Habit forming

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time inside a building with security door latches.  Some are accessed through a badge which we wear.  These are credit card sized devices, anchored to a clip with a retractable cord.  That  sounds like zip-zip-zip when used, and provides hours of entertainment.

Other doors are accessed via a four digit code on a key pad.  I’ve successfully memorized the code (a life skill).  That’s a good thing, because I don’t want to get stuck outside in the hallway.

The keys on the key pad beep when pressed: tap-tap-tap-tap! And then, there’s a pause and a ‘click,’ and the door can be opened.

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, in just three weeks, I have developed a strange little habit.   After I depress the 4 buttons, I tilt my head to the left, just slightly while waiting for the ‘click.’  I don’t know why I started doing that.  I don’t know why I only tilt to the left.  I just know, I do it every time now.  

That’s how easily habits develop.  As habits go, this one is totally benign.  It doesn’t hurt me, or anyone else.  And once I noticed it, I set about stopping that habit.  It’s a choice.

Every day, the little choices we make, sometimes without even noticing, add up, like drops of water wearing away a mountain, drop by drop.

Make good choices, and share your peace with Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the Big Waters all around us.

(c) 2017 to present, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

Gait of a Shaman

My Mom was very keen on posture, carriage and, bearing.  She didn’t let her back touch the chair in the dining room.  When we were kids, my sister and I walked around the house with books on our heads, to learn to control our gait.   Years of walking, bicycle riding, dancing, have given me a certain gait and with it, a rolling sense of confidence, poise, grace and strength.

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Sanibel, April 2017

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, this is the best way I can describe my “bearing,” but to me, this basic body/mind connection is also a shamanic tool.

If I need to, I can pull up a great deal of energy, determination, strength, just by walking through the doorway into a building or down a long corridor.  It may have something to do with moving through liminal space; I don’t know.  I just become taller.  My wing span unfolds.

… ” wearing my long wing feathers as I fly,  wearing my long wing feathers as I fly, I circle around, I circle around, the boundaries of the Earth.”

Share your peace with Mother Earth, Father Sky and the Bog Waters all around us.

Journey of the Heart: The Shamanic Path Within

I sing a lot.  Sometimes I sing out loud, and teach songs in sacred space.  Other times, I sing along to my cd player in my car as I am driving around Florida, on my circuit of road trips.  Other times, the Song is in my head and ears rolling around in a great widening spiral to my heart.

I am on a journey of the heart, but this isn’t about romance.  This is about finding my soul’s connection to the great green spiral that pulses at the Heart chakra, and about my on-going dedication to honor my Path, “the Path with the most heart,” which was the most important lesson I got from the Carlos Castenada books.

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Photo Credit, unknown

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, you must find YOUR Path.  The one that will best nurture you and challenge you to grow and flourish.  This is the Path with the most Heart,.  Sometimes, following this path may require that you take focused steps winding along mountain sides.  Other times, you will discover the path completely drops off a cliff and you must ‘high back’ and leap across the chasm.  Trusting you will drop into the Sea, the deep waters all around us, and discover you are body surfing, jumping waves and the curl of the waves drops you off in a forest glen, densely green and lush and so soft and you enter and the big green hum of cicadas sings to you, calls to your heart, their rising and falling crescendos a giant spiral yet again.

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Cicada by Whale Maiden 11/2015

Find your song, follow your path.

And share your Peace with Mother Earth, Father Sky, and with the Big Waters all around you.

(c) 2017 to present, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path, all rights reserved (Except for the Wave photo.)

Holding Space for Each Other

I’ve been going through some changes for a few months.  Three months, definitely.  Maybe more.  Maybe six.  I haven’t been able to give my all, and some times, I haven’t been able to give, at all.  I’ve had moments where I rallied, and right now, I am thankful for the concept of Holding Space.

And the people around me, held me close in their hearts, and yet, made space, too.
Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, I’ll give you some examples of Holding Space which I have seen over the past few months:

  • In groups, I held on, (I was making space for another person who was going through an even rougher time than me,)  while  we added administrators.  Or, people stepped forward to fill in the void, posting good articles and quotes.  In classes, new people stepped forward, willing to teach, and to continue sharing  the gifts of knowledge.  I stepped back, and felt the healing power of allowing that gift to take place, that space.
  • Holding Space is very simple.  Sometimes it means, being there, when someone needs to talk.  Or not talk.  Maybe they simply need to hear you breath, or see the little blinking lights flicker in Messenger, the sign that someone is out there, communicating, and holding space for me.
  • Holding Space is also when a person opens up in a sacred circle, and shares something that has been weighing on their mind, heart, soul, and they finally feel ready to share this, and in that moment, they are held by the respect of the circle, listened to and not judged.  Given the space they need.
  • Other times in the past few months, people have invited me to their table.  They added an extra chair and a plate, and assured me there was plenty of the good stuff to go around, we would all be nurtured, fed, held in that space. 
  • I was able to Hold Space when serving as a liasion between two groups, working separately to achieve common goals.

If you held space for me recently, thank you.  If I held space for you, you’re welcome.

Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky, and with the Big Waters all around us, for we are all connected.

(c) 2017 to present, by Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All Rights Reserved.

40,000 Posts

Fourty-thousand posts, rushing round and round my head…

With the paraphrased song from Traffic rushing through my head, I am thinking of the two, or three, or four essays I want to post next.

  • Perhaps I will address the concept I GOT recently, that I am “soverign-yet-connected,” in truth, all of us are, actually.
  • Or, I could develop my thread about freedom.  I am blessed to be experiencing a lot of it right now.  
  • Maybe I can figure out what the Green Spiral meant for me, recently.  Is that about a fern?  Or the heart chakra?  What or who do I love? 
  • What about the Fey and how they fit into the Earthways Shamanic Path cosmology?  I’m well known for my personal love of glitter, however, the Veil is very, very thin right now, and we must be careful not to be frivolous with The Fey.

Yes, it is time for me to write about something…

(c) 2017, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

The Shamanic Practice: Dance Trance

You’re looking at a dance floor at a festival. This time of year, part of my Daily Shamanic Practice involves Dancing, or thinking about Dancing.

There’s a festival circuit that runs through Florida for three months, and during that time, I’m fortunate to attend some of the festivals, each year.

Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, this aspect of my Shamanic practice takes priority over everything else I might do, this time of year.

I’ve been doing  this for a few years, following two or three bands, sometimes traveling great distances to see them perform.

I’ve been following one band specifically  for several years.  When I am not actively dancing with this particular band, I am playing their music on my car stereo… over and over.  So, I know their songs.  I’ve heard them live, and recorded, with different band members playing different parts:  I know their songs, the way you know the curves of your lovers’ face.

Which means, when I get up to dance to their songs, I am free.

 I am free to dance, and so, I do.  Their sets are 45 minutes long, and I dance the whole time they are playing.  It’s an unspoken agreement. They play, I dance.

When I dance, part of my mind is involved with staying upright.  The other part is engaged in a Dance Trance, and I am flying. This is deep work for my soul, and is  the reason I can dance for 45 minutes, or more…  it is my passion.
Find your passions, Dear Shamans, and follow your Heart.

Doing so, you will share your peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the big Waters all around us.

(c) 2017 to present, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

When you THINK you have a choice…

Sometimes, you have a choice, and sometimes you just THINK you have a choice.

Recently, I wrote about driving straight across South Florida, where you will have to cross Lake Okeechobee, and described several actual choices to do so.

What happens when you THINK you have a choice, but you really don’t?

Let’s say you are house hunting.  You may wander around, looking at houses.

You go far away and tour one, and you like it and you make an offer, but you aren’t really sure if your offer went in.  Perhaps Mercury was retrograde then.

You come closer, and tour another house.  It is grander than the first, and there’s competition, and the sellers tell you they will consider your offer…so you are waiting to hear…

And then, you drive around and you see it: your dream house, just where you’ve always wanted to live.  It’s perfect.  You’ll take it.  Except, they haven’t offered it to you yet.  But, they have invited you to come talk to them, in a few days…

So, you go home and start packing.  You know you’re going somewhere.  Soon.  You just don’t know where or when.  You think, “oh, the first one, that would be a perfect house to live in, and a lovely town, and the rooms are so spacious and they’ll be just great.  I’ll put my green desk there….”  But then you think the second house is nicer.  You picture where you will hang your modern art collection.  But then you think about the third house, and even though you haven’t yet seen it on the inside, and have no idea whether it has any closet space at all, you love it on the outside, and it just has to be the perfect house, and they will love your offer…

And you run these three houses through your mind, repeatedly, and tell all your friends over and over because you can’t decide which one you like better, and it will come down to which one of sellers likes your offer the best. That combination of what you will pay, and your ability to get a mortgage, and even your willingness to close by a certain date.  The choice of where you might ultimately live, it isn’t quite up to you.

Notice clearly, you actually do not yet have 3 choices.  You just think you do.  

Honorable Shamans, all your contingency planning in the world, is just a series of scenarios.  When you are in the middle of this kind of lesson, the sooner you quit running scenarios of what might happen, the sooner you can confront things you actually need to be doing at the time.

Share your peace with Mother Earth, Father Sky and the Big Waters, for we are all related.

(c) 2017 to present, by Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path, all rights reserved.