‘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.
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!
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.