by Sandra Ingerman: As I shared last month I have been having powerful experiences with a group of very old spirits that I am calling the Ancient Ones, for lack of a better term…
They are giving me a lot to reflect on and embrace. For when they share information with me first they give it to me through a bodily sensation and then enough words to capture the meaning.
Recently I feel they have been teaching me about Carrying Power.
The spirits I am working with are so old, ancient, beautiful, and loving. They showed me how in universal terms we are truly here for a blink of an eye. I know people use this line all the time. But I really felt how in the span of billions of years we are here for less than one second.
They also helped me with my greatest pain. For I have devoted my adult life to teaching shamanism. I have been watching how through the popularity of shamanism the practice has become watered down. This is taking away from the great power of this “medicine” for the times we live in.
The message the helping spirits gave me is: “You cannot teach people how to carry a magic they don’t have. When people find the magic they will carry it.”
This gave me a peace that I have been searching for. I know people will find the true medicine and carry it when it is truly needed for survival.
This entire message gave me peace and comfort as I understand that the time is now to focus more on teaching people skills for living life as I have been writing about on this column since 2000. This is what people in our culture need as we never learned from elders how to behave energetically with our words, thoughts, and daydreams, and learning about our strengths, gifts, shadow, and weaknesses.
So it important that we start there before going too deep into our shamanic work.
But recently I was shown an entire new way of how to teach meeting and working with the compassionate spirits. And this goes back to the theme I am working on about Carrying Power, Love, and Light.
In the Western world we teach people to journey and ask for a power animal guardian spirit, or teacher in the unseen realms. And then we know people like to run and look up the meaning of their helping spirits instead of learning from the helping spirit itself.
I received a new protocol for journeying and would love if you are willing to try it this month. I feel it is actually a powerful way to spiral into the New Year.
Here are the steps. Of course you want to drum, rattle, sing, dance, or find the way you like to work.
- Ask if there is a helping spirit who is volunteering to let you step into their field of energy.
- Ask the helping spirit what kind of power they carry.
- Ask the helping spirit if you have permission to carry their power.
- What does it mean to carry power and/or the power of a helping spirt?
This will of course take you into such deep relationship with a helping spirit. And you should do this with every helping spirit you work with.
The truth of the matter is that shamans always carried their helping spirits power in their body. In some classic shamanic cultures shamans with permission and through sacred acts ate the flesh of a helping spirit. This is a wide spread especially when working with plants – eating a piece of plant whose medicine you carry.
But in today’s world we call in helping spirits in a way that makes them separate from us. But in reality we are not separate. We carry their power for a particular purpose and to share their gifts, strengths, and healing knowledge within the community.
It is a new way of thinking about contacting helping spirits. Who would want to turn to a power animal book to look up the meaning of a power animal when you have such a profound experience in getting the truth of the relationship for yourself?
As we celebrate the Winter/Summer solstice allow yourself to reflect on this message:
“The light of the sun is in everything. We carry the light of the sun”.
I hope that those of you who could buy a copy of The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom For Invoking the Sacred into Every Day Life will refer to the material I wrote to explore designing your own solstice ceremony for your community. And if you cannot read the book please journey on one you can share with loved ones, friends or in your wider community. It is time for all us to step up and bring more empowering and inspirational tools to our community. Performing ceremonies is a sacred act.
The full moon is December 22. Let us focus on carrying our light into the world as we do our transfiguration practice to weave within and through the Earth a beautiful luminescent web of light.
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