Being in the flow of the season to support new energy in our lives
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
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
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.
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
Different ways of connecting to and working the spirits of nature
Due to the venue double booking this months meeting will take place in Kew Gardens. We will be using different ways of connecting to and working the spirits of nature in Kew Gardens.
1st Journey – walking journey to meet the Spirit of Kew Gardens to ask what I need to know about working in Kew Gardens. Starting under the canopy of the big tree at the start of the Pagoda Vista, before starting say ‘I come in peace, I come to learn, receive me well’ walk along pagoda Vista towards the Temperate House.
2nd Journey – in the Temperate House – meet a plant who is willing to share its song with you, learn its song and ask for a teaching about itself
3rd Journey – Walking across or standing on the Sackler Crossing – Connection or walking journey to ask for a teaching about a crossing (threshold) another option is to sit by the side of the lake and connect with the water and ask for a teaching about the water.
4th Journey – walking journey to find a tree and ask for a teaching from the earth
5th Journey – Connect to element, earth, trees. Ask for a blessing from the gardens for yourself and offer a blessing to the gardens
Insights from the Elements for the coming year
Information that was Circulated – In many traditions it is believed working with the elements can support us in life and bring balance and healing.
For the first meeting of 2020 we will be asking the spirits for insights into what is important for us to pay attention to in 2020. Using different journeying techniques we will be asking the elements for the help we need with whatever may arise for us in the coming year.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of one of the elements Earth /Air / Fire / Water to ask what is it important for me to pay attention to in the coming year – Sitting or standing rattling Journey with drum callback. Can start standing then sit if needed.
2nd Journey – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of (one of the 3 remaining elements) to ask how it can support me with …….. (what you were shown in the previous journey, if you were shown lots choose one) in the coming year – Singing Journey, standing or sitting, can also rattle.
3rd Journey – I am going on a walking journey (in local area with or without rattling) to meet the spirit of (one of the 2 remaining elements) to ask how it can support me to maintain balance in the coming year
4th Journey – I am doing an acted out healing journey – to meet the spirit of (the final element) to ask for the healing I need at this time to support me in the coming year – healing journey – with partner, 1 person does the journey 1 person is the witness, then swap over
Way of Council with Pippa Bondy
Information Circulated – I am delighted to announce that Pippa Bondy will be offering an introduction to her work with Council. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience council and how it can support us in life and our shamanic practice. Council is a practice of speaking and listening from the heart.
Pippa is a very experienced facilitator and this meeting offers an opportunity to experience the integrity she brings to her work and depth of practice that council can inspire. Sitting in Council is always a new beginning, no matter how many Council circles we have sat in.
Pippa shared a number of different ways of working in council. If you are interested to find out more about the wonderful work that Pippa offers you can find more information here https://www.ancienthealingways.co.uk
How we can support the earth, ourselvers and each other in changing times
Information circulated – Human connection to and interaction with nature our environment and communties has changed considerably over time. These changes have lead to what many believe has gone beyond the point of no return in some areas. In this meeting we will explore our own relationship to nature our environment and communities to ask how we can support ourselves, the earth and each other in these changing times. As part of our work we will be doing our popular Wassailing ceremony in Vauxhall park so please bring clothes appropriate for whatever the weather may offer.
1st Journey – I am going on a journey to to ask my spirits for a vision of how I can support myself, the earth and others in changing times
may be shown one or more areas areas
2nd Journey – What resources does (insert name of partner) need to be able to manifest their vision
in pairs, 1st person tells their partner the vision they were shown. Their partner does a journey to their spirit to collect the resources from the spirit workd and delivers the resources by singing and rattling. Share and swap over
3rd Activity – Wassailing Ceremony in Vauxhall Park
You had to be there but there was singing, rattling, waking up and putting toast in trees and cider
4th Activity – Group Blessing – half the group sit in circle, other half stand on the outside and ask for and deliver blessings for the visions and resources of those sitting inside. Groups Swap over