For so many years now I have been writing about the shadow side of the shamanic community riding surface waves. When riding surface waves, we learn how to tread water well.
But do we end up missing a valuable part of the initiation and the journey to come home to our true selves when we don’t allow ourselves to sink under the surface waves? Although we live in the unknown, we prefer an unknown that does not involve sinking into the darkness of life - an initiation commonly called the Dark Night of the Soul.
But this is where we learn to talk to our soul. This is where we shed our former identity to see the beauty, gifts, and strengths of our inner landscape. And when we find this we step into a glory of love and light that we never experienced on this Earth. But it takes being willing to make a journey that is in an unearthly territory that we all walk through when we get ill, lose something important to us, experience grief, dissolution, a lack of faith, and so on.
In the modern western world, many of us called in transformative energies during this time. We said we wanted to transform. How we tried to do this was by discovering practices that make us feel peaceful and raise our endorphins to make us feel good. But this might not have been the best decision to make. For this keeps us swimming in the surface waves of change.
When you ask for transformation in shamanism you ask to enter into The Dark Night of the Soul. This is such an amazing territory that sounds scary as once there you are stripped of your identity and everything you think you know.
But what a rich journey that in the taking away that which no longer serves your identity leads you to finding your true identity, power, strength, inner light and love. For you are a true reflection of the creative forces of the universe, and this is what you will discover as you traverse the territory called the Dark Night of the Soul. You will discover aspects of unconditional love and experience a light you did not know existed.
In this initiation you die to your ego while alive, being reborn into a being who is self sufficient in all your needs.
I really believe that when one learns how to traverse The Dark Night of the Soul you learn how to ride out any wave life brings with power and strength. You become a presence of unconditional love and light beyond what you have experienced to this point.
If you would like to learn about this territory and learn how to walk it you can register for my new course The Dark Night of the Soul as a Portal to the Shaman’s Light.
I have left Facebook for awhile. I just needed a break. But I will be back to work with participants in my new course.
Before I left, I read this beautiful poem by Jack Wyrd who posted it on the Facebook page for The Shamans Cave. Jack gave me permission to share this with all of you.
BLESSINGS OF THE DRAGONFLY
Exuviae are the remains of animals which must shed their skin in order to grow. The dragonfly is such an animal. It spends its first two years as an aquatic nymph. Swimming and breathing water, never touching the air. But once they have found all they need in the wet world below the waves - they crawl up into the air. There, they are unable to breath, unable to see. They trust they most go towards the light, into the unknown. There, helpless, they burst out of their back and unfurl their wings.
This is a summer thing. As they drink air into their lungs for the first time, they must lay in the sun drying their wings and hardening their shell. They don’t know what to expect, but they know they must. They don’t let fear stop them; they only know it is right. As they rise up, dragons of the sky, they leave their old exuviae behind. They don’t look back, they just fly.
It is summer, time for transformations under the Sun. May you be like the dragonfly, trusting enough to make the transformations you must and flying free as you were meant to be. May you embody the beautiful blessings of the dragonfly. -- Exuviae is latin. It is pronounced ig-zoo’-vee-ee
Jack Wyrd practices and teaches core shamanism and hosts monthly community journey circles in the Bangor, Maine area. He has an upcoming spiritual folklore book, tentatively titled Maine's Rarest Creatures: a Field Guide to Mythological and Legendary Creatures and Beings of New England and Adjacent Canada, it will be published in June 2021 by Down East Books. You can check out Jack’s page on FB.
The full moon is August 3. Let’s drop into the depths of our spiritual light that is reaching for us. Meet the reach with your own light. Join with the radiant light of our global community, and let it build a healthy field of energy for all of life.
If you are a new reader of The Transmutation News please read the instructions for our full moon ceremony in Creating A Human Web of Lighton the homepage.
Due to the times we are living in I am sharing workshops that teachers I love and respect are offering. I wanted to let you know of the wealth of offerings.
All my books and audio programs are filled with deep wisdom and helpful tools to improve the quality of your life and give wonderful suggestions of how we can be in greater service in the world. They are filled with tools to spiritually ride the waves of this time.
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For our French readers I was interviewed for a beautiful book on women bringing the divine feminine into their shamanic work. Audrey Fella did a brilliant job. Her book is titled Femme chamanes. It is published by Mama Editions.
Byron Metcalf created the timely sequel to the high-powered release “A Warning From the Elders”. The Precipice of Choice is simultaneously a polyrhythmic requiem for a planet in trouble and an initiatory gateway for people willing to answer the call-to-action in a time of unparalleled change. A tribal- shamanic wake up call!
Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Mindfulness Coaches!
Barbara Haas, MA Education, a shamanic teacher and practitioner in Colorado, has studied with me since 1992. She has 35 years of elementary teaching experience, of integrating brain-based learning techniques for engagement and meaning, and of guiding students to manage their own wide range of emotions. The essential understanding is that if emotions are not developed, success in academics is hampered and relationships struggle.
She has just published a book Flustered Without Mustard: Finding Calm When Angry or Frustrated, a rhyming story with whimsical illustrations about a hot dog vendor who runs out of mustard. This sets off a wide variety of customers’ reactions, and offers many points to ponder to take responsibility for one’s own emotions, including ideas from my How to Heal Toxic Thoughts book.
This story is just 15 minutes long, yet is meant to encourage discussions with youngsters at home as a read-aloud, to introduce a character-building theme in any K - 8 grade classroom, or to enhance social-emotional intelligence skills in mindfulness or counseling sessions.
This heartwarming and insightful book is available on Amazon as a hardcover, paperback, or ebook or from the wholesaler IngramSpark. Barbara's website, RhubarbWisdomBooks.com, has a lot of information as well. She appreciates your help in sharing this announcement with your families, schools, libraries, and bookstores. It’s pertinent, it’s time to shine, and her book will indeed be a bright light for many.
Barbara has studied with me for over 20 years. I hope you will purchase this remarkable book.
As you know it is not my nature to fundraise. But my heart is calling to ask for help. The Shaman Tatayo has really helped me in my time of need. He is incredible- a true walking heart. I am asking if it is possible to donate even a small amount to help this community, I would be so grateful. Due to the corona virus the valuable work these people are doing are in danger. For they depend on clients coming from all over the world for help.
Please Help Ebando Village Gabon The village that give birth to new shaman
Ebando Village located in Libreville Gabon- The Tibet of Africa, is a portal for people for the world to visit and experience complete and authentic shamanic ritual that transforms. Bwiti is the power of song, dance, plant medicine, community and the creative process that heals give visions and cultivates joy for all who participate.
Iboga is renowned worldwide for its miracles about to “cure” complex opiate addiction. However for the people of Gabon, detox is but the smallest matter for the Sacred plant consciousness.
The initiates who come to Ebando village are treated with great care. After introduction to the sacred trees and spirits of the forrest. After several days of communal mediation, and spiritual water, herbal, and smoke baths the initiate ingest Iboga bark, and the 3-day long adventure to the land of the Ancestors.
Ebando village is supported solely by the people that come to Gabon seeking this wisdom. For well over 30 years Tatayo and his group of highly qualified men and woman shamans have helped hundreds of people heal from all over the world. Ebando trains Iboga and Ibogaine providers from around the world to create the proper set and setting for safe passage for people that need Iboga’s curative powers.
In turn Tatayo has uses the majority of the funds from their work to support: Gabons orphaned and abandoned children Woman who have been sex trafficked find a life of dignity Preservation of the rain forrest and Protection of Elephants, Gorillas & Iboga from poachers Illegal logging of pristine forest woods
Your support at this time is vital to Ebando. All people who donate any amount of money are entitled to a 15 percent discount for a full Bwiti ceremony at Ebando.
Kind thanks to my teacher Sandra Ingerman for allowing us to use her platform to share awareness of Ebando mission in this time of great need in so many places.
With deepest gratitude and love Kay “Mwana Kudu” Dougherty
The Shift Network is putting on a Sound Healing Conference starting August 2. It will be a five-day summit. You will hear from 37 of today’s highly sought-after experts, sound-healing pioneers, and practitioners — including Eileen McKusick, Jeralyn Glass, Jonathan Goldman, Justin Michael Williams, Gregg Braden, John Beaulieu, Christine Stevens, Chloë Goodchild, Russil Paul, Heather Salmon, and others. https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/shs20/ingerman
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