Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Addiction and the Wounded Healer

Dear Friends,
This is an email response I wrote recently about the connection between addiction and learning to harness and utilize our Shakti energy:

I don’t see the addict or the wounded healer as a negative at all. I believe that too much light and so called positive energy only can turn out to be just as negative as what some would originally call negative. The way to wholeness is "the Light, the Dark, No Difference." Both are needed to be truly creative and potent in our lives! The majority of addicts that I have known are very spiritual, sensitive and psyhic, without the tools to manage all that Shakti. They do not use to get high, they use to try to feel normal and to harness and calm down all that extra energy. The drinking and or drugs takes the edge off. I finally learned through my sobriety and spiritual path how to harness that energy and to surf the waves and currents of Shakti and Kundalini - AND I can still get off balance by running too much of that energy from time to time. I suggest "The Shaman’s Body" by Arnold Mindell. He talks a lot about this. It is one of the books I recommend in the SHIP process. Carl Jung has said, "there is such a thing as too much good which can turn into evil and there is such a thing as too much bad which can turn into righteousness."
Love and celebrating you,
Star Wolf
(SHIP is the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process - a carefully designed series of transformative workshops that carry individuals through powerful initiatory processes for removing the obstacles that block the soul’s purpose. As these blocks to higher love and wisdom are released and soulful integration occurs, individuals are set free to stand in the truth of their authentic being and walk a path with heart).

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Shamanic Death and Rebirth

Dear Soul Journeyer,

I support you in reaching out and being vulnerable. It is our secrets that keep us isolated and sick. Depression, isolation and an over-attachment to the darkness can become as much as an addiction as any drug, substance, or process, including being in spiritual bypass, denying that anything is wrong and only seeing the light side of things. Wholeness is a wild and wooly combination of both the light and the dark. It is only when we judge either of those two states of consciousness (and the various shades and levels of intensity), that we become lost or stuck-in or stuck in-between those states of being. Nature keeps showing us how to change by example through the seasons, times of day and night, cycles of nature, etc. If we could all learn to how to apprentice to our elder brother and sisters in the natural world, perhaps the pain would be lessened, the joy more expanded, and gratitude would flow for ALL that we are learning in our few precious hours upon this earth. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with the many email requests I receive filled with suffering and loss, I just stop for a few moments, breathe, and send out the love I am feeling in my heart for the world, offer gratitude for my life and for all that we are learning, say a prayer for others and myself, and like the wind, move onward. There is a bitter-sweetness to life and it is only when I seek wholeness and not to avoid anything in life that I fully embrace it, live it and am grateful for it.

I encourage you to get up and journal the wisdom that you are learning in the wee hours of the morning. There is no place to run except home and home is where the heart is.

In love and service,
Star Wolf

Adult Children of God

Dear Soul Travelers,
You are seeing the dawning of a new day, as you surface with the golden nuggets of wisdom gained from your underworld journey. Your wise words about shattering the old egoic structures as you simultaneously break through to the other side into the domain of spirit leaves me filled with hope that we are all finally beginning to “get it.” We are all beginning to sense what it feels like to “grow up” into the Adult Children of the Gods and take our role, play our parts in this grand cosmic play of consciousness. For me this is it! The old paradigm never worked for me anyway and just ended up with me lost in a vast array of addictions. Today, my survival depends on my ability to learn how to live in, breath in, and work in Shamanic Consciousness. Anything else is settling for less and I am not here to settle for anything. I first must over come my own “little inner child’s” fears and then step out as the A.C.O.G. that I am. What do I really have to lose? The bigger question is, “What do I stand to gain?” May we all be the change we wish to see in the world.

Love and blessings,
Star Wolf

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My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.

I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.

From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.

I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009