“Sikar” and Tzolk’in: Mayan Sacred Tobacco and the Sacred Calendar

Thanks to the teachings of indigenous healers in the Americas, people are waking up to the sacredness of the tobacco plant. Many people associate sacred tobacco with the North American pipe ceremony or know of its role in Amazon shamanic traditions.

But many people don’t understand the role of sacred tobacco in the Mayan and Aztec creation story and history. The Maya were also part of this important indigenous ritual practice. Over time, they integrated a native “cigar” into some of their rituals. Today, the sacred use of cigars span traditions as widespread as the veneration of Maximón in Guatemala and the Santeria faith in the Caribbean. And the misunderstood Mayan sacred calendar or tzolk’in is woven into all aspects of Mayan life, including Mayan astrology.

Join Kirsten and Merissa Lovett for a webinar on Mayan Sacred Tobacco and the Sacred Calendar, Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26 from 11:30 AM – noon at Shamanic Earth Medicine.

On Day 1, Kirsten will offer examples throughout Mayan and Aztec history of the sacred role of tobacco. Sacred Tobacco is featured throughout Mesoamerican creation stories, in stones or temples, and as offerings in ceremonies today.

On Day 2, Merissa will introduce the Mayan sacred calendar, some traditional approaches to “keeping the days”, and an overview of Mayan astrology.

Anyone who signs up will receive a free gift and the replay of the webinar.

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Summer Solstice 2018 Newsletter

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.

Summer Solstice Newsletter

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Happy Summer Solstice!

IS TOBACCO REALLY AS BAD AS EVERYONE THINKS?

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

Ollantaytambo, Peru- rolling stream

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.

Paris, Seine River

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

#Shamanism Wish List

Ollantaytambo, Peru

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.