Articles by Ana
Shamanic Earth Healing:
By Ana Larramendi
In the former Soviet Union during the Second World War, the Nazis invaded a town near the border of Belarus and gathered all the Jews from the area into the town’s synagogue. Then they ignited the building, burning to death hundreds of innocent men, women and children. The ground was laid barren, and during the crisis of the war the land’s story was forgotten. Many years later in the 1950s, the Russian government began building nuclear power plants, and a power plant with four reactors was built in this town.
In April of 1986 technicians at a nuclear power plant in Sweden began to receive disturbing signals on their monitors of abnormally high levels of radiation. The technicians feared a leak in their own plant, but when no leak was found, they determined that the radiation was coming from a cloud drifting in from elsewhere. This nuclear cloud spread over much of Europe, settling heavily over Germany, Italy and Poland. Two days after the accident, the Russians admitted the disaster to the world. One of their nuclear reactors had had an explosive meltdown.
Lost to the memory of the Russians, that reactor had been built atop the long forgotten synagogue, in a town we know as Chernobyl.(1)
Every place on the earth carries the energetic imprint of what has happened in that location. The earth holds the stories of everything that has ever happened in its soils, in the waters and in the air. There are stories of love, violence, dreams and hopes. Stories of the ancestors who lived there or passed through. Stories of murder and stories of ceremonial sites with great power used hundreds or perhaps thousands of years ago. Although we have long forgotten these stories, the earth still holds them.
If we look at the story of Chernobyl from a shamanic perspective, we can’t help but be aware of the incredible human trauma that took place there and continued to be held by the earth in an imprint of fire, fear, rage and hatred. An imprint in the land will recreate cycles or patterns in the area that replicate aspects of the original trauma. This is similar to how trauma affects humans. A spiritually wounded person repeats patterns throughout their life that recreate the original trauma until healing of the trauma has taken place. For example, a woman who was physically abused as a child may in her adult life repeatedly choose partners who abuse her. In Chernobyl the imprint created an imbalance of the element of fire. Without any healing or intervention for the land, building a nuclear reactor on top of this place literally added fire to fire.
I first heard the story of Chernobyl in 2003 from one of my teachers, Myron Eshowsky, when he was facilitating a one-day class called, “Healing of Place”. This was the first time I had heard an example of how the earth holds trauma and it was a revelatory moment for me.
A few weeks after that class my Spirit Guides came to me in a journey, saying, “Your life’s journey and passion has been your profound love of the Mother. You understand her in intimate ways. This is your Medicine. She needs you to teach others how to heal the traumas in the landscape and come into right relation with the Earth.”
So my journeybegan. In researching the topic of land healing, I started to realize that most shamanic teachings primarily focused on healing people a nd strengthening people's spiritual practices. Healing of land was mostly an anecdote or a small tidbit of old knowledge shared but not deeply explored. I asked my guides to show me how I would get this information ...and they started me on a wild goose chase, even across continents, to all sorts of teachers from different traditions who had pieces of knowledge.
For example, Marko Pogacnik taught me about working with elementals, building our relationship with elementals, and landscape healing with elementals. The Peruvian shamans I worked with had an extremely sophisticated system of working with power places on the land, and creating energetic filaments (called cekes), like a spider web, to work with the landscape. Tom Brown Jr. from the Tracker School showed me a whole new way to see the landscape and how to heal a stream physically and spiritually.
Throughout all of this, my guides were the weavers of my journey, showing me how everything is linked, when to use what, and filling in the gaps where no information could be found by "ordinary reality" means.
This journey has helped me create a body of knowledge about the Earth, how it holds trauma and what we can do as shamanic practitioners to bring a place back into harmony. In the following pages I hope to describe the landscape of healing for the earth as my teachers and guides have shown me.
As a shamanic practitioner I have become acutely aware of how the earth holds imprints and the tremendous need to return balance to the land. If a place holds trauma, that imprint directly impacts those who live, work or interact with that place. The Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq had been used for torture by Saddam Hussein for many years. Embedded in those walls is the energy of enormous violence and brutality. This imprint carried such a potent momentum that when U.S. troops took over the prison, history repeated itself. To heal ourselves, to find peace and to create wholeness we must also heal the earth, these imprints and our relationship to the land.
Here are some examples of how imprints manifest and show up as patterns in the landscape.
There is an imprint when:
- A specific place on a highway or at an intersection repeatedly has one fatal accident after another.
- A building or home has an unusual, chronic history of fire or lightning strike.
- A neighborhood in a city collapses under a repetitive cycle of crime and violence.
- A region has been at war or under siege for decades or centuries and no peace seems to come.
- A house has been used for ritual abuse or violent acts and anyone subsequently living in or passing through the house feels emotionally ill or angry.
Human activity on the land leaves not only a physical imprint but an energetic imprint as well. Stewardship (both physical and energetic) done in harmony with the land maintains the sacred balance of place and can actually raise the vitality and carrying capacity of the land. When we engage in shamanic land healing we are in a co-creative process of working with the natural world and the Divine to balance the earth’s energetic matrix and heal the imprints left from human trauma.
Here are some examples of land or places that need healing:
- Land that appears unhealthy or has been damaged by development, human interference and neglect. For example, dumps, quarries, logging, poor land management.
- Land that has an elemental imbalance (i.e. too much fire, water, air or earth energy). For example, a place that has a history of frequent fires or water damage.
- Locations where violence or accidents repeatedly take place.
- Places or homes that feel cursed, haunted, have heavy energy or bad karma.
- Sacred sites, power places, vortexes or ley lines that have been dormant or disrupted by human activity.
So how does one approach the complex issue of healing the spirit of place? Land healing combines physical intervention as well as spiritual intervention in the realm of the Middle World. We live in a culture that has become unaware or careless about our correct use of power. In shamanic traditions true power is about balance and surrender to Spirit. In most Western cultures power is perceived as “power over” people or things. We have stepped out of living with the earth in a state of balance, shared power and reciprocity, or as the Q’ero of Peru call it, ayni.(2) This abuse of power has created a tremendous amount of “spiritual pollution” in the Middle World in the form of ghosts, curses, and imprints in the land.
In order to do earth healing we need to map and understand the cosmology of the Middle World – the spiritual level of the terrestrial plane. First we must understand the earth herself. The earth is constantly moving toward balance and harmony. From a tiny ant to a giant earthquake, everything that happens is a part of the weave of life moving toward balance, following a specific blueprint of creation. For example, a tsunami is the result of a shifting and rebalancing of displaced water created from displaced earth (an underwater earthquake) which was itself created by the tension being released between converging land masses. In a sense this is the earth healing herself, corrections are part of the balancing. We cannot fathom the complexity of the earth system, for there are checks and balances actively working all the time. These need to be honored, even if their purpose is beyond our understanding or the damage created seems so catastrophic.
As modern society has become more separated from the earth, humans have taken a self-centered reaction to nature’s balancing, almost as though it was a personal affront. Too many ants, a destructive tornado, abundant wildfires! We must move out of this self-focused perspective, step back and look at the big picture. A shaman knows these are messages and sees these events as signs offered by the Mother to be divined on because something is out of balance. There is a call being sent out to restore and heal some aspect of the land.
As I began mapping the cosmology of the Middle World, my guides showed me that there are two main categories of energies to be worked with – spirits and fields in the landscape. Spirits are energies that have an individuality and personality. They are more likely to have a voice of sorts and communicate telepathically in some form. The undine (a water elemental) of a bubbling spring may communicate a request to remove an obstructing stone. The spirit of an office building will have a distinct personality related to the history of that building. In comparison, fields seem to be devoid of a voice or personality, yet they emanate a unique quality which can be strongly felt and experienced. A mountain peak may have a quality of power and exhilaration. A vortex may have a quality of intensity or disorientation.
Spirits and fields are layered upon one another, interwoven like a holographic image. The spirit of a mountain may communicate a message to you, yet simultaneously you experience the quality of its field which may be wisdom and power. All landscapes, both urban and wild, are comprised of this matrix of spirits and fields. These energies play a defining role in the balance or imbalance of a particular place, and understanding them is crucial to determining an intervention of healing. A series of more detailed descriptions follows.
Spirits and Energies:
An important part of shamanic land healing is recognizing the Spirit of Place. Shamans see nature as having inherent intelligence and this belief carries over to places that are both natural and man-made. Every place has a spirit which can be communicated with. This is a naturally occurring energy that oversees the life force of a building, office, pond, farm, house, city and many other things. Guided by the overriding principal of balance and harmony, the spirit of place might be seen as a guardian angel whose charge is a location.
Another common theme in land healing is working with Suffering Beings, also referred to as ghosts or discarnate humans. These spirits have become trapped in the middle world when their death has been compromised in such a way that they do not move to the light. Confused, angry or lost, they lose their way and remain in the middle world; drawn to visit and stay in the places where he/she once lived (haunting) or attaching in some way to a living person (possession). Often unfinished business, such as an attachment to loved ones, unhealed grudges, or an improper funeral, keeps the spirit earthbound. Shamans from many traditions had ceremonies to take care of the dead. These ceremonies were done to heal and send the ancestors on to their proper resting place. The Tamang shamans of Nepal believed that the presence of the untended dead brought strife and problems to the living of the village. (3)
Sometimes the simplest form of healing a place is traditional psychopomp work, where the shaman conducts the soul of the deceased to the light. The atmosphere of a place can be substantially improved by moving the suffering being on.
However, at times what may “feel” like a haunted space is actually an energetic imprint left by human trauma. Energies, in this context, are a presence that was not ever human and can often be confused with ghosts or spirits. These are curses that may present as misfortune, a menacing apparition, or simply make a place feel “bad”. For example, I was contacted a few years ago by a young couple with children who had in the previous year purchased an 1890’s home in a small, rural community. From the time of their move, their relationship had begun to deteriorate and their finances became increasingly unstable. The wife contacted me, convinced that the house was haunted. I arrived and spent some time slowly walking through the home, tracking and asking for guidance from my helping spirits and the spirit of the house.
On the physical level I saw dents in the walls, burn marks in the basement timbers and I felt an energy full of chaos and fear. What my guides told me was that there had been a lot of domestic violence with the family who had previously lived in the house. As their finances became worse, the violence had escalated. Eventually they had been forced out by foreclosure. I saw how this trauma was now energetically bleeding into the lives of this new family. I asked the couple if the house had been a foreclosure—They confirmed it was. The house was not haunted by a spirit, but rather the energy of trauma left by the previous owners. To heal the space, I engaged the family in a prayerful dialogue of going from room to room and drawing down off the walls the heavy energy of the past. In its place we gave light and gratitude to the house. After the clearing, the relationship and financial troubles of this family dramatically improved…I was also told the house finally, “felt happy”.
In more extreme cases a severe trauma imprint can be created collectively by a group consciousness such as a satanic cult, or by a repetitive destructive behavior (a torture chamber in a prison). A space can be imprinted by negative thought forms brought on by obsessive preoccupation with a particular thought or belief system. These thought forms begin to take on a life of their own, perpetuating the trauma to those living or working in the place. Energies are generally created by humans, but they are not human.
The wee people:
Vitality in the landscape is strongly supported by the presence of the Elemental beings and the Devas. Elemental beings are the nature spirits whose purpose is to carry out the blueprint of growth and development of life. They are the form builders of trees, plants, stones and elements. Their spirits enliven the natural world. (4) Deva is a Sanskrit word meaning body of light.(5) A deva is an intelligent energy that works in conjunction with the elemental beings in an overseeing capacity. Where an elemental may have responsibility over the growth of an acorn, the deva of the oak carries the blueprint of what oaks do. They are not tied to an element like the elemental beings are but play an organizational role in the development of living things. (6 &7)
We often forget the presence of these beings when we disrupt the landscape. Development, construction, mining and logging often creates a massive displacement of our elemental friends, leaving the landscape barren, with a low level of life force which is slow to recover. Some of this displacement is done by well-intentioned urban communities trying to improve city or county parks. But while permission may be granted through town-hall forums and neighborhood meetings, the spirits most impacted by the pending “improvements” are rarely consulted. I remember Marko Pogacnik railing about this injustice during a lecture in class. “We treat them like slaves!” he said, “We cut them down and move them without ever asking permission!”
In the spring of 2008 a friend called me who owned a house that bordered a 90-acre county preserve in our city. She often walked the trails of this park and had returned from a month long overseas trip to discover a new “makeover” financed by the parks department. A large swath of forest in a drainage area of the park had been clear-cut of all trees and shrubs, and earth movers had carved out big ditches and culverts where the forest had been. The purpose of this drastic move was well-intentioned: Create a series of scenic ponds to capture surface water run-off coming from the city streets. This was to prevent the nutrient rich run-off water from reaching the larger city lakes and exacerbating an already problematic algae bloom.
My friend took me to the site. It was painful to look at: A huge area of barren, raw ground, cracked and parched with no plant life or topsoil. I stood staring incredulously, feeling the ache in my heart at this horrific sight. I closed my eyes and asked for guidance…after a few minutes my focus was distracted by a noisy disturbance. I opened my eyes to see amidst the trees that bordered the scarred land, many hundreds of crows all cawing with a frenzy. It was a wild sight. I had never seen so many crows at once--anywhere! I was gawking at the crows when my guides gave me a head bump and said, “Look again!” I blinked, and on second sight I saw what they wanted me to see; in the trees among the crows were thousands of displaced elementals, forlornly looking at their ravaged, lost homes. My eyes welled up with tears and I turned to my friend and told her to shift her gaze so she could see what I was seeing. She too began to cry. We both began to whisper to our elemental friends, “We are so sorry for your suffering…” Then I said, “I promise I will return and help you find new homes…”
As soon as I finished saying that, the crows lifted off the trees like a giant cloud of locusts and flew out of sight.
They had delivered their message.
Fortunately, I had an earth healing class meeting in a couple weeks and I chose to use the park as one of our projects. When we arrived a few weeks later, in the throes of lush spring growth, it was fascinating to notice how this area remained barren looking when everything else was so life-filled.
Our group chose a location approximately in the center of the disturbed area and opened sacred space. We invited the displaced elementals and spirits of the land to guide and support our work. After creating a field of light, by toning and raising the vibration of the area, each person independently walked off in a direction that called them. We were each called to help in different ways. I was called to work with the elemental beings of water, so that these new ponds which had been created would be vibrant with life. Others moved to the edge of the woods and called the displaced elementals to venture forth and seed the barren ground with new plant life. Others helped cross over and honor the elementals who decided it was time to dissolve back into the earth and make room for some other new energy. After we felt a completion of our tasks, we gathered again and sang joyful songs to the land.
Since then the land has rebounded, but I have a dream that one day urban projects like this will incorporate land shamans who play a role in the design and communication with the elementals of a place prior to any disruption. This would enable us to co-create with our elemental friends city projects that truly support life…
Fields in the landscape:
When a trauma takes place on the land, it leaves a residual vibration that can be felt even by those who don’t believe they are sensitive to energies. If you have ever been to a historic battlefield you understand this concept. Imprints are an embedded energy or energy field on the landscape created by a strong patterning of an event or activity. Imprints can be positive if they affirm and revitalize life force. Labyrinths, gardens, landscapes and even buildings that are created in a sustainable manner and with the guidance of nature spirits will create a life-affirming imprint on the land. Imprints will also manifest in a more negative form in places where repeated violence (a home where domestic abuse has taken place) or a violent event (a massacre) has occurred. The imprint can manifest as an overabundance of one particular element (fire in Chernobyl), as a site of frequent car accidents, or as the deadening of a natural landscape from pollution and land desecration. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work photographing water crystals subjected to different thoughts and music is a compelling example of how energy (both toxic and positive) can imprint the element of water. (8)
One of the most dramatic experiences I encountered in land healing began as an innocent inquiry by an apartment owner who could not get any tenants in his 8-unit building to rent or stay. I was asked to check out the situation and see if I could help in some way.
It was a hot July day and I drove to the north side of town to meet with the owner of the building. His girlfriend had persuaded him to contact me and they both greeted me at the door. It was a 1950’s building, situated on a hill. This man had spent a lot of time and money fixing up all the apartments. Even after all the improvements, no one would rent them. He and his girlfriend lived in one of the units. They gave me a tour and I looked in each unit. What I experienced was a fascinating paradox. In appearance the apartments were bright, clean and freshly painted, but when I walked in, it felt like I was walking through pea soup—the sensation was dense and choking. Some units were worse than others. After the tour the woman quietly pulled me to the side and whispered to me, “This place is filled with ghosts…hundreds of them…they won’t let me sleep at night…they keep asking for help. I’m sick from insomnia.”
I could sense her desperation and urgency. For her it was a spiritual/health crisis, for him it was an economic one. I was going to do a diagnostic journey in one of the apartments, when my guides stopped me and said, “It is in the land.”
Given that information, I decided to find a place outdoors to do my journey instead.
Behind the building was a parking area and behind that was a vacant grassy lot. Beyond the vacant lot was a trailer park. The neighborhood was pleasant looking, but I knew it had cycles of crime problems.
I was drawn to do my journey in the grass of the vacant lot. I sat in the shade of a bush and began a rattle journey. As images began to form I saw myself sitting in the exact same place watching the sun beginning to rise from the horizon. I was in a field and it was a sweltering hot day…as the vision crystallized I began to see dead bodies of native people—men, women and children, massacred, covered with blood, laying everywhere. Hundreds of people, and not a single living soul. I asked my guides to explain what I was seeing. I was told, “This happened 800 years ago. A warring tribe came from the east in the middle of the night. They killed everyone and moved on. The mound people stopped returning here after this happened.”
I knew they were referring to the native people who lived in this region and built effigy mounds between 800-1200AD. The culture had suddenly disappeared, and the mounds stopped being made around that time.
I felt overwhelmed and asked how I was supposed to help. My guides said: “They need help, they want to move on but don’t want to leave their land, it is not just where this building is.”
I decided I needed to explore the neighborhood to get a sense of the parameters of the situation. I started to walk down the street and stopped in my tracks. In my spiritual seeing, the overlaid images of dead bodies went on for blocks. It was a far larger area than I first thought. So I got in my car and started driving slowly down the streets of the neighborhood tracking the scene. I realized the imprint of this massacre probably covered 10-12 blocks. This was too big for me to address alone. I drove home and called the property owner. I said I wanted to gather a group of people to do the work. Once I got the group together we would pick a date for the healing ceremony.
It took two weeks to get a healing circle together. On the evening of our ceremony, I had gathered 14 shamanic practitioners to meet at the building. I chose to do our ceremony in the vacant lot behind the building, since the land there seemed to carry the strongest imprint. We created sacred space, then proceeded with a talking circle to share the story of the place. The group did a tracking/diagnostic journey, and we set a healing circle on the land to help the suffering beings. Four people anchored the healing circle and continually drummed while the remainder of us split off into 4 groups and walked the neighborhood, each group attending to a quadrant of the area, calling in the lost wandering souls of the land to come with us for healing. About an hour later all the groups arrived back at the healing circle…in tow were hundreds of souls.
It was night time now and the air was thick with the presence of suffering beings. We all drummed and the intensity of the emotion grew, then we began a grief ceremony. One by one different practitioners began to embody the native souls who had died in this place. They wailed and sobbed, screamed and cried. As the suffering was expressed and witnessed, the souls began to be released and moved to the light. Practitioners lifted the suffering beings from their embodied peers and helped cross the spirits over. As more moved on, it was as though a giant portal had opened up to the light and hundreds of beings were passing. A whole veil of pain and suffering was lifting from the land. I looked around and saw in the surrounding apartments the backlit silhouettes of dozens of residents from the neighborhood watching us. Even some curious teens came and joined our circle. We gave them rattles to help hold the space, and showed them the motions of doing psychopomp telling them we were there to lift the sadness and make their homes happy. When their curiosity was sated, they moved on.
Then suddenly, instinctively, the activity wound down and we all stopped. A deep stillness and calm came over the place. The native spirits were gone, the suffering was over and the land was at peace.
We finished by debriefing with a talking circle, then closing the directions. The apartment owner had prepared for us a lovely spread of fruit, cheese and cider in the apartment…which now had a light, airy feel to it.
Months after the event, the landlord told me that not only were they finally able to get tenants, but that crime in the neighborhood had gone down as well.
Healing the spirit of place involves balancing imprints by actively working with the spirits and energy fields of the Middle World in a co-creative way to rebalance what is out of balance, to bring back energy and life force which has been lost, and to return to its rightful place heavy misplaced energies which have created havoc on the terrestrial level.
I have found that most places that require land healing usually need a combination of interventions for healing to take place. It is important to track the energy and get an overall picture of what has occurred. Traditionally shamans track to the source and origin of a trauma. To be successful with land healing one must unhook the energy from where it began, upstream at the source, not downstream where the problem has grown exponentially into a huge quagmire. By healing at the source, you begin to unlock and clear all the patterns that flow downstream and create the opening for a long-term transformation. If you do not tap into the origin of the issue you may not have as successful a healing, and the problem could recur because the source of the imprint is still intact.
For example, if a house has a history of domestic abuse which has manifested in most of its inhabitants, you want to track to the first incident that created the pattern. If the original problem is that the foundation of the house was built on a murder site, this is the energy you work with. When I work with healing a place I find that by tracking to the original trauma and working with that, the imprint is released. I believe in minimizing effort and maximizing effect. It would create a lot of extra work to go through each of the subsequent families that resided there to heal the pattern of abuse.
There are a number of different spiritual and shamanic traditions that have created healing tools specifically addressing different types of problems. The following are some of the interventions I have worked with in the healing of place.
Quarantines: I have found that it is vital to create boundaries when performing any shamanic healing ceremony of a place. First, is the aspect of permission. As a shamanic practitioner I only work on the places that I have explicit permission to work on. If a home is built on an old battlefield site, even if the trauma on the land extends beyond the owner’s property line, only that owner has asked me to help with their home-not their neighbor. What my guides have shown me is to create a multi-dimensional quarantine field that essentially encapsulates the property, including above and below the ground. This field protects the space from outside intrusive energies as I do my work. I essentially call in Archangels and high vibration spirits to set the quarantine and program it to only let in energies related to the healing that needs to occur. I have learned the purpose of this protocol the hard way: Once when I was asked to do a space clearing, the ceremony I created to cross over the dead attracted souls from far beyond the space I was working on. Soon the room was filled with hundreds of suffering beings anxious to move to the light...as well as some rather disruptive spirits. It created an atmosphere that bordered on chaos, and it took quite a while to get the situation under control! I now always set a quarantine as part of creating sacred space for ceremonies.
Psychopomp: The conducting of souls into the light. If a location is haunted, a clearing in the form of psychopomp is needed. Generally, I experience these places as having dark, heavy, sad, angry or depressing energy. This is an atmosphere which strongly impacts those living in or near the location. The field which is affected can be a house, a building or an area on the land like a battlefield. These are places where discarnate entities (human) are confused and trapped in the Middle World. Their spirits need to be sent to the light for healing.
Terrapomp: The conducting of energies back to the earth. I was given the word terrapomp by my guides (terra-meaning earth, and pomp-meaning to conduct ). On one of my journeys, my spiritual guides showed me that some energies originated on earth and need to be returned to the earth. These are ghouls, monsters, curses and other negative thought forms which are made up of heavy energy. In the Peruvian tradition this heavy energy is called hucha. The Q’ero say the Pachamama (Earth) loves hucha. (9) She mulches it and turns it into life. These energies are human created by manipulation of earth energy and life force and need to be neutralized by being returned the earth.
Grief rituals: A location where there has been severe violence or trauma often holds a powerful energy of unexpressed pain, grief and agony. This must be ritually expressed in order to release and free any trapped energy of the living and the dead who are connected to the trauma. This ritual will often precede any psychopomp or terrapomp work. The unquiet dead need the energetic witnessing of their suffering to release their attachment to a place and move on. Grief rituals are a shaman’s act of loving witness to a place where the imprint of a terrible event has taken place.
Transmutation/transfiguration: This involves transforming toxic energies into more life-restoring forms through light and transfiguring into the divine. By embodying the Divine, the energy of a place is changed and healed. Transmutation and transfiguration can bring into balance environmental toxins caused by pollution and negative thought forms. Sandra Ingerman’s powerful work of transmutation through the embodiment of light and the divine is particularly useful in this context. This work can precede elemental balancing, making a place more hospitable for the reintroduction of life affirming nature energies. Transmutation can also follow psychopomp or terrapomp work to replace heavy energy with Light.(10)
Soul retrieval of the spirit of place: While the earth herself remains powerful and strong, there are places on the earth that have lost life force and vitality. Since every place has a spirit, the absence of vitality in these places can be a sign of soul loss of a place. In this context, soul retrieval is about restoring an aspect of vital essence to the spirit of that place.(11)
Elemental balancing: Elemental balancing brings the nature spirits back to a physically damaged place. When a location on the land has been traumatized and appears barren from mining, logging or toxic dumps, the nature spirits have left or have no place to reside. In these cases the land must undergo some preparation and healing before the elemental beings can be coaxed back in. This requires spiritual and physical intervention to revitalize a place for it to become habitable. The spirit of the land may need a soul retrieval or transmutation work. A quarry may need some topsoil before new plants (and their elemental partners) can grow. By bringing the nature spirits of a place back you are restoring the life force of a place into harmony.
Element balancing: When a location has too much or too little of one of the four elements, it may need element balancing. This imbalance may appear as drought, recurring lightning strikes, or uncontrollable water seepage in places where the problem should not be occurring. Imprints of trauma or the blockage of an energy field can often be an underlying cause to an element imbalance in a place.
DETERMINING AN INTERVENTION FOR LAND HEALING:
I always begin with some ordinary reality information gathering prior to journeying for spiritual information. It is extremely important to look for repeating patterns which will reveal an imprint. Questions to ask:
Do I have permission by the owner/primary resident of this place to do this work?
Even if it is extremely obvious that a place needs help, to do this work on a place without proper permission is an abuse of power and will affect the integrity of the work. If the answer is no, the time is not right.
What is the history here?
Ask about the history of the place and people. What stories have been important and memorable about events in this place? What are the traumas? Where is there sadness or grief? What is the problem that brought you here in the first place?
How long has this been going on?
Does anyone know when this pattern or problem began? When was it first noticed? Was there a particular event of importance that happened before all of this started? What was that event? Has it always been there? If it has, is there a way to get older history of this place prior to its current residents? If no historical information exists, such as with a very old imprint, you can do a journey to the source of the trauma.
How are people affected by this place?
Is there a pattern to people’s response to this place such as sickness, fear, anger, depression, aggression or anxiety? Do people get physically ill here? How does it manifest? Is there an area where this response is stronger than other places? Is the response consistent or does it fluctuate by time of day, season or time of the year? Is there an anniversary factor – an event that happened that carries a potency for a particular date?
Is there an overriding presence of an element (air, water, fire, earth) here?
In a building look for an excess of an element that doesn’t seem to be related to faulty construction. For example, water seepage, weird drafts, electrical short circuiting, frequent fires (even minor ones, like in a wastepaper basket), lightning strikes, a bulging foundation. In nature, an element imbalance will usually cover a micro or macro region. Droughts, fires and floods will appear where they usually don’t exist. Beware of projecting your personal idea of what a healthy element balance may be for a region, the earth may be doing a natural correction which does not need an intervention.
What is the physical condition and health of the place?
Look around. Does the place appear to be in disarray? Do plants look healthy? Do animals look healthy? Do people look healthy? If not, why and how? Is there obvious damage that has taken place like burn marks from old fires or dents in a wall from objects thrown in a domestic fight? On the land are things growing well or are there telltale barren areas on the ground where chemicals have been dumped? What is the health of the leaves and the trees? Are there any birds or signs of animals?
What is the energy of this place?
Check your gut reaction. For lack of more descriptive words, does it feel icky or yucky? Is there fear, grief or sadness in the atmosphere? Does it feel heavy and suffocating or airy and disorienting? How strong are these sensations? Is there an area where the energy is stronger than others?
Are there any ordinary reality circumstances that could be contributing to the problem?
Sometimes the main source of a problem is a very ordinary one. If people in a large sprawling office building are continually getting sick and feeling cranky, it could be an overload of mold from air ducts that have not been cleaned in thirty years. Don’t become so enchanted by the spiritual aspects of healing that you overlook plain, everyday factors that may be creating similar symptoms.
What are the repeating patterns that have taken place here?
By this time in your line of questioning, you will notice repeating themes. Where there is wounding, there is a pattern of repetition. Explore the nature of these patterns and categorize them. Are they spiritual, physical, emotional, elemental or energetic? Is there a focal point where the pattern or imprint is strongest? The qualities of this imprint should have some similarities to the spirits or fields listed above. Use this to help determine what you are dealing with.
Once you have gathered the ordinary reality information, you are ready to turn to the divine and ask your helping spirits to guide you toward a healing intervention. In doing this, it’s important to be in a state of absolute communion and clarity with your helping spirits. After all, they are the eyes, ears and voices that guide us through these spiritual domains.
The healing of some places can be a job too big for one person alone. Land, buildings and war zones are all huge energy fields that are best addressed by groups of people working together in group ceremonies. Each intervention for the healing of place will have the unique features that address what the particular needs of that place are. The nature of the rituals and ceremony, who is gathered, and the order of the work will largely be guided by Spirit.
Including the owners, occupants or workers in the ceremony is important to the long term success of a healing. By directly involving those individuals who have been affected by a place in the intervention ceremony, the momentum of the healing increases because they have a personal investment in the continued wellness of the place. In addition, their ongoing presence, long after the ceremony is performed, helps anchor the healing which has occurred. Of course, one would only ask those comfortable with participating, but even one or two people will make a difference.
If you are working in a group, make sure you have a strong core of experienced practitioners who can hold the energy of the group. If there are owners, residents or workers participating, take time before the ceremony to teach some basic concepts and create a comfortable level of understanding for those involved. After the ceremony allow processing time for the participants. Most importantly, listen to the guidance of your helping spirits.
I often tell people that I believe the earth is very strong and takes care of herself. This prompted a friend to ask me, “Well, if the earth is so strong and can heal herself, then why do we need land healing?” Perhaps my answer surprised her.
This isn’t simply about saving the earth, this is about saving humanity. The more we damage the land, the air and the waters, the greater a correction she needs to make to bring things back in balance. The more we poison the environments we live in with imprints of violence and destruction, the more we kill and destroy each other from the momentum of those imprints. If we refuse to come back into harmony with the natural world and treat all life with respect, the earth will shed us with a correction to the environment that will make it impossible for our species to survive. The Creator placed us here, not to have dominion over the earth, but to be stewards and caretakers of the earth. If there is any chance of saving our species we must return to our original promise of being caretakers of the land.
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Stories by Ana
(Written 8-17-09) Ana H. Larramendi ©
Yesterday I did a memorial ceremony for my cat Purr-Muffin who died on the Equinox this spring.
I found her, as an abandoned kitten, at Cherokee Marsh August 16, 1994. Probably dumped off on moving day by someome who couldn't bring a cat into a new apartment. Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary and I finally buried her ashes. In the exact spot where I found her.
Purr-Muffin was an extraordinary animal and our bond was unlike any pet I have ever had. I think rescued animals have a special level of gratitude for their owners. She was part Siamese with the most incredible turquoise blue eyes I have ever seen. I called her the guardian of my soul, because I felt that she watched over me when I went through some particularly gut-wrenching times in my life. If I was crying she would climb up on my lap, look into my tearful eyes and reach up with her paw and touch my face. If said to her, "I love you" she would instantly start to purr...She purred a lot, always...which is how she got her name.
She had always been very healthy and playful, but last year in the summer something started to seem wrong. She started to lose weight, and became very anxious. She was diagnosed with hyper thyroid, and initially medication seemed to stabilize her. But it is common for cats that have hyper thyroid to develop renal failure--which is a slowly degrading untreatable fatal disease. And this is what began to happen to her. As the kidneys begin to atrophy, the animal's body starts a slow decline of becoming poisoned by the toxins the kidneys can't filter out. My vet said that at least they believe the animal is not in pain, they just become more lethargic and disoriented as the disease advances.
Her progressing illness was hard on me on many levels. Most of the workshops I teach or sponsor are out of town, and finding someone to care for her while I was gone was becoming more and more of a burden because of the medications and care she needed...I also knew my remaining days with her were becoming fewer and fewer...so I hated being away.
She became so skinny. Her once full body kept dropping weight till she was emaciated no matter what I fed her. I petted her and cried because I could feel every rib and vertebrae on her bony back.
And then that week came. I was sponsoring an internationally known shaman for a 5-day workshop in Dodgeville. The morning Betsy was flying in, Purr-Muffin started vomiting bile and couldn't stand up...
I picked up Betsy at the airport, took her to my house, dropped her off and rushed Purr-Muffin to the vet. After 2 hours of fluids and tests she got stabilized, but my vet said he was concerned that she wasn't going to last too much longer...and I was leaving town the next day to assist with the 5-day class.
I brought Purr-Muffin home. Betsy did some healing work (Reiki) on her and she really seemed to perk up. I felt a little hopeful. But again that night Purr-Muffin's health began to tank. I was leaving town around noon and I had hired a professional pet sitter to care for the cats (I have 2). But now I didn't think I could leave her without medical supervision. I took her to the vet for observation until (and if) she stabilized enough to come home. Then Betsy and I drove to Dodgeville.
It was a big class. People had flown in from all over the country ( two from England) to attend. I tried to stay present, but I was really numb with anxiety. For the next 3 days I got regular messages and updates from my vet. Muffin seemed to be rebounding and the vet thought she might be able to come home and be cared for by the pet sitter. I was thrilled, but my gut told me to wait one more day...
The next day, March 19th, during the middle of a class field trip I got the call from the vet. Overnight Purr-Muffin had begun to collapse...the vet didn't think she would last more than one- maybe two days...what did I want to do? I said I would think about it and call right back.
I was lucky. Some of my best friends were taking that workshop so I had a lot of emotional support, and I had an extra assistant to cover for me if I had to leave. I chose to leave the class and come home so I could spend the remaining hours of Purr-Muffin's life holding her. I called the vet and said I was coming to take her home. I scheduled him to come to my home and euthanize Muffin the next day so her suffering wouldn't be prolonged.
When the class returned from the field trip, I got in my car and rushed to Madison to the vet. I got there just before they closed. I picked up Purr-Muffin in her carrier...she was crying and so was I. It was horrid.
When I got her home she was so happy to be out of the vet’s office. She rushed out of her carrier, but she couldn't walk very well and stumbled. Isha, my other kitty, sniffed Purr-Muffin, noticeably winced and looked away. Animals can smell when death is coming. Isha knew her buddy was not well.
At this stage Purr-Muffin could not climb stairs or move around very well. So I decided to set a small litter box in my healing room and open up a floor pad so I could sleep right on the ground since my bed upstairs would be impossible for Muffin to get up or off of. I set out bedding and soft blankets, got into some worn sweatpants and a fuzzy top and cradled Purr-Muffin in my arms.
I knew this was the time of good-byes. When you tell your loved ones how much you have appreciated them, how much you love them, how precious their life has been to you...and that it is okay to go.
Although the disease had been merciful up to this time, it was now obvious that Muffin was in pain. It was agonizing to watch her suffering. I told her that the vet would come tomorrow afternoon and take the pain away, but that she had the choice to leave on her own and I would honor what ever way she preferred to go. She tucked her face in my shoulder; she was too weak to purr. I was starting to wonder if I should call the vet and beg him to come sooner...she was in so much pain. I just kept cradling her and saying, "It's okay to go, it's okay to go...I love you so much, but you don't need to stay for me."
The night wore on...I was exhausted emotionally and physically. I laid down on the pad holding Muffin, every time I started to fall asleep she would cry, as though she was saying, "Mom, I'm scared! Don't leave me, don't leave me, don't sleep! I need you here!"...and I would wake, and promise her that I would stay present.
She could not find a comfortable position. She would get up, crawl several feet and collapse, keep shifting and stumbling. I would pick her up and cuddle her, try to console her obvious discomfort.
As a shaman I have been trained to do death rites--the ritual that disengages the spirit body from the physical body at death. I had done death rites on dead humans and animals. I have also done them as practice on classmates during a training. I had never done death rites on a sentient being who was in the process of dying.
I kept asking my guides..."Is it time yet?" and they would answer, "Not yet, wait a little longer"
The mat on the floor was not very comfortable to lie on. I knew Purr-Muffin loved cuddling in my bed with me, but I was reluctant to take her to bed because I knew in her condition at this stage, she had little control over her bodily functions. At one point she got up and made it all the way to the kitchen as though she wanted to go upstairs to bed, but she collapsed in the middle of the kitchen floor and vomited all over herself copious amounts of water. I picked her up from her mess and toweled her dry, wiped the floor. She was shivering and could not hold body heat.
I decided to take the risk and bring her to my soft warm bed. I suspected she had by this time emptied herself enough to minimize the chance of another "accident". So I carried her upstairs and Isha followed, as though she was staying beside us holding vigil through the process.
I tucked Muffin in bed with me under the covers to keep her warm. Her eyes were wide and she looked scared. I cried and tried to keep reassuring her that I didn't want her to suffer anymore. I told her how peaceful she would feel when she left, that the light was waiting, and that I would be okay without her...Isha would stay and watch over me. I told her she could always help from the other side.
Her breathing became labored...and my guides spoke, "Now is the time."
I began the death rites. Like so many times I had seen and done before...I began to disengage the chakras; spinning them counter-clockwise, loosening the connection of the energy body to the physical body, lifting the spirit up.
Within 2 minutes of starting the process, Purr-Muffin took her last breath, and then she was gone. The house became totally quiet. Her death had come exactly as all my teachers had shown me. Indeed, Purr-Muffin's death and the teachings it gave me were her last gift to me.
I looked at the clock. It was 3:31am. Friday, March 20, 2009. Just a little over 3 hours shy of the Vernal Equinox. If her little body had been able to hold out, I bet she would have tried to go right at the time of the Equinox at 6:44am. I decided I would go outside at the time of the Equinox and offer her body to the rising sun. I fell into a fitful sleep holding Muffin's dead body in my arms with Isha bookending me on the other side.
A couple of hours later I woke. I got up and wrapped Muffin's body in a white sheet, wrapped myself in a thick blanket and went out on the porch to watch the sunrise. I stroked her soft fur as I watched the sky lighten, seeing the warm glow forming on the horizon just above where the sun would come up.
The Vernal Equinox is about new beginnings, new life. I knew Muffin chose to go on this day; she was giving me a sign that her leaving was not an ending, but a new beginning in my life. To honor her, I had to honor and give thanks for her gifts and the new doors that would open up in my life after her departure. As the sun crested the horizon, I held up her soft body and cried in gratitude for all she had taught me and given me, and prayed for the gentle and sweet journey of her soul.
As though this wasn't enough medicine...yet another amazing synchronicity followed.
After the sun had risen I went inside and set up a sort of waiting room for Purr-Muffin's body.
I put extra decorations on the altar of my healing room and gently laid Muffin's body on a sheet near the altar. I left the door to the room open. I wanted to give Isha and myself an opportunity to come and go from the room and visit Muffin as we needed.
I made myself eat something-which was difficult since my stomach was in knots. I sent an email to my friends letting them know of Muffin's passing. A couple of hours later I returned to the waiting room. I realized I had to start thinking about what to do with the body. Should I cremate her or bury her? I decided to pull out a book on my shelf called, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, to read about the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of death. I chose to just split the book open and read what Spirit divined for me.
...I was stunned. I opened to the page that described the process of death as the "dissolution of the elements--Earth, Water, Fire, Air--from the body." As I read this, I realized that Purr-Muffin's dying process had followed the dissolution of the elements exactly. The whole process had just unfolded right before my eyes. I looked down at Muffin's body and stroked her fur. "Thank you for all you have taught me." I whispered.
The book had been sitting on my shelf for years, and I had never read it entirely. I saw a yellowed receipt sticking out of the top and wondered when I had purchased it. I lifted out the receipt and read it. I had purchased the book in Sebastopol, California...when I had flown there to organize and attend the memorial service of my Spiritual teacher, Sedonia Cahill, who had been killed in a car accident overseas.
I looked at the date on the receipt and my jaw dropped; March 20, 2000. Exactly 9 years before to the day! I sat frozen staring at the piece of paper. There are no accidents. I was being shown how everything is connected...even the things we would never expect.
Purr-Muffin's death was a destiny day. She had completed her job description of what her soul needed to do with that body in this lifetime. She had been a dear friend, companion and teacher, and she wanted to make it absolutely clear to me that her death was medicine, not loss.
Today, as I write this story I have cried again. But I look at the emotional space I am in around her death and I know that even though I still feel grief, the grief is fleeting and doesn't grip me because I was able to see the big picture of her life and my journey.
Subaru Blessing Story
Jan. 3, 2007 Ana H. Larramendi ©
I just wanted to share with you that I bought a new Subaru yesterday! It is a black Outback 2.5i basic wagon. I experienced a powerful blessing ceremony for the car. I will add here the story I wrote to a friend about the event.
I did some numerology with the VIN number of the car. The number and letters added up to 69 which is a 15 (the Devil archetype!) but also 6 (the Lovers). This is going to be a helluva car!
Here's the story:
My Subaru journey went very well. My friends ended up not being able to drive me to Chicago because of an unexpected mandatory office meeting. So I took the Van Galder Bus from Madison to O'Hare at 7:00am (watched a spectacular sunrise with a brilliant red sky from the bus) then took a taxi from O'Hare to the dealership. The transaction took about 45 minutes, then I drove to my parent’s house in Evanston and had a nice lunch, took them for a spin in the car, then drove back to Madison.
As I drove into Madison there was an equally spectacular sunset to greet me, and my new car, coming home. In the opposite direction from the sunset rose the full moon (an auspicious symbol for the day of purchase of this car) which was a huge golden orange color.
...I did a blessing ceremony for the new car.
I have to share what happened.
I raced home to my house to pick up some ceremonial materials. I wanted to capture the energy of the sunset and rising moon for the ceremony. I brought my Eagle and Turkey feathers, a bowl filled with dry sage to smudge and smoke the car, and Agua de Florida (a Peruvian ceremonial water used for blessing and clearing).
Remember the park with the swans I told you about? It is the park that has the eagle effigy mound and all the trees struck by lightning... Well, I had the strong message to do the ceremony at that park...of course the problem is that the park is gated closed for the season...So (having a 4-wheel drive car) I drove over the curb, on to the grass and around the gate to get into the park and get near the water...and prayed to the Spirits to make me invisible to the police while I perform the ceremony!
The timing was perfect. I parked the Subaru facing west, in the direction of the water and western horizon. The sky was the most brilliant red-orange I have seen in months...even more incredible than what I had seen from the bus that very same morning. Behind me, a huge full moon was rising up between the bare tree branches.
I got out of the car, opened the back hatch and set up my "tools". I called in the Spirits of the 4-Directions, the Creator, and Mother Earth asking them to be witness to the blessing of the new car. Then I lit the dry sage with a match and let the wind catch the flame. Rich sage smoke began to billow out from the bowl. I picked up the bowl, the turkey and eagle feathers, and begun to walk around the car using the feathers to brush the smoke over the car.
In my world, everything has a spirit...even inanimate objects like a car. An object that gets a lot of use from someone begins to take on the energy of that person and develop a character of its own. So vehicles develop personalities...
In the shaman's world you want to initiate any object that you will be using in a serious way and bring in an intention of goodness, harmony, and balance to that object...it is like creating a template for the destiny of that object, setting its trajectory to a positive direction. For things that are a really big deal, you also want to pick auspicious timing and celestial coordinates--sunset--full moon. If the providence is good, and the relationship a worthy one, the spirits often bring you a sign and affirmation. So this is what happened to me:
On my drive back from Chicago, I got the "name" for my new car. Inomoxo, the Peruvian Aymara word for Black Jaguar (my Subaru is all black). So as I began to smudge the black Subaru with sage smoke, I also spoke to the car:
" Inomoxo, I welcome you into my life, a partner in my journeys and travels, a companion in my explorations and work. Hold me and protect me, keep me safe in hard weather. Lead me to safety in deep snow, ice, mud or sugar-sand...wherever my work and adventures take me. Be strong and stable, reliable and dependable. I take you under my wing and protect you. I will care for you and tend to you. Our relationship will be strong and lasting. I ask that you always give me gentle warning for your needs for repair and care...and I will help you. We will share much, and you will be witness to my joys, triumphs and tears. I will feel safe in you...and I am so grateful for the gift of you in my life...."
I circled the car with smoke and prayers, then turned facing outward:
"Great Spirit, bless this new beginning, For Inomoxo marks a new time in my life, a new cycle..."
It was at about that moment that I saw a huge bird fly in at the edge of the park and land in a tree, it's large, black silhouette punctuated by the crimson-orange sky.
I stopped and squinted to look, then a second bird came landing not too far from the first. They were both facing me...
Watching them, I continued with my prayer...
"May all my helping Spirits bless and support the well-being of this relationship. Bless Inomoxo, and bring vitality and long life to this being, this car."...
The first bird lifted off and flew to another tree closer to me...as though coming in for a closer look...the second bird then followed suit, flying to a different tree...also closer to me. Now I knew what they were...a mated pair of Great Horned Owls...Owl is one of my guardian totem animals.
At this point I fully faced the birds and got down on my knees. Bowing down, I whispered, "Welcome, my friends."
The first owl glided off the tree, and flew to a tree 50 feet away from me. She bobbed her head to me, intently watching. Now I could see her silhouette clearly; The thick full body, her golden eyes, the ear tufts...She sashayed up and down the branch like an excited parrot, I had to repress a giggle of delight.
...Then movement caught my eye...from across the field, came gliding her mate. He landed next to her, on the same branch. The two of them directly staring at me.
Now tears welled in my eyes...I knew this was the affirmation, the sign that my journey with Inomoxo would be a good one.
"Thank you..." I whispered. I was filled with an overwhelming feeling of deep gratitude.
The ceremony had been honored.
I closed the directions with heartfelt thanks. Thanked the moon, the sunset and the owls.
As I snuffed out the smoking bowl of sage, the pair of owls lifted off and flew out of the park. I got in Inomoxo, drove back out over the grass, curb and around the locked gate...No Police.
Thanks for listening. I love you all. Happy New Year!
March 26, 2008 Ana H. Larramendi ©
A story you may find interesting...
This woman had been trying to schedule an appointment with me for about a month. In her original call she wanted me to do a house clearing. I had this gut feeling that what was going on felt more "curse like" and was not as tied to her home as she believed. She was on disability because her health had become so poor that she couldn't work any more. She was becoming weaker and weaker each day. She had a baby, and was afraid she would not be able to take care of it. Her husband was an attorney who had also been having a peculiar downturn in his own health.
Our original appointment got rescheduled three times due to strange interferences. During the phone call that related to her canceling the second appointment she said her husband had just been fired from his firm. That convinced me that we should not do a house clearing, but she needed to come see me ASAP. Due to Betsy's workshop, I could only schedule her after the class was over.
When she finally arrived and I first laid eyes on her, I immediately knew she had a possession.
Her eyes were sunken in with noticeably dark rings or circles around them. It looked like death was stalking her.
We sat down and she filled me in on what had been going on. She was extremely bright, intelligent and insightful. I found myself really liking her and sensing that she was gifted.
In our phone conversations I had asked her to try to think back to the time that preceded the beginning of the downturn of her health and try to remember if anything unusual or notable was going on in her life.
She had been thinking about this and in our face-to-face meeting the real confession came up;
"You know," she said, "my real health issues started about 10 years ago after my husband and I got out of this LARP group we had been in..."
"A LARP group?" I asked, "Is that an acronym for something? I'm not familiar with that term."
"Well," she explained," LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. There are many types of LARP groups out there. Basically you get together with a group of people who pretend to be some type of action role that the members of the group decide on and you dress-up and become those characters and interact with each other in character roles."
" About 15 years ago, when I had started dating my husband, I had this very close friend...it wasn't a very healthy relationship...she was very possessive of me and resentful of the time I spent with my husband...I only realize that now."
Then the confession began...
"Well, she had started this LARP group and insisted that my husband and I be in the group. It was pretty large, about 20-25 people. I didn't know what the theme was until we first gathered..." --long pause-- "We were role-playing Vampires."
She went on, "It seemed harmless at first. It was a very intelligent and interesting group of people. But they took it sooo seriously! The members started getting obsessed with their roles. They would play every night till 3-4 in the morning, some people were losing their jobs because they were putting more energy into their vampire roles than into their everyday real work. One of our people was a physicist who got fired...I was in graduate school at that time and my autistic son was 10 years old then and needed a lot of help. I was getting exhausted doing this evening LARP thing and they would get mad when my husband and I wouldn't 'play' nightly."
She sighed," Eventually my husband and I started to get creeped-out by this...it felt like a cult. When we told the group we had to withdraw they got really nasty towards us. It was after that, that my health problems really started to develop."
I was listening to this in total fascination. Looking at those dark circles under her eyes, the dark veil around her energetically, the gradual deterioration of her health...all those signs.... Add to this that my normally regular period had come the evening before-- 5 days early--and I was bleeding like hell on this particular day of this particular appointment, (perhaps I have a sick sense of humor, but I thought my bleeding was hilariously apropos!) and I reflected to myself, "Well, I'll be dipped! I've got a Vampire possession here!!!"
After her story I gently suggested that the vampire energy had in some way merged with her and it needed to be taken out. I also told her that she should get her husband in to see me ASAP. She said she started feeling nauseated after I told her. I comforted her and let her know that what she was feeling was normal for her situation and that I wasn't afraid or bothered by the prospect that she might throw-up.
I called in the directions with her, and silently called in the archangels and spiritual warriors who help me when a hard challenge is presenting itself for a session. I energetically sealed and quarantined the room we were working in.
We sat face to face on cushions, and with my mesa, I opened an energetic torus between us to help move the energy. I started the dialoging with her. She identified a black energy that was in pain. As I tried to dialogue with this energy, it was clear that it was confused, didn't know where to go and was "in the gray". It didn't match the vampire I was tracking...I knew this was one of those decoy suffering beings and I would have to move it on first before I reached my real "quarry".
My client was right on it, she stepped in and whispered in a confused voice, " Could there be more than one?..."
"Yes, dear," I answered," the vampire is next. We just need to take care of this one first."
Once she understood this, the coaxing of that suffering being came easily and I sent it home to the light effortlessly. Now things got more interesting...
My client started twitching and acting extremely restless.
"What is happening for you now?" I asked.
"I'm feeling really uncomfortable, like I can't sit still...I want to run out of this room." she replied.
"Stay with me." I said firmly. "This being is probably not very happy at the moment, but I can assure it that I will take it to a better place."
She seemed to get a little stiller, although still fidgety.
We started the dialog process. She identified the energy as "angry-red, black and some gray".
I mentally sent out a huge call for my guides to tighten the quarantine field of protection in the room and around us.
"Welcome." I said.
"It wants to say really bad things to you.." She growled.
"I know and honor your feelings." I answered. " How long have you been with the soul of this woman?"
"More than this lifetime?"
"Have you been with other souls in this way?"
"What do you like about being with this soul?"
"You like pain?"
"Yes, it gives me control."
"I can take you to a place where you will have far more control than with her. She's pretty small compared to bigger more powerful places where you could go..."
"Really?...(growling)... Like where?"
"There is a fabulous place called the Void. It surrounds you, it is a place where all things are created. It is the source of all creation energy...it is the home you came from...once, long ago..."
"I've called the presence of the Void here, it is already drawing you home. Can you feel the pull? Which direction do you feel it coming from?"
My client points sideways to the left. I focus on the vortex of the void dipping in sideways, like a tornado, drawing the suffering being sideways and then up. With my hands I am moving the energy now constantly.
I have stopped talking since my entire focus is now on drawing the energy out of her...but something is not flowing. I notice something is feeling stuck.
"Why should I go?..." the being states in a challenge-like voice.
"To go home to be with ones like yourself…" I respond.
"I like it here!"
"I know you do, but the energy is already drawing you back to the void..."
"For me to go you must seduce me....Seduce me with words!" The being commanded of me.
It was probably only a microsecond of thought, but at that moment I got flooded with the most powerful insight and understanding: The whole energy of the vampire culture was about seduction, about spellcraft of words...beautiful, delicious, words that seduced with the illusion of power, control and the dark mystery...a mystery only those most privileged got to taste. The vampires were word illusionists. That is what the author of the Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice, had called into her life. That is what (or who ) she had channeled in her books. A Master Vampire that knew the power of the words of spellcraft. Anne's books were a masterful spell; enticing those who were drawn to the dark mystery.
In that split second, in that calling of: "Seduce me with words!" I knew that I had to keep talking to this powerful being, I could not stop for a second or I would lose it...and my words would have to be luscious spells of seduction to the Void.
I don't for the life of me remember what came out of my mouth after that. I know I called my helping spirits to cast the words for me...and off I went in a florid tumble of cadences about the sweet dark void...and sure enough within minutes...silence came over the room. The being was gone.
I asked my client, "What do you feel?"
"Oh my God! It's gone!"
I looked in her eyes...the dark circles had almost completely vanished.
I finished by doing a soul retrieval and bringing back both a power animal and Guardian Angel. We set up a second appointment so I could teach her to journey and develop a strong relationship with her helping spirits so she could have a vetting process about who she "let in" in the future!
It was an amazing experience, and a powerful teaching. I felt really grateful for the opportunity to meet with this being. The extra tidbits of information I got in Betsy's class made all the difference to making this somewhat effortless.
That's the story. I hope you find it helpful in some way.
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