I was recently asked to attend an event celebrating and raising awarness for a much loved Biodynamic Garden close to where I live. In preparation for this event I was asked to do some work with the land.
I arrived with my drum and through this connected with the heart of the garden which is very strong. I was guided to offer a simple blessing to the land which I gladly did.(Blessings are very powerful and I will write more about this simple practice and effects soon) When this was done I saw a job that needed attention, the grass needed cutting and a lawnmower was ready waiting, this again I gladly did.
I enjoyed this balance of working in the non-physical reality and then the physical reality also. In my work with shamanism I work a lot in the non-physical reality and am looking more and more for practical ways to work in the physical finding ways to support all life.
Currently I am at the very begining stages of a project in Natural Beekeeping, not as a resource for honey but providing spaces for bees to inhabit so they are able to live naturaly and do what bees do. This will involve learning more, providing ways to educate about bees and their lives including a play is one idea, then inviting the bees to a land up above Dunkeld. So working in both physical and non physical realites brings a balance.
In Shamanic healing work with people this goes on too, the healing is worked in non physical reality then they are asked to bring this out into their own lives with practical tasks, bringing through their healing into everyday life where the changes can occur.
I am offering a “Introduction to Shamanic Ways” weekend on the 23rd/24th November 2018 where we will be finding answers to the question “how can this ancient practice of shamanism benifit my life now?” Full details on the workshop page www.oakenleaf.co.uk for booking please contact me.
I am just back from a amazing adventure on the Isle of Rhum here on the west coast of Scotland. There are many stories I will tell over time about the silence and power of the land or the wildlife I encounterd but those are for another day.
I camped at the edge of a sea lock sleeping with the bellowing roars of rutting Red Deer stags. Often my first view on waking was of Eider ducks or Mergansers as I greeted the day which started with a fire for warmth food and focus. Being on such powerful land and having no schedule and for that matter phone signal really helped me to become present.
On my third day a westerly storm was coming and torrential rain forcast as this force of nature built momentum the winds growing and rain arriving I watched my mind, “what if this happens, what if that happens, what if the tent blows away…?” it raced away on and on.
I then dropped down into my heart and my bodies story, I found I was really happy and content, and I mean really happy and content and I felt very connected. I chose to stay with this, and with confidence let my mind know all precautions have been made and all is well.
I enjoyed the storm in the night being on the land in all its wildness and woke to the peace of the next day and yes all was well. As I left Rhum I again saw a Golden Eagle soaring above and made a promise to bring this awareness and wisdom into my everyday life.
How can I make space each day, so I do not get caught up in a drama of my mind’s making and drop into my heart to a deeper and truer way of life?
On the 24th/25th November I am offering a “Introduction to Shamanic Ways” workshop, where we will explore the question of how can this ancient practice of shamanism help me in my everyday life? Shamanism as a practice takes us deeper within ourselves unlocking deeper truths for our lives and practical support . For more details and booking see workshop page on www.oakenleaf.co.uk or please contact me.
Welcome to Oakenleaf, the offering of our work here is a vision for all life and in this we include humanity, it is one of nature; to unlock our own unique nature and find the resouces to express this and to come home to ourselves as nature.
I do not underestimate the challenge presented in this as we live in a world that does not always support or value natures expression. Yet many of the challenges are as a result of this falling away from nature and we have created a society that lives in a unatural way with many stresses and strains as a result.
In my own journey this ongoing deepening of nature is one that has both enhanced and given me life. The practice of Shamanism offers a life affirming process that respects and upholds all life and offers oppurtunties to live in a more natural and harmonoius way thus enhancing our own wellbeing on all levels.
Oakenleaf is a expression of my own nature and a offering in service to life that goes on giving and teaching me so much. Shamanism has led me back to what I already knew but for many reasons was unable to trust and express, but now am able to do so.
If this work speaks to you and you feel the way I work can help you, do get involved, there will be regular blogs here, workshops, sacred activism events, as well as individual sessions.