July 2010 Newsletter
Alchemy is the process by which each of us moves from our primal state of unconsciousness, through the various alchemical stages represented by our most elemental experiences, to the realization of full awakening, or enlightenment. It is the interactive dance through which we are constantly weaving spirit and matter into the multidimensional tapestry of life. Alchemy is a process that spirals from cycle to cycle, ever upward and forward, repeating itself as required to transform and change us through the experiences of our body, soul, psyche, and spirit. In alchemical terminology it is called the Opus, or Great Work. The higher state of consciousness and self-understanding that results includes recognition of our connection to the spirit world and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.
The goal of the Great Work is called, among other things, the philosophers' stone, the universal medicine, alchemical gold, and the elixir of life. It is the interpenetration of spirit and matter—the spiritualization of our material selves, and the materialization of our spiritual essence.
Alchemy has much in common with shamanism. A shaman is a multidimensional traveler who journeys into various realms of spirit to bring back power and healing for the benefit of his or her community. A shaman's development requires a breakdown of ego, and toward this end there are rites of passage that often lead to the edge of or beyond the physical, mental, and emotional tolerance of most people. I've never heard of a shaman who has not undergone ordeals that tested his mettle and stretched the envelope of his abilities. All shamans go through a process of decomposition and re-membering in order to find their personal power and abilities, and all have allies from the spirit world with whom they consult and often merge. These allies include plants, animals, minerals, elementals, and often the spirits of places. Even the realms beyond death are open to certain shamans.
As in alchemy, a shaman's body and psyche become his laboratory, and through his initiatory experiences he develops the power, the humility, and the relationships he needs to function as intercessor for others. He is also a medicine maker, often creating his cures as a result of divine inspiration.
Alchemical Healing Intensive 10-day Retreat and Clinic
July 23 ~ 31
This year I am excited to offer a ten day Alchemical Healing Intensive retreat seminar, covering all three levels and more. We have decided to consolidate the process in order to make it more accessible and with less travel required. This retreat is open to all levels of students and practitioners, and we will study the entire form. Advanced students are encouraged to come to this retreat, as it will be both a refresher, and an opportunity to learn and practice new techniques and receive new empowerments that are not given in the basic intensive or the books. This intensive class is a prerequisite for the Alchemical Healing Practitioner Certification.
Students who have taken Alchemical Healing in the past, or have completed an Alchemical Healing Intensive, will be given discounts if they come to the entire retreat, or they can come into the workshop halfway through providing space is available. Various Alchemical Healing teachers (to be announced) will contribute their specialties, and there will be a free clinic open to the public for demonstrations and student practice.
The cost of this retreat, including most meals and basic accommodations, tipi or tent space, is $1488. (register online) Prerequisite for the class is to have read Alchemical Healing and to have at least worked with Power Animal Meditations. There will be a limited number of partial scholarships available and please contact our office if you have taken this intensive before.
The Anubis Oracle (by me and Linda Star Wolf) has become one of my most valued tools. I love to do readings, and I love the connection it gives me with the pantheon of Egypt. It's time for a new spread, and Sacred Relationships keeps coming up as being most relevant at this time. The cards you pull in this spread speak to your emerging self on your path, your relationships with others, and your relationship with the Akashic Records,—the larger cosmic picture and the divinities that inform it. It also speaks to your relationship with whatever question, goal, or situation you bring to this oracle at this time.
Please go to TheAnubisOracle.com and learn about a sacred relationship in your life.
Saturday, July 31, 10am Pacific
This healing ceremony is for people with cancer and people who have loved ones who are dealing with cancer, or who simply want to support the effort to rid our planet of this disease. The next bridge is Saturday, July 31, 10:00am PDT, 1:00pm EDT. For more information, see our cancer bridge page.