Hawaiian Energy

footprint in the sand

My thoughts on energy divert to islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — Hawaii. These islands capture the imagination, particularly for a Midwestern girl like me. I had read Mitchner’s opus when young, cheered and mourned for the natives, and related to the missionaries in ways I wish I could not claim.

My first visit was a long twelve hour journey from Minnesota. I escaped winter and exited the plane to a sunny day with a fine mist in the air. Ah, I could breathe in a way that I could not, in the dry super-heated home from which I came.

The Aloha spirit was also in the air. This was not just the Department of Tourism promoting this spirit. The people were exceptionally friendly and helpful, to the point of offering us the “locals’” discount card at the grocery store.

Who could not fall in love with such a place. In addition I was on my honeymoon. On our last day, we hoped for one last treat — a helicoptor tour of the island. Ah, the time share people dangled this tidbit before our eyes with a 50% discount.

I was raised to be thrifty. We were knowleagable and sophisticated people. We could survive the sales pitch. Ah, naive rubes that we were. The place was a small six story beach front with a long stretch of beach to walk. A whale breached in front as we registered. The salesperson was so laid back we were encouraging him to drink the coffee.

It was the best and worst investment of our life. The market plunged while we traveled home and we lost much more than what we had paid. It was a silly purchase, but it has gotten us to Hawaii more years than not, sharing the second bedroom with friends and family. Hawaii’s sand is definitely in our sandals.

Feeling the Chakras

Healers of all varieties are aware that blocked energy causes illness. We cannot have spiritual understanding if our root chakra is blocked. Or, when we have writers’ block, a blockage in the energy of the fifth chakra may be the cause.
For Shaman Kindergarten, the goal is to be able to feel the chakras in ourselves and others.
HOMEWORK: Once again using the palm of your hand, scan your body up and down the center. See if you can notice energy bumps where the chakras exert their presence. I find it helpful to close my eyes so that I can “see” better.
Next find a friend or partner who is willing to have you experience on feeling their chakras. Have the person lie on the floor, put a cushion under their knees for comfort. Now, move the palm of your hand over where you might expect a chakra to be. See if you can find it.
How did that experiment work for you? I’d love to know successes and failures.

The Body’s Energy Field

The body’s energy field has been studied for thousands of years. Many traditions use the chakra system, and so does Shamanism. Reiki healers, chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists use the energy fields in the body to heal. There is an abundance of resources and information on the internet and in books on chakras. I encourage you to explore for a deeper understanding.
My basic explanation follows the illustration, starting at the bottom and working up.

  • The Root Chakra is located among that tripod of bones upon which we sit. It is instinct and survival and security.
  • The Second Chakra is located in the abdomen. This is the center for emotion, sexual energy, and creativity.

  • The Third Chakra is located in the solar plexus, or the gut. Mental functioning, power, control, and freedom to be oneself are located here.
  • The Fourth Chakra is the heart chakra. Love, balance and compassion reside here.

  • The Fifth Chakra is the throat chakra for speech and self expression.
  • The Sixth Chakra, often called the Third Eye, is located in the middle of the forehead. Here Intuition, psychic abilities, and imagination reside.

  • The Seventh Chakra is known as the Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head. It is known for spiritual understanding and connection.
  • One Year to Live

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    Life is so interesting. Thank you for subscribing to my blog.

    Spirit Rock Meditation Center has been a place of calm and meditation for Chuck and I since we moved here. We have both taken week-long retreats on The Spirituality of Aging.

    Now we are involved in a year long study of One Year to Live, based on Stephen Levine’s book. We met this morning.

    We were given a handout of questions for reflection. With today’s meditation it became clear to me that I have been listening to well meaning voices that are not serving me well.

    1. My books are important to me. Set 4000 years ago they are still a woman’s struggle with living up to family expectatons, the mores of society, the accepting of one’s gifts, and the developing of wisdom as one ages. They are my story as well as Sarai’s.
    2. I do not need to be famous.
    3. I do not need to develop a following.
    4. I do not need anyone to listen to my blathering.
    5. Search Engine Optimization is not how I want to spend my energy nor are web site metrics.

    Sigh. So there you have it. Breath in, breath out.

    Knowing that I will die, how do I want to live differently.
    I send my love to you and all beings. May we be free from fear and anxiety. May we find peace.

    Feeling the Difference

    As we began to feel the energy in our hands, we may also begin to sense that everything has its own energy, its own vibration. Those with special instruments can prove this up scientifically, but shamans have known this for a long time.
    Our eyes often confuse us. We think we understand our reality, believe in its fixed view. But by closing our eyes we can see differently, and by closing our eyes we can FEEL differently. I am talking about sensing, not emoting.

    I love this experiment best in nature because its vibration is so strong. But if you want to do this at your desk, find four objects: one of wood, one of metal, one of stone, one of any other material. Have them about the same size. Close you eyes and then do the “shell game” with them to “confuse yourself.” Without opening your eyes, place the palm of your hand over these objects. Let it hover a few inches above them. See if you notice a difference. No? Activate your hands again by rubbing them together and try again.

    Healing the Self

    The University of Minnesota has a Creative Arts Program called Split Rock Art Program. I called it summer camp for adults. Spending a week writing, painting, weaving or any other manner of “PLAY” without responsibilities of work, family, or daily choreswas truly a gift. I went for many, many years and am indebted to the professional artists/teachers who guided me there.

    So while I do not have transcripts, I have been educated by the best. My writing career which circles around my shamanism like a vulture, began publicly in a one week workshop by Christina Baldwin entitled “Self Is The Source of the Story.” In this creative environment, we began with a guided meditation each time we met. Christina was my Shaman. She led me into the Inner Room, a safe place where my small, broken self could be protected while I wrote.

    I have used this technique for probably thirty years. It is deep work, healing work, and it is shamanic work. To ignore this spiritual protection when dealing with trauma, is to invite psychic distress. I know from my own experience as I wrote a memoir about incest.

    The Inner Room Close your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply. Imagine a room, a beautiful room. It has no doors. No one, no entity, no thing may come into this room unless you invite it in. Look around. It is a comfortable place. How is it decorated? What is the shape of the room? Does it have windows? What are the wall like? What is the texture and feel of everything in the room? Explore. Try out the furniture. Replace any furniture that isn’t comfortable. Bring into the room any artwork you would like. Are their momentos or pets you would like in your room? Make it just the way you want. If it has windows, what do you see out of your window.

    Now, invite an entity into your room to protect you. It could be a person you know, living or dead, or a pet, or an animal. Notice who or what comes to mind.

    When your inner self, is safe and protected, feel free to leave the room to write or journal. But upon completion, return to the room. Thank your guardians.



    What are the things that have happened in your life “by chance” this week?

    Here are mine:

  • The shaman who led me in my own shaman kindergarten thirty years ago suddenly appeared as a possible friend on Facebook, and we reconnected.
  • The native american woman who led woman’s retreats which held a deep shamanic significance for me also appeared suddenly as a Facebook recommendation.
  • While visiting my daughter in Portland for the weekend, I met her neighbor who happened to have just been at the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and gave me much encouragement for my upcoming book, Carrot Seed Tea.
  • While visiting a hospice patient as a volunteer, I learned that his wife also wrote feminist historical fiction.
  • The above novel was about Hildegard of Bingen, who is a relative of our family’s exchange student also named Hildegard.
  • What is a Shaman, anyway???

    An ordinary person. Just like you and me. With developed skills. This isn’t a religion. It is a way of being in the world. We are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim. We are atheists and agnostics. We are all of us.

    Wikipedia describes as Shaman as “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.”

    This is an accurate description from my knowledge and experience. I want to place an emphasis on healing. In the beginning we focus on healing ourselves. With more experience we focus on healing others, and the world. Gosh, there is a lot of work to do.

    Right now, I am caught in a maelstrom of thoughts and ideas as thirty years of experience is trying to tumble out of my brain.

    Shamans have been connected for tens of thousands of years before the Internet. It is difficult to parse and share this knowledge using social media. Imperfect as it is, I will continue. I hope you will join me and invite others into the maelstrom.

    Homework: Think of something or someone who needs healing in your life. Light a candle each day for two weeks and pray for them.

    May they find healing. May they find peace. May I find healing. May I find peace.

    Feeling Our World

    Body’s energy fields

    One of the first things we learn in Shaman Kindergarten is how to feel our world in a different way. Rub your palms together briskly, like it is a very cold day. Faster, and faster. Now hold your hands three inches apart. See if you can feel the energy between your hands.

    What you are looking for is something like the push and pull of a magnet. Test out the edges of this field. Move your palms close and then apart. What can you feel? When does that feeling change? When is it the strongest?

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    Shaman Kindergarten

    Stay awake! Several days after my soul retrieval, I was having a chiropractic session. While on the table, I discussed the transformative shamanic experience I had been given.

    Did you know I’m a Shaman? they asked. In fact, they continued, I’m starting a Beginning Shamanism class in a few weeks.

    I was hooked. Sign me up.