Monday, December 28, 2020

Core Shamanism, Our Birth Right


Why the Shamanic Journey?


Shamanism, over the last few decades has been making a come back.  This revival is out of necessity. Before this rebirth, Shamanism was disappearing from the face of the earth.  Only a few indigenous cultures have been able to survive this systematic erasure of this beautiful and powerful spiritual practice. Politics, Organized Religion, Colonization, these are a few of the causes of our spiritual autonomy being robbed from us. But there is hope. 

Most people are not aware of the fact that shamanism even exists. Many people, myself included no longer trust organized religion. They know there is more to spirit than blind faith. And since Shamanism is an experience based methodology, many scientific minds and educated people are realizing that to make a real change in healing ourselves and the planet there must be communication.  Not just communication with human people, but also with as the Lakota say, "all our relations". The animal people, plant people, rock people, the elements and the natural world in general.  And of course, the unseen. 

I once read a book by Duane Elgin, author of The Living Universe. He tells us that 95% of what exists in the world is unseen. Shamanism is a methodology used to access non ordinary reality. To interact with highly evolved, benevolent, compassionate and full of wisdom spirits. The very spirits our ancient ancestors drew upon for the purpose of healing and survival. 

I have seen through my personal experience with Shamanism, the ecological side of this beautiful practice. The reverence for nature, something that was overlooked in my Roman Catholic upbringing. Our ancestors had this reverence. They recognized the power of nature and our connection to all living beings. Now modern civilization is at an awakening, a across roads. We are realizing that our connection to nature is of a life and death relationship, just as it was for our ancient ancestors. 

World wide people are using a drum as a means for entering an altered state to access these beings. Many cultures use plant medicine to access this way of being as Carlos Castaneda wrote about decades ago. World wide people are forming circles to drum and journey to gain insight and wisdom for the purpose of healing ourselves and the planet. Entering non ordinary reality and learning what our ancient ancestors knew. 

The beauty of modern Shamanism is the fact that through technology we have access to each other all over the planet. And the ability to share this wisdom with others. In my Shamanic practice I do just that. Since Covid, I have started using technology as a means for teaching the methodology to access other realms, I have been giving others the gift of the Shamanic Journey both in person and on Zoom. 

Shamanic Counceling is an avenue that teaches a person the methodology to gain access to non ordinary reality for the purpose of gaining access to highly evolved;ved spirits and to gain wisdom and healing . This is to know what ancient and modern indigenous cultures already know. "Everything that exists, is alive!"

Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Gift



The Gift




My work as a healer has taken me through many different doors. Some of which are bodywork, Reiki and Shamanic Healing and Counceling. Not to mention all the self healing that has occurred. Recovering from my Catholic upbringing and growing into myself as a woman. It was a natural progression for me to arrive at the study and practice of Shamanism, and working within the container of Shamanic Healing, everything in life has become much richer. More layered.  From the mundane day to day life, to my healing practice,  to surfing and even my relationships with my friends and family. So it was only obvious that I would eventually meet Ashley through surfing. The divine intervenes and then there you have it.  Serendipity......


I first met Ashley a few years ago. I contacted her on a friends recommendation for some surf coaching. I had reached out, telling her I wanted to progress in surfing faster than I'm aging.( Partly joking, but not really.... ) We met and I took my first lesson from her. Ashley quickly became someone I knew deep down would be a very close friend. A soul sister so to speak. I have been an emotional and spiritual support for her and she has been the person to help me heal some of the stories I was believing about my surfing. 



Fast forward - Ashley had loaned me one of her boards. "Banana" as she lovingly calls it. I fell in love with the board. And so began the journey of the board.  She was to shape a board for me. This has turned out to not be just any board. This board is very very special. Over the time span of about a year,  she learned something intimate about me. She learned of my love and devotion to the Madonna. I'm in no way a devout Catholic. If anything I am a recovering Catholic, and the Great Mother has helped with that healing. 


The image on the board is Our Lady of Guadalupe whom is lovingly called Guadalupana. She is the mother of The America's and she is one of the three virgins that show up for me in my life. The other two being from my Sicilian culture, The Black Madonna and The Mother of Light (La Madonna Del Lume). The protectresses of fishermen. I come from a long line of fishermen and I believe this is where my deep connection to the sea comes from.  


One day, she and I were walking down the street and I glanced over at the painting of Guadalupana that is displayed on Frostie's house. I had been admiring it for years. At this point Ashley knew my connection to her. Guadalupana, this beautiful healing spirit, my guide and protectress. I exclaimed excitedly (Partly joking, but not really.... ) "Wouldn't it be amazing to have her on my board?!”  

To my amazement a few days later she told me that Marciano would be painting her on my board. This was her gift to me.  This may not seem like a miracle on first glance. But, this never would have happened if Marciano wasn't the painter. The thing about this amazing vessel that is my board, is that only an artist devoted to Our Lady could paint her. Only Marciano. He told me after it was done that he invoked her spirit and prayed the entire time he was painting her. Everything was in divine order. It all fell into place effortlessly. This miraculous gift from my dear friend Ashley. And in perfect timing. A healing board. Not just for me, but for the sea and for anyone wanting to receive. And so, The Great Woman, Our Lady, Guadalupana,  will be visiting anyone who is open to her every time she is set upon the water. Her gift to us.