How to keep ourselves protected spiritually and energetically was one of the questions that came in to me and is a very important area to focus on. Here I share a few tips to help all of us with a good energetic hygiene practice to help keep us protected.
For practitioners, here are a couple additional suggestions:
- Spend a good amount of time to set sacred space before work
- Be sure to "arrive" mentally and energetically before each client
- Resist temptation to work when tired, sick, or emotionally charged
- Focus on closing sacred space, thanking guides, and stepping out of work just as much as stepping into it
- Ritual bathing/washing before and/or after sessions, gatherings, or ceremony
- Be clear with boundaries, what is yours/theirs, and be discerning with client/practitioner incompatibilities. Know who you should not work with
- Keep within your skill level. Reach out to or refer to mentors or colleagues if dealing with something out of your league
Bringing our gifts out into our communities in healthy ethical ways is part of the Medicine Ways program that follows the Shamanic Living Immersion. If you are keen to work together in this way, you are welcome to find more details on the www.ShamanicLiving.ca website
Many of us are grief-stricken and over-burdened by the atrocities of the world, especially these days. Here is 1 change I made that was essential for me to do the work I came here to do, perhaps it is a key to protect your heart too. It's simple. Some say it's radical. You might find resistance. But once it's done, you may find the freedom you've been seeking and the ability to do what you came to do.
If you have a Power Animal and are looking for ways to work with them, here are a few suggestions. This is a topic that can be taken much deeper, but these are great methods to establish a working relationship and get you started.
You are most welcome to join us each October for the Introduction to Shamanism & Journeying that I offer, and of course the monthly Journey Circles and year long Shamanic Living Immersion program are experiential opportunities to really dive in.
Consciousness in Motion interview
In part 1 of this series, Damien Gendron of Consciousness in Motion sat down with Juliette to talk about what it's like to live on Skwxwú7mesh lands (Squamish, BC), how shamanism can be a healing balm to current events, and how the world around us responds to our personal spiritual work.
This is the first of a three part series about living a shamanic lifestyle in today's busy world.
In part 2 of this series, Damien asks Juliette to discuss the balance between the Divine Feminine & Sacred Masculine, the role of ceremony in modern times, and the beginning of how shamanism came into Juliette's life.
In part 3 of this series, Damien asks Juliette how shamanism came into her life and to speak about the Shamanic Living Immersion program and community gatherings she offers.
For information on the Shamanic Living Immersion program, please see www.shamanicliving.com
For more of Damien's interviews on Consciousness in Motion: www.consciousnessinmotionca.blogspot.ca
Curious About Making Offerings?
Very often I am asked what do I mean when I ask folks to bring an "eco-friendly offering" to the land or to Spirit when attending my journey circles or medicine gatherings. Making offerings of love & gratitude is an important part of my practice. I make them during every walk in nature, during times of duress, when I feel helpless against the atrocities of the world or when I am full up with appreciation for the blessings of life. Here is a wee time with me at the Squamish River, talking about and making offerings. I hope this can help answer questions and I invite you to join the many of us who are loving up the world.
Enjoy this beautiful day!
Offerings and Medicine Bundles
On the morning after our shamanic journey circles we have an opportunity to anchor our work in beautiful outdoor sanctuaries during Sacred Places, Solo Spaces gatherings. Today I created an offering of seeds while singing prayers of support and blessings of gratitude in honour of the medicine bundles we created last night. Here I share and speak a little of this sweet experience. If you would like to join us next month, come find event details on our facebook group Medicine Gatherings & Online Support
We talk a lot about building relationships with the land, connecting to nature, establishing a place where you listen to the trees whisper wisdom, invite the river to cleanse your heart, draw on the strength of stones...but what happens when you have to say goodbye? When you move and leave your shrines, fae, elementals, and place of solace behind? When a land is no longer accessible to you, here are a few steps of my leaving process.
A bean feasa of Gaelic heritage shares stories & insights from her animist and 'shamanic' practice on the West Coast of Canada.