The gifts of the winter season Run by Shenoah on Zoom
Information that was circulated| Although we are unable to have our traditional ‘Winter Feast’ we will join with each other in the virtual LODG altar room to feast and celebrate. We will receive a gift from the spirits to sustain us through the winter months and explore the true essence of giving and receiving.
First Journey` I am going on an acted out journey to ask for a teaching about the true essence of giving and receiving and to ask what can I gift my community in the coming year
Your community can be family, friendship group, community project, local group etc, let the spirits decide which community and what the gift will be. Gift it in the journey – but it is also to do in ordinary reality
Second Journey I an going on a journey to the lodg altar to take part in the winter feast and to receive a gift that will support me through the winter – and to put a gift on the lodg altar for the group for the coming year
3rd Journey In 2 groups. First group have videos on to receive the blessing, 2nd group offer the blessing. Ask for the spirits for those in the centre to be blessed with the resources they need for the winter season for those in the centre and deliver it with song and rattle. Then swap over
Possible follow up journeys •Walking journey in your local area to ask for the gifts of this season • If you are unable to go out go to your local area on a journey to ask for the gifts of this season •Journey to ask what you can offer a specific community you want to support •Journey to ask what you can gift yourself
Information that was circulated Seidr is an oracular tradition that uses the staff, the song and a raised seat as key elements in its ritual. It is a Viking shamanic tradition which was practised in this country so also belongs to the ancestors of this land. Journeying on song and with a staff is a focussed and power filled way of working that offers a different experience than journeying with the drum. At this meeting we will explore different ways of using the song and the staff to deepen our personal practice and working with others. We will also work together in a community seidr ceremony. Although the seidr tradition uses song being able to sing in tune is not important.
First Journey Intention – singing self on journey with staff For those new to Seidr – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of my staff to ask how we can work together
For those who have worked with Seidr before – I am going on a journey to meet Seidr workers from my lineage to ask for their insights about the craft of Seidr. if you are told you do not have seidr workers in your lineage ask to meet the first Völva. n.b – Völva is an old norse term for someone who practices Seidr.
Second journey intention – journey in pairs Sung journey to ask for the help your partner needs at this time with an issue of their choice
1st person tells their partner what they want help with and sings them on the journey. Once the partner is in the journey with their spirits they give a predermined signal and the 1st person stops singing. The partner sings everything that is happening on the journey. When it is completed they ask to be sung home. Swap
Third Activity – Seidr Ceremony to ‘strengthen the web of life for the best outcome for all’ A discussion took place with all 25 participants until we came to an intention that everyone could stand for. Three people were on the Hjel (raised seat where the seidr work takes place) doing the work with their spirits on behalf of the group. The group sung them on the journey sending power to enable them to do the work. On their return from the journey they recounted what had been done.
Exploring the gifts we bring to the world Run by Shenoah on Zoom
Information that was circulated During these past months our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined and we have had to adapt and find new ways of being in the world. At this meeting we will work with the spirits and each other explore what gifts we carry within us that we can bring to the world at this time.
1st Journey Intention – I am going on a journey to the upper world to ask my spirits what gift do I carry that I can offer to the world in the coming year that will make a difference
‘make a difference’ does not mean change the world. May be told to look after yourself, do something simple, embark on a project.
2nd Journey intention – Going on a journey to ask what is it that would stop me offering the gift of (insert the gift shown in the previous journey) to the world in the coming year
3rd Journey – Healing in Pairs 1st person tells their partner what they were told would stop them sharing their gifts. The partner asks for the healing that is needed to clear the way to enable (insert name) to offer their gift of (insert gift) to the world Swap
4th Journey – with rattle – journey to ask for an image to keep you connected to your gift – once you have receivecd the image come half way back and draw it.
Working with the gifts the Autumn can offer us for our lives run by Shenoah on Zoom
Information that was circulated – Each season brings its own gifts when we open ourselves to the energy of that season. In this meeting we will explore the opportunities, power, gifts and wisdom the autumn season offers and how it can support us in our lives.
1st Journey – Intention – Going on a walking journey to a green space I know to ask for the gifts Autumn can offer me, and to find an object to help keep me connected to the gifts. At the end of the journey give thanks and ask if there is anything you can do for the green space you have journeyed to. If meeting face to face we would do this as a walking journey in Vauxhall Park but due to lock down it was done as a middle world journey to a green space that people had a good relationship with. It can also be done as a walking journey in ordinary reality. Either draw a picture of the object or if possible find something that represents it so you can see it during the season and be reminded of the teachings from the journey.
2nd Journey – Going on a journey to ask to be shown the abundances in my life and how they can support me through the autumn season Autumn is a time of release but also a time of abundance with harvesting still ongoing Traditionally food would be preserved and stored for the winter.
3rd Journey – asking for help to be in the flow of the autumn season This was done in 2 groups. Half the group received the help and perceived themselves to be in the centre of the circle. The other half were offering the help by connecting with their spirits to ask for help for those in the centre. Those offering the help perceived themselves to be on the outside of the circle. We left the videos of those receiving in the centre on so those offering the help could see who was receiving. We then swapped over so everyone had the opportunity to both receive and offer the help. If you wanted to do this for yourself check out this link to the April 2020 group the second journey explains how to work on your energetic body.
How working with Surrender can support us in our lives Run by Shenoah on Zoom
Information that was circulated – To receive help from the spirits we need to be willing to experience or understand something in a different way. Our doing this depends on our being able to let go of control and surrender our will and expectations so we can fully receive the help, healing or guidance the spirits have to offer us. At this meeting we will be asking the spirits for guidance on what surrendering means for us and how it can support us in our lives.
1st Journey – Intention –I am going on a journey to merge with a tree I know to ask it for a teaching on surrendering Suggest doing this as a middle world journey to ask the tree to allow you to merge with it. You may also want to do this as an embodied journey so you are moving with the tree. If we are in the flow of our life and the flow of the season when the time to release something is right we can let go. We sometimes find we are holding onto something we know we should have released. A tree is in the flow of the seasons and cycles of nature and surrenders its leaves when the time is right. The tree can be a resource we can revisit if we need support to release something we are holidng onto.
2nd journey – Intention – I am Going on a journey to ask my sprits what in my life is it important for me to surrender This journey is for information to find out what you need to surrender, not going to actually do the surrendering
Journey 3 – Intention – I am coming on an acted out journey to surrender …… (insert what you were shown to surrender in the previous journey) While on the journey ask for a song of surrender to help you. This may be a song you know, a new one that comes just for this journey, or one that you can use whenever you need to surrender.
Blessing for self to support you with surrendering Perceive yourself sitting, standing or lying in front of yourself and ask the spirits for the blessing you need at this time to support you in surrendering. Use your rattles / drum / voice to bless yourself.
Ancestors, Healing and Resources – this meeting was inspired by the systemic ritual work of Daan Van Kampenhout Run by Shenoah
Information that was circulated – this meeting was run via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Many traditional cultures maintain an active relationship with their ancestors who offer ongoing support, guidance and strength. At this meeting we will explore how different ways of connecting with our ancestral lineage can support us in our lives.
Introduction to the day Studies have shown how the experience of our ancestors can have an effect on our biology, mindset and patterns. Some cultures believe the dead have a continued existence, and may possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. As spirits who were once human themselves, they are sometimes seen as being better able to understand human needs than would a divine being.
The ancestors were concerned with the same areas of life that we are – love, relationships, providing for our family, where to live, earning a living etc. Within the field of our ancestors there will be those that overcame obstacles successfully, those who have wisdom and resources and who can and want to support their descendants. Below shows a representation of 6 generations of the ancestral field. If the red triangle is you, behind you in brown is your mother and father, behind them in yellow are their mother and father – your grandparents, behnind then in green their parents – your great grandparents and so on, In just 6 generations you will have 64 bloodline ancestors.
1st Journey –going on a journey into my ancestral field to ask for a healing I need at this time for my ancestral line
The healing is for something that has come down through the ancestral line that is still effecting you – once on the journey you will be shown what it is, it may be something you are already aware of or something new.
Ask your spirits to take you to your ancestral field, it is usually in the middle world, but you may be taken somewhere else
Stand at the front of the ancestral field, feel your ancestors behind you, how does it feel, turn around and see your ancestors in front of you, experience what it is like
Speak to your ancestors and ask them to help you – speak respectfully, introduce yourself as their descendent, why you have come, ask them to look kindly upon you
Walk into the ancestral field and walk amongst the ancestors, find one who can help and see what unfolds.
You may find that the healing comes down from them to you, it may also go back the other way, as we heal ourselves so we can heal our ancestors
2nd journey – Going on a journey into my ancestral field to ask for a gift from my ancestral line
This is asking the ancestors for a gift that has come down to you through the ancestors. It may be someting you already know or it may be new. They may give you information about how to use it or deepen it or how it was used by other ancestors.
Start in the same way as you did for the first journey by walking into your ancestral field
Journey 3 – working in pairs Asking for help from the ancestors for something in your life
Make it very simple – I am going on a journey to ask for help with / to – may be related to one of the previous journeys or something different. e.g help with my relationship with my brother, help to find a new job.
The work is in pairs using zoom breakout rooms. Decide who is going to receive and who is going to give the help. You will be facing each other on the screen for the work.
person receiving help – will be sitting perceiving their ancestral field in front of them
Person giving help will be standing perceiving your partners ancestral line behind you. You are representing their ancestors and being the vehicle for ancestors to offer help to their descendent
Person receiving – Relax and be in place of receiving. Speak to your ancestors and ask them out loud for the help you need ‘ dear ancestors it is I …… your descendent, i ask you look kindly on me this day and help me with ….
Person giving – percieve yourself at the front of your partners ancestral field with the ancestors behind you. Call your spirits and ask to receive the help from that persons ancestors – may be via rattle, drum, singing, words may come, you may be shown images.
When you have finished the work. let your partner know the work is over, share and swap.
The following are other ways of working with the ancestors that were suggested to those attending after the meeting
•perceive the ancestor field when not on a journey and walk amongst them •perceive the ancestors in a circle around you walk to the one that can support you •Use the ancestor field map and use stones to represent the ancestors
Receiving insights and support from the directions. This meeting was inspired by the systemic ritual work of Daan Van Kampenhout Run by Shenoah
Information that was circulated – this meeting was run via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Working with the energies of the directions can bring balance, insights, healing and resources to areas in our life that are stuck or need resolving. At this months meeting we will be exploring the qualities of each direction and deepening our relationship and understanding of how to receive the wisdom and guidance we need in our lives.
Introduction to the Day Overview of qualities of each direction in the way we worked with them East – Yellow / sunrise / spring / new beginnings / clear structure East negative aspects – not manifesting ideas or completing what has been started
South – Red / sun at its highest / summer / taking responsibility / projects coming to fruition South negative aspects – workaholic / power over
West – Black / Dusk / autumn / releasing what no longer serves West negative aspects – self absorbed / slow / disintegration of self / stuck in grief
North – White / between night & day / winter / inspiration /formlessness, dreamtime / betwixt and between North negative aspects – not being grounded / escape into spiritual / helpless / avoid people
Preparation – Draw a circle and split it into quarters, colour the sections Yellow – East, Red – South, West – Black, White – North. Draw a circle in the centre and colour it green. Put it on the floor so each quarter is orientated in the room to the direction on the wheel. I have written the directions on the wheel below for reference.
Format of work – Start each journey in the centre in the green so are starting in the centre of yourself and step into the direction you are working with. You are not journeying out but calling the qualities, energy of that power to come to you, standing in that direction and having an embodied as opposed to out of body experience. You can use a drumming track and / or your voice and rattle. As you start to work with each direction use your voice and rattle offering a prayer to that direction as you call upon it to come and help you.
You can either take a specific issue to each of the directions, or you can see what each direction wants to show you in your life. The intention asks ‘what is it important for me to be with’ so you can allow to arise whatever needs to arise and be with the experience. Your experience may be visual, physical, emotional, you may be given a teaching or an understanding or a solution.
The inention is the same for each of the directions
1st Journey – “I am standing in the East to ask what is it important for me to be with in the East
2nd Journey – “I am standing in the South to ask what is it important for me to be with in the South
3rd Journey – “I am standing in the West to ask what is it important for me to be with in the West
4th Journey – “I am standing in the North to ask what is it important for me to be with in the North
Complete the cycle by thanking all the directions for their help and releasing them.
The following are other ways of working with the directions that were circulated to those attending after the meeting
standing and welcoming each direction to ask for help for the day with rattle / song / voice / drum
journey to / connecting with the direction where you feel you are stuck
journey to / connecting with the direction you feel you need to step into more fully
take one issue you want help with and walk the wheel to receive insight and support from each direction
Being in the flow of the season to support new energy in our lives Run by Shenoah
Information that was circulated – This meeting was done Via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. We will be working with the power of spring and exploring how nature can support us at this time. No matter if we are able to be physically in nature or have not been able to leave the house the spirits of nature offer gifts, healing and insights that can support us during this time.
1st journey – Intention – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of spring to ask what new energy is ready to come into my life at this time Due to the uncertainty in this Covid-19 period it is sometimes difficult to think about the future, however it is important that we continue to be open for opportunites of new ways of being and experiencing the world.
Do this as a middle world journey unless you are taken somewhere else. Although there are only 2 weeks left of meteological spring trees and flowers are still coming into blossom and power and energy is bursting through. If we are able to connect to the energy and flow of the season it is an opportunity for our own new growth and to allow the season to support us. We are nature. not sepate from it. The new energy could be a way of being, something to do or pay attention to. It could be a deepening of something you already know or something completely new.
2nd Journey – Intention – Going on an acted out journey to merge with a tree I know to receive the power I need to ……… (insert the new growth you were shown in the previous journey, e.g be still, learn to knit) At present the sap is rising in the trees bringing leaves, flowers and seeds, ask the tree if it will allow you to merge with it and allow yourself to experience and receive the energy you need from the tree. To do an acted out journey instead of lying or sitting you ‘act out’ what is happening on the journey. This gives an embodied experience and bridges the spirit and physical world bringing the spirit power into ordinary reality. Remember to unmerge at the end.
3rd Journey – Asking for a blessing from the moon The full moon was a couple of days previously and is sometimes called the flower moon as it is the season of coloured flowers emerging. This blessing is for the new energy we were shown as well as our lives in general. The blessing was done in 2 groups. Half the group receved the blessing and perceived themselves to be sitting in a circle in the centre facing outwards. The other half were offering the blessing by connecting with the moon to ask for the blessing for those in the centre. Those offering the blessing perceived themselves to be on the outside of the circle. We left the videos of those receiving in the centre on so those giving the blessing could see who was receiving. We then swapped over so everyone had the opportunity to both receive and offer the blessing. If you wanted to do a blessing for yourself check out this link to the April 2020 group the second journey explains how to work on your energetic body.
We also suggested these follow up journeys may be helpful at this time if it has been difficult to engage with the new energy that was shown to you. Sometimes the spirits bring our attention to something we are not yet able to do so we can start work on what is stopping us.
Next steps / help to integrate ……. (new energy you were shown) into my life
What needs to happen for me to be able to integrate ……. (new energy that was shown) into my life
Different ways of connecting with known and unknown resources Run by Shenoah and David
Information that was circulated – This meeting was done via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. In these changing times it is important to keep connected to our resources, at this meeting we will be exploring how we can continue to be resourced and connected, and perhaps find resources we were not even aware of, that we can tap into during these times. This is an opportunity to work in a different way so the lodg meeting will be held via Zoom and can be joined on a computer, tablet or phone. I have attended many Zoom group meetings over the past few years and it works well, technology definitely being one of the great resources at this time.
1st Journey – Intention – I am going to the lower world to ask my spirts for the help I need at this time. Reactions to the lockdown have differed for individuals. Some enjoy it, others are finding grief, fear, anxiety and other emotions arising. Some are unable to do the things that usually resource them, others find it difficult to connect. This journey is to receive the support no matter what our experience.
2nd Journey – Intention – Rattling and Singing healing for my resources (using a representation of myself) We already have many resources, some of them we are tapping into and others we may not be aware of, or even see them as a resource. This healing journey is to be shown the resources we do have and to offer any healing work that is required for us to become aware of and re connect to others.In shamanism we are working out of normal time and space with the energy / etheric / non physical body. This is what makes it possible to do distance work and to also do work on ourself. Song is vibration so is especially powerful when working in this way.You can do this work in a number of ways, in all of them you are working on your non physical body. This works best when physically rattling and singing as opposed to doing a lying down journey and seeing yourself doing it on a journey – below are some options
You can sit and perceive yourself in front of you either sitting or lying down
If you want do it more physically you can either perceive yourself or make a representation of yourself sitting in a chair
or you can perceive yourself or make a representation of yourself lying down
You can also do the work standing and perceiving yourself standing in front of you
some of you may find that during the work you find you are physically rattling around or touching your body with your rattle.
Before you start draw the outline of your body in your notebook. After the journey draw on your body what the resources looked like and what it was and how it felt.
3rd Journey – Intention – I am going on a journey to the lodg altar room to give and receive a gift This is inspired by the work I have done with Sandra Ingerman. She creates a group altar room for each of her groups where anyone in the group can go to connect with the resources of the group and to give and receive a gift. Prior to the meeting I did a journey to ask to be taken to the LODG group altar room. LODG has been meeting once a month for 23 years, that is a huge amount of community, energy, healing and resources available for all of us to connect to if we wish. I have also been inspired by the work of Daan Van Kampenhout with the Ancestors who are a huge resource to us. We are alive now because our ancestors survived, they gave us life. Many of them may have lived through previous times of difficulty – such as spanish flu, plagues, wars – as well as times of abundance and ease. They know how to live well and get through difficult times and can support us as at this time. Whenever you need to feel resourced, offer a resource, or want to feel connected to lodg you can do this journey.
Ask your spirits to take you to the Lodg altar room – I was shown the lodg altar was in a clearing in a woodland.
At each side of the entrance to the altar room stood two guardians, I saw them as enormous redwood trees (you may see the guardians in a different form).
Ask the guardians for a cleansing from the elements – this could be earth, air, fire or water so you enter the sacred space cleansed.
Once cleansed go inside and take your place in the circle. You may see others you know, or you may not. Feel yourself part of the circle, you may hold hands or not, see how the experience unfolds.
In the centre is the altar that is already full of many gifts, notice how it appears to you
Ask your spirits for the gift that you can leave on the altar for others in the group and go and put it on the altar – you are making a sacred offering, it could be food, a prayer, energy, trust what you are shown to leave
Step back into the circle and perceive your ancestors behind you, allow yourself to receive from them what you need at this time – it may be energy or something specific
When you have received from the ancestors go to the altar and ask for the gift that to help you at this time, receive what you are offered
if there is still time you can stand again in the circle and connecting until the callback
It may be that you spend more time with your ancestors and collect your gift when you leave the altar room during the callback
give thanks and come back.
We also suggested these follow up journeys may be helpful during this time
Healing I need at this time (this is a follow on from the help I need at this time)
What needs to happen for me to make the best use of this time (this takes the judgement out of what we think we should or could be doing)
Help me to feel at ease (with unease / at this time) – a powerful message that sometimes what is arising is not bad, but is arising so it can be healed / transformed / acknowledged
song to help me with … (anxiety / grief / joy / peace) – always good to have a song we can sing to help us when needed 😊
Connecting with the spirits in our home and in the city Run by Shenoah and David
Information that was circulated – This month we will be working with the theme of Spirits in the City. Karen Kelly, one of the founders of Lodg along with David Scott, ran a number of lodg meetings around this theme and these days are the inspiration for this meeting.
Introduction to the day Most of us live in urban environments, a long way from the forests and mountains of traditional shamans. Many people say they feel their strongest connection in wild nature – but wherever we live we are exposed to the sky, stars, sun, moon, seasons and elements every day of our lives. Our ancestors knew of many spirits and faery people who chose to live with them in towns and villages and during this meeting we will explore how we can connect to the spirits in the city and in our homes. Please bring an object with you that represents your home.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to ask what is the gift I am bringing from my home to this group Repeat physical journey from home to Wheatsheaf venue in non ordinary reality, hold the object from home while you do the journey, put gift into the object during or at the end of the journey. After the journey – One at a time everyone puts their object around the altar and names the gift.
2nd Journey – in Vauxhall Park – Walking journey to meet the spirit of London to ask for a teaching about connecting with the spirits in the city. On your walk find an object to keep you connected with the teaching and the spirit of London
3rd Journey – In Vauxhall Park – Going on a walking journey to meet a tree to ask what gift I can offer the city
4th Journey – Going on a journey to meet the spirit of my home to ask it to show me where there is balance and imbalance – go through each room
5th Journey – Going on a Tunnel clearing journey to bring balance to (insert name of partner) home. Go into your own tunnel with your spirits – they may do the work or ask you do do something, listen to what they say very carefully. Do not judge what is there, you may not know its significance, e.g spiders web – person may have spider as helper