Developing Your Inner Shaman

Shamanism is a practice of intense healing. We will discuss in this lesson how Shamanism is used today, the power and misuse of power that it brings to the forefront, the personal steps in the shamanic journey, the need for grounding of shamanic energy as it comes up in our daily lives, dream work and application of shamanic knowledge through dream retrieval, the work of the underworld and upper world…and all of this leading to our healing through our personal journey. The homework involved in this work is personal in nature, and should only be shared, if indeed you chose to share it, with a partner or me.

Shamanism is an experiential practice; knowledge of spirits and other worlds stems from shamans who journey thither; it cannot be fully comprehended or annotated by theoretical anthropologists, only by those who experience this for themselves. Shamanism is rapidly becoming the most overused and misappropriated word of the late twentieth century. Too many people read a book, attend a workshop and become ‘instant shamans’, or else rework their therapeutic training and add the word “Shamanic”, in the hope that this will align their work with the current fashion. We lose context when we start trying to water down the true meaning of Shamanism.

Shamanism isn’t a therapy, although it may have a therapeutic effect. Psychotherapists of many kinds may wish to append the role of shaman to their list of skills but, although analysts may study client’s dreams and visions, they do Shaman by Marjorie Davis. #1abnot act as shamans, since they do not accompany clients on journeys or journey on their behalf. THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT OF SHAMANISM….THE TRAVELING INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD…WITH OR FOR THE PERSON BEING HEALED….In my personal work, I use the planets to connect me to the spiritual universe, therefore making my journey meaningful and giving me some form of communication technique to bring back. I have experienced this leaving of the body and connecting to planetary energies since I was 29 years old…and I am now in my 70th year…and I cannot, with all honesty, say that the journey can be made totally at will and with full consciousness…I tend to still space out and need grounding.

IMPORTANT: This is for information only and the practices of Shamans. I am not training you to be a shaman. You are getting information so that you can be aware of all the metaphysical healing techniques that exist in our world today. It can be very dangerous to try to train yourself or be trained to be a Shaman. You will find that reading some of this material will be beneficial to you. As Chopra, Kubler Ross, Louise Hay, all practice their healing with the knowledge that they often will succumb to the same illnesses as they are trying to heal…because they are not able to clear the body to perfection.

When Spirit calls us, it totally changes our lives. In past eras, many people have received the help of a shaman but few wished to become one. When the call to become a shaman arises, it is often severely resisted; eventually the candidate submits since resistance becomes life threatening. This seemingly coercive spiritual call should be regarded in the same light as that of an artist who says, ‘I must create or die!’ spiritual conversion works along the same lines. We can look at the example of St. Paul who converted from a Christian-hating Jew to the primary missionary of early Christianity. He heard the voice of God on the Damascus road was stricken blind and lay immobile for three days; he could only be healed when he acknowledged the will of God…In exchange for his healing he had to dedicate his whole life to Spirit.

If we ignore Spirit, we immediately become imbalanced and lose touch with reality. We fall into disease, separation and disharmony. To reconnect with reality, wholeness and harmony we must acknowledge the Spirit of all things. This does not mean becoming a strict religious believer, necessarily, although it might do, but involves recognition that Spirit is reality and the willingness to inhabit that reality.

People at this time are seeking to restore their own spiritual authority. Rather than believing in just one story about spirit and making that their personal myth or ‘story to live by’, they seek their own spiritual connection. Humans hunger for structure and absolutes in which to put their spiritual philosophy…there is none…that will suffice to fulfill that which belongs only to YOU….

Shaman Power and the Misuse of Powershaman-jeanette-sacco-belli

Shamans believe and work with the power of Spirit, which sustains, changes and flows through all thins. This power of Spirit is the vital energy of the universe, it is life. Shamans bring life by reconnecting the broken links of power.

Like Spirit, the word ‘power’ has problematic associations in our language. It bears the connotation of ‘authority’, usually of the dictatorial or censorious kind. I am talking about the power of life, the vital energy of Sprit which runs through all. At no point am I talking about power as a mode of violence or tyranny.

In the Amazonian culture of the Desana Indians it is believed that the quantity of energy or power is fixed and that ‘man must remove what he needs only under certain conditions and must convert this particle of ‘borrowed’ energy in a form that can be reincorporated into the circuit’. By manipulating power, our society has lost its spiritual authenticity and we have cut ourselves off from the reciprocal circuit of Spirit and power. It is no wonder we are spiritually gasping for breath.

Power flows through all of us. It does not belong to us, but is vitality common to all. It comes into us, passes through our being and moves on again. It is always entering and leaving us, like our breath. To speak of possessing power is as ridiculous as owning the air in our lungs. When the pathways of the SPIRIT are blocked, then power cannot flow. Those who have kept the pathways open are often feared by those who have not: the latter consequently often harbor jealousy of any creative skill.

The cosmic web which connects all life as a universal source…is like an electrical grid: each part of it hums with power. Wherever disconnection’s and blockages occur, the power cannot flow. No single being distributes this power: all beings are responsible for keeping it flowing. We each share in it in the same way that everyone swimming in the sea of this power shares in the water: some bodies displace more water than others. It is not apportioned equally, but is available to all.

Those who are spiritually aware are generally perceived to be powerful in the sense of being livelier, more integrated and less unbalanced than others; they may achieve more in a shorter time, be more open to ideas and therefore more resourceful. Being a powerful person does not make you stronger, healthier and most successful than others. This is very important to remember. The more pathways we walk through the worlds, the more power-cables connect us. But to whom more is given, more is required.

Many are drawn to shamanism because it seems to offer them instant empowerment. By walking between the worlds we indeed may enhance our vitality and power, but this is only and incidental effect, that shamanism is not therapy, that a deeper commitment and responsibility are required.

Like Spirit, power is non-dual; it is itself, but it can be misplaced. The shaman’s duty is to reconnect and restore broken power-lines, as well as to remove and re-circuit in appropriate accumulations of power. Such work is not done indiscriminately or without recourse to the cosmic web of power which connects all things. The circumstances surrounding any shamanic action are first investigated in both physical and subtle reality to discover whether a course of action is appropriate.

It is only by consulting the whole universe though the networks of Spirit and power that healing connections can be reestablished. Wherever one part of the cosmic web is healed, power is restored to the whole web, benefiting all.

Shamanic Healing

Jean Achterberg, author of Woman as Healer says that healing is remembering what has been forgotten about connection, and unity and interdependence among all things living and non-living. And she also said in the book, “Soul loss is regarded as the gravest diagnosis in shamanism, being seen as a cause of illness and death. Yet it is not referred to at all in modern Western medical books. It is becoming increasingly clear that what the shaman refers to as soul loss– that is injury to the inviolate core that is the essence of the person’s being–does manifest in despair, immunological damage, cancer, and a host of other very serious disorders. It seems to follow the demise of relationships with loved ones, career, or other significant attachments.”

Our society has associated illness with physical ailments, however, illness occurs at all levels of the psyche and cannot affect one part of the being without affecting other parts. Shamanism has been preserved down the ages because of its ability to provide healing, reconnection and restoration of the physical connected to Spirit. Sometimes the shaman will effect the healing with the aid of her spirits alone, and sometimes with the help of an herbalist. Minor ailments are generally treated in non-shamanic practical ways amongst our population.

With the improvement in health-care throughout the world, the primary function of shamans today generally is to look after the spiritual and subtle reality aspects of healing. In our western society they heal and cure physical ailments by marshalling the emotional and visual triggers in the brain to mobilize the body’s natural immune system to cure illnesses.

Shamanism is not therapy, nor can it be treated like it. By rectifying one imbalance, shamanism brings healing to the whole cosmic web, so that universal, not personal, healing is accomplished. Therapy does not address subtle reality in this way. In addition, shamanic healing is normally accomplished at one time, or over very few sessions: therapy often takes many sessions over many months. Therapy may sometimes be required after shamanic healing in the case of long-established dysfunctions, originating from ABUSIVE BACKGROUNDS…

The qualifications for healing under the principles of Shamanism are:

  1. A shared world-view that makes the diagnosis and naming process possible…being knowledgeable about the realistic professionalism of doctors, psychotherapists, and holistic healers.
  2. Positive personal qualities of the healer that facilitate the client’s recovery. (This is very important…if you as a healer are not positive and do not have a decent concept of SELF, you do not need to be healing others.)
  3. Be knowledgeable about the client expectations of recovery that assist the healing processes.
  4. Specific techniques, material and healing procedures and ethics that is appropriate to the illness and conducive to recovery.

Our part in the healing process is primarily a wish to be well and a willingness to cooperate with our allies to effect such a healing. We should not forget that healing can only take place if the subject wishes it. Surprisingly, some people actively retain illness and energy blockages, usually because it is more convenient or familiar to live in this way; illness can be worn as a badge of care or recognition, energy blockage can be a way of maintaining a selfish dictatorial regime whereby family and friends are subtly manipulated to provide the easiest life style. Imbalance can be so habitual that any healing would be regarded as a threatening change to be resisted at all costs.

Some of the following I want you to use as a check list in your personal life…to send me on a personal/confidential level…In other words, let me know how you are living and if you are addressing the following:

Health is wholeness: whatever is separated, divided or fragmented is unhealthy. The following factors are all considered to be CAUSES OF ILLNESS IN SHAMANISM:

(Only relate to these if you connect to these behaviors more than 50% of the time)

  1. Lack of order or cleanliness
  2. Neglect of proper boundaries
  3. Unethical or manipulative behavior
  4. Neglect of appropriate nutrition and nourishment.
  5. Loss, theft or relinquishing of vital power. (Do you relinquish your power to others who control your life?The following factors are related to imbalances of Spirit and affect our SOUL:
  6. Lack of self-respect
  7. Neglect of spiritual disciplines
  8. Addictive behavior
  9. Neglect of soul enriching food (live foods mostly)
  10. Loss, theft and relinquishing of the SOUL. (As above)

These above qualities should be answered in regard to SELF. Not someone else. As they do to you…How do you participate in the game?

By Kenan Branam

Image result for gestalt pictures(For many years, I worked with Kenan Branam and we were soul companions, briefly married, but remained friends.  This article was written during that time and is an intelligent discussion of how Gestalt fits into Astrology. We often wrote off of each other and these could just have easily been my words. He died recently and this is my tribute to him.  Thank you Ken for all of your hard work and dedicated service to mankind.)

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”

Shakespeare said something like that. He offered a paradigm of reality seeing life as a dramatic play in which we are all compelled to “read our lines” and meet our inevitable end. This fatalistic view of reality was not original to Shakespeare. History credits Greek Tragedy with an earlier version.

In more modern times, Constantin Stanislavski, Russian stage actor/director, and teacher developed a method of “being” not just acting that would foster individual spiritual growth. (Read more about it – The Transpersonal Actor) He had a more optimistic paradigm of reality. He prophesied that we, as individuals, could create our own lives through self expression, reaching deep into our psychic resources. Perhaps he understood Shakespeare’s other wisdom, “The play’s the thing, to catch the consciousness of the King.”

Stanislavski recognized that these resources were both personal and universal. Tapping into the same pool of intuition, Carl Jung charted these deep waters and named it the “collective unconscious”. His identification of “archetypes” became a “cast of characters ” or “roles” that each of us access unconsciously to play out our personal life scripts.

Fritz Perls, the Father of Gestalt Therapy, brought the “play” to group work and individual personal growth with the “hot seat” dialogue. He facilitated both the verbal scripts and the intuitive experience to guide the client toward greater self awareness and intentional integration.

How I learned Astrology

I had been practicing Gestalt in group and individual session for several years when I became curious about esoteric subjects like astrology and tarot. I had practiced dialogues with imaginary people (my father, mother, significant others), empty chairs and pillows, trees, animals, and of course, the “world” as I saw it. When I recognized astrology as archetypal, I included its symbols in my personal work. I would say, in a Gestalt session, “I am Mars!”, and then experienced the back flow of my declaration. Feelings of fear, anger, challenge, excitement, images of war and violence, even physical responses such as deeper breaths, flushed skin, spontaneous flexing of muscles in my arms and thighs, energy coalescing into images of ancient Roman warriors. “I am a Warrior!” I would say as I “owned” and accepted the warrior in myself (filtered through Carlos Castaneda’s “Warrior”.)

“I am Scorpio!” I felt a rush of sexual feelings and images with a sudden need to hide them from the group. Alas, I didn’t know it then, but I was beginning to tune into and integrate my Mars in the 10th house in Scorpio with the subtleties of its oppositions, conjunctions and square to Pluto…my T-Square, my ongoing process, my Gestalt.

With psychodrama, pillow talk dialogue, and time to meditate, I began to realize that Something powerful flowed through me on it’s way through animals and plants and planets. To me, Mars is not just a small red dot in the sky, an intellectual concept, nor just a thing…. it’s Me. I give “My Mars” more of it’s share of my life and value it as a unique part of myself… and part of the Universe at the same time. With this spiritual connection, I began to feel a little bit more at home in Universe.

With only street knowledge of astrological symbolism, I built a base of personal knowledge and experience that I later discovered corresponded to “key words and phrases” in the cookbooks of Astrology. Astrology has become a part of me. And I’m a part of Astrology!

“Astrology is not something to BELIEVE in… It’s something to KNOW about.”- Noel Tyl

The Gestalt Approach to Reading a Chart

Fritz Perls’ definition of the Gestalt process comes from objectively watching the natural way that living beings deal with life’s essential needs such as hunger, aggression, mating, etc. Simply speaking, we all follow a similar process of becoming aware of what we want or need, focusing on a method of satisfying the need, acting out the plan, and reaching completion and integration. We’re hungry, we find food, eat it, digest it, assimilate it, become satisfied and, hopefully, move on to the next gestalt. We move from general awareness to specific back to general … with some growth happening in the process. The process is cyclic and never ending just as we must continue to breath in and out to stay alive.

The Gestalt approach to Astrology, from the “reader’s” point of view, is about looking at the Natal Condition from a process perspective. Seasoned professional Astrologers have learned various ways to “see” a chart from a process point of view. As they say, “I get a picture of who the person is.” Then they work toward communicating their vision to the client with greater or lesser degree of success.

From the broadest perspective, everyone’s natal chart has a unique visual configuration that forms an harmonious circle. After all, the solar system is always in harmony, so it’s important that we, as Astrologers, recognize that harmony and the potential for integration inherent in every client’s chart.

Then as we begin to notice groupings of the planets in quadrants: above and below or Eastern and Western. We assign meaning to these patterns representing the native’s propensity to certain psychological states such as introvert/extrovert or inner/outer. We might also identify karmic conditions that influence the native’s life mission and how it will likely be “acted out”.

Next we can focus on specific groups of planets in signs and house and what angles they make to each other. We can assign meaning to such patterns as Grand Squares, Mystic Rectangles, or “buckets”, etc.

At some point in our process of attention, we move from a broad perspective to a more analytical perspective, perhaps, to delineation. Finally, we return to “the big picture” through such techniques as Maritha Pottenger’s number system or Joan Negus’ “three times is the charm”. One might say we switch from right-brain to left-brain, from a Pisces to a Virgo perspective, or harmonize some personal opposition or square in our own chart. The process of awareness that we use to read the client’s chart is our own version of the gestalt process. It is HOW we deal with the world. It is how we ARE in the world.

When we, as Astrologers, look at another person’s natal chart from a gestalt perspective, we can sometimes relate to their primary processes of awareness and assume we can discriminate between our own propensities and our client’s.

The Experiential Gestalt Astrology Session

The Mandala work is a facilitated exercise performed by the Native (you) in a group or private session. It is an empowering opportunity for you as a client to participate and contribute.

A 12′ astrological natal chart is drawn on the floor. Spheres as symbols of the planets signs are placed on the grid corresponding to their positions in your natal chart. After you have had a few moments of sitting in the middle of the Mandala, having a physical experience of the colors, symbols, and their spatial relationships, you then begin a conversation with planets representing aspects of yourself: your present conflicts, dilemmas, “other” people in you life, even memories, dreams, and reflections.

Intellectual concepts and symbols are “fleshed out” with the drama of your life scripts, enabling meaning and purpose. Conflicting internal dialogues from opposing planets negotiate new contracts for more integrated behavior. Trine and sextile planets become consciously supportive. Unconscious planets join the team and show up with greater resources.

Everything that is important to you in your life is reflected in your natal chart and emphasized by current transiting planets. As you interact with your natal chart and the symbols of planets, signs, modalities, and elements, you develop an intuitive understanding of astrological energies and processes.

The Role of the Gestalt Astrology Facilitator

Being a Gestalt Facilitator is a way of relating to another person in a consulting or teaching role that requires quite different objectives and procedures than would an astrologer or psychoanalyst, for that matter. More emphasis is placed on empowering the “client” to experience his/her own processes and integrate new awareness’ into her/his life skills. The Gestalt Facilitator primarily acts as a “clear” mirror to reflect the client’s behavior back to their own awareness.

The Astrological Natal Chart is an objective mirror in the form of a visual symbol. While it is very focused and detailed, its archetypal principles provide unlimited depth of meaning. When we, as Astrologers, “read” a chart for a client, the benefits we offer are limited to our specific knowledge of astrology, our communication skills, the client’s ability or state of mind to listen, and the time/space limits of our session. With a gestalt approach, we can open the door, the natal chart, to greater possibilities of experience and understanding for the client. The potential of the client’s awareness is invited and, providing that the Facilitator is skillful and clear, even enhanced, allowing the client to leave a session with, not only greater knowledge but with greater self awareness of personal power.

Gestalt as a psychological approach is a cognitive modality that facilitates integration of body, emotions, mind, and spirit, enabling an experience of essential being, clarity, self-support, and personal empowerment. When applied to Astrology, the Gestalt experiential process provides an opportunity to transform the Ancient Wisdom of Astrology into a personal, existential experience of our Natal Integrity.

…and God divided the light from the darkness…The Gestalt Perspective

SexualitySexuality THEN and NOW in the 21st Century

 

As we near the edge of the 2012 vibrations, the energies that are represented by the cosmology of our times, we feel the intensity increasing in our bodies and minds.  This energy has to have some sort of expression, most of which is acted out through our spiritual connection to self and others, often involving our sexuality.  We have many ways of viewing our sexuality as it is interwoven into our spiritual approach to life; authoritatively, secretively, awesomely, childishly and morally, only to mention a few. We cannot discount the way we were introduced to our bodies in the form of sexual expression, nor can we ignore the moral background issues that were present in the family as we were initiated into what would ultimately become our sexual exploration and expression in this life.

Image result for Eros picThis is not an easy subject to embrace and as we move forward into this complicated framing and reframing of sexuality and spirituality, we must open our minds and hearts in a way that centers around our own safe exploration into self/Self.  Learning to hold the tension of opposites within our own psyches is a huge learning curve.  Most often we decide that we cannot do this any longer, hold the yin/yang in our own system, but must have another become part of the outer marriage rather than first having a balance of yin/yang within, finding our own coniunctio, often called the mysterium coniunctio by those with an alchemical mind, via Carl Jung’s works. It is the inner marriage, the inner completion of the male/female, the Sol/Luna (Sun/Moon) within that creates the dynamic of completion in this life, correlating exactly with the creative spiritual experience, in as much as one completes this process. The alchemists describe this coniunctio, the inner marriage in the following passage (excerpted from Jung’s analysis):

“Luna and Sol often appear as White Queen and Red King (note these colors’ corresponding stages of transmutation; the symbol of this relationship is a rose). This relates to their symbolism as the anima, the female principle within a male personality, and the animus, the male principle within a female personality, respectively. (Jung called this aspect a “medium between the ego and the unconscious). This is reminiscent of Rubedo, in which Luna becomes a man, whereas Sol becomes a woman. According to Jung, both aspects are crucial to their corresponding Self, and their realization is achieved through relationships with people of the opposite sex. The alchemical concepts of Sol and Luna seem to be the unconscious projections of the animus and the anima.”

All of this may be a bit heavy to bite off of, but the dynamics in our psyches are ever present even if we don’t fully understand them.  We get our anima (infused into the male) from the feminine and our animus (infused into the female)  from the masculine and those inner images stay with us a lifetime, forming a very integral part of our persona and how we view relationships, especially intimate relationships.  Intimacy can include sexual expression, but not necessarily….still being part of our sexuality.  In-to-me-see!  So who in your life or better yet, your existence as a ‘soul’ have you downloaded into your psyche representing these images of anima or animus?  These aspects definitely color your relationships and your expression within those relationships. We have inner images that literally determine our relationships and those inner images are derived from past soul experiences, and mostly in this lifetime by those who role modeled the opposite sex.  The same images are present no matter what our sexual preferences are.

Our expression of ‘love’ inclusive of our sexual spiritual connection is one that infuses creation and creativity into the ‘one’ holding that love; Teilhard De Chardin put it succinctly in this piece of prose:

“The day will  come when, after harnessing the winds,

The tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God

The energies of love.  And on that day, for the second time

In the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

Can we find a place inside of us that bursts with creativity, with the need to express oneself wholly, fully and without compromise? Will we allow love to flow freely between ourselves and others and learn how to function in our sexual bodies, fully understanding the opposing forces that live within us and have been represented in our outer relationships?  Our creative ‘fires’ are caught up in all of this and in order to spring forward with purpose and passion, one must find the flames that burn within and are able to be ignited by our own doing.

We have been watching the compromising that comes along with free expression of love and sexuality in the polyamorus version of ‘Big Love’, a take off on the polygamous communities of the FLDS, Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Why has this received so much national attention, when we know that there are multiple affairs, bigamy in nature, and rampant polyamory going on in our society, but kept under wraps.  How about looking at the polyamory that is in fantasy if not in reality, in each and every one of us, either through some repressed guilty expression or full out expression as in this HBO presentation or by those of the multiple Pagan communities?  What if our nature is polyamorous as represented in mythology, in the Bible, and in a multitude of other literature, not to mention other cultures? We, indeed, have choices to create a monogamous life style or one which includes our polyamorous nature.  Have we lost you here?  Hopefully you will see how this works through our society and into the morality issues that surround us in our everyday life. We may experience all of these things that are mentioned, but keep most of it to our own private thoughts, or go to the movies and live it out in the fantasy world represented by the film industries.  Sometimes we have difficulty seeing the difference between the real and the other dimensions that represent us.  Is there a difference?

We are looking for love, acceptance, excitement, passion, pleasure and free expression in our sexual/spiritual experience or we shut down completely.  It is a choice, to be complete or incomplete and some of us have made that choice willingly and happily.  This treatise is to explore the needs of those of us who are still looking for an ecstatic connection to our passion for life, love and the pursuit of happiness.  So let’s keep our judgments aside and move toward understanding the roots of our being, the multi-dimensionality in which we all exist.  Are we living in those dimensions as eternal souls or do we just have this one life, this one existence to prove ourselves?  We must learn to see ourselves in other parallel worlds, in other dimensions of time and space, to encounter that purpose that we all hold inside, to become spiritual beings inhabiting the body, mind and soul of ‘the now’.

Gateways to Shadow Work Image result for carl jung pictures

As we move toward change and complete our own personal ascension into the Soul and Spirit that we are, understanding the nature of the ‘work’ that must be done to make that leap,  we must come to terms with the unknowns, the ‘shadows’ that live in our personal unconscious.  These are parts of the self that are seen only briefly with full emotional output, as a projection toward others, judgments, emotional angst, incomplete parts of our own darkness, all of which reveals itself only in the periphery of our reflection toward self.  If these shadows are not seen for what they are, they move into a more global and collective shadow which is then manifested by larger areas of the population.  How many of you have watched the news, seen hate crimes, terrorists, destruction and wondered how this could happen?  It happens when we no longer are compassionate, spiritual beings, understanding the nature of things we repress and living them out response ably.

“We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow. And if such a person wants to be cured it is necessary to find a way in which his conscious personality and his shadow can live together.” Carl Jung: CW:11, p. 12

The old beliefs, the old lies, the old rigidity reeks havoc on our bodies. By taking inventory on these bodily manifestations, we might be able to build a new and more open body for our soul’s infusion into self. We come to this planet through an intense energy of light vibration and as we incarnate and get closer to the earth, the magnetic field gets dense; the thought forms manifest. Lo and behold! we land on this earth in physical form, taking on, within our bodies all the beliefs and grounded interactions that are on this planet; all the paradigms, the belief systems, the families, the personalities, the governmental and cultural structures, the place which houses our bodies…we take all of it into our body ..and then we begin processing this persona in this life. Our body holds all of what we are and what we are to become, and reveals itself by our own relationship to it. This body awareness is essential in understanding the nature of things we need to change as we enter the Gateways of 2012.

We are always in a state of learning, feeling, sensing, intuiting, that which our body is telling us. What is your body telling you? In our work with others, therapeutically, we develop dialogues within the body, which, eventually will be exemplified on this site, but until then, let’s look at the psychological processes by which we learn more about our shadows as they are reflected in our bodies, the buried periphery in our personal unconscious.

We are going to go over some general meanings regarding body armor and body shadow energy. The SHADOW is that part of you which is reflected in your relationships, projections, high energy involvements, and seems to always slip past your energy boundaries into your body when not processed. The body creates the actual MIRROR of your body as a temple of worship so that you have to pay attention and maintain some vigilant disciplines about the care and nurturing of your own body. After we go through these general meanings of character armor, much of which we learned through the study of Wilhelm Reich, Fritz Perls, and Alexander Lowen, but mostly just through my psychic intuition, and a alchemical approach to all of the leading psychologies, we will see how relevant this is to the changes that need to be made at a personal and highly intimate level. We manifest in our bodies the following symptoms so that we can learn how to deal with this dense planet and get past the process in order to become more aware and conscious, as well as ‘response able’ to our authenticity.

The head is the part of us that is caught up in logos, thinking, intellect, analyzing and many of us operate totally from our heads trying to make sense of all that comes to us and from us. Even as I am writing this, my head is using up all its oxygenation and I am not focusing on breathing into my head to prevent headaches…too much energy focused in one area for any length of time, will create stagnation in that area, due to no oxygen. Headaches and more head injuries create a need to get out of our minds and into our bodies..

The speech mechanisms in the throat and all around the chest area can create such blocks as laryngitis, polyps, our children who have speech defects because we have not learned to communicate our truths. Yes, even our children manifest our ‘denial of body’. Sometimes the lessons have to be given with a 2 X 4 over the head in the form of our progeny.

Our hearts get blocked, big time, due to our inability to love self, others, without limitation, judgment, and willingness to receive love and nurturance. Many people think that it is a matter of action of loving. I see it as a shutting down to receiving love unconditionally. Our inability to receive touch, care, love….all of this shuts the heart down to a screeching halt. This is reflected in pains on the left side of the body as well as the lack of circulation and mobility at that level.

Our stomachs are loaded with the unexpressed anger; the abandonment of the mother or the unavailability of the mother/nurturance. There is lactose intolerance, because we were fed with attachment and with the toxicity of the mother’s attachment or abandoning, both creating the same polarity. The over mothering is just as abandoning of the child as the mother who leaves her child on the doorstep of the ‘other’.

Our pelvises and sexual chakras are the seat of kundalini, and shock us into action through frustration, through charisma, through magnetic chemistry between us and others. The planet is going through major shifts of sexual energy and how we use it. This energy is pristine and we put thoughts/feelings/emotional dramas on this energy so that we can source our more intense selves. We refuse to own our male/female in an authentic manner. We don’t want to look in the face of our husbands, wives, and lovers, and say… He/She is ME ..we are  having a sexual relationship with ourselves,  so we manifest all kinds of problems in our genitalia.

We have mentioned a few of the areas that hold our shadows, parts of self that we project on others ‘to hold’ until such time as we can hold the energy as self, consciously and fully, becoming healthy physically so that we can live longer more fulfilled lives.

Becoming fully conscious of our shadows requires other disciplines that are necessary so that we don’t bury ourselves in our own conscious self. Jung once warned:

 “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the “House of the Gathering.” Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” Carl Jung, CW11: p. 140.

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The Psychology of 2012: What happened? 

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This was written before 2012:

 

The coming of 2012 has long orbeen discussed regarding the Mayan cultures, scientists, psychologists, philosophers and metaphysicians and there are many thoughts and ideas floating around out in the cosmos ready to land on willing ears to hear and willing brains to understand.  The point of this series is to try to explain in layman terms what some of the theories are regarding 2012 and intersperse those ideas with some of my own, coming from a background in Jungian and Gestalt studies, metaphysics and spiritual work, as well as many years in the field of education. For over forty years, I have been privileged to see over 3000 people, all of whom are open-minded, thinking out of the box, many of whom have shared their personal experiences of expansion and evolvement at this important time in space, adjusting to the energies that infuse this planet from an unknown source to many or from a GOD source, depending on one’s belief systems.  To be able to read this series will mean that you must open your mind to some other thinking and maybe consider other realities.  If this will conflict with your current faith and your beliefs, then please go no further as this series is a layman’s study meant to connect us to the meanings assigned to December 21, 2012.

What is there about 2012 that should interest you?

The myth and reality of 2012 derives from the Mayan civilization as we look once again at its history and culture. Archaeological records show that the first Maya ‘suddenly’ appeared over a millennium and a half ago, in the remote areas of what is today Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; Guatemala and parts of Honduras and Belize. (There are theories regarding this phenomenon that suggest the Mayans came from the ‘big flood’ when the earth was separated and the land connecting to Egypt became parts of the South American/Middle American continents, mainly due to the similarities of cosmological accuracies, pyramid building and artifacts found during this millennium.  The Mayans appear to have arrived with an advanced sense of technology already in place, rather than evolving their technology over a long period of time.  These facts seem to support the Mayans splitting from another advanced civilization. Whatever the Mayans achieved in their new land, they abandoned in the 9th century and therefore left a complete mystery and riddle as to the reason for this abandonment.

What we know about them is the tremendous language and artifacts that were left behind with advanced cosmology, the Mayan calendar being a highly sophisticated study of cosmic cycles and time calculations. Michael Coe, an expert in Mayan cosmology tells us that the system has not slipped one day in over 25 centuries.  The 5,000 year old Mayan calendar appears to track something even more surprising: the rare celestial alignment of our solar system, our sun, and our planet with the center of our galaxy—an even that will not happen again for another 26,000 years.  According to the Mayan priests, records indicate the last Great Cycle began in August of 3114 B.C.E. —the approximate time of the first Egyptian hieroglyphics—and ends in the near future, in the year 2012 C.E.  Specifically, the cycle ends on December 21, 2012, when our sun will move into direct alignment with the equator of the Milky Way galaxy.  So that is enough information to work with as to how all of this will affect us, studying the different ideas about this from different angles. Several well known authors have some of their own ideas.

Gregg Braden focuses on what he calls a ‘pole reversal’, basing this on the historical, scientific material:     “When we think of things that are certain in life, we tend to count the magnetic fields of our planet among those certainties.  For as long as anyone living today can remember, every time we have looked at the needle of a compass, the tip of the needle has pointed in the same direction—‘up there,’ toward the magnetic north pole of the Earth.  And while we tend to think of Earth’s north and south poles as a sure thing; the reality is that our planet’s magnetism is anything but certain.”

We know for example, that every once in a while something truly mind-boggling, almost unthinkable, happens.   For reasons that are still not fully understood, our familiar north and south poles trade places—the magnetic field of the Earth does a complete flip-flop.  Although polar reversals are rare in the history of civilizations, the geologic record shows that they happen routinely in terms of Earth’s history.  Magnetic reversals have already happened 171 times in the last 76 million years, with at least 14 of those reversals occurring in the last 4.5 million years alone.

And while they are definitely cyclic, the reversals appear to vary in time, making the time of the next one an uncertainty.  These are symptoms, however, that precede the flip-flops, such as abrupt changes in weather patterns and a rapid weakening of the planet’s magnetic field—both of which are happening right now.  It is the appearance of these symptoms today, and the fact that we are ‘overdue’ for a polar shift, that has led a growing number of mainstream scientist to suggest that we are in the early stages of such a reversal.”

In July 2004, the New York Times posted, in their science section, what a magnetic reversal is and what might be the results of such a thing, stating: “The collapse of the Earth’s magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest 150 years ago.” There are many scientists who have measured the electromagnetic field through the years and have watched it decline over 7%.

What does this mean to us as individuals?

My studies have brought me to the conclusion that ‘as above, so below’ stands to be tested in our own bodies/minds/souls and that the electromagnetic field which is present at all times is helping recalibrate our bodies to handle this magnetic shift.  We are receiving help through the unconscious, the collective unconscious and various information systems open to us.  To be simply put, we are receiving dreams, ideas, paradigm shifts, and upgrades, so to speak all the time, but mostly in the times of rest and sleep when we are open to adjustments.  More will be said about this as we move on through this series, being very specific about how and why we must pay attention to the ‘changes going on in our universe from the largest of events to the smallest’.  During this time it is best to pay attention to rest, diet and environment so that you have the connection you need to good health and attitude.  You will see people around you who are not making needed changes and therefore are suffering greatly and that saddens us to see as the universe and time moves forward.  What keeps us stuck in our rigidity and our belief systems that keep us from accepting change, opening our minds and understanding the more basic practices of love and compassion as those who came before, our greatest teachers, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and others who have set the standards of service, love and ‘do unto others’ as a ‘golden rule’.

Gwynne Mayer  MA

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Intentional Coaching —- Following your Intention, Inspiration and Intuition — Manifesting daily, weekly, monthly, all that you are meant to be and more.

 

After forty years of counseling, therapizing, educating and consnulting with clients, friends and loved ones, I have realized that we, as individuals, do not meet our intentions and ultimate purposes in life. This causes a myriad of problems; addiction, depression, mood disorders, neurosis and general problems with well being.

In order to counter these issues with positive outcomes and affirmative actions, I have begun coaching on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis at a minimum cost to those who are committed to their own succeses and aspirations.

This involves individual sessions based on your immediate needs and will focus on the following:

 

 …. immediate condition of your life and how you have manifest what you want and don’t want.       Do you know the difference?

 

…. learning how your hourly and daily actions fit into your overall goals. This includes your connection to family, education, marriage, partnership, career, health, volunteer work and friendships

 

…. develop contiguous daily, weekly and monthly goals that show your true intention. What behaviors do you put in place to portray your true intentions?

 

…. journal your dreams, activating the unconscious to get in touch with your spiritual guidance coming from within. (It is very important to know that your unconscious which is 80% of you, is supporting you.)

 

….Work with a form of your own divination and intuition whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Moslem or Jewish.

 

….your intentions and how are you living them out? (behaviors that put all of this in place.)

 

….your inspirations and how you are being inspired to be the best that you can be? How do you take care of your ‘soul’ when it sends you messages?

 

….your daily routines helping or preventing you from having all that you want in life?

weekly accounting of daily activities that support all of the above.

 

….your physical and emotional disciplines in terms of giving you what you need. Enabling you to do what you want? Honoring your sacred space?

 

If you want to make a commitment to this process please call or write for an initial consultation:  gwynne.mayer@gmail.com Website   gwynnemayer.com  phone: 210-393-5349.