Saturday, November 22, 2008

Inner Reality -Exploring Transformation

There's the everyday reality in which we have lives, careers, families, friends and lovers, where we eat and sleep and make love but there are also these inner worlds. The inner worlds are the worlds of things hidden, of the indigenous mystic where the laws of cause and effect don't work in the same way. The transformational community consists of people who understand that it's possible for individuals like us to learn how to access these inner worlds for power, for protection and for support.

These are folks who know that within these inner worlds, there are personalities, there are beings, the indigenous people call them spirits, and these are compassionate forces which are willing to come into relationship with human beings in order to help us in various ways. But first we have to turn in their direction and ask them to do so.

These are people who know that everything is connected to everything else. And that underlying the fabric of reality that we all take so much for granted, there is a net or a grid or a matrix of power. This is one of the signatures of our consciousness age, the awareness of these interconnections between everyone and everything everywhere. It's creating an emerging sub-culture which is increasingly finding its voice in the time in which we live.

Hank Wesselman PhD.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Red Stone

First Published Friday, November 12th, 2006

Someone from another site has asked me why I use the Red Stone for my logo? The short answer is that it symbolizes a value that is fundamental to my worldview.

I had taken a workshop at Elk Island National Park (near Edmonton, Alberta). A local Shamanic practitioner, (I don't think she calls herself a Shaman) holds an annual retreat to teach people how to get in touch with the natural world and the non-ordinary reality, (some people refer to this as the Spirit Realm).

The weekend was full of rituals and celebrations and we did half a dozen exercises that were geared to increasing awareness, trusting intuition, and opening-up to a broader definition of spirituality.

For me, the most significant activity was this:

We were asked to wander away from the camp and dowsing with a pendulum, find 7 stones - 4 to represent the directions and 3 for any intentions that came to mind while we were undertaking this task. We spent the next hour or two gathering stones, thinking about the presence of Spirit in all things and anticipating what would happen next, (the Red Stone was not one of the stones I found that day).

When we returned, we were asked to prepare the stones by washing them and decorating them with paint and then blessing them with rattles and incense, (I chose not to paint mine).

Next we were given a demonstration on how to do "Intuitive Readings" by listening for the symbolic messages that the stones would reveal to us. Then finally, after the demonstration we were asked to pair-off and start doing readings for one another. This step, of course, made many people uncomfortable or at least brought-up doubt, but I was moved to embrace it.

The Red Stone was the first stone I added to my original set of seven. I found this lovely red stone when out walking with my children, but had some strange feelings about arbitrarily adding it to my "Spirit Stones." So, I carried it around with me as I tried to discern what to do. I also had questions about how I would discover the meaning of the stone, because I had had an intention in mind when I found each of the others.

Within a week or so, I realized that I should include it with the others and I decided that because of the redness, it would stand for "passion." But when I started doing readings with it I discovered that it really represents something more like "motivation" and that it actually has 3 subtly different meanings, the most powerful of which is "the best outcome for all concerned."

I feel completely at ease doing these readings and I now understand that I have a gift. In the intervening two years have done more than a hundred readings and people are continually impressed with the information that is revealed to me by the stones and through intuition. The original set now consists of 12 stones, two bones, and a little metal wedge, (and I use another set of six stones for energy work).

Interesting to note is that one of my closest friends and a man who is quite clairvoyant recently said to me that "I sense there is a Shaman archetype emerging through you
" (me). It's a weird thing for me to comprehend, but I'm trusting that by following this path, I am indeed moving towards that intention - "the best outcome for all concerned."

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Source Of the Power of Ritual

What many neophytes don't realize is that the right attitude amplifies the power of your ritual practice. Ritual is a sort-of language that transmits information through gestures and metaphors.

Whether you are a serious amateur or a dabbler, your practice will be more intense and more profound, when you adopt a reverent attitude, take all the time you need, and have extremely clear intentions. This will increase the "amplitude and frequency" of the signal you're sending out into the Universe. The power of ritual is in being present; clear; intentional.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Shamanism, Healing and Divination

But please note that divination is not solely to be left to the Shamans. All humans have psychic experiences. Follow this link to learn how to do psychic readings using the Shaman Stones.

Read the whole article on here.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Social Programming Rant

Somehow, the "Western/North American" culture has programmed an entire generation of Earthlings to seek personal gratification in many forms. We all want a pay raise; we all want to reduce our taxes; we all want a beautiful boy friend/girl friend/spouse... we want consumer goods (TVs, I-Pods, cell phones, cars, clothes)... we want privileges (move to the head of the line, graduate from the best college/university, and have someone else school our children and clean our toilets).

But with each of these choices comes a thief that sneaks-into our minds: The TV brings mass marketing and a blatant censorship, they tell only part of the story and program us to buy more/do more/have more fun; to believe "War is Noble," that "major-league sports" are truly important; that Muslims/Christians/Jews and everybody else are a threat; that pharmaceutical medicines are good but natural medicines are bad.

Schools propagate social problems and learning problems, they encourage psychoactive drug therapies and are "Socially Engineering" each next generation to be passive, obedient, selfish workers who will populate our world and who will: Buy the car - and ignore the pollution. Buy the imported clothes - and ignore the sweatshop. Use the cell phone (or the pharmaceutical medicines) - and ignore the VERY REAL health hazards...

We are also being programmed to date the pretty girl or the handsome boy, have the big wedding - and live happily ever after while getting deeper and deeper into credit card debt, obesity and clinical depression.

Wow, that all seems like I'm pretty pessimistic.

I'm not, (or at least NOT THAT pessimistic).

Monday, July 21, 2008

God Model

I was sort of meditating/daydreaming back in March 2007 when I got this little model downloaded (does that ever happen to you?).

The word ALL in the center is equivalent to "The Great Spirit, Creator, Divine." You'll see that my thinking was colored a bit by my christian up-bringing, (please excuse that).

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Howard Thurman Quote

Here's real wisdom. I borrowed this quote from this woman's page.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman (1900-1981)

Shaman: Agent for Evolution

The dimension where ideas, imagination, and dreams exist, in shaman terms is known as the non-ordinary reality. This "alternate reality" is available to all of us.

This comes from an earlier article but I repeat it because it
perfectly expresses my own understanding.
I quote Terrence McKenna-

" the context of ninety percent of human culture, the shaman has been the agent of evolution, because the shaman learns the techniques to go between ordinary reality and the domain of the ideas, this higher dimensional continuum that is somehow parallel to us, available to us, and yet ordinarily occluded by cultural convention out of fear of the mystery..."

The thing I aspire
to most is to open people's eyes to this. The "mystery" isn't only to be learned in "Mystery Schools" but is paradoxically both within all of us and at the same time we are in it. There's a leaping, swirling energy all around us and it's available to the sensitive/open people - those who cultural convention considers to be "Mystics" and "Shamans."

We all regularly visit the dimension where ideas come from, therefore I say the non-ordinary reality is
available to all of us.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ecology of Spirit

Peter Russell interviewed by Regina Meredith on the Conscious Media Network. (Please support this excellent Alternative News source.)

Another brilliant explanation of how both quantum physics and consciousness point to spirituality. I particularly like his admonition to "Be nice," at the end of this clip.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Re-storying As A Path to Real Healing

I came across this article in a book I have about shamanism. "The Four Insights - Wisdom, Power & Grace of the Earthkeepers" by Alberto Villoldo Ph.D. (He's one of about eight people I call "Ph.D. Shamans.")

"Re-storying" is associated with EFT and other modalities that help us change our beliefs. In energy healing, we need simply to change where we hold our energy, or what we're holding onto, to make incredible healing possible. If a person has been holding onto a negative self-concept, or a negative interpretation of circumstances, often changing their ideas about the meaning of their experience is extremely empowering.

Here, I quote Alberto Villoldo [square parentheses indicate paraphrasing]:

Your story isn't new, it's a replay of what happened to you in your childhood which is a retelling of the same plot you've played-out over the course of many lifetimes. It's the same tale that drew you to the family you were born into because it dove-tailed so well with theirs. It's also the saga you inherited from your father and mother, the one they were unable to heal... then you pass them on to your children... In the Amazon they call these "ancestral curses."

If you want to get rid of your baggage, it's important to honour your ancestors; if you don't they will continue living through you and haunting every endeavor and relationship in your life. But if you respect and celebrate them, no matter how awful their legacy, you can move on... and so can they. You change your ancestral story and break the curse, for them and for your children. You won't feel hurt and angry as you remember that your father walked-out on your family, or cling to the story of how that's the reason you feel you can't trust romantic partners.

Karma runs in families. A cold mother raises a child who becomes a smothering mom, who raises a daughter who as a result of being smothered, doesn't even want children.... Someone has to make a conscious decision to re-write the story...

When we re-write our story, we elevate our ancestors from the gutter, no longer holding them responsible for our lives, and we break the negative legacies they've handed down to us. We let go of stories such as "I'm a neurotic mess because my mother was completely crazy" or "I'm angry and misunderstood, just like my father and his father before him." We're no longer victims of the folly of our ancestors-instead we can honour them and thank them for their gifts, no matter how painful it was to receive them.

Journaling Exercise: Re-Story Your Life

Write two stories. The first is the story you've been telling yourself for many years that begins with, "Once upon a time, the stork dropped off a baby at the wrong house..." Write a narrative of your life visiting details of your parents, siblings, relationships, marriage and the career that didn't work out right. Write it as a fairy tale that happened to someone long ago. Make note of the times that you were the victim, the perpetrator and the rescuer, and who else you cast in these same roles.

When you finish, write the story again, but start off the story, "Once upon a time, the stork dropped off a baby at the right house..." Healing stories explain why events happened exactly as they were supposed to in order to bring you valuable lessons that would take you farther along on your epic journey.

Perhaps you were abused as a child- but this was just what your soul needed for you to learn the lessons about strength and compassion you required, and you chose the perfect home to be dropped off at. (Of course it's terrible to be abused, but remember, what you are writing here is an epic journey of lessons and healing.) Because your parents were abusive you might have learned that those who openly disparage others in an attempt to hurt them are deeply insecure and unhappy, and it has nothing to do with you. Maybe you even found a grain of truth in their words. Or perhaps the lesson you gleaned was that you can accept that you're imperfect, and decide just how much effort you want to make to change, without feeling pressured to "fix" yourself to meet anyone's expectations.

[If you feel uncomfortable writing the story because you haven't mastered the lessons yet, that's OK-write as if you have. You might also want to come back to it again later to put in more observations. When you begin to believe this new tale, it will start to come true. You will have become the storyteller of your own life; as a result, the Universe, recognizing that you have learned your lessons will stop putting you back in the classroom.]

In retelling our stories, we uncover the positive, empowering legacy that we've been given. For example the Laika [Shamans of the Andes] hold the memory of the Conquistador not as a devastating force that destroyed their world (which is the popular view) but as a catalyst for an age in which they would be especially careful to guard and value the [sacred teachings. Because the Wisdom was hidden, it became even more powerful since there would come a time when it would be expressed again and would be able to help the entire human race survive. The Laika believe that without the Conquistador they might have become lazy and complacent and allowed their sacred insights to be forgotten].

Remember that we can only rewrite our stories at the mythic level. [If you have teenagers that will soon go to college, you might have to work long hours to finance it so you can't spend your days painting watercolors (which is what you would prefer). Those are the facts. However, at the level of the sacred, your story might be that you are an artist, that your canvas is the world, and that you touch everyone with colour and life. Own your mythic story. Don't define yourself as your job or as a parent who is putting kids through college- you are a painter and a poet who just happens to have a day job.]

[When you do this, you will find that time will appear for your art. Allow yourself permission to explore who you are. Bravely embrace your many characters, but don't 'become' any of them. Instead, surprise yourself as your many selves come out from where they have been hiding.]

[Of course when you shed your stories, those who are investing in your rubber stamp identity may drift away, unsure of how to relate to the father who has become an activist or the brother who quit his good job to become a world traveler. If you look to others for permission, you will probably be disappointed.]

[We have a hard time embracing the fact that we could be a champion dogsled racer or that we can learn to play base guitar. But when we break away from our limited ideas about who we are it becomes easier to acknowledge the mythic traveler and the poet.]

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Shaman Path

The late, brilliant alternative thinker Terence McKenna (1946-2000) spoke eloquently about the shaman's role in society. Many videos, articles and interviews are available which present McKenna's thinking and experiences. These ideas have helped me reflect on my own path. I quote here Bartley R. Troyan: Newsgroups: alt.drugsSubject: "Re: Evolution" by T.McKenna Fri, 24 Jun 1994. Transcribed from a song on Shamen's album _Boss Drum_, called "Re: Evolution", written by McKenna, Angus, and West.

"A shaman is someone who has been to the end, it's someone who knows how the world really works, and knowing how the world really works means to have risen outside, above, beyond the dimensions of ordinary space, time, and causality, and actually seen the wiring under the board, stepped outside the confines of learned culture and learned and embedded language, into the domain of what Wittgenstein called "the unspeakable", the transcendental presense of the other, which can be absanctioned, in various ways, to yield systems of knowledge which can be brought back into ordinary social space for the good of the community, so in the context of ninety percent of human culture, the shaman has been the agent of evolution, because the shaman learns the techniques to go between ordinary reality and the domain of the ideas, this higher dimensional continuum that is somehow parallel to us, available to us, and yet ordinarily occluded by cultural convention out of fear of the mystery I believe, and what shamans are, I believe, are people who have been able to de-condition themselves from the community's instinctual distrust of the mystery, and to go into it, to go into this bewildering higher dimension, and gain knowledge, recover the jewel lost at the beginning of time, to save souls, cure, commune with the ancestors and so forth and so on.
Shamanism is not a religion, it's a set of techniques, and the principal technique is the use of psychedelic plants. What psychedelics do is they dissolve boundaries, and in the presence of dissolved boundaries, one cannot continue to close one's eyes to the ruination of the earth, the poisoning of the seas, and the consequences of two thousand years of unchallenged dominator culture, based on monotheism, hatred of nature, suppression of the female, and so forth and so on. So, what shamans have to do is act as exemplars, by making this cosmic journey to the domain of the Gaian ideas, and then bringing them back in the form of art to the struggle to save the world. The planet has a kind of intelligence, that it can actually open a channel of communication with an individual human being. The message that nature sends is, transform your language through a synergy between electronic culture and the psychedelic imagination, a synergy between dance and idea, a synergy between understanding and intuition, and dissolve the boundaries that your culture has sanctioned between you, to become part of this Gaian supermind, I mean I think it's fairly profound, it's fairly apocalyptic. History is ending. I mean, we are to be the generation that witnesses the revelation of the purpose of the cosmos. History is the shock wave of the eschaton. History is the shock wave of eschatology, and what this means for those of us who will live through this transition into hyperspace, is that we will be privileged to see the greatest release of compressed change probably since the birth of the universe. The twentieth century is the shudder that announces the approaching cataracts of time over which our species and the destiny of this planet is about to be swept.If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed."

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Quantum Theory & a Map of Consciousness

Stuart Hameroff interviewed by Regina Meredith on the Conscious Media Network. (Please support this excellent Alternative News source.)

If you've ever wanted to sort-out the link between quantum physics and consciousness, listen to this brilliant explanation. There are interesting implications for energy healing, shamanism and magick.

Stuart Hameroff

Monday, January 07, 2008


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FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS I have done New Years readings for my self and my children, as a sort-of personal "tradition." This is a reading I did at 12 am Jan. 1st.

If you can read my writing, you'll see that this is a very positive spread, and that by focusing on my health (emotional and physical) I can experience greater spiritual growth.