After much debate with my guides I decided to take the Holy Fire Usui Master training this past April. I am still processing my experiences from that weekend that included so much deep heart healing. Since then I have made a conscious decision to work soley with this energy so that I can integrate this energy deeply into my being. Of course, my shamanism study and work is still very important to me so I have been doing a lot of drumming and holding ceremony. I recently was called to do a house clearing/blessing with a wonderful couple. I opened to spirit and called on all my guides as I drove to their place. When I arrived I set up a medicine wheel as I was directed by spirit. Then I blessed everyone in the house including myself with prayer and smudging. I had no plan ~ it just flowed. I placed a prayer braid that I made around my neck and asked spirit “why?” The reply was “It will be a sign. You will know.” Then I began to drum around the house. Ego stepped in and I started to think to myself “how am I going to make this look good? What if it doesn't work? I want to give them their money's worth”. I quickly pushed those thoughts away and called on Holy Fire energy. Everything went white. I smiled and thought, “I don't have to do anything. Spirit will take care of everything.” Then I began to sing! The song just flowed and it was beautiful! Up to this point I had not used my voice in my sessions or ceremonies! I walked around the house and found myself praying in certain places and singing in others. I broke out in goosebumps several times and continuously thanked spirit. I was guided to do a ceremony to release binds to the house. I had never done that before so I said “Ok, just tell me what to do.” Again the prayers flowed and then a sage ritual was performed. When I walked out of the room the prayer braid around my neck fell off. I said “Ohhhhh”. Spirit said “It is done. There is your sign.” The house felt airy and light and my clients had fallen asleep. I moved out into the backyard, did a tobacco ritual (another first) then rattled, smudged and prayed the exterior. As I was finishing the front of the house I felt a presence behind me. I turned to find a blue-ish colored pit bull with no collar in the driveway staring at me. I said “well, hello!” I quickly finished the smudge then turned to go to the fence. The pit bull was staring at me with such intensity but it had it's mouth open in a friendly grin. I felt a small pang of fear and the dog immediately stiffened and barked. I quickly let go of the fear, sent love and said “it's ok.” The beautiful dog relaxed and ran up onto the front lawn as I went to the backyard. I watched through the fence as the dog rolled around on his back, thoroughly enjoying the moment and connection with mother earth. The sun came out as I walked back to the second fence. I was gone only seconds when I went back to the fence to see the dog. It was gone. I checked the streets, the dog was no-where in sight. It wasn't until the next morning that I realized that pit bulls are fiercely protective of those they love. Therefore, the pit bull was a spirit animal coming to tell me as I was sealing up the exterior of the house that the space is protected. This was one of the most powerful and beautiful house clearing/blessing I have ever participated. All this magic came about by calling on the Holy Fire and completely surrendering myself to spirit. As soon as I realized that I don't have to do anything spirit gratefully took over. I remember to thank Great Spirit often.
I have been practicing shamanism and studying with shamans for seven years now and am amazed at how a teacher shows up right after I've made a huge shift in my own healing. Every time this happens my journeys take me to a new level, including the ability to journey without a drum. It was on one such journey that I was taught about energy and how powerful our thoughts are. I was laying on the floor of my son's “band” house. It was late and dark. I was staring at a spiral that the boys had painted on the ceiling above me when I began to drift into that dream like state between being awake and sleeping. The sounds below of the popular tourist destination of south street were muffled. Next thing I knew I was standing in the water at the edge of a large lake. I was gazing at the twilight sky above when I felt myself flying into space. My guides took me to a neutron star and I hovered in the space before it. I watched in utter amazement as the star spun hundreds of times per second. It was so bright but I could see it sparkle and spin. I felt the particles of the star blast through my body and I was in bliss! I stayed with this energy with no fear until nature called and I came back to my body. I was buzzing with energy when I came to and had to suddenly relieve myself. I thought “that's odd, I haven't had anything to drink for a while”. I was bummed that my journey cut off so suddenly. I had been in deep. I went to lay down and once again stared at the spiral the kids had painted. It wasn't long before I was in that in-between state and I found myself in the lake again! This time I was floating in the water and staring at the stars. I suddenly noticed out of the corner of my eye waves of energy flowing up. I sat up and was immediately surrounded by the most incredible sound I have ever heard! Everything was vibrating it's own vibration and it's own sound! It was so crazy loud but just like the energy of the star, I was able to experience it and absorb it without fear. I could hear a symphony of vibration and yet I could hear each individual note at the same time. The sound waves shooting up began to glow with color and shoot out into space. That is when my guides explained that mother earth and all her beings have the power and energy of that neutron star. They also said that our thoughts are included in this song and that mother earth's vibration changes and sends different sound waves through space depending on our thought messages. My guides asked me if I understood and I replied yes. The vision ended quickly and I came back to the bustling sounds of south street, pulsing with energy and grateful.
My name is Melissa Ameika and I am a Reiki Master Teacher, Shaman & Metaphysical Counselor living in the desert southwest.