Friday, August 10, 2012
"10 years ago I was in a major time of transition and personal crisis. At that time, I was fortunate to have had Bradford Clark Collins and Linda Star Wolf drop into my life. With their guidance and compassion, and the powerful Shamanic Breathwork process that Linda developed, I was empowered to completely remake my life in accordance with my own higher wisdom and values. Making the decision to step into this growth process for myself absolutely saved my life from becoming dictated by outworn coping skills and patterns that no longer served me. Brad and Linda have now created an amazing community of healers who all carry within them the authenticity and integrity that Brad and Linda have infused this powerful work with. Venus Rising Transformation House is a true gift to humanity. If it calls to you, and you feel a resonance, consider that your higher self is asking you to take this journey...your life will begin to transform from the moment you say Yes!"
Dr. Kelley’s specialties are working with the physical body using massage, botanical medicine, and biotherapeutic drainage, and working with the soul and emotional body through breathwork, energy work, psychospiritual counseling, and flower essences. Treatments are geared toward supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of her clients so they are empowered to do the deep work of recovering their own innate (inborn) abundance through a discovery process within themselves. To read more about Dr. Kelley, please visit her website, Innate Abundance.
Monday, July 30, 2012
|Dr James Wanless|
Recently, while presenting at a book expo in Denver, CO, I had the great pleasure of meeting someone I have long admired - James Wanless, the creator of the best-selling Voyager Tarot Deck. James Wanless is a futurist and pioneer of new thinking recognized for weaving timeless wisdom into modern life with intuitive tools and symbolic systems. With his magical blend of personal charisma, humor and pragmatic enthusiasm, he is thought of as a “corporate shaman” and an internationally known authority on intuition. I took the opportunity to invite James to Isis Cove and am delighted that he will be here as part of our upcoming two week Accelerated Transformation and Training Program.
Mr. Wanless will present an open-to-the public talk, "Be Your Own Oracle", on Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 - 9 pm. He will also be available for personal tarot readings, either from the Voyager Tarot or his new deck "Sustain Yourself: Live Well and Live Long" on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9.
Space is limited for the August 8 evening presentation. Register on-line at www.shamanicbreathwork.org. To schedule a private reading with Dr. Wanless, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see all of you here at Isis Cove for James Wanless's presentation, "Be Your Own Oracle" on Wednesday, August 8 and that many of you will grab this rare opportunity to receive a personal reading from Dr. James Wanless!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Join Linda Star Wolf for a live, interactive on-line video course, "Awakening the Visionary Shaman: The Shamanic Breathwork Process." This Evolver Intensive online course starts on July 7th and runs for 5 sessions. It can also be taken for credit towards a degree with Venus Rising University. For more info on the course, click this link: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=4730843
What does it mean to "Awaken the Visionary Shaman," to live from the shamanic psychospiritual perspective, and to embrace the spiral cycles of change? The shamanic psychospiritual path is a path of direct experience to our own lives, the mystical and the mundane. It is not a religious path; however, it can be brought into any spiritual or religious tradition that you may already be involved with. It is the merging of the ancient wisdom teachings inherent in all traditions -- everything that has already been -- with the new, cutting-edge, consciousness paradigm and downloads from the future, the quantum leap of being that is calling to us from our imaginal cells.
I created Shamanic Breathwork several years ago as a synthesis of my personal exploration and direct healing experiences with breathwork, shamanic wisdom, depth psychology and addictions recovery methods. The Shamanic BreathworkTM Process utilizes the breath, sound healing through chakra-attuned music and energetic release work to create an altered state of consciousness. In this process, we encounter and recover lost soul parts, release self-defeating patterns, awaken the Visionary Shaman within and remember who we really are. After 40 years of using many different modalities, I have found Shamanic Breathwork to be the most powerful tool of all to heal the past, activate the imaginal cells, open to future downloads and live life more fully in the present.
Imaginal cells represent what has already happened in "heaven," if you will; they exist as thought forms in the archetypal blueprint of the invisible world, the place where all of creation arises from the cosmic soup. Several spiritual evolutionists today are speaking about the imaginal cells. They believe that even though we are not consciously aware of these imaginal cells, they are present nevertheless.
Science tells us that the caterpillar, like us, has a regular cellular structure as well as a cellular overlay composed of imaginal cells. Gradually, as the caterpillar grows and evolves, the imaginal cells become greater in number and threaten to override the old structure. As they gather momentum by forming cell clusters and exchanging information, they become the dominant growth paradigm of the organism, until pretty soon there is no stopping them, and they gloriously morph into the new creature that is the beautiful butterfly.
Human beings are much like the little caterpillar walking around, munching on leaves, and happy in its sphere of being. Then one day something happens. The caterpillar experiences a restlessness, a dissatisfaction with just eating leaves and being on the ground. It wants to do something entirely different, but it doesn't yet know what exactly that is. It suddenly feels a yearning, a holy longing, for some bigger purpose than what its life has been thus far. It's time for it to take an action, perhaps one it has no understanding of cognitively but feels instinctively.
It's really important to understand how to become ungrounded, uprooted, and to take ourselves apart; the caterpillar inherently knows how to do this. A secretion of its body is designed to dissolve its form, and as it dissolves itself, its little eyeballs fall off, its tail falls off, and it turns into mush. Simultaneously, emerging out of that muck is a new creature that's growing little humps on its shoulders and acquiring colors and new eyes and a new way of being. However, at the time the caterpillar is undergoing this process, it doesn't know what's coming. It's not like it dies and then it becomes the butterfly either -- it's all happening simultaneously. The old form is dying while the new form is being born. Life and death are complementary opposites that travel together.
Just as the caterpillar is designed to morph into the butterfly, so too can we morph into our most highly realized state of being, by activating our own imaginal cells. Imagine that one day the little caterpillar -- when it has finally reached its new form -- gradually breaks open the chrysalis. When it comes out it sits there for a while and rests, drying off its wings for a moment, and then . . . something happens. An incredible urge, it doesn't even know what it is, and it doesn't even have the word "fly" in its vocabulary, but imagine this incredible urge that propels it to take a leap and to fly like crazy, and suddenly . . . it has a much bigger world! Instead of just a little area where it can crawl only a few inches or feet or yards, it can fly hundreds, even thousands of miles, over mountains, over streams, tasting the nectar and pollinating the flowers in all this beauty, offering its gifts back to the world in a much bigger and more profound way than it ever imagined.
This shamanic journey, of being born and then evolving to the next level of consciousness, is ongoing. The natural world is always changing, as are we. We do not just create that chrysalis once. With anything that requires a change in our lives, we have to go through a very similar process to the one demonstrated by the caterpillar. However, if we're resistant and afraid of change, we are going to shut down, contract, close up, and hold on to all the forms that we have, whatever they might be. We're not going to let these old forms dissolve, because we're afraid that if we do, the next one either won't be waiting for us or if it is, we won't like it, or it will be dangerous and we won't feel safe.
Every one of us can think of something that we're afraid to change. We're afraid to sell our house, leave a dysfunctional relationship, quit our job; we're afraid to let go of certain securities; we're afraid to express our opinion -- what will people think? Why were we feeling the need to change anyway? What could propel us into undertaking such major upheavals in our lives?
I believe it is the imaginal cells that call us to change. Some part of us knows how to answer that call, just like the trillions of cells in our bodies that are right now in the process of dying off and renewing themselves. We are multidimensional beings going through cycles of change on a multitude of levels. We are walkers between the worlds and have the ability to be aware of existing in many worlds at once. We are able to transform consciousness, to move to higher and lower levels, to integrate all the worlds together, and to access the future and the past and the present. This constitutes the ability to be a time traveler and a shape-shifter, moving from caterpillar to butterfly, from life to death to rebirth, traveling to higher levels of consciousness.
The Visionary Shaman loves the earth and the imaginal realms and the cosmos as well. Now is the time for us to become visionary shamans, to become more thoughtful and heart-centered in our treatment of the earth and her resources. We must consider how we're using or abusing this Earth -- our sacred home planet. And even if we feel overwhelmed when we do that -- a sense of "But what can I do?" -- that's a good place to start.
So how are we going to change? Are we going to hold on to what we have, hoard our goods and energy, and contract so small that we do not make the conscious evolutionary changes that we are here to make? If we really are "the ones we've been waiting for," we had best get on with changing our outlook, our actions, our selves and our relationship with the planet. If we're the ones we've been waiting for, are we going to take responsibility for the redemption we seek? We need to grow up from being children who have abdicated our personal responsibilities and take back our power. And we can do that. Why? Because we have imaginal cells that are ready and waiting to inform us, to create a paradigm shift of seeing and being in the world.
If we said to the caterpillar, "You see that butterfly? Well, one day you're going to be a butterfly," the caterpillar might respond in disbelief. "Oh no, I could never be that! I'm just a little caterpillar on the ground. I could never become a beautiful butterfly." The answer to that is, "Yes, you will, because one day in the recent past that butterfly was just like you."
That's who we are too. We're just like the little caterpillar. The past, the present, and the future exist in who we already are. Our job is to learn how to remember that.
This article was adapted from Visionary Shamanism: Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon, Bear & Co., Rochester, VT, Copyright © 2011 by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
In love and service,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Join Apprentice facilitator Sahara for the last Free Conference Call Preview
~ Sunday, June 3rd
8:30pm Eastern Time (5:30pm Pacific). Call will last approximately 1-hour.
No pre-registration is required
Dial-in-access # 1-(213) 226-0400
Conference Code: 215101
In this 1-session Phone Bridge we will take a look at:
- What are the steps to Sexual Wholeness?
- What are the benefits of healing my relationship to my body and life-force energy with a circle of women?
- What can I expect from this retreat?
Thursday, April 5, 2012
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By Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Linda Star Wolf and Bradford Collins
- Experience Shamanic Breathwork at Sunrise at Machu Picchu on 12.12.12;
- Learn Shamanic practices to access your spiritual blueprint, communicate with the universal mind, and transform into your highest spiritual self;
- Receive sacred ceremonies and rites of passage transmitted directly from Medicine People and Andean Shamans of Peru;
- Explore some of the most beautiful and sacred sites in the world!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
by Jeff Berger
Handford has what?
a hundred million gallons
of spent nuclear fuel
mouldering in steel drums
near the Columbia River,
gradually leaking? My god!
do you know what that means?
I mean the clean up alone
if congress approves
costs as much as it costs
to waste a war in Iraq,
to reform health care.
And do you think anyone
who has power to decide
actually has the will? Listen,
I've been on this spiritual
path for as long as the half
life of plutonium, what,
50,000 years? And when I sit
down this morning to meditate,
I close my eyes, I hold
my spine erect, I cross
my legs, I confront the toxic
sludge glowing inside
just this one rusting chamber
of my heart, and think:
O Mama, what a mess.
Then: get to work.
Once Jeff Berger finished his psychiatric residency in 1988, he took an unexpected turn to the left and has kept going. He now brings his medical experience and twenty years of therapeutic practice along with twenty years as a mindfulness meditator and poet to his facilitation of the Shamanic Breathwork™ Process.He particularly loves how the enlightened mind of pristine awareness allows for unimpeded wonder and power of the psychic transformations people experience during the SBW. He currently lives 60 miles north of Seattle with his priestess wife and ten year old homeschooling son. He is the medical director of the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at United General Hospital and facilitates breathworks in western Washington and Oregon as well as returns to Isis Cove to teach with Brad and Star Wolf.
Monday, February 27, 2012
by guest blogger and Shamanic Minister, Judith Corvin-Blacburn
Other reasons, should you be on the edge of your seat, include needing to refocus on and reenter the experience of my book EMPOWERING THE SPIRIT: A Process to Activate Our Soul's Potential. This is my book that came out the end of 2005 and which I'm now getting ready to publish on Kindle. I had spent 2011 pretty much immersed in teaching and writing about multidimensionality, and now I am returning to my earlier writing that teaches many tools to release ourselves from ego and let our Spirits lead the way which moves us into our multidimensional potential and living on the New Earth.
And then there was the readers' stats (speaking of that ongoing practice of releasing oneself from ego). Those of you who blog on blogspot know what I'm talking about: the graphs which let you know how many people are really going to your blog and therefore probably reading it. Stats can be addicting by the way, our egos crave the good ones, but I had pretty much released myself from that. Still I would check. It let me know if my blog readership was growing, and while my public followers were continuing to grow, I noticed some decline rather than growth for the blog as we moved into the new year. I took that as a sign, released myself from almost-weekly blogging, and simultaneously incorporated watching multidimensional meditations on YouTube (mostly Suzanne Lie's) as part of my daily practice. My intention was to reconnect multidimensionally at a deeper level, and it is working.
Now I'm meandering back to the blog, nudged of course by Spirit and an email or two from folks wondering if I was still going to be writing it. Since I'm scheduled to teach about our Ascension into 5D and how to make that connection, which is our next evolutionary step, at a large gathering in May and a workshop in June, I've got to integrate this into my own life. Thankfully, I'm finally feeling like I've moved up a notch in comprehending or apprehending what this process really is and what it means. So now it's time to share this with you, Brother/Sister Earthlings. Perhaps this will begin a series on the experience of Ascension.
We know that the primary attributes of 5D are Unity Consciousness, Unconditional Love and Creativity. We also know that every time we move into a higher dimension, we do so because we are able to alter our frequency by speeding up our cells and activating our light bodies. But what does this really mean? How does this begin to play out in our psyches? How does this play out in our emotional bodies? How does this play out in our lives? If I am ONE, am I still I?? Is the "I" still relevant? And if not, can I release it? And if I release it, is that not me doing this from the "I". (which brings up a Yiddish aye yie aye... roughly translated of course.) Can I be both? Isn't that what multidimensionality really is... being all of it???
I've understood, little by little, that we are on a journey to being Collective, to quite literally becoming ONE. And yet, we do have our individual expression at least at this stage in our evolution. Suzanne Lie speaks of her experience merging with her 5D self in a star ship, which is a living, breathing entity in itself, and how her 5D self was both separate and part of a giant undulating consciousness that was guiding the ship which was also part of this consciousness. Individuals on the ship had unique jobs to perform and yet they could also perform the jobs of all others because they were all the others. I suppose that's like the particle/wave that underlies all matter; the particle being our individual selves and the wave, our Oneness. I've been trying to glean what this would feel like; trying to imagine myself as both separate and merged.
I woke up one morning with an "aha!". We have been a part of that 5D undulating wave perhaps forever. Jung called it the Collective Unconscious and the Collective Supraconscious. We know that great inventions would show up all over the globe, in different parts of the world that had no communication with each other, pretty much in the same window of 3D time. I've been writing and speaking a lot about how in the last 15 or 20 years, I had incorporated a heart meditation in my workshops which I thought was "original" but found out that there were numerous teachers around the world, teaching almost the exact same thing, done in almost the exact same way. To me this meant that we were all hooked into the same source of information, but now I see that this happens because we are already part of a great undulating wave that holds all that is.
As we move into Unity Consciousness, it will feel totally normal to experience this undulating wave and perhaps it will begin to ultimately feel strange when we experience moments of individual awareness; moments of separateness. Because wasn't that the great experiment on the planet -- to create 3D humans that could experience the separateness and eventually figure out how to get back to what has always been in our DNA, being One with that undulating wave?
Do you understand that you are me writing this blog, and I am you, reading this blog? Can you allow yourself to experience fully that each of us holds everything within our consciousness and that everything in our consciousness contains all of us?
This is taught in every tradition on the planet, and has been for Millenniums. The most holy prayer in Judaism, one that dates back at least 5000 years and that is supposed to be said upon waking each day, translates to "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." I was taught the watered-down interpretation in Sunday school -- that this was about the Jews believing in the one God, as opposed to having many deities. Even as a child, I could never figure out what was so holy about that idea. Then many decades later, far removed from my Jewish roots, it came to me in a flash. It is the most holy prayer because it tells us we are ONE. The "Lord" is really the great unified undulating mass of Consciousness, not the One Guy in the sky.
I recently read a fascinating memoir of an Iranian woman and learned that all traditional Persian stories begin with the words "All is One, One is All." The ancient Egyptians, the really ancient Egyptians, those that were star-seeded over 12,000 years ago, taught how to unify Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt within their own psyches as a way of becoming whole. My friend and colleague, Linda Star Wolf frequently quotes one of her indigenous teachers, Wolf Clan Grandmother Twylah Nitsch who reminded her students often that this was about: "All for One and One for All."
We see this in nature -- swarms of bees are perhaps the most dramatic because they are small enough for us to see how they blend in with each other and they create this visual undulating pattern while floating through the air. There are schools of fish and flocks of birds. All separate and One at the same time.
So Sister/Brother Earthlings, what do you think of the blog we've all written today? Stay tuned for the next wave, hopefully in the not to distant future.
Judith Corvin-Blackburn is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), a Doctor of Shamanic Psycho-spiritual studies (PhD), author, teacher, and workshop presenter who has been in a private psychotherapy practice for over 30 years. She is the author of two books: Journey to Wholeness: A Guide to Inner Healing and Empowering the Spirit: A Guide for Living a Spiritually-Evolved Life published in 2005, and has presented spiritual development workshops around the country. For more info on Judith check out her blog and website:
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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,
Feb 2nd 2009