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Azurae Windwalker is a Visionary Healing Shamanic Artist and Healer from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Azurae is also a 35 year teacher of Practical Shamanism and Nature Spirit Energy Medicine. Her mission as a healer/teacher is to gently guide and inspire her students to access their innate talents for healing, intuitive wisdom, way showing and Earth keeping.

As a shamanic artist Azurae draws inspiration from her American Indian heritage, the Spirit in Nature and her spiritual artistic guides. She designs totemic petroglyphic art, Lifeforce Shield Protective Amulets and other shamanic art that is wonderfully energetic, mysterious and healing. Her work is collected by an international clientele.

Artist’s Statement: Shamen were the first artists. They created their art to benefit, help and heal their community. I seek the same purpose."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sedona Vortex

Reflections upon the Sedona Vortex Experience as an Aid to the Soul Transformation Process

 This was written for my shamanic students who traveled with me to the Sedona Vortexes on an Earthkeeper Adventure and scouting party for a larger group next year.  Sacred places and vortexes are everywhere. We worked quite often with the vortexes here at the Amethyst Center and at the Peaks of Otter near here in Bedford County.  We have worked many years also at Great Serpent Mound in Ohio. The solar flare energies we are experiencing  have much the same affect on folks as the vortexes do.  So I am sharing this. Contained within is some very important information  for all of us.  I'm blogging it for the highest good of all our relations. Many thanks to Mary Glass, Eve Ah, and Linda Ferguson for awesome orb and vortex photographs.  Walk in balance...Azurae Windwalker.

Shamanic adventures are nebulous events, like the gossamer wings of dragonflies.  Sometimes it’s hard to pin down the beneficial results but there they are…. flying about ….darting in and out of our soul transformation process, intriguing and seducing us to move higher up the spiral of evolution.

The energies and spirits of sacred places like the vortexes have been used for centuries by seekers to speed up the soul transformation process.  As Shamanic Earthkeeper Adventurers we seek carry this legacy forward. The difference in the soul process of an Earthkeeper is that as we work for our own soul transformation we seek to magnify transformation for all our relations and for Mother Earth.

It is not known how many of you may have ever heard of the butterfly effect, but sometime in the early 1960s, a scientist named Edward Lorenz, in an accidental quirk, came across what should have been an otherwise a nearly non-observable event --- an event that terminated in a huge magnification of the downstream outcome --- and because of that outcome, in December of 1972, Lorenz asked members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., “Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?” --- making reference to the fact that small, almost imperceptible happenstances or events can have huge and momentous consequences.

So has the flap of our dragonfly wings created momentous consequences?  Perhaps.  We may never know in our lifetime. Only as Spirits can we see so far.  Let us continue to pray and do our best to move out of the victim stage of soul consciousness, through the student stage and on to spiritual mastery. As masters we can help so much more and so  many others along the spiral evolutionary soul path and work effectively with the Spirit in Nature for Planetary Healing. There has never been a time when we can move so quickly up the spiral path.

As suggested by the proposal (if you read it) , “The Earthkeeper Adventure begins with a time of personal healing, going into the heart soul center, and seeking your personal soul mission and how it fits into our group mission through meditation, song, dance and shamanic journey. Then we practice shamanic techniques for Earth energy healing. Finally we traveled to vortexes and power spots for our (shamanizing) work.”  Review the experience. This is what occurred.

The real shamanic work on this adventure was orchestrated by the Spirit if the Land, the vortex energies and the Supernaturals inhabiting this sacred place. It was never about me.  I was (and Shaman Rahelio Rodreguiz) the shamanic tour guide(s) sitting at the bottom of the hill drumming, praying and sending intent to the Supernaturals for your healing and soul transformation. It is clear to me that the synchronicities leading up to the trip and how it flowed that our Adventure was divinely guided all the way.  You as an experiencer and shamanic student had the final say on your own experience of healing.

“In the end…… the love you take…..  is equal to the Love…….. you make” John Lennon

The spiritual results and feelings you experienced in Sedona and afterwards are in direct correlation with your absence of ego, your openness and hollow boneness to the healing shared by these mighty spirit beings around the vortex energies.  Perhaps you would benefit from examining your emotional landscape during the trip and after to see how you were and are interacting from the energies of Sedona. In the Soul Transformation process you are either  a victim, student or master.  From You Are Not Going Crazy You’re Just Waking Up by Michael Mirdad we learn the stages of mastery:

VICTIMS – These folks continually feel dragged through life’s upheavals instead of seeing problems as opportunities to awaken healing and responsibility for their own lives.. Their victim attitudes keeps them moving through the dismantling, emptiness and disorientation stages of the process rather than reaching the student or master level of consciousness.

STUDENTS -  They no longer see themselves as victims. They do their best to consciously make changes to improve their lives which allows them to cross the bridge to the Rebuilding and A New Life stages of development.

MASTERS – They have the awareness “to be the soul itself that initiates the  Soul Transformation Process.” Masters dismantle personal illusions about life, themselves, the people in their lives and find Truth. Painful illusions become few and far between. They walk in balance and manifest harmony. Problems become adventures.  The Hawaiian Huna shamans call it, “the way of the adventurer.”  Get it?

How the Vortexes work on our Emotional Bodies and Our Soul Transformation.

In your Soul Transformation Process you can create a crisis to bring you to your knees or simply decide that it makes sense to move on to a new way of living. You can learn life’s lessons the easy way or the hard way. What do you choose? In a brief conversation at Roanoke’s Unity Michael Mirdad agreed that a powerful vortex experience can be very challenging for some folks.  Yes,   you CAN use the energy of Sedona to choose an EASIER way.

  • Upflow Vortexes (also called electric or masculine sites), have energy flows that help you soar to higher spiritual perspectives. They enhance prayers or meditations for blending with the Universe, feeling one with the divine, or facing a problem from a Soul level. (Bell Rock was an example of this.) If you carry too much male angry competitive aggressive energy your experience with this kind of vortex will precipitate in angry, competitive and or aggressive behaviors. Stop!!!!!! Take a look at yourself! Is this you? How does your ego self react?

  • Inflow Vortexes (also called magnetic or feminine), have energy flows that help you go inward. In them you will be more successful with meditations or prayers about your life purposes or how to heal hurts in your past. (The Fish Hatchery by the creek and the small vortex where we began the  Wheel of Disintegration   was magnetic as well as the arroyo that Mary Ann, Eva and I laid) If you carry too much feminine energy you will be a whiner, complainer, have low self esteem, be fearful and/or passive aggressive. Stop!!!!! Is this you? How can you change this?

  • There are also Combination Vortexes that have aspects of both male and female energies. They are balanced and induce a more balanced consciousness. These allow the seeker to experience more advanced or in-depth spiritual skills and meditations. (Boynton Canyon and the Cathedral) Balanced people do not experience a lot of drama. If they are masters they choose to dismantle whatever blocks their spiritual paths or whatever appears in their lives that is not the Truth.  Once masters become proficient in dismantling personal illusions about life and themselves, such painful illusions become few and far between and their lives consistently manifest more harmony. THIS IS OUR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY GOAL!

Reflection, Dismantling and Rebuilding

Reflection, Dismantling and Rebuilding are the next steps in our adventure. Chances are that you have processed some of what has been bubbling up out of you consciousness and your soul’s blueprint. . I have been doing that.  I hope that you have given yourself the time out of your busy schedules to do so and reap the benefits of your investment.   If not make a date with yourself and begin the process. We can only advance as balanced masters and Earthkeepers if we have worked our own Soul Transformation Processes.

 As an avid fan of synchronicity I believe that it was no accident that world renowned spiritual teacher, healer, author and Sedona Unity Minister, Michael Mirdad, was in Roanoke a few weeks after we returned home. I suggested that one of my clients who needed positive  male modeling   have a private session with him in order to release her profound grief for the loss of her husband (who was also a client) and build up her personal power. I bought his book, You’re Not Going Crazy, You’re Just Waking Up! for her. Then I read it. Wow!  Instead, it has been invaluable to me in understanding the healing processes I saw in such glaring evidence in you and myself during and after Sedona.  The vortexes do accelerate soul healing exponentially. So what some folks see as evil issuing from the vortexes (or what negativity  they project upon others)  is only their own darkness hitting themselves in the face.

 This invaluable little book has many exercises that will help you along the Soul Transformation Process!  It teaches you about the stages of soul growth which are            1. Dismantling (sometimes called the dark night of the soul)    2. Emptiness  3. Disorientation   4. Rebuilding   5. A New Life……. Where do you  fit in these stages?  

I  wish I had had this information years ago for myself and for helping others.   However, it was only downloaded to Michael in 2013 to help us along the vastly accelerated soul evolutionary pathway we now experience. Perhaps some of the Sedona Spirits we met and took pictures of were the downloaders! Please read and work with this book! I am!  You may purchase it at www.GrailProductions.com.  IT WOULD BE WELL WORTH THE $15.  I imagine that the Wheel of Disintegration and Integration Process we began in Sedona will also help you through these stages if you continue to work on it.

Being the Vortex

For a vortex to occur or BE, an incredible amount of things have to be in place or go before it.   The Sedona Vortex experience as an impetus for Soul Transformation can be imagined to be fleeting in time like the gossamer wings of the dragonfly gliding upon the Fish Hatchery Pond or it can be forever relative to our lives. In Carlos Castaneda's eighth book in his series,  Power of Silence, Don Juan, spoke of how he first met HIS teacher Julian Osorio. He tells Castaneda that when a person's Spirit (or Soul) has something extremely important to communicate, it will "knock" three times. If one has the ability or is spiritually in tune with such things, three clear, unambiguous "meaningful coincidences" will be received showing that a certain decision is needed to be made or that an indication of a prediction is correct.

For me to spend the considerable time, energy and money to lead this Sedona Adventure  I needed these signs.  These “meaningful coincidences” were:

1. Receiving the gift three years ago of  a Sedona Vortex CD/DVD tour guide (which mysteriously vanished at the lodge because we were supposed to follow our own inner directions and listen to the Spirit of the Land) 

2. Finding the Artist and Shaman documentary four years ago which verified that Rahelio Rodriguez was to be our shamanic guide and introduce us to the Spirit Doctors and Supernaturals there.  Also knowing and singing the E not teh not zi calling in song  for the Divine Feminine goddess of the Southwest and Mexico who according to Shaman Rahelio  became Mother Mary upon the Christianization of the Indians. She is an equivalent of White Buffalo Calf Woman who is a guide to me. And she very powerfully showed up at Boynton Canyon to help and heal us.

 3. Talking to Michael Mirdad and reading his book You’re Not Going Crazy, You’re Just Waking Up!  which explaiedn the true meaning of the vortex experience as an aid to advanced  soul transformation.

Did you have any “meaningful coincidences” associated with the Shamanic Earthkeeper Adventure?  What were they?  If so…… you were supposed to be there…..

And since we are all related,  as in  “I am the you, you see and me” as the Hopi say, It was totally meant for us to have the mix of people we had from all stages of soul development. How else could we have our buttons pushed and have the mirrors to do our shamanic work for ourselves and ALL others for Planetary healing? How else could the students flex their muscles as counselors and  teachers becoming masters at such an accelerated rate?

To cope with the Soul Transformative process Mirdad says to:

·         Practice self responsibility and self awareness.

·         Relax into the process and minimize blame for yourself and others as you work through the transformational stages.

·         Cultivate supportive friends who support your process  and listen to you and let them know they don’t need to fix you or tell you about how much worse their lives are than yours.

·         Don’t be too hard on yourself. Have an attitude of gratitude for all your lessons and healings on the path. Thankfulness begets positive outcomes.

·         Give yourself credit for having the courage to change. Don’t get self-inflated and move on prematurely and or the lesson will slingshot back to you. Work the process.

·         Look out for residual stuff that needs processing or for inspirations, signs and coincidences that offer hints of a new direction.

·         Enjoy the ride.  Make challenges into adventures. Did we?

Clearing Up the Sedona Shamanic Perspective

I talked to Shaman Nella Silverspear  recently and expressed my concern that some of you didn’t quite understand  the transcendental nature of a Shamanic Adventure.  Even more advanced students grasp of our means and mission was cloudy.  I explained to her that we were scouts and that we didn’t know the territory shamanically.  (Yes we could have had an opening briefing to express the situation more clearly saying that Nothing in fact WAS clear)  But for me, operating in a shamanic perspective, our opening ceremony in the medicine wheel of grounding, Calling in the Directions for help, the Sunray Dance, finding our place on the wheel, and putting tobacco prayers in the wheel for our personal  and planetary missions was the shamanic way to set the stage.

We knew neither the landscape, the effects of the vortexes or the Supernatural beings who worked there.  So it was required of me, as your fearless leader, to intuit this as we went along.  And for those of you who are advanced students, to help in this as best you could.  Shaman Nella agreed, this is the nature of the shamanic experience. We have no roadmap. We have only our intuition and the ability to read the signs or coincidences as we move along the path. This is the realm of Self Mastery.

I went into this adventure with a true Shaman’s Mind…... Open, neutral, surrendering, taking a leap of faith and going with the flow. Those of you who shared this Shaman’s Mind  had much better experiences than  that others.  I had some expectations and plans  but since I didn’t know the physical area and (more importantly to a shaman), the Guiding and Healing  Spirits of the Land, it was required that I spend a lot of time questioning and listening for answers.  (When you listen to Spirit… what our logical minds may plan goes out the door!)  I was asking where do we go and what shamanic techniques fit the healing energies and entities of the landscape? Will the Spirit of the Land and the Supernaturals here accept us and work with us?   How can we best work shamanically together and individually in  order to fulfill our missions for both personal and planetary healing? The questions we ask lead the way.

I hope that you have learned more about  how a shaman works, the Shaman Mind and the  shamanic experience through watching and experiencing my work and Shaman Rahelio’s work. We don’t know everything. We are just good at channeling the High Spiritual Masters, the Spirit of Nature and the Chief Angels who do.

Sedona Unity Minister and spiritual master Michael Mirdad says, “Human beings tend to be control freaks. The propensity to jump in and take control is never strongest than when you feel afraid and/or out of control. Refrain from jumping in and meddling with things.  As much as you can and as often as possible to let go of the desire of control. As A Course in Miracles expresses it, “A healed Mind does not plan….but it carries out the plans  that it receives through listening to wisdom that is not its own.””

 Thank you for being a good scout and Shamanic Earthkeeper Adventurer. Keep asking the questions, listening and looking for the answers. The Truth is there waiting for you. It is in you!

May the gossamer wings of the dragonfly take you to new dimensions of Soul Transformation! 

Walk in balance, Azurae Windwalker

Azurae Windwalker

Azurae Windwalker
Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher