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Pink flowers Despacho
Ali Rabjohns

Workshops & Ceremonies

‘Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again’. Joseph Campbell.

‘Ayllu’ means tribe in Quechuan and I have found that as I work on my self and my own awareness, I meet others who are like-minded. I feel like they are part of my soul family or tribe. In Peru and with the Q’ero medicine men and women, there is no word for ‘I’, it is always ‘we’. A high priest or Alto Masayok (a shaman who works with the spirits of the mountains) will still be helping his brother to build a fire or bring in the potato harvest. In the High Andes, working together is imperative for their survival. However, as someone who lives in the West, it’s also important to nurture myself first, in order for me to give my highest energies to my community. I run a regular full moon fire ceremony in the woods, as well as a two year medicine wheel programme, you can find more details on Lucid Healing’s Website.

Sacred Fire is a potent quick transformer, a transmitter of energy, prayers and intention. When we place items in the fire during ceremony, we release it to spirit. The New Moon and the Full Moon are energetically special times for ceremony, but don’t feel limited to those times. If you feel a fire is what’s needed, make one.

There is a ritual for creating a sacred fire for a group but you may be instructed to burn a death arrow or spirit arrow on your own after a session. For this purpose you can simply open sacred space and create a small fire in your own garden. You could also use matchsticks or tooth picks with a shell or bowl and do it indoors.

The sincerity of your prayers and intentions is what will make it powerful. Blow into the twig or stick that which you want to release or that which you’re praying for, then burn it. If you have items from a sand painting, offer them at this time. Close sacred space.

There’s nothing quite like a fire or music to bring people together and as a shamanic practitioner, I often hold full moon ceremonies in the local woods. Fires stoke the sparks of people’s hearts through any hardship or suffering, as well as helping us to let go of a quality that we no longer need in our lives, or that may be holding us back.

Full Moon Fire Ceremonies

The full moon fire ceremonies are a chance for like-minded folk to gather together and re-connect. Anyone can join our circle to experience the essence of this beautiful energy that’s created when we re-connect with each other and ourselves. This in turn helps to build our awareness about how we can bring our own lives into balance and dream our world into being. Circles are a strong way to hold and share light with each other through the level of the heart. When we sit in a circle, we share our highest most talents and skills with each other. A Mayan elder said that when we create circles of interconnecting light, this makes an invincible chain.

I’m also very happy to lead a fire ceremony for your group, please contact me for more details.

Notes on Fire Ceremony – For your own full moon fire

The Q’ero gave us this ceremony to use in the West. The transformational fire ceremony is done on the full moon of each month. Traditionally, one participated in a fire ceremony for approximately a three-year period before you began to do it for yourself. Then another three-year period was spent doing it alone (or with your teacher) before you attempted to do it for others. Until recently, this was the training process for this ceremony. Now, the Q’eo say that there is ‘no time’ for this lengthy process – that the earth and our civilisation are in such great peril that students should begin to do the fire ceremony as soon as they are guided to do so.

If you would like to begin your own fire ceremonies, then please read from the notes below.

  • Prepare the fire: begin by placing the kindling where it needs to go in a cross (two sticks facing North/South and East/West)
  • Open sacred space by calling in directions.
  • Choose one caretaker for the fire for the evening – if you are the caretaker, make sure you don’t leave the fire unattended until the embers are almost going out at the end.
  • You can chant, drum or rattle in order to enter into a slightly altered state and set your intention.
  • Feed the fire with olive oil three times: offering first to the four directions, then heaven and earth and last, connecting the circle with the fire by honouring ‘all’ those present.
  • Test the fire for friendliness, does it flicker and flame quite happily or does it need to die down a bit before you use it?
  • When the fire is friendly, the space holder leads the ceremony of offerings, if you are on your own – you can offer a stick to the fire that holds your breath. Before you give this stick away, breathe into it something that you no longer need. Then, take another stick and breathe in something positive you would like to bring into your life to replace the heaviness. You can use paper, or anything flammable for this exercise.
  • If this is a group fire ceremony, then a Pacha Mama stick is passed around the circle, usually a stick with seasonal flowers and fruits wrapped onto it. This is used as a prayer stick, where we blow all our wishes and prayers for the earth into it.
  • After all the offerings are made, the oldest and youngest person in the circle takes the Pacha Mama stick and places it on the fire.
  • Close sacred space
  • At least two people, one male and one female stay with the fire until it is embers, no water on the fire.
  • The person leading the ceremony also wears black as an energy cloak.

Group Despacho Ceremony

There are times in our lives when it’s helpful to have a rite of passage or a ritual. This allows us to call upon the Sacred Other to be witness to our intentions and empowers the changes that we want to make. Whether it’s moving from one stage of life to another, whether it’s loss, or celebration. The cycles of life and death and re-birth, live within in us. When we offer our prayers to Spirit, we know that they will be answered. We simply have to get out of the way and watch it unfold!

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Medicine Wheel Programme

This is a transformational, experiential, modern shamanic practice to help build awareness, a connection to the universe and a sense of wellbeing in everyday life.

Held on one Sunday a month over a year, the Medicine Wheel Programme is an initiation process handed down from the High Andes and the Q’ero nation that helps us to honour ourselves, as well as our friends, our families and our communities with all the light available to us. It is a beautiful and powerful journey around the four cardinal directions with the archetypes.

The Medicine Wheel Programme honours our right as human beings to speak, write, hear and know the truth of our becoming. It will help us to see that death (or a transition) is an opportunity to grow on every level. This organising principle helps us to see clearly through the darkness to find our way step by step as we listen to ourselves and to our unseen guides. We will help you to set your intention to clear all limiting behaviours and self-beliefs that hold you back from walking with beauty.

You will create a medicine bundle or Mesa of stones that you will be able to use on your journey to discover your hidden treasure, your true self. Details about each weekend in the Medicine Wheel Programme will be sent out nearer the time to those interested but the core tools we will be working with around the wheel will be: working as a circle, hucha (heaviness) release and calling in sami (light) to replace this, sand paintings, fire ceremony, shamanic journeying, experiential and creative exercises, dreaming our world into being, energetic tracking skills, a deep connection to Nature, Munay Ki rites, mini death rites. For more info on what to expect in each direction, please visit my website Lucid Healing.