Power Deck, Card #40 – Creativity
The pagoda pictured here is a symbol for the creative self. It is open to allow for the openness of mind that it takes to delve into the deepest part of your spirit and manifest the truth that you find there.
Standing at the Crossroads of Power and Choosing Wisely:
A Journey of Self-Discovery with the Goddesses of Antiquity
Through the Eyes of Shamanism
Online Course Series for 2014, A Lightning Flash Year
The year 2014 is all about taking your own power in the world, knowing what the power you are claiming is and why you are claiming it, and using it wisely. There is a new vision and a new paradigm calling to us that will not be denied. It is the vision of harmony and balance in the world. It is the vision of the return of the sacred feminine in harmony and balance with the sacred masculine so that the broken circle of life on Mother Earth can be healed and restored.
Shamanic healing is the oldest form of healing on earth, going back at least 50,000 years. It is a vast knowledge and wisdom that has grown from the observation, understanding and application of the life force the universe and the rhythms of life on Mother Earth as they have been nurtured and handed down in shamanic cultures in an unbroken chain. Shamanic healing is based on personal experience and developing the ability to access the world of spirit to bring back important information and wisdom appropriate to the dis-ease at hand. Shamanic healing grows from Mother Earth, herself, and it teaches us how to heal ourselves and our world, how to live in harmony and understanding with one another and with the world around us.
Shamanism teaches us the importance of honoring the spirit of everything that is, living a life of balance, and taking personal responsibility in our lives rather than standing in the role of victim. It is through applying this shamanic knowledge and wisdom that we heal ourselves and the First Mother, Mother Earth.
The goddess mythologies of the Ancient World reveal how intimately goddess societies knew and understood the human condition and the vital nature of our inter-relationship with the First Mother, how to live in harmony and balance with her and with one another. For many millenniums “before the common era” – some archeologists say since at least 7000 BCE, others say since at least 25,000 BCE, and my teacher, Shakkai, says since at least 40,000 years ago – our ancestors worshipped Mother Earth alongside shamanic cultures: the Great Goddess, the divine “creatress” of life who was powerful and compassionate, nurturing and intuitive, tending to all of life.
Through the mythologies of the goddesses in their original roles and their difficult journey through history, each told with its own specific point of view, you begin to experience in a profoundly personal way who you really are and what you can become. As you become aware of the differences between the compassionate and nurturing teachings of the goddess and the judgmental conditioning of the reign of the single male deity or the pantheon of male deities that have drawn us into an ever-deepening well of separation and strife over the past 5000 years, you begin to understand in an entirely new way just how much we have lost as a people, men and women alike, and how against your own original nature this way of knowing life really is. When you become aware of the totality of the influences upon you, you gain the power of the wisdom this knowledge provides and your way of seeing and knowing life changes.
In the shaman world, as in the teachings of the goddesses of antiquity, the harmony and balance of the opposite energies of the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine is paramount. Life flourishes only where there is a balance of the intuitive, nurturing and receptive energy of the sacred feminine and the outward, goal-oriented energy of the sacred masculine. Under the patriarchy, the world has become bereft of sacred feminine energy, its and wisdom and its vision, and we are starved for any sense of connection and sacredness. We shut ourselves away from the natural world and the beauty and celebration of our differences, and then we ache for a sense of belonging.
This series of Online Courses is dedicated to reversing this way of experiencing life as you rediscover your sacred goddess consciousness. As Merlin Stone says: “In the beginning, people prayed to the Creatress of Life, the Mistress of Heaven. At the very dawn of religion, God was a woman. Do you remember?” We have moved far away from our instinctual natures, yet deep inside each of us is a longing for the wilderness of the spirit and the power of other worlds that is born of the goddess. We know we have this magical power, and this series of Online Courses is about reawakening and reclaiming that power.
- You will stand at the center of the sacred wheel with the Sisterhood of the Shields and with Hecate, the Goddess of the Crossroads, and Ariadne, the Goddess of the Labyrinth where all paths lead to the center, as you explore the goddess wisdom of each of the four directions through your shaman eyes, following looping path of the labyrinth back to a new understanding of your own center of love, life, truth and power.
- In each direction, you will create a mask of power, the face of the shaman goddess or god you are in that direction. The creation of sacred art is a way of taking what is intangible within us that we so often don’t know how to access and bringing it into the physical dimension so that we can see it, hold it and open ourselves to an epiphany of understanding. Each work is an expression of the essence of spiritual awakening on your journey towards healing and enlightenment.
- As you place these masks on your altar, you remember who you are. You ignite the sacred fires of alchemy, the fire in your belly.
Online Course 1:
Shamans, Goddesses and the Wisdom Keepers of the Inner Fire: Discovering the Face of the Earth Goddess of Your Consciousness.
February 20 – March 19, 2014. Registering is Now Closed
Online Course 2:
Love, Grief and the Alchemy of Transformation:
May 1 – May 28, 2014. Course will register around March 25th.
Online Course 3:
Athena, Artemis and the Shaman’s Search for Wisdom:
July 24 – August 20, 2014. Course will register around June 15th.
Online Course 4:
Mary Magdaline and the Hero’s Journey Towards Enlightenment:
October 23 – November 19, 2014. Course will register around September 15th.
Please join me on a most satisfying and enlightening journey of self-discovery!
In love and spirit,
|“You can join this Series at any time during the year. Each Course is designed to be complete in its own teachings.”|
The power of your intent leads you around the sacred wheel of endeavor. Begin today with trust and innocence in the early hours. Imagine a quiet pond, and see the reflection of your true self. At noon take a moment to close your eyes and dream. Image the transformation that this day offers you. Seek the strength and wisdom, through your ability to love, to bring this transformation into action and into the words you speak. At night give thanks for the illumination you have found. Know that the form of your intent leads you to the power of transformation.
Definition of the Card: The painting is entitled Transformation. The pond represents the serenity of your unconscious mind and the rebirth of awareness in the west. The steps in the north of the painting lead to a sacred place of prayer and worship of the Great Spirit. Find a sacred sanctuary within the universe of your soul. The lotus blossoms represent your transformation beginning to bloom, and the doves of peace take the messages in your heart to the Great Spirit.
The term “shaman” comes from the Tungusic language of Siberia and is used for those priests and priestesses who know how to use energy to heal dis-ease and divine the hidden magic of the universe toward a higher purpose in life. Shamanism is a spirit-based way of knowing the Great Spirit and knowing life that has been followed by people across the world and throughout time.
There are many ways in the world and many paths. The important thing to remember is that we are of this time and of this soil. My role in life and my purpose in bringing you this ONLINE ACADEMY FOR SHAMANIC LEARNING is to provide a bridge between the ancient shamanic teachings of my teachers, the Sisterhood of the Shields, and those of you who are seeking higher knowledge along the shaman’s path, walking with one foot in the world of the physical and one foot in the world of spirit.