Well + Good Article
A beautiful article by Editor Erin Magner of Well + Good, "YOUR NO-FAIL GUIDE TO USING SAGE TO CLEAR YOUR HOME."
One big fan of the practice is Maggie Harrsen, the Peru-based founder of Puakai Healing. “There’s a long history of Native Americans using sage to connect to the spirit world and cleanse the body and space of impurities before a ceremony,” she says. “The life force energy of its smoke penetrates deep into the ether and alters the vibration of a space, or living being, by absorbing any heavy, dense energy.”
According to Harrsen, everyone’s home can benefit from regular saging, and spring cleaning season is a great time to give it a try. “After smudging, your space will feel light and balanced,” she says. “When I’m in a space after it’s been cleansed, I feel at peace, joyful, safe, energized, creative, and able to deeply rest.”
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Remote Healing Ceremonies / Sacred Valley, Peru
I'm currently living in a small Andean village in the Sacred Valley of Peru called Huaran until the Spring. During this time I am offering remote healing ceremonies from this land beginning on December 15, 2016. My healing studio is held by the sacred feminine mountain, Apu Pitusiray. With the support of the natural world, we explore the potential to heal through the awareness of our soul-spirit nature.
During a shamanic healing ceremony, your will and intent are the driving forces as we open to the Cosmos within, the subtle fields of the energy body. My main tool to support the healing process is my Mesa, a medicine bundle of Khuyas, healing stones, from my teachers and sacred places on Earth which are used to support the movement of energy. Additional elements I use are with specific intent to introduce Salka, or undomesticated energy, into your subtle bodies. I use sound healing, working with my voice through chanting and toning and the vibrational frequencies of a family of Andean instruments. I use plant and flower medicine from North and South America in various forms such as flowering water, flower essences and medicinal plants and herbs from the land here in Peru. I may use feathers and the healing smoke of sacred plants. Sessions also include shamanic journeying, guided breathwork and visualizations, Andean prayers and rituals to support your integration process.
I'm offering three types of healing ceremonies. All ceremonies are 90 minutes for an exchange of 225 USD. To learn more about the nature of remote healing ceremonies please read, HEALING FROM A DISTANCE. To book a ceremony or for any inquiries, please email me: email@example.com
SHAMANIC HEALING CEREMONY
A ceremony where we go to the root of various imbalances in your subtle anatomy - including the etheric, physical, mental and emotional bodies. (Available for women, men, children)
SOUL RETRIEVAL CEREMONY
A ceremony for healing trauma / shock where there is soul-loss, a depletion of vital life force from the light body. (Available for women, men, children)
RITE OF THE WOMB CEREMONY
A ceremony for healing the womb center and our ancestral, matriarchal lineage. (Available for women)
FP BLOG: Four Ways to Love Yourself
The art of self-care is supported by our connection with the natural world and the vibration of love within us. Through our relationship with the elementals, through the plants, through touch, through prayer, we are able to penetrate deep into the core of our being and remember our true nature: I Am Love.
My personal practice of self-care deepened when I truly understood how caring for myself directly influenced the well-being of Mother Earth. I love these words by Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, which reflect our oneness: “Dear Mother, you are present in every cell of my body. My physical body is your physical body, and just as the Sun and Stars are present in you, they are also present in me. I promise to keep the awareness alive that you are always in me, and I am always in you.”
Below are four rituals we practiced during our FP Escapes retreat to Spain. During the Self-Care Ritual Workshop at the local Hammam, the group sought — and found — harmony within body/soul and Mother Earth.
Ritual One: Garshana
Garshana is the Ayurvedic practice of dry skin brushing towards the heart. Using a soft, natural bristle brush, begin at your feet and work your way up the body with long sweeping motions toward your heart. Taking deep inhalations, allow yourself to let go and release stagnation as you move upward to connect with the cosmic energy of the stars, sun and moon. This ritual supports movement by stimulating your lymph system and detoxifying our largest organ, the skin.
Ritual Two: Baño de Florecimiento
This ritual supports the Andean practice of a hot water soak with fresh flower blossoms and medicinal plants. From the surrounding Andalusian landscape, we harvested flowering jasmine and olive leaf, which we added to a bath as warm as we could stand. Soak for 20 minutes — in whatever flowers/herbs you have available — and allow the vibration of the element water to purify your subtle body and allow the energy medicine of the plants to heal you. Bring into consciousness your dreams and the wishes you would like to blossom. Drain the bath and collect the plant matter to place outside upon Mother Earth.
Ritual Three: Abhyanga
Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic practice of a grounding, warm oil self-massage. Through touch we are able to extend the energy of love from our fingertips to the rest of our being. Place both hands over your heart and invoke the vibration of love. Apply a generous amount of an organic, plant-based oil into your hands and then massage gently into your scalp. Work your way down the body all the way to the soles of your feet. Come back into your heart space and feel yourself grounded and connected to Mother Earth.
Ritual Four: Offering to Pachamama
Introduce the element of fire to your favorite incense or sacred plant, like palo santo. Allow the smoke to fill the air around you and offer a prayer of gratitude for your life and the healing you are receiving through Pachamama, our Cosmic Mother.
What is Shamanic Healing?
Shamanic healing is one of the most ancient practices of energy healing dating back thousands of years to indigenous cultures around the world. My path follows the Andean mystical tradition through the lineage of Don Benito Qoriwaman, as passed onto me by Juan Núñez del Prado and Don Américo Yábar, and I am a Mesa carrier of the Q'ero lineage of the high Andes in Peru. Through continuous journeys to two of my spiritual homes, Peru and Hawai'i, I have come to believe that many principles of energy medicine I share through my ceremonies may be traced back to the ancient civilization of Mu, or Lemuria.
My foundational practice is rooted in the Andean Cosmovision, a cosmic and earth based system which expresses the idea that the Universe is made of living energy, called Kawsay in Quechua. Andean mystics believe that as human beings we have the power to move Kawsay with our intent. The Cosmovision presents a way for us to understand and relate to reality through our relationship with Pachamama and the Cosmos. It shares with us a way of life, one in which we walk with reverence for all living beings. From its perspective, the entire physical Universe is sacred space.
Traditionally mystics and shamans, called Paqos in the high Andes, are medicine women and men who live in service to the joy and wellbeing of themselves, their community and the great beings of the Pachamama. These human beings live in Ayni, right relationship, with the forces of nature around them. They understand the beings of nature are alive and so they commune with the spirit of the four sacred elementals (Earth, Fire, Water, Air/Space), the mountains, flowers, trees and stones for healing and wisdom. The relationships of a Paqo are guided by Munay, the vibrational frequency of love from the heart center, and fueled by Ayni.
My intent as a Shamanic Practitioner is to hold a space of Munay and support an individual in moving the Kawsay within their body more freely again to align with the rhythm of the Kawsay Pacha, the world of living energy, and in turn support the human body's innate capacity to heal itself. In the simplest terms, we are bringing all of the various aspects of our being into harmony with each other by bringing them into harmony with the energy of Pachamama, the energy of love. It is the art of remembering our true nature and playing in the Cosmos of living energy. The practice of shamanic healing allows us to access a deeper awareness and rediscover the interconnectedness of life. Together we explore the potential to heal through the awareness of our soul-spirit nature.
During a shamanic healing ceremony, the individuals will and intent are the driving forces as we open to the Cosmos within, the subtle fields of the energy body. My main tool to support the healing process is my Mesa, a medicine bundle of Khuyas, healing stones, from my teachers and sacred places on Earth which are used to support the movement of energy. Additional elements I use are with specific intent to introduce Salka, or undomesticated energy, into the subtle bodies of the individual. I use sound healing, working with my voice through chanting and toning and the vibrational frequencies of a family of native instruments. I use plant and flower medicine from North and South America in various forms such as flowering water, flower essences and medicinal plants and herbs I harvest from the land I live. I may use feathers and the healing smoke of sacred plants. Sessions also include shamanic journeying, guided breathwork and visualizations, Andean prayers and rituals to support the individuals integration process.
CLASS: THE HEART OF SHAMANISM @ MANDALA YOGA, AMAGANSETT, NY / Begins October 7th
The Heart of Shamanism
with Maggie Harrsen
Mandala Yoga Center for Healing Arts, Amagansett, New York.
7:15 - 8:30pm
Friday Evenings / Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11
$35 / class
An Autumn offering of six Earth-centered healing classes that explore shamanism as a spiritual practice. Each week we come together and experience guided drum journeys, native rituals, ceremony, plant medicine and sound healing. The intent of our class is to re-connect with the natural world and open internal pathways for wellbeing. This is an opportunity to commune with your spirit, the energy of Mother Earth and immerse yourself in the ancient wisdom teachings of the Andean mystical tradition. Our class is a sacred space that supports individual wholeness and evolution of one's soul.
Maggie Harrsen is a Shamanic Practitioner inspiring human beings to uncover their true nature and supporting them in a lifestyle of harmony and in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. Maggie began studying the healing arts in 2008 and today her work integrates a range of nurturing practices including Andean Mysticism, Shamanism, Usui Reiki, Sound Healing, Anthroposophy and Plant + Flower Medicine. She currently lives and works on the East End of New York, offering ceremony and individual healing sessions for women, men and children. Maggie holds the sacred space for healing, working within the subtle energy field to access ones natural state of wellbeing. She supports the human body's innate capacity to heal itself.
Session 1: Plant Medicine: The Spirit of Artemisia
Session 2: Power Retrieval Ceremony
Session 3: Creating Sacred Space through Ritual
Session 4: Caring For Our Subtle Anatomy
Session 5: Andean Despacho Ceremony
Session 6: Honoring Our Ancestors
Session 7: Rite of the Womb Ceremony
Free People: Today's Mantra
In my personal practice I often use the gentle vibration of flower essences to support my being. Years ago, during my travels in New Zealand, I found a beautiful book entitled “Heal Thyself” by Dr. Edward Bach — it deeply moved me. In the text Bach explains that, “we must earnestly learn to develop individuality according to the dictates of our own Soul.”
These words have always stayed with me and, years later, this mantra was introduced to me through my relationship with the Flower Essence Society. It speaks to me of living in wholeness and embodying all aspects of myself. I have learned to embrace the cosmic light energy of the stars, moon and sun and also the rich, dark energy of the Earth beneath me, Pachamama. I feel when I am consciously integrating these two energies within, I am living from a place of soul alchemy.
Join our FP ESCAPES journey this Autumn to Andalucia, Spain
CEREMONY: THE SPIRIT OF ARTEMISIA
THURS. AUGUST 11TH, 2016
MAHA ROSE BROOKLYN
7 - 9 PM
EXCHANGE: 60 USD
A ceremony of healing through the sacred plant Artemisia vulgaris, commonly known as Mugwort. Artemisia carries the luminous energy of Mama Killa, Mother Moon, which is seen by looking at the silvery sheen on the underside of her leaves. Native Americans traditionally burned Artemisia as a smudge to purify the spiritual and physical environment. As a plant spirit, her healing qualities support clearing and opening our channels of visions and dreams. She helps us to direct our psychic life into its proper sphere by opening our soul to expanded states of consciousness. Her medicine harmonizes the pineal and pituitary glands promoting hormonal balancing and her gentle vibrations guide us to realign with our inner truth and reawaken our intuitive, feminine essence.
During Maggie's travels to the Sacred Valley of Peru she stayed at Salka Wasi, the ancestral home of her teacher Don Américo Yábar and his son, Gayle Yábar. There she became inspired by a local curandera Doña María who uses the native Andean plant Marcu to heal the subtle body. She ceremonially harvests the Marcu by hand and creates bundles which are heated and passed over the body. She introduces the individual to the spirit of the plant and recites prayers of healing in her native language of Quechua. Maggie received a blessing from Doña María and the Marcu plant and now two years later, she is called by the spirit of Artemisia to begin using her leaves to heal the body in this ceremonial way.
The feminine plant we will use in ceremony is freshly harvested by Maggie on the farm she tends on the East End of New York. Participants will connect with the spirit of Artemisia through a handcrafted solar oil infusion, a group shamanic drum journey and an individual healing with the physical plant. Each participant will take home a dried Artemisia bundle to support their integration process and continue working with her medicine. Please note that no plant medicine will be taken orally during our ceremony. It is suggested that women who are pregnant do not partake in this ceremony.
Dear Escapes: How Do I Follow a Shamanic Path?
When it comes to wellness and travel, questions often outnumber the answers. To help in the cause we’ve launched Dear Escapes: an advice column assigned to our FP Escapes guides in an opportunity to garner his/her wisdom and direction. Here to offer up her expertise is our spiritual guide, Maggie Harrsen, who will be co-leading a FP Escapes retreat to Spain along with Yogascapes this September.
ESME ASKED: "I’ve always felt drawn to shamanic studies. What is the best way to get started and how do I know it’s the right path for me?"
MAGGIE ANSWERED: "I believe shamanism is a way of life — a path of living in harmony with Pachamama, the Cosmos and all living beings. Many of us are awakening to a truth that everything which exists around us is alive and has a spirit — the plants, flowers, stones, rivers and trees. All of life is interconnected. When we look at life in this way it becomes apparent that our existence is supported by these energies. When we live in Ayni, right relationship with the forces of nature, it is like flying on the wings of the great condor eagle.
Traditionally, in most indigenous cultures, a shaman was not a role that was chosen by an individual as it was viewed as a rather difficult path. In the Q’ero lineage I follow, there are stories of men and women in the high mountain villages of Peru who were called to the path by the supernatural, an initiation of an individual who was struck by lightning. Others may have been born into a lineage of Shamans or brought to the path by their personal vulnerabilities which compelled them to heal and share this medicine with their community.
When individuals approach me and inquire how can they can begin walking a shamanic path, my answer is always the same. Connect with nature. Connect with the moon, the sun, the sea, the wind. Honor these energies as living beings. Build an altar, a sacred space to pray and deepen your relationship with Spirit and your ancestors. The truth is that each one of us is a descendant of an indigenous culture of beings who lived close to the Earth. Practice gratitude and leave daily offerings of love at your altar such as spring water, fresh flowers and incense.
As far as modern day teachings, I love Sandra Ingerman who explores the practice of shamanic journeying. Early on her studies inspired me to begin using a drum and re-awaken my ability to commune directly with the natural world and the Cosmos. My personal experience is that the most beautiful way to absorb ancient wisdom in not through traditional studies but by apprenticing and traveling with visionaries and healers who inspire you. Visit indigenous communities — be with these people, see how they live, connect with them and connect with the land on which they live. If you feel a deep calling to visit a certain place in the world, honor this energy and journey there. When we learn through having direct experiences, this is profound. It’s not necessary to memorize information in books or follow the path of another, but be yourself and live from your true essence. In the beginning of my journey, I carried a lot of heaviness so a process of un-learning was necessary for me to free myself of who I thought I was and of what others wanted me to be. I invite you right now, in this moment, to welcome and embrace all parts of your being. To be like a child again, with a curiosity and gentle love in your heart — play, be wild and free. Quiet your thoughts and just imagine what it may be like to trust that your soul will guide you."
To join us on our retreat in Andalucia, Spain visit: THE ART OF RITUAL
July 15, 2016: Soul Retrieval Ceremony / Hamptons NY
Friday, July 15, 2016
10 - 5 pm
Amagansett, New York
Exchange: 1-day ceremony w/ vegetarian lunch $300
Welcome friends, please join us for a shamanic ceremony to open into the deep healing of your soul and nourish your body with the healing foods of Mother Earth. Join us as we learn about the native ceremony of soul retrieval and remember our starlight. Together and with the support of Mother Earth and Father Cosmos, we will explore our inner garden and connect to our salka nature - the wild, undomesticated energy of the flowers, the wind, the soul. Gather with us as we support one another, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within. This is an individual ceremony which takes place in the nurturing environment of an intimate group of human beings sharing a focused intent of cosmic wellbeing.
We will gather in a beautiful, modern treehouse nestled in the woods of Amagansett, New York, in the heart of the Hamptons. Lunch will be lovingly prepared by Heather Cox of Eat Real Food using locally sourced, seasonal nourishment from the East End. Additional offerings on-site include: spring water, dessert and a tote bag w/ snacks. Ceremony is open to 6 women, all ages.
Soul retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony, to live in alignment with their souls path and remember their souls mission before coming into their human body. This ceremony was passed onto Maggie through the lineage of the Q'ero people of Peru and the modern-day teachings of her mentor and teacher, Sandra Ingerman. This ceremony involves the use of native sound including drum, rattle and bells and the smoke of sacred plant spirit, Palo Santo. To learn more, Soul Retrieval Ceremony
SCHEDULE: 10 - 12:30 pm: Soul Retrieval Ceremony
12:30 - 2 pm: Lunch + Open time in Nature
2 - 5 pm: Soul Retrieval Ceremony
⟁ TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE VISIT: PUAKAI HEALING
For individual inquiries please connect with me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org
All photographs are sourced from Heather's beautiful sites: Eat Real Food + Treehouse Retreats
Spring Detox: Releasing Emotions from the Liver
Our Liver is the largest organ in our body, working day and night processing environmental and emotional toxins. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the liver is responsible for direction, life purpose and it is a place where the heavy emotions of resentment, rage, anger and bitterness are stored. These emotions all block the flow of Liver Chi. Put simply, a stagnant liver prevents us from moving forward on our path.
The energy of Spring and the greater presence of the Fire element through the Sun presents a divine time to cleanse the liver physically. I love the nourishing foods created by two dear friends, Ashley Neese and Claire Ragozzino that lovingly support our physical vessel.
The Spring also holds the space for us to cleanse the liver emotionally and a gentle way is through the vibrational remedies of flower essences. I find that flower essences are also a great support when emotions may re-surface during a cleanse of the physical body. Here are five flower essences to support the emotional detoxification of our Liver during the season of Spring: Willow, Beech, Holly, Impatiens, Vervain.
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Feeling resentful, inflexible or rigid emotional memories which turn to bitterness; tendency to blame others or see oneself as the victim.
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Acceptance, forgiveness, taking responsibility for one's life situation, adaptable to changing fortunes and circumstances
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Criticalness, judgmental attitudes, intolerance; perfectionist expectations of others; hyper-reactive to one's social and physical environment due to underlying sensitivity
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Tolerance, acceptance of others' differences and imperfections, seeing the good within each person and situation; ability to offer praise to others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Social isolation; jealousy, envy, suspicion, anger
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Loving and inclusive gestures to others; heartfelt compassion; ability to express gratitude to others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Impatience, irritation, hypertension, intolerance; pain due to tension and resistance in the body
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Ability to flow harmoniously with time and daily rhythms, patient embrace of life events and the pace of others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Overbearing or insistent behavior regarding one's beliefs; intensity bordering on fanaticism; nervous exhaustion from over-striving
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Ability to practice moderation, tolerance, and balance; “the middle way;” passionate and embodied idealism
* All Flower Essence descriptions are from the Flower Essence Repertory by the Flower Essence Society.
April 2016: Topanga Canyon + Ojai, California
I will be traveling to the West Coast in April and I've created some sacred offerings to share with you.
Individual Shamanic Healing Sessions + Ceremony
90-minute sessions for women, men and little ones
Thurs. April 14, Fri. April 15 + Sat. April 16, 2016
Location: Private Cabin near Topanga State Park
Exchange: 225 USD
For bookings email: email@example.com
Soul Retrieval + Land Blessing Ceremony
Monday, April 18, 2016
10 - 6 pm
Open to 6 individuals, women + men
Location: The Ojai Foundation
Exchange: 350 USD
For bookings visit: Soul Retrieval | OJAI
September 2016: Free People + Yogascapes Retreat: Andalusia, Spain
THE ART OF RITUAL
I am honored to come together with Free People + Yogascapes to guide a healing retreat with yoga instructor Mischa Varmuza.
Where: Andalucia, Spain
When: September 25 - October 1, 2016
Exchange: 2,895 USD
"Wild and brooding mountains dotted with whitewashed villages redolent of orange blossoms; the fertile lands of Andalucia remain suspended between the sea and stars. In this magical setting we will weave daily ritual into our lives, learning about time-honored local customs and world-wide traditions.
We believe that ritual is the most important ingredient in living a more fulfilled life. On this retreat, we will study the art of ritual as a way to infuse our daily lives with meaning. We will explore the practice of morning routines, visit an Arabic Hammam to learn about self care rituals and discover local traditions."
- 7 Nights at Casa Grazalema
- Daily yoga classes w/ Mischa
- Ceremony + Ritual Workshops w/ Maggie
- Delicious Mediterranean nourishment
- Visit to local Hammam + historic sites
- Horseback ride through Spanish Countryside
- Local Folklore + Flamenco
To read more about our journey + book now, visit:
Nourished Journal / Earth Mandala
I am excited to share my Earth Mandala ritual is featured in Edition Three of Nourished Journal with a beautiful Mandala created by founder Amber Hourigan. Find a copy near you or order from Nourished Journal's online store.
Some features include Sarah B from My New Roots, Carla Oates aka the Beauty Chef, Amanda Chantal Bacon from Moon Juice talks travel, recipes for infused honey, a beginners guide to crystals, sprouting 101, Emily L’Ami from Bodha, the importance of trusting your instincts and how to tap into your third eye.
Nourished Journal is a bi-annual lifestyle publication. The aim of Nourished Journal is not only to create an inspiring publication, but also to be a platform for readers and contributors alike to share, learn and connect. The journal features interviews with inspiring individuals, uplifting and informative editorial, recipes, travel stories and practical information on health and wellbeing. We believe in taking a holistic view on life, which you will see reflected throughout the journal.Nourished Journal is wholly owned and produced by Made Publishers.
Nourished’s editorial direction is built on a foundation of knowledge and insight. With a wide range of contributors across multiple disciplines, Nourished’s content is as comprehensive as it is diverse. Featuring profiles, interviews, guides, recipes and editorial content, Nourished has been created for individuals with a strong interest in health and wellbeing, it also appeals greatly to those seeking inspiration in the areas of beauty, food, travel & lifestyle.
Aloha Gaia / The Touch of Pachamama
I was honored to share an intimate view into my latest journey to Peru and my favorite Andean energy practice with the community of women at ALOHA GAIA.
THE TOUCH OF PACHAMAMA
Words by Maggie Harrsen
Photographs by Chaunté Vaughn
As I look out into the vast landscape of the remote, indigenous village of Q’eros my heart fills with a warmth. I observe beneath my feet tiny violet flowers budding within the vibrant green moss, in the distance alpaca dancing together up the mountainside towards the sun, above me Andean gulls circling within the luminous rain clouds and all around me I hear the gentle whisper of the flowing stream, carrying glacier water from Apu Wamanlipa down through the ancient stones.
At 14,000 feet elevation, I am one with Earth and Sky. I inhale the fresh mountain air and sink into the beauty of this living, breathing being who is Pachamama, our Cosmic Mother. The feminine spirit of the Earth and the Cosmos. There is great significance in aligning our vital force with her filaments of light for wellbeing. There are many ways we can do this – through ritual, ceremony and energetic practices. Using the power of our intent we are able to enter a portal into another type of energy. An energy that heals our being and brings us into harmony with all of life. The energy of Pachamama.
This is a central energy practice of the Andean Tradition that can support you in daily life by strengthening your relationship with Nature and the Cosmos. It works by bringing your being into balance within yourself and the world of living energy. It is essential in moments when you may be lacking vitality, feeling ungrounded, mentally overstimulated or emotionally depleted. This sacred wisdom was passed onto me by my teacher, mystic Don Américo Yábar, a principal initiate of Andean Master Don Benito Qoriwaman.
Take a moment to become aware of your energy and just notice how you feel in this moment. Begin by laying on the Earth with your navel in physical contact with Pachamama. You will now activate a cycle where you first release any heavy, undesirable energy to Pachamama and second, bring the energy of Pachamama into yourself. The foundation of this practice is rooted in the central principle of the Andean Tradition called “Ayni” in Quechua, which translates to reciprocity. It is the cycle of life that is giving and receiving.
With your intent direct your energy into what you are releasing, letting that energy flow downward from your navel into Pachamama. If you notice any heavy energy stuck in a particular area of your body use your intent and direct it to your navel. Continue the flow of energy down into the Cosmic Mother. She eats your heavy energy and transmutes it into a more refined energy that is released into the Cosmos. As her children, this is her gift to us human beings. Continue this flow of energy for as long as you wish or until you feel that all of the heavy energy has left your body.
Using your intent again, open your energy field at your navel and invite Pachamama to touch you. She will send her filaments of light into you. Focus on your intent, that you would like Pachamama to bring your energy into harmony with hers. Imagine an upward flow of energy from deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Continue this flow of energy for as long as you wish or until you feel full of light, refined energy. When your practice is finished, take a few moments to rest and notice if you feel a shift in your wellbeing.
Maggie's Soul Path
Today I share my truth, walking on this Earthly plane as a modern woman living in deep reverence for indigenous wisdom and for those who have come before me, my ancestor's. My teacher's and the lineage of energy healing and sacred ceremony I honor is rooted in the Q'ero lineage of the High Andes, Peru and the Shipibo lineage of the Amazonia, Peru.
I walk my path as an Energy Medicine Practitioner in honor of these indigenous beings, their ancient healing arts and the power of their energy medicine which has deeply impacted my wellbeing. My intent in following this path is for personal healing, to support the healing of fellow human beings, to live in harmony with the natural world and to support the healing of Pachamama, the feminine spirit who is Mother Earth. I believe all human beings are capable of healing and my focus is working within the subtle energy field to support the body's innate capacity to heal itself and to support the individual in their path of spiritual evolution.
These native teachings were passed onto me in love, recognizing that every human being carries within them a seed of potential that is waiting to be awakened and nurtured. We are all One, there is no separation or ownership in the Andean Tradition. We are here, united across the globe, working together for the healing of all living beings and Mother Earth. When I sit in ceremony in North America these vibrations heal my brother's and sister's in South America and when my brother's and sister's in South America sit in ceremony, their healing vibrations touch us in North America. This is Ayni - the fundamental law of reciprocity in the Andean Mystical Tradition.
I was initiated into the Andean path by Juan Nuñez del Prado in the Inka tradition and I am Mesa carrier of the Q'ero lineage of the Andes. My formal training honors the lineage of three Andean Master's Don Benito Qoriwaman, Don Melchor Desa and Don Andes Espinosa. The Karpays, energetic initiations/transmissions, I have received are the seeds from which an individual may develop new ways of being. My seeds have grown and inform me energetically as I am dedicated to nurturing them through daily practices.
When I am in Peru and in the indigenous mountain village of Q'ero, there is deep respect for those individuals who carry a Mesa. This is seen as a responsibility to your community and it is honored by fellow Paqos, Andean healers. A Mesa or Misha, the ancient Quechua word for Mesa, is a medicine bundle consisting of a handwoven cloth of natural threads which contains power objects from sacred sites around the world and medicine stones called Khuyas used for moving energy in service of healing. These stones have been instrumental in my personal healing and have been blessed by my teachers and the medicine men and women of the Q'ero Nation.
In November 2015, I co-created NUNA: Journeys of Spirit with Hannah Rae Porst which is a biannual spiritual journey and expedition with the intent to support personal healing and to be of service to the wellbeing of indigenous communities. I am a member of the Flower Essence Society which educates and promotes plant research on the therapeutic effects of flower essences. I use FES Demeter Certified Biodynamic flower essences as vibrational remedies to support the healing process. I am currently studying Biodynamic Agriculture based on the spiritual science of Rudolf Steiner through the Biodynamic Association. I am developing a deeper relationship to the Cosmic and Earth influences as well as learning about biodynamic preparations, composting, soil science, botany, crop management, animal husbandry, planetary influences in nature and the role of food and nutrition. In 2011 I was initiated in an individual Puja Ceremony to practice Transcendental Meditation, a Vedic form of mantra meditation founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
I am grateful for the wisdom passed onto me by my beloved teacher's from around the world:
Andean Mystical Tradition + Ceremony with Juan Núñez del Prado
The Andean Cosmovision + S'alka Movement with Don Américo Yábar
Despacho Ceremony + Karpay with Don Francisco Chura Flores + Dona Juana Apaza Ccapa
Shamanic Journeying + Soul Retrieval Ceremony with Sandra Ingerman
Advanced Energy Medicine: Homeopathy, Radionics, Medical Radiesthesia, Subtle Anatomy, Nutrition and Crystal, Gem + Flower Healing with Dr. Linda Lancaster of Light Harmonics Institute
Paracelsus Nutrition Program with Dr. Thomas Rau of Paracelsus Klinik Lustmühle
Usui Reiki Level II Certification + Hawaiian Ho'oponopono with Liz Connor
Shamanic Reiki with Llyn Roberts
Below are a collection of books by author's and mentor's who have inspired my soul path:
The Essential Writings of Dr. Edward Bach: The Twelve Healers and Heal Thyself by Dr. Edward Bach
Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos by Rudolf Steiner
Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture by Rudolf Steiner
Masters of the Living Energy: The Mystical World of the Q'ero of Peru by Joan Parisi Wilcox
Radionics & the Subtle Anatomy of Man by David V. Tansley
Initiation: A Woman's Spiritual Adventure in the Heart of the Andes by Elizabeth B. Jenkins
Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self by Sandra Ingerman
Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins by Sandra Ingerman
The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health: Dr. Rau's Diet for Whole Body Healing by Dr. Thomas Rau
Shamanic Reiki: Expanded Ways of Working with Universal Life Force Energy by Llyn Roberts
Spirit Weavers Gathering / June 2016
I am honored to return for my third year as a teacher at Spirit Weavers Gathering for the Sun Session / June 2-6, 2016 and Moon Session / June 9-13, 2016. This year I am excited to offer three ceremonial classes: Pachamama Despacho Ceremony, Rite of the Womb Ceremony and Soul Retrieval Ceremony. Please explore the ceremony descriptions below and tune in on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 am PST to register.
"Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past, a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Fermenting foods, weaving, dying fabrics, creating ceremony, sharing meals at night and dreams in the morning, drinking tea, and making plant medicines- singing songs, together as a community- these were the common knowledge ways and part of the simple pleasures of a life lived in balance and harmony with nature. Let us gather together as Women and share our skills in remembrance of the beauty path and an honoring of our Ancestors."
Come together in sacred space to commune directly with the forces of nature through the Andean ceremony of the Q’eros, the despacho. As a family we will prepare a ceremonial offering to honor Pachamama, our Earth Mother. In the despacho, a wide variety of symbolic elements (such as sweets, grains, seeds, flowers, herbs, shells) are intricately arranged on white paper. The bundle is infused with sami (light, refined energy) by using the breath to empower each element with specific prayers/intentions. The elements are placed in the shape of a mandala with intention and care. The offering is then bundled up, tied with string and used to cleanse the subtle energy body of each being in ceremony. The bundle is run over the physical body (from head to toe) with the intention to cleanse the body of hucha (heavy, dense energy) and infuse the body with the healing vibrations of the offering. In closing, we will ceremonially bury our bundle beneath the Earth’s surface at Camp Navarro. Q’ero elder Don Manuel Q’espi explains, “The despacho is a gift – a giving back of what we receive everyday in our lives. We seek, through the despacho ceremony, to bridge the ordinary and non-ordinary realms; to establish new patterns of relationship and possibility. The despacho places us in right relationship, right ayni, with the Pachamama.” Maggie has received the blessings and initiations to share Despacho Ceremony through the Q'ero Lineage and by her teacher of the Andean Mystical Tradition, Juan Nunez del Prado.
Join us as we lay with our Cosmic Mother in ceremony and receive the transmission of the Rite of the Womb, an energetic healing for your sacred temple within. This rite moves us into right relationship with our ancestors (the feminine lineage that is at our root) and honors our future generations (the blossoms of light we are birthing). The ceremony is an individual healing and celebration of our feminine essence. We connect with our ancestors to bring awareness and liberation from the past with the support of the drum, healing smoke of various herbs, flower blossoms, fire and sacred waters. We give gratitude to the lineage of the Shipibo medicine women of the Amazonia where this rite was birthed. Following the ceremony, we will discuss how to nurture the rite during the moon cycle and explore our inner garden through a guided shamanic journey. We will close ceremony with a native chant to open the “eye” of our throat center which stimulates the flow of vital force through our womb. Ceremony is also open to young women age 13+. For more information, visit www.theriteofthewomb.com
An intimate circle of six women representing the six directions: South (Serpent), West (Puma), North (Hummingbird), East (Condor), Below (Mother Earth) and Above (Father Cosmos). This ceremonial class is for those who feel called to open into the deep healing of their soul. Join us as we learn about the native ceremony of soul retrieval and remember our birthright. Each being will receive an individual soul retrieval and together we will support one another in community, as a soul family, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within us. Soul retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our life force, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony. As my teacher Don Americo Yabar explains, “Your Animu – your essential energy, your soul – sometimes comes out like a little bird, and the shaman goes after that little bird and grabs it and brings it back.” Maggie has received the blessings and teachings to share Soul Retrieval Ceremony by Sandra Ingerman.
Winter Solstice Meditation
The name Solstice means "Sun Stands Still". At the heart of the Winter Solstice is the birth of the Sun – both personally and universally. Our spirit being reborn and transformed from inner darkness into light as the day following the solstice brings more light and an awakening of spirit.
Here is a ceremonial practice of connection on the Winter Solstice, acknowledging the last light of Tayta Inti (Father Sun) as he embarks on his longest journey and welcoming in the light to come.
1) Sit peacefully in nature or in a space in your home. It is especially powerful if you practice this meditation in the presence of the setting sun.
2) Set your intention, "I connect with the elements where I live - Earth, Water, Air, Sun and Spirit.
3) Once you are connected, express your gratitude for the energy and life they provide you.
4) Inquire, "How can I be of service at this time of change on Earth? How can I awaken to my own inner light?"
5) Connect with the heartbeat of the Earth, giving gratitude for your life and the elemental beings for providing all you need to shine.
6) Leave a symbolic offering of love for Tayta Inti - such as sunflower seeds, petals of golden yellow flowers, cornmeal, etc.
*Practice birthed through the inspiring works of my teacher Sandra Ingerman. Photograph captured along the coast in Big Sur, California.
Andean Energetic Passes: Yanantin
In the Andean mystical tradition there are various energetic passes (or practices) that allow us human beings to experience and interact with vibrations of subtle energy. Often these exercises involve connecting with another living being: a human being or a nature spirit, like a tree or flower. When two human beings (man and woman) connect to move energy in a particular way this forms a yanantin, a coming together of "complementary opposites". Yanantin is a defining characteristic of Andean wisdom, it is the principle of reciprocity through duality. According to Hillary Webb's book Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World, "Yanantin is an adherence to a philosophical model based on the belief that the polarities of existence (such as male/ female, dark/light, inner/outer) are interdependent and essential parts of a harmonious whole."
We find that through sacred relationship we are able to harness power and experience living energy from a new perspective, through the merging of the masculine and feminine in a sacred space. The two yanantin practices we are going to explore today (Yanachakuy + Munay) were passed onto me by my teacher, Andean mystic Don Américo Yábar. Through the union of these two forces of energy (the masculine and feminine) we are able to explore the other and come into harmony. A group of Andean paqo's share, "For us, yanantin doesn’t focus on the differences between two beings. That is what disconnects them. Instead, we focus on the qualities that brought them together. That is yanantin. We don’t really see the differences. That’s why we see them as not necessarily opposed, but as complementary. One on its own can’t hold everything, can’t take care of everything. Not only are they great together, but they need to be together. There is no other way. When there is another, it represents extra strength for both."
We all know that entering into a sacred relationship takes devotion. Not only are we holding space to heal and care for ourselves but we are also supporting another being and working to harmoniously merge with a complementary energy. There is an ocean of endless wisdom, beauty and soul evolution available from this type of partnership but where do we turn when things become difficult? How can we move through the heavy energy of everyday life and ride the waves of the higher vibrations that brought us together? My hope in sharing these Andean energy practices is that they will support you and your partner through the shadow and through the light. They work to energetically align you with each other and the living energy of the Kawsay Pacha. Through these practices you will learn to care for one another in a new, expansive way. Just as you may caress your partners arm in love or prepare them a nourishing meal in the physical world, these practices will take you into the wild, undomesticated energies of Spirit and introduce gentle waves of healing into your energy bodies. Think of it as: cleansing each other in a shower of the highest, most refined energy of the upper world, the light of the stars, the light of Siwa Kinti, the rainbow hummingbird.
In Peru, these practices are traditionally explored between a man and a woman. In our modern culture, it is possible for any two human beings who have "complementary energy" to explore these practices. The key is that one being must have a strong masculine essence and the other a strong feminine essence.
The Andean ritual for joining together two different energy bubbles.
Begin by standing back to back with your partner and allow your spines to touch. Make comfortable contact spine-to-spine but do not lean on each other. Relax your arms by your side. Gently clasp hands with your partner and interlock your fingers. Close your eyes. Use your intent to connect with Pachamama through the sole's of your feet and to the energy of the Cosmos through the crown of your head. Next use your intent to send your finest energy to your partner through the point where your spines touch and be open to receive their finest energy in return. (This energy is called Sami - the light, refined universal energy). Allow the energy to flow back and forth for as long as you wish.
The Andean ritual for connecting to your complementary energy through the soul of love (Munay).
Begin by standing face to face with your partner at a comfortable distance. Use your intent to connect with Pachamama through the sole's of your feet and to the energy of the Cosmos through the crown of your head. Both take your right hand and place it against your partner's heart. Both take your left hand and place it on top of your partner's hand, which will be over your own heart. Looking into their eyes, use your intent to connect with the soul of your partner. Look into their eyes until the moment you feel their soul. At this time you may close your eyes. Allow the energy to flow back and forth for as long as you wish.
Article: The Wall Street Journal
Letting Go and Finding Peace in the Hamptons
Sunset yoga and an Andean Despacho Ceremony in Montauk
By Marshall Heyman
Photography by Gordon M. Grant
Sept. 7, 2015 4:12 p.m. ET
Montauk, N.Y. - For a lot of people, the summer allows space and time for reflection, and then it’s back to the grind of the city.
This summer, Haley Binn discovered a particularly meditative terrace perch overlooking the water by her friend’s summer rental here on Tuthill Road above Duryea’s Lobster Dock.
“I was watching the sunset there and I thought, I want to share this with so many people,” she recalled.
That led to the idea that it might be a good place to do yoga followed by a quick dip in the water. So Ms. Binn enlisted her longtime friend and yoga teacher Heather Lilleston, who organizes yoga retreats under the moniker “Yoga For Bad People.”
Ms. Lilleston and Ms. Binn’s acupuncturist had already introduced Ms. Binn to Maggie Harrsen who practices the art of shamanic healing and energy medicine. Ms. Binn had done a “soul retrieval experience” with Ms. Harrsen and wanted to share it with her friends.
“As a unit, you’re greater than the individual parts,” Ms. Binn said.
So, on a recent weekday evening, she invited a few of her female friends, including the interior designer Anna Cappelen, Dom Perignon brand director Nicole Ruvo, Montauk-based contractorPaulette Davis and the chef Katie Lee for sunset yoga taught by Ms. Lilleston and an Andean Despacho ceremony led by Ms. Harrsen. (Liev Schrieber and his male surfer friends in Montauk had asked Ms. Lilleston and Ms. Harrsen if they could attend but were told it was “ladies only.”)
Ms. Harrsen, who lives in Noyac, has been leading these kinds of ceremonies for the past two years after participating in one with two indigenous shamans from Peru.
“It changed my life,” she said. “It basically aligned me with the forces of nature inside and outside of my body.”
After an hour of late afternoon yoga, Ms. Lilleston left the Harmonium organ she uses during yoga practice upstairs. “No one’s going to steal the Harmonium,” she said. Ms. Harrsen led the ladies down the steps to the rocky sand where she had arranged an altar. She explained that, together, everyone would create a single offering or “despacho” to give or “dispatch” to the natural world. In a typical ceremony of this ilk, done in the high Andes of Peru, she added, the offering might be burned, buried, or, as in this evening’s case, sent into the water.
“We sit with a despacho or create a despacho to align ourselves with the natural word, to call in our dreams or release that which is no longer serving us,” Ms. Harrsen explained. The ceremonies can happen anytime, she added. “They’ll do one to bless the llamas or to celebrate the sun. Maybe they’ll do one to call for rain or the well being for someone who’s not well.”
Ms. Harrsen brought several natural items to be added to the despacho, including corn, oats, coconut, cacao, brown sugar, coffee grounds, lentils, pink Himalayan salt and mint.
She began by spreading the coffee grounds in the shape of a cross to “honor the four directions,” each of which has specific, archetypal energies. The south represents the great serpent, she explained; the west represents the jaguar; the north for the rainbow hummingbird; and the condor in the east.
“When we align these forces, we harness their power,” she said, asking everyone to contribute brown sugar to the coffee grounds.
After that came millet, then corn, then a few feathers “for father wind” and shells for “the mother of the water.” Based on decisions by the group, other elements were given meaning and then added to the despacho. The cacao represented love, they decided. Lentils meant “being grounded.” The pink Himalayan salt was about purification. The coconut represented freedom; the oats, hope. Ms. Harrsen passed around sage, tulsi (holy basil), a clove of garlic, and a crystal, asking everyone to touch it, “so your energy’s on there.”
Ms. Harrsen then passed out three lemon balm leaves to each participant to create a prayer holder or “qintu” which they were meant to meditate on.
“They’re the carriers for your prayers,” she said. “Be with these leaves.”
After several moments of reflection, the leaves were added to the despacho and covered with flowers “to protect the wishes and the dreams,” Ms. Harrsen said. “Each petal is a kiss from mother and father earth.”
Everything was bundled up together and wrapped in sheep’s wool “to make it look like a present,” Ms. Harrsen said. She rang bells over the package to underscore the masculine and feminine energy, but before giving it to the ocean, she said, “I’m going to run it against your bodies to align your energetic body with everything here.”
Eventually, as dusk became dark, everyone stepped into the water and gave the package a little push. Would it end up on Block Island? In a lobster trap? Washed back ashore? Over to the Crow’s Nest for a bite? No one knew.
“I definitely feel cleansed,” said Ms. Ruvo. “I definitely felt some energy move.”
“Life can get really busy. It’s so nice to watch the sunset with a lot of love and appreciation,” added Ms. Binn, before heading out for dinner. “I feel relaxed and grounded and calm and peaceful.”
*To view the full article visit THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Autumnal Equinox Ceremony 2015
On September 23, 2015 we honor the Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere as we flow into the season of Autumn. The Autumnal Equinox happens the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the Sky that corresponds to the Earth's equator.
The moments of sunlight on our skin become more sacred; we watch as the leaves turn from green to yellow, orange and red and then gently descend to Mother Earth; farmer's harvest grains, dried beans and root vegetables in preparation for the cooler months ahead. This month's Full Moon (called the Harvest Moon) also appears 5 days later, on the evening of September 28, 2015 and is a super moon that will include a lunar eclipse. In honor of these transitions in the natural world, I share with you a ceremony created by my teacher Sandra Ingerman to support our alignment by honoring the cycle of death and letting go of what no longer serves us and the collective.
"If you live in the Northern Hemisphere this is a time to bring to the Earth any limiting state of consciousness and old wounds you are ready to release. The Earth will take this from you and compost the old just like she composts the old leaves that the trees and plants release during the season of autumn. During this composting process organic matter is created that feeds, fertilizes, and nurtures the earth to help to create the healthy plants that are born during spring. Take some time to enter into a deep meditative state. Let go of your ordinary concerns. Take time to focus on your spiritual practice so that you are truly entering into the invisible realms where change is possible. Sink deep within to your inner knowing. Allow your psyche to reveal to you that which you need to release at this time of your life. Look at the past wounds and states of consciousness that are anchoring you and not allowing you to fully move forward to creating new dreams and a new life for yourself and the planet. Imagine traveling into a beautiful place in nature where the soil is rich and moist. Smell the fragrance and feel your feet as you walk on the Earth. Notice how fresh the air feels and smells. You can taste the fragrance on your tongue. Look around you and soak in the brilliant colors of the nature beings all around you. Find a tree that calls to you, and sit with it for awhile. As you sit with it align your breath and heartbeat with that of the tree and the Earth. Feel your own heart beating. Focus on the desire to let go of what no longer serves you. When you feel ready imagine kneeling on the ground and digging a hole in the Earth. You can blow into the Earth what you are ready to let go of. Or you can imagine burying the states of consciousness and wounds that bind you to your past. Thank the Earth for taking all that needs to be composted and transformed into rich earth that creates a fertile environment for new seeds of hope, light, and love to be planted. When you feel like you are complete with this ceremony return to the room you are in and to an ordinary state of consciousness feeling light and unburdened. You can also perform this ceremony in a place in nature following the above steps."
West Coast Offerings / September 2015
ANDEAN DESPACHO CEREMONY
Thursday, September 10, 2015
7 - 9 pm
Location: OPEN @ 1655 Folsom Street, Boulder CO 80302
Exchange: 40 USD
Open to men, women + children
Reserve your space: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 13, 2015
10 - 6:30 pm
Location: Private studio in Topanga Canyon, CA
Exchange: 320 USD
Tuesday, September 15 + Wednesday, September 16
Location: Private studio in Venice, CA
Exchange: 180 USD
Book a session: Shamanic Healing
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Soul Retrieval Ceremony: Topanga Canyon / Sept 13, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
10 - 6:30 pm
Topanga Canyon, CA
Join us on the New Moon for a day of healing - including a Soul Retrieval Ceremony w/ Maggie Harrsen, a nourishing, vegetarian meal in nature and a closing Tea Ceremony w/ Baelyn Elspeth. Come together as we support one another in community, as a soul family, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within us. Ceremony is open to 7 individuals (women + men). We will gently be held in a private studio in Topanga Canyon, surrounded by the serene presence of the wild Olive and Oak trees. Please view our schedule below.
Soul Retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony, to live in alignment with their souls path and remember the gifts they were born with. This ceremony was passed onto Maggie through the lineage of the Q'ero Indians of Peru and the modern-day teachings of her mentor and teacher, Sandra Ingerman. This ceremony involves the use of native sound including drum, rattle and bells and the smoke of sacred plant spirit, Palo Santo. Wondering if Soul Retrieval Ceremony is right for you, learn more on our new Q + A PAGE
Cha Dao "The Way of Tea" is a practice that comes from ancient Chinese lineage. It has been used since its discovery by the Daoists and Sages as a form of medicine and a way to cultivate awakened presence, sustaining long states of meditation. Tea is a plant teacher, a spirit of Nature, manifested through the Leaf and awakened by hot water. Used in ceremony, it is a dance between the elements, a sensory exploration of presence, where everything is connected by space. Baelyn will share a traditional Tea Ceremony to close our day, guiding us to ground with Mother Earth and nourishing our spirits. To read more about Baelyn's offerings, visit All Matters of Spirit
10 - 1 pm - Soul Retrieval Ceremony
1 - 2 pm - Nourishment / Reflection
2 - 5 pm - Soul Retrieval Ceremony
5 - 6:30 pm - Tea Ceremony
PLEASE BRING /
Pillow/yoga mat/blanket to lay on
Journal + writing instrument
Sacred items for our altar during ceremony (such as crystals, stones, native artifacts, flowers, jewelry, photographs)
Andean Fire Ceremony / August 22, 2015
Andean Fire Ceremony
SAT, August 22, 2015
8 - 10 pm
Big House Beach
Amagansett, NY 11930
Exchange: 20 USD
Join us for an evening of ceremony + shamanic alchemy by the sea.
Fire ceremony offers us the opportunity to use the source of all light to amplify our intentions. The element fire allows us to release blockages in our energetic body and heal ourselves by aligning our body with the life force of the natural world. This ceremony is one of connection and purification, with a focus on the relationship between the energetic body (Poq’po) and the energetic world surrounding the body (Kawsay Pacha). During ceremony there may be earth offerings, chanting, drumming and song. Please bring a blanket to sit on, drums or rattles and a wooden stick from nature.
Tribe de Mama Issue #4: Ritual
I am joyful to share with you a new article I wrote for TRIBE de MAMA Issue #4: RITUAL
Connecting With The Plant Kingdom Through Ritual
Words by Maggie Harrsen
From a shamanic perspective we are multi-dimensional beings, intimately connected to all of life ~ the oceans, animals, plants, our ancestors and the cosmos. We come to learn about ourselves by observing our environment and understanding the ways of nature. As human beings living in a modern world, may we also remember the ways of the ancient ones who came before us, the natives who lived close to the land and believed that everything which exists has a spirit.
When we look deeply into the traditional kingdoms of nature ~ mineral, plant, animal and human ~ we bring awareness to the filaments of light that connect us all. We begin to see that our wellbeing, our existence and our soul evolution is supported through this web of life. At every moment, we are able to go beyond the physical world and experience the truth of our nature.
One way we can align ourselves with the natural world is through the ancient wisdom and medicine of the plant kingdom. From the holy smoke of the palo santo tree to the cooling, succulent nature of the aloe vera leaf, we as human beings are cared for by these sentient ones. A ritual is any action undertaken with intention that grows in power through repetition and connection. We can explore and connect to the spirit of a plant through various rituals ::
1. Care for a living plant
2. Experience a shamanic journey
3. Burn herbs and resins
4. Prepare a flower essence
5. Regenerate the land
1. CARE FOR A LIVING PLANT
According to the Q’eros, the wisdom keepers of the Inca who live in the high Andes of Peru, caring for the natural world aligns us in ayni (or right relationship) with the forces of nature. Ayni is a cosmic law of reciprocity in the Andean tradition, a daily practice of living in balance by respecting all living things including nature, the environment and the spirit world. A basic example of ayni is the relationship between a human being and a plant. A human being inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide; a plant inhales carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen. This relationship is harmonious and follows ayni as it supports and gives life to both living beings.
Ritual :: Select a plant you are naturally drawn to and place it in the room where you sleep. Begin by developing a relationship with this living being through touch, through love, through nourishment. Allow yourself to give freely and feel the energy and healing vibrations that come your way. Communing with plant beings is a gentle practice to open your intuitive capacity and the energetic pathways by which you receive its medicine.
2. EXPERIENCE A SHAMANIC JOURNEY
Living within the plant kingdom are our teachers and spiritual allies. For this reason, in native communities when a person is unwell, the healer of the village will journey into the unseen realms to discover which plant spirit volunteers itself to restore harmony and vitality to the individual. The plants medicine may be transmitted in various ways. Perhaps taken orally as a tea, lozenge, or as a dried herb that the individual will carry.
Additionally, sometimes the energy of the plant may be called into a specific center within their body for healing. Each of us have the ability to connect to the spirit of a plant through the practice of a guided shamanic journey. Following the sound of a drum, representing the heartbeat of Mother Earth, we are guided into an altered state of consciousness where we can easily connect to the plant kingdom. Here, we are able to have direct experiences and revelations with these plant spirits without ingesting them in the physical world. A shamanic journey is a powerful, exploratory practice bringing forth healing, insight and vision.
Ritual :: To begin a Shamanic Journey first form your intention, a simple phrase calling in the plant spirit you wish to connect with. Begin to drum or play a piece of drumming music. State your intention three times and start by sensing which direction you are being called towards ~ perhaps you have a feeling of sinking down into the Earth or a feeling of floating up into the Sky. Allow yourself to be in a space of tranquility and just experience what presents itself, being aware that we receive spiritual information through four channels ~ visual, auditory, kinesthetic and cognitive.
3. BURN HERBS + RESINS
Through the burning of herbs and resins a plant comes to life with the support of the elementals fire and air to bring forth healing energy in the form of smoke, as it travels into the ether. We can use the aroma and sacred smoke of plants to support us in times of meditation, to clear our luminous energy body and the spaces we inhabit (a ritual the American Indian traditions call smudging).
Ritual :: Experiment with various plants in this form such as palo santo, white sage, cedar and copal. Select a single herb and burn it in a room of your home where you feel the energy may be stagnant. Select another herb, introduce the fire element and put it gently in a stone dish or sea shell and with both hands bring its healing smoke into your body and all of your energy centers.
4. PREPARE A FLOWER ESSENCE
A flower essence is a form of energy medicine. It’s a vibrational remedy of spring water infused with the essence of a wildflower through a preparation of sun steeping. The drops are taken orally to elicit a healing response within the body. The electromagnetic energy of the particular flower is capable of healing the various energy bodies that make up our subtle anatomy. In this case we are merging with the flower spirit from the inside out.
Ritual :: Follow Dr. Edward Bach’s recipe for the Sun Method, which involves floating delicate flower heads in a clear glass bowl filled with pure spring water. As you ingest the sacred energy medicine, the spirit of the flower often appears as a deva or teacher, guiding you into the universe that exists within. With their support, we learn how to heal ourselves, to grow, to awaken and to reach higher states of truth and consciousness.
5. REGENERATE THE LAND
These days many individuals are feeling called to live in sustainable environments that support all living beings and Mother Earth. There is an intuitive understanding that the land carries a unique vibration and is capable of raising our etheric energy, which in turn regenerates our physical body. When we look at nature in a holistic way, we see that the Earth is a living, self-sustaining organism that unites material, biological and spiritual elements. Knowing this truth, we are capable of healing the Earth by enlivening its soil and therefore the nourishment we eat. By doing so we are supporting the flow of energy radiating from the Cosmos (sun, moon and stars) through the Earth. It is then guided into the plants so that their vitality enhances the animal and human kingdoms, promoting our wellbeing and spiritual development.
Ritual :: Prepare clay pots with herbs and lettuces on your window ledge, create a vegetable garden in your backyard or offer your hands at an organic or biodynamic farm in your town. Working in union with the land is grounding for your physical body and restorative for your spirit. Get your hands in the soil and allow yourself to interact with all of the beings of nature. Smell, taste, touch, see and hear. Discover the beauty that emanates from you through the reflection of your environment.
Illustrated by Dora Foldes
Keiki Shamanic Journey Circle / August 15, 2015
Keiki Shamanic Journey Circle
SAT, August 15, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Homegrown Family Health Fair
The Lawn @ 5 Hampton Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
This interactive, hour long circle is to support children (ages 6 +) to discover and connect with their Power Animal, or Spirit Animal. The flow of the circle: we will begin with playful movement to release excess energy or stress from our physical body and then gently lay upon the Earth as we flow into a guided shamanic journey with soft drumming. When this is complete, each child will share their experience in words or gestures as we go around the circle. Together we will close the circle by honoring our animal with movement, sound and laughter.
This circle is part of the first annual Homegrown Family Health Fair, Cultivating Healthy Homes from Birth and Beyond. "This fair is being held to gather in one place the multitude of resources for families on the East End of Long Island. Our vision and goal is to have a fun-filled day for families to relax, enjoy family-focused activities and experience the variety of local community members that meet a multitude of needs from birth resources to sustainable housing, baby-wearing and children’s nutrition to yoga and energy work." Proudly sponsored by the Long Island Doula Association, Inc. + The Long Island Birth Network.
Children and the Spirits of Nature
Every human being is born with a Power Animal or Spirit Animal, however in our Western culture this relationship is often not encouraged in children and so, as we grow older this connection becomes lost. A Power Animal Shamanic Journey is a drum journey to guide children into the dream world and their inner state of consciousness to awaken the connection with their Power Animal. In most indigenous cultures, children were taught how to work with Spirit Animal's and elders often gave children animal names to remind them of this connection. They believed deeply that this animal provided protection and brought the child into harmony with the natural world, Mother Earth.
As I continue to practice shamanism and native healing, it is my belief that if we support children to nurture this relationship at a young age, it will encourage their wellbeing in many ways. This relationship will support a child's intuitive abilities and their creativity. It will strengthen a child's connection to the rhythm of the natural world around them. It may open a child to a greater ability for self expression and imagination through words, art, dance and song. It may help a child to release fears, bad dreams or stress in the physical or emotional body. It will assist a child in developing empowerment and self confidence as they walk their individual path in the world. It will likely inspire their souls expression through remembering the unique gifts they were born with, their inner starlight. Most importantly during this practice, a child remains in contact with the spiritual words and their inner visionary ability.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10 AM - Fair Opens
10:30 AM - Sun Salutations with Dominique Garstin of Yoga Lila
11 AM - Educational Talk "Children of the Earth" w/ Naturalists Chandra Elmendorf + Ben Faraone
11:30 AM - Puppet Show w/ Waldorf Educator Andi Pisicano
12 PM - Educational Talk "Superfoods" w/ Casey McGowin, NP
12:30 PM - Live Music w/ Ken Sacks of Neobinghi
1 PM - Educational Talk "Essential Oils" w/ Kate Topliff
1:30 PM - Shamanic Journey w/ Maggie Harrsen of Puakai Healing
2:30 PM - Kundalini Yoga, Meditation + Gong w/ Jen Frasher
3 PM - Fair Closes
Rite of the Womb Ceremony / August 8, 2015
Rite of the Womb Ceremony
SAT, August 8, 2015
7 - 9 pm
Cosmic Healing Garden @ Bhumi Farms
131 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY
Exchange: 40 USD
Our Cosmic Mother will hold us in her living flower mandala as we come together in ceremony - as Women, as Sisters, as Daughters, as Mothers, as Grandmothers. Join us for the transmission of the Rite of the Womb, an energetic healing for your sacred temple within. This rite honors our ancestors, the feminine lineage that is at our root, and it honors the blossoms we have birthed, our little ones, the carriers of the light.
This ceremony is an individual healing and celebration of your feminine essence. It is a liberation from the past - supported with the healing smoke of herbs, flower blossoms, fire, sacred waters and loving community. We are grateful to the lineage of the Shipibo medicine women in the Amazon jungle, where this rite was birthed. Thank you to these women of great strength and vision for supporting us in true wellbeing. Following the ceremony, we will discuss how to nurture the rite during our moon cycle. We will also explore our inner garden through a guided shamanic meditation. We will close with a sacred song, opening the energy center at our throat which increases the energy flow through our womb center.
This ceremony is open to all women, from the age of 12 +. Come and bring your beloveds!
*Please bring: blanket + a flower for our altar
To read more visit, The Rite of the Womb
Puakai Cottage / East End, NY
Welcome to Puakai Cottage,
Located along Noyack Road on the East End of New York, this healing oasis is the sacred space that will hold you during individual Shamanic Healing Sessions + Ceremony. Appointments are available weekdays + weekends. All sessions are 90 minutes for an exchange of 180 USD. From NYC to Puakai Cottage is approximately a 2-hour drive.
To book a session: BOOKINGS
- Steps away from the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge
- 10-minute drive along the bay to the village of Sag Harbor
- Visit the Sag Harbor Farmers Market Saturdays 9 - 1pm
- Walking distance to the sweet cove of Towd Point
- Surrounded by local farms + farmstands
August 2015 Events / East End, NY
PUAKAI HEALING welcomes you to join us:
Rite of the Womb Ceremony
SAT, August 8, 2015
7 - 9 pm
Cosmic Healing Garden @ Bhumi Farms
131 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
Exchange: 40 USD
Open to Women + Girls age 12+
To read more about this ceremony, click HERE
Keiki Shamanic Journey Circle
SAT, August 15, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Homegrown Family Health Fair
The Lawn @ 5 Hampton Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Open to Families + Children age 6+
To read more about this circle, click HERE
Andean Fire Ceremony
SAT, August 22, 2015
8:30 - 10 pm
Cosmic Healing Garden @ Bhumi Farms
131 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
Exchange: 20 USD
Open to Men + Women
Q + A / Soul Retrieval Ceremony
I am grateful to Ruby Warrington of The Numinous for bringing light to the ceremony of Soul Retrieval through her exploratory questions and for inspiring me to share more deeply into the essence of this native ritual.
Ruby: How do I know if my soul needs retrieving?
Maggie: To first understand if a Soul Retrieval Ceremony may be beneficial for you, it is important to know the signs of Soul Loss (see below). During Soul Loss a piece of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive a traumatic or shocking experience. Examples of situations that may cause Soul Loss are: all forms of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), death of a loved one, divorce, separation, natural disasters, accidents, surgery and any distress during rites of passage.
- A feeling of being lost or incomplete
- Chronic depression, anxiety or grief
- Feeling disconnected from all of life
- Feeling "out of body"
- Never felt the same after a certain event
- Chronic illness + misfortune
- Blocked memory
- Lack of joy
- Inability to make decisions
- Addictive behavior patterns
- Disconnected from intuition
- Loss of energy
Ruby: If our soul fragments when we experience trauma, where does it go to retreat?
Maggie: According to the Qero paq'os (healers) of the Andean mystical tradition, they believe that when a soul part flees our body it goes to theUkhu Pacha, the place of the underworld where Pachamama, our Cosmic Mother lives. Being our Earth Mother, she keeps our soul parts safe until the day comes when we are ready to receive them back. It is my belief that in order to fulfill our souls particular mission on Earth, we need all of our soul parts restored and within us.
It is interesting to note that in indigenous cultures, if a little one falls and breaks a limb or witnesses the death of an elder, the healer will perform a ceremony on their behalf right away. In our Western culture, the understanding of our energetic body and the spiritual causes of illness are not as well understood and so, we are often going back decades to restore this energy.
Ruby: How should I prepare for a soul retrieval ceremony?
Maggie: In the Soul Retrieval Ceremony we are working within the luminous energy field (the energy bubble that surrounds and informs the physical body) so the only preparation is our intention. Our intention is what drives energy. In a Soul Retrieval Ceremony our intention is simple, we are calling back any lost soul parts that are ready and willing to return to the individual right now.
When we create sacred space and have an openness and willingness for healing to occur, it simply happens. My role in ceremony is holding this space for individuals to heal themselves. The most important element for me is trust. To build trust with my client and create a space in which they feel safe to completely open, like a blossoming flower. It is through our own courage and will that we are able to heal ourselves and in turn, heal the Earth.
Ruby: What exactly happens in the ceremony?
Maggie: The ceremony takes place either inside a space or outside in nature. The client will lay comfortably on the ground with blankets and pillows and I will sit at their side. I will begin preparing sacred space, using the smoke of the Palo Santo wood and other various rituals, and then I will gently guide the client into a relaxed place of stillness. They will remain laying down - resting and focusing on their breath for the duration of the ceremony. Together we will set our intention and go into an altered state of consciousness through the sound of various instruments, including a rattle, drum and bells. As the healer, I journey outside of time and space to my guiding spirits who assist me in locating and understanding why these light essences originally left. They are brought back and restored to the individual through my breath, blowing them into their heart center and crown of the head. We then move into the transmutation sequence of the ceremony, where the client absorbs the light of their soul into every cell of their being. During this time I play various high vibrational instruments and music. To complete the ceremony, the client gently sits up, sipping a glass of water and I share my healing story, focusing on the gifts that were restored. The client also may share any visions, sensations or experiences they had during their ceremony.
Ruby: And how do people feel afterwards?
Maggie: Since we are all unique human beings, everyone feels differently after a Soul Retrieval Ceremony. Some individuals may feel sleepy and some are buzzing with energy. Some feel emotional. Some feel a shift in physical sensation and perception. Some feel nothing. Many feel deep peace and relaxation. Most individuals feel a sense of being grounded and "in their body". Individuals often express they feel at home again. In the days and months after a Soul Retrieval Ceremony most individuals report significant life changes.
Ruby: What kind of changes do people report in their lives following soul retrieval?
- Spiritual Harmony
- Greater wellbeing + vitality
- Healing of physical dis-ease
- Clarity/remembering of soul path
- Unconditional love for the self
- Restoration of individual gifts
- Depression replaced with joy
- Renewed relationships
- Ability to be their authentic self
- Courage to follow their dreams
- Deeper connection to the natural world
Soul Retrieval Ceremony + Retreat: Hamptons / July 27 + 28, 2015
Monday, July 27 + Tuesday, July 28, 2015
10 - 5 pm
Amagansett, New York
Option 1: 2-day ceremony + lunch only - $560
Option 2: 2-day ceremony + 2 nights stay + 3 meals daily - $1,050
Welcome friends, please join us from near and far for a relaxing 2-day ceremonial class/retreat for those who feel called to open into the deep healing of their soul and nourish their body with the healing foods of Mother Earth. A sacred circle of six women, representing the six directions - South, West, North, East, Below (Pachamama) and Above (Cosmos). Join us as we learn about the native ceremony of soul retrieval and remember our birthright. Each individual will receive a Soul Retrieval Ceremony and Soul Remembering. Together we will explore our inner garden as the heartbeat of Mother Earth takes us into an altered state on a Shamanic Drum Journey. Through this newfound wisdom and expanded perception, we will release the past through the creation of a driftwood Talisman and plant seeds that represent the flowers - of our heart, our dreams, our visions, our spirit. Come together as we support one another in community, as a soul family, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within us.
We will gather in a beautiful, modern treehouse nestled in the woods of Amagansett, New York. Lunch will be lovingly prepared by Heather of Eat Real Food using locally sourced, seasonal nourishment. If you are traveling from a distance and interested in staying on the grounds, we are offering 2 nights stay with 6 meals included (breakfast, lunch + dinner). Before and after class, enjoy a nature walk, a soak in the pool and Earth-friendly accommodations in the heart of the Hamptons. This ceremony is open to 6 women. Please bring: water bottle, blanket/mat/pillows to lay on, journal & writing instrument and any personal, sacred items for our altar.
Soul retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony, to live in alignment with their souls path and remember the gifts they were born with. This ceremony was passed onto Maggie through the lineage of the Qero Indians of Peru and the modern-day teachings of her mentor and teacher, Sandra Ingerman. This ceremony involves the use of native sound including drum, rattle and bells and the smoke of sacred plant spirit, Palo Santo. To learn more, Soul Retrieval Ceremony
To view our schedule + reserve your space today visit, PUAKAI HEALING
For individual inquiries please connect with me directly, email@example.com
SATURDAY: 10 - 1pm - Opening + Soul Retrieval Ceremony
1 - 2pm - Lunch
2 - 5pm - Soul Retrieval Ceremony
SUNDAY: 10 - 1pm - Shamanic Drum Journey + Soul Remembering
1 - 2pm - Lunch
2 - 5pm - Talisman Making + Closing
- A 50% non-refundable deposit reserves your space
- Remaining balance due by July 14, 2015, no refunds for any cancellations after this date
Big Island, Hawai'i
I'm illuminated with love to share PUAKAI HEALING is journeying to the Big Island of Hawai'i from March 2 - April 27, 2015. I will be care-taking and living on an organic farm and offering remote Shamanic Healing Sessions & Soul Retrieval Ceremony.
I'm grateful for this time to connect with Mother Earth and learn her rhythms. I am excited to continue expanding my healing work and connect you with the healing energy of this Island - the ocean waters, sea mammals, plants, flowers, fruits and volcanoes.
To read more about healing from a distance visit, REMOTE HEALING
To partake in a remote session visit, BOOK A SESSION
*Photograph of a Plumeria Flower captured on Kaua'i, Hawai'i
Soul Retrieval Ceremony / NYC
February 7 - 8, 2015
2 - 5 pm
West Village, NYC
A 2-day ceremonial class for those who feel called to open into the deep healing of their soul. A sacred circle of six individuals, representing the six directions - South, West, North, East, Below (Mother Earth) and Above (Father Sun). Join us as we learn about the native ceremony of soul retrieval and remember our birthright. Each individual will receive a soul retrieval ceremony (on Feb 7th) and a soul remembering (on Feb 8th). Together we will support one another in community, as a soul family, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within us.
Soul retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony, to live in alignment with their souls path and remember the gifts they were born with. This ceremony was passed onto Maggie through the lineage and teachings of her mentor and teacher, Sandra Ingerman. This class involves the use of native sound including drum, rattle and bells and is open to both men and women. Organic fresh fruit and spring water will be offered. Please bring: a blanket to lay on, a cloth to cover the eyes and a journal & writing instrument.
To read more visit, Soul Retrieval
*Ceremony is limited to 6 individuals, to reserve your space please make a $50 non-refundable deposit on Puakai Healing
Photo by Angela de la Agua
Healing from a Distance
I often receive inquiries about the mystical nature of healing from a distance. I am happy to share with you this FAQ page to bring awareness to the power of remote healing. Below I answer the top five questions I receive from clients:
1. What is remote (or distance) healing?
2. How does it work?
3. What can I expect to feel during a session?
4. How do I prepare for a remote session?
5. May I purchase a remote session for a loved one who is unwell?
1. What is remote (or distance) healing?
Remote healing is when two people are geographically at a distance yet healing takes place as energy is sent and received through the luminous energy body. Within the discoveries of Quantum Physics, we come to experience that together (healer and client) are working outside of time and space and transmitting energy through intention to uncover and shift energetic blockages in ones subtle anatomy.
2. How does it work?
In a remote healing, I use the Shamanic Journey to travel to your location in the present moment and perform a healing in the same way I would if you were there in physical form. A healing is performed to stimulate your vital force, to activate your body's self-healing response and to align you with the forces of nature to support your healing process. To understand how remote healing works, we must first understand our subtle anatomy, particularly our luminous energy field, the energy and light that surrounds each one of us. During a healing session we are working within the luminous energy field, where exists an interconnection of our Physical, Etheric, Astral (Emotional) and Mental bodies.
"Man has a subtle anatomy which relates him to the forces in his immediate environment, and to those of the Universe at large, and upon which the physical form is totally dependent for its expression of Life. Most dis-ease originates on the Emotional (Astral) and Etheric levels and for this reason our attention should be mainly focused on these levels." (David V. Tansley)
"We must earnestly learn to develop individuality according to the dictates of our own Soul, to fear no man and to see that no one interferes with, or dissuades us from, the development of our evolution, the fulfillment of our duty and the rendering of help to our fellow-men, remembering that the further we advance, the greater blessing we become to those around." (Edward Bach)
3. What can I expect to feel during a session?
Your experience will be completely unique to you as an individual and so, will vary from person to person. Some experience waves of energy, thoughts or emotions, visions (imagery or colors), sounds or physical sensations in the body (hot, cold, twitching, or pulsing). Most individuals enter into a state of deep relaxation, sensitivity and tranquility.
4. How do I prepare for a remote session?
In the days leading up to your session, begin to plant your seed of intention. Take a moment in your day to sit in stillness and gently pose the question, Why am I seeking healing? Just notice any feelings or emotions that arise. When you are ready state your intention. The day of your session choose a sacred place in your home or in nature where you can comfortably lay on the ground, or the Earth. Prepare your healing space with blankets and pillows as you wish, being aware of the weather and your surroundings. Fill yourself a tall glass of water and gather a journal, candle and if you feel called, some herbs to burn when we begin. You will phone in at the time of your scheduled appointment and we will begin by conversing about your current state of wellbeing as well as your intentions and then flow into the healing work. A remote session follows the same rhythm of an in-person session and the same time, lasting between 1.5 - 2 hours. After your session, it is suggested to keep your day/evening open to rest, prepare healing foods and reflect on your experience.
5. May I purchase a remote session for a loved one who is unwell?
Puakai Healing follows Universal Law, meaning that in order to work with a human being we must first have their consent. If a healing session is for a child, their parent or guardian is capable of giving consent on their behalf. It is unethical to send energy into an individuals field without their knowing, even if the intention is pure and for the highest good of your loved one. At Puakai Healing we honor all living beings, respecting their "free will" and souls evolution.
The Rite of the Womb
"The womb is not a place to store fear or pain.
The womb is to create and give birth to life."
I am humbled to stand with a lineage of powerful women as a Sacred Womb Keeper. From my dreamtime with the Shipibo medicine women of the Peruvian Amazonia who prepared me to receive this initiation to my dear sister Anna who passed me The Rite of the Womb (the 13th Rite of the Munay-Ki), I am grateful to support all women who are ready to open to the Truth of their womb, as a center for creation and life.
After years of carrying pain and suffering in my womb (of energetic imprints from my feminine lineage to abuse I experienced as a little one) the heavy energy that once emanated from this space was purified and transmuted into pure light.
On the last Full Moon of 2014, I was sitting in ceremony in Peru at the Temple of the Moon and Mama Killa (Grandmother Moon) spoke to me and taught me how to bring her energy into my womb and align my cycle with her moon cycle. After this teaching, she showed me the faces of many woman and she spoke, "You will pass this healing onto many women. You now carry my medicine. The medicine of the Moonlight." It was exactly one moon cycle later, on the evening of the first Full Moon of 2015 that I began menstruating.
I am now offering The Rite of the Womb as a 1-hour healing session where we first energetically clear any imprints in the womb and then transmit the rite into this sacred space.
To book a session visit, Book a Session
Once you have receive the The Rite of the Womb you may feel called to honor it within you through a simple ritual. During your moontime find an intimate space and time to give some of your menstrual blood to the Earth. You may bleed directly on the Earth or you may collect some of your blood in a small container and pour it gently on the Earth while repeating the following words:
I release my fear so I may embrace freedom
I release my pain so I may embrace joy
I release my anger so I may embrace compassion
I release my sadness so I may embrace peace
For more information on The Rite of the Womb visit, www.theriteofthewomb.com. Gratitude to Marcela Lobos for bringing this medicine to all women
"In this food, I clearly see, the presence of the entire universe, supporting my existence." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
A dense and healing bread that is vegan and gluten free.
1 cup cooked brown rice
2/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup millet flour, or quinoa flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup pear juice, or apple juice
1/2 cup spring water
2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil
handful of raw sesame seeds (optional)
Cook 1 cup of brown rice (with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt) and let cool. In a large wooden bowl, add the ingredients in the order listed above. With your hands, combine together and take a moment - feel the love in your heart center, send this loving energy down your arms, your hands and out through your fingertips into the beautiful ingredients you have collected from the Earth. If you'd like, repeat this healing mantra 3 times, Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha. Mixture will appear soupy. Pour mixture into a rectangular bread dish lined with a little olive oil. You may also sprinkle the bottom of the pan with raw sesame seeds. Cook in a convection oven for one hour at 350 degrees until top is golden brown. Share with loved ones.
Spirit Weavers Gathering 2015
I am honored to be apart of the Spirit Weavers Tribe again this year! We will gather at Camp Navarro in Mendocino, California on May 14 - 18, 2015. "Spirit Weavers Gathering will be an intimate experience and opportunity for women to gather, dream, sing, dance and learn together. We are calling forth a collective of empowered, creative earth mamas and ceremonial sisters. This is a time when many visions are being received and birthed. Let us open the space to hear our hearts song and support each other in manifesting those visions in the here and now." Registration opens Monday, January 5th. To learn about the land, offerings and the beautiful weavers please visit, Spirit Weavers Gathering.
I will be offering 3 skillshare classes: Filaments of Light, Soul Retrieval Ceremony and Earth Mandala Ritual & Despacho. Please see below my class descriptions.
FILAMENTS OF LIGHT
Come together in sacred space as we explore the Andean Cosmovision and the wild, undomesticated energy of nature, called Salka. We will work individually and as a group, opening to our spiritual wisdom and learning how to connect with nature and each other through our filaments of light. You will learn Andean energetic passes (or healing practices) and we will explore our connection to the land through our brothers and sisters, the ancient redwood trees. We will visit the spirit of Mayu, the flowing river and learn to work with her healing waters. Here we will sit and absorb the Hawaiian Huna of Ho’opnopono, a gentle mantra meditation for healing and forgiveness. You will also learn about Khuyas (stones of power) from the river and understand how these stones can be used for healing and clearing the etheric body.
Maggie’s class is deeply inspired by her journey to the Sacred Valley of Peru, the feminine waters of Lago Titicaca and Lago Umayo and the teachings of the Q’ero indians as passed onto her by beloved teacher and mentor, Don Américo Yábar.
SOUL RETRIEVAL CEREMONY
An intimate circle of six sisters, representing the six directions – South, West, North, East, Below (Mother Earth) and Above (Father Sun). This ceremonial class is for those who feel called to open into the deep healing of their soul. Join us as we learn about the native ceremony of soul retrieval and remember our birthright.
Each sister will receive an individual soul retrieval and together we will support one another in community, as a soul family, coming home to the truth and divine essence that lives within us. Soul retrieval is an individual ceremony to call back soul pieces that have left us and traveled to Pachamama for protection. It is believed that when we suffer shock from an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive the experience. This ceremony is for individuals who seek to live in wholeness and spiritual harmony. (Read more)
EARTH MANDALA RITUAL & DESPACHO
A mandala is a healing circle, a Flower of Life, a cosmic diagram connecting us to the Universal oneness. This ritual is an offering of prayer and love to Mother Earth and the Spirit of the land. In the first half of class, you will individually create a mandala on Mother Earth, sourcing its elements from the lush, natural landscape of Mendocino. In the second half of class, we will come together in sacred space, learning about the history of the mandala as rooted in the Andean ceremony of the Q’ero indians, the Despacho. Together we will prepare our ceremonial offering to honor Pachamama, using a wide variety of symbolic elements (such as sweets, grains, seeds, flower petals, herbs, shells) intricately arranged on white paper and ceremonially buried under the Earth. Our Despacho will embody the prayers and dreams of all our sisters and is intended for personal healing, the healing of loved ones and as a blessing to the spirits of the land caring for us at Camp Navarro.
“The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self; to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us any fault which is causing harm. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls, and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure, not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of whom disease melts away as snow in the sunshine.” (Dr. Edward Bach)
A few years ago when I was wildly exploring and traveling the coast of New Zealand, I came across a very old paper book, published in 1931 called "Heal Thyself". I remember picking up this book and bringing it into my heart. These two words - HEAL - THYSELF - vibrating as a mantra often does, energy coursing through my body. This was a moment I was not able to understand or explain all these years later, until I at once began studying and experimenting with flower essences.
These colorful, sentient beings and this philosophy of emotional healing deeply resonate with me and helped me to clearly "see" from the place of my Soul, far above and beyond any limitations and beliefs I had placed on myself in this lifetime. It is an honor to share with you these gentle teachings and my lifelong love of the healing power of wildflowers.
A flower essence is a vibrational remedy of spring water infused with the essence of wildflowers through sun steeping.
This method was developed in the 1930's by Edward Bach, an English physician. Bach discovered 38 remedies, each the essence of a different wildflower that targeted a specific emotional state: Honeysuckle for Regret, Aspen for Fear, Willow for Resentment and so on. Bach felt that these negative emotional states broke down the immune system and left the body vulnerable to dis-ease.
Flower essence remedies work through the meridians in the body to enhance ones state of mind. Each essence corresponds to a virtue, or emotional imbalance, in the body that causes dis-harmonization. A suitable flower essence is methodically and intuitively chosen to address and re-balance the body. Imbalances may include mental states and emotions associated with 7 categories: (1) Fear, (2) Uncertainty, (3) Insufficient interest in present circumstances, (4) Loneliness, (5) Those over-sensitive to influences and ideas, (6) Despondency or despair and (7) Over-care for welfare of others.
"From time immemorial it has been known that Providential Means has placed in Nature the prevention and cure of disease, by means of divinely enriched herbs and plants and trees. The remedies of Nature given in this book have proved that they are blest above others in their work of mercy; and that they have been given the power to heal all types of illness and suffering," explains Dr. Bach in his book "Heal Thyself".
The 38 flower remedies may be taken individually or carefully combined into a mixture to effect a cure. As Dr. Bach notes, "All know that the same disease may have different effects on different people; it is the effects that need treatment, because they guide to the real cause." For this reason, when selecting a flower remedy or remedies, each human being is looked at from a holistic view (looking at the whole person) and so, the remedies and duration will always be different for two beings that may be experiencing similar moods and symptoms. "In treating cases with these remedies no notice is taken of the nature of the disease. The individual is treated, and as he becomes well the disease goes, having been cast off by the increase of health."
I have recently been incorporating flower and plant essences into my Shamanic Rituals and Ceremony. In Ceremony, it is possible to connect with the allies of sacred plant medicine through vibrational plant essence for deep healing and spiritual development. This is a very gentle way of experiencing these ceremonial medicines without ingesting the body of the plant itself as an herbal tonic.
My exploration into Energy Medicine has come through a deep remembering of how my ancestors of indigenous culture lived so intimately with the Earth and an understanding that these ways may be used as a therapeutic means complimentary to my Shamanic Healing practices. In Shamanic Healing we are working within the Etheric body & Astral body and with the introduction of Flower Essences we are working to support the Emotional body & Mental body. Together the states of these 4 bodies plus our physical body make up the subtle anatomy of man and inspire our Soul into Wellbeing. I am happy to offer the vibrational remedies of Flower Healing into future ENERGY MEDICINE sessions.
Nourished by the Universe
"I know the Earth is my Mother, a great living being. I vow to protect the Earth, and the Earth protects me." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Contemplating our food for a few minutes before eating can bring us much happiness. We look at the food in a way that the food becomes real. We think about all the people, animals, plants, and minerals and all the conditions that brought the food to our plate. The food reveals our connection with the Earth and all beings. We remember our determination to eat in a way that preserves our health and well-being and the health and well-being of the Earth. The following verses can help us practice mindfulness while eating.
In this food
I see clearly
the presence of the entire universe
supporting my existence.
This verse helps us see that our life and the lives of all species are interrelated. Eating is a very deep practice. As you wait to serve yourself or be served, look at the food and smile to it. It contains sunshine, clouds, the sky, the Earth, the farmer, everything. Look at a peach deeply. Don't put it into your mouth right away. Look at it and smile to it, and if you are mindful you will see the sunshine inside the peach. A cloud is inside. The great Earth is inside. A lot of love and a lot of hard work are inside. Then, when you eat it, please be sure to chew only the peach, and not your projects or your worries. Enjoy eating your peach. The peach is a miracle. You, also, are a miracle. So spend time with your food; every minute of your meal should be happy. Not many people have the time and the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a meal like that. We are very fortunate.
BEGINNING TO EAT
With the first mouthful, I practice the love that brings joy.
With the second mouthful, I practice the love that relieves suffering.
With the third mouthful, I practice the joy of being alive
With the forth mouthful, I practice equal love for all beings.
During the time we eat the first mouthful, we express our gratitude by promising to bring joy to at least one person. With the second mouthful, we can promise to help relieve the pain of at least one person. With the third mouthful, we are in touch with the wonders of life. With the forth mouthful, we practice inclusiveness and the love that is characterized by nondiscrimination. After this, we get in touch with the food and its deep nature.
COMPOSTING OUR FOOD SCRAPS
In the garbage, I see a rose.
In the rose, I see the garbage.
Everything is in transformation.
Even permanence is impermanent.
Whenever we throw food in the compost, it can smell bad. Rotting organic matter smells especially badly. But it can also become rich compost for fertilizing the garden. The fragrant rose and the stinking garbage are two sides of the same existence. Without one, the other cannot be. Everything is in transformation. The rose that wilts after six days will become a part of the compost. AFter six months the compost is transformed into a rose.
A WAY OUT
I know the Earth is my Mother,
a great living being.
I vow to protect the Earth,
and the Earth protects me.
We practice eating mindfully not just to heal ourselves and our loved ones, but as a way to help the world out of the difficult situation we are in. We become aware of what to consume and what not to consume in order to keep our bodies, our minds, and the Earth healthy, and not to cause suffering for ourselves and for others. Mindful consumption is the way out of our difficulties, not just our personal difficulties, but also the way out of war, poverty, and climate crisis. The Earth requires now that we consume mindfully if we are to survive and thrive as a species.
RITUAL: A KITCHEN ALTAR
In your own kitchen, you might want to create a kitchen altar to remind yourself to practice mindfulness while cooking. It can be just a small shelf with enough room for an incense holder and perhaps a small flower vase, a beautiful stone, a small picture of an ancestor or spiritual teacher, or a statue - whatever is most meaningful to you. When you come into the kitchen, you can begin your work by offering incense and practicing mindful breathing, making the kitchen into a mediation hall.
This Offering is by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh from his sweet, little book "How to Eat". Photography by Maggie Harrsen
Spirit of the Rattle
Indigenous shaman believe that everything which exists is alive and has a spirit. When we extend this way of thinking to all those who live in harmony with the Earth, we see their daily rituals of being, eating, working and living in community are anchored in Spirit. One way we can experience Spirit is through healing tools such as - a drum, rattle, stones, feathers and sacred plants. Learning to work with these healing tools is learning how to listen and connect to its Spirit and sacred cosmology. Today we will explore the Spirit of the Rattle.
The practice of using your rattle is an exercise in exploring the space beyond the boundaries you have created for yourself. A basic rattling ritual and the first one that was passed onto me is calling in the Spirits of the cardinal directions and below, Mother Earth, and above, Father Sky. It simply involves facing each of the 6 directions and shaking your rattle four times, calling to the Spirits of that direction and asking them to come.
Beginning in the South, stand with both feet firmly rooted in the Earth and take 3 deep breaths. Shake your rattle about and call in the Spirit beings of this direction to come to you. As you call in each direction with your rattle, experience the presence with all of your senses - the colors, sounds, scents, visions... perceive the existence of the Archetypes and the Elementals of that direction supporting you. Continue turning 90 degrees and call to the Spirits of the West, North, and East. Then touch the Earth below and next, the Sky above. After fully experiencing each direction, give gratitude.
You will see that after exploring this practice for sometime, you may be guided to move in a new direction and incorporate dancing, whistling or song. The Spirits are always teachings us, and we honor them by opening ourselves to their wisdom. Through this practice may you remember what it is to be a child again, to play, to dance, to be free. To trust in what you feel, even when it cannot be seen.
Event: Shamanic Drum Journey
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
7 - 8:30 PM
672 Driggs Avenue
Beehive Temple in NARNIA
Brooklyn, NY 11211
By Donation: $20
RSVP as space is limited to 16 in the Temple, firstname.lastname@example.org
Woven blanket to lie down
I invite you to come together in the sacred space of The Beehive Temple, a handmade geodesic dome, nestled among the wild trees and vines of the city scape. Travel inward on a shamanic journey ceremony, grounding and connecting to the heartbeat of Pachamama, our cosmic Earth Mother. Follow the vibration of the Buffalo spirit drum as we travel into an altered state of consciousness to access spiritual guidance, receive healing and restore our connection with the cycles of nature.
Image of The Beehive Temple in NARNIA by photographer Kacie Tomita
Healing Foods of Mother Earth
My healing journey with foods began in Switzerland five years ago at the Paracelsus Klinik where I was following an intensive program of biological medicine including homeopathic remedies, infusion therapy, acupuncture, flower & herbal tinctures, vitamins and a vegetarian, plant-based diet high in phytonutrients and life force energy. It was here where I first learned through personal experience about the healing energy of foods. After weeks of nourishing my body with organic whole grains, raw and steamed rainbow vegetables & fruits, legumes, sheep & goat dairy, warming vegetable broths and cooling fresh juices, I began to feel my body renewing itself cell by cell. Now fully supporting my body's upbuilding forces, I realized I was simultaneously creating sacred space within myself to heal my soul and remember my truth. High in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by the sun, fresh mountain air, healing lakes and rivers, I became aware I was tuning into a much larger cosmic, healing energy. The energy of Pachamama, Mother Earth.
In truth, this was the beginning of my re-connection with Mother Earth since I was a very small child, with memories of picking wild raspberries in Pennsylvania and watching my father harvest summer squash and tomatoes from our garden. And so, the healing foods of Mother Earth are and always will be of great importance in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Perhaps it is best said by Rudolph Steiner in his book Nutrition: Food, Health, and Spiritual Development, "Our diet not only determines our physical wellbeing, but can also promote or hinder our inner spiritual development." Steiner goes onto say, "We can ask ourselves whether we make our bodies unfit for the execution of the intentions, aspirations and impulses of our lives if we become bound by and dependent upon our bodies through an unsuitable diet. Is it not possible to mould the body in such fashion that it turns into a progressively more suitable instrument for the impulses of our spiritual life? Will we lose our freedom and become dependent upon our bodies if we ignore what is the right nourishment for us? What must we eat so that we are not merely the product of what we eat?"
More recently, my studies of Nutrition and Energy Medicine are deeply inspired by my dear teacher, Dr. Linda Lancaster of Light Harmonics Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She explains, "Health is the balance between the physical body, the force fields of the Etheric, Astral and Mental bodies and their connection to the Divine. Comprised of our blood, bones, organs etc. the physical body is dense and tangible, but no less spiritual. While many of us have come to identify ourselves with this physical vehicle, it is the Etheric body (also called the Etheric Double) that gives energy to the physical form. We nourish the Etheric body by providing it with food that is enlivened with electro-magnetic energy, clean air, good water, sunlight, positive thoughts and loving feelings. Electro-magnetic energy emanates from the plant kingdom (Mother Earth) in the form of vegetables and herbs. Minerals and more importantly rare trace minerals are assimilated through the energy of the life force of the food. It is important to eat food that is imbibed with energy for good nourishment. The majority of diseases that manifest physically have their base in the Etheric body." She goes onto say, "Through the healing process, we come to understand that we have chosen physical incarnation as a vehicle for experiencing the multidimensional identity of our Spirit." Through Dr. Lancaster, my understanding of good diet, nutrition, organic/biodynamic foods, herbs and homeopathy and their connection to our higher states of subtle anatomy is expansive and worthy of exploration. Working through my intensive studies with Dr. Lancaster in Medical Radhesthesia & Radionics, Mother Earth reminds me of her words that are so simple yet profound, "EATING IS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE."
Also worthy of mention is one of my favorite books, Be Here Now by Ram Dass where he clarifies, "Our body is our temple where we live and where we do the work of becoming enlightened. Just as certain external environments are more conductive to increased awareness than others, so it is with the inner environment - the body itself. I can be a 'clean, well-lighted place'. What we eat affects the nature of the body cells and organs and the way they function. At another level, you could say that the vibrations of anything you put into the organism modifies the vibrations of the total organism. Be concerned with the vibrations associated with the source, preparation and eating of foods."
My philosophy of nourishing with healing foods is to help individuals re-connect or more deeply connect to Mother Earth through her bounty and give them tools to help understand how they can best promote their physical health and spiritual progress. The individual then has freedom to recognize and develop their instinctive sense on which foods they consume. This empowers the individual and sets in motion the clear intention that the individual is "healing thyself".
To celebrate the Autumn season and the abundant harvest before us, I am now offering individual nutritional readings through my Healing Foods Analysis. Using the science and art of Medical Radiesthesia we will discover which foods are best for your individual constitution, uncover any food sensitivities, gain an understanding of how the electro-magnetic energy of foods help you heal and look more deeply into your relationship with foods through accessing the wisdom of your subtle anatomy. You will learn self care techniques to neutralize environmental pollution and together we will create a nutritional building program to support your physical body and spiritual development. Sessions are available remotely and in-person in Sag Harbor, NY. I am also offering individual & group plant-based cooking classes, Healing Foods of Mother Earth where we will explore the topics of - natural, healing foods that nourish you as a whole, the importance of gathering organic foods of the season from close at hand, preparing food with love and gratitude through mantra, eating with intuition, as well as hands on experience in the kitchen sharing recipes, food preparation techniques and enjoying our creations.
"And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for our healing." (Dr. Edward Bach)
*Photograph by Ayami of Japan
Autumnal Equinox Ritual / Fire Walk with Me
In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox I came together with the dear Aja Pecknold of Unified Field Collective to share a native ritual with you. Gratitude Aja for your love and inspiration to bring awareness to this sacred time of transition.
As the cool air of Autumn swirls around us on Earth, we are reminded of the Sun and the light giving gifts this element offers us. In Andean cosmology Father Sun, known in Quecha as Tayta Inti, is a masculine spirit carrying the qualities of the element Fire. According to the Q'ero people of the Sacred Valley in Peru, Tayta Inti gave rainbows to the beings of Earth to remind them of his creation of the world and how the rainbow is many colors yet forms a single bridge from the Earth to the Sky. When I first heard this story I began to wonder, "How can I as a human being connect to the Sky and the light energy it carries - of the Sun, the Moon, the Stars?"
The Autumnal Equinox presents us with an ideal time to connect to the natural world and understand and be touched by the rhythms of Pachamama, our cosmic Earth Mother. The Equinox which occurs in the East Coast of North America on September 22, 2014, is a sacred time of year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This means that the Sun's rays shine directly on the equator and the length of day and night is completely in balance.
For us Earth beings, the Autumnal Equinox presents a time to move inward to kindle our inner light, the Sun that shines within us, helping us to navigate our path through the cooler, darker season to come. It is a time to call in the energies of balance and abundance, often symbolized by the harvest. A time to nourish, rest and take notice of the seeds you have planted this year and how they have blossomed.
As we observe the cycles of nature shifting around us, an important decision lay before us. Do we allow these emerging magnetic energies to support us and flow with them or do we ignore these forces of nature and act as if they are not apart of us? I believe nature and the natural world is our greatest teacher. If we study her ways, we open ourselves to a vast world of potential.
I would like to share with you the most meaningful way I honor the Sun and this time of seasonal transition. First, I begin by watching the setting sun and second, I create a fire ceremony. I give gratitude for the gifts I have received and will be receiving and then attune to the natural world through the practice of ritual.
On the Autumnal Equinox let's come together and honor ourselves, the Earth and all of life. A beautiful way to begin is to sit or stand before the setting Sun and offer your love and gratitude. Start to explore the element Fire and what it means to you. You may gather with loved ones or you may feel called to connect on your own. Anytime you feel blocked, or are working on what you want to dream into your life, fire is a powerful tool to help you change and shift energy. Through the ritual of fire ceremony, the deepest yearnings and dreams of our soul begin to manifest and express in the physical world.
After sundown find a sacred place in your home and center yourself by taking three deep breaths and grounding your feet to Pachamama. Begin to prepare for your fire ceremony by laying out a candle, 3 leafs of white sage and any other objects sacred to you. You may open ceremony by igniting your fire and begin with a song or chant using various musical instruments including drums, rattles or bells. You will then hold your first intention of everything you want to release and with your breath blow your intention into your leaf. Then light your sage leaf by the fire of the candle, gently holding the stem and allowing it to burn through. You will hold your second sage leaf and as you take a breath in, gather your intention of everything you want to welcome into your life and blow it into your leaf. Next ignite your leaf and let it burn through. Holding the third sage leaf you will say a blessing for Mother Earth, Father Sun and this sacred day of the Autumnal Equinox and ignite the leaf and let it burn through. After this process breath deeply and take a moment to close your eyes and feel all of the elements supporting you - the Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Spirit.
If you are native to New York, please join us for an Autumnal Equinox Native Fire Ceremony at Long Beach in Sag Harbor, NY on September 22, 2014 from 6:30 pm onward. For more information visit, Autumnal Equinox Native Fire Ceremony.
Event: Shamanic Drum Journey at the Beehive Temple
I am grateful to be apart of a sacred gathering of feminine creative spirits on the next full moon lunar eclipse in Brooklyn, New York from October 8 - 12, 2014 called - Blood is in the Heart.
It will open on October 8th at 6pm at the Moon Temple in Narnia with a group presentation featuring works by Angela de la Agua, Sonja Selenite, Tehya Shea, Eve Ladyapples Bradford, Kacie Tomita, Renanta Chebel and Sweet Medicine Nation.
To support the creative energies of my sisters, I am offering a shamanic drum journey in the Beehive Temple on October 12th.
SHAMANIC DRUM JOURNEY with Maggie Harrsen
Sunday, October 12, 2014
7 - 8:30 pm
672 Driggs Avenue
Beehive Temple in Narnia
Brooklyn, NY 11211
By Donation: $20
Travel inward on a shamanic journey ceremony, grounding and connecting to the heartbeat of Pachamama, our cosmic Earth Mother. Follow the vibration of the Buffalo spirit drum as we travel into an altered state of consciousness to access spiritual guidance, healing and restore our connection with the cycles of nature.
Please bring: a woven blanket or yoga mat to lie down, a cloth to cover the eyes, a journal and drinking water.
Click to see the schedule for ceremonies & classes offered at the Beehive Temple
Photo credit: Angela de la Agua & Tehya Shea
Event: Autumnal Equinox Native Fire Ceremony
Please join us for a ritual celebration of the Autumnal Equinox by revering the Sun and watching his decent. After, we will honor Father Sun - Tayta Inti - by creating a "Circle of Fire" to keep his light burning through our Native Fire Ceremony.
As we take time to celebrate the cycles of Mother Earth and honor the changes within ourselves, we create space and call in the energies of balance and abundance, often symbolized by the Harvest. Take notice of the seeds you have planted and how they have blossomed.
Coming to the fire ceremony symbolizes your willingness to burn away all that does not serve you in this moment and invite your deepest soul dreams to surround you during the coming Earth cycle. Together we will move inward to kindle our inner light, the Sun that shines within us, helping us to navigate our path through the cooler, darker season to come. The 2 sticks you bring will symbolize what you are releasing and welcoming.
The Autumnal Equinox brings the fall season to the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm Eastern time. The Fall Autumnal & Spring Vernal Equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator. During the September Equinox the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is balanced.
Monday, September 22, 2014
6:30 pm - Setting Sun
8 pm - Fire Ceremony
Noyac-Long Beach Road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
By Donation: Adult $10, Children welcome
You may join us at 6:30 pm as we gather to watch the sundown or you may just join us at 8 pm for the Native Fire Ceremony. Men, women and families are welcome.
Reserve your space by emailing me, email@example.com
Each individual please bring:
• Drum, rattle, other native instruments
• 2 sticks to offer the fire
• Blanket to sit on
• Drinking water
The Gift of Ritual / New York
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-5 pm
Location: Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, 2595 Noyack Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Directions: From Sunrise Hwy. (27E), turn left (North) onto North Sea Road (CR 38). Go approximately 1.5 miles (at stop light veer left). Turn right onto Noyack Road. Go approximately five miles. Refuge entrance is on the left.
Tickets: Available here
Please join us for a beautiful seaside workshop The Gift of Ritual to connect to Mother Earth and the healing rhythms within you. We will come together in a sacred circle and explore native ritual, opening to our spiritual wisdom and connecting to nature through our luminous body.
We will begin with a 1-mile mindful walk on the Wild Birds Nature Trail, through the oak and red cedar forest, which is home to many rare and endangered species of birds. We will continue through the wildflower fields and to the sandy beach along Jessup’s Neck Peninsula. It is here we will sit, surrounded by bay waters, and be with Mama Qocha, the feminine spirit of the Sea.
You will learn / experience:
- How to create a Five Element Healing Altar with the elementals Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Spirit and open Sacred Space for healing based on the Q’ero tradition of Peru.
- The Hawaiian Huna of Ho’opnopono, a gentle mantra meditation for healing and forgiveness.
- As we lay on the belly of Mother Earth and travel inward on a Shamanic Journey, grounding and connecting to the heartbeat of the land and following the Buffalo spirit drum as we flow into an altered state of consciousness for personal healing and the healing of Pachamama.
- An introduction to Andean energy healing practices as we cleanse our energy bodies, uniting Mother Earth and Father Sky in our inner and outer world.
I am passionate about teaching shamanic healing practices to guide and inspire beings into their true essence and empower them into self healing and the healing of the natural world. I first offered my class in the desert of Joshua Tree for the Spirit Weavers Gathering and I am happy to bring this class to my homeland. To tap into the energy that pulses beneath the Earth here and streams down from the Cosmos. To honor the natives who blessed this land in ritual and ceremony and whose love we feel today through the stones, trees, wildflowers, birds andMama Qocha, Mother Ocean - All of life.
With this wisdom you will be deeply nourished, aligning with a path of truth and feeling care for yourself and your loved ones, the animals and flowers, plants, trees and vegetables that nourish your soul and your body.
Please connect with me for any inquiries you may have, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are traveling in from NYC or other parts, please contact me for information regarding transportation and lodging options. If you prefer to exchange in currency on the day of class, please reserve a space by emailing me. Mahalo!
*To bring: Elements to sit and lay down (blanket, pillow, yoga mat, backjack), plenty of spring water for drinking, a personal sacred item to charge on our altar during class, journal, sun hat, small instrument (optional - rattle, bell, drum)
These last few months I have been traveling to new lands to study and to pass on the ancient wisdom of the Andean tradition. There is one particular light filament extending far, far like a rainbow thread connecting dots on a map. It is the presence of the wee one, the hummingbird.
She comes to me in my dreams through the night. I wake in the early mornings to her shadow and the sound of her wings as she circles my tent in the desert of Joshua Tree. I watch her fly, dancing and kissing the tops of purple, yellow and orange flower blossoms. I prepare sacred space for a class in a naturally formed stone temple and as I call out to my ancestors, my teachers, she comes so directly in from the sky and stops, still in the air, looking into my eyes and transmitting her medicine to my ethereal body. Meditating on the rocks down by the cooling waters of the river rapids in Colorado, I open my eyes as I feel her inches away from my heart. My heart flutters as her wings flutter. I take a glimpse from across the room where my teachers altar stands decorated with pictures and wooden carvings in her shape, her essence. She is everywhere that I am.
I begin to ask myself: What is the message this beautiful being carries? How do I feel in her presence? What are the gifts she brings? As I ponder these questions a great joy fills my heart and a teardrop forms in my eye. I know like so many of her winged sisters and brothers, she speaks to my heart. I close my eyes and listen, "I am a messenger of Love".
One of the highest vibrational energies in nature is carried by the hummingbird. In the Quecha lanaguage of the Andes, the hummingbird is called Kinti and is the archetype representing the direction of the North. This direction holds the qualities of Siwa Kinti, the rainbow hummingbird, who lives between the worlds and serves as a bridge to those who have come before us (our ancestors) and those who will come after us (our children and children's children).
It is said Siwa Kinti was the sacred being of Machu Picchu in Peru and today bridges the two worlds of North and South America. According to the Andean System, royal hummingbird has access to the center of the Hanaq Pacha, or upper world, where Spirit is found. Hummingbird represents the paradox between action and stillness, possessing an unusual hovering pattern, able to move its wings in a figure eight pattern, the symbol for infinity.
"The spiritual spark of the hummingbird produces, every time it flies over, a flower of energy that emanates at that moment, so prepare yourself for a strange outburst of joy that shall make you hear the celestial music which invites you to the mystical concert like an energetic embrace of the most elevated beauty that can manifest in the internal being. Beauty is the goal of Siwar Q'ente, largest hummingbird, and its mission is to support the happiness in its flight whichever direction it might take. However it can also stay still in the same place and appear motionless and for this it is impossible that it, like happiness, could live in captivity." *
I open the space for you now, to bring awareness to the living energies around you and the messages they carry for you. May we all open our hearts and our eyes to these vibrations and teachings that surround us everyday.
* Excerpt from The Power of the Andes by Manuel Portugal
* Photograph by Graham Owen
Filaments of Light
We are one with the Moon, Cosmos, Mountains... connected by our filaments of light. These filaments allow us to have a direct communication with all of life.
Don Américo Yábar says, "Let’s imagine ourselves like filaments, just filaments of light, just that. These filaments are going directly into the beak of the great eagle of the universe. We are nothing else but filaments of light that are feeding the great consciousness of the universe. When we arrive at this state of conscious-ness – superior, different, and with humility – then we can vision these filaments. And if we can finally vision these filaments and acquire this experience with our energy body, we become just like children sitting in the lap of a great mother, which is the Pachamama."
Don Américo Yábar is an internationally recognized Peruvian mystic and poet. Initiated by the Q’ero as a young man, he is a Chakaruna, or living bridge of feeling between cultures. He is a master in moving energy and particularly adept in guiding Western minds in opening their hearts to connect their filaments with the Cosmos. I am grateful to call him a dear teacher. The "energetic passes" or energy practices transferred to him by the Q'ero Indians of the Andes deeply influence my understanding of Life, opening my heart and illuminating the undomesticated, wild energy of the natural world, the 'salka' energy.
Here I share his words to give gratitude to this beloved man. His voice dancing with the heart of the wind, his spoken words in Spanish forming a luminous poem. Perhaps the most simplistic and beautiful notes he spoke in my presence were these two questions he proposed. "If I can't feel a Tree, how can I love? If I can't feel the River, how can I kiss my children?"
Américo goes on to say, "If we accept the description of the filaments, we discover that all of us are simply children. We discover that we are sitting in the lap of a great mother, which is the Pachamama. Let's leave aside for a moment our personal arrogance, the shields and mental structures, and let's feel that we are little children sitting in the lap of the Pachamama. Let's forget our cultural face and let's try to recover, to remember, the first face that we had when we were born. That's our best face. Let's recall the first time and our first face and let's engage with the Pachamama. Let's feel it and allow that wave of energy to race through your body."
Energetic Pass: Filaments of Light
In this practice we will be connecting our filaments of light from our fingertips. Begin by choosing the salka energy you would like to connect with and experience. It may be a loved one, the Sun, a rainstorm, a flower, a vegetable in the garden... Position yourself with your body facing this salka energy and gently close your eyes. Focus on the soles of your feet and your connection to Pachamama. When you feel her touch, bring the energy up into your heart and tilt your head up toward to Cosmos. Wait until you feel the warm touch on your face and bring this energy down into your heart. It is in your heart where these two energies will come together and meet.
Open your eyes and extend your arms out in front of you. Clearly set your intent by expressing, "I would like to connect my filaments of light to the energy of (this flower)." Slowly begin moving your arms and fingertips. The movements are unique to you and your ethereal and physical body. They often look like tai chi or qigong, with continuous and gentle sweeping motions. Continue moving your arms and your lower body for as long as you would like to experience the connection. When you are complete, express gratitude to the energy of (the flower).
* I took this photograph in Nederland, Colorado where Américo traveled to teach us Waikis, brothers and sisters about Salka energy and Pachamama.
Class: The Gift of Ritual
I am grateful to have shared my class, The Gift of Ritual, on the West Coast at the Spirit Weavers Gathering in Joshua Tree, CA. My calling to teach this class came through the dreamtime with a clear vision of sharing the knowledge, practices and rituals that have transformed my being and deeply connected me to the living energy of Mother Earth.
The wisdom of the Andean tradition was warmly passed onto me by many dear teachers and now I hold the space to share these ancient teachings with my sisters and brothers. I am passionate about teaching shamanic healing practices to guide and inspire beings into their true essence and empower them into self healing and the healing of the natural world.
In The Gift of Ritual, we come together in a sacred circle to explore native ritual, opening to our spiritual wisdom and connecting to nature through our luminous body. Individuals learn how to create an altar with the Five Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Spirit) and open Sacred Space for healing based on the Q’ero tradition of Peru. We travel inward on a Shamanic Journey, grounding and connecting to the heartbeat of Mother Earth and following the vibrations of the Buffalo drum as we flow into an altered state to meet our Power Animal or Guardian Spirit. One will learn about their energy bubble and experience various self healing and energy practices as we unite Mother Earth and Father Sky in our inner and outer world.
I will offer this class on the East Coast in September in Long Island, New York. It will be an outdoor class held by the Water. If you are interested and would like to be added to the email list please connect with me, email@example.com
Mesa: A Ritual Bundle
A Mesa or Misha is a bundle of power stones and objects called khuyas that connect an Andean paqo (a mystic healer or shaman) with their ancestors, the sacred sites where they undergo initiations and their helping spirits, especially the Apus (the Mountain spirits). The Mesa is a symbol of a paqos personal power used in ceremony and to heal and is always charged with light living energy. My dear teacher Juan Núñez del Prado explains, "The Misha is like an anchor, a reminder of the most important power, to center yourself." For me and many paqos in the Andean tradition, our work as keepers of the Mesa is to share our knowledge, to come together to create a weaving in these times of great change.
The Fire Burning in our Hearts: The Story of the Mesa
by Fredy Puma Quispe Singona
A long time ago there was the losing of the connection to nature. It was very cold. The fire that used to burn in the heart of each person and also in the community hearth was dying down, little by little, until it almost disappeared. People were always very cold, very frustrated, always fighting with each other, not helping each other. and the elder of this one community knew a prophecy: that one day the fire would be burning again. He knew that a yanantin - masintin, which is the brother - sister connection or energy, was supposed to go to get the fire from a cave in the mountains to restore it to the people.
Well, there was a bother and sister who lived near the river, and they were so cold. Very cold. They didn’t know what to do, and they decided they had to do something. They saw their families, their communities being so cold and they could not live like that anymore. So, they decided they were going to go to the elder for advice on what to do. They went to the elder and were told the prophecy about the heart of the fire, and about the cave where it burned, but about how difficult it was to access this cave. They could very easily be consumed by this primordial fire if they did not approach it carefully, with respect and courage. People had tried before to retrieve this fire, but they had failed. They had always gone alone. This was the first time a bother and sister would go together.
So they went on this journey, through a jungle and mountains, past dangerous animals, and so on, until they came to the cave, which had a tiny, dark opening. Way deep inside was this fire. They approached and went in. There were bats and other things in the dark, scaring them, but they went in little by little, until they came to the fire. The brother said, “Let me approach it, and I will take some of it.” But the sister remembered how dangerous it was and was afraid for him. She said she would take the risk. So she approached the fire and took some coals and fire carefully in her hands. The coals were coming very nicely and she was smiling, but then “Oww!” The coals burned her. The brother said, “No let me do it.” So he took up some coals and he was smiling, and then “Oww!” The coals burned him. They didn’t know what to do. They felt the cold, a cold wind coming down through the cave. They looked at each other, about to leave and then they remembered the yananitin - masintin, which is about not doing things alone, so they both reached down together to get the fire and they were able to. They were not burned, not consumed. They brought the fire to the elder, and he showed it to the community, and the fires in all the hearths were restored once again.
This elder then wrapped the glowing coals in a Mesa blanket, and they stayed there, always burning, always ready to warm us, to burn as the fire in our hearts. This is the Mesa. The Mesa is the fire burning in our hearts.
* This beautiful story by Q'ero paqo Fredy Puma Quispe Singona is an excerpt from a book entitled Masters of the Living Energy by my dear friend and sister on the path, Joan Parisi Wilcox. Thank you Joan for being a guiding star on my journey home.
Vibration of Quartz crystal
"The crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance. When it is cut to the proper form and when the human mind enters into relationship with its structural perfection, the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the power of the user's mind. Like a laser, it radiates energy in a coherent, highly concentrated form, and this energy may be transmitted into objects or people at will."
During the past weeks, I have been deepening my study of quartz crystal and its use in healing living beings, both on myself, flowering plants and Water. Specifically using a double terminated Vogel crystal and the teachings of scientist Marcel Vogel, I am amazed at the transformation and therapeutic nature they present in the etheric body.
Through Marcel's teachings, he believed we store both around the body and in the various organs, and particularly in bone structures, vibrations or programs which are inharmonious to the normal process of living. This means that the vibration is out of place. It is not performing a useful function and the body does not know how to release it.
For example, tissue damage through surgery creates shock in the body causing a state of imbalance in the area where the procedure has been performed. A sudden impact or blow is stored in the tissue and the mind has no accessing mechanism for why the injury took place and therefore cannot release the damage to the tissue. It becomes stuck in this area. Above all, wherever there is trauma, where a person has suffered severe emotional and psychic injury (separation or death of a loved one, abuse, feelings of inadequacy) there is trauma and shock stored in the primary centers which control the total body function. These can all be released with the use of a quartz crystal.
The act of healing means to bring the body into balance. The act of healing means bringing the Soul into contact with the functioning of the Body so the two can act as one with Spirit. Body, Mind, and Spirit then act in harmony or as one.
In a shamanic healing, a shaman may be called to use a quartz crystal for an Extraction, a process of drawing heavy, dense energies that have settled in the patient’s body or his luminous energy field, the energetic bubble that surrounds the physical body. These energies are looked at as either crystallized energies and fluid energies or entities and by extracting these, it frees up the flow of light and energy, altering the energetic body and promoting healing.
I am grateful to Mother Earth for the presence of this mineral and its healing capacity as well as the teachings of those who came before, my Elders and Ancestors.
"Love is the glue of the universe and helps keep matter in form. When I love you, I empower you to bring yourself into a state of wholeness."
I am pleased to share a teaching and ritual dear to my heart, creating an Earth Mandala. This is an excerpt from my newly released book, Rio Abajo Rio.
This practice is featured on the beautiful web home of Ashley Neese, a beloved holistic nutrition consultant, yoga instructor and a radiant, sun spirit. She inspires me daily with her love and care for the body and nourishing through juicy fruits, rainbow vegetables, healing herbs and grains. Thank you Ashley for igniting my creative spirit in the kitchen and reminding me that each recipe is a ritual, carrying an intention to nurture our vessel and connect to Mother Earth.
As the warm air of Spring arrives, a beautiful time of transition opens before us. New life emerges. As our outer world transforms so does the landscape of our inner world. The season of Spring presents a time for us to align with our inner truth, the seeds inside of us waiting to blossom with the droplets of rain and sun. One of my most loved rituals is the practice of creating an Earth Mandala, a Healing Circle, a Flower of Life, a cosmic diagram connecting us to the Universal oneness. It is an offering of prayer and love to Mother Earth and the Spirit of the land where you live.
This ritual was inspired by the sacred Andean Despacho ceremony of the Inka tradition. Since ancestral times, people of the Andes have used this ceremony to connect themselves with the harmony of nature and to live in Ayni, in reciprocity and right relationship. To practice Anyi is to acknowledge the interconnection between human beings and the natural world that sustains us. In Peru, a Despacho ceremony is performed by the Q’ero shaman to honor Pachamama, Mother Earth or the Apus, the Mountain Spirits. Using various natural elements as offerings to represent the stars, rivers, clouds… the shaman creates a three dimensional Mandala composition as a symbolic act of respect for all of life.
Creating an Earth Mandala is a basic ritual that will be unique to the natural world around you. The environments we live often vary – perhaps you live by the ocean, in the city, or in the mountains or desert. Each environment is distinct and as you will see, the Mandala illuminates the beauty surrounding you and within you. It is best to perform this ritual in nature however you may also create the Mandala inside your home by placing it on the ground to connect with the Earth element. This can be an individual practice or you may feel called to invite loved ones, children and animals. You may wish to include music, instruments, like drums, rattles, or bells, and burn herbs of white sage or palo santo. Use your intuition and bring in the elements that resonate with you.
I often use this ritual when I journey to new lands, to greet the Spirit of the land with honor and gratitude, thanking them for receiving me. Recently upon traveling to Sedona, Arizona, a dear friend and I created an Earth Mandala on the sacred red sandstone of Bell Rock. We found a special piece of land where a twisted Juniper tree stood deeply rooted. We laid down four pieces of selentite crystal to represent the four directions and used native flower petals and leaves we collected on our hike to create various outer circles. We began burning cedar, sage and palo santo and to our surprise an Earthworm rose deep from under Mother Earth to greet us in the center of our Mandala. This was truly a magical experience that presented us with a powerful message.
When you create sacred space using ritual, you will notice little miracles such as the Earthworm, are all around us. Pachamama is always teaching us. If we begin to open our eyes to remembering her ways, we will begin to see with the eyes of our heart. The healing vibrations of this ritual will be felt personally, by loved ones and by Mother Earth. By creating an Earth Mandala, your intention and action sends filaments of light to our eternal Earth Mother and to all of us Earth children.
Center yourself in nature and gather native elements from the environment around you such as flowers, leaves, stones, shells, nuts, berries. Notice the color of the object you select and its corresponding chakra, the swirling energy centers within you. Allow this practice to be an expression of your creative spirit.
Find a sacred space and select the first element to be the center of your Mandala. This object will hold your overall intention, so begin by saying prayers into the object, bringing it into your third eye and heart chakra and then place it in the center of your offering.
Each additional element carries a symbolic meaning and is placed around the center element with intention, intuiting what message it will carry and where it wants to be placed. When you feel your Mandala is complete, gently leave your offering on the Earth, allowing the elementals (Sun, Rain, Wind, Land, Spirit) to merge with your creation.
*Photograph Earth Mandala from Maggie's book Rio Abajo Rio
Earth Day presents a time for us to begin or to continue living a path of Ayni, sacred reciprocity, with the natural world around us. To feel within - we human beings are a family, just as the Earth, Sun, Wind, Mountains, Stars, Flowers, Trees... are a family too. We are here to learn from each other, just as we learn from a guardian, teacher or little one.
These days many of us our altering the path of our lives, we are awakening and remembering this connection. With this knowing comes a responsibility. Once we 'see' with our hearts, we remember our truth and the old ways of living do not serve us any longer. Our hearts beat to the rhythm of the Ocean Waves and our soul seeks flight with the Great Eagle, as we fly higher to live in Munay, in a nourishing, all encompassing love and compassion, we spread our wings and vibrate the frequency of Love.
May today inspire your heart to care for the environment near you and far from you. May you feel that everyday embodies the essence of Earth Day. Here I offer some practices to connect more deeply with the web of life surrounding us:
- Sit quietly and be still in the presence of the rising sun or the setting sun. Connect to your heart, your center of Munay. Feel in your heart where you especially would like to direct love (perhaps to an animal, or flower, or place) and with intention, simply send it there.
- Plant seeds of life. Plant a tree or native wildflowers in your garden. When I lived in the city, I would buy a packet of wildflowers and sprinkle them in the park near my home.
- Prepare a nurturing meal of fruits and vegetables of Spring. Fresh, colorful juices and crispy salade greens. Let yourself be cared for by Pachamama, Mother Earth.
- Take a walk or hike in nature. Connect to the boundless Sky above you and the grounding Earth beneath you. Commune with the blooming trees and flowers. Open yourself to the healing energy of these beings.
- Simply give gratitude for your life, for the beauty everywhere. For the Air you breathe, the Water you drink, the Sun that warms you, the Earth that grounds you and nourishes you, and the Spirit inside of you and surrounding you always.
* Photograph 'Dandelion' from my series Kanoa
Spirit Weavers Gathering 2014
I am honored to share I am teaching a class The Gift of Ritual at the Spirit Weavers Gathering in Joshua Tree, California, May 22 - 26, 2014.
We will come together as sisters and children of the earth to sleep upon sweet Pachamama as one. Our days will be filled with sharing earth keeper skills, sacred movement and ceremonial magic. Our nights will be a time of songs sung around the glowing fire, sharing stories under the star filled sky, quiet reflection and integration of the transformative energy of the gathering.
THE GIFT OF RITUAL
Come together in a sacred circle as we explore native ritual, opening to our spiritual wisdom and connecting to nature through our luminous body. Learn how to create an alter with the Five Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Spirit) and open Sacred Space for healing based on the Q’ero shamanic tradition of Peru. Travel inward on a Shamanic Journey, grounding and connecting to the heartbeat of Mother Earth and following the Buffalo spirit drum as we travel into an altered state of consciousness for healing ourselves, loved ones and Pachamama. Experience an energy healing practice as we unite Mother Earth and Father Sky in our inner and outer world, calling in our light and shadow. Learn the Hawaiian Huna of Ho’opnopono, a gentle mantra meditation for healing and forgiveness. Maggie is passionate about teaching shamanic healing practices to guide and inspire beings into their true essence and empower them into self healing and the healing of the natural world. Maggie will be guiding us on a journey helping us to illuminate a number of beautiful rituals.
Registration opens April 5, 2014. For further information please visit:
Five Element Healing Altar
The first step in building an Altar is deciding its purpose. Once you connect with this, you may bring it into being. Building altars can be a sacred, spiritual, emotional, creative or philosophical process depending on your intention. When we build altars we embark on a personal journey and quest.
Ritual Altars contain objects placed for specific intent, which have deliberate symbolism. In Shamanism, an Altar created thoughtfully enhances our connection to ones Spirit and Mother Earth. It creates a center point for meditation and ritual and is transformative in nature. Often times we have sacred items placed throughout our home; such as dear rocks and stones, seashells, feathers and candles. It can be much more powerful and focusing to bring these energies together in one setting. Many times when they are scattered around the house, we also sense our own energy as scattered in our lives.
The most basic symbolism for an Altar is the four elements combined with Spirit. The elements are; Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Spirit; the fifth element, is the life force that animates all that is living.
The symbol for the element Fire, is usually represented by a candle. Candles come in various colors, each having a specific attribute. In the beginning it is nice to use white or natural colored bees wax candles. Fire represents creative energy, inspiration, strong will and sexuality. It is traditionally associated with Yang energy.
Water is most often symbolized by a chalice or cup. Seashells or ocean coral can also be used to represent water. This element signifies emotions, intuition, healing and reflecting, and it is associated with Yin energy.
For the element of Air, one might use natural incense, white sage, palo santo, feathers, or a bird image or totem. Air represents knowledge and powers of the mind. It is also a symbol of courage and is related to Masculine energy.
Earth symbols that can be placed on an alter might be flowers, crystals or stones, a potted plant or a land animal image. It is associated with nature, feeling 'grounded', security and material well-being and carries Feminine energy.
Everyone seems to have their own, understanding of Spirit. (Peruvian – Spirit is Rainbow, called k'uychi, integration of all the spirit bodies and directions). Simply stated, it is about the life force 'be'-ing, and the renewal - rebirth cycle. In traditional craft, it's symbol is often the caldron, which signifies the emergence from the womb and transformation. Other symbols of spirit can be a mirror, crystal ball, a picture of an ancestor, or even a butterfly; for these are all metaphors for the soul or spirit.
It's a good idea to place the objects so the elements correspond with their directions, or in a circle with spirit in the center. The four directions according to the Andean tradition is as follows: East is Fire, South is Earth, West is Water, North is Air, Spirit (Rainbow) is above center of the four directions thereby completing a star shape pattern (or placed in the center of these four corners).
These five symbols placed on an altar cloth (which protects the boundaries) become an Alter. Use your creativity and intuition to make it as simple or decorative as you are inspired.
* Words adapted by Arnell Ando, photography by Maggie Harrsen
Divine Mother Meditation
Vishwa Shakti Avaham
Vishwa - universal
Shakti - energy of Divine Mother, everything feminine in the Universe (mother, daughter, lover, friend), but undefined with no relationship
Avaham - come here, manifest, make it to be, let me know you are here
This mantra, Vishwa Shakti Avaham, will call in the energy of the Divine Mother, awakening the feminine essence within. Women chant this mantra to know themselves as Divine Mother, divine lover, divine Shakti, pure feminine energy. Men chant this mantra to penetrate into the universal women, like if every cell was individually penetrating the universal feminine substance of the universe. To charge the mantra, use a mala while fixing your eyes on the Sri Yantra of Divine Mother (image to the right).
The Sri Yantra of the Divine Mother is a sacred wheel. At first, we may feel outside of the Divine Mother, but when we fix upon the Sri Yantra our consciousness moves into the Universal Womb. Shift your perception to the point of view of the Divine Mother, looking at the yantra from within, towards the outside.
A detailed view reveals the minuscule sphere at the center where the Divine Mother is hidden. Nine intersecting triangles are an expression of the Universal Matrix. It is Shakti, the essence or energy of the Divine Mother. They represent various levels of expansion and refinement of the universal un-manifested substance. Nine is the number of the matrix. The triangle itself signifies expansion and also holds the liquid of the womb. The eight and sixteen petaled lotuses represent the sexual organs of the Divine Mother giving birth. The eight petals are like the inner lips of the vagina; the sixteen petals are like the outer lips. The inner lips/petals (inner shape), represents inner wisdom. The outer lips/petals (outer shape), represent tangible energy. The minuscule sphere in the middle of the Sri Yantra is the outer shell of the Divine Mother, the seed that holds the power of all the Universe.
The sphere that the triangles sit in is the channel leading to the Mother’s womb, or uterus. The square is a symbol of outer shape, or doorway. The cross is a symbol of structure. Thus, the square embedded cross is a symbol of the shapes and structures ready to manifest. The outer squares are symbols of the manifestation itself.
The Sri Yantra of Divine Mother is the entire Universe. What we first perceive is the opposite of reality. As our eyes move from the outer edges of the Sri Yantra inward to the Divine Mother hidden in a tiny sphere, we see a transition from gross structure to something refined and subtle. But in reality the Divine Mother is immense and all encompassing. Everything is within the Divine Mother.
* Mantra meditation by Maha Vajra, Kama Chakra
Sacred Movement / Dance
"May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you, guide your way on." - Kundalini yoga blessing
As we near the first full moon of 2014 on January 15th, we continue to strengthen our essence and practice of letting go. This is a beautiful time to release through sacred movement and dance, creating self-healing and transformation. Bringing together movement, breath, sound and trance - you enter a sacred space where you can explore your energetic body and connect to the joy of all of creation - the Earth, the trees, the sea, the stars, the sun and moon. By bringing this divine light energy into our chakras we are able to let go of all that no longer serves us, as we begin to 'see' our truth, the truth of our higher self. We are able to access the wisdom that will guide us into wholeness.
Here is a practice Dance with Drums, adapted from Shakta Kaur Khalsa's book Kundalini Yoga.
Begin first by tuning in - sit gently in prayer pose, breathing softly, and recite the Adi Mantra, ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO, three times. Mantra is vibration, energy vibrates. This mantra can be read as: "I open myself to the experience beyond my limited self. Let my unlimited spirit and consciousness guide me. I call on the subtle knowledge of my own highest mind to uplift me with what I learn" or "I bow to the Creator, to the Divine Teacher within."
Stand up and begin to dance to drum music. When this set was originally given, this exercise was accompanied by Bangara Rhythms and Punjabi drums. Lift and move your shoulders as you dance. Open the shoulder area. You must dance powerfully to break up the blocks in the body and adjust the spine and neck. Continue for 6 minutes. Then continue to dance and focus on keeping your arms up, moving them as you dance. Move the hands and hips in balance. Keep the hands up to open your shoulders and ribcage. Allow yourself to sweat. Continue for another 6 minutes.
Coming back to a sitting position, feel the energy moving through you and project this out to all loved ones and Mother Earth. Sit in meditation for some time if you wish. End your practice with the words, "May the long time sun shine upon you ... all love surround you ... and the pure light within you ... guide your way on."
Dancing is one of the most simple and fun ways to increase the circulation of energy in the body. It also helps to adjust the structural system and increase flexibility and relaxation. Do not lock your hands overhead - keep them open and raised - and dance to your full capacity.
* Photograph Sun from the series, KANOA.
This offering is to bring attention and gratitude to the element water. For nourishing and hydrating our bodies and the body of Mother Earth. Through oceans, rivers, lakes, raindrops, waterfalls, a single tear - we feel the fluidity and movement of water in and around us. Our bodies contain nearly 65% water and 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water.
Water is a reflector. It will reflect to you, as you are in this present moment. If we are love, water will reflect to us this love and healing energy. The studies of crystallized water by japanese doctor Masaru Emoto uncover the true nature of water and its unique qualities.
Emoto's photographic studies document the molecular changes in water as it is exposed to music, spoken word, written word, photographs and film. Water from streams and pure mountain springs had beautifully formed crystalline structures, while the crystals of polluted or stagnant water were distorted. Distilled water exposed to classical music took on delicate, symmetrical shapes. When words like 'I love you' and 'Thank you' were expressed the water took on shapes of mandalas and sacred geometry. Water was treated with aromatic flora oils and the water crystals began to mimic the shape of the flower. When negative thoughts were focused, no crystals were formed and instead the water displayed fragmented structures.
I believe our outer state of consciousness is a reflection of our inner world. In our lives perhaps we are not able to see the effects of negative thoughts or words but nonetheless they are there, manifested in some form. When we send love to our own body, it responds and when we send love to Mother Earth, she responds. To truly believe this I feel one must have a direct experience by practicing loving intention and thought.
Healing Practices with Water:
- Place a glass of water in front of you and meditate on your inner light by setting the intention 'to experience my light within' . Experiencing your light will effect the energy of the water to contain healing vibrations as it uses its property of reflection
- Simply sing, chant, or play beautiful music in the presence of a glass of water or in the presence of a body of water
- Use loving words like 'I love you' to communicate with water
* Masaru Emoto's books include Messages from Water, The Hidden Messages in Water, and The True Power of Water. Photograph by Maggie Harrsen in Woodstock, New York.
Learn to experience the chi, or breath energy flowing through and moving your body. On the beach accompanied by the crash of the surf and the call of the seagull; in your own yard lit with the symphony of the rising sun, glistening dew and chirping birds; or in your room where you have the privacy and peace of familiarity - experience the chi for yourself. Try just standing quietly arms at your sides and feet at shoulder width. Let your knees be flexed. Just stand there relaxing your mind of all thoughts; let yourself flow into the rhythm of your surroundings. Your breath will become deep and regular as you relax. Sense the energy flowing up from the ground into your feet and through your body. Sink into that energy. Let your arms ride up before you on the wave of that rising energy, slowly, effortlessly. Let them slide off the energy wave, and slowly sink back down to your sides. Play with this flow awhile. Perhaps at some point you will feel the need to turn gently to one side, your arms floating outwards. Maybe you will need to take a step in some direction to maintain your balance. Take your time and move slowly. Be loose; allow the energy from within you to move your body, instead of imposing movement through will and muscles.
In t'ai chi - all movements are generated from the center of gravity within the body - the tant'ien, just below the navel. Body and Earth and Air are still one, flowing through and within each other. Experiment with this, as a further refinement of the earlier exercise. Again, standing quietly, arms at side, feet at shoulder width, knees lightly flexed, rest until your breath becomes deep and regular. Experience the energy flowing through your body, but instead moving your arms, try turning to one side from your tant'ien. Step into the direction of that turn. Let your shoulders follow, but don't force them. Just experiment walking around in various directions. Let each turn originate from your tant'ien. Let your arms be loose, and your knees flexed. After some time, keeping the awareness of your tant'ien, let your arms slowly rise and move to the flow of energy. Expanding and contracting, rising and falling, circular flowing, nowhere going.
* Practice by Saraswati Ransom
Shamanic Prayer Tree
Celebrating the Winter Solstice with a Shamanic Prayer Tree at Louse Point in East Hampton, NY. This juniper tree spirit gives itself to our deepest wishes and offerings. Visit this tree - connect to Mother Earth, connect to those near and far as we come together, sharing our spirits and the love that interconnects us in this web of life.
In Siberia, trees are seen as sacred as they bridge the heaven and the earth. There is a beautiful shamanic tradition in Siberia of creating a prayer tree. Traditional offerings are left by the tree, such as stones, cornmeal, rice, flowers, incense, water. The shaman in the community connects to Pachamama through ceremony, chanting and giving gratitude to the guardian spirits for carrying individual and collective prayers up to the Heavens so the dreams manifest through Mother Earth. People tie ribbons (strings of fabric in all colors) loosely on the branches of the empowered tree.
"In indigenous cultures it is believed that everything that is alive has a spirit and we live in partnership with the spirit that lives in all things. For it is believed that all of life is connected to a web of life. And together with all of life we live in a place of cooperation and partnership. It is important to honor and respect all of life that is connected to this amazing web."
When we can experience our gratefulness for life we transform our perspective about what is happening in our own lives and on the planet. For when we feel grateful we can experience the beauty instead of the pain. We want to acknowledge those who are suffering and feel compassion. At the same time it is important to experience the beauty and the gifts that life brings for us. This is an ancient teaching that has been passed down through many cultures and many generations."
My relationship with this native tree spirit is unique and its distinct message of trust and offering came through in shamanic journey and ceremony. The juniper tree represents healing, purification, protection and peace. To read more about its plant medicine visit, Earth Wisdom: Juniper
It stands awaiting you, on the sacred land of Louse Point in East Hampton, NY. This is a quiet place of reflection, meditation and manifestation.
Drive onto Louse Point Road and continue all the way until the road ends at the bay. Facing East, beginning walking along the water, walk about 50 feet and turn right, facing South and the dunes. Begin walking South until a few evergreen trees come into view, you will know when you see the juniper prayer tree, it will have Chalimars and stones at its base. See images on the right.
For those of you in far away lands, I inspire you to create a Prayer Tree in your community, bringing in the togetherness to heal all sentient beings and Mother Earth.
What to do:
Bring pieces of fabric cut into long ribbons, in Siberia they are called Chalimars. Approach the tree with an open heart and sit with it for sometime, thinking of your dreams and healing wishes for yourself, beloveds, all of life. At this time present any offerings, such as burning herbs or incense, water, grains, stones, flowers.
When you feel ready empower your Chalimar by holding it in your hands and repeating your prayer 3 times, then loosely tie it on any branch you feel inspired to. You can tie as many Chalimars as you like. Invite loved ones and beings of all ages, this is a beautiful practice to share with children. At last, give thanks to Mother Earth and the five elements for carrying your prayers, you may also recite the Aho Mitakuye Oyasin prayer below.
"As long as your Chalimars hang they are empowered by the elements. The wishes they hold are carried far and wide by the winds. They are energized by sun and starlight. They are animated by rain and snow. They are vivified by the Earth through the trees or poles."
On the Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 21, a closing ceremony will be held under the tree and the Chalimars will be gently removed. They will be formed into a bundle and by evening the elementf fire will be ignited, releasing our blessings to the Great Spirit as smoke.
AHO MITAKUYE OYASIN
(Ah-ho, Mee-tah-koo-yay, Oy-yah-seen)
All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer.
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery. Thank you for this Life.
* Ideas and words collected and adapted from two powerful shamanic healers and authors, Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts.
Earth Wisdom: Juniper
Botanical name: Juniperus
Junipers are evergreen trees with needle-like leafs that give way to healing deep blue berries. The Hopi believe the spirit of the caretaker of Earth travels with the juniper tree.
Plants metabolize sun rays into energy for the wellbeing of all life on Earth. Each plant and tree species has a unique spirit or energy form, a consciousness we are able to connect with if we expand our awareness and tune in.
There are some who believe the juniper is one of our spiritual guardians. Natives once burned the needles of juniper for purifying spaces, the luminous energy field and in ceremony and ritual.
Juniper fortifies and purifies our spiritual will, energetically increasing the crystalline light structure of the etheric body, creating an expansion of consciousness. This allows more light assimilation in the physical body, bringing deep feelings of unconditional love. Juniper also cleanses and purifies the physical and emotional body, releasing stagnant thought patterns of anger, frustration, irritability and anxiety. It opens our heart chakra aligning us with our Soul group and bringing in feelings of safety and protection. (Deborah Eidson, Vibrational Healing)
On a physical level, the needles and berries may be boiled into an immune strengthening tea that helps heal ones digestive system, pulling energy into the solar plexus chakra. This juniper berry tea acts as a diuretic to help support the function of the liver and kidneys which can optimize the body by expelling toxins. It unwinds blockages in the liver and works on the emotional body, continuing to work on the whole right side of the body, the emotional. It is unwinding emotional blockages to our expression. The energy flows through the right side in the emotional body, and then goes back into the physical liver – healing in the liver and the eyes. Juniper intermingles and blends the energies of all the chakras, distributing them along the central nervous system and supports and energizes the endocrine system. (Star Johnsen-Moser)
* The Shamanic Prayer Tree is a native species of the juniper plant spirit. For information on visiting this sacred tree, Shamanic Prayer Tree
Hawaiian Huna: Ho'oponopono
Ho'oponopono is a sacred piece of Hawaiian huna. Huna is the ancient healing and spiritual shamanism of native Hawaii - focusing on empowerment, increasing ones spirituality, energy and metaphysical healing powers. Ho'oponopono means 'to make right', it is a mantra and healing practice that naturally extends from oneself to the Earth.
The mantra we use to practice Ho'oponopono is:
Please forgive me
I love you
"Divine creator, father, mother, so as one… If I, my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness… Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies to pure light… And it is done"
To practice ho'oponopono, is to practice forgiveness. Clearly state your intention before beginning your practice, focus on something in your life that you feel needs clearing and forgiveness - or you may ask the energy to go where it is most needed at the moment. Begin repeating the mantra, 'Im sorry, Please forgive me, I love you, Thank you' for as long as it feels right for you.
* This photograph is called Nectar, 2011 from the series Earthguide to wellbeing.
Earth Wisdom: Prickly Pear Cactus
Botanical name: Optunia
Prickly pear cactus is a source of food, water and medicine. Its flowers bloom in shades of yellow, red or purple - giving way to a delicious pear fruit. It represents about a dozen species of the Opuntia genus in the North American deserts. Chollas are also members of the Opuntia genus but have cylindrical, jointed stems rather than flat, plump pads like the prickly pear.
As a flower essence, prickly pear's power lies in adaptability, connecting to the inner calm through surrendering to what is and accessing the strength that comes when one follows the flow of life, the heartbeat of the Earth. It teaches us to open to our authentic self by clearing emotions that are blocking our empowerment.
This photograph is part of a group exhibition Synesthesia opening at Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett, NY on Friday, November 29 from 6-10pm. It is one in a new series of photographs entitled Rio Abajo Rio, releasing in January 2014.
pigment print in bamboo frame
16 x 20 inches
There is a beautiful mantra that has recently moved me, at first without knowing its translation from Sanskrit. The sound of each word vibrating deep into my being - feeling the present moment fold into me, a warm tear running down my cheek. It is often we hear a sound, feel an element, or breathe in a scent capable of connecting us to our truth and the truth of the Earth.
This mantra is one of Innocence:
Om Kumara Kushalo, Dayayei Namaha
"Salutations to the divine mother, who brings blessings to children"
Perhaps we have little ones, or perhaps our awareness is opening to the child we carry within ourselves. We are all children of the Earth - innocent, pure beings. Great responsibility and care comes upon us now as we begin to completely love and nurture all parts of ourselves, the light and the shadow, our truth - to nourish our creative nature and walk in fearlessness the path of our soul purpose.
I invite you today to repeat this mantra three times aloud, feeling its vibration awaken the child in you, bless a child close to you, or one in a far away land. May we all surround the children within us and near us with love and nurturance.
* Mantra written and sung by Deva Premal, Miten and Maneesh de Moor.
* Photography from my book, KANOA, ' the free one '
Plant Medicine: Huachuma (San Pedro)
Botanical name: Trichocereus pachanoi
San Pedro is a cactus native to the Andes Mountains of Peru and Ecuador. It has a long history of use spanning 3,000 years in traditional Andean medicine. In South America, it is also known as Huachuma. The earliest archaeological evidence discovered is a stone carving of a Huachumero found at the Jaguar Temple of Chavín de Huantar in northern Peru. Textiles from the same region and period of history depict the cactus with jaguars and hummingbirds, two of its guardian spirits, and with spiral symbols, representing its ability to produce a visionary experience.
Huachuma ceremonies where the plant is consumed as a tea are still held today in parts of the world. These ceremonies may cure illness of a spiritual, emotional, mental, or physical nature. They may illuminate the future through prophetic and divinatory qualities of the plant, assist one to overcome sorcery or saladera, to ensure success in one's ventures, to rekindle love and enthusiasm for life and to experience the world as divine. The San Pedro cactus brings in the masculine energy of the Heavens (from above), contrasting it to Ayahuasca which brings in the feminine energy of Mother Earth (from below).
One Andean shaman describes some of the effects of the plant: "First, a dreamy state… then great visions, a clearing of all the faculties… and then detachment, a type of visual force inclusive of the sixth sense, the telepathic state of transmitting oneself across time and matter, like a removal of thoughts to a distant dimension".
San Pedro is a teacher of great compassion and understanding. It shows us how to live in balance and harmony; how to love, respect, and honor all living beings. It shows us we are children of light, by being able to perceive this light within us. Each person's experience will be unique, as we are all individual beings. Drinking San Pedro is a personal journey of discovery, of the self and the universe.
My personal meeting with the Huachuma plant spirit was initially through an evening ceremony by Curanderas and healers from the North Coast of Peru, Doña Ysabel Chinguel and Doña Olinda Pintado as they performed a North Coastal sacred mesada plant ceremony. Chosen by the divine Spirit to be healers, they offered their feminine energy to heal our luminous bodies and reconnect with Mother Earth.
My second experience with Huachuma was on the sacred land of Kaua'i, Hawaii, with an intimate ceremony lead by my dear Shamanic teacher Sun Eagle. The ceremony began in the morning and was followed by a hike up Mountain Mahaleha where we drank from her pure, flowing spring water and received healings from the stone and tree spirits. This was a powerful initiation and an experience where I learned about the various types of energy (tree, flower, water, sun, stone, mountain) through Huachuma's teachings.
* These photographs of San Pedro come together and represent a beautiful family of cacti that spread their loving light into the organic greenhouses at good water farms in East Hampton, NY. The cacti are used as an ornamental presence to enhance the energetic vibration of the space, these plants are not cultivated for consumption.
* Words adapted by Lesley Myburgh, known in the Andes as La Gringa.
Event: Book Signing / Celebration
EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing
by Maggie Harrsen & good water farms
BOOK SIGNING / CELEBRATION
Monday, November 11, 6-8 pm
Featuring a good water farms microgreen tasting, wine from our dear friends at Channing Daughters vineyard and Earth mandalas.
300 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
A guide to inspire wellbeing and care for oneself
and loved ones. to support a lifestyle of harmony
between body and mind while living in rhythm with
Pachamama, Mother Earth. to be used as a resource
for igniting one’s true nature through nourishing
photographs, words, and recipes.
7 x 9 inches, 60 pages
Perfect bound, soft cover
First edition of 200, signed
Printed: July 2013
40 USD includes signed book & a pot of organic, living microgreens
Earth Wisdom: Lichen
Botanical name: Usnea barbata
A lichen is a symbiotic relationship of two organisms, a fungi and a green algae living intimately and in harmony on the bark of trees, bare rocks, desert sand or cleared soil. The word lichen means solitude, a suitable name as they find peace and development in barren landscapes.
The fungus provides the structure and collects water and the algae produces the food. With no roots, lichens gather their water and nutrients from the air. They are capable of growing in extreme environments (heat, cold and drought) where other plants cannot establish themselves.
The slow growing lichens draw moisture and minerals from the atmosphere and serve as filters to the air we breathe. Despite their ability to survive in the extreme environments on Earth, they cannot tolerate pollution in the air and will not grow when accumulating airborne pollutants. If you live in an area where lichens are prevalent, it may mean you have exceptional air quality.
What a beautiful relationship to observe in the natural world. Look to lichen essence to maintain strength in difficult environments, for support and understanding in relationships, and tap into their slow moving pace when outer influences are overwhelming.
As an herbal tincture, usnea lichen is a powerful immune tonic. It contains a chemical called usnic acid that may help promote excretion of the kidneys and the urinary tract, leading to a healthy microbial balance within the urinary system.
The lichens pictured in the photograph were found on trees in the moist, cool woodland trails of the Walking Dunes of Napeague in Montauk, New York.
Animal Totem: Wild Horse
Pounding hooves, tossing mane,
Take me swiftly on my life's journey.
Loyal friend, carry me to a place of safety.
Lift me over the obstacles of my path.
Horse is physical power and unearthly power. In shamanic practices throughout the world, horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven.
In understanding the power of horse, you may see how to strive for a balanced medicine shield. True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey. Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person's moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateway to power.
As a power animal, horse, is primarily a message carrier and is often concerned with traversing "gateways." It is associated with the power and responsibility that comes from exercising authority, and the wisdom required to use it in a balanced way. On an emotional level, horse is connected with the need for compassionate understanding.
The horse enabled people to explore and find freedom from the constraints of their own communities. This enabled them to travel and thus discover the multiplicity of life and all of its powers. Horses have great appeal to most people. We are fascinated by them, and riding one raises us above the mundane, and renews our sense of power. They signify the wind and even the foam of the sea.
Horses were given powers of divination. More than one legend speaks of the clairvoyance of horses and their ability to recognize those involved in magic. They are symbols that can express the magical side of humans.
The symbolism of the horse is complex. It may also represent movement and travel. Take your totem and examine it in regard to yourself. What is its color? Its kind? How does it appear to you? Does it run? Is it always perceived standing? Do you see yourself riding it or watching it?
If a horse has shown up in your life, it may be time to examine aspects of travel and freedom within your life. Area you feeling constricted? Do you need to move on or allow others to move on? Is it time to assert your freedom and your power in new areas? Are you doing your part to assist civilization within your environment? Are others? Are you honoring what this civilization has given you?
Horse brings with it new journeys. It will teach you how to ride into new directions to awaken and discover your own freedom and power. In allowing all pathways to have equal validity, you will see the power and glory of the unified family of humanity. This is the gift of the Rainbow Warrior or Warrioress. The "I" has no place in the Whirling Rainbow that comes from the Great Mystery and is replaced by the universal "we." All colors of the rainbow and all pathways are honored as one.
Apply this knowledge and reclaim the power you have given away by forgetting to come from compassion. Untangle yourself from the present situation and understand that every human being must follow this pathway to power before galloping upon the winds of destiny.
* Words collected from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews; Animal Magick by DJ Conway; Medicine Cards by Jamie Sans and David Carson
Garden Deva: Solidago
I was introduced to the power of flowers and garden spirits (devas) through my study of the flower Solidago sempervirens.
Deva is a Sanskrit word meaning 'a being of brilliant light', a non-physical being, a nature spirit. Devas are small spheres of light that may be seen by all sentient beings. They are fluidic in nature and open into vortexes of cosmic consciousness. Every plant, wildflower, herb and tree has its own deva (or faery) and by connecting with it you open yourself to its wisdom and life force energy.
Meditating and spending quiet days in the sand dunes with these flower beings I became conscious of the devas on the land surrounding the Solidago succulent. It was clear the devas brought me to this particular flower and that I open myself completely to its message. Flowers, plants, herbs, and trees are all a beautiful expression of Mother Earth (Gaia) and channel her energy and wisdom. They are capable, in essence, to speak directly to our soul. The solidago, with its golden yellow, fiery blooms speaks of power. Its unique vibrational healing pattern works directly with the solar plexus chakra and the sun. The flowering maritime species is extremely adaptable and requires full sun - taking in the beams of light to prepare itself as the main food source for the Autumn migrating monarch butterfly. Growing abundantly along the ocean waters, my spiritual body came into balance as it connected with the elements fire (sun) and water (ocean). As a flower essence, its deva reached my soul with its etheric vibration, 'to make whole, to unite'.
Meditation practice to connect with a GARDEN DEVA -
Sit gently on the Earth, near your favorite tree, or plant, or flower - or simply imagine an image of it in your third eye - opening yourself to its energy and breathing in rhythm. Set the intention to communicate with this nature spirit and as you relax into the landscape around you, begin to feel its presence. Be open to its expression, perhaps as words you hear within as intuition or as an image you see or as a sound you hear far off in the distance. We welcome all messages as they come in many unique and unexpected ways. Sit still for about 10 minutes. If it feels right for you, you may ask the deva questions. When you feel ready to release the deva, or nature spirit, thank it for its time with you and leave an offering such as a pinch of cornmeal, a stone, or a leaf.
* Photograph from my book Solidago ' seaside goldenrod '
Grounding to Pachamama
Being grounded means being present in your life. Your energy is firmly rooted in Mother Earth, Pachamama. You feel a sense of support, connection, strength, and balance. The Earth carries with it energy that nourishes your energetic body.
We often tend to be off the ground - while transporting from place to place or simply with our head in the cosmos. Here are a few practices that will connect you with Pachamama:
WALK BAREFOOT ON THE EARTH - at the ocean, in the forrest, or in your backyard.
CONNECT WITH NATURE - observe a flower, a leaf, a raindrop, an animal. They will all bring you into the present moment.
TREE SPIRITS - trees are very powerfully rooted to the Earth and offer a beautiful presence. Sit next to a tree during meditation, study its bark, its colors, its message.
PREPARE GROUNDING FOODS - any vegetable grown under the Earth contains grounding energies. Autumn is a beautiful time to experiment with this as root vegetables are plentiful - try beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, ginger, garlic, etc.
MEDITATE IN NATURE - it is beautiful to take some time and sit on the Earth and simply open yourself to the sounds, smells, and feelings all around you. If it feels right for you, standing up, visualize roots extending from your feet deep into the Earth, breathe out any emotions that are low vibrating and no longer serving you, and breathe in the restoring, nurturing energy of Mother Earth.
TOUCH THE EARTH - using your hands in gardening and working with soil allows the grounding energies to enter through your fingertips.
RECIPE: MUNG BEAN AND RICE CLEANSE
A recipe from my book EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing with Brendan Davison of good water farms in East Hampton, New York.
An autumn cleansing and nourishing of the kidneys and digestive system.
For 10-20 days, eat mung beans and rice at mealtimes with lots of fresh vegetables cooked into the dish - fresh fruits and herbal teas may be taken in between meals. Cooking time is 50 minutes
1 cup green mung beans
1 cup basmati rice
9 cups spring water
4-6 cups assorted Autumn vegetables (carrot, broccoli, celery, sweet potato, etc.)
2 yellow onions, chopped
1/3 cup grated ginger root
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. red chilis, crushed
1 tbsp. sweet basil, dried
sea salt, to taste
Rinse rice and beans. In a large pot, add 9 cups of spring water and bring to a boil. Add rice and beans and cook on a medium flame. Begin to chop vegetables and add to the simmering pot of rice and beans. Begin to chop onions, garlic and ginger. In a separate pan, brown onions, garlic and ginger in 1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil. Add the spices to the oil and then combine this mixture with the mung beans and rice, stir often. Add the herbs. Continue to cook together until creamy and soup-like. Top with a dip of plain yogurt and freshly picked herbs or microgreens.
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OSHO Divine Healing Exercises
OSHO was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual teacher. Here is his practice for The Five Healing Sounds.
1) Sing each sound with one breath, one by one, three times
2) Sing all the sounds consecutively swinging the arms round with one breath, three times
EVENT: MEDITATION CIRCLE
OCTOBER 20 2013 10 - 10:30 AM
INDIAN WELLS BEACH, AMAGANSETT, NY
Please be mindful of the weather and bring blankets or mats if you wish.
The Shamanic Trance: Drumming
"The Shaman is a self-realized person. She discovers the ways of spirit through her inner awakening." - Alberto Villoldo
To engage in a shamanic journey requires that you enter into an altered state of consciousness to create the awareness necessary for the experience. This is called the shamanic trance. We go in and out of some form of trance at least a few times each day, sometimes with intention but often spontaneously and without being aware of it. Daydreaming is an example of a light trance. Meditation is a trance state, and depending on the form, the person meditating can go quite deeply into an altered state.
Shamanic trance can be brought about through singing, dancing, drumming, rattling, meditation, plant medicine or a combination of these. The use of the drum by indigenous cultures in ritual and ceremony has specific neurophysiological effects and the ability to elicit temporary changes in brain wave activity, and thereby facilitates imagery and possible entry into an altered state of consciousness, especially the shamanic state of consciousness.
Drumming in general, and rhythmic drumming in particular, often induces imagery that is ceremonial and ritualistic in content and is an effective tool for entering into a non-ordinary or altered state of consciousness even when it is extracted from cultural ritual, ceremony, and intent. The drumming also elicits subjective experiences and images with common themes. These include: loss of time continuum; movement sensations, including pressure on or expansion of various parts of the body and body image distortion, "energy waves," and sensations of flying, spiraling, dancing, running, etc.; feelings of being energized, relaxed, sharp and clear, hot, cold, and in physical, mental, and/or emotional discomfort; emotions, ranging from reverie to rage; vivid images of natives, animals, people, and landscapes; and non-ordinary or altered states of consciousness, whereby one is conscious of the fact that there has been a qualitative shift in mental functioning, including the shamanic state of consciousness journeys, out-of-body experiences, and visitations.
* Words from Earth Magic by Steven D. Farmer, photo by Kira Van Deusen
Masanobu Fukuoka, farmer/philosopher
Nature is in constant transition, changing from moment to moment. People cannot grasp nature's true appearance. The face of nature is unknowable. Trying to capture the unknowable in theories and formalized doctrines is like trying to catch the wind in a butterfly net. If you hit the mark on the wrong target, you have missed.
Humanity is like a blind man who does not know where he is heading. He gropes around with the cane of scientific knowledge, depending on yin and yang to set his course.
What I want to say is, don't eat food with your head, and that is to say get rid of the discriminating mind. I hoped that the food mandala I drew earlier would serve as a guide to show at a glance the relationship of various foods to each other and to human beings. But you can throw that away too after you have seen it once.
The prime consideration is for a person to develop the sensitivity to allow the body to choose food by itself. Thinking only about the foods themselves and leaving the spirit aside, is like making visits to the temple, reading the sutras, and leaving Buddha on the outside. Rather than studying philosophical theory to reach an understanding of food, it is better to arrive at a theory from within one's daily diet.
Doctors take care of sick people, healthy people are cared for by nature. Instead of getting sick and then becoming absorbed in a natural diet to get well, one should live in a natural environment so that sickness does not appear.
The young people who come to stay in the huts on the mountain and live a primitive life, eating natural foods and practicing natural farming, are aware of man's ultimate purpose, and they have set out to live in accordance with it in the most direct way.
* From the beautiful book One-Straw Revolution by Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka
Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha
" Salutations to the being and power of the Celestial Healer "
Mantras are doorways into the heart. This mantra can be used to invoke healing energies, for yourself or others: healing of whatever in your life needs healing, needs to be made whole. Be open to this energy manifesting in unexpected ways.
Practicing Mantra Meditation
Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Take a few deep breaths and settle your body. Begin to repeat the mantra, either silently or intoning it out loud. Repeat it in rhythm with your breathing for 108 counts. If you drift into thoughts, gently bring your focus back to the sound.
According to the Vedic scriptures, our bodies - physical and subtle - contain 72,000 energy channels, which are called Nadis'. There are 108 major nadis that meet in the 'sacred heart'. By chanting a mantra 108 times the energy permeates the entire body and energy body.
Experiment as you prepare food today with chanting this mantra, holding the intention that the food you are preparing will be filled with healing vibrations.
* From Deva Premal's 21-day Mantra Meditation, September 2013
Opening sacred space: My journey
Here I open sacred space to share with you my journey,
My path to healing began at age twenty five, in my physical body with dis-ease. Unable to accept the state my body was in, I followed my intuition and set out looking for truth.
I reached a state of suffering so great that through this shadow I felt an opening. I became able to access the part of myself that is, all knowing, and this began to guide me and my movements. I soon after visited the Paracelsus Klinik in Switzerland where they practice Biological Medicine and through natural therapies and plant-based nourishment I was able to bring my body back into balance. During my time on these sacred lands, I became aware of a soul connection through nature and photography, which presented a way for me to calm my mind, like meditation, and through color and imagery heal and express parts of my spirit that had previously been suppressed.
It wasn't long after when I was shown through my dreams, childhood and past-life trauma. This suffering I endured, I had blocked from my conscious mind. I knew intuitively this was the root cause of my imbalanced state of being. The connection was profound for me and so, I began working with healers, traveling and practicing meditation and energy healing. Through these healing practices I was able to shift the energy causing my physical and emotional suffering. This is when complete (mind, body, spirit) healing began.
I am particularly grateful to Dona Juana, a Q'ero shaman from the high Andes Mountain in Peru who performed a Khyua healing on me. This, along with a Despacho ceremony, brought on a period of deep healing, awakening and transformation.
Through my journey I became re-aligned with my true purpose in this lifetime - To walk the path of a medicine woman, an extension of the feminine wisdom of Mother Earth - sharing with others the power they hold inside themselves to heal, transform and perceive their own light. To help beings come into alignment with their true self, not as who they have been in the past but as who they are becoming, and awaken to their divine work on the Earth plane.
In this space I share with you my truth, my energy, my photographs and words and the energy of those beings - visionaries, gurus, mystics, artists - who inspire my heart.
* Photograph from my series KANOA