I wrote to you not long ago about my desire to step back from my publishing company (Idyll Arbor) to spend more time on work related to We All Have Souls. I asked for your help finding someone to take over the company. I appreciate your suggestions and I’m pleased to announce that Idyll Arbor has found the person.
Beginning next year Lori Barnes will be the co-president of Idyll Arbor, Inc. Lori has worked for Idyll Arbor over the last ten years specializing in our Pine Winds Press and Issues Press imprints. She is ready to take on the added tasks of developing and marketing books for recreational therapists and activity professionals.
Over the next few years, I will continue working here as we complete this transition. Part of this transition will include the relocation of the publishing company to the state of Indiana where Lori currently lives, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
When that is done, my plans become much more fluid. I’m hoping to spend more time writing, teaching, and healing. Perhaps I’ll even be able to travel more, depending on how the changes in our world affect those possibilities. As I figure out more, I’ll let you know.
Our lives change all the time. In the shamanic world, the big changes are often seen as initiations. I think the little changes can be initiations, too. How we handle changes is the biggest part of how we feel about our lives and ourselves.
This discussion is about change in physical reality. So I
want to look at how we change when we take on the essences of earth, air, fire,
I know “we come into this life alone and we go out alone” is conventional wisdom for the kinds of practice we do. In some ways it seems obvious, but I saw it in a newsletter last week and said to myself, “That’s not really true!”
There are many practices that bring spirituality into your life. If you are trying them but they are not helping, one reason might be that you aren’t giving them the life force they need to become real. Let’s look at how to solve that issue.
The most important aspect of any practice is to bring in enough life force — made up of energy and inspiration — to do the practice effectively. We can’t get this life force from the world around us. With all the problems in the world, there just isn’t enough life force here. And what is here is full of negativity. What we need to do is reach deep into the shamanic lower world to find clean energy. Then we reach high into the upper world to find inspiration.
Yesterday I ran across a request for speakers from a group that does genealogical research. Normally I think that this really has nothing to do with my work. I do heal ancestral lines, but I don’t need to do the kind of careful research that most people interested in genealogy do.
My work is more like traveling back along the waves of trauma, finding the place that started the hurting, and reshaping the process to find wisdom from the hurt.
Of course, it’s not always a traumatic experience. About a month ago I had an encounter with an ancestor who wanted me to accept his bigotry as my own. I declined, but part of dealing with that wish was looking at why the ancestor felt the way he did and providing him with a less harmful perspective. Continue reading and add your comment →
People who practice conjure go to graveyards to retrieve soil from graves. They believe that as the bodies decay, they release their wisdom into the surrounding earth. Over time the wisdom spreads throughout the graveyard. A person’s wisdom is strongest near his or her grave. Taking the soil and honoring it on a practitioner’s altar is a way to tap into the wisdom.
A few years ago, Orion Foxwood, who follows conjure practice, told me that there seems to be less wisdom available in the newer graves. He suggested this might be caused by better coffins Continue reading and add your comment →
There are many ways to describe the divide in America — political, racial, economic. But most descriptions do not lead to solutions. I propose a way of looking at the divide that might help us come together again.
I suggest that the most important divide in America is the divide about sovereignty. Many still wish to be ruled by someone or something else, but more and more of us believe we have an absolute right to choose for ourselves. Personal sovereignty is important and healing. It’s the “absolute right” part that is causing problems.
This is part of a larger picture. There is a nearly universal consensus among people doing soul-related work: We are in a time of great change. The basic structure of our world will soon be different and humans need to change if they want to continue to exist. I agree with this. Continue reading and add your comment →
Relationships, sexuality, money and other forms of power — these are important wishes. If we achieve all of these, is it enough?
I’m pretty sure the answer is no. These are our Earth-bound wishes. We have them because we are in a body. Between physical lives we have a completely different experience. Wishes from there are also part of who we truly are. We need to meet those wishes to be whole.
This is part 5 of a healing I did. For more information about this kind of healing, please take a look the earlier post, “Curses of Slavery Overview.” In that post I describe the beings and concepts that were part of the healing and might be unfamiliar to you. If you start there, you’ll find links to the earlier parts of the healing.
The most important point is that we can’t fight evil in the present. We need to go back and clean up the past so the evil we are in dissolves. As this healing shows, dealing with evil in the past rescues lost souls and removes the curses that cause our battles today. When we remove past curses with love, we heal without causing more harm.
31 August 2017
Before I even sat down I was getting messages from Woman. We’ll go through them again as we talk to make sure of what I heard.
I put on my angel protections, even though I don’t think I’ll need them. I call my allies, especially Light Tangler, the psychopomps, and the Norns. They are here with me as I get ready to go back to Woman.
Tom: Rider, are we ready?
Rider: Seems that way. The call is really loud tonight.
Tom: Do you think we need the circle?
Rider: I don’t think so. We can come back and get it if we do.
Tom: Yeah, this all seems pretty clear tonight.