The other day I was alone with the animals on the land. My mind was racing as I sat with the wolf dogs outside in the sun. It was the first time since I burned my hand in the fire over a month ago that I was not practicing being in the moment. Then the trees shouted to me “Look up! Look at where you are!” My eyes gazed across the valley swarming with trees, green fields and the snow covered mountains in the background. I could hear the river in the distance. “Your dream came true.” Everything became still, the sun burned into my face as the cool breeze gently touched me. I became more present and was able to drop back into that pure moment of peace and oneness. No thoughts just beingness.
Being in the present. It is a feeling I have enjoyed before and it doesn't only happen in the forest! This has happened to me while in the midst of people and activity in a major east coast city where everyone is stacked on top of each other. No matter where we are living or what circumstances we are experiencing we can reach this blissful state by practicing mind-fullness in every moment.
Living in nature requires co-operation with the land and maintaining balance. In reality this is true no matter where you are living. Living with mind-fullness means to pay attention to what you are doing. To not let your mind run amok. Mind-fullness means giving your “whole” self, physical/mental/spiritual, into the task at hand whether it is chopping wood, playing with a child, having a conversation, working, creating, etc. It is then when you drop into “the zone” and become fully present and aware. These experiences of being truly present is where you find the magic in life. These moments of awareness and being present allows us to hear the trees, plants and animals speaking to us. To notice the sparkle in someone's eyes as we speak to them. To experience joy in whatever we are doing or enabling us to recognize when something we are doing is no longer working. To recognize that spirit speaks to us in many ways: through animals, our intuition, a song suddenly comes up on the radio with an answer to a question or a sun-beam shining on our face when we are feeling sad. A boom of thunder when our minds are racing out of control. The possibilities for magic are endless. We just need to be mindful in everything we do and the rest will follow. The more we practice this the easier it becomes and the more often we can reach these states of true oneness, connection and peace.
Take this time of great shifting and change to practice mind-fullness. Give your full attention to whatever you are doing or feeling. If your mind strays or you become distracted pull yourself back to the moment. Stay present in everything you do and you will receive the answers you seek.
Prayers for the rising consciousness of Planet Earth and ALL her sacred beings.
When I arrived in Canada 36 days ago COVID-19 was just entering other countries. My dreams over the following week were dark in nature despite my initial bliss of being in the forest. In my dream life I encountered many battles between dark psychic energies and myself. In each of these dreams I was unable to do anything because of my fear. As the dream progressed something would remind me “You've got this, you're a shaman.” At that point I would lose my fear and start preparing and saying prayers then I would wake up. I analyzed the dreams and was not able to find any significance that made sense to me. I am safe, all is well. The meaning of those dreams wouldn't become apparent to me until a little over a week later when the pandemic was announced.
A few days before the announcement I was practicing building a fire in the wood burning stove so I could move into the little 8'x12' and have my own space. My friend was teaching me how to put a large log in the stove so I could stay warm all night. My fear of the fire was so intense that I lost my courage and focus and burned the shit out of my hand. The next day I sat nervously in front of the stove and built another fire. The fire taught me a lot about transmutation. If I don't transmute my fear than I don't build fire, if I don't build fire I don't eat or stay warm. Face and transmute your fear or you don't survive. That lesson would prove to be my lifesaver in the coming weeks in more ways than one.
It seemed like the whole world went mad overnight. I was on sensory overload. Yes, even out here in the middle of the mountains I couldn't help but pick up the vibrational wave of fear traveling the globe every 40 minutes or so. Then going into town, everyone was talking about it. I felt it most when I was indoors. The moment I stepped outside into nature I felt a different kind of wave. A wave of healing, relief, love, stillness and a strong desire from mother earth for us to re-connect to her. It feels like a literal calling to come back home. I would sit in this deep feeling of peace until I would get slammed by the wave of fear making it's way around the world. In the midst of all this energy moving through me we were preparing the land for ouselves so we can live without going into town. I had many weird dreams but most of them I forgot. It was time for me to move into the small space near the field in a grove of Cottonwoods. The day before I moved in I got an email from a Shibipo Medicine Woman/Lakota Sun Dancer mentor of mine reminding me that this is what I have trained for. She was reminding me that I am a warrior and that I know how to hold space in the darkest of times and how to transmute dark energy. I decided that I would drum in front of the fire that night with the intention of healing the collective conscious.
The only light came from the flames of the fire in the stove. I sang the fire song as I fed it then lay back on my air mattress, closed my eyes and began to drum. I immediately started dreamwalking the land that I was staying on. First I was on the southern border fence, I left some cornmeal then prayed to the healing fire of the south for assistance. I then dreamwalked to the direction of West, left some cornmeal then prayed to the water & spirits of the east for assistance. I dreamwalked to the North and called on the ancestors. I was there a while as I had many visions of negative stuff being cleared from myself and everyone I have a strong connection with. I eventually dreamwalked to the East to call on the spirits of new beginnings for assistance. A great eagle soared over. My drum began to slow down on it's own. I slowly opened my eyes. The sun made it's last flare of the day just as my drum stopped. I felt dizzy and was exhausted. I slept good that night.
The next day the energy felt like it had experienced a shift. People in my sphere of contact including myself were exhibiting less fear and a more positive attitude. It was a beautiful day. The next evening I drummed again in front of the fire. This time I sang into the fire a Shibipo song about a sacred tree in the Amazon forest. I was giving thanks to the tree spirits for creating oxygen so we can breathe, giving us medicine through their roots/bark/flowers and for sacrificing themselves so we can stay warm and cook food. I drummed and dreamwalked through many different forests asking for forgiveness then giving thanks and blessings. I could feel the intense joy and relief in mother nature. This is her healing time. We ALL needed a break from what we have co-created...Another shift.
We are part of the collective consciousness which includes ALL beings in nature not just human beings. We can connect into this divine consciousness through whatever means including: getting out in nature, deep awareness, drumming, dance, meditation, prayer, plant medicine, art, energy work and many more. We have been given a chance to start over. When you feel the wave of fear, resist the urge to run (to distractions), face your fear then transmute it through connecting to collective consciousness with the intention of healing through whatever method listed above. This is how we will heal the world. This is how we will get through. This is how we will co-create a beautiful life of true connection, oneness and peace.
My name is Melissa Ameika and I am a Reiki Master Teacher, Shaman & Metaphysical Counselor living in the desert southwest.