A Native American Ritual for Bringing Rain

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This technique uses multiple sensory modalities as part of a visualization tool to bring rain. Of course it can be modified to whatever you are working towards.

Remember that we are beings of Earth, our sacred home.

What you will need:

  • Water enough to wet dry dusty earth (a bucket, canteen, bottles of water)
  • Bare feet
  • A towel (optional)

 

What to do:

  • Find a spot where the dirt is dusty enough to make mud
  • Sanctify the spot in the following ways. Burning white sage and / or setting up a crystalline grid
  • Take off your shoes and socks
  • Pour water on the spot and make mud.
  • Put your bare feet in the mud.

 

The Next Waking Dream Flow:

Feel how the water has made mud against your feet. See a low front/ rain clouds moving in the direction where you thirst for rain. See the rain falling and making mud and quenching the thirst of Earth. Feel the sacredness of rain.

 

Thank Earth for producing the rain (present tense). Bow to the four directions. Remove the crystals, re-sage the area.

 

Walk back to your vehicle or house and use towel.

On Doing Nothing

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There’s a new app being touted on Facebook that produces a reaction in me. Its called Calm – “doing nothing for 15 seconds”. Now we need an app to facilitate meditation and “calm”. Having been a meditator for over 40 years I don’t need an app to assist me in entering into a meditative place. I realize many may need that assistance and that is okay and yet there is a danger in relying on a software application to introduce “a calm” state.

Doing nothing is an oxymoron.

There is an inherent illusion within the advertising of “Calm” – of doing nothing for 15 minutes. First there’s an illusion that it’s possible to “do nothing” (its an oxymoron). How do we define or describe the state of “doing nothing” The authors of the app may define it as the absence of outer motor activity or inner thinking: stop talking, walking, performing tasks, solving problems, thinking of the past or future etc. It would seem that any app touting a state of calm would introduce intermediary experiences and / or media to induce associations of calmness – videos of nature or photos of nature with audio that introduces sounds in nature that may produce a calming state as in rain, waves, surf or that which generates white noise. [Aside: White noise whether occurring naturally in sounds of nature such as in rain, waves, waterfalls, streams or artificially produced in static fuzz elicits calm, a pleasant diffusing state of the mind, and may block pain receptors in the brain.] Media that promotes calming experiences induces slower brain waves associated with peaceful states. Relying on an app can only take the person so far and may be a good introduction to relaxation of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. But can we really “do-nothing”?

We live in a “do-do” world of tasks etc.

Media is the go-between between the human and a deeper state of relaxation – a good first step…

In our “do-do” world of non-stop tasks there are layers of illusions between being and doing. Even in states of being there are always some conscious doings. Human beings cannot ever completely stop doing. There is only one exception to our “do-do” world where the effects of “nothing” could be experienced (abet indirectly). In the world of the autonomic nervous system in the human body there are countless “doing” tasks that fly under our radar. Breathing is one. Most of the time we are not aware that we are breathing. Dipping into the meditative space is a good example of bringing awareness to an autonomic function of breathing either through direct control or via the witness state of observation.

The authors of the Calm app are defining “nothing” as the absence of outer activity which includes social intercourse, and all the do-do stuff we do with our minds in managing our lives in various contexts: relationships, problem solving and the majority of thinking. As a long time meditator I know there is never a time where the mind or my being is doing nothing. My mind becomes quieter, and in the deepest of meditative states there is a release of the do-do world and emotions that elicits a sense of beingness.

Nothing is a word that symbolizes a mind blowing and/or a state of obliteration.

When I was a child my father would take my sister and I to church. To pass the time in the endless and meaningless rituals of kneeling, sitting and standing my mind would play games some of which were funny – at least to me.

There was one game I played which felt like flirting with insanity:

“If there wasn’t a me, what would there be?” Game.

If there wasn’t a me, what would there be? Think back to being a baby, imagine it. Being in the womb, being before the womb. It wasn’t just saying these incantations, it was imagining what these things would be like.

I’d reach of brink of not being able to conceive of anything (this a reductive description of a larger incomprehensible state and was the brink of non-sanity or insanity).

“Okay, bring yourself back. Its okay, you’re okay. I’m me. Calm down. Bring yourself back. Calm down I’m me, here in church with them.”

I never shared this experience with anybody until Honors English in my senior year in High School. A classmate said I was trying to experience “nothing”. He was right.

Giving a word to the experience destroyed its power. I had a word that was an intermediate. It was a symbol of the experience. All words symbolize our experiences for the purpose of sharing them and they are reductive.

Words destroy the larger mystery.

In my work as a shaman I would occasionally “take a trip to the void.” To take a trip to nowhere is a conundrum in and of itself.

I asked a friend who does similar work if she had ever been to the void.

 

“I go there all the time,” she said.

 

That was so surprising.

 

“What do you experience there?”

 

“God,” she said.

 

“I don’t think you went to the void,” I said.

 

“Why?” She asked.

 

“People that go there experience – nothing.”

 

The difficulty in writing about going to the void is ludicrous. There is preparation to go. Going. Returning and the effects.

 

Many shaman who “go there” return and some are catatonic as a result.

 

When “I” have gone there I lose myself, my sense of “I”. I really don’t know that I have been there because there’s no “I” to experience the void. I forget that I have been there, like a blackout.

The only reason I can deduce that I have been “there” is the effects I feel upon return. I feel that all of the superfluous parts or my ego have been stripped away. I feel clean of attachments for a short time. Hours or a day at most until “my stuff” returns. And there is a residual experience of having been cleansed.

Going to the void could be the closest experience of “nothingness” that I may have experienced. And I don’t know that I have.

Very funny and incredibly sacred simultaneously.

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Text of the Facebook message regarding the Calm App. Apple’s App of the Year”

 

Doing nothing is impossible he saz throwing a wrench into it. Stop motor activity, okay – got it. But when the mind churns on – that’s not doing nothing. Focusing on peaceful scenes is not doing nothing. I suppose the closest one can get on doing nothing is meditation, focusing on the breath, letting go of thoughts, feelings as they arise. -But its not nothing. The only nothing is a shaman practice of “going” to the void (lol) where upon return from said “place” all that is superfluous is stripped away. Experiencing nothingness is egolessness and ineffable

A Daily Plan

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  2. The Flush: a ten to fifteen minute rant on Trump, make it funny if possible
  3. Data: gather data on FLIPPING CONGRESS AND THE NATION, PLUS legislation to support or oppose.
  4. BREATHE
  5. ACTION PART ONE: look at legislation to oppose and / or support make 3 phone calls and send emails – 1 member of House of Reps and 2 Senators preferably in your state to start.
  6. BREATHE
  7. ACTION PART TWO: look at budget and who and how much to contribute to candidates (progressive and/or Dems guys*) opposed to GOP agenda and contribute
  8. BREATHE
  9. ACTION PART THREE: make report on social media

BREATHE!

* guys – womens, mens, androgynous-es, transgenders, gays, lesbians, genderqueers, asexuals and everybody else.

PS This is not about real soup you eat or slurp. This is about the soup we’re in. Hope that clears things up. Tuff if it doesn’t.

Releasing Spirits – cleansing spaces (or Ghostbusting)

If you have no ghosts and wish to cleanse your space this surpasses smudging with white sage or copal.  It leaves a crisp homey feel to your home or space.

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NOTE – READ ALL TEXT BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE SPECIFIC TASKS

CLEARING SPACES – The secret in clearing or cleansing spaces (getting rid of ghosts) is healing the energies that anchor spirits to attachments and /or unfinished business on the earth plain. The negative, evil and/or attached energy is separated from spirit and the spirit is released. The process itself is simple, the only danger is that the negative /ghost /entity could get attached to the practitioner, so if you feel squeamish stop here and either hire me or ask for a local shaman to assist you.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • a shovel
  • land around the space you’re planning to clear that’s easy to dig holes in
  • Native American tobacco (I use American Spirit tobacco)
  • aluminum disposable pie plates
  • rock salt
  • rubbing alcohol
  • a trivet
  • a wet towel
  • a long nose lighter
  • a crystal for yourself and other residents in your space (The crystal creates a protective space around you while engage in the activity.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The night before I take a clear quartz crystal or crystals (or more than 1 person in the house while its being cleared) and put the crystal(s) point down in the sea salt (table salt is okay).  The next morning I take the crystal out of the salt and put it under running water, dry it off and put it in my pocket. If there are more people in the house I give them a crystal as well.

 

  1. I dig a hole or series of holes if you think you will need more than one to fit all the salt from each burn in your space in your yard with the shovel.  Using a few pinches of the American Spirit Tobacco I invite Great Spirit to sanctify the ground that is to receive the salt.

 

  1. I disable the smoke detectors in the house as a precaution.

 

  1. I set up aluminum pie plates with a layer a rock salt barely enough to fill the bottom of the pie plate and pour just enough rubbing alcohol over the rock salt.  I put the completed pie plates on trivets in two or three of the rooms I am to clear. I usually put the pie plates – on trivets in the center of each room. I take a wet towel with me into the each room as a precaution to extinguish the flame if it gets too high or is endangering the space, though I have only used it once in when I first started the process.  I use the long nose sparker to light the rubbing alcohol in the pie plate and stand with the wet towel near the flames to make sure.  If it looks like the flame is too wild or getting to big I will use the wet towel to smother the flame.  This is usually not necessary by using the minimum amount of rubbing alcohol. I wait for the fire to burn out.  Concurrent with the burn I visualize the Spirit releasing to the light by visualizing a tunnel of light. The action of the flame grounds all negativity/distress/attachment into the rock salt.

 

  1. I leave the pie plate and go to the next room and repeat the process (step #4). After finishing in the next room I return to the previous room, the pie plate will have been cooled enough.  I take the rock salt and dump it in the hole outside, clean of the pie plate and put it into the recycling.

 

  1. When I am done and all the rock salt are in the holes I sprinkle the American Spirit Tobacco in each hole and ask Great Spirit to sanctify the ground.  I use the shovel the cover the salt for all the holes.

 

  1. I reconnect all the smoke detectors either load the materials into my car or return the trivets to their place. I collect the crystal(s) and bring them home and repeat the cleansing process listed at the beginning of these instructions.

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Working with entities is tricky and there are no formulaic solutions so if you feel uncomfortable consider hiring your local shaman or contact me