. The type of advice I asked people to get from descendants depended on the workshop I was teaching. In the last few years I have on and off brought in a journey to descendants in my Medicine for the Earth Gatherings. I have asked participants to journey hundreds of years into the future and speak to descendants who heal with light, sound, and vibration. The information we have received has been quite powerful and valuable.
What 1 have realized is that we have taught our descendants this information to pass on. As we have forgotten how to work in this way our descendants are teaching it to us. By doing so many journeys I realized that a solid bridge has been created from our time into the future. When I do the drumming for these journeys I can hear the descendants chanting for us.
As I have been so moved by this connection I journeyed to the descendants to ask if there is anything I could do for them. The information they gave me was, "You are sacrificing an entire generation of children." I knew exactly what they meant. We are passing on our same empty values to our children. Children are losing the sparkle in their eyes at an earlier age. The abuse and neglect of so many children is far beyond any of the horrors we have become so focused on with terrorism. The terrorism of our children in all cultures is what needs to be focused on.
The suicide rate and violent behavior of teenagers is sky rocketing.
We are all aware of the problem. Again, as with the environment, the situation will not change on its own without some action on our part. We do have power to start to work with our own children and the children we are close too.
All the practices we are doing we can bring our children into. I will begin seeding some ideas in all of the following Transmutation News.
For this month we can share the practice I have asked you to do this month about the power words with children you have a close relationship with. Practice saying different words and have the child blow the energy of the word up into the air. Or find a photo of someone or something precious to the child. Have the child blow the energy of the word at the photo. This starts to entrain children to see that as they say words they are blowing the energy of the word to another life form that is also precious.
This is one place to start. We have been working with the principle of as above so, so below; as within, so without. We have been working on transmuting the energy that is sent out with our problematic thoughts and emotions.
This month letís turn our attention to transmuting the toxic energies in our environment. We take these toxins in through the pollution and chemicals in earth, air, and water as well as with the problematic thoughts and beliefs around us in the world today.
From a very esoteric viewpoint of energy we can work with the concept of all energy is neutral. First I believe that we must bring consciousness to what we put out into the world. Otherwise, this concept becomes a rationalization for not wanting to work on ourselves and how we express ourselves in the world. But once we have been working on ourselves and how we communicate we can evolve our practice to look at how all energy is neutral.
This month meditate or journey on ways that you can take in all that life gives you while neutralizing and transmuting any toxicity. You might take a look at pages 247-248 of Medicine for the Earth where I share more on this.
Remember to use the formula for transmutation as you work. Intention + love + union + harmony + concentration + focus + imagination = transmutation.
Until we do change how we live, what we put into the earth, air, water physically and mentally we need to find practices that allow us to transmute what we take in on all levels to maintain our own health. For our worldwide community ceremony this month letís repeat a bit of what we did for the fall equinox in September. The full moon is on Saturday January 18. This could be a good time for us to work together.
If you have not read this web page before look at the Transmutation News for July and August 2002. This will give you the instructions for both the practices of transfiguration and creation. Letís together transfigure and experience peace fully as if it has already occurred. Remember in the creation process it is important to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste what you are creating. And it is important to experience it as if it is here now. If you experience it as happening in the future you are not calling it in to present time.
Breathe in peace, breathe out peace. Breathe in honor, breathe out honor. Breathe in gratitude, breathe out gratitude. Breathe in love, breathe out love. Breathe in appreciation, breathe out appreciation. Breathe in unity, breathe out unity. Breathe in harmony, breathe out harmony. Again, breathe in peace and breathe out peace. Use the elements of transmutation and transfigure into your divinity as you have been practicing it. As you experience yourself in a divine state of being allow peace to permeate all your cells and senses. Breathe through your heart. Concentrate and focus breathing your experience of peace through you and out into the field. Repeat any words you feel appropriate to go along with the vibration and energy you are sending out.
When you feel you are disconnecting from the process start to bring yourself back. Ground yourself feeling yourself being here now. This is the full moon and our time to keep weaving a human web of light. Allow yourself to feed the web either while you are transfigured or when you are done and still experiencing the afterglow. If we keep concentrating and focusing our energies together from a place of love, unity, peace, harmony, and beauty we change the fabric of the web of life changing what manifests on the planet. Winter is an important time to gestate the seeds you want to grow in the new year. Please remember to look at my calendar for 2003 if you are interested in attending a training. "I donít know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I know: the oneís among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
"To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable." Maya Angelou
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