Transmutation News – December 2003

I am writing this month’s Transmutation News mid November after returning from a wonderful teaching time in Europe. Although the trip was mostly work related it felt like I really had a chance to regenerate while I was there.

I have been teaching in Europe since the 1980’s in Austria and Switzerland. But this is the first time I taught in Germany. I felt so nurtured by the land there and it truly was a healing experience for me.

I also worked with two extraordinary groups. So many people told me how much they relied on the monthly Transmutation News for inspiration. It was really good to get this feedback and of course it inspires me to keep writing.

It also touched me deeply to hear about the ceremonies people performed on October 18 when we were all working on behalf of the Rio Grande. There really is a strong network and community that has formed working together. It is important for all of us to remember that as we do our ceremonies that we are connecting with a world community.

One of the things I have also noticed this fall is how much easier people are “getting” the spiritual work I present. In October I taught a beginning workshop on shamanic journeying to over 100 people at Omega Institute. I am used to quite a bit of confusion coming from people who are first learning to journey. I found this group to be extraordinary in how easily they all journeyed and experienced a shamanic state of consciousness.

Then when I went to Europe I taught a 5-day Medicine for the Earth Gathering and also continued working with my group in a Three Year Training. Both groups also experienced all the work I shared in a smoother, easier fashion than I can remember.

There were of course still left-brain questions that came from the conditioned mind. But people seemed to experience the work faster and in a very deep way.

I talked to another teacher in Europe about this. It almost feels that a morphic resonance field has now been created where the work is now more natural. This is exciting to think about. I will be curious to see if this trend continues.

When I was in Germany I did hear about the fires in Southern California. When I returned home there were some letters waiting for me asking me to “share my wisdom” about fire.

It is not an easy issue to speak to, as we need to look at what is happening with the planet today on many different levels. On a material level there is a lot of destruction going on through different natural events – fires, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.

As you know I have been living with the danger of fire changing my material world for many years now. So I am not going to say that we only need to look at all this on a higher spiritual level. There is trauma in losing precious things you own and watching your outer environment be destroyed at the same time. There is grief and loss on a personal level when these events occur in our lives. There is also the grief over the loss and death in the plant and animal kingdoms.

On a spiritual level we learn that there is more to life than what we have in the outer material levels. It is always interesting to watch interviews with people after they have lost everything during a natural event. Some people take the stance of victim and bitterness. Some people take the stance of gratefulness that their own lives and the lives of their families were not lost and that is what is important.

There are many events that happen throughout our lives where we are all asked to get clear on what is truly important and we have to find peace with the challenges that life brings us.

On another level we live in a world out of balance. Are we seeing more natural occurrences of earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, fires, etc.? Or is it that because of media coverage we are more aware of what is occurring around the world?

We are part of nature. Nature is always looking for harmony. Nature has ways of cleansing itself. Nature has ways that create regeneration that might seem to us as destructive.

The land needs fires to regenerate itself. I remember months ago in the newspaper articles about the importance of fire in New Mexico as the land needs the regenerative ability of fire and the new growth that occurs after fire.

There is always a bigger picture going on. When our lives are being turned upside down by the what is needed in the bigger picture we cannot see all the deeper levels that are being touched in our lives and for the planet. This is natural and of course there is a natural process of grieving and even “why me” questions that will occur.

There are times when we as a community can “hold the space” for others as they grieve what has been lost. For if we are doing our work we grieve and then look at the regeneration and new opportunities and growth that are being created for us. Death is not an end, it is a transition. Losing what we have in the material world is not an end to our lives. It is a transition into something new. With all death whether it be the death at the end of our lives or the little deaths that occur along the way there is an initiation that occurs. All initiations bring us to a new place in our lives.

We cannot stop the earth from regenerating. We cannot stop evolution. But we can work on our reactions to what is occurring. The elements are not “evil” for coming through the land changing the landscapes of our lives. We need to honor our feelings about the loss we observe. If it happens on a personal level these feelings of loss will be deeper. The process sculpts us into different beings. But we must all learn how to band together as community and support one another on a physical level as well as a spiritual level. Change is part of life, we must not fear it.

Over the years of writing the Transmutation News I have been emphasizing the importance of transfiguring and experiencing a state of source, divinity, light and oneness. I have also on and off spoken about the spirits in the Middle World as important to establish a partnership with in creating miracles.

For those who only journey to the Upper and Lower Worlds a split between the non-ordinary and ordinary realms is created. As I mentioned in Medicine for the Earth, this split did not occur in former times. The gods and goddesses and helping spirits danced on this earth with us.

In our hearts we all want to heal this split of keeping the non-ordinary worlds and our ordinary world separate. We once again want to experience the magic of life and wake up from the trance that society has put on us that either the non-ordinary does not exist or that we are separate from it.

In the Middle World the spirit of the plants, trees rocks, animals, insects, fish, reptiles birds, and other life forms exist here with us. They are sentient beings who we can relate with. There is the spirit of air, water, earth, and fire, which is alive and we can establish a relationship with. There are helping ancestral spirits that love the earth as we do who can help us in healing ourselves and our environment. And there is the devic realms and the spirit people who we share the planet with: the elves, fairies, forest angels, etc.

I do believe that the devic realms hold a real key for us in our work. I no longer call these beings “the little people” as some of the elves and angels are quite tall. So I prefer to use the term the spirit people.

We all knew of their existence when we were children. We actually thought everyone saw them when we were young. Then we fell into a trance and closed the veils to this realm of being. We have been asleep and living in a very dense dimension. I think those of us reading this page are striving toward waking up and experiencing a higher and lighter dimension. There are many “demons at the gate” who try to stop us from waking up. For most of us the “demon” is our own conditioned mind who keeps telling us to “get real” and stop doing this crazy spiritual work. We keep forging ahead as the voices of society try to distract us. And we keep moving ahead with the knowing that a wealthier world exists for us.

Part of this experiencing a richer life is feeling as if we are communicating and relating with the spirit that lives in all things. We have been doing journeys and meditations over the years together to help deepen this connection.

This month let’s turn our attention to the spirit people. The spirit people and the devic realms do exist. In Medicine for the Earth I wrote about how the government in Iceland has a representative for the little people. You might be familiar with the extraordinary gardens in Findhorn, Scotland that were created by working in partnership with the spirit people. You also might be familiar with the work of Michelle Small-Wright and Perelandra and what has come out of the collaboration with the devic realms.

The spirit people are also caretakers of this earth. As we continue to explore together how we can heal ourselves and our environment it is time for us to establish a strong and deep relationship with the elves, fairies, and forest angels who are already working to restore harmony in the natural world.

As part of your spiritual practice this month journey or meditate and ask to meet the spirit people who live where you live. Don’t get trapped into having to “see” them outside to believe in their existence. Reach out to them with your heart. Let them know you are aware of their existence and that you wish to communicate with them. Experience what comes from setting this intention.

They are strong partners for us in our work to restore harmony and balance in our environment. Let’s meet them and establish a relationship first and then see how we can work together.

We are moving into the wonderful season of winter. I would suggest that during this month you perform a series of journeys or meditations to merge with an aspect of earth, air, water and fire where you live. Learn about the energy of vibration of these elements during this time. Learn especially how you might wish to rebalance the fire within during this time.

After you have experienced the elements during this season ask your higher consciousness to help you balance to be in harmony with the vibration of these elements. Do this purely by setting an intention. Remember that setting an intention is experienced as action taking place by the brain. When we ask our higher consciousness to create balance this is done through setting an intention, which happens on more of an unconscious than conscious level.

Depending on where you live in the world the winter solstice is either December 21 or December 22. The times vary depending on where you live. I journeyed on what we can all focus on during this time.

I received the information that it is important for all of us to create a strong network of dreamers that can work together in this dreamy time to dream into being the planet we wish to live on.

The first step is with your imagination or in your journey or meditation really experience yourself as being a part of a solid network of people who are dreaming on behalf of the world.

Next journey or meditate so that you are in the void, the place of unlimited possibilities before things are created and manifested on earth. If you are not familiar with the void experience yourself in a nice dark nurturing place. Light was born out of the darkness. In the void or this dark nurturing place begin to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the world you wish to live in. Experience a world in harmony where all life is respected, honored, and considered precious. Experience a world of unity with the great web of life. Experience a world of love.

Experience this world as if it already exists now. Don’t experience it in the future or it will never manifest. Call it into being as if it is happening now. Feel the love for this world with your heart. We know that love and the heart fuels the energy needed for manifestation to occur.

On the solstice let’s establish our dreaming network together. Throughout this dreamy internal time of winter keep up the work on your own. Let’s gestate and manifest our dreams together.

The full moon in the U.S. is December 8. Due to time differences the full moon is on a different day depending on where you live in the world. I was reminded when I taught in Europe that I only post the U.S. day for the full moon creating some confusion for people in other countries. Please consult with a moon calendar and the sky for the time of the full moon where you live.

During this wonderfully powerful time let’s continue to weave a brilliant, radiant web of light around our beautiful planet.

May the time of winter be a joyful and rich time in your life.

Transmutation News – November 2003

This summer when the temperatures were up to 100 degrees with no rain in sight, I knew I had to augment the water the trees and garden where getting from the drip system.

Every morning the first thing I did was haul buckets of water I had been collecting to the fruit trees. I started noticing after a few weeks of doing this that, as I would come to each tree the leaves would begin to move as if a wind was blowing. The air would be still and none of the leaves on the other trees would be moving. Each tree seemed to be responding to me as I would come to bring it water.

This continued throughout the summer and the deepening connection with the trees and plants in my garden brought me great joy.

The reason I am sharing this story with you is that as we perform our spiritual practices and also connect more with nature we are participating in a dance with the spirit that lives in all things. This dance feeds our souls on all levels and reminds us of the beauty of life.

When we journey and when we perform ceremonies we are dancing with the spirits. This is a joyful dance. When we go out and commune with nature this is also a joyful dance. It taps into a cellular memory of why we came into bodies to be on this planet.

With all that is going on in the world today I don’t know how many of us remember the dance part of our connection with the spirit world. I understand that many of us use shamanism and other spiritual methods to communicate with the spirits to ask for help with problems. And I know that this is a wonderful way to work with personal and global issues.

I want to encourage you to also use you spiritual practices to bring joy into your life. We know how much sacred play and humor can heal.

This month as you continue your journeys, meditations and ceremonies let’s focus on the dance with the spirits and the spirit of water. As we keep looking at healing our waters inside and outside as well as the rest of our environment, let’s look at how sacred play and loving communication can be part of that healing. As we become loving and happy partners with the elements instead of “working to fix” them I do believe that we will see positive results.

As you continue to connect spiritually with the bodies of water near you as we have done in September and October (look at the last two Transmutation News for more info) let’s add the element of play and humor into our practices. Notice how it takes some of the heaviness off the environmental problems. We can communicate on a deeper level with nature when we are not focused on fixing a problem.

Recently I had a dream where I kept on hearing how beautiful life is. I heard the message over and over again and also felt this in my body. The last message of the dream was how people have forgotten this and how we have to teach people step by step how to get back into the beauty of life.

For me bringing play into our spiritual practices is one way of doing this.

November 8 is the full moon. Let’s designate this day as “a play day” with the spirit that lives in all things. Set your intention in the morning and ask that you be shown omens throughout the day that will help you see how the spirits are responding. In working with omens you must become very observant to what nature shows you. For example, you might notice a change in behavior of the animals, birds, and other life around you. You might find that you meet people whose words hold a different kind of meaning for you that tie into your intention for the day. The wind might change as you have different thoughts and feelings.

As thousands of us around the world set our intention to engage fully with the spirits of nature we will activate a new kind of relationship with the living beings we share this earth with.

This will inspire you to keep up your spiritual practices from a place of joy instead of seeing them as one more thing you have to find time for in your life.

I was visiting with a descendant during one of my journeys. As I have written I have found journeying to the descendants a valuable way of learning how to evolve my spiritual work.

During this journey I met with one descendant verses the community I usually meet with. I asked her if she had any advice for me as she watched me teach.

She reminded me that the transfiguration process I have been teaching must become more of a body process and less of a mental process. As many people who transfigure do this in a shamanic journey it is important to make sure that you are not trying to visualize your journey.

Transfiguration is a cellular experience accessed by the sense of feeling. To deepen your transfiguration process the first step is to journey or meditate on how you can unburden yourself from earthly concerns. It is important to take a time out from what your mind is engaging in and perceives as important. In other words we must remove mental distractions. There might be times of the day when you can practice transfiguration before your mind becomes filled with thoughts. You might journey or meditate on a short ritual you can do to set your burdens aside temporarily.

The next helpful step will be to do some deep breathing before and during your transfiguration meditation/journey. Start by placing your hands on your abdomen and inhale slowly through your nose so that your hands are rising. Then pause for one breath and then exhale slowly through the nose. Pause again before taking the next inhale. Make sure your abdomen is rising and lowering so you are breathing deeply and that you are not taking shallow breaths.

As you transfigure keep your hands on your abdomen and continue to breathe slowly and deeply. This will create more of a body/cellular experience verses the energy being in your head.

As this practice becomes more of a body process you will continue to raise your vibration of your cells and your light will shine through you without having to put conscious attention to doing this. Your ability to effect those around you will become a passive non-doing practice. But first your body must change its vibration.

Add deep breathing into your regular transfiguration practice and notice how your vibration changes. If you can add toning to this you will wake up your cells even more.

If you are new to the Transmutation News, please look at the two chapters on Dismemberment and Transfiguration in Medicine for the Earth.

“The Beginner’s Guide to Shamanic Journeying” CD produced by Sounds True is available this month. You can go to or call 800-333-9185 for ordering information.

I hope you will let people know about my new website This website lists local teachers who can teach on the CD.

We will still have the website for local Medicine for the Earth Teachers on

I am excited by the alliance of teachers and being able to seed our communities with local teachers making spiritual practices available to all who would like to explore ways of evolving consciousness.

November 8 is the full moon. As we declare this is a play day with the spirits of the land and all living beings, let’s remember to joyfully keep weaving a global human web of light.

Transmutation News – October 2003

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful season of fall.

On the recommendation of friends, I went to see the movie “Seabiscuit.” I did enjoy it, but what struck me was the reaction of the audience. I can not remember being at a movie when the audience clapped at different places throughout it and at the end. I remember when I was a child everyone clapped at the end of a movie. But that doesn’t seem to be the case these days.

Obviously what excited folks was how inspirational the movie is. One of the themes that I have been writing about for years is that people want and need to be inspired. Times are perceived as tough, since we have gotten caught up in the illusion that we are separate. There is a lot of suffering going on for many on different levels. I think that “Seabiscuit” helped people feel that when times are tough, not to give up. In not giving up, there is success.

My point being, as much as you can use words and bring conversations with others to a place of inspiring hope instead of getting trapped in discussing how bad things are and asking “what is the use of trying to do anything about it,” we become uplifted instead of depressed.

In the spring I recorded a CD called “The Beginner’s Guide to Shamanic Journeying.” It was produced by Sounds True. It will be available for sale between October 15 and November 1.

The CD is 74 minutes long. On the CD I talk about the practice of shamanic journeying and how it can be used to access spiritual guidance in modern times. I give instructions on how to journey to the Lower World, Middle World, and Upper World. I also talk about different kinds of journeys one might choose to take. The CD ends with a 10 minute drumming track, followed by the return beat.

The CD has enough information for people to start journeying for themselves. I did not have the time to delve into how shamanic journeying can be used for others.

If you are interested in ordering the CD, you can get it from Sounds True. You can call them at 800-333-9185 or 303-665-3151, or you can visit their website:

I did a second project for Sounds True that will be out this February. I took what I lectured on in “The Beginner’s Guide to Shamanic Journeying” and expanded it into an 80-page book. I had a lot more space to go into more details about journeying and was able to tell more stories that are based on my experience in teaching. Included with the book will be a CD of three different drumming sessions. One is 10 minutes long, one 30 minutes, and one is a 30-minute double drumming session. Again, all the drumming includes the return beat.

This will be available in February, but I will give you a reminder when it comes out. Both projects can be used to teach others how to journey if you have been wanting to start a journey group, but have been unsure how to introduce the practice to others.

To anticipate the interest that might come from the general public from these two projects, I have started a new website: This website will list local teachers who are available to teach basic shamanic journeying skills.

As my teacher trainings in shamanic journeying and shamanic healing proceed in 2004, I will be able to add to the list local teachers who can teach workshops on shamanic healing.

The website is up now if you would like to visit it.

In April I put some pictures of the water we photographed with a GDV camera that works on the Kirlian effect. I was so excited about being able to show people the energetic changes in water as we worked on it. The pictures have a greater impact on people than talking about the change in pH.

You can see these pictures by either looking at the April Transmutation News or visiting and going to the “results” section. There you will find an explanation about the camera and about Dr. Konstantine Korotkov, the Russian doctor who developed it.

It was also exciting to take pictures of the participants in our circle before and after they transfigured. There was quite a marked difference in their energy fields.

The excitement about the pictures of everyone who has seen them inspired me to get a GDV camera that I can use at my workshops. In 2004 I will have the camera present at my trainings in Santa Fe so people can see where their energy fields are and how spiritual work affects their own health and well-being. Most of us don’t need pictures to show us this. But there are some who really need to see the physical proof. The pictures do inspire us to keep up our practice.

We will also continue taking pictures of the water and it will be a way for us to try different kinds of spiritual practices and see how they affect the energy field of water. We will also be able to observe the changes over time. I am excited about bringing in this tool to my trainings so we can get feedback on how our work is going.

I have been doing some spiritual work on my well. Last month I was guided to transfigure and then merge with the water in its divinity. It was a very powerful experience for me.

This month, continue the practice with water that I gave you in the September Transmutation News. This time, keep working on the same body of water you picked in September and transfigure and merge with the water in its state of divine perfection.

The full moon is October 10 and I ask that we join our divine light together to continue weaving a human web of light around our earth.

Transmutation News – September 2003

This summer a woman from the University of Michigan Medical School contacted me. She had attended a Medicine for the Earth Gathering. After the training she became interested in proposing a research project to study the effects of the transfiguration process and other Medicine for the Earth spiritual practices on people’s health. We are in the process of developing the study.

As we are looking at a good trial population to work with, I sent an e-mail to all the Medicine for the Earth Teachers asking for how the work was impacting participants in their trainings. The trainings are focused on working environmental pollution and we do work a lot on water. As we are mostly water, the work will also impact us.

I was very excited to get some wonderful feedback. There was a lot of success with people who had been chronically depressed feeling that their depression was gone. Participants have been reporting a general sense of well being and an increased level of energy. There were some specific physical problems that cleared up. Some people had gone into remission with cancer. A couple of people had successful results with a noticeable change in diabetes, hypothyroidism and kidney stones. There has been noticeable success with people suffering with environmental illness.

Over the last two years participants have reported back similar results to me. And people who have been keeping up a regular transfiguration practice are telling m that their behavior and way of communicating with others has changed in a positive significant way. Attitudes about life are changing. It seems like people who are making transfiguration a regular practice are really noticing a change in who they are becoming. As you know for me this has been the point of the work. For as we change so does our environment. It’s a very exciting time of seeing so much spiritual work occurring and the results of this work. In speaking to people who have been conducting experiments on a scientific level to track the results of spiritual work, we are all seeing a one time ceremony is not enough.

For example, Kirlian pictures were taken of water where love and appreciation were directed on the water. The water showed a 300 times higher vibration and energy field than before the work. But after a few hours the water went back to the same state it was before the work.

We have found similar results with our own work with water. It does not hold the change. As we keep working on the water the healing does increase. But we do have to keep up the work.

This is why every month I keep repeating the same phrases over and over again. For the Western model that most of us have fallen into is the “quick fix”. The point I keeping making is the work has to become us. As Gandhi said, we must be the change we want to see.

We all love to see the pictures that come from sending love and appreciation to the water. But as with ourselves we must keep up the work.

We must continue our ceremonies of sending love and gratitude to our environment. But we will see the long-term effects when we become love and appreciation.

In collecting results and hearing about the effects of the Medicine for the Earth work I am excited to hear that many teachers and practitioners are taking the work out of the classroom and into the environment. Many people are beginning to work on bodies of water where they live. This is wonderful as one can only go so far in a classroom experience.

Some people are beginning to take water from rivers and lakes where they are teaching and working on water from these locations and testing it. So far I have also heard good results of changes in pH or nitrites or nitrates depending on the testing used. Recently one teacher reported that her group took water from the Missouri River. In using a pH meter they found the starting pH to be 6.4. After the transfiguration ceremony the pH went to 7.4 to neutral.

It’s really wonderful to watch the work evolving and the incredible commitment of so many people to stay with the process. It gives me so much hope as we continue to be bombarded with so much news of environmental disasters.

I recently read a newsletter put out by Dr. Sherry Rodgers . You might have heard that there are now reports of perchlorate pollution, which comes from rocket fuel. The Wall Street Journal just published something about this problem.

The contamination of perchlorate is in most drinking water in the U.S. The government has imposed a gag order on the EPA publicly discussing the problem.

Recently some tests were done on mixed organic baby lettuce greens. 121 parts per billion of perchlorate were found. According to Dr. Rodgers this means that millions of U.S. women of childbearing age are exposed daily to more perchlorate that the EPA has recommended as a safe dose just from organic lettuce alone.

Research has shown that the concentrations of perchlorate are not only able to masquerade as numerous symptoms and diseases, but are particularly devastating to young developing infants.
I am not giving you this news to depress you. For we know that spiritual work can change that toxicity. We are seeing it over and over again. But the work has to be kept up. When you eat your food give thanks and appreciation for the light you are receiving. Know that you are divine and pure light and that the food and water you are drinking is pure light. As you live in this way you raise the light vibration of everything that you take in. Mystics have been doing this successfully for thousands of years. It is time for us to know that we have the same abilities of the greatest healers throughout time. Their message has always been to find the divine inside of each and every one of us. And today we are really being asked to “step up to the plate”.

And equally important to you “stepping up to the plate” is to educate your children. Start each day and every meal with a ceremony. Teach them about how everything is connected and light. They know this more than adults do. Sometimes they need reminders as we do as they get caught up in the fast paced life of our times. Take time out with your children and do ceremony work. Don’t wait for me to write a book on how to do this. And if you ask them to lead you in a ceremony they won’t even have to think about it. Children when acknowledged come up with great ceremonies to do to bring in thanks, honor, love and appreciation.

At a workshop I taught this summer on soul retrieval there was a wonderful woman from Belgium there. She had been involved with work being done on water at a lab at the university in Stuttgart in Germany.

I am very excited about learning about the work being done there, and I am looking forward to visiting the lab when I teach in Germany this October. Minnie Hein is a teacher and healer who is doing research there. She also travels to Peru often and works with a shaman there.

Minnie and others are involved in many projects, which I will keep you informed of as I learn more. But there was one study they did that I find particularly fascinating. In the German language when you are feeling ill, the term you say is “I am not in order”. This is what they are finding when they put toxic water under a dark field microscope. They find that the water molecules are chaotic and out of order. When they take the saliva from people who are ill and put it under a dark field microscope they find this same chaos and disorder.

Many of you might be aware that homeopathy is very well recognized in Germany. A company who puts out homeopathic remedies there contacted Minnie. They wanted her to do a study to find out why their remedies were not as potent as they used to be. Minnie decided to test the saliva of the people who put the remedies together. She found that they were “out of order”. When she could teach them how to hold a sacred space while working and come back into order the remedies once again achieved their high potency.

I think this is a great example of how our state of being can effect the food we create when we cook, the creative projects we are involved in, our gardening and basically everything we do. It is hard to stay centered and in order with the fast paced lives we have created. As we make our spiritual practices “a habit” we find that we can learn to maintain a state of order for longer periods of time. We must become a living intention.

In working with the transmutation work, as I am presenting it, it is important to not only recognize our own divinity but also the divinity and perfection in all living beings. When we are working with water that we label as polluted, we must go deeper and look into the divinity and perfection of that water.

This month merge or transfigure with a body of water near you that you consider polluted. See it’s light, divinity, and pure essence. In recognizing the water’s light and divinity this aspect of itself can shine through. We end up raising our vibration as well as the water’s vibration by seeing it in its perfection.

Again this is an exercise you can do with children. You don’t need to have a child merge with water or transfigure. Children need to learn how to maintain their own boundaries. Talk to your children about the life force in water and how water nurtures us. You can teach how we are also water. You get the point. You can take the information I wrote about in Medicine for the Earth on working with the elements and put it into language your child will understand.

By teaching children at a young age to know that everyone is divine and light is quite powerful, as children will grow up working on a higher vibration. As you do your work with water also have your child recognize the light and perfection in the water you are working with. As you drink water in your family, keep talking about the light, divinity and the light force that is being shared.

As we do rituals for and with water, earth, air, and fire it is important to remember they are interconnected. We have a tendency in our culture to create separation. For example, we separate our different vitamins forgetting how all the vitamins interact with each other. We treat body parts and organs as separate entities. If you hurt your arm it affects your entire body.

It is time for us to work with earth, water, air, and fire as one living organism. Pay attention to this during this month. Watch how you tend to perceive the elements as separate. Notice as you change your perception to seeing the elements as one organism how your understanding of the principle of interconnection change.

A lot of education needs to be done in teaching people about the principle of interdependence and the life of all things. My heart broke in August when I read an article in the newspaper that really shows an extreme amount of ignorance to the preciousness of life.

In New Mexico we are losing most of our pinion trees to a beetle. The immune system of the trees here have been compromised by the extreme draught we are in. It is expected that by 2006 80-85% of all pinion pine will be gone in New Mexico.

Here is what a forester said:
“I think it’s actually a blessing in disguise. I think it’s wonderful. Me and my field team and all the people I work with, we’re just excited, we’re just having a great time out there looking at it, observing it and studying it.” (he is referring to observing entire hillsides of dead trees.)

I understand that he is referring to the evolution of the landscape that will occur. But to be so callous that millions of living beings are dying and to be excited about it brought me to my knees. For me it would be like hearing millions of children are dying and isn’t it great.

Yes, evolution is happening and on some level this is all perfect. But living beings on a mass scale are dying and let us honor the life that is leaving as something new will be born.

Of course, this brings us into honoring the change in season, which occurs this month on the autumnal equinox, which is September 23.

The season of fall continues to teach us about the cycle, transition, and rite of passage of death/rebirth. On earth we are all bound by this cycle. Something must die as something new is born. Many of us resist anything to do with death and letting go. We cling to what we know and the known. We forget that something is always born out of death. We forget that the light is born out of darkness.

I journeyed on how we can work and support each other in ceremony during the equinox.
My power animal suggested one ritual to do is to light a candle on Sept.23 in honor of all the people living and other living beings that have died this year. In their death we know that some form of regeneration and new life will be born.

In lighting the candle we honor and give gratitude for their presence on earth and wish them well in their journey on and in their own rebirth.

Allow yourself to connect hearts with all the people around the world reading this web page while we all honor together that which has needed to pass so something new can be born. Let’s create a circle of love and light as we do this work together and feel yourself as part of a loving supportive community.

If you choose to do more on this day you might wish to meditate or journey on the attitudes and belief systems that need to drop from you as the leaves do during this time from the mighty beautiful trees. The leaves of the tree drop and the leaves create food for the earth. What attitudes and beliefs keep you from regenerating and experiencing new birth and change in your life? What do you need to let go of, so something new can be born in the spring? What do you need to let go of so regeneration and new life can gestate during the winter month?

You can do a fire ceremony where you create a talisman, which you can empower with these limiting attitudes, and beliefs, which you can give to the fire. I wrote about performing fire ceremonies in Medicine for the Earth if you need more information.

Or you might wish to visualize transmuting these beliefs and attitudes and giving them to the wind, or burying them in the earth, or letting the water take them to the sea. Please remember to transmute the energy behind them to light so you are not dumping negativity into the elements.

Use the gift of imagination and create a ceremony which creates a connection between you and the invisible worlds to state your intention that you are willing to release that which keeps you from bringing in new life.

You can work with a group and all support each other in your work. Remember if you work in a group let your support also go to those who are working alone. If you do this work on your own know that circles and people around the world are supporting you in invisible and energetic ways.

Fall is my favorite season. I look forward to it every year. Nature looks so strikingly beautiful at this time of year for me. It reminds me of the beauty and magic of transitions.

We have been working at getting in touch with our light with the practice of transfiguration and through shifting our perception about our true nature.

For this month let’s see if we can lift people up and spark the connection to their own inner light. Be an instrument of love and light. As you meet and work with people say something like; “You look like you are shining today.” Make a remark on how bright someone might seem. As you are in the grocery store try to beam your own light and watch how people around you change and respond.

On another note, I wanted to introduce you to the work of Myron Eshowsky. Myron is a brilliant teacher and healer and has been teaching workshops on shamanic journeying and healing. Over the past years he has been involved in teaching community healing work and international peacemaking. He has started a non-profit foundation out of his work called Pathways Foundation for Peace and Healing.

They have a number of drumming and healing circles in the Michigan prison system and the probability that these will expand into the women’s prisons as well as the men’s. They are doing a number of youth at risk projects. They have started a dreamers project where journeying is used to look at how to bring peace into the world and do peace projects.

One of their goals is to continue to create shamanic/healing-based projects geared towards peace and healing on a community/global level. They plan to do some conferences with indigenous people on a non-traditional approach to peacemaking this year.

Myron has been working a lot with the international peacemaking community. He went to Russia for the international conference there twice and got extremely positive response to his teachings.

I really support Myron’s efforts and dream to create a society of Spirit, which fosters peace and healing for all. For more information you can visit

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The full moon this month is September 10. Please let’s continue to transfigure and experience a great human web of light circling our planet. Shine your light in its fullness and light up all those who you meet.

Happy Autumn!!

Transmutation News – August 2003

I picked an interesting day to write the Transmutation News. Due to my traveling schedule I do not have much choice on when I write this monthly newsletter.

A fire just north of Santa Fe has the town completely enveloped with smoke. I went outside to water some of my plants which are so stressed from draught and smoke. I could barely breathe and got nauseous from breathing in so much smoke. The birds are panicking and flying into things. I go inside to turn on the news to see if I can get any information on where that fire is and I see people preparing to deal with floods from an incoming hurricane. Days ago I was watching cars floating down streets in the Midwest from flooding. While parts of the country are flooding, the Southwest is burning up by unusually high temperatures and no rain. This is like a deja-vu as I remember writing about smoke filled skies last summer in the midst of flooding in other parts of the country.

I sit here wondering, just how out of balance does nature have to get before masses wake up? Yes, there are many people waking up on the planet today. We are all doing what we can to send light and raise the vibration. And we must keep up our spiritual work no matter what is happening in the external world. The time we live in requires us to not get attached to external validation but yet know that the work we are doing together is important. It is more important than ever for different spiritual groups from different traditions to support each other. No matter how different our methods seem, the end result is the same.

In June I presented the Medicine for the Earth work at a conference on the Rio Grande River in Santa Fe. There was a group of people from the Hopi reservation from the Black Mesa Trust. I gave a lecture that focused on the two levels of the Medicine for the Earth work. I talked about it is who we become that changes the world and not what we do. I included in this lecture the importance of transmuting the energy around our emotions, thoughts, and attitudes and also reported on the ceremonial work we have been doing with the water we have polluted with ammonium hydroxide. I stressed the need to combine ceremonies to reverse the pollution we have created with the daily spiritual practices we must incorporate to change on an inner level.

Then we did a short ceremony to create blessed holy water that volunteers would give back to the Rio Grande at different locations on the river.

After the ceremony four Hopi men came up to me to thank me for my words and the ceremony. There was one elder in the group. They said it was like listening to an outsider speaking the words of their grandfathers. It touched them deeply and helped them as many of the Hopi have rejected the old teachings.

It’s important to plant seeds and inspire people where we can. You never know how your words will heal those around you.

The conference ended up being smaller that we expected. But for the people who came it was a way of networking and offering support to each other.

I have written about the plight of the Hopi and Navajo before. Every day, Peabody Western Coal Company pumps 3.3 million gallons of pure groundwater from the Navajo Aquifer, which flows beneath the Hopi and Navajo nations in northeastern Arizona. The water is mixed with crushed coal and slurried from a stripmine on Black Mesa to a power plant in Nevada. The poisoned water is neither reclaimed nor reused.

The waste water is a serious threat to the land as well as the Hopi people. The Hopi and Navajo are running out of water to use as a result of this.

If you are interested in learning more you can visit

Some of you have been writing in and asking me what is happening with the book for children I have been working on. As I have been traveling non-stop I had to put it aside for awhile. Also, at this point there are no publishers expressing interest. This has never stopped me from continuing my writing before.

But a student of mine has presented me with an opportunity to work on the same material but in a different form that will reach a much broader audience. I don’t want to say much more than that right now as we have just begun the project. But I am very excited about the possibilities. There are so many children who obviously came in with the tools to heal what we have created. I feel a task for all of us is to help them stay awake and not fall under the spell we have as adults.

I will say more as this project proceeds. When I am done with the project I am working on, I will complete the book I began. I hope to be done with both projects by the end of the year.

After I came back from Brazil to see Joao de Deus, which was a wonderful experience, I had a great dream. In the dream I went to Switzerland where I was meeting with the group that is in the three-year training I am teaching.

I walked into the room and the group was so excited. They wanted to share with me that they had finally gotten what I have been teaching about the importance of setting a strong intention. They all got at the same moment that they could create anything with intention. At that moment I woke up.

All the ancient teaching share the importance of setting intention. Let’s pay special attention to the intentions we put out through our day.

As the elements outside of us are trying to make a statement about the imbalance of our way of life, let’s together on Sunday August 16, meditate or journey to the elements with in. Using the principle of as above, so below; as within, so without what is the message the elements are trying to tell us about restoring balance to ourselves and our planet?

If you want to send me very brief messages (one or two sentences), I will post them on the next Transmutation News.

Back in the 1990’s I used to write a soul retrieval newsletter twice a year. I would find that before the next issue was to be written I would receive letters from practitioners asking the same question. Obviously, that would be the issue I would write about.

In the last few weeks I have received letters from students who practice both the classical shamanic healing methods and from practitioners who are working with bringing through spiritual light through the use of transfiguration.

The results of the work seemed to surprise the practitioners. Instead of getting reports that a client felt great after the soul retrieval or other forms of healing work, a client might have reported fear or anger or other issues arising. The practitioners were asking me if I thought something went wrong.

On the contrary something went right. Yes, clients often come to us seeking “a spiritual happy pill.” But is this really healing? As I used to write over and over in my soul retrieval newsletter, sometimes the spiritual healing work we do for a client marks the end of their healing. And sometimes the healing work we perform marks the beginning of their work.

When we bring back lost essence, power, or spiritual light that which still needs to be healed will surface. This begins the incredibly rich process of now having what has been blocking us on all levels be addressed and worked through. There of course are many ways to work through issues that arise. Some people choose to work through issues with going to a psychotherapist. Some would prefer to use methods such as shamanic journeying or meditation to bring light to an issue and work it through.

The result of spiritual healing work can sometimes finish issues that have already been worked through physically and emotionally. If the issue has not been worked through, the spiritual healing will bring to light the work that still needs to be done. This is a good thing. Practitioners must become comfortable with uncomfortable states arising for clients after healing work. It is not a realistic expectation of practitioners or clients that everyone will feel ecstatic and happy after one session. For true healing is a process. I hope you get the point.

The full moon is August 11, please continue to weave a planetary human web of light.

Please remember to experience the feelings of love and appreciation for yourself and all living beings as much as possible. The more you do this your life changes as well as you change the vibration of the world around you.

Transmutation News – July 2003

Over the last couple of years I have been emphasizing the work of transfiguration into your divinity. The formula for transmutation being used is love + union + harmony + intention + concentration + focus + imagination. The transfiguration work we have been doing includes all the elements but it mainly focuses on union.

As I continue to listen to the news and read newspapers I keep being bombarded with the knowledge that important decisions are being made by a culture that loves money and power more than life. We talk about the power of love and from a societal point of view we don’t live from a place of love.

Let’s create some balance in the world around this during the month of July. Hopefully, you will live in a loving manner all year round. But I would like us to focus our intention as, a world community devoted to seeing a change in consciousness occur on the planet.

Let’s focus our intention on love and appreciation for the elements that give us life. Take some time to think about your relationship with the elements.

When you were in your mother’s womb it was water that held you, nurtured you, and kept you safe as you grew into a being ready to enter the world. And during your lifetime water will bring nurturance and life to your body as well as cleanse you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
When you left the womb the very first being you bonded with was air as your life began with your first breath. The last being you say goodbye to is air as you leave this world with your last breath. All through your life you have an ongoing and invisible relationship with air.

The earth nurtures you with the beauty of nature as well as with the abundance of food she provides you.

The sun (fire) provides you with the energy for your life as well as brings light into our life. Without the sun there would be no plants, trees, animals or other living beings. You are dependent on the energy of the sun for your life.

Throughout your day really stop and breathe into your heart feelings of love for the elements, which bring you life, as well as the beauty you are surrounded with. I think all of life benefits when we praise life. It’s time for the love of life to fill the ethers instead of the love of material objects and power.

As you spend time appreciating the beauty of nature around you, I ask you to reflect on “the seed” which life is created from. You can appreciate the beauty in a city too, as there are plants, trees, rocks, etc.

We all know that plants and trees grow from seeds. The seed contains all the knowledge to grow into a form on earth. The plant or tree doesn’t look for information outside of it, as the seed contains the knowledge for it’s life, growth, and health.

We also have “the seed of life” within us. I like to see this seed as the light of our divinity. In alchemy it is taught that we all have a golden seed within us. The seed within also contains the blueprint for our lives on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

We live in a world that no longer acknowledges the wisdom and magic of the seed within. We look outside of ourselves for information. Is it no wonder this is being reflected back to us by the movement toward bio engineered plants with artificial seeds?

This month reflect on the potency and information that the seed inside of you contains. Everything you need to know to create and grow is contained in the seed within you. As you honor the seed of knowledge within, you might find yourself feeling more centered and tapped into your intuition.

When you honor someone’s divinity you are actually acknowledging and honoring the seed of knowledge within.

Over the last year I have had a wonderful response to what I have been teaching in my Advanced Healing Training. In 2004 I am changing the name to Healing With Spiritual Light. I have never been happy with the name Advanced Healing. Although I finally “got” that the word “advanced” as my helping spirits suggested me use did not mean work that needs a lot of experience. Instead it means the next step: an advancement forward in the work.

In this training we use spiritual light that comes from transfiguring into one’s divinity as well as the spiritual light that comes from the pure vibration of the helping spirits to heal illness. I have written about this in the February 2003 Transmutation News.

I also talk a lot about preparing the client to receive this spiritual light. One part of my teachings around this is how the practitioner might perceive the client to raise his or her vibration. If we perceive the client as suffering and ill as we share spiritual light we are not tapping into the highest vibration possible.

Yes, on one level the client is suffering and we don’t want to deny this. But as we are working on a very esoteric level we also want to see the client from an esoteric point of view. In esoteric healing the client is seen in his or her divinity and as perfect. I would not say to a client that he or she is not ill and in pain. But as I transfigure into a divine state it is important to see the client in a divine state too.

On that same note I have been teaching practitioners about the difference between petition and decree. In some shamanic trainings practitioners are taught to ask for the pity of the helping spirits to alleviate suffering.

As I keep journeying my helping spirits keep asking me to stop begging for help and to stand in my power and work in a true partnership with them. It feels to me that this has been an evolution to my shamanic work to fit the needs of the 21st century. As I have written in Medicine for the Earth and teach in my trainings the spirits are asking us to work in partnership with them to transmute pollution rather that asking them to do it all for us.

As this is the principle I have been embodying in my work it is hard for me to ask the spirits I work with to take pity on my clients.

In a petition there is the aspect of asking for pity. A decree has a completely different vibration to it. Examples of a decree would be:
The light of God/the goddess surrounds me.
The love of the universe enfolds me.
The power of light protects me.

Tom Cowan wrote a beautiful book that just came out called Yearning for the Wind. It is published by New World Library. The book is filled with decrees that the Celtic people of Ireland and Scotland use.

Using a decree is another way for us to stand in our power and work in partnership with the spirits for help in our lives as well as in the world.

Notice the energy when you say, “Please help me.” And then notice the energy when you say, “The help I need is present right now.”

As you do your spiritual work this month watch how you use petition verses decree in your life and work. Try using decrees and notice if you feel a change in the vibration around you.

Last month I asked you to transfigure into water instead of merging with water. During this time I introduced the work of transfiguring into an element to some groups that I have worked with for years.

After my explanation I found that many people were still confused about the difference of merging and transfiguring. When we merge we merge with something outside of us. So in merging with water we go to a place in nature and merge with water there. In transfiguring into an element we shapeshift into the element. So we shapeshift, we become water.

In our work we use the principle of as above, so below; as within, so without. Merging works with “so without” and transfiguration works with “as within”. Of course, the end result is all the same. So don’t get caught up in concepts.

I also started teaching workshop participants how to transfigure into an element and heal a client with the spiritual light and energy of the element. I have the practitioner do a diagnostic journey first to learn what element a client needs.

Everyone I have taught this method to has shared how potent this work is. The power of the elements has much to share with us. They give us life and have much healing potential in our lives. I will share more with you about this method in time.

For now let’s transfigure into air during the month of July. Remember how much you are dependent on this invisible element. If you are new to the Transmutation News look at the last couple of months to see how you can join in with us with this work.

Let’s recap what I am asking you to focus on this month. Let’s as a world community gather our energies together to focus on the power of love. As you go about your day as much as you can breathe into your heart and feel love for the elements, nature, and all of life. And remember the importance of the seed within.

Practice transfiguring into the element air and notice what you learn from shapeshifting into air.

The full moon is July 13. Please join in our monthly practice in weaving a planetary web of life and prayers to help the women and children whom our environment no longer support.

Transmutation News – June 2003

Using the metaphor of breathing in and out, I feel as is for the last year or so I have been doing a long exhale.

I have been writing long web pages for the Transmutation News. A few months ago I sent my agent a book proposal on bringing spiritual practices and ceremonies to children (which is circulating among some publishers right now). I have been teaching more workshops than usual and lecturing at a variety of conferences.

In May I cleaned every inch of my house physically and spiritually and cleaned out my closets and gave a lot away.

I have learned from experience that when I go on such intense cleaning missions some change is getting ready to take place in my life. It feels like a time for me to prepare for what is the next step with the Medicine for the Earth work and pause and move into the process of inhalation and inspiration.

I still believe that the key to the work is transfiguration and that continual practice with shapeshifting into our divine nature is needed to transform our lives and the world we live in. But I am a person who is always exploring how to go deeper with what I have been given and what I am sharing in the world.

I do hope that you did the work I suggested last month. We need to get to a place where we are really making a difference in our own lives and the lives of others through transfiguration. When we transfigure into our divine self we end up transmuting what needs to be transformed around us.

I know I have heard from many of you that bringing in the process of transfiguration on a regular basis has completely transformed your health as well as your relationships to work, people, money, the earth, etc. in a positive way. What has been described in the letters I have received is that practicing transfiguration on a regular basis is getting people back in flow with the river of life and creating a state of harmony.

As we keep up the practice I know we will continue to see positive effects.

When we look at the ancient and modern day mystics who have shown the immense power of being in a divine state these mystics have no question about their ability to shift. We need to keep doing the work that we started to do last month. By looking at the blocks and beliefs that keep us from fully embracing our divinity creates a path to truly being a vehicle for the divine. We need to be able to access this state of being with no hesitation or question.

Please keep up your exploration of what might be keeping you from bringing forth the spiritual light of your own divinity.

You might also explore the following questions:
When you drink water are you focusing on taking in pure spiritual light that nurtures and heals you?
When you eat your food do you receive the light that the earth and sun is sharing with you?
When you go outside do you feel and receive the energy of the sun which gives you life?
When you breathe do you fully take in the sacredness of each breath and share your light on the exhale?
When you are around other people, as in the grocery store, do you notice that you lift the spirit of people you meet by sharing your spiritual light?

As we move so fast in our lives we seem to move through the world in an unconscious fashion. Along with doing the meditative practice of transfiguration we must move the practice into a place of living this state of being.

Keep up your meditative practices but please start looking at bridging your meditations with how you walk through the world.

We also need to try to find ways to educate people to the basic fact that earth, air, water, and the sun gives us life and that we must honor these life giving elements.

Have you noticed that the elements are trying to get our attention in the floods, tornadoes, drought, fires, earthquakes, and high winds being experienced throughout the world?

I saw a headline in the news that it could be the air we breathe that is effecting women’s ability to get pregnant.

As I have been stating for the last few months the public is not “connecting the dots” that when you pollute the elements that give life there will be an effect on your health.

We need to find a way to communicate this while at the same time sharing that there is a way to clean up what we have created. It is obvious to me and others that the reason people are keeping the blindfold on their eyes about the effects of environmental pollution is because it all feels to overwhelming to them. And of course it is easier to believe that technology will fix everything.

What environmentalists are finding is that the best technology is not being effective in cleaning up the pollution we have created.

I have been hearing from many sources that people who are active in the environmental organizations are moving into a place of burn out and despair. They realize that the technology is not being effective in dealing with the toxins being poured into our environment. And at the same time they watch the Bush administration pass laws that keep the destruction of our environment going.

As we move into a place of despair it is a rich time for new ideas and ways of working to be created. I think that we might begin to see an opening in receiving information on spiritual ways of working that others and I have been presenting. There might finally be an opening for people closed off to the spiritual worlds being willing to give this work a try.

Dr. Larry Dossey has written many books on the power of prayer. He has shared enough research that through the use of double blind studies the power of prayer has been successful in healing.

Masuro Emoto in his brilliant work Messages from Water Vol. 1 & 2 shows how water responds to words and feelings. I have written about his work over the last two years in some of the Transmutation News.

There are countless stories of mystics who have been able to create miraculous healings by transfiguring into their divinity.

I do believe the time has come for those working in environment organizations to embrace the possibility that we can bridge spiritual methods with technology to heal our environment. And of course to add to bringing in spiritual methods we must teach the public how to care for and honor our environment.

I do believe we will begin to see the doors opening to the Medicine for the Earth work as well as other spiritual work that is being taught by a variety of teachers.

Last month I asked everyone to have the experience of merging with the earth this rich and fertile time of spring.

This month I would like to introduce a new way of working with the elements. If you are new to this work please continue the work of merging with the elements that I described last month as well as in Medicine for the Earth.

For those of you who work with the process of transfiguration I wold like you to try and transfigure into an element.

What is the difference, you might ask?

To answer this question we must go back to the principle of as above, so below: as within, so without.

When we merge with an element we perceive ourselves going into some element outside of us and asking for permission to merge with it to learn about it by becoming it. So last month I suggested you go to a plot of earth where you live and ask to learn about earth by becoming it through the merging process.

This month for those of you who already have done a lot of merging work as well as are trained in the process of transfiguration you will shapeshift into an element.

I suggest we work with water this month.

For those of you new to this work merge with an aspect of water whether it be a tear drop, a river, an ocean, a rain drop, mist a dew drop, or a body of water where you live. You want to learn about water by merging with it.

For the rest of us we want to meditate or take a shamanic journey and ask to transfigure into water. If you are up to it see what happens.

As I have described last month, whichever process you use, at the end of your experience remember to disengage.

Many of you might be aware of a worldwide ceremony that will take place on June 21, the summer equinox.

Timothy O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Foundation of Ecology and Harmony of Spirit, has had a vision. Frank MacEowen, author of The Mist-Filled Path has been helping Tim create his vision.

The vision is for June 21, 2003 to be set aside as World Soul Retrieval Day for the shamanic community to have the day be a day where individuals and groups would gather energies together for the sake of doing journeywork on behalf of the Soul of the World.

The invitation is for people to meditate, pray, and do journeywork, specifically to harness a collective energy, and to connect with the wider matrix of energy that informs the Anima Mundi through two journeys: one that takes an assessment of any energies that need to be extracted or purified, i.e., fear, anger, or conflict, which might be dealt with through some kind of grief ritual, and then another journey to explore through a re-balancing process that we are calling a World Soul Retrieval.

For more information on this please go to I have written something in this page as well as have other teachers. I wrote about the need to keep this work ongoing and bring spiritual practices into daily life to care for the world’s soul so that we are not performing an empty ritual.

If you want to be a part of this ceremony you can let yourself be inspired of how to work.
But I would like to suggest that we work with transfiguration. In the July 2002 Transmutation News I wrote how to use the transfiguration guided visualization for the purpose of a ceremony to transmute negative states of consciousness. Please refer back to that page so that I don’t have to repeat it again here.

You could do one ceremony where you put in the center the negative states of consciousness you would like to see transmuted in the world today. Perform a transfiguration ceremony with toning as you see, feel, hear, taste and smell these states of consciousness being transformed into love and light now. Then you can burn those papers.

Next you can put in positive states of consciousness you would like to see embraced in the world today. Perform the same transfiguration ceremony with toning to magnify these energies while seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling these states of consciousness being embraced by all now.

If you do this ceremony alone, please remember you are hooked into a greater circle of thousands of people around the world doing this together.

If you are working in a group, please remember as I wrote about last month that there are people working alone. Please remember to include all the people in your circle that are working around the world. Even though you might be physically working alone you are not working alone spiritually.

One June 14, the full moon, let’s gather our spiritual energies together to continue to weave a worldwide web of light as well as lend spiritual support to those who our environment no longer supports.
I want to wish you all a joyous summer solstice.

Transmutation News – May 2003

Over the years I have been sharing with you the practice of transfiguring into your divinity to heal yourself and the planet. We have been performing ceremonies together to focus spiritual light on creating a new dream of a world that embraces unity and love.

I have shared the stories of many mystics who were born with an obvious core way of being that embraces union, love and light.

Some of us get pushed to the edge into finding the power of working with union with the power of the universe, sources, oneness. I have written many times over the years about Jack Schwarz and his ability to heal himself and his attempts to teach others to do the same.

I just returned from teaching in Austria and Switzerland. A friend of mine shared a story with me about a man who survived being in a concentration camp during the war. When the American soldiers went into the camp to free the prisoners they found him to be in great health. He didn’t look like the rest of the people who had been deprived of food and water and who had been put through all kinds of physical trials. The soldiers asked him how he survived so well. He said that when he was placed in the concentration camp he knew he had a choice. He could either hate his captors or he could see their divinity. He chose to see only their divinity and in doing so did not suffer in any way.

This is an amazing example of how we change who we are and how we perceive the world around us as a way to change the world we live in.

When I talk about perceiving the divinity in others as I did last month and in past Transmutation News I am not talking about excusing the behavior and actions of others. But I am talking about recognizing the spirit and light in all life and thereby lifting the frequency and vibration in the world in which we live.

The mystics who lived and healed by being in union with the divine were born with this gift to teach others. We are all born with this gift, it is more we have forgotten the truth of who we are. So some people remember by being pushed to their limits like Jack Schwarz and the survivor of the concentration camp. I just described.

For those of us who prefer not to be pushed to such an extreme edge to wake us we need to make the choice to do the step by step process of traveling within ourselves to make contact with our own divine nature. We cannot see the divinity in others until we can see it in ourselves.

The rewards for this journey are greater than any material wealth can bring us. As you continue your process of unveiling the gold within you discover the true wealth the old alchemists describe

In working with transfiguration for healing and manifesting our dreams and visions it is important for each of us to continue to explore the attitudes, beliefs and emotions that block us from fully experiencing our divine nature.

It is important for us to keep exploring our inner states and not become static around our practices otherwise there is no growth. Growth is required to keep life in the practices we do.

When I taught the process of transfiguration in Medicine for the Earth I spoke about the need to dismember what physically keeps us separate from that source. We also need to work through and dismember the emotional states and beliefs that keep us separate from our true nature.

It is natural for many of us to get blocked with such beliefs that we are not worthy to experience ourselves as divine. Or we might feel that this is fine for others to do, but I don’t have the power to do it myself. There might be feelings of fear that arise as you tap into such an expanded state of consciousness and state of spiritual power. The list goes on as we each are burdened by different emotions and beliefs which end up supporting the energy of separation versus unity.

As we have been doing transfiguration practices together for years now, it is time to examine how we are really doing with our practice. How deep are you going? What is blocking you from reaching a true state of union?

If we want to truly tap into the full potential of the practice of transfiguration for healing and manifestation we must continue to explore our blocks and obstacles to the process.
I would suggest that you begin this month with either the practice of shamanic journeying or meditating on what is blocking you from going deeper with this work. You might also try some automatic writing as I describe on page 32 of Medicine for the Earth. I find that automatic writing is a great process for getting in touch with unconscious beliefs and emotions that are driving us. Begin by writing a question such as, “What unconscious beliefs are blocking me from experiencing my divine nature?” Then just let you pen or pencil move. At first it might feel forced, but if you stay with it the writing will begin to flow. You can keep your eyes part open and part closed. Or you can close your eyes while you write. This can help you move the process out of your intellect.
Once we begin to learn about the beliefs and emotions that are pulling back on our transfiguration process we want to start to work them through.

For ways to do this I need to refer you back to some of the practices in Medicine for the Earth. For example, you can use the process of observation that I describe in Chapter five.

You might want to look at Part VI on Ceremonies. I find that we can work in partnership with the elements to help us release beliefs and emotions that block our creative potential. I wrote about fire ceremonies but you can develop a ceremony using any of the elements. You can create a ceremony where you let water wash away what you are trying to let go. You can ask air to carry away your blocks. You can ask earth to take and transmute your emotions and beliefs. Most important you want to make sure to remember to build into your ceremony the intention to transmute the energy behind your emotions and beliefs into love and light so that you are not dumping them into the earth, air, water and fire.

You can perform your ceremony in ordinary reality which creates a certain power when you have to get physically involved in the process. But you can also perform your ceremony of releasing and transmuting in a meditation or shamanic journey.

I had a request from a reader that we do some merging with the elements again. It is important to keep up the work by learning about the elements by becoming them. I have learned so much over the years by keeping up the practice and not just thinking one experience gives me all the information I will ever need.

This is such a potent time for the element earth. This month let’s merge with earth. I suggest that you merge with the earth where you are living. This will give you a real sense of the energy and power of where you are living.
You can look at pages 152-153 of Medicine for the Earth for how to work with merging.

If you are trained in shamanic journeying you would set you intention to want to merge with the earth where you live. Or you can put on some music and allow yourself to get into an expanded state of consciousness and do a meditation as earth. Notice the movement and heat as earth during this season. It’s really interesting to do this journey during each season.

At the end of your journey or meditation, through intention, disengage from being earth and ground yourself back into your body. Intention is always key with disengaging and grounding. As you know taking a walk outside or doing some exercise is good for grounding also. As you ground yourself to your land you just merged with you continue to deepen your relationship to the land where you live. We are always trying to deepen our connections and relationships as we continue our work.

I have had a big year for traveling and teaching. I have met so many people who told me how much they liked reading Medicine for the Earth. I always hear the same comment however about how many exercises there are to do as if they are a burden.

As I am preparing to do a lecture for a CD for Sounds True on Medicine for the Earth I am rereading the book. In the introduction I explained that the exercises are suggestions of how you can work with bringing the material into your daily life. I can’t find anywhere that I wrote you have to do all the exercises.

I think some of us get into a place of feeling as if you have been given homework. I want to remind all of you of the Haitian proverb I also quote:
“The gods won’t appear, the magic won’t happen, if we are not living our real life. Studying life is not living life and therefore has no magic.”

There are so many inspirational books available and so many workshops taught around the world on spiritual practices. I see the shadow side of such an abundance of material that people end up studying spirituality as if it was an academic course in school.

Books and courses should inspire you to change how you live your life. Your practices should sculpt you into a person that goes beyond the projections placed on you and who society told you you should be.

Please don’t see the exercises I have given in Medicine for the Earth as “homework”. Please allow yourself to read the book and suggestions of practices to bring into your daily life to bring you to living your life in a way that contains magic.

It’s all about how we end up living our life that makes a difference not how much knowledge we accumulate.

I taught workshops over in Switzerland and Austria during the month of April. Some of you shared with me that you wanted to participate in the ceremonies that I have been sharing in the Transmutation News but you have felt so isolated as you have no one in your life to perform them with.
I have been attempting to help us feel connected to a larger circle. I know this is harder to experience when we are home alone trying to do our ceremonies when you know others have circles where they are done in community.

I thought this month we could focus our energies on expanding our circle outside of our home and smaller communities we work in so we can embrace all of us around the world who feel isolated in our practices.

I suggest that on the full moon we continue to weave a planetary web of light. But let’s also all get into a transfigured state and in that state feel yourself connecting to all the people in the world who are working together on this day. Feel yourself connected to one circle of love and support.
Those of you who do work in groups focus your energies in expanding out and reaching your light and love to those working alone. We are never alone spiritually, yet we can feel alone when we are physically working in isolation.

Let’s focus our energies to really create a world community coming together to create a web of light for the planet. Open your heart and feel the connection. There is great power in this as we remember we are a field of energy that none of us are separate from.

And let’s remember to embrace those women and children around the world for whom our environment no longer supports life.

The full moon is May 15.

Pythagoras urged humankind “to prefer the treasures of the mind and soul to accumulations of earthly goods.” On the Golden Verses of Pythagoras he says that if we transcend our lower material nature, we will once again unite with the gods and partake of their immortality.

Ancient writers, mystics, healers and teachers have been trying to share with us the great wealth that we can gain from doing the alchemical work in and through the dense darkness inside.

Think of the practices we are doing together as a great adventure instead of one more thing you have to add to your busy schedule. We are all looking for freedom. Freedom lies in you.

Transmutation News – April 2003

We are living in a time of great unknowns. It is key to keep our focus and continue our spiritual work.

It is important to remember that what is happening in our outer world is a reflection of what is happening in our inner state of being. You can see how the world is reflecting back where the collective unconscious is right now.

In the collective we believe that by attacking others who we feel threaten our security we will be safe. The collective is also acting out of fear and anger resulting from feeling a lack and being stuck in the energy of scarcity.

Those of you reading this know it is pure illusion to believe that we can conquer what we are afraid of and who we are angry with. As long as we believe that we are separate from each other our minds will find ways to compensate for our feelings of insecurity and lack. Until we find what we are looking for inside ourselves, our minds will create the need to keep conquering those we fear and hate and who we believe have something we want until we have destroyed all living beings.

The key is to do the inner work that allows us to feel peace, love harmony, security, abundance and oneness inside. We must keep our focus as we try to lift the vibration of the minds that are operating in our world today.

Continue your transfiguration practice every day. Not only will this practice keep you physically and spiritually strong and centered during this time it produces a spiritual light that goes out into the world lifting the vibration and sending light where it is needed.

The Aramaic definition of the word alchemy is work that is done with and through the dense darkness inside. As we look at the darkness in the world today we can see how sharing the spiritual light we receive through transfiguring into our divinity can work through the dense energies. And this work needs the focus of many. So continue to work on your own or in groups whenever you can.

If you are new to this web page and need instructions with the practice of transfiguration, please look at the July 2002 Transmutation News.

Keep moving the energy from your mind into your heart by breathing into your heart throughout the day. The mind attaches to memories of the past and comes up with things to fear and react to with anger. As you continue to breathe into your heart your awareness will be heightened to be able to listen to spiritual guidance, access your intuition and move through negative states of consciousness.

I have shared the following story before, but I do believe it is important for many of us to read it again. This story is called “The Two Wolves”:

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about many things.
He said, “I feel as if two wolves are fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, angry, violent…and the other is loving, compassionate and strong.”
The grandson asked the grandfather “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?”
The grandfather replied, “The one I feed”.

Observe your thoughts and the words you use throughout the day. Notice which heart you are feeding.
I am not asking you to deny the range of feelings that come up for you. Experience them fully and then begin to do some of the practices that I have outlined in Part II of Medicine for the Earth to help you move through them. The only way out is through. Work your feelings through so that in the end you are feeding the heart you wish to see manifested.
Read books that inspire you to stay in your heart and help you remember your own divinity. This will help you a lot more than turning on the TV and getting lost in the collective fear that is being fed.
Don’t isolate yourself right now. Find others you can meet with where you can inspire each other to continue your spiritual practices as well as share and work feelings through with.

On the surface level the world consciousness is filled with disharmony creating the problem we see today. In esoteric healing illness is not recognized, only perfection is recognized. When we do our work to remember our divinity and the divinity of all living things, in that presence there is only perfection.
In my own healing practice when I become frustrated with someone’s stuck state my helping spirits tell me to see that person in his or her perfection. Just like we want to feed the heart of unity and love, we also want to send spiritual light to feed the perfection of those we fear, who we are angry with, and who are stuck. Once again we are sharing spiritual light so that the divine perfection of the beings in the world is being fed so all life might shine. It is a key principle of alchemy and transmutation we want to stay focused on.

And of course I cannot encourage you enough to keep up your practice of dreaming the world you want to live in into being. See, hear feel, smell and taste the world as you wish it as if it is happening now.

More than ever we need people who are willing to focus their attention and intention on dreaming a new world that embraces love, harmony, peace, abundance, and the understanding that we are all one into being.

I was really struck in reading The Hidden Gospel by Neil-Douglas Klotz that in Aramaic there is no word for “good” or “evil”. In Aramaic the words would be “ripe” and “unripe. As we make judgements about the goodness or evil manifested in the world right now I encourage you to work with the metaphor of ripe and unripe. It really helps shift perspective about the forces being played out.

At a Medicine for the Earth reunion I led in March we had the opportunity to have a Kirlian camera at our group. The type of Kirlian camera used was not the typical one you have probably heard of or seen that photographs the color of auras. This camera was developed by a Russian doctor and used to diagnose imbalances in the energy systems in the body. It was developed to read not only the energy system of a person, but also the energy in each organ in the body. With this camera there is also software to photograph the field of living matter such as water.

During our four-day meeting we took a lot of pictures as I taught the Advanced Healing Training. We used transfiguring into our divinity to share spiritual light with the client. We also used merging with the energy of our power animal or teacher without form (I wrote about this process in the February 2003 Transmutation News) to share spiritual light with a client. We also did our water transmutation ceremony with deionized water we polluted with ammonium hydroxide.
In all of these healing ceremonies we performed, whether for clients or for water, we used sound (through toning) and light (by bringing through pure formless spiritual light) for healing and transformation/transmutation.

Using the Kirlian equipment we took pictures before and after clients had their healing sessions. We took pictures of practitioners before and after the transfiguration and merging work. We also took pictures of the water before and after our transmutation ceremony.

The results were quite dramatic. The energy field of the practitioners after the transfiguration and merging work were quite amazing. The practice of transfiguration, I have been encouraging you to do on a regular basis, really showed the greatest change in the spiritual as well as the physical state of the practitioners. People who had really depleted spiritual and physical fields filled out completely after performing our transmutation ceremony.

The water, which showed itself with no energy field at all, turned into a star after the work.

These spiritual practices do make a difference in our environment and our own spiritual and physical states of well being, but we do have to keep up the work.

The dramatic case studies of the affects of transfiguration into one’s divinity that I have collected over the past few years added to the before and after pictures we saw of the change in people’s energy field after the work shows an enormous potential for bringing balance and harmony into our own life and the life of the planet.

I hope you will share this practice with others. For people who are trained in shamanic journeying you can ask them to journey to a power animal or teacher to help facilitate the process. The intention of the journey is to let go of anything that keeps you separate from your own divinity, source or oneness and then to experience that state of divinity. You need to encourage people to find the words that work best for them. If you are doing this as part of a healing ceremony instruct people to come back to the room in their divinity using toning to hold that state.

If people are not trained in shamanic journeying you can read to them the guided visualization I wrote on page 184-187 of Medicine for the Earth or you can come up with your own. If you want to conduct a healing ceremony for others, I instruct people in the July 2002 Transmutation News where you want to stop this visualization so you can have people come back toning.

If you are working with transfiguration as a healing ceremony put something in the middle of the circle you wish to send spiritual light to. You can put a picture of the earth or write down names of people and/or issues. If you have people in your group who are in pain you can have them lie in the middle.

Instruct the people who are transfiguring into their divinity to come back, and stand up, and keep up the toning with their hands facing toward the circle. The toning and the work will naturally come to an end. Let the process be organic.
Make sure everyone is grounded before leaving to go home.

This is a potent practice and I hope you will share it with people who are willing to try it. My experience is that once people are introduced to the practice they become hooked as it moves one into such a profound state of consciousness.

Please continue to feed the human web of light we have been weaving throughout the days to come. We have been focusing on this practice in the full moon, as we will continue to on April 16. However, it is good to keep up the practice whenever your heart leads you to.

And please remember to continue the meditation for women and children on the full moon as I described it in the February 2003 Transmutation News.

I know many of us feel great empathy for the innocent who are being affected by the war right now. Let’s send spiritual light to them to raise them up and feed their own spiritual strength. Again we can do this by focusing on those you wish to help while you transfigure into your divinity and tone for them while in this divine state of oneness.

You can do this work in groups you are involved with, or if you do it alone know you are merging with thousands of others who are doing this work daily. You are not working alone.

Even if you can’t teach people the full process of transfiguration just instruct them to go to source and tone from this place. This works really well, as you will see if you try it.

In this time of great change:
Stay focused
Stay positive
Stay centered

And please keep tending “the garden.”

Transmutation News – March 2003

We will work with ceremony and ritual for our work this month. Performing a ceremony is a way of opening the lines of communication between you and the creative forces. When we perform a ceremony we state our intention of what we are asking for to the universe so that our creation might be physically manifested.

Ritual is a way of grounding behaviors. For example, by going outside everyday and giving thanks for your life and the life of all living beings is a way of grounding a behavior of appreciation.

For our ceremony on the spring equinox I would ask you to do some journeying/meditating on what seeds you would like to plant for our earth garden. For example, do you want to plant seeds of peace, love, unity that will grow into a plant which manifests these energies in the world.

Get clear on your intention of the energies you want to plant and watch grow. Use the principles of intention + love (coming from a place of heart) + harmony (harmony within creates harmony without) + concentration + focus (we must keep our concentration and focus strong for the principle of manifestation to occur) + union (remember we are one with the web of life and the seeds we plant affect all life on earth) + imagination (we need to dream a new world and consciousness into existence).

Once you are clear on your intention find some seeds that you can go into nature and plant into the earth stating what you are growing during this fertile time. You can do this on your own or in a group you are working with. Support from a group can magnify the power of our spiritual work.

As many people do not have groups that they can work with, let’s set an intention as a community on the spring equinox to support energetically with open hearts the seeds of love, hope, and inspiration that thousands are planting around the world.

We can ground the behavior of tending our garden through a ritual. Go to a plant store and buy a small pot, soil, and some herb seeds to plant. Parsley is a great herb to grow as it is hardy and sprouts pretty quickly. But you can plant anything you want.

Plant the seeds with intention and love and wanting to tend the earth garden we live in. Nurture your plant over time. Be in appreciation for all the elements that go into tending the garden, our lives.

The soil gives nutrients to the plant. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out CO2. This is carried through the air to our plants. We are connected to all of life through our breath. As we breathe in we breathe in what other life forms breathe out. As we breathe out we share our life force with all living beings. As you breathe in and out in your house your plant will be connected to you.

Water nurtures the life of your plant and also brings nutrients which will affect its state of health and well being. The rays of the sun are needed for the energy of life. And of course all life needs love so communicate with your plant love and appreciation and watch it grow.

By taking care of your plant you start to ground the behavior of what is needed to tend this earth garden and the garden of our lives. Please plant your seeds and start nurturing your plant on the spring equinox.

Both the ceremony and ritual I am suggesting here you can do with your children.

Please remember to send in any stories you can inspire us with about communities gathering together to transform our world. Please see February Transmutation News for more on this if you have not read it. We need to support and inspire each other right now.

I thank those of you who have been generous with sending me stories about bringing spiritual practices to children. Again my request for these case studies is on my February Transmutation News and I am still looking for more.

Here is a poem that Stephen Alish-TaSen sent in to be shared with you:


This was written in Sedona, Arizona and copyrighted in 1994 by Stephen Alish-TaSen Permission is granted to reproduce with appropriate credit given to the author.

March 16 is the full moon. Please remember we have two meditations to do this month. We keep weaving a human web of light throughout the planet as we tap into our own divinity and light and shine that light together. If you have been working with the process of transfiguration, please transfigure as you do this. Transfiguration will magnify the work we do together.

If you are new to this web page and need directions for the transfiguration process please look at the July 2002 Transmutation News.

Last month, on the full moon, we started a meditation for support for the women and children of the world who are being so negatively impacted by the toxic chemicals in our earth, water, and air. Let’s continue our meditations for this on March 16. And please try to get out to the public the work we are doing on the full moon. Unless we get public awareness to the problem we cannot get help from communities for solutions.

Please remember to keep feeding the heart of love, harmony, unity, peace, inspiration, and hope. Let’s keep this heart stronger than the heart of fear, separation, and anger. As a community we can support a change in ourselves, which ultimately will be reflected back to us by the world and environment we live in.

And remember the Aramaic phrase, “abraq ad habra” which we knew as kids as abracadabra. It means, “I will create as I speak”. Stay conscious of the words you use in your daily life.