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So I’m in the midst of a brainstorm about a craft item that I want to construct from Awakening to Shamanism and, typical me, I’m also starting in on the third leg of my re-dedication, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, (TOSW) by Christopher Penczak.

I had thought that I would begin the Living Temple Work but the inner tug and recent events have caused me to feel otherwise. Over the last two and a half years of re-view and study through the Temple of Witchcraft instruction I have found valuable facets of myself. In a sense the re-dedication has been a journey of reclamation, picking up pieces of myself and bringing them back into the organic whole. Skipping a leg of the journey, regardless if I’ve been told that I could, feels like I’d be missing a valuable piece of information.

And I have to thank the book review for that. Awakening to Shamanism has provided me with some good recall and awakening.

Last night after dinner, while I was hanging out with B and Trixie, I read through another chapter in the TOSW. I found a bit by Christopher in Chapter three that struck a button. One of those internal dings that compass-like, magnetically turns us in the right direction.

“The Tribe I most identify with is the global tribe. The term “global village” has been used a lot lately, referring to our advances in global communication and hopefully stimulate a sense of global rather than factional identity. The New Age we are slowly entering is referred to as the Age of Aquarius. Aquarian energy is marked by a sense of universal brotherhood/sisterhood, a sense of global humanity and social consciousness. Aquarius teaches us at the highest level that we are all in it together, not just all people, but all ife on this planet and beyond.

I work to serve the global tribe. Many of us do. Some find their identity in social, political, economic, or environmental causes. I have found my calling at this time in my lie on a mystical level, by helping raise the mass consciousness of all people on the planet. One of the best ways we can all do this is by raising our own consciousness. The more we heal as individuals, taking care of our own issues, angers, fears and inner conflicts, the more we heal the entire world.”

Buddha: Shaka || Meditation (Mudra).

Between the two books I’ve been merging he ideas of Witch and Modern Shaman together. As noted (I’m paraphrasing) in the beginning of TOSW, Shamanism has become a general term for many practices with common themes. There are Shamans in every culture, they are mystics, medicine people, healers, witches, tribal spiritual functionaries all throughout time and history.

The Buddha (Above) is one of my directional guardians. I didn’t choose him but met him in a journey into one of the directional portals: The Watchtower of the South, the realm of air, thought, truth, and word.

At the time I me the Buddha in my magickal journey’s I wasn’t at the level of thinking-to-connecting that the Buddha represents the enlightened Buddhic nature in each of us and that sitting in the Southern Elemental Gateway has almost cheeky. Mind | South | Air | Enlightenment. Der for me. 🙂

Today the significance is poetic.

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So I’m working through the final chapters of Awakening to Shamanism, and preparing for the third leg of my magickal re-dedication journey through the lessons and guideposts in the Shamanic Temple of Witchcraft.

I hope you will join me for the journey.


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Wednesday’s are becoming a favorite day for me as I’m working from home and able to handle most requests from the desk, often with Trixie at my side. After morning meditation today, and the drawing of the daily I had a notion, you know the one, that sudden insight that colors everything inside you. Funny, because the card I pulled for the day was The Star.

Yesterday another book review arrived. I am more than happy to read and / or listen to good material and this one is. I received another book from Sandra  Ingerman, entitled Awakening to the Spirit World, the book comes with a CD inside the back cover. The publisher also generously sent me the Shamanic Meditations CD companion as well. *Grin*

Now I have to say that I’ve been reading and doing a lot of this type of craft for most of my life starting around 13 with a friend, a magickal tranny aunt who pointed the way, and a book shoppe owner who made the mystical world available to us. That little Occult shoppe was called Mystic Gems. In 23 years of meditation, reading, exploring, mystical experiences, laughs and some duds, I’ve changed a lot. It is through true works of word and art that this type of growth occurs. I mean to say there is a plethora of material out there that is “burn this incense, use this candle, say these words”, or “listen to this drum. Dance like so. Honor the tree” is an understatement. These are also accompanied by a meditation exercise and a standardized A-B-C method that can be used like a fill in the blank and have a vision type of stuff that really doesn’t do anything for you unless you have established some roots in the how of having a mystical experience.

I’m not knocking the basics, the A-B-C’s, trust me, they are invaluable… when they are explained, known, practiced, and they become ingrained in our magickal psyche as methods to unlock deeper experiences.

What I did when I was 20 is not the same as I do now, at 36. There has been change in my perception of myself and the world, and in turn the material that I find in books, music, art, nature and the world. It’s different because I am different, and I am different because I made the commitment to myself to know myself and how I operate, and through that doorway how I interact with the world on a metaphysical level.

Anyway, I think I’m rambling here but going back to this morning. I do have a purpose other than my long boring history for writing this entry today at the Journey.

Over the last week, as I’ve reset and de-stressed from the office situation, there has been this niggling feeling of “setting things right”. I called it the stand, it’s the previous post. It’s more than that for me, in the sense that once I start moving forward from that place of poise within myself, I find that I’d like to change a few things. Starting with how I present the insights I receive. Why I want to share them. What inspired me and how I think that they should have practical application.

You’re so excited to be learning with me. 🙂 LOL

Anyway, um, I opened the envelope this morning and drew out Awakening to the Spirit World, Sandra Ingerman, with CD. I set it to the side of my creative space / altar and did my daily. That involves contemplation of the four directions to center myself, a brief meditation on my personal divinities, and a moment of gratitude while I ask for the daily message. As I said, I pulled the star, that was the start of my post.

The book sort of jumped out at me. Magnetic. Technicolor. Vibrating. Call it what you will, I flipped open to random page to get a taste of what I was about to read. You know I really didn’t even know that there was a “Society for Shamanic Practitioners“? I’m investigating that a bit later. What I pulled out was directly related to what I was seeking to apply, practice, or “walk”. It was in a word mentioned round the similarities in to the Bull of India and the Buffalo that Black Elk spoke of. The term was “primordial spirituality”.

Juicy word right? Makes me smell the loam of the earth, fern, redwood, mist. I feel like runes will fall out of my hands and land, jangling with bones, bits of feather, shells, other totemic items into a pattern of meaning. That my dreams will be filled with Raven, Wolf, Fox, and Snake as ancestors speak in spell and circle while I take my underworld journey.

I was thinking practical right? Well yes. I am. These nature spirits and earthy items are poetic of my own earthy journey, what I imagine that brings me closest to the earth, it’s spirit, my spirit, and the Great Spirit of life. The furrowing of hair when we touch, the smell of sweat as we dance, the air of incense wafting in smoke. The pounding of heart, blood, passion. The call of birds, the light of stars, the sun, moon, and elements. Practically they open the natural intelligence for me, my “intuition” but they also directly relate me to the embodied experience and why we “burn this incense, use this candle, say these words”. The why that is important once we are in the mystical space.

Anyway I am sure that this post is loads of fun for you. Know that I’m heading back to the drawing board on a few projects, crafts and items for the “craft” area currently under construction and I plan, with whole heart, to dig deep into this new book Awakening to the Spirit World. I’ll set a date if you want to pick up a copy and read along with me.

The official book announcement is posted, as received is on the Journey, I wanted to add a bit to it so I wrote this, second entry.


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blue_fair“Density”

OK. OK. OK. This entry has been going on all day and I feel I have forced it. SO, I took out the tense parts and left what I thought makes sense. If all else fails it’s in the chant and the image.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my own personal healing and this morning, and afternoon before lunch, as I did my toning and vibrating, application of essential oils, stretching and then work with some Reiki symbols I realized my own density.

When I say “dense” I mean dense in vibration and dense in the noggin, and that is refreshing. Sometimes some good old toning and vibrating the energies in our lives, directing to lift it all up can really show us -me. ha. ha. ha.- just how dense we’ve been. In short it’s nice to have our own wake up.

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In the past few weeks I’ve had some interesting knowing moments.

These also come through in meditation. I make notes of faces, names, images, sensations… these all connect, they all are facets of self and, “self” relating to life. The pattern is big. My likes and dislikes, loves and fears, highs and lows and all things violet and in between where there is the third, the trine, the infinity within. The whole me that is all things and all things that are me.

Sometimes I think that this is almost impossible to explain. Some people get their psychic flashes in dreams. Sometimes they see things that others cannot and still others hear things. I get a perspective shift and I suddenly just see a part of the situation. I just know.

This can be startling, but since I’ve been doing this most of my life, theknowing is now easily swallowed. At this point I’m remaining grounded (thank you Hermetic Bear).

As I came out of meditation today in the morning, working on toning sounds, essential oil application and sacred symbols; and again at lunch I feel as if life is really song, or poetry. I also think that friend Chati had something to do with it since I’ve been following her blog and again, keeping all things in perspective that what I see and experience in others is a connection to something in myself I say, Life is Poetry.

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“The poetry is in dancing through all the forms of life. Never loss or gain, only experiencing. We are the dancer and we are the dance. We are the dreamer and the dream. We are all that is seen and unseen. In the rhythm of the drum, the chant and sway there we surrender… play. There is no loss of me or I, when all the world becomes the bright mind. I am, we are, it is, one. I am, we are, it is, one. I am we are, it is, one.”

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Mercury is in retrograde until the 30th of May, 2009. One friend had all of her phones break, along with her computer. In another conversation with a new co-worker I’m being given all this communication and this energetic connection is made. News is blaring miscommunication between politicians. Ellen is on Perez with a commencement speech. Information that was unseen becomes seen again. This is Mercury, the vibration, the Ki of traveling energy in voice, in body, in electricity (Mercury is the lower octave of Uranus) and in review through dreams, meditation and conversation. The travel of energy from one point to the next is affected by a planet that represents these things, that appears to move backwards in the sky. Is this why I’m having so much trouble getting the words down in the blog today?

Be well,

Scott K Smith
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