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Shamanic Journeys & Alchemical Healing Monthly Newsletter

A Great Place to Relax in Nicki's Garden: the Hammock

Dear Friends,

As I sit looking out over my garden filled with gorgeous flowers, laughing students (the Becoming An Oracle retreat is in full bloom), and depictions of the Egyptian Pantheon, I’m reminded that it’s time to announce the Spring 2009 Egypt Tours schedule.

There will be two trips to Egypt this Spring; one I will co-host with renown visionary artist Alex Grey, and the other with my favorite author on Egypt, Normandi Ellis. Imagine my excitement to get to share Egypt with these two fantastic heavy hitters: Alex will be explaining the mindset and visions of the artists who brought the temples into being and then decorated them, while Normandi will read the hieroglyphs directly to us and bring alive the stories they tell.

I have been a fan of Alex’s work ever since I saw his first book Sacred Mirrors, published in 1990. What a joy it will be to see Egypt through his eyes. Alex and his partner, Allyson Grey, will be joining me for an extraordinary pilgrimage to Egypt March 8 to 22. As an extra special treat, we have arranged for our final initiation, privately, in the Great Pyramid at the time of the Vernal Equinox.

During the past several years, I have been fortunate to see first hand how Alex’s exquisite vision has culminated in the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York. CoSM is a temple, a sacred intersection point where spirit is reflected through his art. This temple will soon be moved to a new site in upstate New York. However, you will have an opportunity to join me as I offer ceremony and teach the Egyptian mysteries at CoSM in Manhattan one more time before the move happens. I will be offering an evening introduction to the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and my newest work (co authored with Linda Star Wolf), The Anubis Oracle, on Oct 24, 2008 at 7PM. This will be a great opportunity to delve into the mysteries and also help prepare those of you who plan to join us for the March Egypt tour. If you are interested in this tour, you had best jump on it as it is already more than half full. If you are not familiar with the visionary art of Alex Grey, please take this opportunity to peruse his websites, and

Equally exciting to me is a tour I will be leading with Normandi Ellis— poet/priestess/shaman—with whom I’ve had the privilege of sharing Egypt twice before. What I most love about working with Normandi is the magic that happens when we get together in the temples. Having translated The Egyptian Book of the Dead into her stunning and exquisite version, Awakening Osiris, Normandi is fluent in reading hieroglyphs. This allows us to enter more deeply into the mysteries, for hieroglyphics is the language of the heart. In addition, Normandi’s love of, and connection with, the ancient wisdom of Egypt, attracts the deepest level of the teachings. I can’t wait to play with her again, and I know that those of you who are called will recognize this special opportunity as well. This journey is April 24 to May 9, 2009. Normandi’s books Awaking Osiris, Dreams of Isis, and Feasts of Light are at the top of my recommended reading list. I also have several articles by her and some excerpts from her books on my articles page. For details about the April trip with Normandi visit our Egypt Tours page. Please register soon as we expect it to fill quickly.

The next stop for me is Earthdance in Laytonville, Septemer 12-14, once again I'm honored to be a part of the Elder's council and have the special privilege of preparing the people for the world meditation.

A Healing in Egypt with Khepera

by Sharlyn Hidalgo

A Great Place to Relax in Nicki's Garden: the Hammock

Have you ever had the experience of forming a question in your mind and then having answers appear for you spontaneously? Before I left for Egypt in October of 2007, my students were asking whether they needed protection when working with clients that are undergoing chemo or radiation. My friend, Danielle Hoffman, said she asked Thoth to build her some special protective gloves when she was first doing this work. This was a good answer but I was open to knowing more.

On my trip to Egypt, I made friends with a woman who had dealt with Cancer more than once and certainly had her share of chemo and radiation. We were together at Khnum’s temple on Elephantine Island in the underground sanctuary dedicated to his consort Satet. For a few magical moments, we were held in bliss and loving ecstasy and were transported to an experience of pure love and healing. I knew I would share further healing with this woman as our trip progressed.

On our boat ride down the Nile, she asked me about the scarab god, Khepera, whose image appears on many temples and tombs in Egypt. I referred her to the Chapter on Khepera in Nicki’s book, Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt. Khepera is the god the represents our becoming. He spins the cycles of life and assists in our transformational processes. He helps us to recognize our god-self so that we can begin to co-create the life we desire. Khepera represents the early morning sun, always carrying the promise of what we can become.

In Luxor we arranged a healing session, and it became very clear that Khepera was to be my new friend's ally. She was experiencing discomfort around her neck where she had some suspicious glands removed just before our trip. Khepera wanted to be part of her work and since she had been in touch with him already, she was willing.

Khepera is often seen rolling a ball of dung in which its larva is safely nourished. In this way, he went right to work rolling up discomfort, extra lymph material, scar tissue and other cells that were unnecessary. He worked diligently and gently as he rolled up what no longer served my friend. He pulled out discomfort, infection, and soreness from each node until he was quite content and full, sitting upon the ball of dispensable energies from her neck. He deftly worked with the area that had been disturbed by the surgeon’s knife and with the tissues affected by the chemotherapy and radiation. We filled the places that Khepera had so tenderly worked on with pink light, love and Universal life force energy. And of course, we gave our gratitude to Khepera for his help. When finished, he dissolved back into the void, or Akasha, where all things are created anew.

Khepera, as an insect, is resistant to many of the chemicals and radiation that are harmful to humans, making him a powerful ally for people who are undergoing these toxic treatments. It is not that we are getting rid of the chemotherapy or radiation-- we want them to do their work. This ally can support whatever protocol you choose, and can also help regenerate tissue that is damaged during treatment. He offers protection to me as I do the healing work so that I can handle most toxic energies safely, however I advise great care while working with people with cancer, especially those undergoing radiation therapies.

After the healing, my friend’s neck felt better and the pain decreased. She experienced more range of motion. She also experienced joy, peace and reassurance. It was quite amazing. This was yet another incredible experience in Egypt, and I was glad to be part of it.

Sharlyn Hidalgo, M.A. is a practicing Alchemical Healing teacher and healer in Seattle. Sharlyn will be teaching classes starting September 2nd See our schedule page. She can be reached at

Free Phone Bridge: A Voice for Spirit

The next A Voice for Spirit will broadcast August 28, 2008 at 5pm PDT (8pm EDT) with Gloria Taylor Brown and special guest Tina Teegarden, a long time student of Nicki Scully, Brook Medicine Eagle, Lynn Andrews and a graduate of Alberto Villoldo’s Four Winds School. Tina has traveled to Egypt with Nicki four times. For more information go to A Voice for Spirit is an ongoing series of oracular messages.

Some feedback from a recent participant: "The first teleclass was excellent. This is an amazing, beautiful experience. I recommend this to anyone who is serious about making a change in this world."

Click here to register for this broadcast.

Free Cancer and Fibromyalgia Phone Bridges

I am particularly excited about the two most recent Fibromyalgia phone bridges. This new and developing healing ceremony is becoming a valuable and effective tool for those experiencing the brutal pain and fatigue resulting from Fibromyalgia, pesticides and heavy metal toxicity. I would like to include people with Lyme disease because I believe it will be a benefit to you as well. I will be alternating between the phone bridges and the Fibromyalgia each month. Next month, please join me for the Bridge for Healing Cancer on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 from 6:00-7PM PDT (9:00-10PM EDT). To learn more about these teleconferences and register for the next call, check out our Cancer Bridge page.

Hathor’s Mirror Featured Artist: John Anthony

A Great Place to Relax in Nicki's Garden: the Hammock

If you haven’t visited Hathor’s Mirror lately, please check out our newest contributor, artist and mythologist John Anthony. (Find his work on the Temple Décor page at Hathor’s Mirror.)

John’s imprint is Erebus Idolworks. His work began as a tribute to the ideas of Joseph Campbell and the art that Campbell used to illustrate the principles of comparative mythology. John’s Winged Isis took my breath away, and I’d like to share it with you!

Schedule of Alchemical Healing Events

Free Alchemical Healing Circle

First Wednesday of every month 7:00pm- 9:30pm

You are invited, with your friends, to our monthly circle Wednesday, the 3rd of September hosted by Liisa Korpela at the home of Nicki Scully. Mark your calendar for the 1st Wednesday of every month, if you cannot make this one. With your interest and participation these circles will be an opportunity for education and deep healing for individuals, the group and the community.

For those of you who have never heard of Alchemical Healing please come early at 6:30pm for the introduction. There is no charge for attending. Everyone is welcome. To RSVP and for directions please email our office or call 541-484-1099.

Charla Hermann – Hawkwind

Hawkwind is offering a bi-monthly study group in Altlanta, Georgia beginning in September. Please check out their website or call for details: (256)635-6304.

Kalita Todd – Alchemical Healing I

September 19th-21st

Kalita is offering a level I Alchemical Healing class in Nevada City, California. Please contact Kalita for more information at, (530)913-5480 or (530)265-8305.

Sharlyn Hidalgo — Alchemical Healing I

September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Sharlyn is offering a 5 week Alchemical Healing I Class in Seattle Tuesday evenings in Spetember and October: Sept. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. There will be a make up class October 21st for those of you who are traveling in Egypt with Danielle on the 30th. Please email Sharlyn for further information on location and cost.

For updated events and a full schedule, please go to our schedules page.

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