As I shared last month I have been having powerful experiences with a group of very old spirits that I am calling the Ancient Ones, for lack of a better term.
They are giving me a lot to reflect on and embrace. For when they share information with me first they give it to me through a bodily sensation and then enough words to capture the meaning.
Recently I feel they have been teaching me about Carrying Power.
The spirits I am working with are so old, ancient, beautiful, and loving. They showed me how in universal terms we are truly here for a blink of an eye. I know people use this line all the time. But I really felt how in the span of billions of years we are here for less than one second.
They also helped me with my greatest pain. For I have devoted my adult life to teaching shamanism. I have been watching how through the popularity of shamanism the practice has become watered down. This is taking away from the great power of this “medicine” for the times we live in.
The message the helping spirits gave me is: “You cannot teach people how to carry a magic they don’t have. When people find the magic they will carry it.”
This gave me a peace that I have been searching for. I know people will find the true medicine and carry it when it is truly needed for survival.
This entire message gave me peace and comfort as I understand that the time is now to focus more on teaching people skills for living life as I have been writing about on this column since 2000. This is what people in our culture need as we never learned from elders how to behave energetically with our words, thoughts, and daydreams, and learning about our strengths, gifts, shadow, and weaknesses.
So it important that we start there before going too deep into our shamanic work.
But recently I was shown an entire new way of how to teach meeting and working with the compassionate spirits. And this goes back to the theme I am working on about Carrying Power, Love, and Light.
In the Western world we teach people to journey and ask for a power animal guardian spirit, or teacher in the unseen realms. And then we know people like to run and look up the meaning of their helping spirits instead of learning from the helping spirit itself.
I received a new protocol for journeying and would love if you are willing to try it this month. I feel it is actually a powerful way to spiral into the New Year.
Here are the steps. Of course you want to drum, rattle, sing, dance, or find the way you like to work.
Ask if there is a helping spirit who is volunteering to let you step into their field of energy.
Ask the helping spirit what kind of power they carry.
Ask the helping spirit if you have permission to carry their power.
What does it mean to carry power and/or the power of a helping spirt?
This will of course take you into such deep relationship with a helping spirit. And you should do this with every helping spirit you work with.
The truth of the matter is that shamans always carried their helping spirits power in their body. In some classic shamanic cultures shamans with permission and through sacred acts ate the flesh of a helping spirit. This is a wide spread especially when working with plants – eating a piece of plant whose medicine you carry.
But in today’s world we call in helping spirits in a way that makes them separate from us. But in reality we are not separate. We carry their power for a particular purpose and to share their gifts, strengths, and healing knowledge within the community.
It is a new way of thinking about contacting helping spirits. Who would want to turn to a power animal book to look up the meaning of a power animal when you have such a profound experience in getting the truth of the relationship for yourself?
As we celebrate the Winter/Summer solstice allow yourself to reflect on this message:
“The light of the sun is in everything. We carry the light of the sun”.
I hope that those of you who could buy a copy of The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom For Invoking the Sacred into Every Day Life will refer to the material I wrote to explore designing your own solstice ceremony for your community. And if you cannot read the book please journey on one you can share with loved ones, friends or in your wider community. It is time for all us to step up and bring more empowering and inspirational tools to our community. Performing ceremonies is a sacred act.
The full moon is December 22. Let us focus on carrying our light into the world as we do our transfiguration practice to weave within and through the Earth a beautiful luminescent web of light.
If you are a new reader of the Transmutation News please visit the “Creating A Human Web of Light” on the homepage for instructions for our monthly ceremony.
Please join me in giving a heartfelt thanks to the translators who help so many people enter into our community so we can work together. Let’s place a special blessing for them on our altar and when we perform ceremonies. And please join me in thanking and sending blessings to Sylvia Edwards who helps me to bring the Transmutation News to you each month and helps with so much more!
Petr Němčanský - Czech Tea Thum - Finnish Carole Laplante - French Bea Salgado – French Barbara Gramlich - German Astrid Johnen - German Nello Ceccon - Italian Flavia Cavallaro - Italian Els de Graaff - Nederlands Sandra Koning – Nederlands Sofia Frazoa - Portuguese Irina Osechinskaya - Russian Anton Uvarov - Russian Ines Fermoso - Spanish Lena Anderheim – Swedish Simin Uysal - Turkish
I join with everyone in our global circle to wish you a beautiful solstice and holiday season. See you in the New Year!
If you have not bought your copy of The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred Into Everyday Life (Sounds True) or The Hidden Worlds (Moon Books) please do. They are filled with so much wisdom and powerful tools to help us navigate the times we are living in.
Join me In Ceremony
In times of destabilization, as we are in now, myself and thousands of others have found by performing ceremonies we step into a feeling of being connected to our spiritual light and the creative forces of the universe. People around the world have been stepping into the ancient transformative field of ceremonial work for tens of thousands of years.
Performing ceremonies helps us to identify the intentions and passion of our soul, heal old trauma, abuse, wounds, hurts, betrayals, honor changes, receive guidance, create a doorway into the unseen realms to communicate with the helping spirits from the depth of our soul, and to perform the work we need to bring in new healthier ways of living.
Ceremony makes us feel solid, empowered, and that we have the spiritual muscles to ride out challenges. And when we join our hearts to gather with friends, loved ones, our local and global community the effects of the work are exponential.
The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred into Everyday Life To order from www.amazon.com, click here.
The Hidden Worlds (co-written with Katherine Wood)
I am delighted to be a presenter on Renee Baribeau’s winter solstice summit.
Are you sensing the intense energy of the collective Dark Night of the Soul? As we come to the end of another turbulent year, are you feeling Lost, Lonely, Angry, Out of Balance, Tired, or even Hopeless? If so, you are not alone.
This year has been challenging not just for you. Let’s be honest. It’s hard to find accurate coordinates in the darkness, and even harder when you are being bombarded with chaos wherever you look. 2018 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.
The 2nd Shamanic Andes Summit – June 15th - 23, 2019 - Ecuador
Discover centuries of deep wisdom for transforming your energy, expanding your vitality and creating a new heart-centered way of experiencing our world. Itzhak Beery is once again sponsoring the Andes Summit - a true immersion in the Andes culture. For details and registrations visit www.theandessummit.com –The Andes Summit is a project of www.ShamanPortal.org
Copyright 2018 Sandra Ingerman. All rights reserved.
Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, and Shamanism