I would like to thank all of you who joined me in the celebration of the life of my father Aaron Ingerman. It meant a lot to both me and to my mother.
For those of you who have been reading the Transmutation News over the years know I have been sharing how much my parents have inspired me. And it is so important to me to honor them for all they have done for me. So thank you!
The greatest spiritual teaching that has been passed down throughout the ages has been the power of universal love. Universal love is beyond personality. And it is with the understanding and holding of universal love that all healing can take place. For no matter what is happening on a global or personal level being able to maintain a state of unconditional love assists in all healing and transformation.
Holding a state of universal and unconditional love is the greatest gift that we can give loved ones and all life on earth.
But as human beings we get caught up in personality. And once we are identified with our own personality and the personality of others our feelings become very complex. And when we are caught up these complex feelings we stop being a true channel of love.
As I have written over the years life is filled with paradoxes. For on one level we have taken on personalities as human beings to experience the adventure of life. We each take on different roles that we want to live out, explore, and express in this lifetime.
And at the same time we are divine spirit and always connected with Source and we are one.
Throughout our spiritual practice we must learn to dance the paradox of life. At the same time we must remember the love of spirit and that divine love is holding and embracing us all the time. We must learn how to express this love more and more each day. This is what the times we live in call for.
On many levels we cannot change the physicality of what is happening in the world. But by perceiving the divine in all and holding a state of divine love we can transform the energies of what is occurring.
During one of my near death experiences I remember standing in front of a great brilliant light. And this light just radiated unconditional love to all of us who were standing before it. There were those we would judge as criminals and there were those of us who worked from a place of love. Yet the light did not recognize us for our deeds and who we were on a personality level. This light of Source just radiated love and light.
This was such a powerful teaching for me at such a young age. And now more than ever I see a need for us to learn how to just hold others in unconditional love.
And I do recognize that this can be easier said than done. For as personalities we judge who deserves love. And we put limits on our love.
We have been working with the principle of radiating light just like a star in the night sky. This light has no limits and a star radiates light effortlessly. Source also radiates love effortlessly and there are no limits to the love of the universe.
This month I would like you to meditate on, journey on, experience fully in every cell of your being the love that went into your creation. Take some time as we have done in the past to experience your creator. Find the term that works for your belief system - God, the goddess, Source, creator, creative forces of the universe, the divine, the power of the universe, etc.
Put on some music and lie down. Set your intention to meet your creator and experience the love that went into your creation.
We have done this before together but I have to say that the more you can do this exercise the more you can anchor the feeling of universal love in your cells. And the more you can experience this divine love in your cells the more you can express it in the world.
On December 22 we celebrate the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
And as we all know this marks the Christmas holiday season which in many places around the world has become more of a commercial holiday than a spiritual one.
Many people during this time of year go out and buy Christmas trees. During our solstice celebration this year I would suggest a new way to bring in this holiday season. This creates a lovely and deep way for people in your community to connect with each other.
In my book How to Thrive in Changing Times I wrote about the tradition of creating a prayer tree that comes out of Siberia.
In Siberia trees are seen as sacred as they bridge the heaven and the earth. There is a wonderful shamanic tradition in Siberia of creating a prayer tree.
Traditional food and drink offerings are left by the tree. The shaman of the community also chants and gives thanks to the helping spirits for carrying the prayers of the people up to the universe so that their dreams manifest back on earth.
People tie ribbons loosely on the branches of the tree. As the tree will continue to grow it is important not to choke the branch with a ribbon that is tied on too tight.
The ribbons tied on the tree are empowered with prayers for individuals, families, and for the community.
One year I was teaching in Scotland and was taken to visit a forest in the Trossachs called "The Fairy Forest". People from all over the world had come to the forest to leave letters, drawings, pictures, and prayers for personal and planetary healing. These were left by a tree or tied on to the branches of the trees in this forest. It was an extraordinary sight to see a whole glen of trees filled with colored ribbons, photos, gifts, and a variety of beautiful objects filled with love and hope.
In celebrating the solstice this year I would suggest creating a prayer tree in your community. Start by giving thanks to the tree in a way that calls to your heart. Intention is the key. Bless this tree for the love in your heart as this living being works in partnership to carry prayers to the creative forces of the universe.
Loosely wrap different colored ribbons that contain prayers for yourself, your loved ones, your community, and the planet. Invite others in your community to do the same. This way of working brings people in your community together and this in itself creates healing for all of life.
You could also buy a Christmas tree and instead of putting ornaments on it you can create a prayer tree for your community. You can even create a prayer tree in your place of work. In this way you support all you co-workers in their prayers.
Use your imagination!
The full moon is December 10. Let us continue to weave a brilliant web of light within and throughout this great earth! Let us radiate our light and love embracing all of life and our wonderful global community.
As we approach the end of the year please join me in giving great gratitude and send blessings to all the wonderful people who help to share the Transmutation News around the globe.
We give thanks and blessings to Sylvia Edwards who is the brilliant webmaster of www.sandraingerman.com. And Bob Edgar was the person who seeded the idea that I start a monthly column back in 1998. And he has kept the Transmutation News posted on www.shamanicvisions.com. Thank you Bob and we wish you all the best!
And a special thanks to Eva Ruprechtsberger who seeded the idea to find translators who would volunteer to translate the monthly column.
We join our hearts together and radiate light, love, and blessings to our translators who translate the Transmutation News into the following languages:
Lena Anderheim - Swedish Nello Ceccon - Italian Ines Fermosa - Spanish Sofia Frazoa - Portuguese Zora Fresnova - Slovakian Dorota Goczal - Polish Filitsa Giannakopoulou - Greek Annie Idrissi - French Aurel Mocanu - Romanian Jitka "Jitush" Navratilova - Czech Irina Osechinsky - Russian Eva Ruprechtsberger - German Filiz Telek- Turkish
To our global community we all wish you a joyous solstice!!
And next month we bring in 2012 together!!!
NEW ONLINE COURSE WITH SOUNDS TRUE: THE POWER OF FOCUSED INTENT
A couple of years ago I taught a course titled "Working in Community". Participants met for a four-day workshop and focused on the material I have been writing about on The Transmutation News. We focused on how we can use our thoughts and words to change our personal life and be in service to all of life on the planet. We learned how to dream into being the world we wish to live in. And we looked to how we could use the practices of gratitude, blessings, and transfiguration to support our personal lives and also the community we created.
We then did two years of regular teleconferencing where I lectured and led spiritual practices. And we created a yahoo group where we could share our experiences of doing this incredible work for each other and ourselves.
This January I am starting a six-month online course that will be based on the Working in Community course. Once a month for six months I will teach a live session where I will lecture on material and lead spiritual practices to help anchor the work.
There will be a forum that I will be part of where we can share our experiences of keeping up with the practices.
The intention will be to use spiritual practices to help ourselves but also make a commitment to radiate light and send blessings to all in the course. And we will continue to share with each other over the six months on the online forum created by Sounds True.
In this online course we will create a virtual community committed to creating the inner landscape needed to give solid results in the outer world. We will learn to concentrate our thoughts and words so that we can produce our desired goal. And we will work together in full support of each other so that each person's goals are exponentially met by the group's energy.
The course starts January 19. I do not have the link to register yet. But you can visit www.soundstrue.com and check out "Courses" where the link will be listed when it is ready. And of course the link will appear under "Online Trainings" on the homepage of this site as soon as it is ready.
When I started writing my monthly column back in 1998 I started each column with an excerpt from my visionary fiction A Fall to Grace. Each month I would take a teaching from this small and beautiful book and then have people do a journey or meditation to anchor a particular teaching.
I self-published A Fall to Grace. It always has had a small but very strong following as people who read the book love it and I have received such wonderful feedback.
I have received so many letters from teenagers who really connected with the characters and teachings of this book.
A Fall to Grace is now available as an e book. You can order it from Barnes and Noble, I Tunes, or from www.smashwords.com. It will be available on www.amazon.com mid to late December.
I hope you will download a copy of this book and enjoy the story, the characters, and the deep wisdom shared. And if you have a teenager at home this is a great gift to give.
I am also delighted to announce that Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self will finally be available as an e-book on December 20. All of my other books except those published by HarperOne have been available as e books for quite awhile. Welcome Home will also be available as an e-book soon.
Patrick Corrigan who is a wonderful shamanic practitioner created a great shamanic comic book.
In the graphic novel PUTAR AND THE PRESERVER, cartoonist Patrick Corrigan receives a soul retrieval in comic book form when one of his characters, Putar, goes back in time to free Patrick's childhood characters and his boyhood creativity.
Filiz Telek, our Turkish translator of The Transmutation News is currently traveling in the United States for her dream project which is called Brave New World. You can visit www.thebravenewworld.org.
At a time of deep planetary shift and evolutionary leap, humanity needs a new storyline and a bright vision about the World. By sharing the stories of individuals and communities transitioning into a new paradigm and participating in the creation of a new world, Brave New World hopes to inspire people to envision a sustainable, just, abundant, and magical World and to have strong faith in this vision.
Brave New World is funded through crowdfunding and Filiz invites visionaries and pioneers to support her project. To find out how you can support her project please visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/sacredresonance
In November I was a guest on a radio show that focused on how shamanism and the work I wrote about in Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation can give a spiritual perspective to what is happening politically in our world today.