Ten years ago, I discovered my gift as a "shaman" while participating with thirty other people over a two week retreat, facilitated by my second significant teacher and mentor. I began working with the consciousness of the earth and water, so my office moved outdoors, in the bush, on the beach and public swimming pools.
Books written on "shamanism" could fill a city library, yet my experience, indeed, for each soul who embraces this title and work, is unique. While spiritual in nature, shamanism is not affiliated, nor held within the boundaries of any particular religious denomination. Nor is it specific to any particular indigenous culture. My unique journey has also brought through a conscious connection with two more titles closely associated and enhancing shamanism. The first, "spiritual midwife", also, "earth mother" and believe that any title reflects not so much "what I do", but defines "who I am".
The term, "spiritual midwife" came to my consciousness during this awakening period. At the time I understood the expression spiritual midwife to mean, assisting souls also birth and awaken their gifts, then "letting them go", as they discovered the potential through their own learning. A step into discovering the power of their own self! However, the term "earth mother" dropped into my consciousness some years later as my own "channel" opened more fully through these gifts of seeing, hearing, knowing and feeling, not just the "light" but "love" as well, for, with one major ingredient missing, the cake is not complete. The journey for myself has been a series of constant activations, re-patterning and reconnection regarding both the love and light, expanding my own vibration through several dimensions, birthed, then anchored.
The healing practice of shamanism is a powerful gift for people of today as it has been throughout history. Indigenous peoples around the world have struggled to hold onto their traditions and teachings, yet, like all major religious of the world, come under one umbrella. A shaman has a broad approach and while the tailored needs of an individual are being addressed, there is the "bigger picture". The consciousness expands beyond the earth, through the water, possibly holding memories or stories of separation from the tribe, family and wider community.
Shamanism opens the conscious mind! What may have been missed previously, therefore, not able to be seen, known, felt and heard, even though it has been right under my nose, is now awakened. The challenges thrown my way are able to be perceived in a new "light"! Knowledge and insights for a shaman come through Gaia, "the earth mother", who has been my primary teacher over the years. Through all her gifts, the plant and animal kingdoms of the earth and water have assisted my soul's conscious connection to "spirit". Being able to recognize and embrace these as gifts is another story!
The disconnection from "the mother", a deeply personal experience and indeed for the souls I have assisted over the years, it is about the spirit as much as the heart. Half the power is missing when part of my soul is lost and separated. My vehicle (the physical body), normally functioning fully on two cylinders is reduced to one. The heart (love) and spirit (light) make up the sum total of a fully functioning soul. Therefore, the expression sometimes used to refer to a person as a "lost soul", has many layers and levels to consider in the healing process.
The use of "sounds", expressed through the voice or instruments are basic tools "channeled" by a shaman. By activating the "sounds of the mother", my journey began as I remembered my spirit and therefore, the awakening I speak about, was to assist my heart open. So when my first teacher/healer kept reminding me to "get of my head and into my heart", I was puzzled, for I thought I was in my heart. Discovering some years later just how right she was, however, not being able to hear, see and in particular, feel. I had to come to this realisation myself through my own intense "inner channeled" guidance.
A soul, born in the feminine gender, may assume that all this comes naturally and flows into being a "mother"! Therefore, how much more challenging for the masculine, all those men, especially the father's, holding the 'energy' of a shaman, struggling to be the providers, hunters and protectors in their tribe. The cultural and conscious shift asks both parents to be an "earth mother" as well, a "shaman". By bringing through all the gifts, every soul can equally see the love and the light both, for in the "oneness" they are not separate. The same applies to feeling, hearing and knowing the LoveLight together.
To "be all that I am" involves the activation, re-patterning and reconnection of both the feminine, (through the mother) and the masculine, despite the gender one is born into or feels 'at home'. By connecting more fully to the earth mother, "Gaia", I came to understand that to "birth" my gifts more fully, must be through The Crystal Heart of this Mother. Therefore the physical body is an essential door and any meridian, chakra, organ or system locked, must be opened. The gradual 'process' not only requires 'travelling' through the "pathways of light", but also integrating the expansion of new vibrational frequencies. All part of the journey, a lifetime path to 'self empowerment'!
The child, I believe, who hears the sounds of the mother, while in the womb and as a new born, will connect more fully to the "light", their spirit. The mother's "love", able to be held within her, and for the baby, also holds the "light", for in the "oneness", there is no separation. Any mother who has birthed in the physical will know the necessity and importance of the breath. So too, the breath is essential in reconnecting the spirit through the heart, a merging process. Therefore the love braids with the light, mother with child, masculine/feminine and the physical with the etheric.
The final outcome is the channel opening in the color frequency of my "I Am Body", therefore, holding the greatest potential for and within my soul. The flow begins as the "pain", be it emotional, spiritual, mental, physical and more is transcended through "all that is", The Creation Web of CrystaLoveLight. The journey of a shaman "awakens" all who are ready to embrace their gifts through a new consciousness, the same path as the earth mother!
The challenge for all, as I have found throughout my conscious journey during the past decade, is re-patterning all that is held in fear, "old school" belief traditions and possible teachings. "Letting go" of all that does not serve me, a challenging ask when mostly held deep in the subscious. My vessel of LoveLight, my I Am or Crystal Body (including the physical) is able to hold all that is potentially possible! The ability to "hold" the LoveLight for both masculine and feminine, in time, allows me to move forward, into the "oneness".
The journey in awakening all that is conscious regarding my gifts as a shaman, are equally birthed through all that "I Am" as an earth mother. The sounds of the earth, assist me to remember the sounds of the mother, birthing all the gifts more fully, seeing, hearing, feeling and the wisdom of just knowing, I Am Light, I Am Love!