If I were to tell you that there was activity that you could do that was not only fun, but would also bring you into a meditative state, put you in connection with you intuition, provide flow states and develop virtues in you such as patience, discipline, and a kindness for yourself AND would also boost your self esteem and feed your soul, would you believe me?
It sounds too good to be true, but the benefits of having a creative/Artistic practice, are that righteous and there are many more blessings to be bestowed.
If you carry the archetype of the artist then you know that the ordeals in your life are the food for your soul to eat, and that there is a soul-digestion process that happens, in a similarly metaphoric way to the digestion process of food. …
Learning to Listen to Your Intuition
Last week I spoke on a panel for World Mental Health day and one of the big topics was about ‘the Shadow’ that exists in the human psyche. Carl Jung defined ‘the Shadow’ self as the parts of us that we have banished, or deemed unacceptable.
As human beings, we are subject to the full spectrum of emotions and experiences, however, certain feelings and experiences in our culture are judged as being ‘wrong’ or ‘negative’, for instance, anger.
As a young girl growing up I wasn’t allowed to feel angry because it was ugly and unladylike, and no one liked an angry young girl. I learned to cast my anger into the shadow area of my psyche, where I thought it would cease to exist, but shadow parts of ourselves are still very much alive even when we banish them from our conscious. …
This week I was catching up on my podcasts and heard Tim Ferris Interview a Harvard Educated Ethnobotanist, and Joe Rogan interview a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University to talk about psychedelics and in both instances, neither of these ‘experts’ could answer the question of what a shaman really is.
Which brings me to why I am writing this article. As an initiated shamanic apprentice, Id like to clear things up!
A lot of people’s first introduction into the world of shamanism has been through the world of psychedelics, and while some shamans do use psychedelics, it is not their main role. …
Congratulations on Your Psychedelic Trip! The most important part of any Ayahuasca or magic mushroom trip is what comes after the ceremony.
Psyche comes from the Greek word for ‘Soul’ and ‘Delos’ which means ‘Clearing’.
Plant Medicine has been used since the dawn of man to Wipe our Souls Clean so we can Finally see through them into the contents of Spirit!
For some of you, this might be an initiation into your spiritual life, and that can be really frightening and new!
I totally Get it!
Thats why Im here writing this guide that I WISH I had when I had my first psychedelic experience. …
I was shown the movie ‘The Exorcist’ when I was much too young and it terrified me so thoroughly and for so long that when I was 10 years old and a friend pulled a Ouiji board out of her cupboard, I screamed at the top of my lungs and ran out of her house (forgetting my shoes) and all the way back home, up into my room, and falling immediately onto my knees to pray to Jesus to wash me clean of any evil cooties that the Ouiji board might have gotten on me.
When I told my mother why I left my shoes at my friends house and why I was not going back there to get them, she calmly assured me that ‘the Exorcist’ film was not real and that it was ‘just a movie’, ‘just a fake story that didn’t really happen’. I accepted this truth and moved on with my life because I knew that I had a gullible side to me; one time when I swallowed a watermelon seed, a classmate told me that a watermelon would grow inside me and explode therefore killing me. When I ran home to my mom she had to explain how plants need sunshine and dirt and other favourable environmental variables in which to grow, and that no watermelon would ever have chance at life inside my stomach, filled with powerful hydrochloric acid. A huge sigh of relief came over me. …
In 2014 I married a man who would call me the n-word regularly as a ‘joke’ because according to him, words only had the meaning you gave them and I needed to be ‘de-conditioned’ to the word.
This man was white, and I am bi-racial with a black South African father and a white German mother, and at the time I let him call me the n-word because I really did see myself as an n-word, as a worthless piece of human flesh.
I had been living with the idea that my life was worth nothing for as long as I could remember, and it wasn't until a life-altering Ayahuasca ceremony that sent me to the psych ward and initiated me into the shamanic practices of my Zulu Ancestors that I had the chance to re-evaluate the origins of this deep self-hatred (and divorce my husband). …