The Awakening Path of a Female Shaman – My Body, My Sanctuary

mineby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
Last week I spend three days at a Community Building Forum, based on ZEGG principles. The work we did to learn a bit more about each other, and grow in understanding and compassion for another, collectively already opened up many wonderful doors. But there was also an amazing moment for my personal development, that I love sharing with you. I felt open to let the group know, that for 40years of my life I experiences “myself”, as again and again slightly floating above my body. You see, I never had the feeling of existing as a physical being only, rather a “something” trying to fit into a body. That lead to the development of so many of the gifts and strength, that I am sharing now in my work. And for many heavy years, to a feeling of disconnection and mistrust. Coming from a family background where I had to wideness physical abuse, without being violated myself, had made me cautious of the wide range of possible physical pain. When I was 30 I was lead to the beginning of my conscious shamanic path, and 14 years ago now – I tapped into the uniting world of Tantra.
With the support of body-work, inner child work, the liberation of my voice and redirection of my mind – toward peace between men and women – I released my personal past, the past of my family tree and found my most stable home ever – IN MY BODY.  14 years, 2 completed circles of renewal (7 years each) it took for me, to understand the teachings that I had received in details and energy, integrate this brand new mindset, relay everything to the past I had experienced, and apply the new found wisdom in my everyday life. So my actions are fit for the Golden Age of Aquarius. And what does all of this have to do with the forum, you might ask. Well, the forum gave me the chance to do what I do best, when I seek personal evolution. I sang.
Funny story is, when I channel desired strength, energetic qualities or simple my own soul – I don’t sing spiritual songs or Mantras, like most people do. I sing Country songs, Musical numbers and big Broadway shows…. Feel invited to laugh a little… ;-)…. I wanted the group to feel me, to feel by vibration – how I feel about life, my passion for sharing this planet in this moment – with an awakening collective, my gratitude and bliss – for finally resting so peacefully in my physical body, and allowing life to direct the path. To do so, I chose “The River” from Garth Brooks. And while the others watched and heard me singing a song, my mind claimed physical immortality. The right to consciously decide time and setting of “the death” of my physical body.

I will sail my vessel, till the river runs dry
like a bird upon the wind, this waters are my sky
I’ll never reach my destination, if I never try
so I will sail my vessel, till the river runs dryas

This is an excerpt from an article By Peggy Andreas, which beautifully explains the shamanic influenced ways and directions – I feel so blessed to have naturally been guided to. 
The Path of the Shaman heals the Body. The Body? Haven’t most of us been conditioned to believe that the Body is somehow inferior to the Spirit, to the Soul? America’s Elders—the Native Americans—have always taught that the Body, our personal connection of substance and spirit, is sacred. An ancient song of the Salish Women’s Society runs:

Who cannot love her Self cannot love anybody.
Who is ashamed of her body is ashamed of all life.
Who finds dirt and filth in her body is lost.
Who cannot respect the gifts given even before birth, can never respect anything fully.

A Shaman’s Path begins with her own Body and involves the generation, control, storage, channeling, exchange, and release of energy. Principles recently “discovered” by modern scientists have been known to Shamans since ancient times, for example: Entrainment (“If two rhythms are nearly the same and their sources are in close proximity, they will always lock up, fall into synchronicity.”; E=mc² – the interchangeability of energy and matter; and much more. A Shaman perceives the Body as a luminous cluster, a sacred act, a whirling act of power and beauty. Exploring the Body, one becomes a specialist in vibration, harmony, and balance. Curious to bridge other dimensions, the awareness reaches out like a lightning rod. When that awareness is illuminated, her own Body grounds the energy and releases it into the Earth so that it does no harm. Some scientific principles have not yet caught up with shamanistic knowledge, for instances, the principle of Gravity. A modern-day Shaman puts it this way, “The earth is calling to you. It has something for you. This great creature upon which we live wishes to give you its energy to empower your life.”
Westerners shun this gift. They call it GRAVITY and think it’s a force that wants to pull us down to the center of the earth. Instead, be like a tree, sinking roots down into the earth’s magnetism. Reach out with your branches and leaves for light and air from above!”. Acquiring shamanic power involves a kind of death/rebirth experience. It involves letting go of the self, eliminating habits that make up the personality, dispensing with the “self-dialogue,” getting out of the way and letting the universe do the talking. When the Shaman traditionally dies to herself, she is born into the larger community of the Tribe of the Cosmos as a representative of Earth. “Essentially, a woman’s spiritual way is dependent on the kind of power she possesses, the kind of Spirit to whom she is attached, and the tribe to which she belongs. She is required to follow the lead of the Spirits and to carry out the tasks assigned to her. Native American stories point to a serious event that results in the death of the protagonist, her visit to the Spirit realm from which she finally returns, transformed and powerful. After such events, she no longer belongs to her tribe or her family, but to the Spirit teacher who instructed her.shaman_spirit_feather_pic1Seeking the Body’s wisdom, a Shaman continually centers herself in her womb, her belly, or her solar plexus, NOT in her head. The lower center brings her to a better foundation from which to move. It also anchors her runaway thought processes and brings her to an alignment with the Body of the Earth. In order to use her own energy efficiently, the Shaman must become flexible, fluid. To do this, she must confront the blockages of fear stored in the Body. Her task is to melt the blocks of fear with the energy that she generates; indeed, the word “Shaman” literally means “to heat oneself.” Personal freedom comes from letting go and learning to trust in one’s Body to find its own vibration, balance and harmony.
It also has been said, that the first Shaman invented our human sexuality. A Shaman is a self-erotic being. In love with her own Body and with the Body of Earth. She heats herself, burning off the dross, centering herself in her own luminosity. She radiates well-being and self-confidence. Her leadership emerges out of a passion for life and is sustained by balance. 

Power is strength and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not the eyes of another. If a person has power, as women do, and she doesn’t use it, power will sit within her and have no place to focus. It is then that power becomes twisted and evil. It can turn against the person who has called it. 

If this need stays unnoticed a certain point, the psychical energy peaks almost unbearably. As met with a hostility or even abusive beahvior (as usually happens in a world that lacks understanding), the potential Shaman may turn the energy in on herself, or outwards, becoming hostile and abusive to others. Which would create even more harm This is not to say that an initiate cannot receive help. If she is sincere in her desire for healing, she will find the proper catalysts and midwives for birthing the Shaman in herself. In the ancient tribal ways, she could find an experienced Shaman in her own community to explain what was happening to her, and ease her way a bit. This older, wiser one would give her exercises that can train her to control the degree and timing of “opening the flower of her awareness.”
Tribal people believe that becoming a Shaman is a matter of destiny; and that if a destined person resists becoming a Shaman, she will become more and more entangled in her own problems. Modern-day Shamans have learned to grow from the mistakes that Shamans of the past have made. Keeping what works, they’ve thrown the rest away. They have let go of arrogance and embraced simplicity. They are not afraid to frolic and have fun. They have made a commitment to serve the life-force; and they draw their personal strength and unity from that commitment. End Excerpt73576ed0b062e4a30dfa9582d4036b6eMy dear sisters near and far in this world, I hope these words will inspire you to go out there and expend your curiosity about the advantages of a consciously chosen mental death. The Grace and Blessings of New Beginning ;-)!! I hope you feel encouraged and empowered to also dive deep into the amazing abilities the feminine body has to offer!! What the world needs now, are women who courageously respond to a crisis, embrace their own shamanic destiny and join us heal the collective emotional body of the human race.
We are the natural gateway between life and death, between the filling of the human vessel with divine spirit – and completely emptying it out again, and again, and again…. Tomorrow I will explain a bit, how to identify yourself as shamanic talented, when coming from a Western Culture. Don’t forget to reach out to your Spirit Guides, the Ascended Master Realms, the Nature Spirits or your Crystals, when ever you are in need for their support!! Keep breathing deeply that will make your world shift with more ease and grace!!

Love, Blessings an Light! Edith

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