In the MedicineWay Irma StarSpirit Turtle Woman Teaches
A journey is like a dream. With a conscious dreaming journey such as soul retrieval or past life regression, you are guided through time and space by an experienced facilitator whom you have asked to go somewhere, to get something for you. The journey is embarked upon with an intention. A question you are seeking an answer to ...
Before taking such a journey, make space to for deep self-reflection. Knowing what you need can be a challenge in itself. The way we are raised in mainstream cultures tends to sacrifice our inner authority at an early age and thus we are more prone loose touch with the unconditional self-love which tethers us to our center and self-knowledge. Dream, meditate, quiet the mind and tune into what your question is. It can be a general or specific inquiry. You may want to recall a sense of well-being you had during a general time period in your life. Or you may want to recover some aspect of yourself that was lost during a traumatic life event.
Honor and trust the information that comes to you.
During a shamanic journey of this kind, there is a dream technique called jumping I may employ where, as I drum, as we travel through a place. When I say, “jump”, the rhythm changes, and you land someplace else. Keeping an open mind, breathing long slow breathing, and remaining as open to experience, memory and feelings as you are able to will allow you to travel more fluidly. Return to your breath and trust what sensations and/or images come to you during the journey. Allow yourself to be, within your body, your memory, your experience, your feelings. Anytime you feel resistance, allow the energy of what you experience - especially if you uncover rage, fear or other discomfort - to flow. Soften and lean into any constriction. Embrace to release. Release to embrace.
Beginning the Journey
Before starting the session, I clear a sacred space for our work. I call in our spiritual guides - asking you if you have guides you work with. We honor and invoke those spirits. I may do a reading preceding the journey and engage in a discourse, a "platica" - literally translated as "talk".
I will ask you: What are you trying to get back?
Then I will help you go back and retrace the steps, back to just before the time period or event you are examining and inquiring about.
We journey back to the time you seek. Whether 2 hours or 20 years. Honor the place and location in time where the loss happened. Consider the space, the time, the nature and essence of what you are claiming back. See the clothes, the environment; see that child, the hand or the energy you are looking for and together we will reclaim that part of your spirit that was lost. We will embrace your spirit energy.
If you start to cry, feel fear, or feel energy moving through your body and causing you to shake - this is normal. It is just stuck energy wanting to moving again back into flow. To release the obstruction, you will have to then tell yourself to give that energy a big hug and reclaim your whole self.
In this journey, in this experience, and in all spiritual healing work you do with a practitioner, it is YOU who becomes the healer. It is you who are empowering your self to bring that energy back to your self.
As guide and facilitator, I drum and journey with you, too. We will both be seeing the place, experiencing the time and feeling the energy of what was left behind. All that energy belonging to you has to be scooped up and not left behind again.
Completing the Journey
We travel this journey together. I am there for and with you. In case you don’t quite know how to get the information you are searching for, my job is to be a witness and to assist you. Whatever information comes to me while I'm drumming and guiding you is important for you. After you share your experience, I offer my feedback and perspective of the journey we just returned from.
As the session comes to a close after we return to the here and now, I seal the experience and the energy you've reclaimed within yourself by blowing back your spirit through your crown or heart, and seeing your spirit whole again. This is the way we anchor your power back into your body to be re-integrated into the here and now.
If you don’t know what to do and I feel that you may need a soul retrieval, I will trust my intuition to go in and journey for you - but only if that is what you desire. You may not be ready for it, in which case, we must both let go of taking any action for now. We can discuss what you are willing to share and name what you are able to take notice of and you may make a commitment to yourself to return to your self when you are ready to integrate that/those part/s of you.
Always trust your deep inner wisdom. Never push yourself prematurely. I won’t push you to do anything. I must receive your permission; and you must receive permission from your guardians. Honor your guardians - all those sensations - that serve to protect you and your psyche. I honor all of our guardians. They are our life-savers.
This kind of journey healing work may encompass healing your El Susto (literally translated as "The Scare"). Fear. It may be that a soul-wrenching fright sickness has settled into your body and being, which is not only shock but a result of a greater multi-dimensional systemic energy reverberation, that has displaced your soul through intense fear such as something immediately life-threatening. That act of separation is what saves us from a psychotic breakdown and allows us to compartmentalize what is too overwhelming for our current system to handle. It's a pressure release valve. But that lost steam is our own energy that will empower us when we are ready to allow ourselves to become whole again.
You have to trust yourself. Sometimes, this work is too strong at times when fear itself prevents you from moving beyond it, back to the heart of the lost matter. When you are ready to move through that kind of fear, to the other side, and face what you were afraid to feel beyond the feeling of fear, you will experience that fear dissolving into something more manageable and less scary. What was once an overwhelming overload, has become merely information and flowing energy completing its circuit.
A journey to a past life works in the same way as a soul retrieval. I will guide you through the portal tunnel. This can be a vortex, black hole, whirlpool, white hole or any kind of spiraling energy. You can bring your guides, allies, animal guides along with you, too. The main difference is that we will journey back further in time. First we'll jump back 5, 10, then 20 years, tracking what you can remember.
Image: photo of an Angkor temple
The journey through the tunnel to the life and information you seek may involve jumping through multiple portals. Doors. Temples. Caves. We will keep going through until you remember.
When we arrive at the place that feels like we've landed at the right time, I'll ask you some questions to help us identify more about the place and what time period it is: How old are you? What do you look like? What shoes are you wearing? This helps keep your mind active and deeply engaged with the journey, in a trance-like conscious dream state.
If you happen to recall your death in that life, that’s a great opportunity to segue directly into your next life. I will ask you if you want to follow your spirit into your next life.
Your intention for your past life journey may be to find something from that past time - like a crystal, a dog, or a loved one. When you find what you are looking for, hold it. What does it mean to you? There is a chance for you to retrieve and bring this energy, element, memory, wisdom or object from that past into this life.
Once we are done, we will take the same route, through the same doors, to return back to the present life, back to the here and now, bringing your consciousness fully back into your current body.
If you’re afraid to journey, I can go on the journey for you and bring the information back. You may have a protective guardian. “Why is your guardian so protective?” Respect it. Helps to bring a little insight. Whatever you feel. Then go a different way. Say thank you and move to a different portal.
For both of these journeys, the shaman is the key to open the door, the void portal, a long tunnel. Wherever we go, I describe it to you. On the other side of this tunnel, in the light or other side of the cave, is another dimension. I describe what I see to you. I am your eyes, your traveling partner and guide. Once through the door, we will see the place and the gatekeeper who protects you and stands as guardian of yet another door, the entryway to your past lives. If you find an experience of trauma - always go with it, experience it, then go to the time before that. I am only a witness, here to help guide and support. I am not here for my story. I put that part of myself aside and am present for your story. For your whole beautiful radiant soul.
Ancestral Plant Medicine
Here are some suggested plants our ancestors worked with to help with remembering dreams and lucid dreaming. Invite them to work with you. They are medicine plants with multiple healing benefits and uses which you can research further. For the purposes of this kind of healing journey work, simply place them under your pillow before you go to sleep to augment and practice your healing journey work and conscious dreaming skills.
Mugwort - is nervous system tonic which can be used fresh, tinctured, and/or dried. Lovely with lavender in a dream pillow. Mugwort leaves are available for purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs but you can probably harvest some very close to home, or go to a korean spa for a hib bath formation where the herb is usually included in a yoni steam and offered in a cup of tea. (Artemisia vulgaris is found growing wild throughout North America)
Damiana - is a gentle relaxing herb which can be used similarly to mugwort. Mountain Rose Herbs sells damiana leaf in bulk. (Turnera diffusa, known as damiana, is a shrub native to southern Texas in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.)
Osha - is a friend of the lung and heart, a grandmother visionary - seeing your self in the future. Osha opens the breath and increases oxygen. You may find this root at a local herbalist shop and again here at Mountain Rose Herbs. (Ligusticum porteri, known as Osha or oshá, is a perennial herb found in parts of the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico, especially in the southwestern United States.)
Humbly ask your plantcestors to aid you in your inner quest. Put these under your pillow while you sleep and keep a journal by your bedside to write down your visions upon waking - even if you wake up in the middle of the night. You can work with them during the day in this way, too. Set your intentions as you lay your head to rest. Sweet blessed journeys to you all as you reclaim your power and return fully to the seat of your inner authority.
Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
July 16, 2019
In the fullness of this moon, I celebrate you. I share gratitude for the fullness of our lives and invite our ancestors to continue sharing with us how we can help heal their lives and help bring fullness to their spirits - in honor of our lineages past, present and future.
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