Archive for August, 2010
Went to an Intro to Peruvian Shamanism class today and wanted to share some of the things that stuck out to me:
- Flower water can be used to cleanse in the same way sage is. Put some on your hands, rub them together, clap 3 times, bring your hands to your face and breathe in deeply, and finally rub the remaining water over your head and down your body.
- 3 Worlds or realms of existence are the middle (everyday life/realm of discovery), upper (celestial real with ancestors, angels and star relatives) and lower (realm of totem animals and fairies/our interior world).
- Altars act as transistors for elemental energy.
- To release heavy energy, place the left hand on the affected body area and the right hand on the Earth. Let the energy flow from your left hand through your heart into your right hand and release it into the Earth.
We did a shamanic meditation in which I first followed fox through the woods, then wolf through the tundra where rainbow lights flickered in the sky into the lower realm. There I ran about, swam, and flew around enjoying myself and taking in all the magical entities. Then I came to a pool in a forest, fed by a waterfall where a boa waited for me. I followed him through the water into an underground cave where the ceiling was covered in constellation-like paintings that glowed dimly.
The snake told me this was my dream cave where I used to spend much time as a child, but lately haven’t been spending any time on my dreams. He said I need to take time out to fantasize about amazing larger-than-life things so that they can be brought into my life. He told me to start imagining things I wanted to do and I started off small but got more and more audacious with my dreams. As I did this, the paintings began to glow brighter and brighter.
Then the snake told me that when I meditate in the mornings I always go to the upper realm, but I need to start visiting the lower realm as well, to integrate my totems more into my life experience. He told me to ask Krishna how to travel from the upper to the lower realm and then to come daily for teachings from the animals and fairies.
I’m so excited at how everything I learn builds and builds and builds into new ways of seeing myself and my practice. And I’m excited to have new tools to use in cleansing and meditation! How wonderful to be blessed and loved by the Universe.
Gaia, keep me balanced.
Spirit, lead me like a child in right thoughts, right words and right actions.
I invoke the love, wisdom and power of my higher consciousness to guide me in the plan,
To illuminate, inspire and clarify my mind,
To transform, transmute and stabilize my feelings and emotions,
To energize, vitalize and heal my physical body so there is a normal flow of energy through my being today and every day
To attract to me all those I can truly help and to attract to me all those who can help me in any way.
I give thanks for the love that fills and surrounds me,
Knowing I am loved unconditionally by a benevolent universe,
My mind full of light, my heart forever grateful, I am pure creative potential.
Guided by my heart, I apply love and wisdom to all I say and do.
I am divinely guided, in touch, blessed and loved.
I ask the gods and goddesses, Earth and stars, angels and fairies and other beings of light
To assist and guide me for the highest good.
Amen, Amen, Amen.
I subscribe to Ross Bishop‘s e-mail newsletter, and was deeply touched by his message today.
by Ross Bishop
A while ago I wrote about abut the origin of our problems. I covered a lot of territory in that article, and had to leave some important topics out. As a result, I received a number of questions and some expressions of frustration.
A common feeling was expressed below:
I have been on my spiritual path for many years now and I do feel I have accomplished a certain level of awareness and consciousness. I have been having many difficult experiences and emotional pain for some time now and I wonder when will I get a break??? Why do bad things happen to good people??
I am tired and I honestly believe I DO NOT DESERVE this pain. I know life has its up’s and down’s but I just need a break NOW. . . What can I do with my issues NOW ?????
This is a dilemma that is faced by many spiritual seekers. These people have done what they could – they have learned to meditate, done therapy, taken workshops, changed their diet, read the books and tried to bring their life in line with the spiritual path. Many of them have even taken up a healing art as an expression of their spiritual commitment. Yet life continues to throw problems their way. Money remains tight, there isn’t much real joy and the deeper spiritual insights they had hoped for have not come. On the surface, it doesn’t make much sense, and there is often a feeling of betrayal.
The essential dilemma here has to do with human nature. We are all willing to deal with the easy issues, but when it comes to the stuff (the beliefs about self) at the core, we can get pretty gun-shy. These beliefs can be very deeply rooted and difficult to dislodge. Most people balk at addressing them. They will often go through incredible gyrations to avoid addressing them.
Our beliefs have been with us for a long time (lifetimes), and some people are so accustomed to them they think they are part of who they are.
These are the core beliefs that maintain with absolute certainty that you are unworthy or unlovable – a piece of rubbish that no one but a sewer rat would want to associate with. In the “positive” they give you pride, urge you to push through your troubles, make you hungry for things like success and fame and make you believe that you can jump tall buildings. None of it is legitimate.
Trapped by the fear that these beliefs might be true, even as difficult as they are to live with, many people would rather leave them alone and try and cope with them rather than having to deal with the possibility of learning a most unpleasant truth. After all, what would you do if you learned that you really were unacceptable in God’s eyes?
Dealing with these deeply held beliefs brings up the muck that no one wants to address. But, it is also a place of significant spiritual potential. Being in the light is peaceful and pleasant, but transformation happens in the shadow. That is why shaman go there. That is also why life insists that everyone go there as well. Sooner or later, no matter how much you resist, you will be brought face to face with the dragon of your inner beliefs.
The Universe will be relentless in the pursuit of truth. Any place that you hold limiting beliefs, whether you are aware of them or not, will become a source of disruption and conflict. So long as your core beliefs remain unresolved, The Universe will (as it must) apply energy to everything you do that is based on those fears. We call this “having problems,” The Universe calls it “opportunities for learning.”
Most spiritual seekers work through the obvious issues with their initial efforts and are then urged to go deeper, which causes some to pause, and can lead to the feelings of betrayal I mentioned. The thing is, had these people not done this, The Universe was going to make them face these issues anyway, but not at a time of their choosing. Doing it on your terms is always MUCH easier.
When seekers are asked to confront these deeper issues, although they often do not feel ready, they really are. The Universe is very careful about that.
The simple truth is that there is more work to be done. Be angry, be upset with God if you like, it isn’t going to change anything. The anger and feelings of betrayal are really only a mask to deflect away from the core issues some part of you is reluctant to address. If you can go even deeper, you will find that what is really driving all of this are the issues you have with God.
Core beliefs can require spiritual dynamite to dislodge. That is why life is sometimes so very painful. However, it does not have to be as painful as we often make it. I searched for years looking for the best approach and found it in the ancient shamanic journey process. It is the only really effective method for bringing people to their truth that I have found. I generally recommend that people not do this work alone – get a good shaman – it makes the process a good deal easier.
Bad things happen to good people because these people are still holding on to their core beliefs. Regardless of all the affirmations and positive thoughts, these people still do not really love themselves. They do not appreciate the wonderful special beings they are, and they are not yet able to really accept God’s love.
The answer? There is only one. . .there is always only one answer:love yourself.
When you address your core beliefs, you tear down the biggest barriers to your enjoyment of life – it is that simple. It is just not simple to do.
If you want to know more about dealing with your core beliefs there are a number of articles on my web site (www.rossbishop.com) that may be of help. I also wrote about this topic at length in each of my three books.
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Lately in my daily meditations, my guides have been sending me this same message: JUST LOVE YOURSELF, trust in the plan and all will be well. I have been spending a lot of time thinking “I love May” and notice that the days I’m focused on self-love are much smoother and pleasant for me. My guides are showing me how I am strong and invaluable to them and the Universe, but that I need to set aside my hatred and cruelty towards myself… which is especially difficult for me at the moment.
Being unemployed and not being able to provide as I feel I should for my family (my fiance & our cats) is something I’m judging myself for – though I know I shouldn’t as I’m right where Krishna wants me to be. So is having Asperger’s Syndrome, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before, though I talk about it quite a bit on my other blog. It’s a high-functioning form of Autism that makes it incredibly difficult for me to connect with others face-to-face. It also shapes my personality, interests, appearance, voice and brain functioning, of course. I only recently found out about it, and I’m still wrestling with how inseparable it is from who I am.
This morning in meditation I asked Krishna why I had to have Asperger’s and he responded that I had to have it in order to be the person I am, because I am going to incite change in people and have a far greater affect than I realize. Without the Asperger’s I wouldn’t have this crazy restlessness that drives me to do all of the art and writing and self-improvement work that I do. I wouldn’t have the strange and beautiful outlook on life that I do without it. I just wouldn’t be ME. Which, I’m very slowly accepting, is a wonderful thing to be.
This is something that I’m just taking on a day-to-day basis. Otherwise it would overwhelm me. It’s strange how strong and sure and yet how weak and confused I feel! My human self is all agog, but my Higher Self feels more like a conquering warrior than ever.
The journey never gets less interesting, huh?
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