Transmutation News – February 2010

I found myself called to write a lot this month. The Transmutation News became so long that I realized there was too much in it to be absorbed by readers and I also feared that our translators would have “a meltdown”. So I am posting half of what I wrote this month. And will post the second half of what I wrote in March. This month’s column is still long so take some time to absorb all that is being shared by other contributors and myself.

Let’s begin with Haiti for so many people have been called to do something in behalf of the people.

Besides sending much needed donations we can work together using light to help those in need. I wanted to share with you an email I received from Julie who is a wonderful shamanic teacher and practitioner on For her work really sums up how we can continue to work in behalf of the people and the land of Haiti. And it is work we can do when there are future issues coming up in other places of the planet.

Here is what Julie wrote:

“I just wanted to share what I’ve suggested to my students based on some journeys I’ve done around the earthquake in Haiti.
In my first journey on Wednesday, I saw a huge circle of light beings (like us) already there transfigured as we do in Medicine the Earth, and I joined hands with them. I saw the amazing amount of light being generated, surrounding Haiti and weaving a web of light that stretched out to touch everyone in the world who has loved ones there. I also saw an enormous light column in the center of the circle, and many souls were rising up into the light through this portal. It was amazing and beautiful and a great learning experience for me.

So I suggested that everyone journey to Haiti whenever possible, even for just seconds at a time, and join hands with the circle of light beings who are already there holding a vibration of peace, harmony and compassion. I stressed that they not focus on the suffering, but to simply drop their form and become pure, divine light, and to tone if practical.

In my journey on Thursday (yesterday) I saw a haze of light forming over Haiti, and within it the city of Port au Prince was already being rebuilt on the spiritual plane. And so we have the opportunity to join in the rebuilding by dreaming a new dream for Haiti. I have asked my students to hold a vision of a Haiti in which there is no poverty, where everyone has a home, safety, food, education, healthcare and stability. I also saw that in the new Haiti, the old ways were being reclaimed, and people were learning to live in harmony and balance with the elements and with the land, so they were no longer so vulnerable to hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.

For the aid workers who are physically there trying to help, there is no way to escape the devastation of what has happened. But as light workers and dreamers, when we focus on the suffering, we feed the vision of a Haiti that continues to be devastated, poor, hungry, uneducated and unstable. Instead, we can use our powers of imagination and visualization to feed the dream of a new Haiti, one of where everyone has a home, food, jobs, healthcare, education and hope for the future.

So I just wanted to share this with all of you as another way we can help.”

Change is really speeding up isn’t it? It is quite fascinating to watch all the forces that are coming into play. On one level there are so many challenges people are facing. This has been a challenging winter for many around the world as the weather has been extreme everywhere.

On another level one can see that there are forces in motion to help to change consciousness in a positive way.

We have been working together as a global community for quite some time now with the Medicine for the Earth work. And some of the keys of our work have been:

-The importance of honoring and respecting our connection to nature. For all of us reading the Transmutation News understand that we are part of the web of life and all life is connected.

-We have been working with our thoughts and words to align with a positive vision in creating a positive life for ourselves and all of life.

-We have been working with the understanding that we are divine light and the world around us is a reflection of our inner state of consciousness.

-And another big piece we have been working with is that when we work together as a global community we tap into an exponential power to create change.

Although my new book How To Thrive in Changing Times was just published all these principles that I wrote about have been part of our work together for many years now.

And if you observe what is happening these same principles are being seeded in mass consciousness by popular writing and even by Hollywood.

Dan Brown’s book The Lost Symbol has been one of the best selling books this winter. I don’t know it’s ranking right now but it has been #2 on the Bestseller List in the United States.

Although his book is fiction and is written with the same formula as his past books, this book goes into some of the old teachings that are the foundation of freemasonry. And the running theme behind the story has to do with the power of our thoughts to create, the power of the divine within us, and the power of how we can change the state of world very quickly when we work together with group consciousness.

Then the movie Avatar came out. Yes, it is Hollywood at its finest. But it is also changing the consciousness of people who are coming to see it. Avatar takes you into another world where the indigenous people live in total respect for nature and harmony with nature. For it is understood that they are part of nature and the web of life and that nature is a powerful helping spirit.

There is an understanding of how sacred trees are and that there is a network connecting the roots of all trees where all kinds of communication happens.

And all ceremonies for healing are done in community and the group consciousness working as one is what creates successful results.

As I read and listen to stories of the impact the movie is having on people I hear things like:
– I want to live in that world. I want to create a simpler life.
– I want to connect with nature.
– I want to find a group to work with.

The movie goes into the shadow side of greed and how when we disconnect from nature we disconnect from the beauty of life. And money should not be a reason to destroy life.

So although we have been working with these same principles for years now just think of the many thousands of people who are now being opened up to these ancient teachings.

And it is also wonderful to hear how many children are being impacted by the movie and want to save the earth.

Powerful seeds have been planted into the psyche of mass consciousness. May the seeds take root to creating a true understanding of how we can truly join our hearts and minds together to shift the direction of the world and create a world we want to live in for ourselves, our children, our descendants and for all of life itself.

In How to Thrive in Changing Times and also my new book Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation co-written by Hank Wesselman I wrote about how working in community can create greater change then when we work alone.

You might want to look at page 137-138 in the section “Gathering Our Energies” in How to Thrive in Changing Times where I gave an example of the power of working in community.

Years ago when Santa Fe was very dry and we were in quite the drought I had been seeing all the trees where I live in their divine light. I couldn’t give them water but I could perceive them in their divinity.

One of the trees on the land where I live is a peach tree. I brought a peach from the tree to a Medicine for the Earth workshop I was teaching.

I had been transfiguring and experiencing the tree in its divine light for the entire summer. Sylvia, who uses the GDV camera at my workshops, took a photo of the energy field of the peach. And the field of the peach looked very good.

But after the peach was in the middle of the circle where 50 participants performed a transfiguration ceremony together the energy of peach was so much more vibrant.

See the results below. You can also visit and click on “photos/results” to see the peach as well as other results. And you can show the photos to others who you might share the work with.

This was such a tangible example for me of the power of working in community. And those of us who have been involved in healing when a group focuses their energy in behalf of an individual know the power of working together instead of working alone.

When we really get this and as people of the world start to embrace this teaching we are completely unlimited in what we can create together.

I really loved in Avatar the teaching about the network connecting all trees. For again we have been working with this in some of our past ceremonies together.

In the past we have performed transfiguration ceremonies together with water. I asked you to transfigure with a small container of water present and then give that water to a larger body of water spreading the sacred water through all waters of the planet.

I am fortunate to live in nature and love to take a walk whenever I can. I have one tree where I live that is obviously an ancient pinion pine. Whenever I take a walk I visit that pine tree and first I put my hands on it and send love to it. And then I always ask the tree to share and send my love with every tree throughout the planet. For I know the message and energy sent to this one tree can be shared with all trees.

Let’s once again engage in some of this work together. This month I ask you to send your love into the air with blessings for the love to be shared with all air on this great earth. Give thanks to air for all the life it gives to you with each breath you take. Thank the air for the messages of love it carries to you.

Put your hands on the earth and tell the earth how much you love her and how much appreciation you have for the life you have been given and all she shares. Allow this feeling of love and appreciation to be shared with the earth and taken through every inch of earth on the planet.

Transfigure with a glass of water present during your ceremony. And then bring it to a body of water where you live. Allow the love and divine light to be carried to all the waters of the world.

Send great greetings and love to the sun and the fire that burns within the earth reminding us of our own internal light and giving thanks for the passion for life the light reflects to us.

Honor the moon and the stars in the same way for their light is a great reminder of the beauty of our light that shines from within into the world.

As we do these simple ceremonies as a global community we will experience positive change.

We are all connected and as we work together as a unified field of energy we tap into the unlimited possibilities that go with focusing our creative energy on a world filled with peace, light, love, and harmony.

I know that many of us get excited when we are inspired by what we read and when we are in groups about all that we can change and how our potential is unlimited.

And then we find ourselves alone reading the newspaper or watching the news and it is hard to maintain that energy of excitement and hope.

When you find yourself in a time like this try asking yourself a question that begins with “What if…..”

What if it is possible for the global community to create positive change?

What if we are unlimited in our potential?

What if we can turn the challenges we now face around and create a life of harmony, balance, and joy?

These are just some examples that will give you an idea of questions you can create.

Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I had a very strong private shamanic healing practice in Santa Fe. And I had gotten the reputation of performing successful shamanic extraction work. For those of you not familiar with shamanic extraction it is where the shamanic practitioner removes spiritual blockages from the client that might be creating emotional and physical illness.

I was working with a lot of clients who had cancer and through word of mouth they had found their way to me.
In my extraction work my helping spirits had taught me to use the classic method of actually sucking the blocking spiritual energies out of the body of the client. It was like I was using “a spiritual straw” to do this and then I would spit what I had gotten into a bowl of water that was beside me. And then I would pray over the water and transmute the energy and give the “sacred water” back to the earth.

Anyway here is the point I want to make. I grew up in Brooklyn in a very conventional family. So as I would be performing my extraction work my rational mind would always come in and ask the question, “Have you completely lost your mind?!!!” For on a rational level and from my training of how one acts in our society what I was doing was simply crazy.

How I would handle this is when my mind would start to interfere with my healing work I would just say to myself, “What if this really works?”

This question would open up the possibility – quiet my mind, and frankly I do believe that it impacted the results of my work in a positive way.

Today one of the teachings that is coming out of quantum physics is that asking “What if…” questions does open up a doorway into the universe that helps to focus energies for manifestation.

This month experiment with “What if…” questions and notice if and how this way of working helps you when you start to question the efficacy of spiritual work and when issues of hopelessness come up.

Gail Walker is a dear friend and wonderful practitioner and teacher of shamanism. She often shares her thoughts with me after she reads something I have written. She has a great gift of working with metaphors and her communications with me always take me to a deep reflective place. Recently Gail me sent me the following on how the understanding of the power of working in circles can be woven together with some recent scientific discoveries. She plants some wonderful seeds.

“One way of bringing through formlessness into form is to assemble the pieces that are coming into the collective consciousness at this time. These pieces may seem unrelated. But just as we are guided on our paths by inner spirit, outer spirit guides us by revealing similar knowledge in different forms or professions.

We can use these pieces like a Medicine Wheel to know the wisdom of the other directions and as well as our own and see the whole of the pattern that is coming into form.

In the January Transmutation News Sandra wrote that ‘Nature has been trying to show us that we are not living in a time where we can predict and therefore control what is happening.’ Since then, the earthquake in Haiti has occurred.

During this same timeframe, research has been published about how cancer cells may be contained and about how traumatic stress may be minimized. The mechanics of our human bodies are revealing templates that are metaphors to explain how joining together in spiritual practice may heal the upheavals of toxic thoughts and toxic experiences. This may be a time where a new and old wisdom are emerging in human consciousness as a new paradigm. The paradigm would encompass movement, interaction, circles and how whole systems interrelate. Body is a portal to the knowledge that is emerging [or re-emerging] into the larger collective consciousness at this time.

A front page article in the 12/29/09 New York Times reported on an idea [proposed twenty years ago but now being accepted] that cancer cells cannot turn into lethal tumors without the cooperation of other cells nearby. In essence cancer cells are influenced by relationships with other cells in their environment. ‘It may also mean that cancers grow in part because normal cells around them allowed them to escape. It also means there might be a new way to think about treatment: cancers might be kept under control by preventing healthy cells around it from crumbling.’ The research is investigating the signals and interactions between the cells. Further research is investigating how the environment of the cells can ‘defang or weaken’ cancer cells.

Some of the basic ideas in this research mirror shamanic practice.
A cell [or toxic thought] needs cooperation from neighbors [or repetition] to turn into tumor [or pattern]. A healthy community or cluster of cells might contain and hold the toxic cell, and only when this community breaks down might the cell become dangerous. The cells’ environment is constantly changing and being influenced by their interactions. There might be a way to block the signaling of the toxic cell so it cannot recruit healthy cells. Perhaps there is a chemical or energy flow in the ring of cells around the cancer cells that prevent them from becoming toxic, by signaling to them that they are surrounded.

Applying these concepts to shamanic practice makes clear the importance of circles. The circles we sit in become wheels of energy that can whirl with the wind and swirl through time. Circles can embrace, contain and perhaps restrain toxic elements. When we send our light/energy as embodied dense beings in a human vessel, we may be fortifying that healthy encircling that contains that which is toxic and signals it into stillness.

Sustaining the momentum of the circle is essential. In our community’s work with the people, animals and land in Haiti, sustaining the focus and energy will keep the circle recharged and recharging and sending. Circulating love and light to the people and the animals and the land will help contain or encircle the earthquake’s wake.

In The New York Times 1/14/10 article about limiting the aftereffects of trauma on our troops in Iraq, revealed that morphine treatment cut in half the number who developed posttraumatic stress. The morphine reduced pain and scrambled recall. Of special interest to shamanic practitioners the morphine also inhibited the production of norepinephrine, a brain chemical associated with fear, and mimicked the hormone oxytocin which cements human bonds and creates the feeling of love and well-being.

That morphine may prevent PTSD may be another example of containment. By limiting norepinephrine there would be less flooding with messages of fear and repetitive alarm. The presence of a substance similar to oxytocin would reduce toxic isolation when people feel a rupture with people or Spirit due to a trauma. Instead there would be the sense of being encircled, that I am not alone in the world, that would surround and depotentiate the desolation.

Shamanic practices replicate these effects. When we send our energy/light and hold some person or place in love we may be creating that oxytocin link and also be limiting overriding fears.

It is a time to wake up to body – as teacher, as paradigm, as connector, as source. It is a time to sustain circles and circulate the energy as a wheel to swirl and encircle toxins with health and well-being to defang them. It is a time to use community and connection to soothe fear and cement human bonds.

It is a time to welcome body as the standpoint with which we root the web of light. When we embody Spirit, connect as circle and circulate embodied energy we can encircle toxins and serve the good. In the paradigm where we are more embodied in our human vessels, we align more deeply with Earth as a living body.”

The full moon is February 28. Let us continue to join and hearts and light together in weaving a bright and joyful web of light within and throughout the earth.

I received wonderful feedback from readers from the Transmutation News about sending roots of light down into the earth that I wrote about in the January Transmutation News. I will repeat this instruction for you again here.

This was a suggestion from Kate in Delaware who meets monthly with a local group to weave a web of light:

“Instead of weaving the web of light up and out, we weave roots down into the earth. Once all the roots are joined with the light from everyone else the lights bursts forth from the earth and envelopes every being on the planet.”

Using the principle of as above, so below, as within, so without it is important for the spiritual community to develop the as within part. For many in the spiritual community have a tendency to leave the body during spiritual work. And the strength of our work is really fueled by our ability to stay embodied as a star shines from within. As Gail wrote above when we are more embodied we align more deeply with Earth as a living body.

Let’s try rooting the web of light into the earth. We want to really feel the web of light within and throughout the earth.

And let’s continue our transfiguration in behalf of our global community as is written up on the Transmutation News page of this site under Creating A Human Web of Light.

The instructions for our full moon ceremony and for our monthly group healing in behalf of our circle are also written up in How to Thrive in Changing Times.

I am getting such wonderful feedback on this book. I recently gave a copy of the book to a nurse who seemed interested in it. When I saw her after she read the book she told me that she is a staunch Republican and bible thumping Baptist and that she is very close minded. She just loved the book!! And she asked me for a copy of How to Heal Toxic Thoughts.

My intention with writing both of these books was that they would cross over into more of a general population. The feedback from this nurse I took as a great sign.

Transmutation News – January 2010

Let’s join our hearts and spiritual light together to welcome in the New Year and the beginning of a new decade and to offer blessings to each of us in our global community.

Some of us tend to think in a linear fashion and perceive the New Year of as a new beginning where we have a chance to let go of the past and create something new. And of course the New Year can be a good psychological marker to feel like we have a chance for something new to occur.

It is also important for us to remember that we do not live in a linear existence. For our past creates the foundation for which we can continue to spiral forward in our evolution. I like to think of this as knitting a new row. A new row is being stitched into being but carries the energy from all the previous rows.

So we are spiraling forward together into a New Year and new decade.

Much of what we worked on together in 2009 had to do with surrendering to our own spirit. And if you are new to the Transmutation News you might take a look at some of the past monthly columns.

For we all came into this world with a destiny and our soul has been creating experiences for us to learn from and grow. If we look within to our inner spirit and surrender to it we will gracefully be led to the life we are destined to live.

I like to think of a seed that is growing into a plant. The seed has the intelligence and blue print that contains all the information it needs to thrive when it grows into a plant. The earth creates a space for it to be nurtured and grow. When it bursts forth the earth allows for its inner intelligence to guide it. The earth doesn’t try to control it.

We often feel as if life is controlling us. But in reality our own inner spirit is guiding us forward with an intelligence that is beyond our rational knowing. And the more we can surrender to our own internal guidance life becomes a dance full of grace instead of a dance that is filled with kicking all the way.

When we allow our own egoic desires to guide us we find ourselves trying to control what is happening and what will happen to us. For as human beings who perceive ourselves from separate from Source we are looking for safety. It is when we experience ourselves as Source then we truly experience ourselves being held in the loving arms of the universe where our Divine Intelligence leads us into a life of beauty.

We are all aware of our tendency to want to try and control our environment and our lives. And we must understand that trying to control will always limit what is possible.

One way we try to control is by making predictions and in believing in predictions made by others. Whether the predictions are positive and inspirational or whether they contain gloom and doom scenarios we still have a feeling that if we can predict then we have control. The need for external knowledge is a form of control.

Nature has been trying to show us that we are not living in a time where we can predict and therefore control what is happening. The weather patterns around the world have been and are now unpredictable. In the United States, this winter, we are in an El Nino pattern which creates unpredictable weather and storm patterns.

If we surrender to our divine self we create and hold a large space, that is solid like as a star, but at the same time like the void where all things are born from the unpotentiated energy. But we must surrender to spirit.

In How to Thrive in Changing Times, which has just been published, I give an exercise to both merge with a star and also to work in the void to give you a sense of these forces of nature. For a star is so solid yet so expansive. And the void can feel empty and at the same time everything is created from the void. As we learn how to expand our inner world to embrace the solidity yet expansiveness of a star and tap into the richness of the void we get an internal feeling of the unlimited potential when we hold space and do not try to control space.

In this time of transition I do believe we are being asked to hold a bigger space that supports bringing through the formless into form. And to do this from a true spiritual space we must explore the difference between creation and manipulation. We must look at the difference between molding and controlling. And these are key ingredients that we must explore together as a new world of form is being created into being.

A practice that I find to be helpful is to take some time each day to just be in awe and wonder for the beauty of life and grateful for having the opportunity to simply be alive. And don’t attach your awe, wonder, or gratitude to anything in the material world. Don’t say I am grateful for my health, or my wonderful marriage, or my house, or my work, etc. For simply being in gratitude for life itself acts like a mirror where the universe and nature reflects back to you that state of gratitude.

For me it is like when I merge with a star and see how expansive the energy and light is. And from a state of non-doing and just being at the same time attracts to it all it needs.

We were all born to experience this time of transition on the planet and in consciousness itself. And we all came in with the blueprint to know exactly what is needed to thrive and evolve.

As we can be still and find time to be in nature we can start to allow our inner knowing to lead us. As we stop trying to control through getting trapped in predictions and trying to manipulate our own world we can then open to the beauty of growth and life.

And as we join together in excitement of what can be that excitement shines forth fueling the light of the divine to reach all of life.

We don’t want to control and manipulate. And at the same time we must hold an intention. For all seeds and all of nature holds a strong intention for life. And we are life too.

We can all set an intention to surrender to our inner Divine Intelligence that holds the knowing of how to hold a life filled with love, light, peace, beauty, light, harmony, and abundance for all. And we can hold our intention to do this from a place of awe and wonder and excitement for all that is possible. Asking questions beginning with “What if….” leads us to manifesting unlimited potential.

This is such an exciting time. Our past has brought us to this place and this time on earth. Let’s connect our light and love together with excitement as we spiral together into this new time on earth. We came here to experience many adventures of being a spirit who can create the formlessness into form as earth, air, water, and fire come together as Divine Nature to do the same. Nature is a divine helping spirit and we are part of nature. We came here to manifest the invisible into the visible. We do this with every thought we have and with each word we speak aloud. Let’s be of force of beauty, light, love, and grace in movement together. Let our inner spirit and divinity be our guide.

Take time this month to go within to silence. Go within and allow your spirit to speak to you and inspire you. Go within and experience the web of life that connects us all and be grateful for the seed of knowledge that holds all of where the amazing adventure we are on together in oneness.

The best way to prepare for the coming times is to live fully in the present and enjoy your life. Stay connected with your inner knowing. Do your spiritual practices daily. And trust that you will get all the information you need when you need it.

I want to say something about the Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. So much anger and frustration was expressed there. The challenges to the planet seem so great. There are definitely changes that all countries must make around our policies to control pollution.

It always amazes me about the level of ignorance of how humans thought they could dump toxins into the earth, air, and water and think that there would be no consequences to this.

But here we are. So yes, changes have to be made in our physical relationship with the earth and how we treat the earth.

And taking from the Medicine for the Earth work, that is based on thousands of years of teaching, we can all focus on a different outcome and really concentrate our thoughts and words to create a new dream for the planet. And we can continue to honor the elements and nature and teach others how to do the same. This is the whole point of my new book How to Thrive in Changing Times.

The spiritual work we do does make a difference!

The full moon is January 30. During the full moon we continue the practices that are written up on Creating A Human Web of Light on the Transmutation News page. We continue to radiate light into our global community. Those of you who feel you need some healing help imagine yourself lying in a giant circle formed by our community from all over the world. And just absorb the light that is flowing. And those of you who feel you would like to transfigure for our community, please do so. And as always remember you can be in both roles throughout the day.

And we continue to weave a beautiful web of light. Here is a suggestion from Kate in Delaware who meets monthly with a local group to weave a web of light:

“Instead of weaving the web of light up and out, we weave roots down into the earth. Once all the roots are joined with the light from everyone else the lights bursts forth from the earth and envelopes every being on the planet.”

Using the principle of as above, so below, as within, so without it is important for the spiritual community to develop the as within part. For many in the spiritual community have a tendency to leave the body during spiritual work. And the strength of our work is really fueled by our ability to stay embodied as a star shines from within.

Let’s try rooting the web of light into the earth. We want to really feel the web of light within and throughout the earth.

My new book How to Thrive in Changing Times is now out and published by Weiser. The book contains many of the practices we have been working on together throughout the last couple years. Each translator and the webmasters for “The Transmutation News” were named and thanked in the acknowledgments. For we truly are a global community.

In this book I encourage readers to think of themselves as members of a growing global community of conscious change agents. We need to be realistic about what is happening in the world and then we must use our thoughts and words and other creation principles to feed the vision of the world we want to live in. This exciting work begins by learning how to shift our thoughts and words we use throughout the day. It involves setting an intention to be part of an incredible adventure – an adventure in working together with millions of others to put our vision for a healthy, beautiful, vibrant planet into action.

This is a book that points you toward a new way of being in the world, with practices that support that change. This is a call to action!

I hope you will share the book with others in your local community. As I have written previously I know in every cell of my being that we can shift the challenges on the planet today by working together to bring forth the invisible energies into the visible. And as a global community we can manifest a world filled with harmony, peace, health, love, light, abundance, and joy for all. We must move out of defeatist ways of thinking and keep our focus on the vision of the world we wish to live in.

Here are a couple of quotes to inspire you this month:

From Addalena Menzel:

“When you send out grief and complaint to Life, like a mirror, Life will reflect it back to you. Speak words of joy and gladness and plenty, and as a many sided mirror it will faithfully reflect plenty back to you.”

From Edith Wharton:

“There are two ways to spread the light:

to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Happy New Year!!