Deathwalking

Deathwalking

 

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One of the things I love about being a Moon Books author is that sometimes we get to contribute to community books. The latest of these is the new Shaman Pathways book ‘Deathwalking: Helping them cross the bridge’ which due out in October 2018 is available to preorder now at a great price from Amazon UK and Amazon USA

Deathwalking, also known as psychopomp, is where someone helps a soul that has passed cross over, sometimes at the time of death and at others some time afterwards. It is one of those fascinating subjects that is often ignored as it can be difficult for people to talk about.

In the ‘Deathwalking’ anthology ten authors, myself included, have written about their experience or understanding of deathwalking.  All of us have different experiences, some very personal, some with souls outside of our immediate families, but together the ten essays give insight into and perspective on this area of shamanic practice.

I could wax lyrically about the content of the anthology but then I am biased. Instead I will leave you with an endorsement of ‘Deathwalking’ from Sandra Ingerman who has no connection with the book whatsoever.

Deathwalking is a brilliant and much-needed anthology on the topic of death. The collection of authors who work with different spiritual traditions provide multiple views on assisting deceased spirits return to Source. The collection of perspectives and ways of working to help the deceased are fascinating and educational. —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval

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Osho Zen Tarot and Insight

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I don’t use cards very much and this is in fact the only tarot set that I own but it is a set that I am often drawn to when I really need insight into what is happening in my life.

I first came across the Osho Zen Tarot by Deva Padma, when I was receiving the Munay Ki rites. The tarot is nothing to do with Munay Ki but was used so each of us could gain insight into where we started and the shift that took place during the rites. I found the cards so powerful and insightful that I immediately set about getting hold of a set for myself.

At the moment I am going through a period of being still, of relaxing and enjoying what I have and where I am. When I say being still, what I really mean is helping spread many, many tons of gravel around our drive, house and patio, moving a load of wood chip from the front of the garden to the back so that I can top up the centre of my stone circle for the coming year and getting into a new work out regime after changing from Curves when it closed to an actual gym, somewhere I haven’t been for many years. Stillness and relaxation for me it seems simply means not seeing clients or teaching courses. It is so good to have the space to explore the physicality of my body through the gym and gardening, while the garden is also giving me chance to connect fully with nature in a way I haven’t for a while. Plus of course the amazing weather has made it a pleasure to be outside topping up my Vitamin D 🙂

This ‘time out’ is something I am really making the most of and which I am in no hurry to change in any way but nevertheless less it is still useful to know what this time is for so that I can consciously make the most of it and this is where the Osho Zen Tarot comes in.

For me one of the best ways of gaining insight is just to draw a single card and then reflect on it’s meaning. The other way is to use a Paradox spread and this is where I find the Osho Zen can be really insightful, giving as it does, the here and now, past life influences and of course the paradox.

Today I have done both and so have a clearer understanding of why I have been given this space, what is happening whilst I am ‘busy’ doing my own thing, and where it is leading me.

Rather than try and explain how the Osho Zen Tarot works and how it differs from normal tarot I have copied this extract from the write up on Amazon:

Osho Zen Tarot focuses ….on gaining an understanding of the here and now. It is a system based on the wisdom of Zen, a wisdom that says events in the outer world simply reflect in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. So it helps us to turn our attention away from outside events so we can find a new clarity of understanding in our innermost hearts. The conditions and states of mind portrayed by the contemporary images on the cards are all shown as being essentially transitional and transformative.

February

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Winter is never my favourite season mainly due to the fact that I don’t like the cold and damp, so I can always be relied upon to be a bit biased but this year Winter already seems so long. January seemed to last forever for some reason and I know from conversations with people that I am not alone in feeling this. This year I was more than happy to have actually turned to the new calendar month of February and the beginning of Spring.

A few years ago after spending much of my life telling anyone that would listen that February was my least favourite month, one that I was always glad to have over with the promise of better days ahead, I did some exploring. I discovered that this was in fact the month where we really begin to welcome back the light that we have been waiting for since Winter Solstice and there certainly does seem to be a stretch in the days now. I also learnt that the original Roman name for February was Februarius, named after the Latin Februum meaning Purification. I found out that every year on 15th February, the night of the full moon in the old Roman Lunar calendar, a Purification ceremony known as Februa was held. February is also where we find the period known in the pagan wheel of the year as Imbolc which may have got its name from the old Irish Imb-tholc meaning to wash or cleanse oneself in a ritual cleansing. This may also of course be where our idea of Spring Cleaning came from.

These discoveries gave me a way to approach the month so that has some purpose By  connecting with it in a different way I am beginning to appreciate it more fully.

I now try to use the month of February to cleanse, purify and prepare myself for the months ahead. By doing this I am know I preparing the ground for the seeds of whatever I want to bring in during the coming months. I have been doing this now for the last couple of years and am finding that each year it takes a different form. Sometimes I am drawn to a physical cleanse, other times it is an energetic one and some years a mixture of both.

The Romans would have made the whole month a time of cleansing and purification which seems a bit OTT and spring cleaning the whole house sounds like hard work but there are always a few nooks and crannies that I know get overlooked during the quick lick and polish it gets usually.  Already this month the house has been given a thorough hoover, working with the element of water floors have been washed and the doors and windows opened wide both in the house and the healing room to let the element of air do its work. In the shower this morning I was also mindful of taking time to cleanse my body, paying attention to how it was feeling and enjoying spending time with myself rather then rushing as I usually am.

Maybe this is partly what cleansing and purification does. By taking time, paying attention, seeing and sensing what is there we are more mindful of what we are doing. The more mindful we are, the more we can see what really needs to be done. If we spend time living with awareness as we cleanse and purify we can see beyond the surface, beyond the superficial. This is then something that may also be good to carry forward into the rest of our lives, what better way to sow the seeds for the months ahead than to use February to learn to live each moment with awareness.

 

 

 

 

Every year I go into solstice with idea about how I might mark the occasion and every year it works out differently. Think I’d learn wouldn’t you.

I began this year thinking I might see if anyone was around to drum, then quickly realised everyone was working, then I thought I’d watch the live link from Newgrange and during the day make a Despacho, a form of prayer bundle which I could then offer to the spirits in a solstice fire in my stone circle. This way I could drum while the spirits consumed the bundle along. Did any of this happen? No!

Instead an incredibly dark solstice morning found me driving to the dentist as I had a niggly tooth and needed to get it checked out before Christmas. During the drive, feeling disappointed not to be watching the sun fail to rise and illuminate the passage at Newgrange (it was a dull misty, damp morning everywhere in Ireland) when I realised that just as I often do a sign and omen walk I could do the same whilst driving as long as I was careful to also pay attention to the road of course. So shifting my awareness I asked for signs and omens for the day that was in it. Sure enough I soon became aware of my focus being drawn first to the bare trunks of clusters of birch trees as I drove past, then my gaze lifting above the trees and hedgerow to the lightness beginning to grow in the sky in the distance and finally to the crow flying directly towards me. As crow is someone I work with and whom is around often I asked for confirmation and was rewarded with a second crow immediately flying from a tree across the road in front of me. As with all signs and omens the real comes later in interpreting these and so I held onto them until I could sit, journey, gain insight, reflect and make sense of what I had been given.

Returning home, tooth sorted I was again disappointed that the weather was even worse. I had driven home through thickening fog and miserable drizzly rain neither of which are conducive to drumming outside and fire ceremony. So a quick rethink found me in my log cabin where I was guided to select two cards from Ted Andrews, Nature Speak Cards. I thought I was drawing these for myself until I was guided to draw a third which was solely for me and realised the first two were also to share here.

The first card was drawn for the darkness and was: Tulip – Trust in your efforts

Sometimes we feel that we aren’t really getting anywhere, making any progress but our efforts are working and rewards are coming if we continue to stay focused on them and to discriminate as to how and where to use them.

The second card was drawn for the light and was: Garden – Time for nurturing

This is a reminder to nurture yourself and to do things that give you joy, to sow new seeds in your life and then watch them grow. Doing this will stimulate new energies around you.

I have a suspicion that the signs and omens I received on my drive were also meant to be shared hence this blog post but as with all shamanic work the interpretation of them for anyone other than me is not mine to make. Basically, without going into details, for me the three signs together show me what I need to release and what I need to grasp hold of and carry with me as the shift from darkness to light takes place.

Maybe the signs I was given resonate with you in which case do reflect on them and what they might mean to you, or maybe this might inspire you to do your own signs and omens drive or walk.

I did drum, but out of respect for my drum, in my log cabin and not in the rain in my stone circle.

Just an aside here as yesterday where I live it was a seriously dark day, no sky visible, absolutely no light to be seen. I was out last night and I have never experienced such a deep and dark night, total blackness everywhere. I really do think this was the darkest solstice I have ever seen. May the light come quickly and shine brightly on us all in the coming months.

 

Auragraphs

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Yesterday in the post there was an envelope addressed to me, an envelope which contained money, always nice 🙂 and a request for me to do an Auragraph.

Now one of the things I do as part of my work is to offer distance readings for people and one form of distance reading is that of the Auragraph. I love doing auaragraphs but don’t do them very often possibly because many people may know what they are. They are always done as distance work as they do take me some time to complete and probably even longer if the client was watching me work. I think I might find it much harder to channel the drawing if I had the client present as I do need to be able to focus and be aware of what is taking shape. I love that I sometimes have no idea what I am drawing until it takes form on the paper, that the meaning of it and any colours used will become clear as the auragraph forms. In many ways when I am working it reminds me of the magic paintings I had as a child, the ones where there was nothing  and then when I painted with water images would begin to appear. At other times though I will have an image or colours in my head but only when the auragraph takes shape do I start to understand why I am seeing these. Like I said magic 🙂

Every auragraph I do is different and unique to the person I am reading for. They carry information about the present, the potential future and sometimes the past, the energies or archetypes that are around supporting and guiding and all come with an accompanying written explanation of what I have been given to pass on. They are always drawn in a circle as this represents the whole, the whole person as well as past, present and future.

An Auragraph is lovely to have done for yourself but also make good presents. Some people frame them and display them, others use them as a tool for meditation and some just take them as a reading that sums up where they are now.

Auragraphs were first created by the medium Harold Sharp who used the term Auragraph to describe what he saw as ‘artistic diagrams of the human aura.’

I became aware of Auragraphs in a slightly unusual way when I was on a course at the Arthur Findlay College in Stanstead, UK. Arthur Findlay is a spiritualist college with a small museum depicting the ‘World History of ‘Modern Spiritualism and ‘Mediumship’ and during my first time at the college I paid a visit. At one point in the museum, when I stopped in front of a photograph of a gentleman, I experienced a strong rush of energy flowing into me. I moved to the side, it stopped, I moved back and there it was again. I left the museum, found one of the friends I was there with and dragged her in to see if it happened to her which it didn’t. So puzzled yet fascinated by what I was experiencing I spent the rest of the time stepping back and forth on the spot where I had this amazing energy running through me.

Back at home some time afterwards I was looking to see other courses that the college ran and came across one on Auragraphs. ‘I can do those ‘ I said quite confidently, without having any idea of what they were and then proceeded to prove I could, before looking them up to find out what they actually were.

Fast forward to the following year which saw me back at the college and of course back in the museum. I returned to the spot I had stood in the previous year and there in front of me was the photo and this time I looked at the name ‘Harold Sharp’.  Behind the photograph was a book and beside it was a label stating that the book contained the auragraphs of  Harold Sharp. It also said that the book could not be touched but I went and explained and was allowed to carefully look at the work of the man whom I am sure enegetically connected me with the idea of auragraphs.

I do Auragraph readings for anyone anywhere in the world. They are produced on good quality watercolour paper with watercolour pencils and are always sent by post along with the accompanying reading. For more information do check out ‘Readings’ on my website

Awaiting Ophelia

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Ophelia is the hurricane that is heading straight for us. Now if I lived in the Caribbean that sentence would make absolute sense but as I live in Ireland, not so much. We don’t get hurricanes, or at least we didn’t….until now that is.

Ok we get winds, sometimes very high winds, and we get the tail end of hurricanes that have begun their lives somewhere over the Caribbean in the warm waters there and which then blow themselves out as they travel over the cold waters of the Atlantic but not real hurricanes. Ophelia is a rare one, or so we keep being told, one that has formed down south of the Azores and which instead of blowing itself out has instead been getting stronger and stronger. She is now heading straight for us.

We have a red weather warning, the highest we can have, school buses have been cancelled and schools advised to close tomorrow when Ophelia is expected to make landfall. And we have been advised to take precautions! What precautions?????

Basically we are warned of possible power outages, flooding, falling/fallen trees, debris on the roads and the possibility of structural damage. I have seen suggestions ranging from picking up any loose items outside, putting away the wheelie bins, to charging phones, making sure there are torches ……..and packing a bag in case we need to evacuate. Again…What?????

I live on an island and not a big one at that. Where exactly do they think we will be able to go?

Plus I have seen photos of houses flattened by hurricanes, cars picked up and flipped like pancakes, trees uprooted and roads destroyed. I’m not going outside tomorrow!

I’m not sure that our attempt to make ourselves safe by picking up loose plant pots in the garden, laying the bird table down and collecting the apples from our trees (because we don’t want to lose them, nor because we think they will do any damage) is really going to make a lot of difference. There is in fact not much we can do.

Ophelia will not of course be a hurricane by the time she reaches us. We are told that she will be an ex hurricane or a post tropical storm. I’m not 100% sure that changing the name of what it is helps in any way. The winds are still likely to be stronger than anything else we have ever experienced. This is a complete unknown.

For us if we lose power it also means no water as we have our own well, and I suspect that at the very least we will be without power at some point, so I did of course go shopping yesterday. I picked up drinking water, ready made soups that can be heated on our wood burning stove, bread and some salady bits and bobs that don’t need cooking so we won’t starve. Plus of course we have tins of baked beans 🙂

I think most of us are still hoping Ophelia’s path veers a little so she rushes by either west or east and not over us, but time is running out for her to do this now. I did read something on Twitter earlier where someone was saying it was time we stopped the Father Ted attitude and started taking this seriously but I’m not sure there is really anything we can do apart from building a force field around Ireland or something.

And that in a way is what I have done. I have energetically placed the Munay Ki Bands of Power around Ireland and for double insurance around my house and garden for I’d like to keep the land of which I am caretaker, and all that resides here safe, as well as my house of course. For double, double insurance I have placed an energetic crystal pyramid over everything too. Oh and I have journeyed with my allie and one of my guides, to try and reason with Ophelia but she seemed desperately upset about something (I can’t think what Mother Earth could possibly have to be upset about) and at that point was showing no sign of calming down.

Will any of it help? I’ve no idea. If it does I’ll let you know, if it doesn’t I may be away for some time clearing up the aftermath of Ophelia.

 

Finding balance

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When I first started teaching courses and workshops I did what everyone else does and blocked in weekends where I felt it would all work. The problem I quickly found was that although the dates worked for me they didn’t work for others. I would advertise a Reiki 1 course for example and have one person book a place with four or five others interested but looking for different dates.

At first I tried to juggle this, attempting to adjust dates, connect people up etc but the more I did the more of a mess it became. Even my husband was asking me if I wouldn’t just be better waiting and letting it all sort itself out. Eventually I learnt that if I just handed it over to the Universe it all fell into place.

This was really hard for me to do though as being in control is what I was used to but somehow it worked and over time it did get easier. I also found the letting go of control spilled over into other areas of my life and I began to learn that sometimes it is best to just sit back and go with the flow.

Ever since then I have waited until I have enquiries and then arranged dates to suit everyone rather than planning things in advance. I never advertise unless I have spaces on a course or workshop that need to be filled. Recently though I became aware that my never having any courses or workshops arranged might sound a bit wishy washy to some prospective students and that I was maybe losing them. Perhaps they wouldn’t have been drawn to work with me or my energy anyway but there is never any harm in having a rethink. Maybe I have been going with the flow a little too much, after all there needs to be a balance in all things and I suspect I need to make a little effort too. Can’t leave everything to the Universe after all 🙂

Yesterday trying to be a little more proactive I advertised on Facebook that I am looking to arrange a Reiki 1 course. So far I have had several enquiries and have been able to send out information. I have no dates booked but as before I will arrange these with  people who are definitely interested.

It is far too soon to tell how this will work but it does feel a slightly better balance and allows me to put some energy out there, the energy of being willing and available to work. I am not really taking back control but just giving the Universe a bit of a push and maybe finding a better balance which now feels as if it should be a partnership.