Shamanic Realignment or the Telestic Method?

The Differences Between Shamanic Realignment and the Telestic Method

The other day, in a chat with a Swedish kalika, we touched upon the differences between the Telestic Method and Shamanic Realignment, and I thought it might be useful to cover this here.

The Telestic Method

The Telestic Method is also known as telestic shamanism, telestic inquiry or simply, Instruction by the Light. It is the method of the ancient Mystery Schools of Eleusis and The Levant, as recovered by the Gnostic scholar and shaman, John Lash. In this method, participants agree a theme, question or command to take to the Light, ingest a brew of psychoactive plants (psilocybe today) and address the Light while standing in a state of cognitive ecstasy – this is a full mind-body trance learning experience. It can take weeks to unpack the intel received in such as session.

Back then, participants (always invitees) would have had many years to prepare for the session and they would have been in the company of adepts, who were used to working together and were highly knowledgable in various fields of arts and sciences. They would also have been part of an established community, with servants to take care of the preparations and to ensure that everyone was as comfortable as possible. And they would have had plenty of time to debrief and rest after the session.

Today, we have neither time nor infrastructure in our favour; potential participants come together with minimal preparation, barely able to carve a few days out of their hectic lives and often with unrealistic expectations. Notwithstanding the challenges, the method has been proven. I have witnessed the Organic Light on many occasions, including several times in a group with John Lash and others, many of whom also witnessed the OL. These sessions have been extraordinary, overwhelmingly beautiful, intense and life-changing, but I have no appetite for more at this point in time. Why is that?

My response to the intense pressure of these times is to prioritize my energy and attention on what is actionable and what gives me the most pleasure. I feel the need to be as efficient as I can be in whatever I do and I also seek a balance between immediate, medium and long-term pleasure. (Pleasure gives you immunity, after all.) That said, it feels somewhat self-indulgent to go to the Light for instruction on a matter that I’m not in any position to act upon, just for the immediate pleasure of satisfying my intellectual curiosity. Plus, it’s evident that many potential participants are not healthy enough to witness the OL, at first attempt anyway. Encountering the Goddess can never be guaranteed in any circumstances and expectations add another level of challenge. Many neophytes will have something of a ‘healing experience’ regardless, as the ‘allies’ will draw their attention to what needs to be corrected, but it is impossible to give the necessary support to anyone having such an experience in a mixed and largely unfamiliar group. All things considered, I prefer to focus on something actionable and have something to show for my efforts. In the longer term that would give me more satisfaction and pleasure too.

There is one notable exception: should the necessity arise, with the right participants present, it would give me the greatest pleasure to participate in a telestic inquiry for the purpose of identifying a target for a ritual act of contra-violence.

Background to Shamanic Realignment

Shamanic Realignment is a method I’ve been developing over the past couple of years, that draws on my previous work as a healer and therapist and brings it into line with what I’m learning through Planetary Tantra, Gaian Alchemy and the lifestyle of a new-Euro aboriginal. I’m going to give a little personal background here, so you can see what has brought me to this point.

In 2003, I had an inexplicable psychic experience, in which a friend-of-a-friend, within moments of him dying in a car crash in South Africa, contacted me and gave me a message. The experience was so intense that it destroyed the foundation of the world I knew and resulted in me abandoning my career. At that time I held a senior position in a multi-national publishing corporation, with all the trimmings and I enjoyed the high-life, but the diamond-sharp intensity of that psychic experience turned it all to dust and I had to move on. I realized that I knew nothing about the real world and I was consumed by the desire to learn. Barely into my explorations, in 2005, I had a near death experience. I consider that to be my shamanic initiation and along with it came what are quaintly referred to as ‘healing abilities’. In my efforts to understand these ‘abilities’ I took a masters degree in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology and qualified as a kinesiologist. I practised as a therapist until we left England in 2012. I’ve witnessed hundreds of healings that are not explicable within the current paradigm of medical science: slipped discs moving back into place, tumours disappearing, scars disappearing, wounds healing, abscesses disappearing, spines straightening, arthritic limbs straightening, pain diminishing and many people coming off medications – all within minutes or a few weeks. By chance, I started work in Spain within two weeks of moving here, and experienced the same results. I was never foolish enough to think that I was causing these healings, and it didn’t work for everyone, but it was clear that I was deeply involved in the process in some way and I really needed to understand how what was going on.

I ‘discovered’ the Sophianic Narrative in the summer of 2013 and first met John Lash in the autumn of 2014. At that point I took a break from the healing work, primarily as the result of asking myself one simple question: what is going to do more good in the world, ‘healing’ 10,000 ordinary people or killing one psychopath? As it happens, this question was necessary to break me out of the limits of the Judeo-Christian mindset that puts service above pleasure. In opening up to the exploration of killing magic, the flip-side to healing magic, my desire to learn how this power works– what set me on this path in the first place – was rekindled and put into a better perspective.

Since 2015, I’ve guided at least eight shamanic realignment sessions, with varying degrees of success and no negative results. This is ‘serpent power’ by one description. I’m learning how to use it, for the pleasure of learning, and sharing what I’m learning for the pleasure of sharing. Any healing that might occur is a delightful proof of process for me, as well as a benefit to the individual concerned.  The process falls under the umbrella of Gaian Alchemy and will developed further within that framework.

The Shamanic Realignment Session

I use the term Shamanic Realignment rather than the more common, Shamanic Healing, as these sessions are not limited to healing. (I also have an aversion to new age ‘shamanic journeying’ and all that goes with it.) However, it has been my experience so far that if there is something to be healed the life force, or kundalini, will naturally move to address this problem first. The body needs to be sufficiently stable before you begin to explore power sharing and you can’t force it. I’ve only moved into power sharing in the last two sessions.

Shamanic realignment sessions are guided in small groups, probably no more than four. The guide needs to be competent in working with psilocybin and with his/her own senses, so that he/she can describe what is happening in the session as it occurs. The other participants MUST give the human guide permission to guide them before the session starts, or else the natural faculty of free will intervene and the session will lose focus. A general intention for the session must be agreed by all participants ie healing, or learning, but individuals can focus on their own health issues. I think a short ‘mantra’, such as ‘heal my kidney infection’ is helpful, to bring the mind into focus when it wanders. In the earlier sessions I had here, I sensed the presence of either Vajrayogini or Vudasi almost immediately, and now I invoke one of them from the outset. You literally invite the Aeonic Mother into your body.

With practice, the guide will be able to narrate what is happening, as it is happening, which helps to keep the other participants focused. For example: She is at the root chakra now, it feels slightly uncomfortable, keep breathing, the pressure is increasing – there it popped and now She’s moving onto the next chakra….keep breathing etc. (It is important to keep reminding the other participants to breathe, as they often hold their breath!) There can be some discomfort, especially in problem areas, there will be changes in temperature (internal and external), there might be dull pain, pressure, butterflies, squirmy feelings, but it is never severe. The kundalini moves from the root chakra upwards and each chakra is passed/cleared with a jolt or a popping sensation – you can’t miss it! The guide will have in his/her body an awareness of what the others are experiencing, even if the other participants are having different experiences. There will usually be five or six ‘waves’ in a session, with a short rest in between and it will last two to three hours.

I use the term shamanic because the session is conducted outside of ordinary consciousness, in the symbiotic mind; the ‘inability’ to heal a disease or condition is an illusion generated by the xenosh and maintained by the social mind. We are designed to be self-healing and I’m absolutely confident in saying this, because I’ve witnessed it hundreds of times – and I’m confident that many of you will be able to witness it too. This does not mean that anyone can heal from anything at any time, as there are other factors involved. However, the objective is to reconnect with the symbiotic mind, which in turn facilitates the correct use of the imagination, so that the body can heal instantly if possible and the healing work can also continue back in ordinary consciousness.  It helps you stop working against yourself.

Once the body is stable and able to hold the kundalini energy, it naturally wants to move outwards. And it requires a special kind of concentration to hold the kundalini in your body, while allowing it to expand at the same time. This is achieved by guiding participants to focus together on the same thing, either the fire or the crown of the tipi, for example – just to keep looking at the same thing without effort – concentration, not constipation. At the same time, to be aware of the sounds outside the tipi, especially the low hum, or purr of the Planetary Animal Mother. Sometimes it is helpful to synchronize breathing. Initially, this activity causes agitation outside, the dogs bark and get over-excited and keep running in and out. Holding concentration this way causes the temperature to drop and generates silence across the valley. I have the sense that this is extended protection, and with practice it can be called upon in ordinary consciousness.

Our sessions here are conducted in the tipi, which is perfect to contain the energy and to keep focus and concentration. I can’t imagine doing this in a city apartment.

Summary of Differences Between a Telestic Session and Shamanic Realignment

The main differences between Shamanic Realignment and the Telestic Method are as follows:

  • In the Telestic Method, the participants stretch outwards to the Plenary Sovereign Intelligence to address Her in ecstatic trance and seek answers to a question, or command Her in a specific task; in Shamanic Realignment, participants invite the PSI into their bodies, to correct a specific problem or to learn how to command Her power.
  • The Telestic Method is transpersonal in its aim; Shamanic Realignment is personal and more suitable for healing purposes etc..
  • The syntax for the Telestic Method must be pristine for it to work; in Shamanic Realignment an intention is necessary and the distillation of it emerges in pristine syntax AFTER the session.
  • The ‘dose’ used in the Telestic Method is around twice that as for a Shamanic Realignment.
  • The Telestic Method requires participants to stand upright and present their question/command on initial observation of the OL; in Shamanic Realignment, participants can sit or lie down, as physical comfort and relaxation is part of the process.
  • Telestic sessions must be conducted outside in nature; it’s better to hold a Shamanic Realignment session is an enclosed space, such as a tipi.

 

In remembrance of
Maria Sabina 1894-1985

The S-word is Sovereign

The sword in the stone

Around the first quarter moon, seven or eight nights into this Bhairavi/Shodashi double shift, I dreamt about the sword in the stone. It was more an observation than a dream, the sword in the stone with an image of the brain superimposed on it.

A few days after my dream, John presented the Jupiter timeline, shown here.

Jupiter timeline, JLL Sept 2017

 

Jupiter timeline with Silex, JLL Sept 2017

 

And a few days after, a seven year old girl found Excalibur in a lake in Cornwall.  Many of you will have picked this up. It doesn’t matter whether the sword really was Excalibur or not, what is significant is that the sword motif was being cued into the human imagination and not just the Europeans.

Cosmic cueing for Arthurian and Sikh legend

 

But what is the meaning of the sword in the stone/brain motif?

Cueing is a subtle function of the mirroring attention. As it dances and shimmers, it fires neurons and dendrites in your brain into sparking up new synapses and guides your perception so that you notice some things rather than others. When such a powerful image as the sword in the stone, embedded as it is in the human imagination, shows up in a dream and in the sky and literally on earth within the same timeframe, it is an irresistible call to investigate further. Especially as I’d also been given a tarot card, the Queen of Swords, in a dream six months previously. The second image, of the sword in the brain, was my starting point – what connects the two images?

I like to play with the three attentions to get my dopamine fix, so I looked up some images of the brain.

Brain limbic system

 

The first thing that caught my attention was a structure called the fornix. I’d never heard of it before.

“The term fornix comes from Latin and means “arch.” It is used to refer to various arch-like structures in the body, but when used in reference to the brain it indicates a bundle of white matter fibers that arches around the thalamus…..

……The diverse group of structures known as the limbic system is now thought to be involved in much more than emotion, and the fornix is still considered an important part of the limbic system. The fornix acts as the primary outgoing pathway from the hippocampus, and thus its most recognized function is its involvement in memory. The hippocampal projections that travel in the fornix are thought to be important for memory consolidation, and damage to the fornix has been associated with anterograde amnesia, which involves the inability to create new memories. Fornix damage is primarily linked to deficits in declarative memories, or memories for factual information—and especially episodic memories, which are a type of declarative memory that deals with autobiographical information.”

From:  https://www.neuroscientificallychallenged.com/blog/know-your-brain-fornix

The fornix is also known as the dream box, as it is said to be where your dreams come from. So this arched, vault-like structure, that brought to mind the outline of an anvil, links your experiences to your sense of self, through the faculties of memory and dreaming. Wow – what a hit!

(BTW: if that wasn’t enough, women also have a fornix near the cervix that is involved in orgasms.

According to the Constellations of Words, the word fornix is linked to fornax:

“The word broth (from *bhreue-) resembles the word brothel. Brothels were called fornices (hence fornication), i.e. ‘arches’, because prostitutes used to gather ‘under the arches’ of certain buildings of ancient Rome [3]. The word brothel comes from another *bhreu root: *bhreu– Also bhreue-. ‘To cut, break up’. Derivatives: brittle, brothel (from Old English breothan, to deteriorate, from Germanic *breuthan, to be broken up), bruise, frustule (the hard, siliceous bivalve shell of a diatom), frustum (the portion of a solid – normally a cone or pyramid – which lies between two parallel planes cutting the solid). [Pokorny 1. bhreu– 169, 2. bhreus– 171. Watkins]

The word brand from Old French brand, and Old Norse brandr, also meant a ‘sword, or sword-blade.’

“In alchemical terms, ‘the Philosopher’s Sword’ is the fire in the furnace”  [Penguin Symbols].

An athanor, or alchemists’ furnace, is an Arabic word ‘al-tannur‘, Hebrew tannur, related to Akkadian tinnuru, meaning a furnace or oven, usually shaped like an egg [4]. Built of brick or clay, it was designed to keep an even heat over long periods of time. The alchemists considered it an incubator and sometimes referred to it as the ‘House of the Chick.’ [5] The making of the Philosopher’s Stone (also referred to as the Philosopher’s Egg) requires the combination of the purest possible sulfur and the purest possible mercury, to be combined in the athanor [6].

Alchemists regarded the athanor, in which the process of transmutation took place, [as] an egg-shaped matrix, like the world itself, which is a gigantic egg, the Orphic egg which may be found at the base of all initiatory rites both in Egypt and in Greece. And just as Ruah Elohim, the Spirit of the Lord, floats upon the waters, so ought the spirit of the world, the spirit of life, to float above the waters of the athanor. The alchemist needed the skill to make this spirit his own.(GRIM p. 392) [Penguin Symbols]”

http://www.constellationsofwords.com/Constellations/Fornax.htm

And there is the link between the sword in the stone and the sword in the brain: in alchemical terms, ‘the Philosopher’s Sword’ is the fire in the fornix. The fornix is the biological structure that enables you to self-identify within the dreaming of the Wisdom Goddess, so that Her dream can come through you and the sky writing shows what is currently being fired up.  So far so good.

Thalamus, bridal chamber and cosmic egg

You will also notice that the structure below the fornix, the thalamus, is egg shaped. The walnut-sized thalamus is located right in the centre of the brain and is variously referred to as the cosmic egg, the bridal chamber and the gateway to consciousness. Its main function is to distribute incoming sensory information to appropriate regions of the cortex so that it can be actioned or stored. However, it also functions as a gatekeeper, only delivering information in accordance with your state of consciousness. In non-ordinary consciousness, such as in a telestic or shamanic trance or a full-body kundalini experience the thalamus is the dipole centre-point of the feminine/negatively charged pituitary gland via the ida channel and the masculine/positively charged pineal gland via the pingala channel. In these peak experiences the cortex is so flooded with information that it is often impossible to act on it, or even recognize it at the time. The fornix holds this content in memory, as part of your life experience and helps you process it in dreams so that you can express it later.

The thalamus doesn’t get much attention, as compared to the more popular pineal gland, but turns out to be quite mysterious. It was named by a Greek physician, Claudius Galen who lived from around 129AD to 210AD and went to Rome to revive the ideas of Hippocrates. He described and named the thalamus, meaning ‘bridal chamber’ from ‘thalamos’ meaning inner room. He considered that the thalamus supplied the ‘animal spirit’ to the optic nerves. The part that looks like the egg yolk is called the Massa Intermedia, but only 70-80% of the population have one and it is often smaller in men. It is a bundle of tissue that connects the two halves of the ‘thalamus walnut’ and is said to be functionless by medical science! Intermedia means connection across multiple channels and the thalamus is also a part of a flower.

The thalamus flower

Can you hear the bells?

Note also, the similarity between the Eye of Horus and the thalamus, with its yolk like Massa Intermedia.

The thalamus and the Eye of Horus

 

At this point in my research, my mind leapt to the second attention, the realm of imagination, so I decided to sleep on it. The next day was the 7th September, when Jupiter completed its seven month cycle and returned to the womb of the Virgin and Arcturus was high and bright in the sky. Perfect conditions for a shamanic realignment session to explore this topic in non-ordinary consciousness.

Shamanic Realignment of the Imagination

In the most general sense, a shamanic realignment session realigns your imagination with the imagination of the earth. You need an intention or topic to make the connections and in this instance I aimed to witness what was happening with the sword in the stone/brain motif. A shamanic realignment session differs from a telestic session in that you invite the Wisdom Goddess into your body, as opposed to going out to meet Her. The subject is more personal than for a telestic session and can focus on a healing issue or what might be termed, self-actualization or transmutation.

Before the session I made sure to get express permission from my two male companions, to guide the process – a crucial prerequisite. This time I was able to describe the activation of the ida and pingala as they snaked up my spine, crossing at the chakras, as it was happening. As soon as they passed they passed the throat chakra, the temperature dropped, the honeycomb lattice became visible and there was a low, subauditory hum around the tipi. Then all the dogs in the neighbourhood started barking and our dogs ploughed into the tipi, like hyper-excited children at a birthday party. It was immediately clear to me that this session was going to be hands-on learning.

The lesson was in concentration and how to speak so that the power of the Aeonic Mother is in the words. I told my companions that rather than being disturbed by the dogs, we were going to use our focus and concentration to silence the area and stop our dogs from entering the tipi. I guided them in holding focus and concentration and that’s what we did. We were able to repeat the process three times, so that we were all satisfied that the silence and non-disturbance was the result of our focus and concentration. The simply beautiful take-away from that lesson was that it really doesn’t take much effort to enforce your boundary and bring calm to your immediate vicinity. Don’t invite in what you don’t want. Boundaries are sacred to the Aeons.

But what does this have to do with the sword in the stone? There is always a flood of information that comes with these sessions, as new synaptic connections are made in the brain. The power of the word is given to all sovereign human animals but, in order to use it, you must recognize your own sovereignty. You can only recognize your sovereignty through your actions, when you rise to the challenge and grasp the sword with both hands – that is to speak the truth, intentionally and clearly, at the time that it matters.

I add the qualifier, ‘intentionally and clearly’ because mindless chatter and emotional outbursts, no matter how personally intense, do not wield Her power. Neither does logic without personal involvement, no matter how well expressed. It is only when you care deeply enough about something AND are able to maintain the presence of mind to be able to speak clearly in the moment, that the ida and pingala bring sufficient charge to the thalamus, and the ‘bridal chamber’ regenerates. Then you know you share the power of the Wisdom Goddess.

As Arcturus pointed to Jupiter in the womb of the Virgin, the legend of King Arthur was cued and called your attention to the question of sovereignty; were you born to be sovereign, to wield the supreme power of the Aeon Sophia, to co-create your experience with your words? Spelling only works when you hold the s-word.

 

“The highest desire of the gaian dakinis is that you command them with pleasure.”

Yolanda of Galicia, in completion with Shodashi, 2017

Addendum:

In researching my next post I came across this passage from John Lash:

“When Kundalini is raised from its dormant state, higher intelligence blossoms, and there are other effects as well. Gnostic sects such as the Ophites practiced the communal raising of Kundalini to produce an protective envelope against Archontic intrusion. In effect, they held Kundalini, the sexual-spiritual energy locked in the body structure, to be the main instrument of defense against the Archons. The Dialogue of the Savior, NHC III, 5 (85), contains this exchange:

Judas said, “Behold, The authorities (Archons) dwell above us, so it is they who will rule over us.”
The savior said, “It is you who will rule over them. But only when you rid yourselves of jealousy, and take on the protection of the Light, and enter the nymphion (bridal chamber).”

 

The savior-teacher is emphatic that we have power over the Archons, but he also makes it clear that some human failings impede the use of our power. The Greek word phthonos may be translated as “jealousy” or “envy.” Gnostics considered envy to be the signature of the Archons, as well as the key human failing that makes us vulnerable to their intrusion. “The protection of the Light” comes through activated Kundalini, often described as a lightning-like tide of electrified light that pours through the body. “Nymphion” is a code word for the ambient cell of psychophysical protection generated by high levels of Kundalini.”

https://www.metahistory.org/gnostique/archonfiles/AlienDreaming.php