The shamanic journey is a practice common to all indigenous societies throughout history. By listening to a drumbeat or other rhythmic percussion, the shaman enters the invisible worlds of “non-ordinary” reality–an altered state of consciousness beyond time and space–to access spiritual guidance and healing, assist others and the planet, and to connect with the cycles and rhythms of nature (Sandra Ingerman).
In a previous blog, “My Journeys with the Elephants”, I detailed the appearance of the elephant into my life as a guide and power animal, and my journey to the “Place of the Elephants” where they tell me to visit them often for they are the “drumbeat of the future.”
As I sat to meditate recently I get the sense that I am to travel again to the place of the Elephants. I engage Quetzalcoatl, my guide through the ordinary reality, and ask him to take me to Huascar, my guide to the Lower World. He takes me to a place in the Peruvian Andes where we travel down into the center of the earth. I find a snake’s hole and travel down through it to the underground where I meet Huascar. I tell Huascar that I’d like to travel to the place of the Elephants, and off we go through the dense jungle and come to the place of the Elephants. There are many elephants. I then see the elephant that had joined me on a walk well over a year ago, telling me she was the guardian of the Shamans’ Circle that I had recently formed. She greets me by spraying water all over me, telling me that this “water bath” was both “a cleansing and a blessing”. She then puts her trunk around me and whisks me up onto her back, and off we go at lightening speed, coming to the ocean where there is a beautiful sunrise taking place. The elephant rips my clothes off me and throws me completely naked onto the beach and says “take in the sun.” I see solar flares coming from the sun into me. Suddenly I am aware that the sea is washing through me, the fish and all the inhabitants of the sea are flowing through me, like we are all one. Then the earth, the trees, the animals–everything is washing through me and I through all things. I can feel this. I am reminded of what I learned at the Place of the Hummingbirds several years ago. “The energy of the one is continually exchanging itself with the energy of the other. We are all one. It is the human mind, the ego that has the need to separate.” The elephant whisks me back up onto her back, and we return to the tribe. I am instructed to “sit and learn.” I am told telepathically by the elephants “that oneness is how we communicate at great distances and how we know what is happening at great distances. We are continually exchanging energy with all things. If we become aware of this, we notice that everything is vibrating with its life, its information and we can understand it, listen to it, see it, and know it. That information can help us live our lives in ayni (in balance and in reciprocity with all that is) and to heal ourselves, our families, our communities and the earth.” That, the elephants tell me, is the drumbeat of the future. I thank them and return to Quetzalcoatl and back into my room and into my body.
To shift into an awareness that everything I think, every emotion I feel, every behavior I engage in, every attitude I foster–perhaps all that I am–has an effect on the other whether that other be my spouse, my child, my neighbor, the birds, the animals, the oceans or the earth herself is a challenging and humbling thought. For if I am exchanging my energy with them, then the way I treat them is in some way the way I am treating myself and the universe at large. Likewise the way I treat myself is the way I am treating them.
In a follow up journey I travel to the upper world to sit with the Ascended Masters. I tell them that I just want to sit with them, to feel their energy. I am permitted. As I do I place my intention on absorbing the solar flares referred to in the previous journey. I hear these words vibrating everywhere “Words create reality. The words you speak create energy fields that vibrate with the frequency of the word(s). That energy attracts to it the reality of that word. So choose your words carefully.” I am reminded of Genesis 1:3 that says “Then God Said, ‘Let there be light and there was light'” and John 1:1 that says “in the beginning was the word” and in John 1:14 that says “the word became flesh . . .” suggesting the power of the spoken word.
As I reflect on this I decide to think about the words I choose in response to what happens in my life and in response to what people say. According to the above instructions, what I say creates an energy field that affects the situation. I can either fuel the creation of a thought field that maintains and/or creates that particular experienced reality–negative or positive, constructive or destructive, or I can respond in a way that neutralizes the thought field being created. I can also respond in a way that creates a thought field of love and compassion by accepting, even honoring the experience in a way that transmutes the energy underlying the words and thereby dissolving its potentially negative impact on myself, the other and the environment
Solar flares and their influence on the earth and humans is a controversial subject. A solar flare occurs when magnetic energy that has built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. Radiation is emitted across virtually the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves at the long wavelength end, through optical emission to x-rays and gamma rays at the short wavelength end. (Solar Flareshesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/ sftheory/flare.htm.) Research on solar flares suggests that solar flares do in fact affect humans, influencing both our mental and emotional health. Solar effects measured from 1948 to 1997 by The Institute of North Industrial Ecology in Russia showed three seasonal peaks in geomagnetic activity each of those years (March to May, in July, and in October). The findings showed an increased incidence of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide in the city Kirovsk during each peak in solar activity. Psychological effects from solar flares can result in headache, palpitations, mood swings, and feeling generally unwell. Scientists studying changes in human behavior during solar flares have noted an increase in chaotic or confused thinking and erratic behaviors.
Professor Raymond Wheeler of the University of Kansas and Russian scientist Alexander Chizhevsky assert that solar storms can directly cause conflict, wars and even death among humans on Earth. Studying violence during 1913, Wheeler discovered that the time between battles and severity compared with the suns 11 year sunspot cycle. As the sun cycle peaked, there was a rise in human unrest, uprisings, rebellions, revolutions, and wars between nations. (Dr. Neil Cherry’s Paper, Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA quoted in How Solar Flares Affect Human Health–Our Mind and Body. http://www.messagetoeagle.com)
Not only do solar flares affect our psychological, emotional and physical health, some believe that solar flares actually shift consciousness. At the most basic level, everything is energy. Energy is vibration. In my journey to the Place of the Hummingbirds where I was told “the energy of the one is continually exchanging its energy with the energy of the other, we are one” I am also told “look inside you and you will find the wisdom of the Universe” suggesting we are the Universe or at least connected to the Universe. The theory goes that being part of the energetic web of the Universe, what affects the electromagnetic fields of the earth inevitably affect us. It is suggested by some that solar flares are unleashing higher frequencies of vibration. It is also suggested that levels of consciousness vibrate at different frequencies–frequencies that are around us but to which we are not attuned. The hypothesis is that solar flares affect us vibrationally, attuning us to levels of consciousness that allow us to see and to know what at other levels of consciousness is unseen and unknown (Solar Flares and the Consciousness Connection at http://www.theawakenedstate). This seems to be the message of this shamanic journey where the solar flares inform me that “words create reality. The words you speak create energy fields that vibrate with the frequency of the word(s). That energy attracts to it the reality of that word. So choose your words carefully.” Thus my consciousness is changed to be more aware of the words that I choose in response to the world around me.