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Published By Gwenith Kikkawa on February 14th, 2005 in Circle Stories From The Heart
I am sure that many of you are aware of the tremendous change that our earth is undergoing. Times of change can also bring opportunities for growth. It is important to remember at this time that we are all connected to the web of life. We are the earth and the earth is us. When we breathe, the earth breathes. When we heal, the earth heals. I invite you to hold a vision of yourselves and the earth and all of it’s inhabitants as being in a divine state of balance and harmony.
My response to the tumultuous times we are in is to share with those of you who are interested teachings from Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins, a book and program by author and shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman.
I invite you to participate with our monthly circle here at the Edge, in your own homes. Through ritual, words and symbols, we will focus on deepening our connection with nature and our internal teachers to bring harmony and peace into our lives. We will learn how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute our negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy that comes forth from our emotions. We will learn how to work in cooperation with our helping spirits, the spirits of the land and own divine nature, to bring balance and harmony back to ourselves and the planet.
Each month you will receive an email with an invitation to practice Medicine for the Earth with us. If this is of no interest to you, please notify us and we will remove you from our email list. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about Medicine for the Earth, or any of the shamanic programs at the Edge. I encourage you to find a copy of the book Medicine for the Earth and do the exercises.
May the stillness of winter help you to hear the song that sings within your soul. Blessings. Martha Lucier
Medicine for the Earth – Session 1
Balance and Harmony
Can human conflict and disharmony cause natural disasters?
This question keeps surfacing as I notice the magnitude with which natural and human disasters are occurring. According to Sandra Ingerman “All ancient traditions teach that our inner state of consciousness is reflected back to us by our outer world.” Therefore, we can make change in the outer world, by focusing on our inner world. In the book Medicine for the Earth the author tells the story of a rainmaker who is invited to come to a Chinese village, to bring rain, for the village is experiencing drought. The rainmaker requests a cottage far from the village, and asks not to be disturbed. Three days later, rain and snow falls on the village. The rainmaker explains that he did not bring the rain. As he felt immediately infected by the imbalance of the village people upon arrival, he took refuge to balance himself, naturally balancing the outside world and it rained. It is time for us to tend to our relationships, emotions, and beliefs to bring balance and harmony back into our lives and at the same time into the world around us.
1. Set Intention: Create a sacred place for yourself away from distractions. In this place create an altar including a representation of each of the elements: fire, water, earth and air. Place sacred objects that connect you to the earth on the altar. Start by lighting a candle, while holding the intention that you wish to bring yourself into balance and harmony. Ask for a special intention for those affected by the Tsunami. Place names of people or situations you wish to receive this healing energy on the altar.
2. Connecting with Spirit: With your eyes closed imagine your favourite place in nature. In this place invite the elements, ancestors, Spirits of the land and nature spirits to join you and support you in your intention.
3. Simple Ritual: With you eyes closed ask what you need to learn about bringing yourself into balance and harmony, and how you can be of better service to the planet. Ask one of these beings if they have anything to share with you. Ask for something that will remind you of when you are out of balance or harmony, or a simple ritual you can do to bring yourself back into balance and harmony.
4. Remember that you have all that you need inside of you and you are a being of love and light.
“It’s not what we do, but who we become that changes the world.”
~ Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth