Opening Sacred Space
This Week’s Vibe: Divine Intelligence
Affected Chakras: 4, 5, 6, 7
As sacred space opened and we tuned into your energy, you were floating through a sea of stars. The air currents were leading you through a portal to another world. You floated between dimensions, your physical body on Earth and your luminous body ready to rise. The thick air around you felt like fluid, and as you swam, the edges of the portal closed in around you, pushing you through the other side. As if exiting a womb, you crossed through the portal and entered a celestial plane. The ground was made of rolling carpets of starlight, and the sea ahead was pale purple. Three lilac moons hung in the air, a triangle of light hovering above the water and spinning like a mobile. There were women dressed in white, tall celestial beings who walked over the deep sea as easily as walking through a shallow stream. They guided you further into this world, through a forest of tall trees that danced and swayed in the wind like graceful ballerinas, and you could almost hear their voices whispering your name.
A white stag came bounding through the woods; he was tall and lean and majestic. He beckoned you forward, and you ran through the forest with him, leaping and bounding through the air as you were not held back by gravity. Crossing through the forest, you came to a clearing where the men of this plane gathered. While the female guides wore white and appeared almost translucent, the men were dark and solid, appearing to us as native medicine men. The grass was green, the fire burnt orange, and you were invited to relax in the field while they worked. One came to you and explained that this clearing was the only place on this plane with Earth energy, as they had a space for each planet’s inhabitants. You lie in the field, smelling the scent of freshly cut grass. You looked up at the sky filled with cumulus clouds and watched eagles fly overhead.
Native women came out of the teepees, each holding a bowl full of herbs. As you lie on the grass, they painted your face with mud, making elaborate designs to depict an animal. There were lions, zebras, and tigers, and as your face and body were painted, you began to embody these animals. Those who were lions were instilled with power, confidence, and the gift of leadership. Those with zebra stripes were filled with laughter, joy, and a sense of unbridled freedom. For the tigers, you were filled with a fierceness and primal instinct, understanding how to listen to and commune with the world around you. Next, the men gave you a warm red tea, symbolizing the water and blood we have running through our veins. You were given another green colored tea to represent the nutrients that feed us. Finally, you were given a violet colored tea, and this held the answers to the deep mysteries of life. The animal energy enabled you to step into a grounded, instinctual state; the green and red tea gave you the sustenance of food and water; and then the violet tea began to do its work, seeping into every cell of your being.
As you looked up at the sky, the Earth energy faded away, and you were completely immersed in the energy of this star world. The awareness of your physical body faded as well, and you stepped fully into your spirit body, rising up. You grew as tall as the Star Being guides and felt a white energy draped over your body like a robe. Your luminous body began to fill in, and each place that had been dented or shattered began to repair itself. Like a wet animal shaking itself dry, you let go of resistance, lack, misunderstanding, confusion, fear, grief, and all negative emotions that made you forget your purpose for being born into this world. With all of your upper chakras starting to spin open, all that created separation between you and Spirit was swept away with white feathers, coming out like gray smog.
As the smog began to clear, a skin was pulled off, and you felt the same relief as if undressing after a long day. With this layer removed, your mind began to connect, open, and expand. With the prism of your third eye, you connected with the stars and felt the wisdom and sheer power of the world around you. Though invisible, the pulse of the ‘other side’ rang out to you crystal clear, like a drumbeat reverberating into your very soul. You felt the pulse of the infinite field of love, wholeness, and life as if it was all that was there, all that encompassed everything you saw, felt, or touched. The white stag came to you again, the king of the forest, the protector of all other creatures. Looking into your eyes, he transferred to you his energy of intuition, sensitivity, and gentleness. The women guides came near, floating through the purple sea along your side, and brought you back to the star portal by which you had come to this world. You entered again to return home, this time with the knowledge that each cell within you contained the stars and the intelligence of the universe. You brought this knowing back home, and even within your flesh, felt the burn and pulse of life from the other side.
Recommended Listening from You Tube:
Receiving Divine Guidance Meditation with Sonia Choquette
Limpia: Cleansing with herbs and flowers in a spiritual bath.
Nice to do on a full moon like tonight! With all of the emotional stress going around the world at the moment, it is good to take time to cleanse and nurture ourselves from negativity.
You can use various types of herbs and flowers in your bath for spiritual healing. You can use them for cleansing, protection, relaxation, vitality, and many many types of healing. In some cultures, these are called Limpias. Herbs, flowers, prayers and songs, and the sacred sound of drums or rattles or other forms of music can help purify a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Another essential element of the limpia is the smoke of copal, palo santo, white sage, or other plant you consider deeply clearing and protective for this kind of work. You can also use crystals to infuse the water, or bring in water from sacred areas (mountain streams, holy wells, the ocean, hot springs and so forth).
We all draw energy from different sources to feed emotional states, and this can essentially energize cells within our body, depending on the emotional trigger. There are specific herbs that have been used for millennia, whose frequencies are known to have an impact in deflecting and transforming negative energies. Here are some excellent herbs at deflecting negative energy and balancing your connection to all that is.
Consider using Calendula flowers, Lavender flowers, White pine, Juniper, Oak leaf and bark, Witch Hazel bark, Rosemary, Roses, Plantain leaf, or Yarrow leaf and flowers as infusion choices for skin care to encourage closing wounds. Sea salt will sting any open skin areas, with no harm other than it stings. Epsom salt does not. This will speed physical healing and gather the soul and spirit back after such a traumatic event. I suggest a spiritual foot or hand bath for the in-between situations where a full immersion bath must wait or you don’t have access to a bath tub.
An Elder Flower, Lemon, Honey, and Coconut Milk Bath soothes everything and guarantees a deep restorative sleep in the wake of anything disruptive. For some practical logistics, keep a fine mesh strainer handy for skimming the herbs out because you don’t want clogged drains.
One method is to make a fresh plant wand for the limpia. Bundle a handful of fresh plant material together, such as pines, roses, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, or any of the herbs mentioned above, and any fresh spices.
You can decide to have infused water as part of this by putting it in a bowl or pot first, then bringing the water to the bath. Or just sweep the fresh bundle through your smudge smoke or essential oil mist, and work the fresh plant material over your body.
You will want to take a shower BEFORE the bath to clean off, and then you can leave the herbs on your skin, with or without using a towel to wipe off afterwards. (If you are allergic to any plants or essential oils, etc. don’t use them!)
You can also do this in a shower by brushing the water with the plant bundle over you.
Enjoy your spirit bath!
Author: Gina O’Connor
Surprising Similarities Between Reiki and Q’ero Inca Shamanism: Sacred Healing Knowledge from Nature and the Universe.
In 1922, Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the healing system called Reiki, made a pilgrimage to the holy Mount Kurama in Japan. After 21 days of meditation, fasting and ceremony under a sacred cedar tree believed to hold the spirit of an evolved being from Venus, the concept of Reiki came to him. He did not say that the mountain or tree gave him the knowledge, but merely said he felt the energy and information of Reiki was “in the air.” Nevertheless, the circumstances of his discovery coincide almost exactly with the specific environment and conditions in which a shaman receives sacred knowledge during ceremony, meditation, or journeying. There is a remarkable and undeniable similarity between the way Reiki was conceived and the way Incan shamans and other shamans around the world receive healing medicine from the spirits in nature and other planetary systems. Furthermore, there are striking resemblances in the description of Reiki and Inca Shamanic healing energy and how both are passed down through lineages.
Q’ero Inca shamans, in particular, communicate with the spirits of the mountains (apus), trees (mallqui), stars (kotos and chaskas), and planets. As a result of this interaction, they receive deeply transformational information for healing individuals and the planet.
In fact, many indigenous shamanic traditions around the world have received sacred knowledge and crucial information about healing in exactly the same way. From ancient druids to modern shamans in the Amazon and in many other cultures, tree spirits offer previously unknown medicine and wisdom to those who respectfully communicate with them. The souls or spirits in master plants transmit the knowledge to better the lives and health of people.
While meditating and fasting, people generally become more open to the messages from plants, mountains and all of nature because their normal everyday tunnel vision expands to perceive a wider angle or 360 degree view. Therefore, when nature speaks to them, they “hear” it though they may or may or may not be fully aware from where it came from or who was speaking to them. This seems to be what happened to Usui. The spirit of Mt. Kurama, the spirit of the cedar tree and its connection with Venus and the star being were all communicating to him about a system of healing that could help humanity in a profound way. Because of his location and his purified and respectful state of mind and being, he was able to receive and interpret the information that he was gifted. In a very similar way, Inca shamans use various techniques to cleanse their minds and bodies in preparation to be open to receive universal and planetary light energy for healing. They remove what they call “hucha,” or heavy, dense energy in the body and aura that accumulates over time, and afterwards call down light frequencies to fill the body for healing. After this, they can attune to a higher frequency in order to receive the transmission of knowledge from other dimensions, stars, planets, and nature itself.
Also noteworthy, is that like the Inca shamans of Peru, Usui worked in some way with sacred stones during his meditation. Inca shamans work with khuyas, or sacred stones, in their medicine bundles (mesas) to further strengthen their relationships with mountains, stars, and allies in nature. In fact, some of the stones in the mesa represent the actual spiritual presence and energy of the mountains and stars themselves. The name for a shaman in the Andes is Pampamesayoq or Altomesayoq. The “mesa” part of the word indicates that they are carriers of the mesa, or altar of stones, representing the energies they work with. During the meditation on Mt. Kurama, Usui set 21 stones in front of him and removed one stone each day. There seems to be a parallel with his use of a particular number of stones to enhance the ritual that he did in preparation for receiving the divine information. The number 21 is of significance in Buddhism, and can be found in reference to the Sutras, Taras, prayer beads, etc. In this sense, the stones were points of focus for the energies, like prayers, not unlike the stones in the Incan shaman’s mesa.
Reportedly, nothing happened to Usui until the 21st day when he saw a great light moving rapidly towards him. The light drew nearer and became larger and larger until it struck him on the forehead and he experienced infinite bubbles of rainbow light moving toward and through him. Inca shamans also work with the light of star systems and planets that bring a particular form of healing light. The healing light energy is often described in the same way as Usui saw it as “bubbles of light.” According to the Inca shamans these variations of light energies can derive from planets such as Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and the Sun or the stars such as the Pleiades, Orion, and more. They are connected to their ancestors. Each offers its own form of healing for humanity and the evolution of the planet. In Incan cosmology, the dimensions of the Upper Worlds can be accessed through the 7th layer of Kanchi Wara, a place that Inca shamans go to journey into other worlds. It is referred to as the Layer of the Channelers and is rainbow colored with light bubbles. It is a gateway to the star nations of the ancestors and can be accessed through the sacred khuyas of the mesa (representing the mountains and stars). Apparently, Usui received the same guidance and reported the same exact experience as shamans from Peru do in the way that the bubbles of light came to him offering information, and activating healing energy that he carried for the rest of his life and shared with the rest of the world.
Usui explained that after his experience on Mt. Kurama, he felt energy come through his crown and out his hands. Thereafter, he was able to heal others and himself very powerfully. Not only had he received the sacred information on how to pass on healing, but the actual energy itself to do so. That is why someone who works with Reiki energy first receives an attunement to activate the energy in the body so that the Divine Light energy can flow, work through ones aura and be passed onto others. When someone becomes attuned for Reiki, she or he becomes a vessel for that energy. That person is then a part of a lineage tracing back to Usui (and further to Venus). In Inca tradition, the energy to heal is also passed down through a lineage of healers. It is passed down in several ways and through various initiations, but essentially it is the same. During the Initiation with the Stars (Koto K’anch’ay), for instance, the light energy frequencies first come in through the crown and then are also activated and integrated into other parts of the body. There is also a specific technique that brings in the light energy of Venus in order to heal the bones and structure of the body called the Kausay Muju. The Kausay Muju, however, also incorporates the light healing of other planets and parts of the body, as well. And when one becomes an apprentice of an Inca shaman, the lineage is passed on to that person from many generations of Incan shamans. One can call upon them to assist during healing. The same goes for Reiki. Each person in the lineage stands behind the other to offer more support and healing when needed.
Whether Usui was aware of it or not, it seems that he was communing with the spirits of Nature and the stars, just as a shaman would in order to receive medicine for curing. The similarities between the birth of Reiki and how Inca shamans receive healing medicine are many and significant. The similarities between the types of energies to heal are also many, as well as how the energy is passed on over time and space. At its core, shamanism is most essentially about obtaining a deep connection with the spirits of nature to bring back knowledge to be shared for the healing of the community. Through this contact with nature, we become whole again, balanced, in tune, and well. The same goes for Reiki, the universal light energy is called upon from the source in order to bring health, peace, and light. While Usui may not have completely understood or been able to interpret the source of the initial conception of Reiki, it is certainly true that he did not try to own or claim it for himself. In that spirit, he gave it to the world in its purest and most selfless form. He states, “I accidentally realized that I have received healing power when I felt the air in mysterious way during fasting. So I have a hard time explaining exactly even I am the founder.”
With a respectful and egoless attitude, Usui became the bridge and mediator of a magnificent and powerful healing tradition which has no religious boundaries and is open and available for anyone to use and benefit from personally and collectively. We should be grateful for his service and contribution, and the divine knowledge given from nature to heal us all. Likewise, we should recognize the powerful work of Q’ero Inca shamans and other shamans who work in the same way to transmit universal healing energy for everyone in their communities, as well as all people and Mother Earth herself.
Author: Gina O’Connor
Deacon, James. James Deacon’s Reiki Pages. “The Kurama Yama Connection,” 2003. Web. February, 2015
Oral trainings from the paqos/shamans through Serena Anchanchu School for Inca Shamanism. (2011-2016)
Usui Reiki attunements and trainings in Reiki through Starla Perico and later a deepening and further development to the Master level through Leslie Barns (2007-2009)
One of the most recognized words in the Quechua language is the word Munay. But what is the meaning and significance of the word? Munay in the Quechua language of the Incas of Peru is an action word or a verb that means to LOVE. It is also a noun or description of a state of love and being which is unconditional, eternal, and is a love without thinking or reasoning. The word munay, however, implies even more than the Western understanding of what we think of as love, even in its unconditional sense.
For the Q’ero Inca paqos (shamans), munay is one of the three pillars that supports one’s path in becoming a shaman, or more specifically, a pampamesayoq (keeper of the earth).
It is not only a kind of love, but the meaning is intertwined with willpower and is an exercise in working with infinite levels of divine willpower in that sense. Munay has been remembered by the paqos as being the force that lifted the gigantic megalith stones at sacred sites into place in ancient times, and is the sort of will that moves mountains.
It is an energetic power that by far exceeds physical power. It is a power that derives from the living energetic field that animates the universe (kausay).
The energy of munay is located at the heart center (sonqo nawi). For a shaman to work with his or her own munay is the exercise of power, connection, and purity. It is considered one of the major organizing principles and the first of the Three Inca Laws. It is the law of love. Rather than an emotion, munay is seen as an attitude of respect and appreciation for everyone and everything. It is also connected to ayni (reciprocity). We can speak many languages with the heart. We can communicate with all creation this way (mineral, vegetable, animal, human, and Light Beings). To walk in munay is to walk in the power of love and walk your own walk, the path of living from your heart.
When you begin the path of becoming a shaman healer in the Andean tradition, you receive a three part initiation called the Hatun Karpay, or Great Initiation. The first part of this initiation is called the Munay Karpay and activates your heart chakra so you can set the stage to begin the journey. That is how important munay is for the Inca shamans and Incan people. Without opening and activating the heart, one may not proceed further on the path. All actions of healing must be done with integrity, and integrity can only come when you act from the heart. Many people, in fact, have closed hearts due to the pain they have suffered in some way in life. They do not trust their own hearts to be exposed to anyone fully, and perhaps not even themselves. Therefore, in order to walk the path of a healer, you must be willing first to heal your own heart before you try to work on others, in that sense.
As you cleanse the layers of hucha (heavy energy) from your heart, then your sacred sight becomes even clearer. You will be able to see others more lucidly instead of judging them or having preconceptions about them. You will be working with compassion. Once your heart is free and open, you will gain more personal power. You will be able to more precisely draw upon the light and pure living energy (sami) from the universe in unfathomable ways. The channels will be open and unrestricted. You will be able to gain and store this power in your heart, as a shaman in great levels of reserve. Once the Divine power of light comes in and can be stored, then you can learn to direct it with your will. Once you face your pain and open your heart more and more, you will have the munay necessary to create deeper and deeper connections and relationships with all of life on Mother Earth. Strengthening your connection to all of nature with love, respect, and integrity helps you be able to communicate and hear nature so you can call upon the support you need and give back that support. In essence, it is truly how one can become a caretaker of Pachamama (Mother Earth). All these things together and much more demonstrate the profound value and significance of munay.
Author: Gina O’Connor
Keeper of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q’ero Indians of Peru. Joan Parisi Wilcox. Boston: Element, 1999
Path of the Energetic Mystic: A Key to Open Your Heart. Inge Teunissen, Dennis Alejo, Mango translations from the oral teaching of the Inca Q’ero paqos: Trophonios Publishing, 2013
Personal trainings with the Inca Q’ero paqos through oral teachings during their visits to Holland 2010-2014.
Have you ever cried over a movie on TV, the news, or a song? Have you ever felt joy, pain, love, or sadness when communicating with someone over the internet, through a letter, or photograph or thinking of someone who pops into your mind? Does this feeling come over you like a wave that you feel intensely in your own body? These responses are natural to us as humans although sometimes we barely understand why we feel them or how it works. We can feel the energy of someone who is in our presence or at a distance because energy itself has no time/space/feeling limit.
Some people notice these “etheric energies” more than others and are called “empaths” for this reason. Other people still feel energies, but the ability may be locked up deep inside or blocked by resistance or the busyness of life. A person may also just be more naturally focused on the “thinking” mind rather than the “feeling” mind.
Our bodies exist in more than only the physical plane. They also exist simultaneously in energetic planes that are related to our aura, our life-force, our soul, mentality/thoughts and our emotions and these are not separate from our physical bodies, but joined altogether. While we experience our physical form in the physical world we see, taste, smell, touch, hear, perceive, know, and we also experience these other aspects of ourselves like our emotions, and so forth. But our emotions do not exist only as physical manifestations. They can be described as existing in emotional planes. We know, however, that when we have emotions such as sadness, anger, joy, peacefulness (all the ‘nesses’) that they also can and do directly affect our bodies, and so we have physical reactions to emotions. We also see how our emotions can affect our thoughts or our thoughts can affect our emotions. These are all interwoven throughout our being and who we are. Further, the interaction that we have with others and their fields of energy, is something we also feel. We feel those aspects of other people’s emotions and state of being even though we are not doing so in 100% of a PHYSICAL way. We feel them with our other senses that are not confined to space and time. Thus, we always feel others “at a distance.” But this so-called distance is only one level of the equation. It does not exist when we consider that most of who we are is beyond the confines of distance– which by the way, includes time zones.
If we are considering helping others with non-physical energies (Reiki, shamanism, bioenergies, chi, prana), we can utilize distance energy healing. We may then have further questions like how long it takes, how would the other person receive it, and finally about the healing process itself and the discernment.
The most common modality of distance healing is to send energies to the person whom we want to help. This can be done in several ways based on empathy, intuition, experience, techniques within a healing system, guides, angels, ancestors, nature, vibration, out of body techniques, dreaming, visions, synchronicity, and humble “asking.” It can work even if we don’t mentally or consciously know why due to positive INTENT. I say intent rather than intention because I was taught that intent is more direct and active and is a positive affirmation to send energies right now, not later with all good intentions of a lackadaisical attitude.
Another aspect is that you are sending something of your own energy to help others. If you have a peaceful, calm, loving attitude, presence, habit, and way of being, then this is often what the other person feels the most, regardless of any other healing aspects being sent. From personal experiences, for instance, this is something that I receive in my feedback the most often. Peace, balance, calm. I used to wonder why. But now I realize that I am sharing myself. Therefore it is very very important to cleanse and be in a good frame of mind and sacred space when sending healing.
On top of this, one result that tells you as a healer that you are “doing it right” is when you feel really good after a healing! This is because you are not isolated from the other person. Energy always goes both ways, like an electrical circuit. What you send, you truly get back as a deLIGHTful gift of healing for yourself too! It feels like bliss. It is something to be extremely grateful for and to consider as a Divine gift for the other person and yourself and all you encounter. Because even when you walk down the street or speak to the next person, you will radiate that healing energy and smile. Strangers will automatically perceive it and be drawn to you, smiling back even though they don’t know why! It really is a positive contagious feeling, the ripple effect.
What are some of the benefits of distance healing? These benefits are very personal. They may include insights and visions, songs, physical, mental, emotional healing. In general here are some of what people report: revitalization of energy and purpose; creativity; childlike joy, bliss, feeling who you really are, protected, cared for, relief, painlessness, peace, calm, balance, humor, connection, a younger you, gratitude, wonder, indescribable goodness, light, love, new ideas/inspiration, personal miracles, and the acceleration of the healing process after being ill or having a medical procedure.
How long does it take to work? That depends on the person and situation. Some people will say it happens immediately. Other people say it happens over a few days, weeks, or over a longer time in small ways. And some also have releases in which old energies pass away or come up in order to be brought to the light and then let go. This seems to be a calibration process or a way in which the body/mind/spirit gets used to living in a new way and has to get used to releasing old habits, energies, stories, traumas that have been “embodied” over long periods of time or family history. It is a sort of reconciliation between other states of being that has to adjust.
How can speed the healing process up when receiving a healing? We can try to be open, trusting, loving to ourselves and others, gentle, patient and just speak it out loud or ask. “I am ready to receive the best possible outcome for healing now and always. Let it be. Please help. Thank you.” You can repeat this affirmation in prayer, meditation or just through thought. Repetition helps. Meditation and prayer also helps. You don’t really have to know why it works, but just believe that it does. The mind cannot fully grasp what is outside it in other states of being entirely. Accept that and know that there is an intelligence that is innate to you as a part of the Divine. It is Divine Intelligence and it created the miracle that you are. You can access this even without thought and understanding, simply by “being.”
You may also wonder, how can I know whether or not I am healed or not, especially if I fell asleep during the healing or felt nothing? Falling asleep is often a way that our consciousness deals with healing. Our brains and thoughts often get in the way, so instead we fall asleep. Even though we are asleep, our consciousness and soul knows what is going on and opens to the process more easily. Even if we saw visions and we fail to recall them afterwards, we still have this recorded in our being. They still effect us in deeper ways than memory alone may recollect. Some people, on the other hand, may have all kinds of visions and sensations during a healing session. They may also question if they are imagining things or what is real. The mind and subconscious states mostly work in terms of symbolism. The symbols that you see are a kind of language that is personal to you and work on deep levels. These symbols often have many layers of meaning and relevance in the present or may also be revealed in the future. Do not discount anything you see or feel. It is all part of the process of opening up and communicating on other levels of perception and existence. These are gifts and tools, helpers. Our spirit guides, angels and ancestors communicate with us in these ways. The more you acknowledge the communication, and the more you delve into it, the more it will develop in complex and personal ways. And the more you say YES to what you receive, the more the angels and guidance will come to you to give you more.
So in essence, all healing work is at a distance, but this distance is not relevant in terms of the facets of our being. We are made up of layers that interact as one- emotions, spirit, soul, physicality, mental thought, intuition. Most of those layers exist without time and space, at all. We feel another person empathetically even though we are not that other person. We can be standing in front of that person, yet in some way we are at a distance because we are not him or her. We can cry at a sad or touching TV program or feel deep love for someone at distance across the world— or may I add, even if that person has crossed over. Why? Because this is how human beings were created. It is part of who we are and how we exist. This is why healing works over long distances just as effectively as if it were “in person.” We all can do it, and healers utilize this fact and increase it though experience, talent, techniques, and help from the Divine, Nature, and our angels and guides.
Author: Gina O’Connor