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Weekend Wisdom 22nd May 2022

Weekend Wisdom 22nd May 2022

It’s been a while some since I stopped by with a Weekend Wisdom post – Covid, post-covid fatigue, and family members in road traffic accidents knocked me off kilter for a while, I’m getting better at being protective of my own energy when I’m running on limited resources.

But… I’m back! Because each weekend, over on my Instagram, I lean into what the collective needs for the week, and pull an oracle card to represent that.

This week the card

Trickster

from Denise Linn’s Native Spirit Oracle found me.

The accompanying booklet shares: Your native spirit wants you to know – In indigenous traditions, there is a concept of the trickster.  In Native American traditions, the trickster is often depicted as a wily coyote, but sometimes the trickster is a human called Heyoka.

There is a lighthearted, fun aspect of the trickster, but there’s also the caution to tread carefully because things are not always as they seem.

Be discerning.  What appears to be a good opportunity may, in fact, not be. 

The wonderful aspect of this card choosing you is that it offers the opportunity to step out if old, outmoded ways of perceiving yourself.  The Trickster allows you to see yourself in an entirely new way and asks you to step out of old routines and habits that might be keeping you stagnant.

I love the way this card calls us to examine the ways we are tricking ourselves, rather than always looking to outside influences.

 

Here’s what it says to me…

Having just returned from training a group of amazing medicine women as Certified Firewalk Instructors, I witnessed great transformation, both inside them, and inside myself.

Tricking ourselves is one of the easiest things our brains can do to protect us from perceived failure, pain, and struggle.. and yet inside ourselves is often the last place we look to find The Trickster.  Yet when we actively seek the Trickster inside we open ourselves up to the transformation that can form dreams into realities. as well as open our eyes to the external Trickster too.

How can you respond?

Something like the events I run can be a great space to look inwards for your own Trickster, but there are also practices you can do at home that will get you started – why not think of an area of life where you tell yourself ‘that’s just the way I am’ and see if you can spot the Trickster in the midst.

  1. Set some time aside – maybe an hour, maybe a whole afternoon.  Block out the amount of time that feels right to you and that your schedule will allow.
  2. Gather what will help you – have a notebook and pen handy to make some notes as you go through if it’s helpful to you
  3. Remove distractions – pop your phone and any other distractions out of reach. Turn the wifi and data off on your phone so it doesn’t give a ping, and leave pets, children, and partners outside the door.
  4. Question your Trickster – why do I believe that about myself? Where did this belief initially come from?
  5. Forgive yourself – observe your answers with compassion.  find the answers within yourself with clarity, but not with judgement.
  6. Write down your new commitment – make a commitment to yourself to be on the lookout for the Trickster in that situation if (and when) it occurs again – tell the Trickster you know they’re there now and will be keeping an eye out for them.

What Does The Trickster Mean To You?

Feel free to leave me a comment below on how the Trickster card met with you.

Want To Be Spiritual In Nature? Try This…

Want To Be Spiritual In Nature? Try This…

One of the key gateways for me to access my Spirituality, and deep-dive within it, is to be out in nature.

That can be everything from meditation, to re-kindling deep connection with my ancestors.  Although there are simple, key processes that can make this possible, it does involve intention (and often practice).

if you want to be spiritual in nature – try these.

singing algonquin water song

1. Set A Strong Intention

Next time you go for a walk, or are spending time in nature, set a strong intention that this is going to be part of your Spiritual practice.

Say it out loud to yourself, then write it down somewhere like your journal too – then expect yourself to follow through…and show up for that.

This might involve not listening to music but instead letting the sound of nature come to your ears, or chanting mantras to yourself while you’re out.  Think about what helps (and hinders) you from reaching a spiritually connected state and be prepared to put that into action as you’re out.

2. Bring Your Favourite Spiritual Practices Outside

This may be easier said than done.  What you might find easy in your own back garden, or within a group workshop, can make you feel quite self-conscious out on your own in public when you first start, but as it becomes part of your routine, it becomes more comfortable too.

I’ve found that Spirit usually offers a way through this, with other people mysteriously not being around, even on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and when they are I am always greeted with a smile too.

Think about what this would look like to you. Drumming? Meditating? Yoga? Take your spiritual practice from your living room to down by the river, and notice the difference.

 

 

3. Pay Attention & Expect Signs

Also known as Shamanic Journeying In The Middle World – while you’re out in nature expect signs from spirit, and treat what you notice or find as a gift for you.

This is actually how I do some of my Shamanic Healing work, and definitely how I walk out in nature all the time. Starting with initially setting my intention, everything that catches my eye, or comes to my path is a beautiful gift from Spirit and something I should pay attention to.

Heart shaped-stones, feathers from certain birds, bones from animals… The more you notice, the more you’ll notice.  Keep your eyes peeled, and don’t forget the all important gratitude for what finds you along your way.

4. Learn Some Outdoor Specific Spiritual Practices

This could be a little personal fire ceremony, or singing the Algonquin Water Song 

Or it could be something much bigger done with a group, such as a Sweat Lodge or a Firewalk

Most of our spiritual practices have their roots in the ways of our ancestors, before there were heated yoga studios with electric lights – find out more about how herbs, our own bodies, and alignment with nature were key elements of certain aspects of spirituality, and set out to learn how to practice one of those for yourself.

 

 

drumming to the water

Practicing Being Spiritual In Nature

Like most spiritual practices it can take time and commitment to build something that feels natural and enjoyable. Keeping track of how you’re doing can be a great reminder of how rewarding it is on days when you’re struggling to stick with it – why not try journaling for a few minutes after every time you have practiced your spirituality out in nature.

If you’re a coach or change maker, you may find specific training that enables you to support your clients through a deeper experience with nature really useful too.  That could be everything from Reconnection Coaching to Firewalk Instructor Certification Training.

Most importantly get out and get your feet on the land (even if they’re in welly boots while you do it!). Leave space for the Earth Mother to bring her teachings and deeper connection to you.

If you already love being spiritual in nature, I’d love to hear what works for you – feel free to leave me a comment below.

 

 

Oh, and by the way…

I host a juicy, free, Facebook group, for folk like you – want to be a part of the Wild Soul Tribe and find your magik?

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Learn The Algonquin Water Song

Learn The Algonquin Water Song

 what is the algonquin water song?

 

The Algonquin Water Song from the indigenous people of Canada, particularly for women to sing, to encourage and enable deep reconnection with the life blood of ourselves and the planet.

It is a beautiful practice of love and connection that can be used anytime you come into contact with water – the heart of your words is carried around the planet by the waters themselves, nowhere is left untouched by your love intentions.

Many people claim that the song has long historical significance, but it is actually only 20 years old this year (2022).

 

giving gratitude to the water

the history of the algonquins and the water song

The song was written by Irene Wawatie Jerome for Grandfather William Commanada’s 2002 Circle of All Nations Gathering.  The Wawatie and Commanda families wish for the song to be spread far and wide, encouraging particularly women to express gratitude for the water as they raise their vibration to that of the water which flows around the world.

The Algonquins are originally from the Southernmost region of Canada, but in modern times reside in 9 different communities in Quebec and Ontario. They call themselves Anishnabe, ‘original person’ as they do many other native tribes, and the word Algonquin which is now used among them is thought to originate from the French.

 

The Words Of The Algonquin Water Song

We are encouraged to share the lyrics Phonetically so that everyone can join the circle of singing, the words are:

Nee bee wah bow

En die en

Aah key mis kquee

Nee bee wah bow

Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey

Hey ha hey ya hey ya ho

Meaning:

The water is the life blood of Mother Earth

The Water that I carry is the blood of Mother Earth

The Water is the life blood of our Bodies

singing algonquin water song
drumming to the water

When To sing The Algonquin Water Song

You can sing the song anytime, but particularly when you are in contact with water.

Of course this can be beside a beautiful river, loch, or the sea, but it can also be when you are in the shower, or washing the dishes ~ water is our greatest gift from the earth mother, the more we express gratitude for the water the more we start to recognise the water in our lives.

How To Sing The Algonquin Water Song

We are encouraged to sing the song through 4 times, each time facing a cardinal point

North

East

South

West

I enjoy using a simple percussion as I sing, such as my drum.

There are lots of videos on Youtube if you want others to sing along with, this on is one of my favourites. 

 

Creating Change With The Algonquin Water Song

It is believed that the song is a powerful step towards creating change, enhancing both Spiritual and Environmental wellbeing across the planet ~ the world so much needs this medicine at the moment, I hope you will join the song and be part of the change we all play a part in creating.

Oh, and by the way…

I host a juicy, free, Facebook group, for folk just like you – want to be a part of the Wild Soul Tribe and find your magik?

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Weekend Wisdom ~ February 6 2022

Weekend Wisdom ~ February 6 2022

Each weekend, over on my Instagram, I lean into what the collective needs for the week, and pull an oracle card to represent that.

This week the card

forgiveness

from Michelle A Motuzas’s Shamanic Healing Oracle Cards found me.

The accompanying booklet shares: Forgive yourself for trusting others and getting hurt, for not knowing, for not seeing, for not believing.  

Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, whether that’s forgiveness of others or ourselves, and this card had chosen a powerful time for us to utelise that gift.

 

Here’s what it says to me…

I once heard forgiveness likened to going fishing, and the description has stuck with me ever since… Even though I’ve never actually been fishing!  When we hold a grudge against someone, or struggle to offer deep forgiveness without expectation, that person has us hooked, just like a fish hook sits in the side of a fishes mouth.  Soon after the fisherman will forget all about the missing hook and the fish it sits in, but the fish is left with the constant reminder.

If left, the hook will fester and cause a constant throbbing and rottenness of infection throughout the whole body of the fish. When we go through a process of forgiveness, even though it might seem painful at the time, the festering hook is removed, and the experience of it throughout the body is healed. In this way, forgiveness is not about letting somebody else (the fisherman, or woman) off the hook, it’s actual about letting ourselves off the hook, and creating deep healing for our whole.

 

How can you respond?

We are entering into a magical time when no planets are in retrograde – it’s an important time that we can leverage for our own manifestation and creating of the life we want.  There is no better time than now to remove the blocks and the festering fish hooks from our lives

  1. Set some time aside – maybe 10 minutes, maybe an hour.  Block out the amount of time that feels right to you and that your schedule will allow.
  2. Gather your favourite cleansing tools – for me this is sage and feathers, but Agua De Florida, or sound chimes will work just as well.
  3. Let your mind focus on what could be causing a festering throughout your being– enquire kindly of yourself, without any judgement or resentment for what comes up.
  4. Say out loud – I create forgiveness for myself. I choose to be off the hook from carrying this burden. I am free from the pain this has created. I forgive with grace and ease.
  5. Use your cleansing tools – in the way that feels right for you.
  6. Repeat 3-5 – Go through the process as often as you need, each time feeling for a relief from what has been festering within.

 

What Happened In The Faery Fort

What Happened In The Faery Fort

Running my trainings and retreats in Ireland is a wonderful treat for me, that draws me deep into connection with my ancestral land.

As well as my qualifications as Firewalk instructor Trainer, Sweat Lodge Keeper, and advanced Shamanic Practitioner, one of the key things that underpins what I do is my personal experience with land and lineage, it underpins the very essence of what I do, and how I do it.

At my Firewalk Instructor Certification Training in West Ireland in 2019 I had a profound experience that I’d like to share with you. Here’s…

what happened in the Faery Fort

Where I run my training and retreats in County Mayo, West Ireland is a magical site.  We get to stay in Hobbit Holes and the place is steeped in myth, from ancient Celtic to Game Of Thrones.

Sitting above the site is a ring, or faery, fort, a mystical ancient ring of raised land where the wise woman would have gathered to work with their magik in times long gone by. You can feel the energy of it radiating out through the training rooms and land.  It’s quite magical and makes the site a great place for experiencing sacred moments and re-memberings.

On the last day of training in 2019 a group went up into the faery fort at lunchtime.

Amanda, from 7 Feathers in Canada, who was assisting me with training that year was among the group, and was being led by her divining rods to space in the circle.

The first visit to the faery fort

During their hour there the group had a powerful experience

Amanda went through the experience of giving birth. The others with her were able to support her with the pains and contractions that debilitated her as she connected with the history of the land they walked on in a very real way.

Afterwards, as they supported her to walk again, she had a second, similar experience, which she presumed was an echo through time of delivering an afterbirth.  The group concluded that the Faery Fort had been a space where the Doulas, the women who supported others in birthing, had worked.

There was also a Doula, Marie, in our group.

the second visit to the faery fort

The next day, when Firewalk Instructor Training had finished, a group of 4 of us returned to the Faery Fort.

 Amanda once again used her divining rods to allow us to be led through the trees. As we reached an area to one side, overlooking the training site, Amanda turned to me and said ‘The Grandmothers are here’, ‘they are telling us to bow to you’… 

Well, anyone who knows me will know that I don’t do people bowing to me! I was confused, and yet compelled to that area of land.

‘They are saying you were a teacher here who was taken too soon.’ shared Amanda.

 

 

I was able to spend some time there, gifting herbs and crystals to the land as I reconnected with those I had known, long before I had known this body, before we moved on, following Amanda guided by her rods.

As we reached the other side of the Faery Fort, we walked back and forth abit, as if looking for something we just couldn’t locate.

Then Amanda turned to me again and said ‘they’re telling me to give you the rods’.

I had never worked with divining rods before, and it took me a minute to get my energy into a place of alignment with them.  When I felt ready I followed the rods just a few spaces, before my legs collapsed from under me as my whole body buckled in complete grief. 

As I knelt on the ground wracked with tears the wind suddenly picked up out of nowhere and a small tree to my left started moving in the wind.  I put my hand up to the tree and felt a deep knowing that I my child was buried under the tree – taken from me, before I followed them on.

Returning to the Faery Fort

Due to Covid I haven’t been back to the site for a couple of years.

I’m looking forward to returning this May – after our time in the Faery Fort I could not help but notice the spot where I’d sat with the Grandmothers as I moved around the Hobbit Holes below.

Do you have a magical spot where you’ve experienced deep re-membering or reconnection too?

Oh, and by the way…

I host a juicy, free, Facebook group, for folk like you – want to be a part of the Wild Soul Tribe and find your magik?

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