Archive for March, 2012

After you’ve met your power animal, either by having a power animal retrieval or through your own journeywork, it’s important to develop your relationship with it.  Here are some suggestions:

  • place an image of it somewhere that you see on a regular basis – if you have an altar, place a picture or fetish of it on your altar
  • keep a small symbol of it in your pocket
  • ask it to merge with you, then dance a dance for it
  • paint it a picture
  • write it a poem
  • journey to it regularly to develop your relationship with it and to learn its language
  • research the qualities of the animal in the real world – you can learn a lot about what its particular medicine is this way (I suggest waiting until after developing your personal relationship with it first though)
  • keep your relationship with it personal – don’t boast or talk a lot about it with other people – it’s not that you can’t – there are no lightning bolts involved – it’s private, but of course you can share – it’s just that it’s not a contest
  • ask it what it would your like from you? how can you be of service to those beings who don’t have physical bodies?
  • it is here to help you but not to learn your lessons for you – don’t give away your power to it, but rather let it supplement your power
  • ask it questions, for its perspective, but remember you always have free will – you can always process its suggestions through the lens of common sense and free will and what works in your life

Your power animal is a helping spirit in animal form who will be an amazing ally for you in your life.  Have fun as you deepen your relationship with it.

Bear, © Lynda Skeen

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I want to encourage other practitioners to remember that we are not responsible for our clients’ experience during a session.  As practitioners, there are certain techniques we use as we co-create healing with our helping spirits and our clients, but we are not in control of the outcome or of their reaction to the work.  We can only be as present as possible, as clear a reflection of the unconditional love of Spirit as possible. Beyond that, it’s out of our hands.  And who knows what lessons, healing, or insights will happen after the session as well. 
And our clients are not in charge either.  When either of us try to control the process, when our minds and egos get the better of us, Spirit can’t use us as effectively.  It is also a form of spiritual aggression if not actual bullying, which doesn’t do anyone any good and can actually create harm.
So, do your best and release the rest. 
(Along these lines, I highly recommend Sandra Ingerman’s 2/7/12 interview on Christina Pratt’s podcast, “Why Shamanism Now.”  You can access it on iTunes or through the “Why Shamanism Now” website: http://whyshamanismnow.com/2012/02/sandra-ingerman-and-awakening-now/.)

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Since I posted a poem of mine a few weeks ago called “Worms – after St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘Prayer for Peace'” (http://wp.me/p1FkFN-1f), I wanted to also post the original prayer that it’s form is based on.  I’ve always loved this prayer, and hope you enjoy it too, whether you’ve heard it frequently or this is your first time:

St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may seek not so much

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying

That we are born to eternal life.


–St. Francis of Assisi

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If you feel content with the work you do, great!  But if you feel restless and are looking for something more fulfilling, here are some bread crumbs to help you find what might make your soul happy.  They might lead you to a job that pays the bills, or they might help you find something that adds meaning to your life and balances out your “day job.”  Explore with a light, playful, curious heart and see where your soul leads you.  And once you find something, see if you can find a way to offer it for the benefit of other people, animals, or nature in general.

Here are some suggestions to help you get you started:

  1. look into the mirror of your surroundings – what’s around you at home?  what have you surrounded yourself with that you love?  you might be surprised to find out what you’re really interested in
  2. what’s around you at home that you don’t love, that needs to be cleaned out to make room for a new phase in your life
  3. what activities do you do that make time stop for you? what makes your heart sing?
  4. make a prayer stick (see my previous post http://wp.me/p1FkFN-2S)
  5. if you know how to journey, journey to your helping spirits for suggestions; ask to meet a helping spirit who can help you in this process; if you don’t know how to journey, meditate or spend some quiet time focused on your intention to connect with a way of expressing your soul in your everyday life
  6. another good journey to do is a soul remembering journey
  7. browse through a bookstore (brick & mortar, or virtual) and see what catches your eye
  8. browse through the classified section of a newspaper or magazine and see what interests you
  9. get your feet wet by doing some volunteer or part-time work in the area that is catching your eye – you don’t need to commit to something long-term right away – to begin with, just explore and see how it goes
  10. look through a continuing education, Learning Annex, community college, or similar curriculum and see if any classes grabs your attention – take a class if it does!
  11. traditional career counseling can be helpful, as can books like What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles
  12. set aside some time to get away from your normal routine to focus on your intention – this can be anything from a long, one-day hike in the mountains to an official Vision Quest – the important thing is to focus your intention and give yourself the space for your soul, for Spirit, to respond

This process isn’t about finding outside yourself, but connecting with what’s already in you and bringing it out.  If you feel anxious and stressed for time, use that energy to fuel the process, but do know that you can’t make something happen before its time, so please don’t try to force this process.  Put energy and discipline into it along with whimsy and play, but don’t force it.  It’s about shaking up the energy in your life so new things can be born.

And as always, the healthier you are when you start the process, the better chances you have of finding something you’ll truly love, because more of YOU will be involved in the process.  Shamanic healing practices such as soul retrieval and extraction can be very helpful in making sure you are clear and power-filled.

Remember to breathe and enjoy your day-to-day moments as you look to your future.

Yes, remember to breathe.

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