Sunday, April 19, 2020
Sheltering in place, quarantine, social distancing, the intentional creation of physical space between self and other for the presenting issue of preventing/slowing the spread of a virus. This is our new normal. This experience has us sitting squarely with ourselves and surrounded by the decisions we have made. There is no escaping our lives, and this is an enormous catalyst towards personal and spiritual growth. We are experiencing the deepest mirror of reflection and are required to do nothing less than accept all of it. This is an opportunity to love and accept the entirety of our being and to make the changes in our lives that bring us into greater alignment with our truth.
Our auric fields are sequestered. We are mandated to physically maintain a specific distance from other humans. The silver lining? There is an incredibly rare opportunity to experience the purity of our own energetic field more so than ever before. Sovereignty of self, our energy is unsullied by the willy-nilly overlapping energy fields of others. There is clarity and very intentional hyper-aware interaction when it does occur. How are we feeling? What is our motivation? What are we giving? What are we receiving? If the status quo is displeasing we may ask, what is it that we can do to effect the change that we seek in our lives now. There is a huge opportunity to viscerally understand energetic boundaries and to proclaim and strengthen new ones. If we like what we’re experiencing, the energetic reverberations of deep gratitude should be pulsating from us throughout the entire ecosphere. Our balance brings new structure into the collective as individuals begin to own the entirety of their shadows. The work we do on ourselves creates an energetic pathway of healing modeling it for those who continue to search. Living truth, accepting all disowned parts, and loving in gratitude will change this world. Many blessings and good luck along your path, may it be lit by the powerful pull of your heart.
I am offering sliding scale "pay what you can" telehealth crisis counseling for those who are working on the front-lines and those who've suffered a loss of income due to this pandemic. If you need help, please ask. Contact me directly here. Health and love to you and yours. Be safe, be well. Michael
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Stare into the flame as it burns away all that is not of your soul, of your heart, of your highest good. Allow the sound of the rattle to shatter all the limiting holding patterns and beliefs, other people's projections, entity attachments, and anything dense in your energy field, allow it to shatter by the sound of the rattle and burn away in the purity of this flame. See yourself as this flame, as your heart, as your soul, as the fire element itself moves through you and connects you with the spiritual perfection of who you are!
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Living through times of great change, discernment is the key. The obfuscation of truth lurks in every corner where all information is shrouded in doubt. We must know who we are at the deepest levels and maintain centered calm for responsive action. When we face challenge there is always an opportunity for light and transcendence. It is up to each of us to find our silver lining, follow it, grow it, and embody it.
The Paralysis of Fear & Mind over Matter
Fear prevents us from being rational, and powerfully responsive individuals. We are drawn deep into our base chakra and we feel frozen in fight or flight survival impulses. “Fear is the mind killer,” as so eloquently put in Frank Herbert’s Dune. It has a vibration of its own and fuels a state of consciousness that is contracted, limited, somewhat blinded, and reflex-like. As evolved humans we can use our consciousness as a creative tool. We can metaphysically pave the outcome we’d like to see. We do this by cultivating and embodying this higher, self-aware, empowered frequency in the face of challenge. I believe we will come together and support each other's process as we gracefully evolve into the changes that are required of us. We’ll feel an increased appreciation for our fellow beings and the importance in preserving and stewarding this world in which we live.
How do we stay centered? How do we avoid a state of panic? How do we live responsively, proactively, and sensibly?
Filling our minds and our words with positive energy is vital at this time. It will reduce stress, strengthen immunity, and galvanize will. If we do not take control of the space between our ears then the hysteria and subliminal neuro-linguitic programming streaming through the media outlets will. Honor everything around you for which you are grateful, thank the clean water that you drink and structure it with healing loving words. Breathe deeply and gratefully of the air the brings you life. The plants, the trees, and the birds are your allies. Its Spring! I challenge you to find these blessings and more in spite of and in response to the daily challenges that arrive.
Spiritual Grounding Through the 7 Directions: Shamanic Drum Journey for the New Moon in Aries
Inaugaral Zoom Workshop
3/24/20 5PM-7PM PSTI’m offering my first Zoom workshop: Spiritual Grounding Through the 7 Directions for the New Moon in Aries on Tuesday March 24th at 5PM PST. In celebration of this new approach I'll be offering it by donation. Also, for anyone who has had their income significantly affected by the current state of affairs this is free! Please email me directly and I’ll send you the link for the workshop. We'll be using my shamanic drumming tracks that were recorded in a professional studio and added to a Spring Scene I’ve uploaded to YouTube. I’ve been using this in the mornings for my meditations and they’ve worked out splendidly. I recommend noise cancelling headphones or a good external speaker for the full vibrational experience. Please see registration through the newsletter here.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Lunar Essence. Shaman Initiation and Journeyer's Ally. Female Polarity. Water Element. Ajoite Gem Elixir.
Datura is a plant ally for shamen, visionaries, and creatives. She is deeply protective,and revelatory, but not without her lessons. Approached with sincerity, respect, and intention, one will learn much and acquire a powerful ally. Also known as Angels Trumpet, Thorny Apple, and Jimson Weed, Datura helps one journey deep into the shadow side of the female polarity in order to observe and experience one's formative energetic imprint including individual, ancestral, and cultural lineage. This plant is very poisonous and hallucinogenic and not recommended to be ingested in any other form than the essence. Shamen and medicine people have used this initiatory plant for centuries in order to induce trance states which can last in excess of a week. I don't recommend this. The essence however gently communicates the vibration of the plant and permits one to work through these states in the dream time. I have found this essence helpful in opening up the mysteries of birth, death, darkness, gestation, the moon, water, creativity, seduction, beauty, magic, dreams, home, the female, nature, plants, flowers, sexuality, nurturance, surrender, and trust.
This plant has a haunting aura. Its flowers open in the evening emitting a very heavy and intoxicating perfume. This is a plant of dreamtime. During the day the flowers are closed tight, though you'll notice how the light plays in the summer time underneath its broad green leaves. It's fiercely protective qualities can be seen in the late Summer and Fall when it develops its seed pods. From Angels Trumpet to Thorny Apple the plant has moved from something tempting, mysterious, and beautiful into a plant who is fiercely protective, laden with seed, and dangerous in its process.
|Guardian Datura at driveway entrance with closed flowers in the morning.|
|Datura, Thorny Apple seed pods in the late Summer|
This Datura Flower Essence was made by Full Moon light with the addition of Ajoite in Quartz. The Datura flower came from a thriving population circling my childhood home. This is very telling of its energy: circle of protection, home, nurturing, family. There were also two very protective plants that grew, one guarding the front door, the other guarding the driveway. Each plant over 6 feet in height. This essence is structured to take you deep into the feminine imprint, left side/right brain, emotional body, receptive, magnetic, lunar, creative, and psychic self. This is a water element remedy helping one to reexperience the dark feminine imprint from a safe space. In witnessing darkness from a place of safety much reflection and process can occur. This understanding brings love, compassion, and empathy through understanding. It clears and creates space thus allowing one to hold both the light and darkness with equanimity. Datura has helped me process and understand much. Even in writing this her energy has been conjured to deeply influence my dreams. I am grateful for her lessons as they always leave me equally with understanding and wonder.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Indian Pipe Flower Essence, a remedy for grief, fear, isolation, and a sense of lack.
This is the happy community of Indian Pipe that shared its magic in VOW Indian Pipe Flower Essence!
Indian Pipe Essence: Wild Crafted in Ajoite gem elixirs
Indian Pipe is something of an elusive rarity so when you find a giant patch in full bloom, it is something special. Indian Pipe is a telling sign of a healthy forest ecosystem. It thrives in older growth shade were the humus is rich and the trees are plenty. Natural ecosystems are made up of individuals who through their relationships find a place of balance in community to survive. That is the magic of this essence, finding the nature of self in relationship to the community of others. In periods of argument and conflict, Indian Pipe helps one find resolution by understanding all the component parts of conflict and where one may be contributing to the imbalance. Spiritually, it allows us to understand the lesson behind the conflict and allows us to open to the fullness of love available. We are a community, Indian Pipe has found a way to thrive by opening itself up to the community, in turn it allows our hearts to open to the universal love that is always available to enter our hearts and cleanse our emotional body.
Ajoite is also an emotional healer. It is a stone of transformation allowing the release of emotional stagnation and heaviness including: anger, resentment, grief, and depression. Ajoite connects with the heart and throat chakras and brings the vibrational state to a place of peace, harmony, resolution, and unity.
To better understand Indian Pipe, these links will prove quite helpful:
To better understand Indian Pipe, these links will prove quite helpful:
Thursday, August 06, 2015
The essence I worked with this Winter was Balsam Root. It grows plentifully in the Columbia River Gorge and is considered a native sunflower. My intention was to harvest one powerful blossom in full bloom, which I did, but I unknowingly pinched off a green bud that was still closed. The essence I prepared contains the frequency range of young and immature to the full solar blossom. Balsam Roots vibration is one of healthy mature male. Envision a grandfather who has experienced many things. He is deeply rooted in his experience and self confidence and can brave the winds which will come, unshaken. There is also a strong spiritual component to this plant of deep wisdom, standing in one's power, and becoming what you are.
I was taking this essence for 2 months while I was experiencing the East Coast Winter in New Jersey. When I'm back East I stay with family and friends and split my time between NJ and Brooklyn. This Winter however was blizzard after blizzard accumulated snow and frighteningly cold; meaning, all of my time was at my parents' house in the NJ. Finding ways to entertain my mind would be difficult. In retrospect I realize that this essence is exactly what permitted me to be there as long as I was. I was content to go into the basement and go through all of my old things to recognize value or eliminate. This is about going deep into the foundation for strong rooting. This plant generally grows for a decade before it flowers for the first time. This demonstrates this plant's lesson of growing deeply downward for a strong support system (roots) to then blossom so radiantly in all its power and maturity.