My Shamanic Journey at Sacred Grove Retreat, October 28, 2012
Many of us are facing personal challenges of all sorts during this time of tremendous transition on the planet. Mine recently has been a Trial by Fire Initiation into the realm of recognition. What I have come to realize is the true meaning of Carl Jung’s quote about meeting ourselves in others.
When you are a healer and experience a setback in your own health, an opportunity for self examination presents itself in full force. Light workers, especially, must diligently hold the same energies and encompass the same principles that we show others, and when we are out of alignment- in body, mind or spirit- the mirror of the Universe reflects what we need to do.
My recent cold put an abrupt stop to a very busy schedule that resulted in my being way out of alignment with my physical body. How many times does it take for me to realize that delicate balance between helping others and taking care of my own needs? Typical, I suppose, among those of us dedicated to helping others … yet this awareness does not assuage the tough lesson that finally drags me into the doctor’s office, humbled by the nagging cough (throat chakra discordance) and incessant symptoms that linger.
Three weeks ago, I inadvertently burned a hole in an alter cloth with incense during sacred ceremony, and soon after accidentally burned my face– like a strong acid peel– from the water in a cleansing bath soak. I instinctively knew that what was to come would be “in my face” and illuminating. What I didn’t realize then, but absolutely know now, is that I would be facing every criticism and judgement that I’ve ever cast upon others.
When we truly understand that the Universe sends back to us what we project, there is a light that shines on both the positive and the negative that we create. I grew up in a loving home, albeit with a very masculine critical voice. And, although I pride myself on not saying the outrageous degrading remarks that I heard as a child, my Trial by Fire shows me the many judgmental thoughts and comments I HAVE made… not only of others but, especially, toward myself! What an awakening to discover that I have, indeed, mirrored my critical parent unconsciously. And, whether we are aware of it or not, the throat engages what the mind perceives!
Every single comment that I have ever made about others has come back to show me that same quality in myself– in some degree, at some place and time in my life. The Fire of Illumination shows me there is absolutely NOTHING “out there” in the world that does not exist within me. I have heard this in all spiritual venues, but to truly know this truth is sobering. What we see in others is truly a mirror of ourselves!
And, yes. with awareness comes responsibility. Another inescapable truth that tests our knowing with our actions. My critical voice is softened now, caught mid-stream between the thought and ensuing word. With practice, the critical voice will dissipate altogether. And when gone, the mirror will reflect the full acceptance and unconditional love of Self and others on our path.
I can’t begin to count all of the phone calls that I’ve received in the past few weeks from powerful Light Workers who are experiencing tremendous energetic shifts in their bodies and consciousness. In the course of our conversations, I’m always reminded by Spirit that 2012 is prophesied as the Ascension, and, indeed, we are experiencing the growing pains associated with the huge energetic shifts occurring all over the planet.
The emotional body seems to be in havoc for many, as clearing is in the process of uncovering deep-seated emotions not only from our inner child subconscious, but also from karmic issues which are imbedded in our own DNA. Sometimes we cry for ourselves and those we love, and sometimes we feel deep emotions of loss and pain for the planet herself, as Gaia is certainly clearing in tandem with us. The outer really in the world accurately and painstakingly mirrors the inner turmoil we are facing.
“Going with the flow” is simply the best and only way to ride these tumultuous waves with any sort of sanity and success. Letting go of expectations and resistance to change seems a small price compared to the pain experienced with our control issues. And taking care of the body is now as important as taking care of our spiritual connection and mindfulness. The Body/Mind/Spirit balance is Key, as we have been guided so well for so long.
This is the time for us to “cowboy up,” as they say… and know that raising consciousness, as we must do in order to create the paradigm shift of Ascension, is going to engulf us with severe growing pains in any area where we are not in alignment with the Love and Joy energies of creation. Just as I know those who are experiencing great agony in life, so too are those who are enjoying a boon of wishes come true and dreams manifesting! Much IS of our own choosing, through our perspective and our own letting go.
If you are a Light Worker, make sure to spend time giving healing Light to yourself! Meditate and stay connected to Source throughout the day. Keep the flow of giving and acceptance for ease and grace during the difficult times of shift. And, above all, stay in gratitude of knowing everything is PERFECT in so far as our experiences of both joyful and difficult times.
Live and embrace the peace within, so that our world mirrors just that. When you find yourself out of balance, reel yourself back in, patch up the wounds as best you can, and keep moving with focus on the Light that resides in your heart and opens the door to raising us all… as we certainly are all in this together!
Namaste. Linda Carter Backes