Reflections on Flow

Reflections

Magical Elemental Flow

A potent inner tide flows through you. Each wave  is sparked with the divine energy of Spirit. This sacred tide  flows within your core and throughout every tissue in your body; it flows with the essence of you from womb to grave. Elemental flow is the first rhythmic motion within every developing baby; its gentle waves literally ebb and flow baby’s physical body into form.

Even as an adult, the state of your inner tide has a profound impact on the health and performance of  your entire body. Small restrictions in your flow cause problems such as chronic pain, anxiety, palsy, loss of movement, obsessive thinking, hyperactivity, headaches, earaches, insomnia, depression, learning disabilities and even auto-immune disorders. 

The Dance of Flow

If you could take a microscope and peer into your own body, you would discover your inner flow. Every cell in your body is constantly flowing and vibrating. At the atomic level, you are actually made from billions of tiny particles dancing and oscillating in space. 

Each type of atom in your body, from hydrogen to iodine has a signature vibration. This means that each type of tissue within you has its own unique vibrational pattern: lung tissue vibrates in a distinct way. And the vibrational dance of liver is also unique. Bone vibration is different from nerve or brain vibration. And blood and lymph each create a unique dance of their own. Each tissue has its own dance.

“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. 
A human being is just that: energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. 
Nothing more.  Nothing less.  A dance” 
~Gabrielle Roth ”

When your body is hurt, diseased or traumatized, its vibrational dance shifts into an out of balance, distressed state. And the same thing happens in an unhealthy mind, or a grieving heart. Balanced elemental flow is absolutely essential for a healthy, joyful body and mind.

Elements of Flow

“Be humble, for you are made of earth.
Be noble, for you are made of stars.”
~Serbian proverb 

What are you made of? Your body is formed out of elemental earth, air, fire and water. About 70% of you is actually water. But there are also earthy, solid parts of you; your bones are created from minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Your muscles contain potassium, calcium and nitrogen rich proteins. Elemental air provides the fuel that your body requires; your lungs pull in oxygen with every breath. Within you brain and spine, nerves fire to  stimulate the movement of your muscles and the passing of your thoughts. Spirit flows and dances with earth, air, fire and water – and somehow your amazing physical body is magically created.

 Soul Flow

Beyond the physical structures and fluids of the human body lies the mystery of Akasha or Spirit; the magical emptiness. Within us and all around us lies the formless Space where the energy of love flows unbound and unstructured. The potency of every possibility waits for us within this magical Space; creativity and healing flow from this place.

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao. 

It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.   

~Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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The Shamanic World

Ponderosa Guide

Ponderosa Guide

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice on Earth. It has existed since the beginnings of our human tribe. Ancient cave paintings in Australia, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa depict Shaman performing rituals tens of thousands of years ago.  “Shaman” is a Siberian word that means “one who sees in the dark”.  

Throughout history there have been many different types of Shaman and practices vary from tribe to tribe. But the hallmark of every Shaman, both ancient and modern, is the ability to intuitively “see in the dark” and travel beyond this physical plane into non-ordinary reality. The Australian aborigines call non-ordinary reality the Dreamtime. The Celtic tribes of Britain referred to it as the Other World. And modern Shaman continue to use ancient methods to enter a deep meditative or trance state and see in the dark, beyond this reality.

Maintaining Balance

Shaman believed in the “web of life” long before modern theories of ecology were formulated; I consider Shaman to be the first environmentalists.  From a Shamanic viewpoint, everything is alive and has a spirit; grass, pine tree, fox, flower, stone and river are all infused and flowing with spiritual essence and consciousness. To the Shaman, Mother Earth is a pulsing, flowing living system where humans are completely interwoven and interdependent with every other form of life. All of life is interconnected; any belief that humans are separate from other life forms is an illusion, according to Shaman.

One of the Shaman’s primary roles in the community was (and is) to maintain balance between the members of the tribe and all other forms of life on Earth. In indigenous cultures, Shaman performed many sacred ceremonies and spiritual rituals for the tribe in order to maintain balance; e.g. blessing every hunting expedition, divining where the tribe should settle or when to plant crops, welcoming newborn babies into the tribe, and helping the dying make their transition to spirit gracefully.

Shamanic Healing

Shamanism is also the oldest form of healing on this planet. Long before antibiotics, surgeries and heart stents, Shamanic healers journeyed into non-ordinary reality to learn about the nature of illness and help their tribe heal. And today, modern Shamanic practitioners such as myself continue to journey, seeking guidance and help with the healing of many different kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual wounds.

Shaman are said to see with their hearts, rather than logical minds. And Shamanic healing practices have a deep spiritual and emotional focus. Psychopomp, spiritual intrusion, soul retrieval, energy extraction, depossession… there are many Shamanic healing practices with odd and intimidating names. These ancient healing practices are designed to help you:

  • locate and release energies from your body-mind-spirit that do not belong there
  • regain power and other energies that are lost or stuck in your past
  • locate and unlock aspects of your Soul or True Self that are frozen or “lost”

Shamanic healing is very effective for understanding and healing painful or traumatic experiences. And because of the Shaman’s focus on balancing the entire web of life, Shamanic healing practices tend to be innately holistic,  integrating all aspects of body, mind, heart and spirit into the healing process.

The Journey Process

A Shaman journeys in trance state in order to perform ‘divination’ and gather spiritual information about your illness and its cause. The shaman acts as a “hollow bone”, becoming a channel for healing energies and spiritual wisdom. You may travel to non-ordinary reality with the Shaman, or they may go alone. During the journey, spirit allies help the Shaman to uncover the cause of the illness. The spiritual helpers may also assist the Shaman in performing any process required for healing during the journey. The Shaman may merge with a helping spirit and/or elemental energies in order to help you heal. 

When Shaman travel into Dreamtime in search of healing, they seek guidance from allies and guides in spiritual form; e.g. angels, ancestors, departed teachers – Shaman call on all sources of wisdom. And the answers may be found in non-human forms as well;  a power animal or totem, a wise old tree, a flower, a gem stone or even a place of power on Mother Earth may hold wisdom that is the key to healing. In the Shamanic world, healing wisdom is found in all forms of life. 

Everything is Connected
Separation is an Illusion
All is One

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Return of Mermaid Girl


Mermaid Girl

Our dreams can help us heal by reconnecting us with aspects of ourselves that we have suppressed, or lost touch with. Below, I share a dream flow experience that was deeply healing for me personally. In traditional Shamanic terms, this is called a soul retrieval journey:

Dream Flow Journey

I lie in my bath, and I daydream about the power of trees in dream journeys. Suddenly, I can see my favorite tree from childhood – the one where I spent hours perched on a branch reading Nancy Drew and King Arthur stories.

In my mind, I go back to that tree on the edge of the cow pasture; I can feel the rough bark and the curve of the branch under me. I imagine myself shrinking and climbing down its roots into the earth. I spiral down the main root in my mind – seeing the dark rich soil. I go further and further down until I find myself in a huge cavern with a slow moving underground river Flowing by.

I know I have traveled this route before – it all looks so familiar. I jump into the water. I wonder about a guide and imagine dolphins – no manatees swimming with me, guiding me. we swim downstream through a series of 3 pools, each a different color.

In the last pool, I see my 7 year old self sitting on the beach with our old dachshund under her arm. I get out of the water crying, I am so happy to see her – she is mermaid girl – the part of me that KNEW she was destined to grow gills and swim away. And so she did.

I ask her to come back with me, telling her how much my life has changed. She is reluctant at first to return to this reality. She didn’t like this place much! We finally agree that she will come back and be my treasure hunter part; she will hunt for stories that I can use in my writing and in my classes. It is the perfect job for her – she adores books; myths and stories especially.

Mermaid girl and I merge energetically. I am ecstatic. I jump back in the water and swim with the manatees up through the pools to the cavern. I climb up the tree roots and fly home on eagle.

A Talk Amongst Friends

This web site grew out of friendship.  We serendipitously sat together at a dream teacher training back in 2013, and instantly connected. Each day after class, we found ourselves hanging out together, talking for hours. We talked about dreaming and healing, we shared what we love and what we fear; we talked about nothing and everything all at once. When the dream training ended, we could not stand for our close connection to end. So we decided to continue our long rambling talks by phone.  We are geographically challenged, so face to face meetings happen rarely. But oh how we treasure our weekly talks!

This blog is a way for us to “discuss” and share our views on life and healing with each other, and with you. We hope you enjoy the time you spend here.