Why Connecting With The Sacred Tobacco Plant Spirit is Important:
On this Summer Solstice 2018, I would like to share my newsletter with you and tell you why connecting with the Sacred Tobacco Plant Spirit is important.
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Happy Summer Solstice!
Many of us see tobacco use as a “nasty habit” or as a harmful addiction. And with good reason. According to the US Government website Tobacco Free, more than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking. Smokers die 13 years before non-smokers. It’s the leading cause of illnesses that could be prevented by lifestyle changes.
But what if tobacco is really a sacred and powerful plant teacher that we have deeply misunderstood?
Even a habitual smoker can begin to transform the relationship he or she has to this teacher plant, by integrating a simple prayer practice into daily or routine tobacco use.
I’ll be giving you more tips just like this in my upcoming webinar series:
4 Power Plants You May Take For Granted: How to Respect Your Relationship to Coffee, Tea, Tobacco, and Chocolate
11:30- noon EST from Monday to Wednesday 3/19-3/22.
Did you know cacao, coffee, tobacco, and tea are sacred plants, each used in ceremony by their parent cultures? In this free 4 day webinar series, Kirsten and Merissa Lovett will explore these teaching or “power” plants, their potential to create addiction when misused, and their healing power to transform addiction when related to in a respectful way. Each session is 30 minutes long, and anyone who registers here will receive a sacred practice to work with each plant.
Learn how to:
Recognize power plants as channels for spiritual work
Understand why their addictive potential is a symptom of misuse of their power
Use each plant in a healthy way
Understand how traditional cultures worked with the plant
Build a spiritual connection to each plant
Start the solar year with a better relationship with these powerful plant helpers.
Nature has its own consciousness. This is one of the things I’ve learned from traveling to sacred sites. For a long time, I thought I had to go to these faraway places to experience the refined energy, but I was wrong. It is possible to cultivate a relationship with nature in your own backyard or neighborhood.
I’ve always been drawn to places with water. Many people enjoy the relaxing qualities of the beach or lakes, so that is a given. On a psychic communication level, I have found that nature spirits will communicate if there is a sacred water source nearby.
It is no coincidence that on my past travels, the first place I remember seeing was a body of water. When I first arrived in Paris, I walked to the Seine River. The first picture I took in Peru was the Pacific Ocean. At home, I walk daily to a freshwater pond where many animals and plants.
When they say water is life, this is more than just words. Water has its own spiritual essence, thousands of years of people worshipping it, medicine men and women tending to it not only as a physical life giving essence, but a spiritual being.
#sacredwater #sacredsites #nature
I want to live in a society that rewards people for being good to the water, air, land and animals and people.
I want to live in a society where equal rights for all is rewarded, and shaming or ostracizing others is criminal behavior.
I want to live in a society where people frequently talk about the other realities that shamans experience. For example: What do you see in the Ukhupacha (lower world), Kaypacha (middle world), Hananpacha (upper world)? How do I know which is which? What does this mean? Who is helping right now so I can thank them?
I would like to live in a world where shamanism is respected very deeply–perhaps because it’s tens of thousands of years old and is effective when done properly.
I would like to live in a world that has respected and researched standards for shamanism so that everyone has the right teacher and learning program for them.
I would like to live in a society where I am financially and socially rewarded for all the unseen, energetic, shamanic or esoteric hurdles I’ve had to overcome since I was born.
I’d also like to live in a society that has other people like me who have overcome a great deal and who are positive and healthy. Perhaps we can all learn from each other.
You may sense that something is out of balance and it isn’t just climate change. We are poisoning the Earth to such an extent that we are poisoning ourselves. Instead of feeling helpless about this situation, we as people must renew our relationship with the Earth in a healthy positive way. Like any healthy relationship, it starts with listening.
Learning how to listen to Nature can be challenging in a society that doesn’t teach us how to do so. Even if we do listen to Nature, sometimes it can be a challenge applying the knowledge. I serve as a catalyst helping my clients with shamanic guidance from Nature. Here’s an inside look at one client’s experience. (Her name is Ellie.)
Ellie has a growing tarot and shamanism business. She has tarot clients but wants to start to integrate more shamanism into her business. She is extremely skilled and talented in both areas. She has been initiated into the Q’ero (Peru) Pampamisayoq tradition and is a misa carrier, so she has received the blessing of this indigenous tradition to be a shamanic healer. While Ellie has confronted some obstacles about using her shamanic gifts, she regularly performs shamanic journeying and taught a workshop in this area. She also has an interest in sacred sites and held a ceremony and workshop about relating to sacred sites.
I asked Ellie what were some of things she was looking for in regards to our session. I also asked if there were any obstacles and what kinds of things would she want to talk about for an effective session?
Ellie: I have been working with the San Pedro Cactus [plant spirit] and dreams and would love to share these with you for feedback. Also, I am working on connecting with the Bayou (a local power spot) and connecting with Spanish Needles as plant spirit healing. I feel that I am trying to integrate something new into my tarot offerings but can’t tell what it is. I feel blocked or like I am waiting. I also am not sure how to move forward with my tarot work with others. Others have asked for some shamanic work and I would love to offer some things. But it is hard to center. My other issue is that I have felt called to learn or do some ancestral healing, but am confused about this as well. If I could understand the messages I receive from nature and from dreams/journeys as well as my joy in doing the workshop, I would feel better about taking my next step.
Ellie started to talk about how she felt about the Journeying workshop, what she liked and didn’t like as much. As she spoke, I received a message from the guides:
The guides said, “Zero in on the Shamanic Journeying workshop, especially what it was about the workshop that was the most joyful for you.” This relates to what client will do with bringing in shamanism to what she offers in her business.
Ellie liked that she had a system for journeying. She doesn’t want to do that as a service for clients, but there are aspects of it that were interesting. I let her know that she can be confident in the knowledge she taught a journeying class and this will also help with healing her wound.
At this point in the reading, I contacted the stones and Misa spirits to give her guidance. Ellie told me about a dream where she was walking the streets of Cusco. She saw Incan walls and touched them as she did when she was in Peru. Ellie asked Huachuma (San Pedro Plant Spirit) what she needed to do to center and pull down the imaginary into the practical. The answer was shamanic healing. As she was telling me this I said, “Verdad” –that is the truth.
I received a message:
Most important aspect of this dream is walking the streets of Cusco & touching the stones of Cusco. This is a circuit, like someone taking a plug, and plugging it into the wall. She plugs into the Misa, contacts the stones & Huachuma (Plant Spirit). The Misa plugs her into the ancestral wisdom hidden within the walls of Cusco. I mentioned the ceques are like the spokes of a wheel to get to the center. This relates to her future healing of clients.
One possibility is that when she journeys with a client, doing shamanic healing for them, contacting her Misa & Huachuma, she will plug in directly to the Apus and Cusco ceques (i.e. Plaza de las Armas). I had a vision of Ellie looking at her Misa, praying to Huachuma, using her dream as a template of energy so that she knows she’s there when she journeys. I think she can use her connection to the portal energies of Cusco for shamanic healing.
Her message is: Go ahead and do this, you are ready to start shamanic healing. Here is a suggestion and she has blessings and encouragement from Huachuma and the Misa to go ahead and start. She is ready to heal by journeying.
She can also do ancestral work, but work on herself first. But she will be able to do ancestral work on others very soon. She can do shamanic healing right now. She can do the nuts and bolts of it right now. (My hands motioned as if making adjustments). Go ahead and start, you have their blessing. Start the baby step process. I heard a message that I should tell her to draw or write that she is a shamanic healer and place on her wall.
Ellie asked: Can she do the same protocol for her own healing?
Start with lower world journey and middle world journeys. Soon after, she will be dealing in the upper world. Build lower and middle world first and then upper world. She can start to practice shamanic journeying, like practicing using a muscle, building strength using incremental steps. Journey for yourself first, consider that practice. Then you can start. You can still work on yourself while you are working with other people.
When Ellie is out walking and interacting with nature spirits, she leaves an offering, dialogues with them and asks them to bring energy into her third chakra. At Place A, her telepathy feels jammed up a little.
Message from Pine and Oak trees: There is lots of chaotic energy at Place A because of traffic. There is a small amount of personal energy interference from her, but in comparison to the chaotic energy at this place, she is experiencing empathic distortion from traffic.
I asked her to compare the energies at three different locations where she interacts with nature spirits: Place A, B & C. No distortion chatter at Place C, some distortion chatter at Place B, a lot of distortion chatter at Place A. Ellie told me that between the three places, that Place C was the most peaceful in terms of energy.
She is empathically receiving communication from the land both about the unhappy energy and happy energy. It’s harder to tap into the peace of a place when the place has its own chaotic unhappiness. This doesn’t change the fact that she still has a positive and powerful connection with the land and water!
I’m offering free fifteen minute consultations to people who want improve their relationship with nature. You can contact me at email@example.com.