Transmutation News October 2009 In September I taught a wonderful Five Day Soul Retrieval Training. The group was filled with fascinating people and over the five days I had some very interesting conversations.
We were at the workshop during 09/09/09 and of course there were many conversations around prophecies. I think that as a culture we are still living in the belief that a date can create a change rather than looking at a continuum and observing what is happening over time. For when we look at changes on the planet we are now being shown what energies are being created that will manifest as changes in the physical world.
There seem to be more people moving into a divisive and angry mode which will continue to support states of separation. The root of this of course is fear. And at the same time we are seeing more and more people exploring how to raise consciousness and what that really means and this is creating states of unity and light.
When the tragedy of September 11 occurred I wrote on the Transmutation News that we could learn much from the fundamentalist forces who were acting out of hate. We could learn what can be created if a group of people really focuses together on one goal.
And I know in every cell of my being and in my bones if the global spiritual community would focus on a vision of a world filled with peace, love, light, harmony, and abundance for all we would see more evidence of our ability to create positive change.
But the egoic states of separation still run so deep in many in the spiritual community. As long as we continue to compete and judge the spiritual work of others our focus and intention to create positive change is greatly watered down.
I do feel that part of our vital work is to educate people that spiritual divisiveness will not bring us to our greater goal of being in service to humanity, all of life, and the planet. And I do encourage all of you to bring awareness of this into conversations where the theme of a conversation is that one spiritual teacher’s work or teachings is better or more powerful than another. We all must work together to create change or the bottom line is that the states of separation creating hate and violence will continue. We must change the momentum of how people think in hierarchical and authoritarian terms to cooperation, collaboration, and support.
Different spiritual teachings draw different people by the practices shared and also the vocabulary that goes with different systems. But the basis of all spiritual teachings embrace love and unity. For when we enter spiritual realms we leave the world of duality behind and enter into the knowledge of one source, one light, and unconditional love.
And of course the focus of our work together has been in striving to live the spiritual teachings of honor, respect, recognizing the divine light in all, and moving out of limiting belief systems.
I was talking to a woman who felt so deeply committed to being a light in the world and at the same time felt challenged of how to do this as her life was filled with such stress
If we look at the changes that are happening on the planet we can all see how important it is to live the work we are practicing. I think by now it is obvious that a new reality will not be created without doing that. There will not be a “magical” moment where one day we wake up living in a world where we shine and live in love.
This world can and will be created by the minute to minute changes we create in our lives. We can choose to react to what is happening or we can choose to reach deep within to the spirit and source that is within and make choices of how to respond with more consciousness, respect, and compassion.
There once was a time where spiritual masters could separate themselves from the daily tasks and issues that one faced in their ordinary lives. And their students looked to them for answers and healing. Now we all must be those spiritual masters who consciously walk the earth bringing blessings to all with each step we take on the earth and with each breath.
I still believe in the old adage “slow and steady wins the race”. We must have patience with ourselves as we tap into our inherent spiritual mastery which is the birthright of each and every one of us. Everyday that we can bring more love and light into the world and the collective by shifting our thoughts and our interactions with others brings us closer to our goals. And part of our daily focus must continue to be to engage in our creation work while at the same time letting go of expectations and surrendering to the infinite wisdom of spirit of what is needed for our highest potential.
I know I have written all of this before and at the same time I felt that this is a good time to review so that we can reset our intention of who we want to be in the world and what we want to contribute at this time. We are constantly having many new readers of the Transmutation News and I think it is helpful to take some time to review and set our intention together.
Sit with what I have written above and allow yourself to reflect on how your daily life is going and how much you allow yourself to embrace and live the teaching that it is who we become that changes the world.
Reset your intention with your creation work. Remember you must have an initial intention for the brain interprets intention as an action has taken place.
Continue to work on the vision of the planet you wish to live in and the planet you wish to pass on to future generations. Engage all of your senses by seeing all the visuals of what your creation would look like. See what the earth would look like, the smiles on peoples faces, what the climate would be, etc. Listen to the sounds – the sounds in nature, laughter, the sound of the gentle breezes, etc. Feel what it would be like to walk in a world filled with beauty, love, peace, and joy. Touch things as you walk and feel the actual physical sensations. Smell the fragrance of clean air and the flowers, plants, and trees. Taste the tastes of clean air, water, clean and healthy food.
Other key elements are experiencing your creation as if it were already here now otherwise you are always putting it in the future instead of the present. Feel passion for your vision as passion is the fuel for all successful creation work. And don’t experience your vision as if you are watching TV or a movie. Step into the picture and actually engage in living your creation.
And we must continue to look at our limiting thoughts and beliefs about what is possible. For all things are possible if we can expand our minds to embrace the vision of a world filled with peace, love, light, joy, and abundance for all.
Look at how much was created by structures who planted seeds of fear. Look at the garden that grew out of fear and the desire to fight for power. Imagine a garden planted with the seeds of love, hope, joy, and inspiration. We can replant our garden we just have to make the choice to do so!
The full moon is October 4. Let us continue to be a source of light filling the web of life and light with love! And let us continue to support our global community with our monthly healing ceremony as is written on Creating A Human Web of Light on the Transmutation News page.
I ask that as a global community we participate in working on the project described below by Marty Rutherford. We can work together by transfiguring and experiencing the water in the area in its divine perfection and divine light.
The Kumpi Mayu Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to transmuting the world’s water so that it is healthy for all. Currently we are working with a small village in Peru near Cusco called La Comunidad Huayllarqocha (this is Quechua for The Community that is a sacred place of peace, joy and harmony). The water contains a level of arsenic that is four times higher than what the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers highly contaminated.
Every day this community of four hundred people uses the water for drinking and for farming. This means that each person and each animal is being contaminated daily in multiple ways. The regular consumption of arsenic produces increased incidents of Cancer, a variety of breathing disorders and blood circulation difficulties. Engineers Without Borders has graciously agreed to work with this community to co-create a clean water system in the village. But anyone reading these words knows that more is needed. We ask that you include us in your prayers to transmute this water so that it is clean and pure allowing for each member of this community to live a healthy life. Should you want more information about this project, or to help in any way please e-mail Marty Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are in abundant gratitude for you help.
My 2010 calendar of workshops is now up. Please visit the training and announcement section of this site.
My new book How to Thrive in Changing Times is now available for preorder on Amazon. This book contains the information that I have been writing on the Transmutation News for the last couple of years. It has been personally helpful for me to read the information put together and I hope it will be helpful to you too. Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts will be available in Portugal. There will be a book publishing event at the Galeria Abraco in Lisbon, Portugal on October 17. Claudia Felix Rodrigues will be presenting at this event. For those of you in Portugal who are interested in more information please visit www.milcaminhos.com or email email@example.com.
I would like to thank Claudia Felix Rodriques who translates the Transmutation News into Portuguese who also translated my books for our community in Portugal.
Great books to check out:
I have received some wonderful books to read and I would like to let you know about them.
Olivier Clerc translated my books into French. He wrote a book titled Invaluable Lessons from a Frog: Seven Life-Enhancing Metaphors. I loved the book!! I am so happy it was translated from French to English! Lewis Mehl-Madrona author of Coyote Medicine, Narrative Medicine, and Narrative Medicine sums it up when he says:
“The power of Invaluable Lessons from a Frog lies in its timeliness as an alternative story or antidote to the quick-fix message which fills the airwaves and the bookshops and the cybernets of the world. I strongly recommend this book as important reading for reinventing our lives in the 21st century and for awakening to our possibilities, many of which have been cleverly disguised by the factors described by Olivier Clerc.”
This wonderful book was published by Dreamriver Press.
Stephanie Alston-Nero is a student of mine devoted to bringing spiritual practices into the inner city where people don’t have access to the wonders and healing of shamanic work. Stephanie is an amazing poet and her new book In Wild Violet Shrine: New and Selected Poems is an extraordinary work of art.
Malidoma Patrice Some writes: “Stephanie Alston-Nero is a descendent of shamanic power – that is stirring in her. She is healing the past to stabilize the present and future with more light.”
This book is published by Evolutionary Girls Press. You can order this beautiful book of poetry by visiting www.lulu.com.
Seeing in the Dark: Claim Your Own Shamanic Power Now and in the Coming Age Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox – Red Wheel Weiser 2009
Seeing in the Dark demonstrates a practice of integral shamanism along with the strategy and approach for making a difference for oneself and the world. It describes the discipline, tools, and way of living that comprise the extensive body of knowledge used to cultivate non-ordinary awareness and achieve personal freedom. Using journeying, ceremony, psychology, energy movement, and traditional shamanism, the authors provide the inner workings we need to evolve an unhampered clarity and live a life that makes a substantive difference. Seeing in the Dark presents a means for connecting to soul and Spirit, achieving the clarity necessary to express the agenda of one’s soul in the world.
Colleen Deatsman is a wonderful teacher and practitioner listed on www.shamanicteachers.com and Paul Bowersox is a former student of mine.
Feasts for The Gods and The Despacho Ceremony
There’s a new website that’s a great resource dedicated to the despacho ceremony. For those of you who aren’t familiar with despachos, they are a type of shamanic prayer bundle from South America. They are extremely versatile for healing and manifesting positive change in your life.
Despachos are a type of prayer bundle or offering containing many ingredients, a sort of mini-feast made mainly of foodstuffs such as dried fruit, beans, grains and even candy. Each item symbolizes something. For example, sugar symbolizes sweetness and love. All these items are assembled on a large piece of paper. Prayers are blown into leaves and placed into the despacho as well. When it is complete, the paper on which it is made is folded over the items, wrapped as a gift, and burned, buried or put into a body of water. This releases the prayer energy and energetic shifts. The results are usually quite impressive and fast, often within days.
The address for this new website about despachos is www.feastsforthegods.com. On it you will find more information about despachos, including an insightful 3-part interview with developer Kerri Colegrove. The website also sells an ebook she wrote titled Feasts for The Gods. It includes directions for making 13 different types of despachos including a despacho to heal the feminine and a despacho to heal the masculine. This is an important how-to book with a forward by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. To help you along with this process if you are new to it or just want the extra convenience, the website also sells despacho kits which contain nearly everything you’ll need to make a basic despacho. If you don't see the kit you want for sale, specialty and custom despacho kits are available on request.
Despachos are a regular part of many shamanic practices and many make them monthly to keep the process of positive change moving forward.
Kerri and her website make it easy for everyone who’s interested to participate in this beautiful ceremony and practice.
Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, and Shamanism