I have quite the history with using psychedelics. I started as a young teenager. LSD, mescaline, mushrooms, and a host of other substances. And then later on, I added ketamine and MDMA to my spiritual explorations. My experiences with psychedelics really opened me up to a completely different way of viewing life and the world.
I was one of the lucky ones, I guess. I never had a bad experience. I always spent my time on sacred medicines in nature or at a Grateful Dead concert. I only experienced oneness and unconditional love from Source. I became completely telepathic at times and could read people’s minds.
Once I reached my 30s, I noticed my body was aching when I came off of these amazing spiritual journeys where I might sit by a river for 8 hours, or walk 10 miles, or just focus on the music and the rhythm of the heavens where there was only love.
For me, my experience underscores the importance of consciousness and the need for a deeper understanding of our place in the cosmos.
Once I turned about 33 I really needed to stop taking these mind-opening substances. They shaped my life, and the path I ended up taking. I am really grateful for the time I spent embraced by the love of these sacred allies.
Then in the 1980s, I had to get major dental work. And my dentist offered me nitrous oxide. Of course, I said yes.
It was amazing what unfolded next. Lots of spirits started talking to me as fast as they could. They said since I stopped taking sacred medicines, they have not been able to talk to me as they wanted. Too much ego and ordinary reality life were in the way of being able to hear the beauty of such an amazing group of spirits speaking.
First, they said you realize that this was all an experiment. They said you can see the experiment is not working out well, and you understand what needs to happen. I replied that I did understand what needed to happen in the future. Of course, time had no meaning during my time with these spiritual allies.
What they shared with me next is something I think about every day. They told me when we have expanded levels of consciousness, especially using sacred medicines, we think we entered into a state of Reality. But what they said if anyone actually crossed the veil of Illusion into Reality, their thoughts would manifest instantly. They had no way to explain how quickly we would manifest any thought in less than a billionth of a second.
And who has the level of consciousness to enter into the level of Reality and not create chaos?
Of course, I understood this. How could one not?
So many of us do our spiritual practices with the assumption that we are getting close to a sense of Reality. Sometimes it is good to reflect on that we live in this gigantic universe filled with so many mysteries. And to even touch on one mystery is true grace.
This universe is always creating every minute. We think we have entered a new season, but the seasons have been actually changing every day. We can see as we watch that nature is changing all the time not just on the equinox and solstices.
The seasons of our life are also changing every day. Change is happening as we all are flowing in the river of life, and you can’t stop the flow of the river.
Our greatest lessons might now come from lying on the Earth every day and noticing what changes happen daily. What do you feel, what do you smell, can you see slight changes in the colors of the plant life around you? Do you notice certain birds migrating at unexpected times? Does the air quality change? And I am not talking about pollution, but yes, pollution does dull our senses. How do the waters where you live change constantly? Do you ever watch them resist or do they continue carrying on? And how do you notice changes in the sunlight over the coming days, weeks, and months?
When we can attune completely to Nature, we find our own rhythm in life again. And once we find our rhythm in life again there is nothing stopping us from dancing to the wonder of life. We are the river of life. And once we enter into that flow and dance with the changes that are occurring second by second orchestrated by our incredible universe, it brings us to a place of humbleness and leads us to wanting to know how to work with the magic of the universe. For the universe is manifesting amazing magic every day.
The idea that we are constantly evolving and changing, much like the seasons and the natural world, is a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of all things. It’s true that attuning to Nature and its ever-changing rhythms can help us find our own place in the grand tapestry of existence.
Embracing the magic of the universe and dancing with its changes is a beautiful way to approach life with humility and wonder. May your continued journey be filled with exploration, growth, and a deeper connection to the mysteries of existence.
On a fun note, my husband and I saw a “rare bird” at our feeder. Woods took photos of it. But the photo was hard to capture. We needed to show that the bird had a blue head in order to verify that a Painted Bunting had become a temporary visitor at our home. It stayed around for about a week and then flew off hopefully to find its friends.
The bird store in town wanted to allow people to come to our house and camp out to try and get a sighting of the exquisite bird. Well, we were not going to allow this. But my husband Woods got a mention in our local newspaper:
A UFO was spotted at a feeder on Old Santa Fe Trail August 14! The gorgeous bird had a jaw-dropping rainbow of colors – a brilliant blue head, green body and red rump and belly. Yes, a Painted Bunting, a relatively rare visitor to Santa Fe. They are common in the South-Central U.S and in the coastal southeast where I spotted my first Painted Bunting 27 years ago. You will never forget the place and date when you spotted your first Painted Bunting! The New Mexico population is limited to scattered riparian and desert shrub locations in the south and east. What a rare treat to see one in Santa Fe!
The full moon is October 28. Let’s gather our sacred and spiritual energies together in a universal ball of light filled with the brilliance of Source and the power of the universe. Let our brilliant inner light dance with the light of life filling all with a sense of being held in unconditional love.
If you are new to our full moon ceremony here is the link for instructions:
The One Year Shamanic Healing Practitioner Training will take place at the Chi Center beginning in April 2024. We will be sending out an announcement with the details mid October so stay tuned! I am so excited. I never unpacked my supplies from the last workshop I taught in person, so I am ready to go.
I am delighted to let everyone know Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide is out in Korean.
When I updated my app Transmutation to Healing Your Thoughts, I always knew it would only work for a limited time on some phones. And I shared this information at the time. With how fast phones are updating app creators have to keep updating apps. This was never a business for me. The app costs 1.99 for a lifetime, and I have put in over $40,000 creating these two apps.
This is all to say I just found out that as of last August 31 the app will no longer be available to be installed on devices with an Android version higher than version 6. The app will disappear from the App Store from anybody who uses a phone with Android higher than 6.
I am keeping my usual announcements out of this month’s column due to not wanting to take up too much space.
But please remember to watch The Shamans Cave. Renee Baribeau and I are in our fifth year of our podcast, and we keep getting stronger and more passionate about the topics we feel are important to discuss right now. For a schedule of our shows visit ShamansTV.com.
And if you are looking for a shamanic practitioner or teacher that I have trained, refer to, and believe in please visit www.shamanicteachers.com. Teachers and practitioners are working in person or remotely.
Sylvia Edwards has generously compiled a list of the ceremonies that have been shared so far on the Shamans Are Gardeners of Energy website. Below is a link to that page. Once there click on Resources and you will find all the past recordings with a description.
Thank you, Sylvia, for gifting us with this list:
Renee Baribeau with whom I record the Shamans Cave podcast is teaching a new course. Renee is so creative and always comes up with exercises and practices no one else ever thinks of. Her work is truly unique. For more information on the course and what she is teaching please click on the link below.
Finish the Year Strong: An Online Expedition Guided By Nature’s Wisdom and Renee Baribeau
Begins Wednesday, October 4th.
Mark Lewis Wagner gifts us with a true embodied experience of a world Mark imagines and dreams about. A world with less War and more Art, of human initiation. His vision, amazing artwork, the power of the journey by adding a soundtrack is simply brilliant! My heart was so touched by reading Graffiti Wars – When Art Saved the World. I know everyone who reads this will be amazed by the heart and art in this book, and the deeper medicine and meaning in the story being told.
Druidry, the ancient path of wisdom and insight that was forged in the heart of the British Isles, is a spiritual tradition like no other. Its lessons, veiled in the lore of the land and the cycle of the seasons, speak to our deepest selves, helping us navigate the turbulence of modern life so we can reconnect with the ageless wisdom of the Earth.
It’s intertwined with Celtic Shamanism, often encompassing shamanistic elements, such as journeying to other realms and communicating with the spirit world, in its rituals and teachings — highlighting the deep-seated spiritual bond between the Celts and their environment.
On Tuesday, September 12, Philip Carr-Gomm, an acclaimed expert in the fields of psychology and Druidry, guided participants into the mystical undercurrents of Druidry.
But you can still sign up for his course which begins October 4.
You can register here for Explore the Way of the Druid: Awaken Your Creative, Wise & Magical Self With a Powerful Tree Ally Practice: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/ewd/ingerman
Most of us know the amazing power of Peter Levine’s work. Here is a course he is teaching Sounds True.
Body as Healer is an engaging and transformative six-month online course led by the esteemed Peter A. Levine, PhD. With his extensive experience spanning decades, Dr. Levine delves into the root cause of chronic pain that is often mysterious and difficult to diagnose. As the founder of the world-renowned Somatic Experiencing® approach to healing trauma, Peter has worked with thousands of people on their deepest and most intractable healing challenges.
Margaret Paul has been an amazing ally in my life. I have worked with her personally and have gained so much help. She is really a true ally for all of us. I just love her.
She is selling her Evergreen course so people can have access to her amazing Inner Bonding Practice.
Inner Bonding is a powerful and life-changing process that is the result of Dr. Margaret’s over 54 years of personal inner work and work with her clients.
I have taken this course and it helped me so much!
Relationships – The Source of Life and the Healing of Our Exhausted World
Online 09/22/2023 to 10/01/2023
The free Inner Evolution Summit 2023 takes place from 09/22/2023 to 10/01/2023.
Nearly 60 world-renowned doctors, healers, and scientists will share their extensive knowledge with you! I am a presenter on this most interesting summit.
We are looking forward to a summit that will offer solutions in these turbulent times. Solutions that are due now to make a mark.
The world is at a stage where we can reapply ancient knowledge in the light of science.
Healing that includes the human being and his soul will make a health industry superfluous that puts profit before the interests of the people. The materialistic world view is just leading itself “ad absurdum”. Thinking in the categories of “good and evil” is outdated and just shows us its helplessness.Glück, Fülle, Intuition und Wohlwollen werden dieses Vakuum ersetzen.
After this summit, you will know what you can do now for yourself and your fellow men.
You will get a vision of why we as humanity are standing here right now and what opportunity is being revealed.
Attending this summit will be of great help and enrichment to you, your colleagues, friends, and patients.
We have 11 wonderful English speakers with us and we will also be translating some German interviews into English.
There is also exciting and helpful bonus material such as studies, exercises, and meditation instructions, entire interviews are summarized in writing, and much more.
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