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Dream Death Imaginings

As we journeyed with deathkeeping this month, we had opportunities to move through different layers of our feelings around death and dying.  In one of these invitations, students were asked to imagine their dream death, including preferences on medical interventions and levels of care, end of life ceremonial wishes and choices about how they would…

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A Threshold Experience with Death

In November we focused on deathkeeping.  To open this experience, students were asked to share a threshold experience with death, a moment that death touched them personally, or a moment when they were the designated person to recognize and hold the death and dying of another.   Below is the threshold death experience of Kate, a…

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The Wisdom of the Cailleach

‘If we go back to the beginning we know that all things come from the fertile potentiality of darkness. This is the wisdom of the Cailleach.’   As we approach Samhain the veil between the worlds thins and the year draws to a close. Samhain is the last spoke on the wheel of the year,…

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Tending in the Shamanic Realm After Entheogens

“Our conscious integrations, our Dietas, collect in our body.  They create layers upon layers of organic embodied light. The plants are a strong and fluid forcefield that become us. We become more plant than program.”  –Eliza   In this day and age, I find it increasingly dangerous to offer a psychedelic or entheogenic experience for…

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All Harmony and No Harm

Elder Medicine Carriers call me to their death bed. It’s happened more than twice, but two circumstances stand out most.   They ask for innocence. To touch them, to hold them. And as I do, I feel lightening enter my body.   It’s ecstatic sensation, and it runs like a hot liquid through my blood.…

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Descent Work as a Response to Psychic and Energetic Abuse

A deadly thing about abuse in the psychic + energetic realms is you cannot run away.   Unlike here in the physical, we can run away from our abusers. We can make legal boundaries, block numbers, remove their life from ours.   In the energetic and psychic realm, it is not that cut and dry,…

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The Descent Part 3

The descent process is ultimately deepening our connection to the divine through the earth and our body.  However when a sustainable descent is truly beginning, it can seem boring and disconnected – like not much is happening.   This is because the descent does not provide the same high or relief like the upper realms…

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Choosing the Descent as Rebirth

You cannot control when the Descent calls you; when the Holy Mother summons you into her murky depths below the Earth. By Eliza   When it is your time to go down, you will know. The world around you will be breaking. Your body and soul will hurt. Old connections will cease to exist and…

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Descent Illuminates the True Light

I love how spirituality is turning with a fuller focus to The Descent.   We know it is crucially needed for eyes to move inwardly and experience a conscious perception that reality has been a shadow. And we certainly are in shadowlands. We have been there for a long time. The spiritual war of material…

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Shamanic Journey with a Brown Recluse Bite

I was bitten last week by a darling Grandmother Weaver.   She took form as a rare yet highly poisonous spider for the mountains I walk.  It happened while I was sleeping. Out of my suitcase at the footboard of my bed and under my covers she crawled.   She showed me the vision of…

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