As we look at some of the issues we are facing in the world one enormous issue is the lack of nurturance so many children receive today. And of course, the issue stems from the fact that parents were not nurtured by their parents, and then the unhealthy behavior keeps getting passed down.
The solution lies in learning how to nurture yourself. So many of us look to outside sources and people for nurturance. Many missed the true experience of being unconditionally loved and nurtured as a brilliant little being of light who deserves to receive the love and give the love that is our destiny. Or some people shut down due to not knowing how to relate to others as they do not know how to relate to themselves.
I feel it is so important to explore ways to nurture yourself as you adapt to the changes impacting us all.
During the time of celebrating the solstice some religious and spiritual traditions talk about the birth of the holy or magical child.
Is it possible, using the principles of shamanism, to perceive yourself as the magical child? Take some time to reflect on this during the solstice.
Explore ways to nurture yourself. If you want to help yourself, all of life, and the Earth this one practice will change the world. For using the principle of unity consciousness if you learn to love yourself, everyone is lifted up by the energy you bring into the web of life. And without consciously knowing it you have helped to change the world in a good way by bringing into the collective the much needed energy of self-love.
The full moon is December 2. Reflect on the unique energetic signature you are adding to the web of life. Travel within and experience your inner radiance, starlight, sunlight flowing within and then throughout the Earth. Our light extends deep into the Earth as well as to all locations on the planet. And our love and light vibrate throughout the web of life bringing healing as we weave a new tapestry of reality into being.
We commit to our circle and all of life that we will continue to weave a web of light no matter what the outcome is. For the practice of shamanism is not about “winning”. It is learning how to plant seeds through your spiritual work and nurturing the seedlings until they grow into beautiful radiant plants that create change in the right time which might not be the timing our ego desires.
We join together on December 21 to celebrate the solstice. Depending on where you live you are flowing into winter or summer. And nature is such a great teacher about how to flow with change. For everything in nature is in constant movement. Storms, seasons, lunar cycles, and growth impact our life on a daily basis. And once we connect with nature’s flow we connect with our own internal flow and walk moving gracefully with the flow of life.
This solstice, spend time in nature and see if you can awaken your own inner flow. Spending time in nature is so healing to you and all of life as you feed the web of life with your dreams, love, and light.
Perform your preparation work. If you are a new reader of the Transmutation News I wrote my suggestions for preparing for ceremonial work. The instructions are posted on the section “The Transmutation News”.
You can drum, rattle, chant, and dance. But most of all be present to the gift that nature brings to us every minute of your waking life.
Feel the sun shining on your face. If the sun is not out and shining brightly imagine the warmth of the sun bringing a glow to your face. Share your gratitude with the living being we call Sun. Reach down and feel the texture of the earth you are standing on. Stand for a while on the earth rocking back and forth or moving as you find your inner flow connecting with earth where you live. Give thanks for all Earth provides for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Bless the wind as it caresses you. Thank Air for bringing you life and being an ongoing companion with each breath in and out. If you can visit a body of water please do so. If not work with water in your home. Radiate your inner light to any water you can be with. You can radiate light focusing on a bowl of water and then feed it to a local body of water or to the earth. Planet Earth is a water planet, and you are a being of water to. Water flows within and without effortlessly always in the flow of movement of returning to Source – the great sea. You would not be alive without water. Please give Water your heartfelt thanks.
As you do this notice how your body connects to the change in season. The change impacts our inner and outer world.
The only stories I have left that you shared are ones that speak to how touched you are from practicing the work shared in the Transmutation News. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I had a thought that for 2018 I would invite you to let me know what issues you would like me to address. I will only address issues pertinent to the teachings I am sharing in the Transmutation News. And I will not have space to share every issue so I will be picking and choosing what I feel I can address in the most powerful way that helps and speaks to our global community. You can use the email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will compile a list of issues that I can address over the year.
At the end of each year I feel so moved to honor Sylvia Edwards and the translators who are generous with their time to bring the Transmutation News to non – English speaking readers. All of these translators have their own lives and work to navigate. So to take the time to translate the monthly column to expand our international circle is such a remarkable act.
Please join me in thanking Sylvia Edwards who does so much work to help me get the Transmutation News ready each month, send it to the translators, and then to all of you. Thank you Sylvia for all the love you infuse into each month’s column and helping to share the column with our community. We wish for you great joy and all the best for the coming year.
And let’s join together in sending abundant blessings to our translators:
Lena Anderheim – Swedish Nello Ceccon - Italian Jorjette Cristescu - Romanian Ines Fermoso - Spanish Sofia Frazoa – Portuguese Els de Graaff-van Meeteren and Sandra Koning – Dutch Astrid Johnen and Barbara Gramlich– German Miriam Kisssova - Slovakian Carole Laplante and Bea Salgado – French Petr Němčanský - Czech Irina Osechinsky and Anton Uvarov – Russian Tea Thum – Finnish Simin Uysal – Turkish
And finally let us join together to send blessings to each other as we welcome in the solstice!
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I know many of you are disappointed that the May Medicine for the Earth and Healing with Spiritual Light training filled up so quickly. The good news is that there is so much interest in the work. I do put a cap on the number of enrollees in my trainings as I like to create a strong community. This means my workshops do tend to fill quickly. I will plan another training for those of you who could not into the training. And people do drop out of workshops so if you are on the waiting list you do have a chance of getting in. Please remember that there are truly gifted teachers listed on www.shamanicteachers.com. And this is why I lead Teacher Trainings is so everyone has the chance to work locally with gifted teachers.
I also wanted to let you know that I wrote a book for young adults with Katherine Wood. The book is titled The Hidden Worlds. I have been wanting to write a fiction for children and young adults for years. And now this wonderful inspirational story filled with teachings that I want to share with young adults will make its way into the world in July. It is too early to give ordering info. But you know I will when the book is ready to pre-order. It is being published by Moon Books. Katherine Wood did an amazing job with helping me to write a book for young adults as I do not have children of my own. And Barb Haas deserves special thanks for the initial brainstorming on characters and the story line.
And of course I am so excited about the book I am now editing on performing ceremonies that Sounds True will publish in 2018. I am so passionate about this book.
Here are the titles of two remarkable books I have read recently:
One is Awaken Your Inner Fire by HeatherAsh Amara. Although this book is not specifically on shamanism HeatherAsh uses shamanic principles to help people tap into their own inner light. Reading this book for me was like drinking a glass of water in a drought. The book is published by Hierophant Publishing and is available where ever you buy your books.
The other book is titled Leopard Warrior: A Journey into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, andDreams, and is written by John Lockley. It is a beautiful and touching book about his initiation into becoming an African shaman. The book is published by Sounds True.
I invite you to join me and David Nicol from the Shift Network on Friday December 1 for the next Global Shift Meditation for a shamanic journey to remember our connection with the web of life.
I designed a beautiful guided journey to lead our global community on. I am quite excited by it.
Despite all the appearances of separation and conflict in our world, the deeper truth is that we are all a part of one interconnected web of life. We can never truly be separated from the creative matrix that gave rise to life itself and each one of us. Although we each have a unique energetic signature, that signature is itself a part of one living, breathing organism. Our journey is in so many ways a journey home, to bring back an awareness of our unity with the deeper intelligence of life that has always sustained us -- and to draw from that deeper source to infuse our lives with meaning and purpose.
Join us for an important discussion of the significance of practicing together to remember our unity with the web of life, especially at this time of great fragmentation and division. I will also guide us on a shamanic journey to let go of what we no longer need, to create space for a fresh vision to arise, for ourselves and our world.
I am delighted to be a presenter on the summit Renee Baribeau is sponsoring. Renee has written one of the best book on shamanism I have read. And it will be released by Hay House. I will let you know more when the book is out.
Renee Baribeau is putting on this summit for those of you sensing the intense energy of the collective and the Dark Night of the Soul. As we come to the end of this turbulent year, if you are you feeling lost, lonely, angry, out of balance, tired, or even hopeless you are not alone.
This year has been challenging not just for you, but also for many who are trying to find their coordinates in the midst of the darkness. 2017 has been a year of greater-than-normal turbulence.
Collectively, the winds of change have been battering us with natural disasters, crumbling political institutions, terrorism, epidemic health crises, and unreliable and conflicting information.
One way to get your bearings is to keep connected through Community.
Even if life is great within your realm and you are not personally struggling, you are still a witness to the fall-out of debris that is impacting people you love. The healer’s community has been called to hold a clear and consistent vision for themselves, their clients, and the greater community at large. This is a daunting task. Has your well run dry?
You may be asking, “Has humanity fallen from GRACE”? But as you know there is always Hope.
As visionaries who have done a great deal of inner work, we know we are aligned to the earth in the grand cycle. We are prepared. My friend and colleague, ReneeBaribeau, is hosting an event, I AM Symposium Winter Solstice 2017 to provide tools for Navigating the Storm. This community event begins on December 21st, and we will keep the fire burning until January 6th. Speakers include: Hank Wesselman, Deborah Koff-Chapin, Linda Fitch, Myself and More…
I am honored to have been selected as one of the 21 SAGES Renee has gathered to share our timely wisdom. I look forward to sharing with you. My hope is to ignite and inspire you to align even more to your awakening compass in order to restore you to the path of living in integrity with grace and courage.
Don’t lose your bearings. The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to go deep and ignite the flame of Faith and Hope, to restore your balance, and feel supported by the natural rhythm and cycle of the earth. It is through adversity that we build our muscles of courage and community.
If you're ready to discover the freedom that comes with aligning to the power of Nature’s Cycles, please consider signing up for this summit: http://www.iamsymposium.com
The Andes Summit - A Life-Affirming Path for Engaging in Our World June 16-23, 2018 - Ecuador
This summit is sponsored by Itzhak Beery who is a shamanic teacher and author. He also founded Shaman Portal.
Join the most renowned Shamans of the High Andes of Ecuador on a rare spiritual pilgrimage. Over, 8 days and 7 nights you will experience life-changing master classes, sacred rituals, and majestic nature hikes. A true Immersion in the local culture. During your healing journey, you’ll participate in the sacred Inti Raimi winter solstice, the ancient Incan Festival of the Sun. Plus, you’ll discover centuries of deep wisdom for transforming your energy, expanding your vitality and creating a new heart-centered way of experiencing our world.
Get a $200 discount on The Andes Summit with this special code: Sandra-Summit-18