How my shamanic journey might inspire you

Two weeks ago, I had a shamanic journey with Dr. Sarah Seidleman, physician, master coach and Shaman. I worked with Sarah in 2016 to do another shamanic journey.

Shamanism is a universal spiritual practice that’s been passed down tens of thousands of years.  It’s a way of life that’s in harmony and in balance with nature.

Part of the power of shamanism is about direct revelation.  Whatever you experience is your correct experience.

Shaman’s see with their heart not with their eyes.

The only way the spirits can work with you is through the heart place – love. You turn on your invisible senses.

Indigenous shamans laugh all the time. They’ve learned how to travel inner worlds where they see that so much of the drama and trauma we’ve created in our inner world.  They laugh about the illusion and they can travel deeper into the inner spirits of themselves.

My intention for this journey was to clear out any negative obstacle. Whether it is a cord, attachment, limiting belief or thought about the book that I want finish by end of December 2021.

We did this session by Facetime, I put my phone next to me so I could hear the drumming.  I closed my eyes when Sarah started drumming as I relaxed and went into a light meditation.

Shamans often use drumming as a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.

When Sarah finished drumming, we talked about the session.  She said the Spirits wanted to give me a gift.

The spirits gave me a gift of a Sequoia seed.

I’m to water the Sequoia seed daily by chanting in Icaros style like the shamans in the Amazon sing and chant.  I just chant and sing silently, “Sequoia grows in me. Sequoia grows in me. Sequoia grows in me.”  Sarah said to chant this daily until the day I launch the book.

I love the metaphor that I have a Sequoia tree growing inside me. 

People all over the world believe that big and old trees are a symbol of forgiveness, resistance, endurance, wisdom, commitment, gratefulness, strength and a new life.

Sequoia trees can grow up to 311 feet tall and 40 feet in width at base, and weight i.e. more than four fully loaded jumbo jet airplanes. They live up to 3,200 years. Sequoias can grow in groups. The Three Graces and The Four Guardsmen are group of three and four sequoias respectively. These Sequoias are of same age.

These are challenging times we’re living in.

As you ride the high and lows of your life, remember that you are here on earth as a spiritual being in a human body.

You are here to learn from adversity. 

Life is full of good and tough times.  Life gives you lessons and it’s up to you to choose your attitude going through the hard times.  You can suffer or you can reframe it in a way that serves you so you don’t become a “victim” of circumstance.

There’s only two true emotions – love or fear.

We’re living in a time where we can access information instantly and with that comes more global trauma.

My practice is varied but these are my constants:

  • Listen to only positive music.
  • Limit news to glancing at the NYT in the mornings.
  • Practice the Kirtan Kriya Kundalini meditation for 12 minutes daily.
  • I don’t hang out with anyone who complains or is negative.

I’ve been doing trauma work with my EMDR therapist – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  This has helped a lot.

I’ve also worked with David Bercelli’s Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

Healing from trauma is important for all of us.  What has worked to help you heal from trauma, let me know in the comments below.

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