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 direct interaction with the Wisdom Goddess and the dreaming power of this land.
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 next to nothing about reality 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.
At the time of writing this post, I’ve guided nine shamanic realignment sessions, with varying degrees of success and no negative results. The healing power itself is ‘serpent power’ otherwise known as kundalini. I’m learning how to work with it and guide it and I’m sharing what I’m learning because it’s a very effective method for those who are called to work with psilocybin for healing and clearing.
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. (This is not to be confused with 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.
Shamanic realignment sessions are guided in small groups, probably no more than four. The guide needs to have some competency in another healing modality and also to be experienced in working with psilocybin and with his/her own senses, so that he/she can communicate what is happening in the session as it occurs. I regard the mushrooms as gatekeepers. They are not doing the healing or realignment, but they are opening the portals that lead you into specific areas of the dreaming mind of the Aeon Sophia where you can access the geometry that enables you to make new and healthy pathways in your mind-body system. The shamanic realignment realigns your senses and imagination with the imagination, or mind, of the Wisdom Goddess – where She holds the blueprints for Her magical children.
All participants MUST give the human guide express 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 also 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. Participants go into the session with the with the aim of inviting the Aeonic Mother, in Her serpentine form (ie life force) into the physical body and the guide describes where She is and what She’s doing as clearly and simply as possible.
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 sacral 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 often 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 two to four ‘waves’ in a session, with a short rest in between and it will last one to three hours.
The process is shamanic because the session is conducted outside of ordinary consciousness, in the symbiotic mind with the aid of entheogens; the ‘inability’ to heal a disease or condition is an illusion generated by the enemies of life 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.