Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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:
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Star Wolf was recently interviewed by Evita Ochel on EvolvingBeings.com
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Check out this great interview with Star Wolf discussing Visionary Shamanism and up-coming events in the Pacific NW on the Dr Pat Show
In her various roles in the human potential field – as coach, teacher, adviser, inspirational speaker, consultant, and internationally acclaimed radio personality – Pat has helped thousands of people dramatically change both their professional and personal lives. She has helped them confront the long-held beliefs that have held them back, see themselves as Crust-Free, and realize that nothing stands in the way of successfully achieving their heart’s desires.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Just before the arrival of 2012 I moved into a sweet little house in Sedona. It was the completion of a cycle that had begun more than a year before, when I had moved out of my first home in Sedona. It was an unbelievable journey that included a bout with breast cancer, camping out with friends in guest rooms and on sofas—even living in a camping trailer for a while.
This little adventure took me from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, to the beaches of Kauai and included completing the training to become an ordained Shamanic Minister, certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, earning an MA in Shamanic Intuitional Practices and a PhD in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies. It also took me to depths and heights of myself I didn't know existed.
Finally I ended up where I began—back in my beloved red rocks of Sedona. Where I began, but not—meaning I’m not the same. Life is a spiral, not a straight line. So, as I took that year-plus turn around this spiral of life, I arrived back at the same spot, but from a higher perspective, wiser yet humbler, stripped of much I thought was essential, freer, more open, lighter, and a lot more courageous.
I’m far from the only one experiencing bizarre life rearrangements. However, I will say, that as a good Scorpio and 4 on the Enneagram, I’m pretty much wired to take things to extremes and be a bit of a drama queen.
But seriously, at every turn I see and hear about lives in upheaval. Aspects of life we have so taken for granted are shifting, being lost, shaken up, disappearing. We are being challenged to our very cores to step into these upheavals, to let go of so much that is familiar, and recognize and trust that in the letting go, we are being ushered into places of greater freedom and limitlessness. All those parts of our lives we thought we couldn’t live without—when we dare to let go, we find we can expand into something more—more free, more flexible, more courageous.
It’s a lot like the story of Moses and the children of Israel when they were being prompted (nudged by the hand of God) by decidedly uncomfortable circumstances in Egypt to launch out into the unknown of a “promised land.” We so often hold on to situations, circumstances and relationships that are less than ideal, but are comfortable because of their familiarity, when our souls have something more for us.
I’m learning a lot about the brain these days, and there is a definite physiological component to staying with the familiar, even when it is uncomfortable. We become addicted to the familiar, to the particular cocktail of neurotransmitters that releases in our brains around patterns of behavior, circumstances and relationships, even when those patterns no longer serve our highest good, our growth and evolution.
So all of that—both the spiritual and the scientific- is what I fall back on when my own circumstances are shaken, when life takes a turn that is decidedly not on my wish list. I’m grateful for the teachers who have shown me the tools that allow me to see the good, to breathe, to surrender and to trust. And I can now say I am grateful for the circumstances that have allowed me to move from an intellectual understanding to a gut level, life on the line, experiential knowing.
One such teacher phoned me recently, inquiring about my journey of healing breast cancer. The dreaded C-word had struck in her close family, and she needed to know what I did, how I handled it, the healers I’d worked with and, how I was now—was it all still working for me. She is someone whose wisdom, training and teaching have inspired and informed me personally, and in my own writing and teaching. In fact, it was much of her teaching that enabled me to handle the cancer the way I did. So no matter who we are, how much we know, we are all taking our turn in going deeper into release, trust, surrender and growth. I was grateful that my experience could serve.
There is another Old Testament story I remember and refer to a lot: during one of the battles, Moses was instructed by the Lord that the Israelites would prevail so long as he held his staff up over his head. Of course, Moses' arms grew weary, and each time he wavered and his arms started to droop, the battle would swing toward the enemy. The story is that his sister Miriam and brother Aaron stood on either side of him, and helped him hold up his arms.
They could not take over his job for him; he had to do his work. But they could stand with him and support him as he did what he was called to do.
So it is with us. As our family members and friends step into their own unique life experiences of learning, surrender, growth and transformation, we stand with them, lending strength and compassion as they in turn do their divine work.
One more OT reference comes to mind. When I began my own spiritual journey, I took with me a verse from Jeremiah: I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. I’ve held on to that. So far, so good. As I sit typing this in my lovely office, surrounded once again by beloved belongings, in the cozy tranquility of my new home, healthy, happy, freer and oh so grateful, all I can say is Thank You—to the Divine, and to all who stood with me as I did the work of this last year and made one more turn around the spiral of life.
Meredith Star Raven Davis is an artist, teacher and workshop facilitator who lives in Sedona, Arizona. Follow her at www.earthschoolforsouls.com and starravenblog.blogspot.com
Friday, February 10, 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!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Soul Care Retreat with Joan Borysenko, Linda Star Wolf, Brad Collins and Lee McCormick May 31 - June 3rd at the beautiful Joshua Tree Retreat Center Renew, Refresh, Relax!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
"Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says 'more for you is less for me.' But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%." ~ Charles Eisenstein
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This short film was Directed by Ian MacKenzie http://ianmack.com
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Camera: Ian Mackenzie and Velcrow Ripper
Editing: Ian Mackenzie
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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- The Spiral Journey-Once More Around
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Star Wolf's Welcome
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