The Land of Beauty and Magic
From the very first moment I felt her, I knew I was home. Her energy swirled around me as I touched down in Lima on December 11th. "Welcome Home" pachamama said. As I laid in bed the next morning, I felt her vortex swirling around me...enveloping me like a blanket, like an old friend.
Throughout my 4 weeks in this beautiful country I had a myriad of energetic experiences. Everywhere I went I was touched by her magic; Paracas, Nazca, Peruvian Amazon, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Here are some highlights.
Nazca. As I watched the educational video at the Nazca airport prior to getting our birds-eye-view of the lines, my body was getting 'pinged' by spirit like a pinball machine. Much information streamed in about the ancient Nazcas and their life. For example, they were buried sitting up so they could be in alignment with the flow of energy from mother earth to the heavens, cuddled in her womb, for safe passage home. Seeing the lines from the air was powerful. During the flight I channelled an ancient shamanic language from one of my guides to clear, heal and activate the land. The beauty and grace of that moment brought me to tears.
Peruvian Amazon. I spent the week of the solstice 155 km south of Iquitos in the heart of the jungle working with a Shipibo Shaman. Only reachable by boat, the energy surrounding the lodge was electrifying. The jungle spoke to me through the water, wind, birds, and trees. I had 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies with the shaman. Each was different and all needed for my spiritual healing and growth. The Shipibo are fascinating. The shamans connect to the universe through their icaros or chants that transmute sacred geometry through sound vibrations for healing and balancing. The ceremony is over when the design of the sacred geometry is permanently embedded, protecting the spirit. I saw and felt much during the ceremonies; eagles, panthers, masks, eyes and faces. Two profound experiences included seeing the birth of the universe and feeling a deeply divine and unconditional love connecting all living things. What a life changing experience!
Lake Titicaca...gaia's second chakra. It means 'Great Puma' in Aymara, an ancient pre-Inca language still spoken in communities around the lake. It is massive... about 8,300 square km. We arrived on her shores on the first full moon of 2018 and spent two days kayaking on her sacred waters. With each stroke I chanted my mantra of 'peace, joy and love' as we effortlessly glided between Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani. On Amantani we stayed with a local family and I practiced my Quechua. Before dinner, I slipped away to honour pachamama as I had felt her hum and energy all day. I had a small ceremony involving coca leaves, a rock, and water. When I finished, I looked up to see a lone star shining brightly in the west. Beautiful!
On the full moon at Isla Amantani I received a poignant message "you have an Incan heart". It was accompanied by a beautifully carved and glowing chakana. Peru still haunts me. I am reminded of her beauty and magic every day. Until we meet again...
Oo-ya-ni-ma-ya. You are the light of your soul. And so it is.
Honouring Mother Through Ceremony
"You are now in the presence of the one." Is what I heard as we approached the mountain on the new moon of Thursday October 19th.
As soon as we arrived at our campground on the base of the mountain, I immediately performed a Water Ceremony to honour the land and ask permission to work with it over the next four days. I sprinkled drinking water around me in a circle (representing the feminine) to cleanse and purify the land. I then danced around the circle to celebrate the land's grandeur.
On day two, I performed a Wind Ceremony on top of the mountain at the Old Ski Bowl Trailhead where I was asked by my guides to sing to the land. The song that intuitively arrived was Chattr Chakkr, a mantra for love and the heart chakra. I cried as the energy was so profoundly beautiful.
On day three, I was guided to complete a Fire Ceremony to honour ancestors. The ceremony involved 3 dead leaves representing roads already taken, 3 alive leaves representing roads we are going to take, 3 pine cones representing the bridge between spirit and land through our 3rd eye (pineal gland), and a plate of food to feed the fire. I started with the sprinkling of water to set a pure intention. I then added the pine cones and leaves to the fire and I ended the ceremony with rattling and dancing around the 4 directions of the fire.
On day four, I ended our magical experience with a prayer in Panther Meadows, a sacred indigineous shamanic site on the mountain. I brought my animal totem and my crystal pyramid and thanked the land for protecting, healing and bringing me emense joy.
And so it is.
Within and Without
In the intensity of the full-moon eclipse of August 2017 I was given a message by my guides “activate the ley lines at the earth’s chakras”. Shortly thereafter I intuitively found this image that served as our plan; travel from the root to the crown through the seven chakras cleaning, healing and activating myself and the land over 6 months. In September 2017 we started this journey and started driving from our home in Yellowknife Canada to Mount Shasta California over 3,000 kilometers. I was scared. This was huge… Could I do this? Was I up to this immense responsibility? Did I have the skills? Plagued with self-doubt I persevered as I was ready to surrender and trust the divine plan. I was born for this.
I started my path to remembering December 2015 after a 40 year hiatus from the magic of my childhood. Over the last 3 years my spiral spiritual journey has been both profoundly beautiful and challenging as I remember, heal and grow. I have quieted my mind, rediscovered parts of my soul, nurtured my gifts, connected with God, found strength and softness within, and reignited my fire…my passion. As I near the end of this journey I am starting to reflect on the enormity and beauty of this gift.
In many aboriginal cultures the rainbow serpent is a prolific deity responsible for giving and destroying life on a global scale. As a child I loved rainbows…I still do. They are part of my shamanic process. Healing the rainbow serpent is personal journey of healing within while exploring ancient traditions, knowledge and energies of each site visited. Healing and communicating with the land has been a humbling experience and a privilege. There is so much love in this world. Just soften your heart and feel. Join me on this journey through the chakras and heal your own rainbow serpent.