11th July 2020 – Ancestors, Healing and Resources

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.

Ancestral Field by Daan Van Kampenhout

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

13th June 2020 – Insights from the Four Directions

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

9th May 2020 – Power of Spring and the Spirits of Nature

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

11th April 2020 – Connecting with Resources

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 😊

14th March 2020 – Spirits in the City

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 ParkWalking 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

8th February 2020 – Spirits of Nature

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

11th January 2020 – Connecting to the Elements

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

15th June 2019 – Abundance of Summer

How the season of summer can support us in our lives
run by Shenoah and David

Information that was circulated – As we move towards the summer solstice we witness the fertility and abundance of nature as the spring growth blooms into a riot of green and colour.  At this meeting we will explore the relationship between the spirits, natural abundance and ourselves and how we can draw on the upcoming season to support us in our lives. We will be doing some work in Vauxhall Park

Introduction to day – Summer is often seen as a time of abundance, greenery, colours in nature, warmer weather, holidays. By working with the themes of the seasons we can come into the rhythm of nature and receive the gifts each season has to offer
Astronomical summer – In the astronomical calendar the start and end dates of summer are based on the changing position of Earth in relation to the sun and the resulting solar events of equinoxes and solstices
Meteorological summer – Meteorologists, on the other hand, define seasons based on climatic conditions and the annual temperature cycle.
Summer Solstice – In terms of daylight, this day is 8 hours, 49 minutes longer than on December Solstice. Summer ends on Monday, September 23rd 2019 

 1st journey – Journey to meet my teacher / helper be shown how the spirits understand abundance

2nd Journey Walking Journey in Vauxhall Park
Intention: I’m going on a walking journey to meet a tree (I know) to ask for a teaching about the abundance of the summer season

3rd Journey – Connection Journey in Vauxhall Park – can use rattle
Intention: Sun is the source of all life – Connecting with the summer sun to ask how I can use its energy in my life

4th Journey – Walking journey in Vauxhal Park to find an object
Intention: walking journey to find a power object to help me connected to the abundance of the summer

4th Journey – back at the venue
Intention – Going on a journey to see the abundance in my life through my teachers eyes

5th Journey In pairs – do a blessing for your partner to ask they experience the abundance in their lives that they were shown today, share and swap

11th May 2019 – Creation Myths

Exploring our own creation Myths
Run by Sally Ibbotson, inspired by the Medicine for the Earth book by Sandra Ingerman

Information that was circulated – Most traditional peoples have a Creation myth that unites and guide them and give them a sense of belonging. At this lodge meeting we will be asking spirit to show us our own personal creation myth. Central to this process is the dismemberment journey, a method that enables us to disconnect from this earthly story and allows us to more easily connect with our source.

Introduction to the day – Creation myths unites Societies and gives individuals a sense of belonging. It is seen as the Source so returning to it in thought or song or dance becomes a re-source. It could be a story or a central figure. The purpose of dismemberment is to more easily disconnect with this earthly story so we can experience our source or origin. Examples are being eaten, burnt, dissolved (elemental). Once dismbembered there is a rememberment. Need to work with a trusted spirit and trust the process.

1st Journey – I am going on a journey to ask my Spirits, what is it important to know about dismemberment journeys?
Find out how will it happen and how you will be re-membered.?

2nd Journey – I’m going on a dismemberment journey so I can experience my creation myth.
This journey had prompts using the drumgs to do the following
ask your spirits for dismemberment
ask your Spirits to show you your creation story
ask you spirits to re-member you

3rd Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for an image of my creation myth

4th Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for the song of my creation myth. Sing it whilst connected to source. So it is a re-source.

5th Journey – I’m going on a journey to ask for the dance of my creation myth. Dance it whilst connected to source.

13th April 2019 – Self Expression

Exploring what self expression means for us
run by Shenoah and David

Information that was circulated – Using journey work, images and ceremony we will explore what self expression means for us and ask the spirits to support us in expressing ourselves in the world today.  Although we will be asking the spirits for images as part of our work no artistic ability is required. 

Introduction to day – Self expression can be many things and can come in many different forms such as dance, song and art.. It can be used as medium for healing and support us to express our personality, feelings, or ideas. It can come as a one off inspiration or a form that is with you for a long time.

1st Journey – acted out journey
I am going on a journey to be shown / experience what self expression means for me

3rd Journey – partner work. Do a ratlle rattle healing for your partner for what stops them expressing themselves. Receiver shares, healer shares then swap over

3rd journey –   I am going on a journey to ask my spirits for an image or symbol that will help me express myself in my life (to keep me connected to my self expression)

Go and get the image, see the colours, how it is created, the energy of it, when you have the image come part way back and the draw it, after 10 mins the drumming will slow down and continue until everyone has stopped. Put all the images in the centre around the altar

4th journey – Going on a journey to ask my spirits: What are my next steps to have more self expression in my life

End with a blessing song and rattling over the images in the centre.