02 Aug Your Energy Body is Like your Car: It Needs a Regular Oil Change

Is your energy low? Do you feel drab despite the sun shining so brightly outside? Do you feel stuck in your head with old stories and ruminations running over and over again? Do you feel like the stress in your job or at home is somehow in your pores--and even out to the very tips of every strand of hair on your head?  Or do you feel like you pick up the stress, tension and distress of others around you and can't shake it off? Or is there a haunting sensation of old traumas somehow still imprinted inside of you, no matter how much talk therapy you have had, positive thinking rituals you commit to, or how diligently you have tried to "move on"? All of this dis-ease, drabness, stuckness, tension, and trauma actually IS within, through and around you as an energy.  This also means that, with the right tools, you don't have to walk around carrying all this heavy energy s in your mind, body and emotions. You can actually feel lighter, more optimistic, and peaceful! 
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10 Jul Is the Healer in You?

Is the healer in you?  This is an important question for some of you.    Do you feel healing energy in your hands? Do you feel called to be a healer?   Some further questions might clarify this for you: Have you always felt keenly the suffering of others and the world?  Do you consider yourself to be deeply empathic?  Do you feel the presence of spirits? Do they sometimes seem to come to you for help or to give you guidance? Do friends, family and even strangers often ask for your advice, or launch into telling you their deepest secrets and darkest struggles? Do you sometimes seem to have a wisdom that is beyond your years or experience? Are you sensitive to energy? Do you notice a kind of power within you that sometimes seems to impact events in the outer world around you?  Can you see into the soul of others and sense the lifetimes they have lived? Does healing energy flow through your hands when you lay them on someone with caring intention? How long have you noticed these capacities and gifts? Since childhood? Or more recently? Have you been hit by lightning, had a near-death experience, or some other profound event which seemed to have opened up intuitive gifts and capacities? Do you feel a strong calling to help others and the world? Any one of these qualities might indicate that there is a healer in you.
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29 Jun Heal Fully, Live Powerfully

Do you want to heal fully whatever ails you? Do you want to live powerfully with confidence and courage? Despite these desires, do you continue to feel stuck or that there is something missing or yet to be done in your life?  Is there a lot of conflict in your life? Is your energy always low for reasons you can't identify and that doctors can't diagnose? Do you not know quite how to get to your dream job, your true calling, or relationships that are sustaining, nurturing and loving? Have you tried many things up until now--therapy, self-help and spiritual exploration and study, various healing modalities--but you still haven't found the golden key to the joy, happiness, deeper meaning and purpose you have been longing for? Life in the human body is not always easy.  Our world is filled with pain, violence and suffering--so much of it caused by human actions. Yet, there is also so much potential for sweetness and abundance in every day.  You have this potential within you.
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30 Mar Your Heart is a Planet at the Center of the Wheel of Mother Life

"Did you know that your heart is a planet? It rests at the center of the Wheel of Mother Life--your life.  Dance in its medicine of oneness to the very center of your body, mind, soul and spirit.  When you do, you will  be amazed to find that you are interconnected with all beings, both seen and unseen, all the way up to the smallest star and down to the smallest grain of sand. Within that pulsing globe of love, all suffering dissolves.  All that remains is pure joy." This message came to me one morning I was dancing with my students in a beautiful Earth Wheel at Galleywinter Farm just outside Charlottesville, VA during the North Lodge.  We flowed in circles and back and forth from the outer ring of the Wheel to the center Grandmother and Grandfather stones.  As we moved, we connected with our own heart and, through sacred dance, song and drumming, activated the natural harmonic resonance of our collective heart. Then, as our bodies tingled and our heart centers hummed from the energy brought from Mother Earth and Father Sky by the dance, we sat down to do the Loving Heart Meditation.
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15 Feb The Continuity of Consciousness; the Continuity of Lives

When I was a child, I knew I had lived in other bodies, in other lifetimes.  It was as if this knowledge came with me out of the womb. It was a remembering--a felt sense.  When I was 11 years old, I read the now famous Seth Material channeled and recently published by Jane Roberts. In it, Seth spoke about the multidimensional nature of reality and the fact that we live in many probable lifetimes and many probable selves. He also spoke about how our experience of a linear time is an illusion and that time is, in fact, holographic: everything is happening at once. So it is that our greater consciousness is one continuous stream of experience. Within that great stream we choose to incarnate in many bodies, many lifetimes, and even to experience more than one probable destiny line of our self. In this worldview, there would be more than one probable Rachel living out a number of possible expressions of myself within a similar space-time continuum. I was excited by what Seth said because as a young girl, I knew it was true
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02 Feb 6 Sacred Rules of Spiritual Engagement in Dangerous Times: How to Walk our Talk

In the past two weeks, all of us in the United States and even around the world have been feeling the impact of our new president’s executive orders, particularly the ban on Muslims from 7 countries.  I myself have felt the collective chaos, fear, anger, and confusion ripple through my energy body, just as I did on 9/11 after I watched an airplane fly into the second Twin Tower and heard reports throughout the day of the crashes into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. In the view of Mother Earth mysticism and shamanic energy medicine, we are connected through a web of light from the personal outward to our family, to any larger communities with which we are affiliated through gender, ancestry, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or membership, and from there out to the collective of the nation, as a whole. We are also through this web connected to the world, writ large.  This is why those of us who may be tuned into these subtler layers of our physical existence may feel so deeply at the very core of bodies the tearing of the fabric of our nation. It is a stunning truth and perhaps overwhelming to even contemplate. This is not an abstract, intellectual fact nor a merely political and economic reality, it is also deeply spiritual. One does not have to be involved in new spiritual movements or alternative forms of spirituality to understand this view.  Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way, based on his readings of the teachings of Jesus: “In a real sense, all life is interrelated in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
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07 Oct Shamanic Energy Medicine for Treating Trauma and Other Contemporary Afflictions, Part 3: Rings of Consciousness, Shamanic Journeying and Multigenerational Imprints on Consciousness

In this third blog of the series on Shamanic Energy Medicine for Treating Trauma and Other Contemporary Afflictions, I go more deeply into the perspectives behind and tools used for working with clients presenting with symptoms of PTSD, depression or anxiety.  This builds upon the second blog in which I...

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06 Aug Shamanic Energy Medicine for Treating Trauma and Other Contemporary Afflictions: Introduction

I have a mission to make contemporary western shamanic energy medicine relevant and understandable to practitioners in mainstream clinical psychology, psychotherapy, medicine, and science.  This desire has grown out of my personal journey as I sought healing from chronic anxiety, depression and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress...

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