I was recently inspired to create the Shamanic Compass Series recently with GAIA as my life experience has led me to be in inquiry around oneness, connection to nature and to the spirit realms.
When I was 12 years old, a family friend invited me to a First Nations pow wow in southern Ontario. Witnessing the power of this ceremony through prayer, dance, and song left me in absolute awe and profound inquiry around the ways of spirit. Since then I have been curious and studious into how other cultures pray, connect, and practice spirituality. I had the amazing experience of studying up north with First Nations women about sweat lodges and prayer circles. Years later, I found my way into the study of the medicine wheel of the Qero people of Peru. (thanks to Christine Selda and Mountain Shamanism).
Going through the medicine wheel and becoming a full Mesa carrier brought my yoga practice and teaching to another level of inquiry and depth. Connecting with the teaching of the animal totems and the directions has allowed to me to move from the personal to the collective consciousness in a way I have never felt before.
Weaving in yoga philosophy with the medicine wheel teachings over the past twenty years has allowed me to witness where my own work is- how to let it go, how to see the humility, humour and the joy in it all, and how to live life more from a place of unconditional love and trust in my journey.As we honour the 4 directions through ritual and prayer – seeds for daily transformation become available to us:
The South– How to let go and be a light carrier
The West – How to track our fears and transform them into courage
The North – How to call in our ancestors and live with Joy!
The East – To see from the eyes of our heart, to be a heart visionary
Mother Earth/Pachamama– To honour our earth mother, to take care of her and to witness her gifts each day
Sky/Moon/Stars/Spirit Guides– To trust we are not alone on this journey, to ask for guidance and support and in return to stay in balance on the path
The essence of yoga philosophy is oneness, and the core of Shamanism is pure connection with nature. Weaving in daily rituals and prayers from both of these ancient lineages has kept me inspired, connected and in deep inquiry around the mysteries of life.
Click here to read a recent article I wrote for GAIA on the ceremonial aspects of Smudging.
To preview the Shamanic Compass Yoga Series, click here.