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ISM Winter Newsletter 2018

Happy Winter Solstice to you all and may you have a wonder-filled and prosperous New Year!

From a shamanistic perspective, knowing our needs and caring for them
fosters a firm foundation of self-healing and self-growth leading to
more autonomy and evolution. At this time of the holidays many
perspectives, opinions, expectations and traditions come into the
forefront as we celebrate and gather together with friends, colleagues
and family. We also may choose not to celebrate at all. The wheel above
is a tool to ensure that you are aware of your own needs and that you
are caring for them during the holiday season. Ideally it is also a tool
for having awareness of other people’s needs. 

Ultimately
if you are caring for your own internal needs it is easier to deal with
the needs and “wants” of others so you don’t betray yourself or let
yourself down. Making boundaries and decisions that have care for you is
necessary. Family, friends and colleagues may not be happy with your
decisions but if you communicate your truth with compassion you give
others a chance to see your truth and hold space for it. The key is know
what your needs are! This wheel can assist you in doing this.

The
center of the wheel is the key to the self-care. Safety creates your
ability to be comfortable and secure in a particular environment. Inner
safety allows you to decide if the environment or situation you enter
into will support you or if you need to create some additional support.
Outer safety allows you to look objectively at the people and
environment you might enter and decide whether it is good for you on a
particular day rather than just doing it because you “should”.

Hunger
is such a great word. As a primal need it is about eating food that
nurtures you and makes you hum and feel alive on the inside before
during and after eating it. It is also about having access to nurturing
food. Hunger can also be understood as having a strong desire for
something that would make you feel good on the inside and then making
sure you are able to engage it, receive it, and take in that good
feeling.  

Thirst
is about making sure you take in the amount of water that fosters good
health. Most people don’t drink enough fluids in a day and water is an
important component of aliveness and balance since we are 60 percent
water. Thirst can also be understood as what happens when we salivate in
anticipation of something – whether it is something like food or
something that we have a deep heart’s desire for and can physically
imagine happening.

Shelter
is having protection from the elements and a safe and consistent place
to be. Shelter is also about having an inner sanctuary and a place to be
OK within yourself. It is about knowing you are your own best friend
and that you will be alright in the event of any storms – either
internal or external.

Pleasure
is not generally considered in our world to be a basic need, but in
shamanism it is extremely important to know what gives you pleasure. It
is important to regularly choose what gives you pleasure and “feed”
yourself by engaging the pleasure and allow the feeling of heightened
positivity from your engagement with it. You know something is a
pleasure for you because it feels good when you think about it, when you
do it, and when you engage the memories of it. Pleasure needs to be
cultivated on a daily basis and become a daily practice.

If
these 5 aspects have a good balance (not a perfect one!) then it is
easier to engage the outside of the wheel and have success. When you are
not meeting these centre needs, the result is pain and suffering and
feeling uncomfortable in your body, your mind, and your spirit
connection. The outer wheel leads you into the energies of discovery,
touch, love (as in self-love first), cognition (as learning),
self-awareness, self-esteem, self-actualization and self-transcendence.
They will strengthen as you re-balance the inner wheel. 

The Assignment

Safety

What
parts of your life are in a constant state of safety and really don’t
need your attention? Make a list of those things and thank yourself
lovingly that these parts of your life are handled. What parts of your
outer life or your inner life don’t feel safe? Acknowledge these issues
by writing them down on separate small pieces of paper and thank
yourself for your honesty. 

Hunger

What
parts of your life are in a state of care where you are “feeding”
yourself with what you need including food and self-care. Lovingly thank
yourself for each way you are doing your self-care. Acknowledge the
places where you are not giving yourself the things you hunger for
food-wise and life-wise and write each one down on separate small pieces
of paper and thank yourself for your honesty. 

Thirst 

What
parts of your life do you ensure you engage in things that you thirst
for whether it be fluids or the deep hearts desire for what nurtures
you? Do you drink enough fluids that support your body? Do you give your
heart space deep replenishment? Lovingly thank yourself for each way
you are doing your replenishment. Acknowledge the places where you are
not giving yourself the things you thirst for and desire deeply in your
heart and write each one down on separate small pieces of paper and
thank yourself for your honesty. 

Shelter

What
parts of your life provide you with shelter physically as well as
internally? Do you belong to groups or clubs or hang out with like
minded people? How is your inner sanctuary? Lovingly thank yourself for
each way you are doing this sheltering aspect. Acknowledge the places
where you are not giving yourself the things you consistently need
whether it is people or family you could gather together with or even
caring for your inner needs and inner support. Write each one down on
separate small pieces of paper and thank yourself for your
honesty. 

Pleasure

What
actions give you pleasure? Do you give yourself daily pleasures and let
yourself feel it? Lovingly thank yourself for each way you are doing or
engaging in pleasure. Acknowledge the places where you are not taking
the time to do the pleasurable actions. Write each one down on separate
small pieces of paper and thank yourself for your honesty. 

Put
whatever you have written down in a bowl and place it on a simple altar
or add it to an altar you have already created. On a daily basis pick
one out of the bowl and live your day through that energy giving and
providing yourself with that energy.

Over
the holidays be a kind friend to yourself saying yes when it truly
works for you and when you have the willingness to negotiate the
arrangements and agreements so you can participate in the holidays in a
good way.

Happy Solstice! 

FREE E-BOOK:

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as a free gift! It gives information on the workings of the Sacred
Medicine Wheel and contains an exercise for re-balancing your emotions,
your body, your mind, and your spirit. Download it at www.shamanicmedicine.ca

BODY POWER PROGRAM

The
BodyPower Program is a form of intensive breath work that allows for
progressive relaxation of your habitual physical holding patterns that
block your ability to be physically fluid, responsive and energetic.
This also allows you more flexibility in how you live, take on
challenges and meet new exciting opportunities. BodyPower uses breathing
techniques, nervous system stimulation and vibration to open new
pathways of energy and power and offers more pleasure and freedom in
your physical body know as “the return of body joy”. This kind of
de-armouring process restores the body back to its original form before
the habitual body patterns and body defences took hold. There are a
total of 16 sessions done in a 1 to 1 format. Total cost is $1760.00
including tax. Sessions may be booked one at a time or in blocks.
Email info@shamanicmedicine.ca for more info.

SHAMANIC CONSULTATIONS

Gael
Crystal Light Warrior is the co-founder of the Institute of Shamanic
Medicine. Throughout her 25 years experience as a shamanic teacher and
worldwide speaker, she has developed and facilitated numerous shamanic
programs. In addition to currently teaching the Shamanic Coaching and
Training Program, she also offers shamanic coaching sessions for
individuals and couples. If you need a different perspective on your
life and where your journey is guiding you email info@shamanicmedicine.ca for more information. These sessions can be done online or in person at the locations she travels to.

BOOK OF LIFE READINGS

Book
of Life Readings are done using the Mayan Tarot deck. These oracles
provide an optimum medium for you to get a really comprehensive look at
the coming year, what needs a little extra focus and attention, where
you are headed, and how you can best get there. Book of Life Readings
can be done in person whenever we are in Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver
and also at the retreat centre on Salt Spring Island or via SKYPE.

 Upcoming Programs

Online Programs
Women’s Power, Women’s Wombs:
Begins March 2019
More Information Below

4 Gateways Program: Begins February 2019
More Information Below


4 Gateways Program

“Discover Your Sacred Medicine Within”

– Discover your sacred medicine pathway

– Explore the gifts that help you to walk your pathway

– Find your giveaways to life and others

There
will also be ceremonies for finding and enriching your own sacred
medicine as well as three individual consultations with one of the
facilitators.

Begins February 2019

Visit our website for more information & email info@shamanicmedicine.ca for dates & info.

See our Facebook page for discounts on our online programs.


Women’s Power, Women’s Wombs

“Explore the Inexplicable Power of the Feminine”

– Access the keys to the sacred feminine

– Find the proper use of your own inner power and life force

– Develop your inner & outer authority

There
will be 12 group classes in a sacred circle of women. There will also
be women’s power ceremonies as well as two individual consultations with
one of the facilitators. 

Begins March 2019

Visit Our Website for More Information & email info@shamanicmedicine.ca for dates & info.

See our Facebook page for discounts on our online programs.
 


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