It was super powerful for Penny, Diane and I when we did it. I will fill you in on any changes as we continue to use it.
Several years ago, during a shamanic journey, I was flown on White Eagle’s back to a large nest overlooking the world. White Eagle is a Spirit Doctor, an ancient master shaman who vowed to stay close to Earth after his death in order to help and heal. He is the superintendent of the White Eagle School of Shamanic Healing Arts. His special gift to my students is as a matchmaker between master healers in the spirit world and healers working in our reality so that these “spirit doctors” can continue to work through us. When he finds a frequency match, an alliance begins. In this way we can reclaim “lost knowledge” and invent creative answers to new health challenges with the help of masters who have gone before.
I was told by White Eagle to brief you on basic disciplines for building power and awareness and for building clarity in your dreams and visions. These disciplines are the first steps Through the Shaman’s Doorway. These disciplines are those on which all future knowledge is built and help in the process of gaining and cementing ties to your Spirit Doctors, animal, plant and stone allies. This discipline is circular transformative breathing.
I first became aware of circular transformative breathing through reading an interview with Dhyani Ywahoo, a Cherokee medicine woman, founder of the Sunray Meditation Society, Chief of the Green Mountain Cherokee, and author of Voices of Our Ancestors – Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire. When she said that one way Cherokee people stay young looking is the use of this discipline, I said, “That’s for me!”. My vanity led me to take a step which would forever change my life for the better. As my own practice of circular breath grew, I increased my ability to stay clear, focused and strong in shamanic journey, meditation, dreamwork and in my healing practice. The practice has also helped me to stay young looking and acting. I’ve since found this same discipline in use by many other shamanic cultures. It closely resembles practices taught by monks from Tibet who practice ancient Atlantean knowledge.
Truth is Truth anywhere! Real truth is usually simple. It abides by the Universal Laws of Nature and is available to all who can tune into their celestial and DNA broadcasting stations! Complicated teachings are man’s ego making simple natural laws difficult. This simple technique can help you stay stable while the rest of the world is shaken up by earthquake energy, electromagnetic field shifts, and other natural and manmade disasters. Think about it. Where on a globe is the most stable point? The center is, of course. So, if you have an energy axis anchored to the core of the Earth and one to the Sun or Grandmother Moon, wouldn’t you be more stable in turbulent times?
Second, on the in-breath, actively draw energy from the Earth’s center, spiraling through the many layers of rock, dirt, underground water, through the floor to the root, up your back, through the spine to the top of your head. This energy trail is the River of Life. Third, on the out-breath, allow in a passive receptive state, the energy from Father Sky, the Sun, Moon and Celestials to flow down the front River of Life of your body from head to root. Begin again the in-breath up your back. When you have the visualization down, begin to breathe to the count of 7 up, hold 4, 7 down, hold 4, etc. Also breathe in your nose and out of your mouth.
It is very important to keep the tip of your tongue right behind your teeth at the roof of your mouth so as to make a complete circuit of energy on the front of your circle. It is helpful to see and feel the circle as bright neon and make the pathway of energy easier to follow. In class I will trace this circle with my intent, visualization and rattle or drum to build a stronger path for you to follow. As in everything, practice makes perfect. Do this for ten minutes each day and you’ll be refreshed, energized and glow like a light bulb!
Since the illusion of disease comes from a disharmony in the natural pattern of our perfection, and manifests in a lack or trauma of our energy field, building and reinforcing our River of Life with Circular Breathing can go a long way in helping a body correct its own imbalances. Because we engage in an active pulling up on the in-breath from the core of the Earth and a passive flowing down of energy from a celestial on the out-breath, we also balance our male/female energies in this practice. So I think you can see why this is such a good place to start your experience of Practical Shamanism.