In the lead up to our monthly circles I spend time listening, with all of my senses, for incoming messages that support our moving in a good way through unseen, "felt", energetic currents that are always present and perhaps go unnoticed.
Something that came up last week was the invitation for us to pay extra attention to the portals we pass through. The thresholds we cross. The transitions we experience. Everything from actual household doorways to shifting between sleep and wakefulness. The portals we pass through when we work with Spirit, the veils that we part, the auspicious moments in time... like a Full Moon or Samhain (or as the case is this year - both!) Have you ever walked into a room and completely forgotten why you are there? It is called the "Doorway Effect". Our brain is triggered into forgetting. There can be great medicine in forgetting, but there is also much to be had in remembering.
What came through was an invitation for slowing things down enough to reallllly notice - mostly that we are in fact crossing a threshold, but also, since we are noticing, to mindfully experience the qualities and stages of them a bit.
~ Standing at the doorway. Is there trepidation? Expectation? Preconceived assumptions? A leap of faith? I'm sure we all know the 'hand on the doorknob steeling up to actually enter' feeling, or that chest flutter just before declaring a final decision. Are We opening it or is something else? Can we choose to keep it closed? Did we prepare?
~ The sometimes very brief moment of being In a liminal state, neither fully here nor there. Is there comfort in this? Discombobulation? Can we hear/see wisdoms easier or feel more blind? Perhaps we are here longer than anticipated, it can feel dizzying and fast or sometimes a timeless limbo. Is it solid and sturdy or is our safety in jeopardy?
~ Emerging on the other side. Is it a jolt to the system? Do we feel welcomed and in the "right place"? Did we come out standing on our own two feet or crawling on raw hands and knees? Do we need a rest now or feel invigorated? Have we really made it fully through? Are we where we expected to be? Did we kick the door shut or did it lovingly, gently, click closed behind us?
Did we even notice?
We pass through so.very.many. Every day. All day.
But perhaps the great forgetting is upon us.
Think of all the stories we have known, stories of ornate doors with missing keys, stories of secret words to clear blocked passage, the tunnels that are stumbled upon, fairy rings bumbled into, forbidden rooms that force one into an initiation of sorts, creatures of myth who cross boundaries and worlds and realms. These stories have long captivated our attention, and there always seems to be an aspect of "the human" and an aspect of "otherworldliness" to them.
This week and into the next, if you are inclined, I extend this invitation from somewhere trusted on "the other side", to notice the portals that you pass through. Be they your front door, a video call, into/out of meditation, spirit journeying, creative state, ritual acts, or ceremony space. Between daydreaming and presence. When you get in and out of the car. Heck even half asleep midnight bathroom trips.
We don't need to over analyze.
On Samhain night (pronounced sow-in) it is said the veil between the worlds is at it’s thinnest. That mysterious cloak separating the realm of our deceased from the realm of our living. Many cultures subscribe to this thought, from pre-Celtic peoples to modern Mexican. This dark time of the year is closely connected with the Crone, or Wise Old Woman, and marks the beginning of the end in the yearly cycle. On this night, more commonly known as Halloween, and within three days of the Full Moon, I created a gemstone elixir intended for working with our Ancestors. Specifically for healing work.
This work may be taken on with intention and ceremony, or through Shamanic processes; journeys, curse unraveling, negative core belief repair, or even before meditation and opening your heart to communication; thereby facilitating conflict resolution or ‘saying what was left unsaid’.
Perhaps you have other methods at hand in your healing basket.
Simply take 3 drops under your tongue before you begin and periodically as you are called to during the healing work.
Get creative, you could add a few drops to a preparatory bath, anoint candles, tools, objects or yourself, mist your sacred space or even as an offering.
This Ancestral Healing Elixir was lovingly prepared with:
Clear Quartz crystal with a naturally formed Ancestral Timeline: This type of formation has an inherent ability to trace ancestral difficulties to it’s source for healing to take place as well as holding the regular clear quartz aspects; amplifying energy, being easily programmable for specific intention, enhancing mental clarity, harmonizing & balancing energy while being, healing and protective.
Petalite: sometimes called the “stone of angels” it is extremely useful for ancestral & family healing, going back to a time before the dysfunction arose.
This gemstone carries a high spiritual vibration, facilitates connection with the spirit realm, intuitive ability & clairsentience while clearing negative energy and lending
protection. Petalite brings a peaceful calm to situations and is quite useful for astral travel & meditation. Also considered a shamanic stone.
Labradorite: bringing clarity, understanding, harmony, strength, enhancing intuition & psychic perception, especially during times of conflict and change.
Linked to the Crone, Labradorite facilitates inner knowledge of the Mysteries, helps to release judgements and bring ‘shadowed aspects’ into the light.
This stone is also considered a shamanic stone and supports shamanic journeying.
Citrine: offers courage & self discipline, supports getting tasks done & matters settled. Great for uplifting mood & bringing forth feelings of Generosity.
Helpful with healing emotional trauma. A stone that never needs energetic “cleaning” after use and is a gentle beacon of Light during intense work.
Samhain Energy: A long held time of communion with Ancestors and the Deceased.
Full Moon: A most profound refection of the Life, Death, Rebirth cycle, the Moon at it’s fullest heightens energy & empowers intention.
A bean feasa of Gaelic heritage shares stories & insights from her animist and 'shamanic' practice on the West Coast of Canada.