Opening-Closing-Working in- Sacred Space
My Journey into being in a conscious working relationship with spirit has lead me to spending a lot of time opening, closing, and working in sacred space. Over the years I have had lots of conversations with spirit about their preferences and what the heck is up with the practice. I feel I should share. I will include links to a few ways that I use to call in. Understand that these are only a few ways and your way is best as long as it comes from your heart. Read more here:
I got triggered pretty hard by a friend posting on Facebook, that she was disgusted by the fact that an indigenous person was offering a training for money on native healing ways. She stated it in a way that concluded that healers are chosen, not trained and that training should somehow be gifted, leaving money out of the interaction.
It hurt me on so many levels. As a person who is perceived to be of white ancestry, who is a medicine person, who offers training in such things; I felt deep compassion for the person who created the offering. Being cut down by her own community based only on charging money for training. I know the courage it takes to step forward in this way, not to mention the time and energy it takes to hold space for people. The idea that you are not allowed to be compensated for your efforts if those efforts are spiritually based is a common idea. It has been present on my journey always. Yet, this time it got me hard.
I was so tired. Holding ceremony for weeks. Stepping forward to offer healing to the earth and the ancestors, neither of which have debit cards. I was tired and broke, which is always a bad combination.
This idea that in this time and space we currently occupy, AKA the United States 2017, we are supposed to be able to offer teaching in a traditional form is ridiculous. In a balanced and functioning society or tribe there would be at least 10 spiritual healers for every 200 people. Each with their own specialty, and offering support for each other, as well. The medicine person is a naturally occurring role in humans. There are always people born in all races with the innate qualities of heightened sensitivity to all the realms. Those people who are able to see and hear beings coming from other realms, as well as to take on another’s emotions, and who are able to perceive all that is esoteric and below the somatic. This natural occurrence of innate qualities that allow you to do the work of a medicine person occurs in all populations of humans.
In our society those innate abilities can create a hot mess of a person trying to navigate this world. Able to perceive every imbalance, wound, soul loss, and toxic ancestor hanging around other people while trying to function as a normal person. Without training this can be debilitating. The message that you are insane and too much for other people often becomes your own voice. This current time that we are living in, with all its imbalances, is a terrible burden for all of us. Yet, for the sensitive soul who has yet to learn to use their abilities as a gift, it can be a living nightmare of torment. The idea that you do not choose to be a medicine person is not true. You must choose to actualize your abilities into gifts. This choice requires training and focus. Just like any art form, tallent will only take you so far. In an unhealed society like ours, too often medicine people at some point learn to shut down their abilities completely or end up in the mental health system, or both.
Looking at our human relations, knowing that we are all connected. Even if our great grandparents battled we are the collective generation brought here to heal that. Each of us, every one of us. Keeping teachings of balance and harmony away from anyone at this time based on ethnicity is at odds with the goal of bringing healing to this earth. I honor the truth of the pain of appropriation. When your prayers are outlawed and your Gods stolen and sold to collectors, It makes sense to me that sharing with the decedents of the people who perpetrated genocide, rape and murder on your people might not be the first thing on the list of things to do. Yet, we do not live in the time before colonization. Trying to pretend that we should be able to function in purely traditional ways is harmful to everyone involved. Working together toward authentic and honored inclusion, collectively bridging cultural division and creating unified planetary healing is the calling of all of us at this time. This is not a dress rehearsal.
Then there is this issue of money. The idea that a medicine person is supposed to offer everything they have and take the time to teach another person how to do so without compensation is ridiculous and unsustainable. Are we supposed to work at McDonalds in order to support ourselves, praying and teaching and healing people in our spare time? This idea is a symptom of our imbalanced state, it is sick and wrong and pervasive. Ultimately it only creates more illness and imbalance. It is an idea rooted in a time where the traditional healer was held outside of the needs of worrying about physical needs. The needs of the healers were met by the community because the role they play was valued by their community. This community understood that healers work is outside of the physical world, and is all consuming. It does not leave time for the side job at McDonalds. This is a beautiful idea, and true in some cultures, unfortunately not ours.
To translate this idea into this time and space of urban living in 2017 just creates more imbalance for the medicine person. The message that you must take a vow of poverty in order to be spiritual is a message that only serves the broken paradigm we are collectively trying to heal. That conversation goes something like, “I would like to work with spirit, but you know, I like to eat, so that cannot be my main gig. I guess I will go sell my skills, abilities and gifts to the machine for money, then try to get spirit to work with me even though I am out of integrity within myself.“ This is a seriously out of balance idea!
Yet, prayer cannot be tied to capitalism. To try to fit spiritual healing into the western business model is another seriously out of balance idea. It is not that simple to unravel because our money, our means of consensually exchanging energy, is currently imprisoned in capitalism. This work must be beyond money, but right now money is how we exchange energy to stay in balance. It often seems impossible to translate spiritual work into monetary exchange. How much would you pay to heal your soul? How much do you pay to restore balance to your ancestors? How much would you pay to have the energy lines of the earth repaired? It must be beyond money. Yet we need money. After all the first requirement of being a medicine person, is to be an actual person. A person with a mouth, hands, and body that require care, food, and shelter. Our relationship with money is also too frequently heavy with karma; ancestral and personal. To come to a balanced place with money we must spend a good long time clearing that karma. Money in our society, maintains a link between our vital life force and everything we willingly exchange for that life force. The answer my Spirit friends gave to my cry of, "Is this true?", was that, "Yes, money is directly linked to your human physical needs. In this realm, money and time are linked. So, you charge for your time. Blessing it along the way. Offering a sliding scale for everyone. Allowing community support so, that you can do this work."
As I sat with this message I found some comfort, and a lot more to chew on. I am good with the time money piece. I have been charging $60 per hour for the purpose of easy math for a long time. This is extremely necessary when working outside of time and space to be able to return to an ordinary state of consciousness and figure out the money piece. I have always worked on a sliding scale. Yet, this idea of community support is still a bit foreign to me. I am a strong do it yourselfer. It is hard for me to even entertain the thought of how to allow others to be involved. In answer to how, my ancestors and Azrael Avey guided me to create a Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2388325. It seems we already live in the future, and that future allows us to support each other easily. One example of the modern equivalent of traditional community support. This is a technological platform for community support. The answer to how the hell I am going to allow myself to be supported to continue walking this beautiful medicine path, offering support to all of my relations, not just the human ones. I invite any of my medicine people, artists, and creator friends to entertain the thought of creating a page for yourself. You can even tell them I sent you. Use this link https://patreon.com/invite/dqzxlr if you do because, then I too will get a little money that will translate into time I can spend serving those who cannot pay. I am being brave and putting this out there and giving it a try. I like it so far.
Thank you to my friend who I love very much for bringing this issue up for me to chew on, examine and reconsider my own relationship with balance. Thank you also to my friend Cassandra, who often helps me organize my words to be a better gift to all of you.
Ancestor Healing is the most effective way to heal the earth. This is a bold statement that I find to be truer and truer each day.
I have heard this message grow louder and louder as I walk my path. At the time of the August eclipse, it came front and center in my awareness. I have witnessed the domino effect of healing a single ancestor who is unwell in the spirit world rippling through all future generations, releasing the negative imprint on the earth and allowing it to return to balance, in my life, family and in the lives of my clients. The imprints of our ancestors affect us on a completely sub-conscious level and play out in thousands of ways that we live with every day. In order to land on our feet in this time of turning over, we must turn our attention to our ancestors.
We receive the gifts of our ancestors every day. The spiritual resources of innate talents we carry through the DNA.
DNA= The combined essence of all of our ancestors- the good the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
We choose our family of origin from the spirit world based on two things. 1- the gifts that come innately through your family of origin. 2- the challenges that come innately through your family of origin. You want to learn through the challenges in this lifetime.
We all have thousands of ancestors. We all have some that have lived well and died well. If not, we would not exist. We also all have some that did terrible things. That may be stuck in the spirit world in a way that is negatively affecting all of their descendants.
Taking the vibrational disorders in your lineage to the point of origin allows us to affect ourselves and everyone descended from that person as well as the spirits of the earth that have been holding the disordered energy for so long.
Disorders that are woven into the fabric of our society began long ago with our ancestors.
-Uncontrollable anger and rage
-Racism that allows exploitation and abuse of another human being
-Dysfunctional core beliefs
A common ailment that I work with clients is having one or more earthbound souls in the lineage. The earth holds the “earthbound souls”, aka ghosts. Being bound to the earth plane after death is an extremely unhealthy situation for the spirit as well as the living. They are stuck in a form and vibrational level they do not belong. In my experience of clearing earthbound souls, there are many reasons they have become stuck. All of them are fragmented souls that are holding onto soul parts of others. This makes them to “heavy” at the moment of death to launch into the spirit world.
The way I have come to see it, the body, soul, and spirit fuse at the moment of birth.
The soul is the individual experience of life. Who you were, in this lifetime is the soul. It is designed to fragment and hold information in many different ways. The spirit, on the other hand, is the animating force within you. It is not corruptible. It is Infinite, the drop of the mystery that came to try out being you.
When someone has a good death, their soul and their spirit leave together. Still fused together they enter the spirit world and begins life in a new way. At the moment of death the spirit, and soul detach from the body. The spirit of the person has no choice but to leave to reenter the infinite. If the soul is unable to go with it, for many reasons listed below. All three aspects of self, shatter and scatter at the moment of death. Leaving an imprint of a life without any free will or imagination to help it figure a way out. It is stuck looping through what went wrong in life. Stuck in the space-time that they were in. Effecting the living people and environment that they are stuck in.
They are bound to the earth and the earth to it.
Reasons for being stuck I have witnessed:
- abusing or being abused
- believing that they are unworthy
- rapeing or being raped
- murdering or being murdered
- not being able to let go of the living
- dying suddenly and unexpectedly
The spirits of the earth are negatively affected by the unbalancing force of earthbound souls. If there is a large amount of unresolved death in a place the effect on the environment can be extreme. Causing the nature spirits to be demonized. Releasing the human imprint allows nature to return to equilibrium and harmony within itself.
There are many types of ancestors, all at varying degrees of wellness. When entering a working relationship with your ancestors it is necessary to do so with caution. It is best to have some help with the really heavy ones. Yet it is a necessary practice to begin to return this earth to balance.
I recommend beginning with honoring your full lineage all the way to the origin. This takes the charge and judgment off. It allows you the big picture and brings a sense of wonder at the fact of your life.
We all have ancestors who have lived well and died well. They can support us in many ways from the spirit world they have the perspective of what it is to be human. The struggles of their time were very different from ours. None of our ancestors lived at a time like the one we are currently living through. Yet there is a part of the time we are in that is a direct result of the actions or inactions of our ancestors. We are being influenced by their unhealed wounds, healing them heals us. They need to support us in this time of turning over to support the shift into a new way.
Working with your ancestors is a lifetime commitment of tending. It becomes a habit and takes very little effort after the initial focus. The initial focus can be extremely intense and extremely joyful.
Understand there is something you can do to affect all this, through ritual, ceremony, shrine, and journey work.
To learn more join me for,
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I write this at a time of fire and flood, of earthquake and hurricane. The rath of Lilith unleashed, Bitch Mothers fury at her children. She did give us lots of warning but now it is done. she is pissed.
Eclipse windows happen every six months, They are an important part of the cosmic clockwork. This is a new and full moon that aligns with the plane of the ecliptic and the moon’s orbit.
Through shamanic journey and reading many astrological charts I have come to view the nodes of the moon as the on and off ramp of the rainbow bridge.
They indicate the souls trajectory for this lifetime. They flood our systems with messages when it is time for the next step in our evolution. The nodes of the moon show the eclipse points for the year, every 6 months. These points are activated twice a day by rotation of the earth, also twice a month by the moons orbit.
So what makes this particular eclipse window so significant?
1)It is a total solar eclipse. (This amplifies the energy)
2) it is visible in the United States. This has not happened since 1979. It seems very personal to the United States.
How this eclipse transit effects you personally will be shown in your astrological chart. If you have planets around 28°Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio or 15° Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio you will be particularly activated by this eclipse window. If you need help figuring that, out come to Astrological Adventures class this Saturday or book a reading with me.
I have found in interpreting eclipses their messages play out over the next six months. If you listen to the cosmic messages, know there is a method to the madness. Trust and surrender are the keys to any transition.
Without the astro speak here is my abbreviated interpretation for this particular eclipse window:
This is a revolution of connection. Focus on creating creative community that serves everyone.
We are entering a time of shining our human light brightly through human form. With a focus on justice and stewardship for land and people we must each come into alignment with our personal assignments, to play the role of ultimate creative expression that our soul knows we came here to play. Knowing we are the “ONE” within the “ONENESS”. We ask ourselves to face our deepest fears and fundamental core beliefs around money and survival, in order to step forward and loyally commit to connection.
To ask the questions:
What does my soul know I am here to do?
What does my earth and community need me to do?
The answer that lies in space between these two questions should be the role you are here to play.
The time is now. Resistance is futile.
If you would like to know how I came up with those astrological sentences come to my class Astrological Adventures This Saturday at the Harmony Hut from 7 pm-9 pm
“If this was a B movie I would still have trouble suspending my disbelief.” My friend Rainy Day said as she gave me a ride home after spending the weekend in deep ceremony. I have heard this often in different ways, the news is following the story line of this or that movie. What should be clear here is that our imagination lays the tracks of the reality train.
We have all entertained these thoughts as entertainment. In doing so we have helped create them. Innocently or not, It is our responsibility to put forward an alternative ending.
In this time of fiction becoming reality we should explore the "choose your own adventure" ending. Writing a new story of how this could play out.
Here is mine: Trump and all his friends are arrested for treason and go to federal prison. Everyone left in office is required to pass a moral and ethics test that proves they are employed with the best interest of the people at heart.
There is a new declaration of the foundation of our country.
We the people of the United States of America co-create a collective government based in honoring all life as sacred.
We base our economy on care of earth, care of people, and sharing the surplus.
Reset the universe.
I invite all my creative friends to join me in writing down a new vision.
There once were three surfers who came to the ocean of time to surf.
The first surfer saw a beautiful place way out on the horizon. An idyllic land with lots of food and a peace and prosperity. This surfer wanted o get there Now! So ignoring all else she began to paddle straight towards this vision. she got caught in a current going the opposite direction. pummeled and nearly drowned. She eventually found herself on the shore crying out to the vision of what she could see but not achieve.
The second surfer was so full of fear he stayed in the one area, staying with what is known he would not go passed where he had been before. This surfer got very angry at every rock in the way of “his” surf. Screaming at the waves to bend to his will. Arguing with the currents to go a different direction. In the end he was exactly where he began angry and scared.
The third surfer spent a lot of time up on a cliff studying the currents. Where and when the waves were strongest, the direction the currents were headed. She also saw that beautiful land full of promise. Once she entered the water She waited belly on her board for the wave to rise and take her where she needed to go. Using effort only to get into the currents and in alignment with the waves. At first it seemed that she was being sucked backwards away from her goal, yet she knew it was just the rising of the ocean. She surrendered to the current making adjustments in alignment until it began to push forward. Then she hopped up with deep inner balance and connection to every drop within the wave she road it to the next wave, and the next. Enjoying the wipe outs when they came, but always returning to her board and direction. It took many waves to arrive at the shore of the new land.
There truly has never been a time like this on the face of this planet. It is no wonder we all feel so confused as to what to do. We live in a century of change. 100 Years is nothing in the ocean of time. Industrial revolution is still in its infancy. An infancy that has made a huge mess. It is time to mature our practices of production to be in alignment with the universal natural laws. The abuse of the earth and her people in the name of profit is at the core of all struggles that are currently playing out.
The Technological revolution has just been born. We are struggling to evolve so quickly into communications ability that have never existed before. It is no wonder that we are failing to use this powerful tool wisely.
I find myself returning to the language of astrology to help me have that bigger vision that is needed now. Seeing the deeper currents of this next great age. The unveiling of the Energies of Eris, and Sedna the solar systems newest Planetoids. Both point to a shift in conciseness that is playing out all around us and through us.
What I observe in the language of the universe is that we are being asked 300 different ways to shift and transform our foundations of reality. we should not be surprised that this is not a graceful transition. The powers that be are truly terrified of this transition, and for good reason. Their reality will truly no longer exist. Of course "they" are we at the core. No matter how separate we think we might be, It is not true, and never has been. We must sit within the paradox of the fact that when we protest environmental destruction we are protesting the foundation of or economic system. Our survival depends on a new vision of economics based in sustainable practice.
In order to make movement we must first observe the container that we are in. To understand the state of the United States we need to back up so we can observe the currents.
Looking All the way back at the moment of the declaration of independence this birth chart of this country was born out of revolution into a land that holds the vibration of clear vision and natural wealth. This birth chart of 1776 was a time before the discovery of the outer planets Neptune, Uranus, Pluto. Not to mention the asteroids, planetoids, and points that we can read now that easily give a picture of the subconscious. Meaning this was a time before the subconscious was part of waking life. Reading the chart with these planets easily points out our collective shadow. But we must keep in mind that our perspective is from our time now.
This chart shows the container of our government to be an adventuresome idealist that is motivated by the new and interesting ways of creating a utopian society. The shadow elements shown clearly by the outer planets. Pluto in the second house in Capricorn and Saturn in the tenth speak of the patriarchy and use and abuse of natural resources and people that is so much a part of our society it was rendered invisible because of its normalcy. Lilith conjunct Neptune on the Mid-haven shows religious freedom to be at the forefront of thought yet full of the hypocrisy of religious suppression of the feminine.
As we take this chart forward to the transits acting on it we can see some huge currents of change.
Here is some of the break down:
Pluto Return - 248 year orbit of the earth
Our country is in the process of its first Pluto return. This is a cycle of Pluto returning to the original position in the country chart. Pluto is the planet of transformation of power. With it returning to its natal position we are given a opportunity to redefine power and wealth. If we view this time as the opportunity that it is the unveiling of the deep racism and sexism that is currently on display and threatening to take over this country is actually an opportunity to truly address these issues. an Unveiling of what is hidden in the shadow, Bring it forward for transformation.
Transiting Pluto Opposing Natal Sun
The happiness of the untied states is under transformational construction until be face and heal our collective shadow.
Transiting Saturn on the natal ascendant
This is the universe telling our country to grow up. It is a collective maturity for taking responsibility for our actions. It is up to us to accept this gracefully and say yes to our souls journey.
Neptune -South Node in strong square with natal Uranus.
This is a signature of revolution pure and simple. Asking that our past come current and we make true and lasting change. I prefer to believe that this can be a nonviolent revolution of spiritual and economic change. The Evolution within Revolution. Of course my preference is not necessarily what is going to go down.
If you would like to explore these currents more fully and personally join me for class.
Astrological Adventures - Understanding the Time Spirits
Do not give them your power. Give the energy of your rage to yourself to catalyze change. The power behind righteous rage is pure enlightened energy that pierces illusion. Allow your rage to motivate your enlightenment and your actions based in pure discernment of truth. The universal truths, not personal belief. Peer straight into this shadow and do not look away. Do not miss this opportunity. This is no time for spiritual bypass. I call to all the spiritual warriors to take this time to find your center and call all your will and soul that has fragmented in the shock of this time. Telling it firmly to return, not because this has ever been a safe place to be, but because we must be whole in order to cut through this intrusion.
A suggested action.
Set and intent that all the energy you are going to release be collected in front of you: into a bowl or stone that helps with focus.
Allow your anger, sadness, rage, whatever you are feeling to come to the surface.
Screaming, crying, shaking, and yelling are required actions. Allow it up and out until you are completely drained of this energy.
Sit or lie quietly and peer into it.
Ask this energy to reveal itself to you. Ask what is needed. What action do you need to take to be in alignment with your souls journey to play your part in this time of turning over. Ask any questions that come to mind. Hear the answers.
Allow yourself to act upon what you hear.
Ask this energy to transform into pure motivation for that purpose. Bring it back in to you as that pure energy.
I will be creating events to assist with this.
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Without providing for a time of healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present moment without a shattering of our common life.
The other day as I was reading a book I misread a line about “making a living” as “making a giving”. Every cell of me said “oh of course!” Everything we do each day is our offering to the earth and each other. I have been wrestling with the need to make a living and the fact that every part of our economy is designed to exploit the earth in some way all of my adult life. I have suffered knowing that awareness does not equal innocence. Saying we must stop “them” really comes down to stopping ourselves. We are all so deeply enmeshed in these systems, to make changes means changing the way we survive in the world. At some point in history, there were choices made to put in the infrastructure for systems that created the most cost. We now live within the outcome of those choices. Like Kronos eating his children, each attempt at a viable alternative fuel source is suppressed. This is not a conspiracy theory it is simply the truth. Our daily habits of having heating cooling, electricity, a car, food, clothing all require extraction to take place. Therefor protesting extraction is protesting modern life. This is very hard to do when there is no alternative to turn to for our daily needs.
When I have taken my heart to the earth and told her my sorrow at the mistreatment of her and all the beings who are impacted by extraction, her answer comes flooding my soul, “it is time to make new choices, to be more careful in your creation, be grateful for what you have and the miracle of life: Including these systems, including those who benefit from the oppression of others, including the open pit mine and the oil spill. Blessing all that is. Be grateful, humble, and fierce in the knowing that these things can and will change and are part of the unfolding. Commit to the vision of what can be in harmony and alignment. Find joy in creating the choices of another way. Offering whatever you do as your gifting to the world with deep gratitude for all that is.”
So I sit in a tricky paradox of being grateful for all that is, and was, and will be, and at the same time holding the knowing of another way. The beauty way. Being grateful for the huge challenge of living in this time and place. Joyfully creating other choices, alternatives, another way. Speaking loudly and calmly the prayers for the earth and her people.
As I visited California to attend a memorial of my teacher/ friend. I was overwhelmed by the anger of the nature spirits there, being in drought. The dying plant people on the hills broke my heart. I remembered a story that was part of my friend's teachings;
“There was once a village that was in such terrible drought that they called a healer from far away to come help. When she arrived she asked to go in a hut. She stayed in there for three days. On the third day, she came out and it started to rain. Everyone was overjoyed and asked How did you do it? How did you make it rain? She replied" I did not make it rain When I entered your village it was so out of balance I immediately went out of balance myself. It took the three days to return to myself and once I did that, it rained because that is what it is supposed to do.”
As I sat remembering this story, facing the gray hills, all I could think was, I do not have a hut or three days, and I am not sure I have ever truly felt balance in this lifetime of living in this modern world. So I asked for something I have never known. I asked for a feeling I must entertain as a fiction. to find within my beingness in a place between things, a birthright I have yet to own. The beauty way.
On the way back to Tucson, chatting and driving with my friend Celia, we were talking about this time we are in, with Trump and Merica. Celia comes out with the beautiful thought, We live in Amiracle, not Merica. In this moment of a change of syllables, changes perspective, and so it is.
My offering Prayer:
I stand as a representative of humanity and take responsibility for the part I have played.
I stand as the dreamer and the dream and I ask for all beings seen and unseen who are impacted by these situations to forgive us.
I ask for forgiveness for the role of my ancestors and the impact they had on the land that held them and the result of all they did in the name of making a living. I ask all of nature to forgive them and me.
I forgive all those who took part.
The reactions of the nature spirits. I forgive.
The struggle of the humans, I forgive and ask to be forgiven.
I ask for a return to Ayni so we may begin afresh.
Knowing that all things can and will change, I take direct action in my life the best I can to bring a new balance to all that is.
I offer all that I am to making a giving here in Amiracle.
Josephine Thomason is an artist, healer, teacher.